Abe Lincoln, Ben Franklin battle in flag football

Mon, Sep 12

Four scores and seven yards ago...

Haven't heard that one?

It might be in the next speech from Abraham Lincoln, who (in a way, of course) has been revived by the Northern California-based "Play Flag Football" and is a surprisingly good gridiron trick shot artist (see that video above).

Which brings up just one question: Huh?

"It was kind of completely random," executive director John Mora said.

But it isn't without reason. Play Flag Football -- which boasts 10,000 participants this year -- is holding a raffle whose proceeds benefit the organization's leagues and scholarships (some helping low-income families), and whose prizes include a WSOP Main Event bid and youth soccer training with Manchester United.

Each ticket: $5. Lincoln's bill. So the Web-savvy group brought Honest Abe aboard for its video marketing campaign, which includes stunts at various Bay Area locations such as outside AT&T Park, the distinctive Father Serra Statue and more.

Playing Abe: Mora, 39, a former soccer player (hence the field goals in the clip) who fell for flag football while at the University of San Francisco and has run national tournaments involving the likes of Deion Sanders.

Mora/Abe isn't alone. After researching, his group discovered a little-known fact: Our 16th president once appeared on the $100 bill, in the space now occupied by Benjamin Franklin.

The response: "Wouldn't it be cool to have Lincoln and Franklin be rivals?" Mora said.

That happened, with another executive playing Franklin. More videos are on the way.

Ultimately will come the big finale: A game spanning Feb. 11 and 12 (Lincoln's birthday, and the day of the raffle drawing). There the organization hopes to set the Guinness World Record for longest such contest (currently 24 hours, set earlier this year in Texas).

Playing throughout will be Abe and Ben in full old-school garb, fighting to see whether Franklin catches lightning in a bottle or if Lincoln comes out on top (hat).

"They'll resolve their differences in that game," Mora said.

If only all of politics were so easy...