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Forum Games / Re: WWE Prediction Contest: Summerslam (2018)
« on: August 19, 2018, 12:24:32 AM »
Brock Lesnar (c) (with Paul Heyman) vs. Roman Reigns

AJ Styles (c) vs. Samoa Joe

Alexa Bliss (c) vs. Ronda Rousey

Carmella (c) vs. Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte Flair

Dolph Ziggler (c) (with Drew McIntyre) vs. Seth Rollins (with Dean Ambrose)

Shinsuke Nakamura (c) vs. Jeff Hardy

The Bludgeon Brothers (Harper and Rowan) (c) vs. The New Day (Big E, Kofi Kingston, and/or Xavier Woods)

Braun Strowman (MITB holder) vs. Kevin Owens

Finn Bálor vs. Baron Corbin

Daniel Bryan vs. The Miz


Cedric Alexander (c) vs. Drew Gulak

The B-Team (Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel) (c) vs. The Revival (Dash Wilder and Scott Dawson)

Rusev and Lana vs. Andrade "Cien" Almas and Zelina Vega


Which match opens up the main show?

Guess the longest match time (closest gets the point)?

Guess the shortest match time (closest gets the point)?

Which match closes the show?

Guess the announced attendance (closest gets the point)?

How many total seconds do all the matches on the main card equal out to (closest gets the point)?

Guess the total amount of Suplexes + Superman Punches in the Lesnar/Reigns match?

Will Strowman or Owens (if he wins the briefcase) cash in MITB?

Who is on the losing fall in both Tag Team Title matches (must get both right to get the point)?

Who will be on the losing fall in the Triple Threat Women's Title match?

Tommaso Ciampa (c) vs. Johnny Gargano

Shayna Baszler (c) vs. Kairi Sane

Adam Cole (c) vs. Ricochet

The Undisputed Era (Kyle O'Reilly and Roderick Strong) (c) vs. Moustache Mountain (Tyler Bate and Trent Seven)

D-R-E-A-M vs. TOP ONE %
Velveteen Dream vs. EC3


Which match opens up the show?

Guess the announced attendance (closest gets the point)?

How many total seconds do all the matches on the card equal out to (closest gets the point)?

Guess the total time in the Last Man Standing match (according to wiki - closest gets the point)?

Which two wrestler begin the Tag Team Title match (must get both wrestlers correct for the point)?

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: MICHIGAN MONSTERS
« on: August 11, 2018, 02:06:09 AM »
Thanks Coach.  Let them know that they both played great, and it was a tough decision for us.

Here's the lock in info, I'll speak to players next week:

Hartley to Primary Back, Freedman to #2 (Freedman to #1 in Goal line situations)
Chong to CB1, Coughlin to CB2, McKeown to CB3, Edwards to CB4

GM Kirk banned from the grounds

Lock in

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: MICHIGAN MONSTERS
« on: August 09, 2018, 01:04:05 AM »
Well then, that puts an end to that.

Are you able to let Freedman and Hartley know the decision that we've made?  If so, I will have a quick word with our call up and lock it in for the week.

League Office Transactions / Re: HIFL LEAGUE OFFICE III
« on: August 09, 2018, 01:03:03 AM »
Michigan calls up Kurtis Coughlin (CB) from Kalamazoo

"The way" not "they say".

.....stupid phone.

They say they reacted to being voted read (to me anyway) as caught scum. To say I was shocked at a vanilla flip would be an understatement.

Honestly, the setup of this game is throwing me for a loop. It's almost like there's 2 games happening at the same time, and I can't make heads or tails out of who's who, and what's what.

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: MICHIGAN MONSTERS
« on: August 08, 2018, 03:56:34 PM »
Hopefully he hasn't fully settled in and developed chemistry yet. We'll have to wait and see I suppose.

Backtracking for just a moment Coach. You mentioned TJ's value is in speed/special teams. Hypothetically speaking, if he were into it, do you think he could transition to the offense and play receiver? I don't mean now, we'd obviously do it in the offseason to allow him the best shot at success. Do you think it would b worth pursuing?

Without going into specifics, has anyone seen/noticed any of that 'change' the Mod keeps talking about?

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: MICHIGAN MONSTERS
« on: August 06, 2018, 03:01:54 AM »
What do you make about the new gunslinger in Jersey? How worried should we be?

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: MICHIGAN MONSTERS
« on: August 05, 2018, 09:59:58 PM »
I don't want to thrust a rookie into the top slot, so we'll ease him in. What do you say we order them Chong, Coughlin, McKeown, Edwards.  If Coughlin shows up like he projects to, he can claim the top spot.

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: MICHIGAN MONSTERS
« on: August 05, 2018, 09:24:22 PM »
Do you think he's better than all 3 of our current corners? How would you rank all 4?

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: MICHIGAN MONSTERS
« on: August 05, 2018, 08:23:06 PM »
Alright, lets use him at the goal line.

Have you had a chance to speak with Mumbasa about our minor leaguers?  How are they developing?  Anyone worth bringing up?

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: MICHIGAN MONSTERS
« on: August 05, 2018, 03:27:57 PM »
Damn Coach, you and I are on the same wavelength right now.  That was my exact assessment.  It is clear that the committee approach was doing us no favors, so one of them will likely want a new home for next year.  Hartley is younger and more versatile, plus Freedman's contract is up at the end of the season.  I agree, we go with Hartley and slot Freedman as maybe a goal line back?    Maybe find a place for him on special teams looks?

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: MICHIGAN MONSTERS
« on: August 05, 2018, 08:00:20 AM »
You're damn right Coach. We ain't gonna be another statistic. We're the defending Eastern Conference Chanpions, and we're gonna defend that to the very last down!

We've got a couple personnel decisions to make. First, we need to decide on if we're going with Freedman or Hartley. I have a feeling about where I wanna go, but I'd like to hear your input first.

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: MICHIGAN MONSTERS
« on: August 04, 2018, 07:32:49 PM »
He's still trying to mentally pick up the pieces from our last run in. Who knows what he'd do if we let him through the doors? I'm not keen on finding out.

Anyway, great job out there Coach! Not much to complain about that game, wouldn't you agree?

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: MICHIGAN MONSTERS
« on: August 04, 2018, 04:21:55 PM »
On a personal level, I say good for him for standing up for his players. It takes a GM with testicular fortitude to stand up to an owner like that. He is cementing himself as a players GM, and in the future his teams will run through brick walls for him.

On a professional level, as a GM in the North East, I love it. Drama in Cleveland, NJ has just jettisoned their starting QB - from the league entirely! I'm sitting here with my popcorn, wondering if it's DC, Milwaukee, or St. Paul that's next. Their troubles make them weaker, and with division play upon us, I'll take every leg up I can get.

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: MICHIGAN MONSTERS
« on: August 04, 2018, 02:39:10 AM »
1. Talk us through your Week 12 Game, What did you like, what didn't you like?

Very pleased with the win, but more so with the effort and cohesion shown by the team.  Early in the season we were inconsistent, but since my return the team has shown nothing but an iron will.  Gio continues to quietly have an MVP level season, 5 different receivers made catches this game, we gained over 100 yards on the ground...the offense continues to click.

Defensively, 3 sacks, an interception, a fumble recovery, a blocked extra complaints at how they played out there.  To borrow a word from GM Gooch, there was 'synergy' displayed out there, and I loved it.

2. What did you think of the All-Star skills challenges? 

What a tremendous event for the league and it's fans.  Congrats to Noah Rose for coming out as "HIFL's Strongest Man", and further congratulations go out to the other Monsters players who represented this organization well.

3. What did you think of the All-Star Game itself?

Boy, what a game.  That one will go down in HIFL history for sure.  I was proud of the efforts of the Monsters participants, notably Colt Soriano and Gary Hunter.  Those two made some big plays out there for sure. 

This sets the bar for All Star Games moving forward, and if subsequent ones live up to this one, it'll be must see TV for sure.

4. With the Minor League Call Up Window here once again, do you plan on calling up any players?

We're always striving to make our team better.  It will be something discussed among the staff this week, and implemented if we feel it makes our team better.

5. Talk about your game this upcoming week, and how do you feel about the final five games of the regular season?

This week New Jersey comes to town.  They've had an up and down season, but they are dangerous especially with Elias under center.  We only have 1 week of HIFL footage to break down in order to prepare for him, but rest assured we will work hard to find the chink in his armor.

Oh, and per tradition, GM Kirk will be banned from the facilities.

Following that, we host Cleveland, travel to Milwaukee and DC, before finishing out the schedule at home against St. Paul.  Division football is the toughest football there is, especially this late in the year.  Everyone is jockeying for playoff positioning, everyone is trying to knock off is going to be an intense month of games for sure.

Any other questions?


(if no questions)

Coach, great job out there.  I can't think of a single negative to come out of that game.  It feels like we really settled into a nice groove over the last few weeks, and it is the perfect time for us to find it.

Unfortunately there are a lot of gun shy people. 

What do we learn from a random lynch, though? If we're lucky enough to guess right on scum sure we've knocked one off but we're not any closer to figuring anything out. I'm still not sold on an early lynch just because. Already down two town. Guess wrong and we're down another two or, at best, someone is forced to use an ability they might not have been otherwise. I don't know man going for a lynch on nothing this early on without more to go on just doesn't seem like the right choice to me.

To echo and expand on what Talon said, you can learn a lot from analyzing lynches.  Who started the ball rolling?  Who hammered it home?  Who slipped onto the lynch train quietly?  Who pushed it hardest?  Who tried their best to avoid the lynch entirely?

Now, your conclusions to those questions may or may not be correct, but it is that sort of thinking which will allow you to form opinions of players outside of night actions.  And then we talk about it in thread, and come to a consensus as to who to lynch.

I am not telling anyone how to use their role. I am telling people to keep this information we now have in mind. Different things.

Nope. Calling for cops to use critical thinking skills is somehow anti-town?

About which post?

I'm not going anywhere near the gray area that is "hinting" at my other name.

Suffice it to say that my activity level was consistent with my usual activity level in these games.

Leave it to Kirk to always get the opposite of what I'm saying from my posts.

I said that, with 2 flipped cops already, it is likely that there is another/are more around. The fact that there are multiple types of cops, some with a negative utility to their roles, should be taken into account by players with those roles.

Basically, a cop shouldn't come on and say "vote for X, they're 100% scum" because it is not that cut and dry this game. They should (in my opinion) take measures to ensure the reliability of their role - things like targeting themselves, targeting a dead player, etc.

Ahh, thank you.

Based on the two modkills, it seems logical to assume there are other cop variants around. I hope all cops take that into account when deciphering their results.

Refresh my memory. A vanilla cop gets a result of "not guilty" for everyone, like a naive cop, right?

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: MICHIGAN MONSTERS
« on: July 31, 2018, 10:02:57 PM »
No problem Ted. I know you can do it. See you later.


Rose, please send this to the Coaches.

Freedman to Primary Back; Hartley to #2
Lock in

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: MICHIGAN MONSTERS
« on: July 30, 2018, 02:30:40 PM »
I understand your frustration, but I want to try and put it into a little bit of perspective for you.  I was speaking to Coach Tomlin the other day, and apparently production among tight ends around the league is down this year.  As frustrated as you are about your year, the numbers say - numbers as of last week mind you - that you are around 100 yards shy of the top yardage TE in the league, 12 less catches than the top TE catcher, and 2 TD's shy of the top scorers at your position.  Relative to the rest of the league, you are doing pretty well.

Now, I don't want you to take that information and use it to justify diminishing returns this year.  You feel as though you can do better, and I agree with that assessment.  I know the talent that you possess, which is why I drafted you in the first place.  You have all the tools to be an elite tight end in the league if you put it all together. 

So, I want you to get rid of that frustration.  That emotion does nothing but hinder progress.  Clear your mind, and double down on the work down on the practice field, and in the game.  Work on those hands to tighten up a bit on the drops, work on your agility to break free for big gains when you get the ball.  You do that, you'll see your name, or near, the top of every tight end list at the end of the season!  I know you can do it, you have my support 100%

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: MICHIGAN MONSTERS
« on: July 30, 2018, 01:52:11 PM »
I'll throw his hat into the ring.  Thanks Coach, I won't keep you any longer.  Have a great practice.


Can I speak with Ted Rojas please?


Hi Ted, thanks for coming.  I just wanted to check in, see how you were feeling about this season so far.

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: MICHIGAN MONSTERS
« on: July 29, 2018, 08:11:17 PM »
Alright then, we'll keep doing what we're doing this week.  I think we match-up pretty well with Tulsa.

One last thing while I've got you's almost All Star week.  Do you know if any of the guys were keen on participating in the skills activities?  The 40, obstacle course, JUGS, tug-o-war.....things like that?  Or alternatively, are there any guys that absolutely want nothing to do with it?

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: MICHIGAN MONSTERS
« on: July 29, 2018, 05:03:34 PM »

It looks like Seattle is 16th in the league in rushing yards allowed, while Tulsa is 11th.  Statistically Tulsa is a little bit tougher on the run, but 16th and 11th are in relatively the same ballpark.  With Freedman being a veteran, I think the playing field is fairly even in that regard.

On the other side of the ball, we still gave up yards, but the tweaks seemed to pay dividends.  We were able to get pressure up front, and that must have served to take some pressure off of the defensive backs.

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: MICHIGAN MONSTERS
« on: July 29, 2018, 04:51:20 PM »
This week Freedman gets the nod, and we are facing Tulsa.  Would you say that Tulsa's D versus the run is equivalent to Seattle's?  That way we get a reliable measuring stick for our little 2 week mini-tryout. 

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: MICHIGAN MONSTERS
« on: July 29, 2018, 04:13:34 PM »
For sure Coach, it's nice to get back to normalcy around here. 

It looks like the changes we made paid off this week.  Hartley looked good out there and, although Seattle got their yards through the air, we stopped them when it counted.

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: MICHIGAN MONSTERS
« on: July 29, 2018, 02:13:33 AM »
It feels great to be up here again, talking to you guys after a Monsters victory.  Congrats go out to GM Jon, and the Seattle organization.  The turnaround that he has brought to that city has been nothing short of miraculous, and I feel proud to have been able to come out of that game with a victory.

1. Talk us through this weeks game. What went wrong?  What went right?

We made a few tweaks to our game plan, and it bore fruit immediately.  Brandon Hartley had a tremendous game as the primary back, and Gio Hill showed that he could spread the ball around to more than just Colt.  We also showed some new looks on D, and we were able to get to Brewster 4 times and also tallied 6 tackles for a loss of yards.  I'd also like to single out the tremendous play of Walter Turner.  7 tackles, 2 big pass breakups, and a interception to cap it all off.  I am VERY pleased by the performance of this team.

2. Talk about any news your team is involved in this week, as well as what other news stories stood out to you this week?

I'd like to thank Coach Bryce for giving me the game ball.  I most certainly felt, and continue to feel, the love from this organization.

Curt Robles, a man I am very familiar with, had himself a record setting day.  Many in the media seem surprised by that, but I for one am not surprised at all.  He is a once in a generation player, and he continues to prove that to the world. 

Reports coming out of the AAF and XFL seem to indicate that they won't be very inclined to negotiate too many deals with HIFL teams.  I hope those reports turn out to be invalid.  Football as a sport will be healthier if we are all able to work together, and not be at war with each other.  It gives me nightmares of the old FBL and Super League, constantly feuding, and sniping at each other.  It's not a good look.

3. Talk about your game this upcoming week, what do you need to focus on most?

We've got Tulsa coming to town, and they are coming off of losing a big piece of their offense in Christopher Allen.  That is very unfortunate for them, because that makes them now a one-dimensional team.  Kitchen is a tremendously talented young Quarterback, but with the threat of Allen gone, it puts the entire game on his shoulders.  Kitchen himself may be up to the challenge, but I am not so sure that the receiving corps of Tulsa are up to it.  Regardless, we will show up ready to play.

Are there any further questions?


(If no questions)

Coach, that was one helluva game!  Thanks again for the game ball.  As you can see, I've had it framed and put up on the wall over means a lot to me.

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: MICHIGAN MONSTERS
« on: July 28, 2018, 10:31:41 PM »

First of all I want to tell you all how proud I am of you.  After my accident, you all circled the wagons and pulled together as a family to stay on mission.  When one man goes down, everyone else steps up.  And that is exactly what you all did.  Great job.

Next I want to congratulate the All Stars on this team.  Obviously I feel like more of you probably deserve recognition, but that will come in due time.  Those of you going to the All Star Game, represent the Monsters well.  Those of you who feel overlooked, use that to fuel your fire and put the league on notice.

Men, we are sitting here at 4-5.  Not exactly the record that any of us expected.  I wish I could stand here and tell you that I know exactly what the problem is, and exactly what the solution is.  But I can't.  Neither can any of the Coaching staff, or any of the pundits out there.  Because, for the most part, you all are out-pacing what you did last season, when you were 1 lousy point shy of winning the Impact Bowl.  It's frustrating for us to not have the answers, just as it must be frustrating for you to come out of hard fought games without the 'W'.

That said, we have identified a few things we are going to tweak in order to try and stem the tide.  For example, this team will no longer be running back by committee.  This week Brandon will get the nod as the primary back, while next week Roger will.  Whoever produces best for us will be our guy moving forward.  Also, we are going to try and give opposing offenses a different look than they have been seeing from us.  We're going to blitz more, but we are going to change things up by adding a bunch of zone blitzes to the scheme.  Also, from time to time, we are going to have the linebackers fall back into coverage to help the backfield.  The point being to disrupt the opposing passing attack which has really been the only glaring weakness that we can see out there.

I stand before you as the proud GM of the defending Eastern Conference Champs.  I don't want any of you to think for a single second that myself, the ownership, or any of the Coaching staff have given up on you, or on this season.  Because we most certainly HAVE NOT.  We win one game at a time gentlemen.  We get the win this week, and we're back to .500.  Next week, we have a winning record.  The week after that, the week after that, the week after thing you know, we've torn off the bandages and we're new men walking into the, not new men.  Monsters.

And we're going to remind the rest of the league that these Monsters are to be feared.

Hartley to Primary Back, Freedman to #2
Increase blitz percentage by 20%
Focus linebackers on coverage
Increase zone blitzing

Lock in

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: MICHIGAN MONSTERS
« on: July 28, 2018, 08:54:25 PM »
Hmm, then maybe it is not as big of a problem as I originally thought.  What an odd trend though.  We'll watch it moving forward.

Thanks for your time LT.  I'm going to follow you down to the practice field and have a word with the guys.



Hey guys, I just wanted to touch base with both of you to let you know of a change that the staff and I have decided to make.  We have all the confidence in the world in both of you, but we feel that we aren't getting as much production from the backfield as we would like.  We believe that the committee approach is what is hampering both of you from getting into a real game time groove.

So, moving forward we are going to name one of you the primary back for the rest of the season.  Each of you will get a game to show us why it should be you.  Whoever plays best gets the nod.  Brandon, you're up this week.  Roger, you got next week.  We'll find a role for whomever is designated the #2 back in the special teams game; we want you both involved for sure.

You guys up to the challenge?

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: MICHIGAN MONSTERS
« on: July 27, 2018, 11:11:15 PM »
So he drops about 17% of passes thrown his way, and he isn't breaking free as well as he did last season.  I'll have a chat with him.

Anything else stand out to you right now, or have we covered everything?

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: MICHIGAN MONSTERS
« on: July 27, 2018, 10:16:01 PM »
Tremendous idea!  We'll go with Hartley this week and Freedman next week. 

While I have you has Rojas been?  He was in a bit of a slump just before my accident, and I've lost track of his progress since.

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: MICHIGAN MONSTERS
« on: July 27, 2018, 10:06:21 PM »
Who is your preference, Freedman or Hartley?  They each bring a little something different to the table; which one do you think meshes best with our system?  My gut says to give Hartley a shot, but I definitely want to hear your thought.

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: MICHIGAN MONSTERS
« on: July 27, 2018, 09:49:07 PM »
Excellent.  I know it won't be a magic fix, but hopefully it stops the bleeding a bit.  Thanks for your time. 

Can you send LT to see me when you see him?  Much obliged.


LT, nice to see you.  I wanted to chat about our running back situation.  Coach Bryce and I were discussing it, and although we don't run the ball nearly as much as some other teams do, I'd like to get a little more production from that position.

Last season we switched from Freedman being our primary back to a committee you think that we might see better production if we made either Freedman or Hartley the primary back?  Or will it likely be more of the same in terms of numbers and impact on the game?

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: MICHIGAN MONSTERS
« on: July 27, 2018, 09:20:30 PM »
I like it!  If I put on the lock in sheet "increase blitz percentage by 20%/focus linebackers on coverage/increase zone blitzing", will that suffice?

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: MICHIGAN MONSTERS
« on: July 26, 2018, 11:09:33 PM »
It sure is.  I know it must be even more frustrating for you guys out there.  I know you all are doing your best.  Pass that word along to the rest of the backfield for me.  Keep working hard, and the results will come.  Thanks for your time.


Coach Maxfield please.


Coach...we got cornerback woes.  You warned me a bit about it coming out of camp, and it is plain to see how right you were.  If we can't fix the defensive backfield right now, lets try and take some of the pressure off of them.  Do you think that a scheme change could produce that result?  Attack more up front?  Or should we allow our backers to fade back and help in coverage?  I'm open to any and all ideas.

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: MICHIGAN MONSTERS
« on: July 26, 2018, 10:31:18 PM »
Alright Coach, thanks for bringing me back up to speed.  Let me go touch base with a few people, then I'll make my way down to the locker room to talk to the guys.


Alton Woods please.


Alton, thanks for your time.  The reason I asked to see you is because you are the veteran presence for this team in the defensive backfield.  You work closely with those guys, and I wanted to pick your brain a bit.  We've given up a lot of yardage and a lot of points so far this season.  Do you have any insight on what isn't going right? 

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: MICHIGAN MONSTERS
« on: July 26, 2018, 01:32:27 AM »
Woods is our veteran presence in the backfield.  I'll have a word with him, see if I can light a spark.  I'll also speak with Coach Maxfield, see if we can tweak anything on D.

Is there anything else that you can think of that could be causing us to stumble?  Is everyone putting in the work and being professional during practice? 

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: MICHIGAN MONSTERS
« on: July 25, 2018, 12:26:46 AM »
Well, clearly it's the opposing passing attacks that are killing us. It's weird, with us being solidly in the middle of the pack in PDs, and us being in the top 10 of picks, you wouldn't think that we'd have this problem. But there it is.

Is there any way of telling if we are simply giving up too many "big plays" per game, or if it is pass protection in general where we're lacking?

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: MICHIGAN MONSTERS
« on: July 24, 2018, 11:02:28 AM »
Hmm, thanks for the info on McClung. That's food for thought for sure. I don't want to mess with Gio's passing rhythm by making any tweaks, as he is pretty dialed in right now. If that changes, we'll readdress it.

Can I get a breakdown on our defensive rankings Coach? Sacks, picks, overall, that sort of thing....

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