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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: NEW ORLEANS BRASS
« on: Today at 12:13:52 AM »

Unless someone out there is trading a viable starter and you can workout a deal, then I don't see why not, he's the next man up for the opportunity.

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: INDIANAPOLIS AEROS
« on: May 29, 2020, 09:08:05 PM »


General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: SEATTLE LUMBERJACKS
« on: May 29, 2020, 08:38:11 PM »

Alright Coach, that sounds good. I won't be too much longer, but I'd like to have a little discussion with our coordinators before we lock-in this week. Welcome to hang around for the conversation if you'd like, Coach.

Starr, can you send in Coach Farmer please.

Hey Coach, we're not off to a great start this season on the defensive side of the ball and just want to see how you feel the players have adapted to your scheme or if you think we have personnel in the wrong spot? I'm not too worried about what Ortega did to us per say, because he's a unique player that seems to do that to just about everybody, plus not having Lai on the field didn't help. But the big chunk plays we've been allowing in our two losses is worrisome. Any changes you recommend or is it just part of the learning a new system and playing two really tough opponents? 

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: GOLDEN STATE BAYHAWKS
« on: May 29, 2020, 08:15:05 PM »

Yes... those poor bastards better hit the ball good this week!

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: AUSTIN DRILLERS
« on: May 29, 2020, 08:13:57 PM »

The team is feeling pretty good and excited to show GM Slavedigger what he missed out on. 

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: BOISE ELK
« on: May 29, 2020, 08:12:18 PM »

We could shuffle it a bit and see how it looks after this week. Hudson, Ruffini, Coggin is how I'd like to see it, personally. But I'll trust your decision if you want to try and choose which match-ups would be best against the Hammerheads. 

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: THUNDER BAY ROAR
« on: May 29, 2020, 08:10:06 PM »

Doc has given him the clear to resume normal activities, so I'm not worried about any setbacks.

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: INDIANAPOLIS AEROS
« on: May 29, 2020, 08:08:44 PM »

We can try a few different things out and see if it works. Moving Garcia to 3rd and Stotts to Short, which would free up the DH spot for Sturgess, who would bring instant power to the middle of the lineup. Basically we'd sacrifice a little defensive fielding for offensive output. I'd also like to see you grab a few people off the free agent market, we have roster space that we could be utilizing and while I doubt there is anyone there that makes us better, it'd be nice to have some better depth off the bench, positional wise.       

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
« on: May 29, 2020, 08:01:24 PM »

Kevin Anderson is really one of the only players that has potential, but doesn't have his heart set on reaching his ceiling.

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
« on: May 29, 2020, 10:58:42 AM »

We are relying on some young talent and with that comes growing pains. We are better then our record indicates, but the chips haven't fallen our way so far. 

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: SEATTLE LUMBERJACKS
« on: May 29, 2020, 09:57:28 AM »

I'll let you do your thing Coach with those changes, whatever it takes to get out of this feeling of regression. I'm glad Lai isn't going to miss any time, really seemed like the Bama rushing attack took off when he got hurt. Long Beach has some speed at receiver with Ross and McKenzie, and Lawrence looks better then he did last season. They also seem to be using their athletic punter in different sets on offense as well that we'll need to take account of. Defensively, they are pretty good up front and in the secondary, but I think we can pick them apart in the middle of the field against those linebackers. I'm thinking a healthy dose of slants and crossing routes and hopefully the line can give Elias time to find the open man. 

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: NEW ORLEANS BRASS
« on: May 29, 2020, 09:27:45 AM »

Next time you should single someone out, especially after we got swept. You'd gain the respect of the clubhouse better that way by being brutally honest.

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: INDIANAPOLIS AEROS
« on: May 29, 2020, 09:23:13 AM »

Went toe-to-toe with the team with the best record in the conference and we honestly should've won that second game. But I still feel pretty good about where we sit.       

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: GOLDEN STATE BAYHAWKS
« on: May 29, 2020, 09:21:13 AM »

Now that you mention it, I do have this boil on the inside of my bum. Think I should get it checked out or just wait it out?

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: AUSTIN DRILLERS
« on: May 29, 2020, 09:20:09 AM »
"Are you planning to lead that investigation in Chicago?"

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: BOISE ELK
« on: May 29, 2020, 09:15:11 AM »

I don't think it's Loock, this is the worst year he's had as a pitching coach thus far, but I don't like to judge a season a third of the way through. We have the talent on the mound, it's just about trying to get those consistent performances out of them now.

« on: May 28, 2020, 12:20:03 PM »

I think I'd like to see how we do when we swap Funicelli and Amir in the rotation. Celli has been struggling this year in the ace role and while Amir has had a few bad outings, I think he gives us our best chance to get the series off on a good note.

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: ALBUQUERQUE ROADRUNNERS
« on: May 28, 2020, 12:15:23 PM »

That's what it looks like when we are clicking as a team. It was great to finally see the team put it all together for a full series.   

« on: May 28, 2020, 12:11:48 PM »

Some guys are just more fragile then other guys I guess and Horne plays hard at all times. We could go that route for sure and have Fox play CF.   

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: VIRGINIA BEACH TIDE
« on: May 28, 2020, 12:10:03 PM »

I'm looking forward to showing the 9 players that went before me in the draft made the wrong decision. Coach Mickelson has really been working on my command as I feel the velocity is already there.

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: BOISE ELK
« on: May 28, 2020, 11:32:50 AM »

Benching Estrada wouldn't go well. But I do think hitting him 2nd isn't working and we should drop him to 5th in the order. Maybe swapping Braswell and Estrada around will help get both guys going. As for Thorpe, I think we can mix him in as 2B and DH and getting multiple players some playing time in platoon style roles. I wouldn't mind seeing 2 games each for Thorpe and Hamtrotter and giving a game a piece to Santiago and Smith. Might also be wise to see what type of starting pitchers we could get for someone like Estrada though as well. His trade value might be down, but he still is a valuable bat. And if not him, maybe one of our young bats to get a young arm.   

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: SEATTLE LUMBERJACKS
« on: May 28, 2020, 02:41:08 AM »



1. Talk about your teams performance this week, where do you need to improve most?

"We didn't show up, it's that simple. I don't know what else to really say about that game, it was that embarrassing. We're a much better team then the one that showed up to Mobile and I know Coach Graham, Coach Carlson, and Coach Farmer will be working tirelessly to get the team back on the right track. If there was one positive I can take from the game is that we came out with a little bit of fire in the second half. We need to do something about these penalties we keep committing. They cripple our drives, they extend possessions for our opponents, we have to be a more disciplined team. But as you can see from this last game, we have more than that we'll need to work on."   

2. Talk about your teams news, and if you are up to it any other news that caught your attention.

"The Seattle fans have every right to be skeptical. I haven't really delivered since my arrival here in Season 9. Sure, we've had moderate regular season success, but the playoff win column reads zero. So I can't sit here and fault them for expecting better results, because I also have those same expectations. This season, we might have stepped off on the wrong foot, but it's a long long season and we'll prove that when we get knocked down, we get back up again.

I know a lot of attention has been put on our team billboards, but I don't regret letting the entire league and the 31 other fanbases know exactly what DP accomplished last season. They can tweet about it, they can take pictures on them, but I guarantee you nobody will be confused anymore on who owns that record. So mission accomplished.

Yes, I did hear Timothy Cobbs comments about Anthony Smith. I'm not going to pretend that I know exactly what happened on that play or how the officials decide to scorekeep, but it sure is fun to watch two athletes that are some of the best in league history at their positions compete."

3. Feel free to comment on anything else and/or your upcoming game this week.

"We head to SoCal and face the Mermen. They have started the season much like us, so I know the hunger on their side to win will be just a much as ours. I can tell you that we have a better team, but that doesn't really matter, it's time to go out there on that field and prove it."

"We took one of the chin, eh Coach? We couldn't slow down Ortega, we couldn't move the ball on offense. Just a really frustrating performance from the team. And the penalties Coach... this is not a theme we can afford to have continue, but I'm not sure what we can do to fix it. There doesn't seem to be one player or one specific penalty, it's just a lack of mental focus that is costing us in pivotal moments it seems."   

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: BROOKLYN PUNISHERS
« on: May 28, 2020, 01:34:24 AM »

We've been hit 13 times this season, tied with Golden State for the most this season. Hey, as long as they aren't targeting us to hurt us, I say let them give us the free base.   

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: VIRGINIA BEACH TIDE
« on: May 28, 2020, 01:30:46 AM »

I think we could potentially have future starters in Vitale and Almquist. I was impressed with their composure when they were called upon. No need to rock the boat when we're smooth sailing.   

« on: May 28, 2020, 12:32:39 AM »

We got embarrassed our there. I'd like to quickly forget that series ever happened. 

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: MEXICO CITY TORITOS
« on: May 28, 2020, 12:30:50 AM »

Either of the Perez boys could give some bulk innings, but Gandarilla use to start for us and would be our best option I think.

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: VIRGINIA BEACH TIDE
« on: May 28, 2020, 12:07:17 AM »

As usual, you leave the press impressed and they are already writing fairly humorous stories about GM Phoenix Jr. Now it's time for the team to back it up on the field. 

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: MEXICO CITY TORITOS
« on: May 28, 2020, 12:02:33 AM »

Maybe we should've hit Pizza Boy. I kid. But in all seriousness, we need to figure out this pitching situation.

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: BOISE ELK
« on: May 27, 2020, 11:59:37 PM »

One of these weeks, all of our starting pitchers will be on the same page. It's been like night and day. Very frustrating.   

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: BROOKLYN PUNISHERS
« on: May 27, 2020, 11:58:24 PM »

Feels like the team was looking ahead to this week's match-up. Hopefully that ass kicking woke us up and we respond.   

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: GOLDEN STATE BAYHAWKS
« on: May 27, 2020, 11:57:14 PM »

Nothing can slow down the #rOuGhPaTcH bandwagon!

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: THUNDER BAY ROAR
« on: May 27, 2020, 11:56:18 PM »

That was the satisfying series win we needed. Getting Bill back in the nick of time to boot.

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
« on: May 27, 2020, 11:55:10 PM »

That was a rough week, but they are the champs for a reason. 

« on: May 26, 2020, 01:19:20 PM »

1. Talk about your series this week. Name 1 player that showed up and 1 player that didn't.

2. Discuss the news about your team.

3. Discuss at least 1 other piece of news this week. 
4. You've seen the current fan voting. Now is the time to promote ONE player on your team that isn't getting the recognition he deserves.   

5. Talk about your next opponent and the pitching/hitting match-up you're most excited to see. (Ex. Randy Johnson pitching to Babe Ruth)

PBL News and Information / Re: ESPN NEWS
« on: May 25, 2020, 10:39:31 PM »


Chicago- Even despite a dominating series sweep of Jacksonville, the news out of Chicago on Monday morning was that of confusion and sadness. 53-year old janitor, Lefty "Righty" McBroom was found in his Chicago apartment by local officials in an unconscious state with a needle filled with suspected laced testosterone in his arm. He was immediately transported to nearby Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead upon arrival. He is survived by his wife of 12 years and two daughters who are away at college.

Mafia fans showed support for their fallen staff member with a memorial set-up outside the janitorial entrance to the ballpark. Dozens of brooms, mops, trash bags, and crackerjack boxes were begin to pile up by mid-afternoon. Mafia team owner Don Salvatore Leone said, "It brings me great sadness to have this happen. Our thoughts are with his family and loved ones. May he rest in peace.".

Many on social media are quick to share their conspiracy theories on what actually happened. MafiaScum4Ev3r tweeted: "Laced my a$$, this was a straight up murdering yo. Nobody injects themselves with laced testosterone. Like 4 real? This smells like cartel. #buildthewall #swimwiththefishes." Others shared the same feelings throughout twitter and other social media platforms.

A week ago, Lefty made headlines after finding a vial of testosterone in the visiting clubhouse that was last occupied by Mexico City. The team announced that it will have LM inside the on deck circle for the remainder of the season in Lefty's memory.   

In news around the league...


  • Coastal Conference - Atlantic Division
Brooklyn: Fans blow up Ethan Thompson's twitter with disrespectful memes involving his injured toe from his hotel accident.

Jacksonville: Pitching Coach Alberto Lugo said only direction for the pitching staff to go is up after historical bad three game set.   

London: Despite injuries continually occurring in the Griffin bullpen, Ryan Richter is growing into a star.

Virginia Beach: First round pick Josh Vitale said he proved he's ready for starter role after devastating season-ending injury to Javy Coronado. Called himself a diaper-dandy.     

  • Coastal Conference - Pacific Division
Boise: John Thorpe hits pinch-hit homer and raises pinky in the air towards the guest suite. The Elk store now has foam pinky fingers for sell.

Golden State: Jon Cummings tells local newspaper that since loss in CCCS to Virginia Beach in S6, team is on a mission to re-wrote a wrong.   

San Diego: RUMOR: Ryan Correa requests sitdown with GM Waters.     

Tokyo: Despite gutsy effort against the Tide, losing streak hits 10 as voices to unload the elderly talent get louder. 

  • Heartland Conference - Badland Division
Chicago: Karbowski said series sweep of Hammerheads is what Chicago looks like at its best.   

Indianapolis: Sean McCord says its the responsible thing to do to step down as a starter and become a bullpen arm instead.

Omaha: RUMOR: Jakob Youngers expected to be traded this week. 

Thunder Bay: Andres Pizzolato tells the media that Mexico City pitchers pitched him inside far too often and said league officials need to ban the use of fan noisemakers during games.   

  • Heartland Conference - Midland Division
Albuquerque: Team showers Bobby Andrade with champagne in the clubhouse after offensive barrage leads to his first win of the season.     

Austin: Cole Whitehouse says he's tired of teammates not washing their hands after "doing the number two". 

Mexico City: Dale Olson injury will force Toritos to get creative with pitching staff. 

New Orleans: RUMOR: Is it Mickey Baker's turn to start now?


1. Justin Stover - IND: 7.1 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 13 K, W
2. Bobby Silvers - ABQ: 7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 7 K, W
3. Bubba Turk - LON: 3-4, 3B, HR, 3 RBI, 2 R, 2 BB

1. Alex Morales - GS: 4-5, 2B, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 4 R, SB
2. John Scherman - MEX: 2-3, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 2 R, 2 BB
3. Nick Hudson - BOI: 9.0 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, W

1. Chris Walsh - VB: 2-4, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 3 R, BB
2. Brandon Route - GS: 3-4, HR, 3 RBI, 2 R
3. Alex Morales - GS: 3-5, 2B, HR, 4 RBI, R



Despite the Aeroes losing a hard-fought series to the conference leading Drillers, it was not because of Carlos Maldonado, who was rewarded with the Heartland Conference Player of the Week honors. The Indianapolis Aeros star second baseman hit .615 while collecting 8 hits in 13 at-bats, 2 home runs and 7 RBIs. Currently Maldonado has 8 home runs, 25 RBI's, 22 runs scored, and a .470 batting average.


Alex Morales demonstrated his potential to be a star in the series sweep against New Orleans last week and today he took home the Coastal Conference Player of the Week Award. The Golden State second baseman wreaked havoc on opposing Brass pitchers, pounding them for a .643 average (9-for-14) with 3 home runs and 8 RBIs on his way to claiming the honor. In 18 games this year Morales has posted a .354 average and put up these numbers: 5 home runs, 17 RBIs and 16 runs scored.


PBL News and Information / Re: ESPN NEWS
« on: May 25, 2020, 07:54:58 PM »


Current fan voting...


Below are the current standings for the Heartland Conference All-Star Fan voting (as of Thu. Jun. 13th, 2019) for the All-Star Game, which will be played on Sat. Jul. 6th, 2019. The top vote getter at this point is Carlos Maldonado with 609,376 votes.

1. Luis Figueroa, Thunder Bay Roar: 474,035
2. Brandon Wolfe, Omaha Explorers: 448,819
3. Jose Delgado, Chicago Mafia: 356,923

1. D.J. Fetterman, Austin Drillers: 549,227
2. Jason Brick, New Orleans Brass: 448,586
3. Cesar Arriola, Mexico City Toritos: 410,978

1. Carlos Maldonado, Indianapolis Aeros: 609,376
2. Andres Pizzolato, Thunder Bay Roar: 329,990
3. Tyler Layne, Albuquerque Roadrunners: 208,810

1. Frazer Standfield, New Orleans Brass: 328,608
2. David Stotts, Indianapolis Aeros: 256,495
3. Will Lamar, Austin Drillers: 203,592

1. Edwin Torrez, Chicago Mafia: 483,788
2. Nate Perkins, Mexico City Toritos: 292,557
3. Jake Roca, Omaha Explorers: 197,899

1. Fernando Tafolla, Thunder Bay Roar: 564,015
2. Bryan Stojkovic, New Orleans Brass: 423,847
3. Ivan Melendez, Chicago Mafia: 279,758

1. Eric Williams, Omaha Explorers: 353,365
2. Dean Broyles, Austin Drillers: 342,108
3. Mark Potts, Indianapolis Aeros: 155,462

1. Ricky Cruz, Mexico City Toritos: 548,642
2. Cole Whitehouse, Austin Drillers: 433,281
3. Candradipa Mehta, New Orleans Brass: 425,312

1. Jeff Reeves, Austin Drillers: 509,547
2. John Scherman, Mexico City Toritos: 482,373
3. Lorenzo Garcia, Indianapolis Aeros: 418,121

1. John Powers, Chicago Mafia: 166,419
2. Justin Stover, Indianapolis Aeros: 157,911
3. Bobby Silvers, Albuquerque Roadrunners: 152,722
4. Dale Olson, Mexico City Toritos: 141,350
5. Ken Altmeyer, Indianapolis Aeros: 136,605

1. Bill Rodriguez, Austin Drillers: 230,671
2. Mario Ponce, Thunder Bay Roar: 217,092
3. Miguel Perez, Mexico City Toritos: 212,943
4. Jaden Bowie, Austin Drillers: 176,573
5. David Barfield, New Orleans Brass: 143,805


Below are the current standings for the Coastal Conference All-Star Fan voting (as of Thu. Jun. 13th, 2019) for the All-Star Game, which will be played on Sat. Jul. 6th, 2019. The top vote getter at this point is Tokujiro Maeda with 599,547 votes.

1. Ricardo Murillo, Golden State Bayhawks: 344,813
2. Destin Sherman, Brooklyn Punishers: 332,246
3. Chris Walsh, Virginia Beach Tide: 316,188

1. Lazaro Hernandez, London Griffins: 444,029
2. Rich Hess, Jacksonville Hammerheads: 382,326
3. Chris Freimanis, San Diego Devil Dogs: 329,263

1. Mike Sewell, Virginia Beach Tide: 454,305
2. Alex Morales, Golden State Bayhawks: 417,142
3. Guan-xiu Dung, Tokyo Samurai Cats: 410,268

1. Jon Cummings, Golden State Bayhawks: 553,264
2. Josh Mahurin, Virginia Beach Tide: 507,550
3. Salvador Patino, Jacksonville Hammerheads: 479,768

1. Tokujiro Maeda, Virginia Beach Tide: 599,547
2. Ted Esco, Brooklyn Punishers: 595,211
3. Andy Lay, London Griffins: 356,223

1. Giovanni Merico, Boise Elk: 417,213
2. Luis Ochoa, Virginia Beach Tide: 404,321
3. Tito Rodriguez, Tokyo Samurai Cats: 258,580

1. Justin York, Virginia Beach Tide: 594,819
2. Billy Finkle, Golden State Bayhawks: 414,544
3. Montel McCullough, London Griffins: 315,094

1. Bubba Turk, London Griffins: 535,318
2. Jorge Altamirano, Boise Elk: 488,183
3. Mike O'Brien, Brooklyn Punishers: 441,501

1. Jared Mann, Virginia Beach Tide: 480,598
2. Pete Laski, Golden State Bayhawks: 446,748
3. Mike Pavlich, Jacksonville Hammerheads: 391,905

1. Felix Haraculamo, Virginia Beach Tide: 153,382
2. Ricky Aguirre, Virginia Beach Tide: 137,223
3. Domingo Sais, Golden State Bayhawks: 134,464
4. Isaiah Upchurch, Brooklyn Punishers: 129,850
5. Ricky Medina, Golden State Bayhawks: 128,585

1. Jerry Moreno, San Diego Devil Dogs: 262,971
2. Curt Capra, Virginia Beach Tide: 243,830
3. Micah Marsh, Golden State Bayhawks: 214,826
4. Steve Palmeri, Brooklyn Punishers: 176,184
5. David Leonard, Golden State Bayhawks: 175,693


General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: SEATTLE LUMBERJACKS
« on: May 25, 2020, 01:50:49 AM »

Trust me, I feel the same way DP. I know the coaches will get that sorted. Alright, I'll let you get back to the team. Time to show Bama what we're all about.

WEEK 2 @ Alabama Nighthawks
- Player Rotation: Mostly Starters
- Tempo: Very Fast
- Depth Chart Changes: None.
- Strategy Changes: Backfield Focus changed to Committee; Coach to implement Elias designed run plays.



League Office Transactions / Re: HIFL LEAGUE OFFICE S13
« on: May 25, 2020, 12:23:28 AM »
Seattle Lumberjacks spend $500K BM to have digital billboard in the other 31 franchise cities that will run for one month.

The billboard will be a replay of Darren Pierce's record breaking catch last season, followed by his name flashing, the record breaking yardage flashing, and then the Seattle Lumberjacks logo flashing, before looping over again.

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: SEATTLE LUMBERJACKS
« on: May 25, 2020, 12:01:11 AM »

I think a Darren Pierce with a chip on his shoulder is a dangerous thing for the rest of the league. Alright Coach, that works for me. I'll have the lock-in sent in shortly, but I do want to have a quick word with DP.


Starr, can you send Darren Pierce in to see me please.


DP, how we doing? Look, I feel you about how the world outside ain't showing you the proper respect. I know no matter what, when gameday is here, you're gonna ball out. But I'd be doing you a disservice if I just sat back and watched the media and other franchise's management act like they don't know who holds that receiving yards record. So I'm going to remind all 31 teams exactly who that is, since they want to have selective memory. For the next month, I'm going to have a digital billboard in all the other HIFL franchise cities with a running replay of your catch from last season that set the record with your name and the record breaking yardage, along with our logo, flashing after the play. I guarantee you nobody will forget who owns that record now.   

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: SEATTLE LUMBERJACKS
« on: May 24, 2020, 10:40:43 PM »

Alright Coach that works for me. One last thing before I let you go Coach, how is our boy Darren doing? I can understand his frustration about the general public not knowing about his record breaking year last season and I have a plan to fix that, but is he the type of player that can still perform with the added attention or will more attention end up causing it to be a distraction for the team?   

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: SEATTLE LUMBERJACKS
« on: May 24, 2020, 11:41:49 AM »

I think we'll go ahead and move to a committee backfield then and see if that doesn't help our running attack. My next item I wanted to discuss with you Coach is also utilizing Elias' legs a little more. I wouldn't mind seeing 5-10 designed running plays with him and seeing if that not only opens up the running game for Quan, but also the passing lanes as the safeties and linebackers will have to start cheating off their man to help stop the run. How would you feel about going in that direction? 

PBL News and Information / Re: ESPN NEWS
« on: May 23, 2020, 09:41:52 PM »


The draft class for Season 8 is one of the most diverse draft classes in league history as 10 different countries are represented. The Gatorade High School Player of the Year, Keith Burke, appears to be the prized possession of this years draft class as the left handed pitcher lead his Florida High School to the State and National Championship, turning down full-ride scholarships to Florida, Georgia, Vanderbilt... among many others to make the jump to the professional level.

Most players drafted won't be on a big league club for a few seasons, if at all. Some will languish listlessly in the reserves or on the dugout bench, praying to get the signal to enter a game. Others will suffer a series of misfortunes, never quite making their mark, but always wowing scouts with their potential. And yet, some lucky team will draw a needle out of a haystack, send him off to the bottom of the depth chart and forget about him for a while, only to realize they've got a Hall of Famer on their hands.

It's truly an exciting opportunity for these young men and General Manager's will have their work cut out for them trying to find the talent that will elevate their clubs to the next level in pursuit of the Premier Cup.   


(1) Florida vs. Minnesota

(8) Virginia vs. (9) Nebraska

(4) Georgia Tech vs. (13) Rice

(12) East Carolina vs. Washington

(2) USC vs. UC Irvine

(7) Vanderbilt vs. Coastal Carolina

(3) Notre Dame vs. Oregon St

(11) TCU  vs. South Carolina


General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: SEATTLE LUMBERJACKS
« on: May 22, 2020, 10:19:58 PM »

It got to the point that anytime we had a positive play, I was looking for the laundry on the field. I don't know if it was just poor reffing, lack of mental fortitude, or a combination of them both. Either way, it's almost near impossible to win football games when you continuously shoot yourself in the foot. We know the threat Alabama poses, but before we start talking strategy with you I wanted your honest opinion about Quan Black. Disregard this past game, just generalisticly speaking, is he ready to be a bellcow type of a back or is he better suited in a committee role?

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: NEW ORLEANS BRASS
« on: May 22, 2020, 09:19:11 PM »

All I said is that I owe Virginia Beach for developing me over the first few years of my professional career.       

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: NEW ORLEANS BRASS
« on: May 21, 2020, 06:09:07 PM »

Outside of finding alternative options via trade, I think Ely fared the best.

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: THUNDER BAY ROAR
« on: May 21, 2020, 04:41:05 PM »

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: THUNDER BAY ROAR
« on: May 21, 2020, 01:30:42 PM »

Oh man, I ain't seen you in a month of Sunday's. I tell you I been busier than a one legged man in a butt kicking contest. Ain't that the truth right der. But I feel finer than a frog's hair.

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: ALBUQUERQUE ROADRUNNERS
« on: May 20, 2020, 11:34:38 PM »

I can definitely work on their power contact.

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: SEATTLE LUMBERJACKS
« on: May 20, 2020, 09:09:00 PM »



1. Discuss your first game of the season. What stood out to you as needing improvement?

"Obviously not the way you want to kick-off a season, but you have to give credit to the Foxes for coming into our house and taking the game to us. In the end, you can't make as many mistakes as we did and expect to win the game. I think Pierce had close to 100 yards taken off the board because of three penalties, in which it directly cost us points. Those are things you can't have happen, but sometimes those are the things you'd rather have exposed now, so you can fix them, rather then them creeping up late in the season. We'll need to figure out the run game and how to get that working. In the end, this is just one game and the first game of a season can be a mixed bag. Some teams decided to plays starters during the preseason and we didn't, maybe that had an effect on our performance. It's really tough to say, but in the end, we lost to a quality football team. Now we'll need to regroup, correct a few things, and execute more efficiently heading into Week 2."

2. Talk about some of the news this week...

"I'm sure everyone wants to make a big deal on the Darren Pierce news, but early in a season, everyone is so drama starved. I agree with Darren that he has been overlooked in how historic of a season he had last season and he doesn't get the credit or respect he deserves from league pundits. That's a huge failure on me though. It's part of my responsibility to make sure that nobody forgets the accomplishments of one of my players and I obviously didn't do near enough to make a lasting impression on the league. I love that Darren has career ambitions to be the greatest receiver in league history and there is no doubt in my mind that he has the ability and work ethic to make that a reality. Other players and teams can clown on him all they want, but in the end, Pierce's play on the gridiron does all the talking. Someone like Darren doesn't need to be prodded to have motivation to flex on other defensive backs, but if they want to give him bulletin board material, then I'm sure going to enjoy watching him get the last laugh when he's scoring six.

I don't know what it's like to have a rival, but I sure enjoy seeing the emotions being brought out in some of these rivalries. St. Paul and Milwaukee might be smaller markets, but both franchise's have done the leg work to magnify the meaning of their games. You don't ever want to see it get taken to an extreme level as what happened after this game ended as you always hope cooler heads prevail, but that is part of the risk when rivalries are built on humiliation rather than closely contested hard-nosed football games.

Hearing that Omer Sasser let his emotions get the best of him was heartbreaking to me. His talents helped win me a lot of very important football games during my time in D.C. and he's arguably the greatest kicker in league history. I'm sure it was a momentary lapse in judgement and once Sasser is healed, he'll be back on that field sending footballs between uprights once again.

While we may have been upset this week at home, I still can't believe San Antonio fell to Kansas City on the road. Like I said earlier, week one can be a funny thing sometimes and we've seen some shocking upsets throughout league history to open a season. Can't imagine how happy their new management is over there to start the season in that manner though, but bravo to the Bruins for proving the motto, on any given Sunday."       

3. Was there a pleasant or unpleasant surprise that you didn't expect from your team in the individual performance category?

"The costly penalties were an unpleasant surprise, but it's something we just have to clean up. It's an element of the game that can deflate momentum and can cause serious deciding factors in a game. I was however pleasantly surprised how good the defense looked right out the gate. Outside of not being able to create a turnover, I felt we made Winnipeg earn every single yard and point that got. And especially on the defensive line, where we seemed to not only apply pressure in the backfield, but also limit the run game."   

4. Talk about your week 2 opponent and what you need to do to win this week.

"We travel to one the most difficult places to win a football game. Mobile, Alabama to face the Nighthawks. We know the challenge that they present and it's one of those things where you know exactly what you need to do to beat them. Stop. The. Run. Easier said then done though as they do it better then just about anyone. If you sell out on trying to stop the run, Ortega will hurt you through the air. So you have to stay true to your assignments and not get tricked on the read option and have to win those one on one battles and make the open field tackle. If we're able to limit their production, then we'll need to do our part on offense. That starts with giving Elias time in the pocket to make some plays down the field and taking advantage of opportunities if we catch them being too aggressive. One thing is for sure, all eyes will be on this game. You don't have to look very hard to see the rich history between Pancho and myself, but whoever's team is victorious will be able to have some bragging rights in the GM Hall of Champions lounge, something I know we both always enjoy having. A team of his defeated a team of mine for the first time ever last season, I don't want that to start a new trend, so I know the team will have my back on making sure we come out with the victory and evening up our record. Go Jacks!"   

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: ALBUQUERQUE ROADRUNNERS
« on: May 20, 2020, 07:19:56 PM »

We just don't have a lot of good hitters here. Some guys have taken to my strength training and learning how to drive the ball, but we have a lot of guys who just are not able to make consistent contact. It's quite a project.

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