“Four hours of everybody heckling each other.”
That’s how Tri-State Football League commissioner Roger Forgues, Jr. described draft day at his Fairfax home. Now in its 29th season, the league continues with half of the original members.
“You know it’s going to be consistent,” Matt Forgues, playing his 15th season in the TSFL, said. “You know there’s not going to be a guy who just stops playing or drops all his players. You know it’s going to be competitive throughout. That’s probably the biggest draw.”
Matt joined his father (Roger Forgues Jr.) and grandfather (Roger Forgues Sr.) to make it three generations in the same league.
“Most other people are close family friends or family members. Everybody takes it seriously to a different degree, but everybody has fun with it so they keep coming back,” Matt said. “You respect these people. It’s more fun that way.”
Roger Forgues Jr. has spent all 29 seasons as the commissioner, and had to enter everything manually in the early stages of the league.
“Unless you were keeping track, you never really knew until Tuesday morning, ‘did I win or did I lose?'”
“It’s unbelievable how things have progressed,” Roger Forgues Sr. said.
The 81-year-old added that the competitive nature of the league returns every year.
“Of course, everybody leaves, and you’ll hear that they picked the best team,” the eldest Forgues said. “Then you see how it progresses throughout the year.”
The NFL season begins on Thursday, September 5 when the Green Bay Packers travel to Chicago to play the Bears at 8:20 p.m.