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First Black Player in Electric Football, Long Island EFL Commissioner Reacts to Author Article

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Sunday, Sep 17, 2006 by Bob "BobServo" Mackey
Great Moments in Electric Football History

Just like any other sport played over the last 50 years, electric football has a significant legacy to it. Yes, your real football has events like The Immaculate Reception, The Miracle on Ice, and Tom Landry’s famous killing spree when he thought his famous hat was stolen; electric football is not lacking any of these moments. There are at least six. Listen folks, as electric football’s primary historian, I can only do so much. Record keeping would be a lot easier if this game wasn’t played mostly by the illiterate.


tudormodern.jpgWith the abolition of the ELF Negro Leagues, exciting multi-cultural game boxes such as this one were produced. Here, a young Alfonso Ribeiro is clearly enjoying himself.

  • December 14, 1960: The Electric Football Negro Leagues are abolished and Larry “Emancipation” Daniels becomes the first black electric football player drafted into the EFL. Unfortunately, at this time sale of electric football to African-Americans was outlawed by most electric football commissioners (who believed that giving non-whites something to harness the power of electricity would only lead to race wars). Only in 1984 would the popularity of The Cosby Show change the minds of these men and finally make electric football available for one and all. Let freedom ring!
  • January 9, 1974: The final play of the 1978 EFL finals. A freak vibration pops 39 year-old Vince Schmeckler’s QB off the table and onto the filthy carpet of the Suburban Assembly of God rec room. This game marks the first electric football win by temper tantrum, a strategy that most EFL players would adopt in the future.
  • September 28, 1979: A tragedy: At Sacramento Plastics and Poison, the foremost producer of electric football sets, worker Pedro Martinez’s body gets stuck in the massive, unforgiving machinery of the factory. When plant owners are too budget-conscious to temporarily stop production and free the trapped worker, a massive strike is held that threatens the very future of electric football. Luckily, most serious electric football players knew at least nine to fourteen other people who had barely-touched electric football sets in their closets.
  • May 7, 1987: Another tragedy: The EFL, trying to capitalize on the then-famous “Superbowl Shuffle,” rounded up a group of epileptics to videotape dancing for their new “Electric Football Shuffle.” In order to simulate the unique movements of electric football players, high-powered strobe lights were pointed at these epileptics to make them go into violent convulsions. Needless to say, TV viewers found this event nightmarish, which further tarnished the great majesty of electric football.
  • November 16, 1992: 52 year-old Vance Turkle wins the 1992 regional EFL championship, and the custom designed trophy that goes along with it. When his mom comes to pick him up, tragedy strikes the ELF once again, and her words, “I don’t want that damn thing in my house,” causes Turkle to throw a traditional league-approved EFL tantrum. But with this tantrum… there were no winners; Turkle’s mother refused to budge on her anti-trophy stance. Vance retired from the league shortly thereafter.
  • September 17, 2006: Keith Jackson’s Pro Electric Football 1958 goes into production, marking the first new electric football game to be produced in over 20 years. The shock-waves produced by this event are not unlike that of The Holocaust.



In no way is my response related to Tudor Games or their opinion, it is my opinion and response to the blog that the above author wrote.

While I am not sure I believe all of what the author blogs because I have not had the opportunity to officially fact-check the information in his article, the information he writes about Larry "Emancipation" Daniels amazed me in that these human problems against people of color still exist today. My mother was an Olympic athlete who basically brought the United Nations of friends to our home as children, and that is how we grew up--blinded to any color.  

About the only intelligent thing the author said in the article is referring to the emancipation and introduction of an African-American player into the game of electric football. The author refers to people who play electric football as "illiterate" in that 2006 article. Illiterate? To dare imply we electric football fanatics are illiterate illustrates how ignorant the author's statement is. Electric football is not only a game that requires skills, but it is a thinking person's game which requires all motor skills using many techniques to play the game. Electric Football is a game that knows no limits in reaching our world in a positive way.

Finally, the pattern the author flagrantly uses in his labeling of us as illiterates because we play this amazing hobby, is theoretically part of our schemata and the organizational pattern of perception called,  "Proximity" which is classifying us all who play this amazing game as, the word, illiterate implying that we "dumb" illiterates play a "dumb" game. There are a few unknown invariables that we would need to know in terms of how the author interpreted "us illiterates" to draw those conclusions. Perception-checking is part of free-thinking intellectualism on a meta-cognitive level. "When visually distinguishing different things in the organization of our perceptions, if a group of objects are close together, we guess that they are part of a larger whole," and that is not limited to how we group and characterize people as a whole. That is perception, at the heart of all communication. 

Tudor Games leadership under its new ownership has made huge progress in their role being responsible connecting people from all walks of life together regardless of color and gender. Because they are responsible, we want to buy from Tudor because we believe they recognize the power of people in a country torn by racial division and injustice because you know, the hobby of electric football does not discriminate. The Long Island Electric Football will always be about equality and justice.

Maybe we should all add Larry “Emancipation” Daniels to our leagues and commemorate his bravery and dedication to a Sport he loved, but more important to a cause he believed in by breaking the racial divide and barriers in this country, including in electric football! Now announcing in the Long Island Electric Football League, for the Kansas City Chiefs, #27 Larry "Emancipation" Daniels!

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