Scorigami: Charting All Possible NFL Football Scores


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Jul 18, 2005
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I've read a few articles on this topic in the past, but this is the most comprehensive and entertaining look I've seen. I disagree slightly with his calculation on the odds of a 4-4 tie but agree that it's highly unlikely. And the 6-1 score has always fascinated me as well - I'm glad he covered the strange sequence of events that would have to occur.


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Interesting that Bois proclaims that the NFL started in 1922. Yes, by the name alone, that's correct, but 1920 and 1921 the league was known as the American Professional Football Association (AFPA) in 1920 and 1921, before renaming itself to the NFL in 1922, all of which Canton's official page recognizes this as valid history of the league (, as opposed to MLB's self-proclaimed 'prologue' with respect to anything prior to 1900, and for perhaps an for a comparison of leagues, its lack of recognition for the National Association of Professional Base Ball Players (NAPBBP).

These two years should absolutely be counted as part of the video. This becomes pertinent because the video immediately mentions how a 1-0 is not possible on its graph. Well, it was possible back then, if only indirectly, and rather surprisingly, so. There was a 1-0 score December 5th, 1921, between the Washington Senators and Rochester Jeffersons. Rochester's manager/owner, Leo Lyons, refused to play, at the risk of injury to his players. Accounts are mixed as to why this refusal to play happened: Some same Lyons refused to play because of snow, but Lyons himself claimed it was due to poor fan turnout (due to the snowstorm), and would only pay the Jeffersons $200, as opposed to the $800 required, for both salary and travel expenses, which was interestingly never paid, since the Senators left the AFPA after that season. You'll notice I didn't use the word forfeit in the preceding sentence; the Elias Sports Bureau and the NFL themselves do not count this as a forfeit.

Contractually, if the field conditions led to disputes, the home team would be the declared victorious. The Senators maintained interest in wanting to play, given they had a few hundred fans they wished to not disappoint. Eventually, the two side quibbled for a bit under an hour, and Washington was given the game 1-0, given there was no precedent for such actions. However, much like today's NFL, this story wouldn't be complete without a bizarre, NY favoritism twist from the commissioner, Joesph Carr, who later gave the game in favor of Leo Lyons and the Jeffersons, who finally got a piece of the pie. The video questions the precedent for Rule 11, Section 1, Article 1 at around the nine-minute mark; this dispute, despite its lack of forfeiture, needed a formalized rule for possible future incidents of this nature.

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Jul 18, 2005
The 5-3 Cowboys Lions playoff game is one of my few memories of time spent with a great grandparent.


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Jul 19, 2005
Great video, great replies.

He neglected this!

Oh ok, it's just an extra point, oh well.
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