Po James: Football Board Game Superstar

Po James

When we were kids, my friend John Borack introduced me to Strat-O-Matic (a line of sports simulation board games). Strat-O-Matic was played with dice, charts and statistically accurate player cards. Players and teams had the potential to perform just as they had in real life. The critical difference was supposedly your managerial or coaching skill. Yelling at player cards to “motivate” them was common practice. Vince Lombardi would have been proud.

1976: John Borack defeats Dan Tabata in a Strat-O-Matic football match up between the Eagles and the Cowboys. Eagles back-up to the back-up running back, Po James, has a superhuman rushing day. After the game, with the ball permanently fused to his body following 50+ carries, Po announces his retirement from football.

2013: Mousey the dog discovers a 37-year-old football board game in his human’s garage. The unstoppable power of Po is awakened from its ancient slumber during an epic 70-0 drubbing of Kordell Kitty’s beloved Steelers!