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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: MICHIGAN MONSTERS
« on: May 10, 2018, 08:21:47 PM »
Thank you Mumbasa.  Appreciate the hard work.

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Rose, we are ready to lock in.  Please send this info down to the staff.

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Increase blitz by 25% in all scenarios on 1st/2nd/3rd downs

Lock in

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: MICHIGAN MONSTERS
« on: May 07, 2018, 04:15:48 PM »
Thank you, I look forward to reading it when it arrives.

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Forum Games / Re: WWE Prediction Contest: Backlash 2018
« on: May 06, 2018, 06:50:51 AM »
WWE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP - NO DISQUALIFICATION MATCH
AJ Styles (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura

INTERCONTIENTNTAL CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
Seth Rollins (c) vs. The Miz

UNITED STATES CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
Jeff Hardy (c) vs. Randy Orton

RAW WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
Nia Jax (c) vs. Alexa Bliss

SMACKDOWN WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
Carmella (c) vs. Charlotte Flair

THE BIG DOG VS. THE DESTROYER
Roman Reigns vs. Samoa Joe

THE RETURN VS. THE RETURN
Daniel Bryan vs. Big Cass

MONSTER DOMINATOR VS. STEENERICO
Braun Strowman and Bobby Lashley vs. Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn

PRE-SHOW

Bayley vs. Ruby Riott (with Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan)


BONUS QUESTIONS:

What color gloves will AJ Styles have? BLACK

Who is on the losing fall of BS/BL vs. KO/SZ (you may pick nobody)? ZAYN

Which match will be the longest? STYLES/NAKAMURA

Which match will be the shortest? (main show only) JAX/BLISS

How many backstage segments are there (main show only)? 4

Guess the length of time the main event lasts (per wiki - closest gets the point)? 19:19

Which match opens the main show? IC TITLE


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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: MICHIGAN MONSTERS
« on: May 02, 2018, 01:17:35 PM »
Thanks LT, I appreciate your time.

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Rose, can I speak with Mumbasa please? Last meeting this week, I promise.

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Mumbasa, I know that your full report is forthcoming but I wanted to touch base with you on a pair of guys - Kurtis Coughlin and Michael Kilpatrick. How are they coming along?

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: MICHIGAN MONSTERS
« on: April 27, 2018, 12:41:36 AM »
Alright, we'll do that then.  Hopefully that means we get to the QB 3 or 4 more times a game, and that can disrupt their momentum a bit, and get into their heads.

Thanks Coach.  Talk to you later.

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Can I speak with Coach Tomlin please?

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LT, thanks for your time.  I've already spoken to Coach Bryce about his thoughts on the first quarter of the year, but I wanted to talk to you and get your impression of what we've done the last four weeks.  What's working, what's not, that sort of thing.

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50 MAN ROYAL RUMBLE MATCH
Daniel Bryan, Big Show, Kane, Braun Strowman, Elias, Bobby Roode, Shane McMahon, Chris Jericho, Kurt Angle, Baron Corbin, Big E, Kofi Kingston, Xavier Woods, Apollo Crews, Shelton Benjamin, Sin Cara, Chad Gable, Goldust, Titus O'Neal, Mojo Rawley, Dolph Ziggler, Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, Randy Orton, Rey Mysterio, The Great Khali, Mark Henry
WINNER: Braun Strowman
RUNNER-UP: Kevin Owens
FINAL FOUR (one point for each correct answer): Daniel Bryan, Braun Strowman, Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn
SURPRISE ENTRANT: Booker T
FIRST ENTRANT: Elias
MOST ELIMINATIONS: Braun Strowman
LONGEST TIME IN: Seth Rollins
SHORTEST TIME IN: Curtis Axel

WWE UNIVERSAL CHAMPIONSHIP - STEEL CAGE MATCH
Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Roman Reigns

WWE CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
AJ Styles (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura

WWE INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP - FATAL FOUR-WAY LADDER MATCH
Seth Rollins (c) vs. The Miz vs. Finn Bálor vs. Samoa Joe

WWE UNITED STATES CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
Jeff Hardy (c) vs. Jinder Mahal

WWE RAW TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
The Bar (Sheamus and Cesaro) vs. The Deleters of Worlds (Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt)

WWE SMACKDOWN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
The Bludgeon Brothers (c) vs. The Usos (Jimmy and Jey)

WWE CRUISERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
Cedric Alexander (c) vs. Kalisto

POINTLESS MATCH
Triple H vs. John Cena

CASKET MATCH
The Undertaker vs. Rusev

BONUS QUESTIONS

Which match will go the longest (excluding the Rumble): HHH/Cena

Which match will go the shortest: Cruiserweight

Which match opens the show: IC Title


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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: MICHIGAN MONSTERS
« on: April 25, 2018, 06:05:19 PM »
I know you prefer a more conservative approach when it comes to blitzing, but with our DT's not getting any results out there right now, I feel like we should increase those numbers a bit to put pressure on the Quarterback. At least until we see Franklin and Richardson getting some push without utilizing the blitz.

Would increasing the percentages 25% across the board on 1st, 2nd, and 3rd downs throw too big of a wrench in your defensive scheme?

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: MICHIGAN MONSTERS
« on: April 23, 2018, 10:09:04 PM »
What are our current blitzing percentages?

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: MICHIGAN MONSTERS
« on: April 21, 2018, 11:26:10 PM »
That's surprising.  I know Franklin and Wynant are rookies and growing pains are to be expected, but Richardson is a vet.  There is definite talent there, so it is for sure troubling that they are doing so little so far.  That lack of pressure is giving the opposing QB all day to make his reads, hence all the yards and points we've been giving up. 

Are they all working hard in practice and putting in time in the film room?  This isn't a discipline thing is it?

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: MICHIGAN MONSTERS
« on: April 18, 2018, 09:11:54 PM »
Alright Coach, thanks for your input.  I won't hold you any longer.  When you see Coach Maxfield, please send him my way.

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Coach, thanks for your time.  I'd like to hear your assessment of the first quarter of the season.  Who is performing well, who is under performing, and any reasons why (if you happen to know them).

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: MICHIGAN MONSTERS
« on: April 15, 2018, 01:03:47 AM »
Hmm, that is definitely something to monitor moving forward.  Any other players stand out as having areas of concern?

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: MICHIGAN MONSTERS
« on: April 12, 2018, 01:10:08 PM »
Interesting. Is it lack of touches, or lack of production with the touches he's getting?

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: MICHIGAN MONSTERS
« on: April 12, 2018, 12:21:21 PM »
Understood Coach.

I think it's safe to say that we won't be tweaking anything on the offensive side of the ball, as we're clicking quite well there. I'll be speaking with Coach Maxfield about his thoughts on tweaking the 'D' though.

If you had to call out one player who isn't living up to your expectations so far, who would it be Coach?

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: MICHIGAN MONSTERS
« on: April 10, 2018, 11:45:51 PM »
Absolutely. I think it shows how good our offense is that we are only a couple of Sasser kicks away from sitting at 3-1. I also think that our defense proved they have heart by showing up to play when we told them that changes could be coming.

When do we get the quarterly report from the minors? I'd like to know what options are available before we start shuffling anything around.

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Forum Games / Re: WWE Prediction Contest
« on: April 09, 2018, 09:35:19 PM »
"Controversy" lol. Y'all just jealous.

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Forum Games / Re: WWE Prediction Contest: Wrestlemania 34
« on: April 07, 2018, 02:42:54 AM »

UNIVERSAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Brock Lesnar (c) (with Paul Heyman) vs. Roman Reigns
BONUS: Total amount of Brock Lesnar suplexes and Roman Reigns superman punches?  15
BONUS: Guess the length of the match? (closest gets the point)   18:19

WWE CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
AJ Styles (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
BONUS: How many two count pin attempts?   7
BONUS: How many violinists will be playing live for Shinsuke's entrance (who may choose none)?  14

THE OLYMPIC MEDALISTS vs. THE AUTHORITY
Kurt Angle and Ronda Rousey vs. Triple H and Stephanie McMahon
BONUS: Who hits their finisher first? (Angle Slam/Ankle Lock, Armbar, Pedigree from Triple H, Pedigree from SMH)  ANGLE SLAM
BONUS: Not including basic punches and kicks, how many offensive moves will Rousey successfully perform?    5

SMACKDOWN MANAGEMENT vs. THE YEP MOVEMENT
Daniel Bryan and Shane McMahon vs. Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn
BONUS: Who starts the match out?  OWENS/SHANE
BONUS: Who is on the losing end of the fall?  BRYAN

INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP - TRIPLE THREAT MATCH
The Miz (c) vs. Seth Rollins vs. Finn Bálor
BONUS: Who makes the first pin attempt?  The Miz
BONUS: Who gets put in the first submission?  The Miz

UNITED STATES CHAMPIONSHIP - FATAL FOUR-WAY MATCH
Randy Orton (c) vs. Bobby Roode vs. Jinder Mahal vs. Rusev
BONUS: Who will be the first wrestler alone in the ring after the match starts (if you can choose nobody)?  Rusev
BONUS: Who will be on the losing end of the fall? Jinder

RAW WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP
Alexa Bliss (c) vs. Nia Jax
BONUS: How many times with Alexa attempt to cheat?  3
BONUS: Will Carmella cash in on this match?  NO

SMACKDOWN WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP
Charlotte Flair (c) vs. Asuka
BONUS: How many times will the announce crew say the word streak?  11
BONUS: Will Carmella cash in on this match?  YES

RAW TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP
The Bar (Cesaro and Sheamus) (c) vs. Braun Strowman and TBD
BONUS: Who will be Braun Strowman's partner?  SAMOA JOE
BONUS: Will Cesaro lift Braun up for an offensive maneuver successfully?  YES

SMACKDOWN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP - TRIPLE THREAT MATCH
The Usos (Jey and Jimmy Uso) (c) vs. The New Day (Big E, Kofi Kingston, and/or Xavier Woods) vs. The Bludgeon Brothers (Harper and Rowan)
BONUS: Which three wrestlers start the match?  Luke Harper, Big E and Jimmy Uso
BONUS: Will either of the Bludgeon Brothers use their hammer on their opponent at any point during their match, to include pre and post match?  No

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THREE PART BONUS - 1 Pt for each correct answer, if all 3 correct, you earn 5 points
BONUS: Will John Cena and The Undertaker match take place on the card?  Yes
BONUS: If the match happens, pick the winner (you may say match does not happen)?  Undertaker
BONUS: Which version of the The Undertaker will we see (The Deadman or The American Bad Ass)... (you may say Undertaker does not appear)?  Deadman

BONUS: Which match opens the show?  IC TITLE
BONUS: Which match will be the shortest?  JAX/ALEXA
BONUS: Which match will be the longest?  STYLES/NAKAMURA
BONUS: How many special entrances (different from what you see on WWE TV) will there be?  5
BONUS: Guess the official attendance for the event (closest gets the point)?  79,719



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Forum Games / Re: WWE Prediction Contest: Wrestlemania 34 Pre-Show
« on: April 07, 2018, 02:24:28 AM »
CRUISERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
Cedric Alexander vs. Mustafa Ali
BONUS: How many top rope moves are attempted (off corner turnbuckle)?  6

FIFTH ANNUAL ANDRE THE GIANT MEMORIAL BATTLE ROYAL
Dash Wilder vs Scott Dawson vs. Baron Corbin vs. Mojo Rawley vs. Tye Dillinger
Matt Hardy vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Tyler Breeze vs. Fandango vs. Goldust vs.
Rhyno vs. Heath Slater vs. Zach Ryder vs. Primo Colon vs. TBD
WINNER:  Elias
RUNNER UP:  Big Cass
LAST 4:  Elias, Big Cass, Matt Hardy, Dolph Ziggler
SURPRISE ENTRANT (Not already named and not on Raw/SD TV in 2018):  Big Cass

FIRST ANNUAL WRESTLEMANIA WOMEN'S BATTLE ROYAL
Sasha Banks vs. Becky Lynch vs. Liv Morgan vs. Naomi vs. Natalya vs.
Ruby Riott vs. Sarah Logan vs. Bayley   vs. Lana vs. Mandy Rose vs.
Sonya Deville vs. Mickie James vs. Carmella vs. TBD
WINNER:  Sasha Banks
RUNNER UP:  Bayley
LAST 4:  Sasha, Bayley, Becky Lynch, Ember Moon
SURPRISE ENTRANT (Not already named and not on Raw/SD TV in 2018):  Ember Moon





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Forum Games / Re: WWE Prediction Contest: NXT TakeOver New Orleans
« on: April 07, 2018, 02:19:42 AM »
NXT CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
Andrade "Cien" Almas (c) (with Zelina Vega) vs. Aleister Black
Bonus: Guess the length of the match? (closest predictor gets the point) 27:59

NXT WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
Ember Moon (c) vs. Shayna Baszler
How many submission breaks from grabbing the rope? 5

NXT TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH - TRIPLE THREAT
DUSTY RHODES TAG TEAM CLASSIC TROPHY
The Undisputed Era (Adam Cole and Kyle O'Reilly) (c) vs. The Authors of Pain (Akam and Rezar) vs. Roderick Strong and Pete Dunne
Bonus: Which wrestler is on the losing end of the fall? Dunne
Bonus: Which wrestler is on the winning end of the fall? Cole
Bonus: Who starts the match for TUE? Cole
Bonus: Who starts the match for AoP? Akam
Bonus: Who starts the match for RS/PD? Strong

NXT NORTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH - LADDER MATCH
Adam Cole vs. EC3 vs. Killian Dain vs. Lars Sullivan vs. Ricochet vs. Velveteen Dream
Bonus: How many times does the hanging belt get touched by participants in the match? 4
Bonus: Who will be the first match participant to touch the ladder? Ricochet

UNSANCTIONED MATCH
Johnny Gargano vs. Tommaso Ciampa
Bonus: How many two count pin attempts?3

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Bonus: Which match opens the show: NA Title
Bonus: In the case their is a surprise debut... name someone who that might be? War Machine


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You can add 1 more. You've only got 9 there.

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: MICHIGAN MONSTERS
« on: April 04, 2018, 11:41:16 PM »
1. Talk us through this weeks game. What went wrong?  What went right?

As has been the case all season long, we put a lot of points up on the board.  But this week, the defense stepped up and allowed us to leave Cleveland with a win.  Now I'm not going to stand here and say that everything is 'fixed' on 'D'.  No, we need a few more performances like that for me to make that proclamation.  I will say however that we finally took a big step in the right direction. 

We held Cleveland to under 300 yards of total offense, and really stifled them on 3rd down, only giving them 2 out of 11.  We also snagged a couple of interceptions, including Walter Turner's pick 6.  All in all, it was a BIG time improvement, one that we will work hard to build upon.


2. Which of your division rivals has surprised you the most so far this season?

I'm scratching my head at the play of St. Paul.  They are struggling even more so than teams like Rapid City, Kansas City, and ourselves.  With the type of roster and coaching they have, this is certainly unexpected.


3. With where you sit in the standings, do you feel it is a true reflection of your team? Where do you feel you should stand, and who on your team is most responsible for your current standing?

Absolutely not.  Defensive struggles or not, we'd be sitting tied with Cleveland - and having just beaten them, we'd actually be the division leader - had it not been for Omer Sasser's boot.  I know I am low on the list of guys he's killed with that leg of his but....damn, that guy is a miracle worker for DC.  I've lost count at how many losses he's turned into wins for them. 


4. What has been the biggest challenge for your team so far this season, and who would you say was your teams' most improved?

Obviously we are having some defensive struggles.  We've given up a lot of points this season, and that is unsustainable.  There isn't even one guy we can point to, it is just an overall struggle that has plagued us through a few games this season.  This past week is us, hopefully, closing the door on all that.

As for Most Improved, I'd like to give a shout out to Benny Ramos.  He got his new contract in the offseason, and has been motivated as hell averaging something like 30 yards per catch.  It is quite impressive to watch.


5. Talk to us about your upcoming game this week.  What will be the toughest thing to prepare for this week?

I briefly touched on St. Paul earlier.  I hope that their struggles continue, while we keep moving in the right direction.  The toughest thing to prepare for?  Where do I start?  Kidwell, Back, McCaffrey, Hagan, Maxley, Wilson....if they start gelling they way GM Gooch expects them to, then every team that faces them is going to be in for a rough time.

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If there wasn't a "3 seasons or more" rule, I'd have named Life on Mars (UK version) as one of my shows.  I fucking LOVED that show. 

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Hmmm, I can do a Top 10 for sure, but I am not sure that I can accurately rank them.  So here are my Top 10 shows, in no particular order.

- The Twilight Zone
- Star Trek: The Next Generation
- The Walking Dead
- Lost
- Marvel's Agents of Shield
- Seinfeld
- Fringe
- Halt and Catch Fire
- Community
- The Americans


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OOC Boards / Re: THE FUTURE OF LIVE SIMS
« on: March 28, 2018, 03:36:11 PM »
I wasn't directing that comment specifically at you, Mike. The idea that there could be favoritism was floated out there somewhere (here or on discord, not sure where), and I'm merely responding. I have no idea who may have said it, so I'm not specifically targeting you and saying it was your comment.

Fair enough, although I can't imagine who would say something so crazy. I can only hope copious amounts of alcohol were involved with whoever said that.

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OOC Boards / Re: THE FUTURE OF LIVE SIMS
« on: March 28, 2018, 01:42:30 PM »
I voted for them to continue. The initial issue that I had is nowhere near big enough to cancel everything outright.

I would like to mention something that I've seen mentioned a few times, most recently here by Digger....

I have enjoyed being able to watch a play by play of not only my games, but others as well, so I want to see the practice continue. The idea, even just a hint of an idea, that Talon would show favoritism in simming games is ridiculous and highly insulting to him, a guy that's running a tremendous game for all of us to enjoy on a daily basis. Yes, there were a few GM decisions to go for fourth downs, but it wasn't over the top or preferential in any way. It just happened that said GMs were online during their game sims and had the opportunity to decide to go for a fourth down. It's not a big deal in any way, and the notion that it could potentially blow up a great new aspect of the game is disappointing....

That is not, and has never been the issue. Unless someone else has said something that I'm not aware of, I don't know how or why my comments were misconstrued in this way. Talon is absolutely fair, and I would never suggest otherwise.

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: MICHIGAN MONSTERS
« on: March 25, 2018, 09:36:13 PM »
Make it so.

Lock in

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: MICHIGAN MONSTERS
« on: March 25, 2018, 08:20:49 PM »
Jesus.....I'm just......I dunno Coach. Wow. Just, wow.

Let's get through the first quarter of the season, and next week we'll have to make some moves. Perhaps a trade, perhaps calling up someone from the minors, perhaps a depth chart rejigger....unless something clicks this week, we're gonna change up some stuff. Because we're clearly off our game here.

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: MICHIGAN MONSTERS
« on: March 25, 2018, 01:50:09 PM »
Any improvements on the defensive side, or more of the same?

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: MICHIGAN MONSTERS
« on: March 24, 2018, 08:35:12 PM »
What was our issue on 3rd downs? Drops? Incompletions? Getting stuffed at the line?

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: MICHIGAN MONSTERS
« on: March 24, 2018, 02:55:13 AM »
1. Talk us through this weeks game. What went wrong?  What went right?

It is the same tale from the last 2 weeks.  Our offense is scoring nicely, but we are giving up waaay too many yards on defense.  Add an X-Factor like Sasser to the mix - the guy nailed 5 field goals - and that is the recipe for disappointment for us.


2. How do you feel about the emergence of the Alliance of American Football and the XFL?

Football is America's favorite sport, so I am all for other leagues giving the people what they want.  I hope we can have friendly relations with the new leagues.


3. Talk about something going on around the league this season that has interested you in one way or another.

It seems that Rapid City are in the same boat as we are in.  Both Impact Bowl teams from last year stumbling a bit out of the gate.  It just goes to show you just how much parity there is in the HIFL.  One strong draft class and some spirited free agent signings can turn a team around in no time.


4. Talk to us about your upcoming game this week.  What will be the key to victory?

If we can get a handle on what is going on defensively, I like our chances against any team in the league.  Cleveland included.

Any further questions?


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(If no questions)

Well Coach....I think that had we been able to convert a few more 3rd downs, we may have come out with the 'W' there.

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OOC Boards / Re: Rivalry Trophies
« on: March 23, 2018, 05:15:35 PM »
Where the Powers -v- Kirk rivalry  ;)

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: MICHIGAN MONSTERS
« on: March 21, 2018, 12:46:52 PM »
Alright then, let's get back on track.

Doolittle - 1 hr extra film study

Lock in

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: MICHIGAN MONSTERS
« on: March 21, 2018, 11:47:44 AM »
Alright Coach, we'll give Doolittle some extra film time this week in case he needs to start.

I think we've addressed everything important....is there anything else we need to touch on before we lock in?

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: MICHIGAN MONSTERS
« on: March 19, 2018, 10:40:06 PM »
That sounds more like the Hunter I know. Another "story" blown out of proportion by the media.

Let's talk Gio. You mentioned he got hurt taking a sack?

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: MICHIGAN MONSTERS
« on: March 19, 2018, 10:19:31 PM »
Hmm, if McKeown continues to struggle a bit, we may need to swap him and Chong in the depth chart. We'll give that a little more time though.

What's the deal with Hunter getting into it on SportsCenter?

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: MICHIGAN MONSTERS
« on: March 19, 2018, 05:26:00 PM »
Shit. Is it one particular corner that's getting torched, or is it all 3?

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: MICHIGAN MONSTERS
« on: March 19, 2018, 04:50:27 PM »
I know that the report out of camp was that our corners didn't progress as much as we'd hoped, but this looks like a regression more than anything. We certainly weren't amazing in the backfield last year, but we weren't this bad.

Everyone working hard in practice? Any personality conflicts causing strife? Is there anything we can put our finger on as the culprit?

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: MICHIGAN MONSTERS
« on: March 19, 2018, 02:53:19 PM »
1. Talk us through this week's game. What did you like, what do you want to see improved?

Good afternoon.  It's been a couple of weeks since I addressed the media, so forgive me if I include some Week 1 tidbits in with this weeks answers.

On the positive side, our offense appears to be clicking quite well.  We're moving the ball, and scoring a bunch of points.  On the negative side, we need several improvements on the defense right now.  We've given up far, far too many yards and (in the case of this weeks game) waaay too many points.  I'm not sure exactly what the issue is at this moment in time, but I will be touching base with the coaching staff to try and pinpoint the issues.


2. Through two games this season, who's surprising you for the better, and for the worst?

I wouldn't say that I am 'surprised' because the point in revamping the offensive line was to achieve this result, but I am very pleased about their collective play thus far.  Combined they have 35 pancakes and only 1 sack allowed - those are quality numbers for sure.

I am not so excited about the play of our #2 quarterback, Donald Doolittle.  He has played part in both games so far this season, once in relief when we had a comfortable lead, and once replacing Gio when he got banged up.  7/22 for 73 yards, zero scores, and 1 interception.  That is not the type of play that we have come to expect from Donald, and if he needs to start this week due to Gio's injury, we will work hard to make sure he is prepared to play the way we know he can play.


3. Which one-part of your team do you believe is only going to get better going forward?

The defense for sure.  We have a ton of quality play makers on that side of the ball.  We will not be giving up 500 yards and 50 points per game, that much is for sure.


4. Talk about your news story this week.

I am not privy to the details, and I have not yet seen the video, so I cannot comment on the incident between Stevens and Hunter on SportsCenter at this time.  Rest assured, I will look into it.


5. Talk about at least two other news stories this week.

If Reg Duke was really playing with a concussion, then I am completely disgusted.  As the GM who drafted him into the league, I know just how fine of a man he is, not to mention the quality of the player.  To disregard his health for a week 2 win...that is a terrible example to set, and it should definitely be addressed by the league.

Over in Rapid City, another player is feeling 'betrayed' by GM Gates.  Now, I do not know what conversations went on behind closed doors over there, but what I do know is that Barry got suspended for an illegal hit that may cost a man his career, and that there has been no indication that GM Gates plans on contesting the suspension.  One thing that I have learned over the course of my mistakes in my GMing career is the value of loyalty to ones team.  As GM, you need to have the back of every single player on the team, regardless of whether or not you agree with what they've done or not.  If the issue in Rapid City is one where GM Gates is being seen by his players as a man who views the pieces of his team as cogs in a machine, then I can't say that I blame the heat he is getting from them right now.


6. Talk to us about your match up this week, how do you rebound from defeat?

We've gotta get better on defense, period.  If we keep giving up all those yards and points, we won't beat a college JV squad, let alone the Cobras. 

Any further questions from the media?


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(IF NO FURTHER QUESTIONS)

Coach, thanks for taking the reigns while I've been away.  It was much appreciated.

We have a few things to talk about, but first and foremost, what is going on with the defense?  We've given up far too many yards, and last week we let Jersey hang 51 on us.  What's the deal?

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Forum Games / Re: WWE Prediction Contest: Fastlane 2018 (Smackdown)
« on: March 08, 2018, 01:56:51 PM »
WWE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
AJ Styles (c) vs. John Cena vs. Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn vs. Baron Corbin vs. Dolph Ziggler
BONUS: Name who will be on he losing end of the pin fall or submission. Cena
BONUS: Who will be the third entrance? Sami Zayn
BONUS: Will Undertaker appear? No

SMACKDOWN WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP
Charlotte Flair (c) vs. Ruby Riott (with Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan)
BONUS: Will Carmella cash in her MitB? No
BONUS: What color will Charlotte Flair’s robe be? Blue

WWE UNITED STATES CHAMPIONSHIP
Bobby Roode (c) vs Randy Orton
BONUS: How many RKOs does Orton hit? 4

SMACKDOWN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS
The Usos (Jey Uso and Jimmy Uso) (c) vs. The New Day (Big E, Kofi Kingston, and/or Xavier Woods)
BONUS: Which two men wrestle for New Day? Big E and Xavier
BONUS: How many two count falls in the match? 7

Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Rusev (with Aiden English)
BONUS: Over/Under the length of this match at 10 minutes. Under

Becky Lynch and Naomi vs. Natalya and Carmella
BONUS: Which two women start the match? Becky and Natalya

BONUSES:
What match opens the PPV main show? Uso's/New Day
Any NXT surprise appearances? No


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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: MICHIGAN MONSTERS
« on: March 08, 2018, 12:40:55 PM »
Excellent news.  No sense in wasting time, lets go do this thing!

Giovanni Hill ACTIVATED

Giovanni Hill QB 1/Donald Doolittle QB 2/Pablo Santiago Messi QB 3
Ted Rojas TE 1/Jonas Alley TE 2
James Franklin DT 1/Douglas Richardson DT 2

All else Coaches Decision

Lock in

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General Manager's Office / Re: HIFL LEAGUE OFFICE III
« on: March 08, 2018, 12:38:29 PM »
Michigan designates TE Michael Kilpatrick and DT Sammie Wyant to their Minor League affiliate the Kalamazoo Golden Kazoos

Michigan ACTIVATES Giovanni Hill for regular season

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: MICHIGAN MONSTERS
« on: March 07, 2018, 11:18:47 AM »
Fair enough Coach. I'll send Wyant down to the minors to get some work in.

How has the team responded to the addition of Coach Ledoux and his yoga program?

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: MICHIGAN MONSTERS
« on: March 07, 2018, 12:29:27 AM »
Alright, we'll work with him some more.

Richardson or Wyant for DT #2?

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: MICHIGAN MONSTERS
« on: March 06, 2018, 07:33:02 PM »
Where does PSM need the most work? And, provided we get him the training he needs and he takes to it, how good do you project him being?

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: MICHIGAN MONSTERS
« on: March 06, 2018, 03:38:55 PM »
Anyone that doubted that we were gunning for that trophy was just kidding themselves. You don't get as close as we did and ease off the gas, you put the pedal to the metal and fucking GO. I know we're on the same page there Coach.

Let's talk about the position battles we had. Doolittle clearly looked better on the stat sheets than PSM, but I know that doesn't tell the whole story. What'd you see out there?

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: MICHIGAN MONSTERS
« on: March 06, 2018, 05:05:16 AM »
1. Talk about your off-season, what did you like, what did you not like?

Well, we didn't tinker too much with the formula that got us within 2 points of a Championship.  We shored up the offensive line by bringing in Domingo Smith and Noah Rose, and we got a real steal by being able to bring in Walter Turner as well.  Gary Hunter is also a big get for us, as we now have the best linebacking duo in the league.  We also drafted some prime talent in Donald Cunningham, Eugene Jett, and James Franklin, all of whom we expect to be day 1 starters.

As to what I didn't like?  Well, we were a player in the Barkley sweepstakes but didn't manage to land him.  Other than that, the offseason went splendidly.


2. How much stock do you put into your teams preseason performance?

The preseason is not a time for looking at the scoreboard, it is a time for the coaching staff and myself to evaluate the talent that we have, and decide which players deserve the most playing time.  We got some valuable intel on our own squad to help put us in a position to win right off the bat.


3. What did you gather from your preseason games?

Haha, that's the secret sauce isn't it?  You'll all be able to see what decisions we made when the week 1 rosters are submitted to the league, and not until then.


4. What is something you'd like to see your team improve over what they did in the preseason?

We had 4 turnovers in 2 games.  Those are momentum killers in the regular season, so we need to do a bit better in that regard.


5. Who was your MVP of the preseason?

I know that offensive line stats aren't the 'sexiest' out there, but rookie Donald Cunningham had 10 pancake blocks and didn't give up a sack in those 2 games.  The #1 thing that every team needs to do is keep your quarterback upright and safe, and with continued performances like that, we certainly will.


6. What is your season objective this year, and where do your see yourself finishing the season?

It is very, very simple.  We were 1 point away from tying, and 2 points away from winning the whole enchilada last year.  I've heard the whispers from all the doubters out there saying that we played over our heads last year, that it was a fluke.  Our mission this year is to prove that it was most certainly NOT a fluke, and we are coming for that Impact Bowl trophy.  PERIOD.

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OOC Boards / Re: HIFL Season 10 Predictions
« on: March 02, 2018, 12:19:21 AM »
DIVISION WINNERS:
North East - St. Paul
South East - Alabama
North West - Rapid City
South West - Las Vegas

WILDCARDS:
East - Cleveland
East - Miami
East - Michigan
East - D.C.
West - Lincoln
West - Kansas City
West - San Antonio
West - St Louis

IMPACT BOWL X TEAMS:
- Michigan
- Rapid City

IMPACT BOWL X WINNERS:
- Michigan

MVP: Giovanni Hill (Michigan)
Offensive ROTY:  Steven Jackson (Milwaukee)
Defensive ROTY: Talon Wilkinson II (Oakland)
Offensive POTY: Marcus Mariota (Kansas City)
Defensive POTY: Bruce Wilkinson (Alabama)
GM OF THE YEAR: GM Powers

OVERALL BEST RECORD (Regular season):
- Rapid City

Tackle Leader: Larry Stevens (D.C.)
Sack Leader: Waylon Hagan (St. Paul)
Passing Yards Leader: Marcus Mariota (Kansas City)
Passing TD Leader: Giovanni Hill (Michigan)
Rushing Yards Leader: Jeremy Martin (Rapid City)
Rushing TD Leader: Jeremy Martin (Rapid City)
Catch Leader: Colt Soriano (Michigan)
Receiving Yards Leader: Douglas Fowler (KC)
Receiving TDs Leader: Steven Jackson (Milwaukee)
Interceptions Leader (defense): Juan Kirk (Portland)
Will Anthony Smith (OT) allow a sack: Nope

FIRST (non-TJ) GM FIRED: GM Franchise

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: MICHIGAN MONSTERS
« on: February 28, 2018, 11:29:00 PM »
Gary Hunter replaces Tyler George in depth chart (LB #2)

QB Giovanni Hill INACTIVE for the preseason
TE Michael Kilpatrick called up to main roster for preseason

Preseason Game 1
Donald Doolittle QB 1/Pablo Santiago Messi QB 2
Ted Rojas TE 1/Jonas Alley TE 2/Michael Kilpatrick TE 3
James Franklin DT 1/Sammie Wyant DT 2/Douglas Richardson DT 3

Preseason Game 2
Pablo Santiago Messi QB 1/Donald Doolittle QB 2
Ted Rojas TE 1/Michael Kilpatrick TE 2/Jonas Alley TE 3
James Franklin DT 1/Douglas Richardson DT 2/Sammie Wyant DT 3

Lock in



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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: MICHIGAN MONSTERS
« on: February 27, 2018, 09:58:18 PM »
Alright, well that makes it fortunate that we have 2 preseason games to get it figured out.  We'll touch base later, thanks Coach.

*****

Rose, I'll be sending in the lock in info shortly.  Thanks.

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: MICHIGAN MONSTERS
« on: February 27, 2018, 07:18:24 PM »
We are 100% clear Gary, I appreciate the second chance.  I'll let you get settled in.

*****

Rose, can I speak to Coach Maxfield one last time please.

*****

Coach, I tried to go out and get Barkley, but Vegas just offered too much.  I was able to land Hunter though, easing your concerns about one of our backers needing to step up.  Now we have two stud linebackers, and our front 7 is that much scarier. 

Does adding Hunter change up what you want to do on defense at all, or does it just make what you already planned on doing that much more effective?

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: MICHIGAN MONSTERS
« on: February 26, 2018, 10:20:24 PM »
That's fantastic. If we can get him to the point where he is a complimentary receiver to Colt, we'll be sitting pretty. Thanks Coach. Talk to you later.

*****

Rose, can I speak with Gary Hunter please? On the phone is perfectly acceptable if he hasn't arrived yet.

*****

Gary, thank you for your time. Before I say anything else, I just want to start things off by apologizing to you for my actions in Tombstone. I did a terrible, shortsighted thing, and you got swept up in it simply by being a player there. My actions negatively effected the entire locker room, you included, and I just want to say that I am sincerely sorry for that. I can assure you that my head is screwed on straight, and my nose will be clean forevermore.

Moving forward to today, when I saw that Tombstone made you available, I jumped on the phone immediately. I wanted you playing for this team for the same reasons that I signed you in Tombstone to begin with. Your leadership, your drive, your amazing play on the field. Paired up with Steed, this team now has the best 1-2 punch in the league at your position.

Welcome to Michigan. And again, I apologize for my scandalous behavior in Tombstone.

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