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  • johndoe 10:11 am on January 27, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Fistic History: Notes From 1887 


    Bob Fitzsimmons, Fighter Of The Year for the 2nd straight time in 1887

    The year of 1887 has concluded in the PPU, and here are the current champions as 1888 dawned.

    Heavyweights: Peter Jackson (12-0, 3 defenses)
    Light Heavyweights: Joe Butler (12-0, 3 defenses)
    Middleweights: Bob Fitzsimmons (12-0, 3 defenses)
    Welterweights: Dick Sandall (13-1, 2 defenses)
    Lightweights: Jack McAuliffe (12-0, 3 defenses)
    Featherweights: George Seddons (11-3, defeated Dick Hollywood in Nov. 1887)
    Bantamweights: Nunc Wallace (13-1, defeated Nunc Wallace in Nov. 1887)
    Flyweights: Clancy Wallace* (10-2-2, defeated Raul Cantu* in Nov. 1887)

    The awards for 1887 went out to:

    Fighter Of The Year: Bob Fitzsimmons (12-0, middleweight champion, 2nd fighter of the year award)
    Contender Of The Year: “Nonpareil” Jack Dempsey (15-2, #1 middleweight contender, 2nd contender of the year award)
    Prospect Of The Year: Harris Martin (12-0, #2 middleweight contender)
    Rookie Of The Year: Tommy Ryan (6-0, welterweight)

  • johndoe 11:06 am on January 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 1886,   

    Fistic History: Notes From 1886 


    Bob Fitzsimmons

    The year of 1886 has come and gone, and the inaugural champions of the PPU have been found.

    They are (with RFG fighters denoted with an asterisk):

    HEAVYWEIGHTS: Peter Jackson (9-0, defeated John L. Sullivan)

    LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHTS: Joe Butler (9-0, defeated Antony Aston*)

    MIDDLEWEIGHTS: Bob Fitzsimmons (9-0, defeated Charles Turner)

    WELTERWEIGHTS: Paddy Duffy (9-0, defeated Bob Smith)

    LIGHTWEIGHTS: Jack McAuliffe (9-0, defeated Barney Donovan)

    FEATHERWEIGHTS: Young Pluto (8-1, defeated George Seddons)

    BANTAMWEIGHTS: George Holden (7-2, defeated Nunc Wallace)

    FLYWEIGHTS: Erasmus Keifer* (8-1, defeated Clancy Wallace*)

    The 1886 awards went to:

    FIGHTER OF THE YEAR: Bob Fitzsimmons (9-0, PPU Middleweight Champion)

    CONTENDER OF THE YEAR: Jack “Nonpareil” Dempsey (11-1, #1 Middleweight Contender)

    PROSPECT OF THE YEAR: Jack “Nonpareil” Dempsey

    ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Charles Gleason (6-0 welterweight)

  • johndoe 6:00 pm on January 17, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 1885, , Young Mitchell   

    Fistic History: Notes From 1885 

    The year of 1885 has come and gone, and the eight fighters from each weight class have been found who will compete to be the first champions of the Professional Prizefighters Union in the new year of 1886.

    Young Mitchell

    Young Mitchell was the Fighter Of The Year for 1885, posting the one of many 6-0 records put up over the course of the first season of Fistic History.

    Middleweight Young Mitchell was selected as Fighter Of The Year with a 6-0 record with 4 KO’s, and a performance rating of 1228, just beating out Jack McAuliffe and Bob Fitzsimmons.

    The fighters that made the elimination tournament in each weight class are:

    Heavyweights:  John L. Sullivan, Peter Jackson, Professor Charles Hadley, Jack Ashton, Bill Bradburn, Yankee Sullivan, Bill Farnan, and John J. Dwyer.

    Light Heavyweights: Hector Rivera, Joe Butler, Al Dunn, Glen Jones, Leon Winchester, Antony Aston, Andrew Widdop, and Fred Pruitt.

    Middleweights: Young Mitchell, Bob Fitzsimmons, Charles Turner, Frank Taylor, Jack Burke, Mike Lucie, Jim Pettengell, and Walter Payne.

    Welterweights: Dick Sandall, Paddy Duffy, Rafael Duran, Bob Smith, Peter Campbell, Merrill Smiley, Rhys Orlander, and Dwight Osborn.

    Lightweights: Jack McAuliffe, Bill Mahan, Charles Norton, Barney Donovan, Arthur Chambers, George Fulljames, Jem Carney, and Tommy Williams.

    Featherweights: Tommy Danforth, Torpedo Billy Murphy, Dick Hollywood, Fred Johnson, Young Pluto, Sam Baxter, George Seddons, and Tommy Warren.

    Bantamweights: Nunc Wallace, Jose Gutierrez, Richard Goodwin, Bill Hook, Carl Whitehead, Sergio Camarero, George Holden, and Richello Orille.

    Flyweights: Robinson Ramos, Erasmus Kiefer, Donald Dorsey, Raul Cantu, Clancy Wallace, Danh-Canh Thach, Andy Rahilly, and Pepe Martinez.

    Our next report will cover the results and awards for 1886.  See you then!

  • johndoe 7:59 am on January 13, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Fistic History: An Introduction 

    For my first new project for the new year of 2013, I thought I’d try something different: the history of prizefighting.

    This project will use a simulator called Title Bout Championship Boxing from OOTP Developments, and here are the ground rules:

    First, the game begins in 1885, the year John L. Sullivan was recognized as the last bare-knuckle champion and the first champion to wear actual boxing gloves.  All fighters who debuted prior to 1885 will debut as if they began in that year.

    Second, the game will use the eight basic weight divisions and eventually expand to the 17 weight classes used today.  However, there will only be one world champion in each group.

    Third, if there are fewer than 25 fighters in a weight class at the start of any year, I’ll add 25 randomly generated “tomato can” fighters with a prime rating of 0 to augment those divisions.

    In my project, there is no color line, and I’m assuming (incorrectly at first, I know) that fighters are able to travel around the globe.

    The fighters will randomly fight each other on the 1st of every odd numbered month.  At the end of 1885, the eight fighters with the best records advance to an elimination tournament to decide the first champion in the initial eight weight classes.  If there are ties to determine those eight fighters, I’ll do a random draw to determine who advances.  All tournament fights will go a maximum of 15 rounds.

    From 1887 onward, the top five in each weight class, outside of the reigning champion, and the best rated fighters yet to receive a title shot meet in a de facto yearly series of eliminators to continually determine who the champion of each weight class is.  All elimination fights not involving the champion go a maximum of 12 rounds.

    All title fights are 15 rounds, scored by two judges and the referee under the 10-point must system, and fights must be halted if a fighter goes down three times in any one round.  All other fights are scheduled for 10 rounds. Fighters can only be saved by the bell in the last round

    And lastly, any fight stopped early to an unintentional head butt must have gone five rounds in order to reach a technical decision.

  • johndoe 11:26 am on January 6, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 1980 Oakland Raiders, , , super bowl vii, Terry Bradshaw   

    Bums No More: Steelers over Packers 19-7, Win Super Bowl VII 

    Terry Bradshaw was named MVP of Super Bowl VII...

    Terry Bradshaw was named MVP of Super Bowl VII…

    The Pittsburgh Steelers became the first Wild Card team to win a Super Bowl (the 1980 Oakland Raiders were the first team to do so in real life) with a 19-7 verdict over Green Bay, with four Roy Gerela field goals proving to be the difference in the game’s outcome.

    Terry Bradshaw won the MVP trophy for some key runs, not for his 8 for 20 passing effort, good for 141 yards.  He run 6 times for 44 yards on top of that.  The Steelers failed to make a turnover the entire game, scoring each of the three times they were inside the Green Bay 20, once for a touchdown, twice on Gerela field goals.

    Green Bay’s lone score was a 68 yard punt return by Ken Ellis, who ran two punts back for TD’s in the Packers 17-16 win over Washington in the divisional playoffs.  Pittsburgh finished 12-5 on the year and takes home the Lombardi Trophy, while Green Bay finished 13-4.

    (More …)

  • johndoe 9:24 am on January 3, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Week 16 Roundup 

    It will be the upstart Pittsburgh Steelers taking on the Green Bay Packers at the LA Coliseum for Super Bowl VII.

     Game Scores
     Pittsburgh 21 Cincinnati 3                  26 10-20 
     Green Bay 24 Dallas 7                       54 Calm  Rain           
     Rushing Leaders
     Receiving Leaders
     Passing Leaders
     Defensive Standouts
     Williams,C(GB)   3 Sk 8 Tk
     Special Teams
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