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PostPosted: Sun Feb 23, 2014 12:38 pm 
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This is a cool thing I found online. In 1969 when the NFL was debating how they would realign NFC. After 36 hours they came down to 5 plans and had a secretary pull a plan from a vase.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Football_Conference#History

Imagine how different NFL history would have been different if another plan was picked. Or how the expansion teams since then would have fit in.


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 23, 2014 5:26 pm 
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For those who don't want to hit the link, the plans were (Plan 3 was eventually chosen):


Plan 1
Eastern - Atlanta, Minnesota, New York Giants, Philadelphia, Washington
Central - Chicago, Detroit, Green Bay, New Orleans
Western - Dallas, Los Angeles Rams, St. Louis Cardinals, San Francisco
Plan 2
Eastern - Minnesota, New York Giants, Philadelphia, Washington
Central - Atlanta, Dallas, New Orleans, St. Louis Cardinals
Western - Chicago, Detroit, Green Bay, Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco
Plan 3
Eastern - Dallas, New York Giants, Philadelphia, St. Louis Cardinals, Washington
Central - Chicago, Detroit, Green Bay, Minnesota
Western - Atlanta, Los Angeles Rams, New Orleans, San Francisco
Plan 4
Eastern - Minnesota, New York Giants, Philadelphia, St. Louis Cardinals, Washington
Central - Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Green Bay
Western - Dallas, New Orleans, Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco
Plan 5
Eastern - Detroit, Minnesota, New York Giants, Philadelphia, Washington
Central - Chicago, Dallas, Green Bay, St. Louis Cardinals
Western - Atlanta, Los Angeles Rams, New Orleans, San Francisco

My initial question is this: in 4 of the 5 plans (none of which were chosen), why was Minnesota linked to New York, Philadelphia, and Washington BUT supposed longtime rival Dallas was only linked to those 3 teams once (which happened to be the plan chosen)?


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 24, 2014 1:45 pm 
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My guess is that they started thinking about this from West to East.

SF and LA obviously go in the west. But then who do you pair with them ?
Dallas and ST. L would've made sense geographically, but that division would've been a killer AT THAT TIME.

So I think they started looking at the upper mid-west clump - Chi, Det, GB, and Minnesota.
And perhaps figured they could put 3 of those with SF and LA.

Minnesota was the odd man out, since they were an expansion team.

Dallas and Minnesota came into the league around 1960,
Atlanta around 1966
New orleans around 1967... I may be off by a year or two.

It appears those teams got the least "voice" (Atlanta and New Orleans woulnd up in the West !!!).


NOTE - Prior to this alignment, the NFL was 16 teams and the AFL was 10.
Pittsburgh Steelers, Baltimaore Colts, and Cleveland Browns volunteered to move to the AFC, to equalize NFC and AFC at 13 teams each.


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