World Bowl (WFL)

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For the World League of American Football/NFL Europe/NFL Europa championship game, see World Bowl.
World Bowl I
1 2 3 4 Total
FLA 0 0 0 21 21
BIR 0 15 7 0 22
Date December 5, 1974
Stadium Legion Field
Location Birmingham, Alabama
Attendance 32,376
Network TVS

The World Bowl, also known as World Bowl 1, was the American football championship game of the short-lived World Football League. The Birmingham Americans defeated the Florida Blazers 22–21 on Thursday, December 5, 1974[1][2] at Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama.[3] George Mira, quarterback for Birmingham was named the game's Most Valuable Player (MVP). It was televised on TVS Television Network.

Original plans for the World Bowl had the 1974 championship scheduled for November 29, the day after Thanksgiving 1974 at the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Florida. However, the WFL decided to expand its playoff field from four to six games, pushing the championship back a week; furthermore, the host Jacksonville Sharks folded during the season, leading to the league moving the game to the home stadium of the higher seeded playoff team (in this case, Birmingham). A cash prize of $10,000 was brought onto Legion Field for the league's season MVP award, which was split between three players. However, after the ceremonies, the locker room of the champion Americans was raided and all team assets, including uniforms, were seized to collect on the team's debts.

Scoring summary[edit]

In the WFL, a touchdown was worth 7 points and teams could run or pass but not kick for an extra point called an "Action Point".

  • First Quarter
    • No scoring
  • Second Quarter
    • Birmingham- Profit 1-yard run (pass failed) 0-7
    • Birmingham- Cantrelle 4-yard run (Reed run) 0-15
  • Third Quarter
    • Birmingham- Brown 26-yard pass from Mira (pass failed) 0-22
  • Fourth Quarter
    • Florida- Reamon 39-yard pass from Davis (pass failed) 7-22
    • Florida- Latta 40-yard pass from Davis (run failed) 14-22
    • Florida- Foster 76-yard punt return (run failed) 21-22

Later use of the term[edit]

The World Indoor Football League had planned on using the World Bowl name for its championship in 1988, but the league folded without playing any games. The World League of American Football/NFL Europe/NFL Europa used the name in 1991 to 1992, and from 1995 to 2007. When the World Football League was revived as a minor league in 2008, the new league's championship game was also called the World Bowl with the numbering continued from the original. Thus the 2008, 2009, and 2010 championships, all won by the Oklahoma Thunder, were respectively designated World Bowl II, World Bowl III, and World Bowl IV.[4][5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Americans capture World Bowl honors". The Ottawa Citizen. CP-AP. December 5, 1974. p. 19. Retrieved April 7, 2010. 
  2. ^ Wallace, William N. (December 6, 1974). "Americans Win World Bowl". The New York Times. p. 49. Retrieved April 7, 2010. 
  3. ^ Martz, Ron (December 5, 1974). "Hunger Bowl". St. Petersburg Times. p. 1C. Retrieved April 12, 2010. 
  4. ^ "WFL in Tulsa, OK on July 31st 7:00 PM". World Football League. July 26, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Thunder wins World Bowl". Tulsa World. August 31, 2009. 

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