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# '''Times They Are a Changin''' focused on the league's dominant teams through the mid-60s: coach Sid Gillman's high powered San Diego Chargers and the blue-collar Buffalo Bills. Juxtaposed with this were some of the major societal touchstones of the time (particularly the JFK Assassination and its effect on the sports world.) The episode also focuses on the AFL'a own racial controversy: The boycott by black players of the 1965 AFL All-Star game, and the decision by the league to move the game from New Orleans (where black players refused to play after being treated with overt and hostile racism) to Houston.

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# '''Times They Are a Changin''' focused on the league's dominant teams through the mid-60s: coach Sid Gillman's high powered San Diego Chargers and the blue-collar Buffalo Bills. Juxtaposed with this were some of the major societal touchstones of the time (particularly the JFK Assassination and its effect on the sports world.) The episode also focuses on the AFL'a AFL's own racial controversy: The boycott by black players of the 1965 AFL All-Star game, and the decision by the league to move the game from New Orleans (where black players refused to play after being treated with overt and hostile racism) to Houston.



# '''Revolution''' juxtaposes the social upheval of the late 60s with the AFL's fight for respect, culminating in the New York Jets' famous upset of the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III. Particular focus is on Joe Namath, both for the infamous Guarantee ("We're gonna win the game! I guarantee!") and his status as the AFL's first and biggest superstar, arguably the first sports superstar of the Television Age and as a counter-cultural icon.

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# '''Revolution''' juxtaposes the social upheval of the late 60s with the AFL's fight for respect, culminating in the New York Jets' famous upset of the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III. Particular focus is on Joe Namath, both for the infamous Guarantee ("We're gonna win the game! I guarantee!") and his status as the AFL's first and biggest superstar, arguably superstar (arguably the first sports superstar of the Television Age Age) and as a counter-cultural icon.


* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: For the first two or three seasons, the AFL teams were full of NFL castoffs and has-beens and small and black college players the NFL largely ignored (with a few exceptions, like 1959 Heisman Trophy winner Billy Cannon, who signed with Houston right out of college).

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* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: For the first two or three seasons, the AFL teams were full of NFL castoffs and castoffs, has-beens and small and black college players the NFL largely ignored (with a few exceptions, like 1959 Heisman Trophy winner Billy Cannon, who signed with Houston right out of college).


* DudeWheresMyRespect: In "The Final Frontier"; Larry King, recalling a conversation he had with Jimmy "The Greek" Snyder about the Washington Redskins being favored over the undefeated Miami Dolphins in Super Bowl VII. When King protested that the 13-3 Redskins were favored over the 16-0 Dolphins, Snyder reputedly scoffed and said "They're still the AFL." George Blanda is quoted as saying "They're doing it again. Their underestimating us," regarding the Chiefs being heavy underdogs to the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl IV.

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* DudeWheresMyRespect: In "The Final Frontier"; Larry King, recalling a conversation he had with Jimmy "The Greek" Snyder about the Washington Redskins being favored over the undefeated Miami Dolphins in Super Bowl VII. When King protested that the 13-3 Redskins were favored over the 16-0 Dolphins, Snyder reputedly scoffed and said "They're still the AFL." George Blanda is quoted as saying "They're doing it again. Their They're underestimating us," regarding the Chiefs being heavy underdogs to the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl IV.


The documentary used game footage, interviews (some archival, some newly-shot for the film), film clips (some of which had never been aired) and pop culture clips from TheSixties to trace the history of the league, from its humble, uneven beginnings (fully-professional, well-funded organizations in Buffalo, Houston, Dallas (later Kansas City) and Los Angeles (later San Diego) were side-by-side with threadbare outfits in Denver, Boston, Oakland and New York) to its final days as accepted full members of the pro football world.

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The documentary used game footage, interviews (some archival, some newly-shot for the film), newly-shot), film clips (some of which had never been aired) and pop culture clips from TheSixties to trace the history of the league, from its humble, uneven beginnings (fully-professional, well-funded organizations in Buffalo, Houston, Dallas (later Kansas City) and Los Angeles (later San Diego) were side-by-side with threadbare outfits in Denver, Boston, Oakland and New York) to its final days as accepted full members of the pro football world.



* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: The "Foolish Club" leaned towards optimism. It was pointed out that while deep-pocketed teams like Houston and Dallas/Kansas City could absorb the early financial losses with relative ease, less-secure franchises like New York and Denver were surviving hand-to-mouth. Most of the Foolish Club could see the good times ahead and hung in, though Barron Hilton sold the Chargers under pressure from his family and the Hilton stockholders and Harry Wismer was under too much debt to maintain the Titans. (Bob Howsam was the main exception, selling the Broncos after the inagural 1960 season) In the end, half of the Foolish Club (plus the new ownership groups in Miami and Cincinnati) made it through to become part of the NFL.

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* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: The "Foolish Club" leaned towards optimism. It was pointed out that while deep-pocketed teams like Houston and Dallas/Kansas City could absorb the early financial losses with relative ease, less-secure franchises like New York and Denver were surviving hand-to-mouth. Most of the Foolish Club could see the good times ahead and hung in, though Barron Hilton sold the Chargers under pressure from his family and the Hilton stockholders and Harry Wismer was under too much debt to maintain the Titans. (Bob Howsam was the main exception, selling the Broncos after the inagural 1960 season) In the end, half of the Foolish Club Club[[note]]League founders Lamar Hunt and Bud Adams, plus Buffalo's Ralph Wilson and Boston's Billy Sullivan[[/note]] (plus the new ownership groups in Miami and Cincinnati) made it through to become part of the NFL.


* SeriousBusiness: Both leagues treated the post-merger agreement spate of inter-league exhibition/pre-season games as life or death struggles. Two New York Jets held off retirement so they could play the New York Giants during the '69 preseason.

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* SeriousBusiness: Both leagues treated the post-merger agreement spate of inter-league exhibition/pre-season games as life or death struggles. Two New York Jets held off retirement so they could play the New York Giants during the '69 preseason.preseason and the Giants head coach was fired after the Jets won the game 37-14.


* CoolPeopleRebelAgainstAuthority: How young people saw the AFL, espically after Joe Namath came on the scene. At most, the players themselves saw themselves as {{Rule Abiding Rebel}}s.

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* CoolPeopleRebelAgainstAuthority: How young people saw the AFL, espically after Joe Namath came on the scene. At most, best (or worst), the players themselves saw themselves as {{Rule Abiding Rebel}}s.


# '''The Final Frontier''' brings the focus back to Lamar Hunt and the Kansas City Chiefs for the AFL's final season, culminating in the Chiefs' convincing defeat of the Minnesota Vikings in Super bowl IV. Segments also focused on elements from the league's final days that shaped the future of the new NFL (in particular the "West Coast Offense" innovated by Cincinatti offensive assistant Bill Walsh, now considered a football mainstay).

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# '''The Final Frontier''' brings the focus back to Lamar Hunt and the Kansas City Chiefs for the AFL's final season, culminating in the Chiefs' convincing defeat of the Minnesota Vikings in Super bowl Bowl IV. Segments also focused on elements from the league's final days that shaped the future of the new NFL (in particular the "West Coast Offense" innovated by Cincinatti offensive assistant Bill Walsh, now considered a football mainstay).

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* StockFootage: The documentary made liberal use of pre-existing NFL Films footage and interviews.


* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: The "Foolish Club" leaned towards optimism. It was pointed out that while deep-pocketed teams like Houston and Dallas/Kansas City could absorb the early financial losses with relative ease, less-secure franchises like New York and Denver were surviving hand-to-mouth. Though most of the "Foolish Club" hung in because they could see the good times ahead.

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* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: The "Foolish Club" leaned towards optimism. It was pointed out that while deep-pocketed teams like Houston and Dallas/Kansas City could absorb the early financial losses with relative ease, less-secure franchises like New York and Denver were surviving hand-to-mouth. Though most Most of the "Foolish Club" hung in because they Foolish Club could see the good times ahead.ahead and hung in, though Barron Hilton sold the Chargers under pressure from his family and the Hilton stockholders and Harry Wismer was under too much debt to maintain the Titans. (Bob Howsam was the main exception, selling the Broncos after the inagural 1960 season) In the end, half of the Foolish Club (plus the new ownership groups in Miami and Cincinnati) made it through to become part of the NFL.


# '''The New Frontier''' followed the AFL's genesis, born out of oil scion Lamar Hunt's unsuccessful attempt to buy the then-Chicago Cardinals. He joined with fellow Texas oil man (and scorned Cardinal suitor) H.A. "Bud" Adams to organize what would become known as "The Foolish Club:" The AFL's original 8 owners. The episode follows the league through what would be it's national coming-out party: The 1962 AFL championship, played to double-overtime, between Hunt's Dallas Texans and Adams' Houston Oilers.

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# '''The New Frontier''' followed the AFL's genesis, born out of oil scion Lamar Hunt's unsuccessful attempt to buy the then-Chicago Cardinals. He joined with fellow Texas oil man (and scorned Cardinal suitor) H.A. "Bud" Adams to organize what would become known as "The Foolish Club:" The AFL's original 8 owners. [[note]]Hunt (Dallas Texans) and Adams (Houston Oilers), along with Barron Hilton (Los Angeles Chargers), Bob Howsam (Denver Broncos), Billy Sullivan (Boston Patriots), F.Wayne Valley (Oakland Raiders), Ralph Wilson (Buffalo Bills) and Harry Wismer (New York Titans).[[/note]] The episode follows the league through what would be it's national coming-out party: The 1962 AFL championship, played to double-overtime, between Hunt's Dallas Texans and Adams' Houston Oilers.


# '''War And Peace''' sees the league's true coming of age, with the metamorphosis and rise of the New York Titans to the New York Jets, and the Jets' superstar quarterback, Joe Namath. Also covered here were the bidding wars and outright SpyVsSpy shenanigans the AFL and NFL had, first over college talent, then veteran free agents, before the eventual NFL/AFL merger deal and the first two Super Bowls (both NFL-won blowouts).

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# '''War And Peace''' sees the league's true coming of age, with the metamorphosis and rise of the New York Titans to the New York Jets, and the Jets' superstar quarterback, Joe Namath. Also covered here were the bidding wars and outright SpyVsSpy ComicStrip/SpyVsSpy shenanigans the AFL and NFL had, first over college talent, then veteran free agents, before the eventual NFL/AFL merger deal and the first two Super Bowls (both NFL-won blowouts).


# '''War And Peace''' sees the league's true coming of age, with the rise of the New York Jets and their superstar quarterback, Joe Namath. Also covered here were the bidding wars and outright SpyVsSpy shenanigans the AFL and NFL had, first over college talent, then veteran free agents, before the eventual NFL/AFL merger deal and the first two Super Bowls (both NFL-won blowouts).

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# '''War And Peace''' sees the league's true coming of age, with the metamorphosis and rise of the New York Jets Titans to the New York Jets, and their the Jets' superstar quarterback, Joe Namath. Also covered here were the bidding wars and outright SpyVsSpy shenanigans the AFL and NFL had, first over college talent, then veteran free agents, before the eventual NFL/AFL merger deal and the first two Super Bowls (both NFL-won blowouts).


# '''Times They Are a Changin''' focused on the league's dominant teams through the mid-60s: The Sid Gillman-coached San Diego Chargers and the blue-collar Buffalo Bills. Juxtaposed with this were some of the major societal touchstones of the time (particularly the JFK Assassination and its effect on the sports world.) The episode also focuses on the AFL own racial controversy: The boycott by black players of the 1965 AFL All-Star game, and the decision by the league to move the game from New Orleans (where black players refused to play after being treated with overt and hostile racism) to Houston.

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# '''Times They Are a Changin''' focused on the league's dominant teams through the mid-60s: The coach Sid Gillman-coached Gillman's high powered San Diego Chargers and the blue-collar Buffalo Bills. Juxtaposed with this were some of the major societal touchstones of the time (particularly the JFK Assassination and its effect on the sports world.) The episode also focuses on the AFL AFL'a own racial controversy: The boycott by black players of the 1965 AFL All-Star game, and the decision by the league to move the game from New Orleans (where black players refused to play after being treated with overt and hostile racism) to Houston.


# '''The New Frontier''' followed the AFL's genesis, born out of oil scion Lamar Hunt's unsuccessful attempt to buy the then-Chicago Cardinals. He joined with fellow Texas oil man (and scorned Cardinal suitor) Bud Adams to organize what would become known as "The Foolish Club:" The AFL's original 8 owners. The episode follows the leagu through what would be it's national coming-out party: The double-overtime 1962 AFL championship between the Dallas Texans and Houston Oilers.

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# '''The New Frontier''' followed the AFL's genesis, born out of oil scion Lamar Hunt's unsuccessful attempt to buy the then-Chicago Cardinals. He joined with fellow Texas oil man (and scorned Cardinal suitor) Bud H.A. "Bud" Adams to organize what would become known as "The Foolish Club:" The AFL's original 8 owners. The episode follows the leagu league through what would be it's national coming-out party: The double-overtime 1962 AFL championship championship, played to double-overtime, between the Hunt's Dallas Texans and Adams' Houston Oilers.


* CoolPeopleRebelAgainstAuthority: How young people saw the AFL, espically after Joe Namath came on the scene. At the most, the player themselves saw themselves as {{Rule Abiding Rebel}}s.
* DevilsAdvocate: Kerry J. Byrne of [[http://www.coldhardfootballfacts.com/ Cold Hard Football Facts]] appears either to grudgingly give props to the AFL for actual innovation (the soccer-style place kicker) or crap on teh idea that the AFL was more wide-open and vertical a league than the NFL.
* DudeWheresMyRespect: In "The Final Frontier";Larry King, recalling a conversation he had with Jimmy "The Greek" Snyder about the Washington Redskins being favored over the undefeated Miami Dolphins in Super Bowl VII. When King protested that the 13-3 Redskins were favored over the 16-0 Dolphins, Snyder reputedly scoffed and said "They're still the AFL." George Blanda is quoted as saying "They're doing it again. Their underestimating us," regarding the Chiefs being heavy underdogs to the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl IV.

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* CoolPeopleRebelAgainstAuthority: How young people saw the AFL, espically after Joe Namath came on the scene. At the most, the player players themselves saw themselves as {{Rule Abiding Rebel}}s.
* DevilsAdvocate: Kerry J. Byrne of [[http://www.coldhardfootballfacts.com/ Cold Hard Football Facts]] appears either to grudgingly give props to the AFL for actual innovation (the soccer-style place kicker) or crap on teh idea poo-pooh the common wisdom that the AFL was more wide-open and vertical a league than the NFL.
* DudeWheresMyRespect: In "The Final Frontier";Larry Frontier"; Larry King, recalling a conversation he had with Jimmy "The Greek" Snyder about the Washington Redskins being favored over the undefeated Miami Dolphins in Super Bowl VII. When King protested that the 13-3 Redskins were favored over the 16-0 Dolphins, Snyder reputedly scoffed and said "They're still the AFL." George Blanda is quoted as saying "They're doing it again. Their underestimating us," regarding the Chiefs being heavy underdogs to the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl IV.



* HonorBeforeReason: The black player boycott of the '65 All-Star game in New Orleans.
* {{Irony}}: Several interview subjects note that by the time the AFL got the respect it sought from the NFL and sporting world at large, the merger took full effect and there was no longer an American Football League.

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* HonorBeforeReason: The black player boycott of the '65 All-Star game in New Orleans.
Orleans. Several participants in the boycott feel they were blackballed or otherwise punished by the league for their activism (Ringleader Abner Hayes of Kansas City saw himself traded to league doormat Denver within days of the boycott)
* {{Irony}}: Several interview subjects note that by the time the AFL got the respect it sought from the NFL and sporting world at large, the merger took full effect and there was no longer an more American Football League.



* PyrrhicVictory: What Al Davis and many AFL stalwarts thought of the merger deal. They were full members of the NFL - with all the status and stability the name implied, but lost the AFL's unique identity in the process.

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* PyrrhicVictory: What Al Davis and many AFL stalwarts thought of the merger deal. They were full members of the NFL - with all the status and stability the name that implied, but lost the AFL's unique identity in the process.



* WeNeedADistraction: Then NFL-Commissioner Bert Bell announced the start of the AFL to deflect Congressional anti-trust scrutiny away from the NFL

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* WeNeedADistraction: Then NFL-Commissioner Then-NFL Commissioner Bert Bell announced the start of the AFL to deflect Congressional anti-trust scrutiny away from the NFL

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