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The eight northern California teams of the GFL—Tiburon Hot Tubs, Walnut Creek Weasels, San Mateo Critical Rays, Humboldt Crabs, etc.—held a draft of NFL players during the summer to establish 15-man rosters, and each week during the season the club "owner" sends his starting lineup—one quarterback, two running backs, two receivers and a kicker—to the commissioner, Mike Carey, a former University of San Francisco sports information director who lives in Sebastopol. The winners of the weekly GFL "games" are determined by the scoring of each team's six starters in NFL play that week.
According to Commissioner Carey, a typical GFL game was the season opener between the Big Plum Buckeyes (now the Big Plum Pits) and the Sonoma Geysers (now the Sebastopol Escargot). The Geysers appeared to be on their way to a narrow victory over the Buckeyes thanks to Dan Pastorini's two touchdown passes against Atlanta and Chuck Muncie's two touchdowns against Minnesota, even though Rafael Septien had missed two field goals in Dallas' 38-0 win over the Colts. But, when one of Pastorini's touchdown passes was belatedly ruled a lateral, instead of the Geysers winning 41-38, the Buckeyes came out on top 38-35.
Within minutes of the decision, Rank Link, a disciple of Woody Hayes and general manager of the Geysers, kicked in the mailbox of his opposite number on the Buckeyes, thereby forcing the commissioner's office to take a stand against the "criminal element" surfacing in the GFL.
Trades are frequent in the league and they are reported weekly in the gnusletter. For instance, last week: "When the Escargot had lost Bob Griese, Doug Williams and Pastorini to injuries, it sent Chuck Foreman to the Walnut Creek Weasels for Dan Fouts, whereupon Foreman rewarded his new team with a Monday night touchdown against the Chicago Bears that helped the Weasels nip the Critical Rays, 15-9."
It could develop into the gnational pastime.
Long Beach State Coach Dave Currey winced as Cornerback Scotty Byers made a tackle near the bench in a game against Southwest Louisiana. The hit was so crunching that Byers' helmet popped off and flew down the field. Currey rushed toward his player to see if he was hurt.
"What's your name?" the coach shouted anxiously.
"Who wants to know?" replied Byers. Currey sent him back in.