Another pro football season is here! And for the nineteenth consecutive year, we're giving you a sideline pass for unlimited pro football action: the 2017 Pro Season for SECOND SEASON Pro Football Game is available July 16th!
2017 provided football fans with more than its share of crazy endings, stellar individual and team performances and surprises. While a few established powers like New England and Pittsburgh maintained their typical dominance, a number teams known for their doormat status suddenly and emphatically turned it around in 2017. Los Angeles—a city which had no football just a couple years ago—suddenly had TWO teams, both of them among the league's hottest as the season ended. New Orleans brushed aside a trio of losing seasons to return to the playoffs, sparked by a pair of star rookies. Jacksonville and Buffalo made their first playoff appearances in decades! Fittingly, the season-finale was a sort of "old-world order vs. new,"" with an indefatigable young Philadelphia squad thumbing its noses at the nay-sayers, outscoring and outlasting the veteran New Englanders in an epic championship game on Super Sunday.
But—maybe YOUR season will have a different ending! Maybe the "Minneapolis Miracle" happens a week later, sending Minnesota to the Big Game instead of Philly! Or, perhaps Jacksonville's oft-maligned passer finishes that last-minute drive and the Jags hold off the Pats for THEIR ticket to Super Sunday. There are dozens of other plausible scenarios—and with SECOND SEASON Pro Football Game, you just never know which one will play out on your game table!
What you DO know, though, is that however your season unwinds, you'll get an authentic rendition of 2017's world of professional football, with the promise of a few twists and turns.
New Orleans' renaissance will be fueled by its pair of rookies-of-the-year, but they play in a tough division: flip-flop their two wins against Carolina, and suddenly they're out of the playoffs. What will they do on YOUR tabletop? Baltimore and Detroit gave away locked-in playoff slots with stunning late-season losses—can your coaching avoid a letdown and produce a different outcome? Green Bay started the real-life season 4-1, and then lost their star quarterback to injury. What COULD they have done, had he been healthy all year? A similar story unwound in Dallas, with an on-again, off-again suspension saga involving the 'Pokes star runner: he missed six games, and the team clearly suffered without him.
And then there are the bottom-feeder clubs where no amount of great coaching is going to change things very much. SECOND SEASON will give you a 50-yard line view of just what went wrong in Cleveland, New York and Denver in 2017! In short, EACH of the pro league's 32 teams is at your command—from the league powers in New England and Philadelphia to the also-rans in Tampa Bay and Chicago.
With the 2017 Pro Season for SECOND SEASON Pro Football Board Game, you get over 1200 players, each individually rated to perform for you like they did in real life. Dynamic rookie runners in Kansas City, New Orleans and Jacksonville will bring the same power, speed and big-play potential to your tabletop as they showed in real-life. Prolific passers in New England, Pittsburgh and Atlanta will show the same stuff in SECOND SEASON—assuming they can stay out of the way of pass rush terrors in Dallas and Arizona, who will bring the heat while you watch. Can't miss kickers in Los Angeles and San Francisco will have the same “automatic” accuracy for you. The game's biggest stars will perform on your game table similar to what they did on the football field, but the realism doesn't end there: every player on every team will offer the same level of realism, whether they made the all-pro team, or ended up in the sports talk show dog-house! Each of these players will show the same ability on your game table as they did in real-life!
The 2017 Pro Season for SECOND SEASON puts at your disposal virtually every player who played professional football last season, each one individually rated to perform as they did in the actual 2017 season. Every team includes its top 50 or so players, and an additional varying number of "fringe players" who can be plugged into the action at your say-so. Think New York might have escaped the cellar if its star wideout had been healthy all year? Now you can find out! The 2017 Pro Season Fringe Player list includes projected "full season/healthy" ratings for these players and over a hundred others who had their contributions cut short for one reason or another.
On the subject of injuries, it's worth mentioning here that you'll also get an Injury Exempt card with your copy of the 2017 Pro Season, which outlines for each team the players who had "iron man" performances for the 2017 season. Nothing wreaks havoc on a season more than an extended injury to a key player—with the Injury Exempt list, you can legislate those kind of unpleasantries out from your tabletop experience. That is—if you WANT to! Many SECOND SEASON gamers prefer to let the injury list write itself as their season unfolds, using the Fringe Player list to fill the holes that are created. Use either approach, or create one of you own—It's completely up to you!
Your package includes a season league summary that chronicles in brief form what happened over the course of the real 2017 season. You'll also also get an Instant Results card, which will allow you to determine winners of games with a single dice roll, perfect for quickly re-creating divisional and conference races to accompany a full play-through of your favorite team's season. And, for the sixth year in a row, we've included a 2017 College All-Star team, reminiscent of the real-life squads that were assembled to face the reigning pro champion to kick off the summer exhibition season in the 1950s through '70s. You can kick off your OWN pro football season in classic style, with the College All-Stars taking on Philadelphia, or whomever you'd like to match them up against! These are the players who'll be pushing hard to make pro rosters in the dog-days of training camp—you can watch them in action right now! It's nostalgic football fun, un-restricted by the demands and requirements of big money professional sports.
The 2017 Pro Season for SECOND SEASON Pro Football Game gives you the entire pro football universe of teams and the above-mentioned extras in classic black and white printed team cards for just $29 postage-paid! Or get the PDF edition for $21, presented in team colors, delivered to your e-mail box, print-and-play the same day! Available July 16! Questions? Let us know! We're always happy to help!