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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: TUCSON STARS
« on: Today at 01:29:45 AM »
Forget that one. With Boatwright out for the year, I went and got us a new WR. Hopefully that keeps us on track this week and we can hand Las Vegas a beating. Everyone else has been gunning at Shelley with a lot of success and I think we continue that trend. We blitz the shit out of them and run right through them. I'm thinking 60% blitz to help the pass rush, which hasn't really been getting it done so far. Any objection?

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General Manager's Office / Re: Albuquerque Coyotes
« on: January 16, 2019, 08:57:25 PM »
I'll let you do whatever it is you need to do in order to prepare the team. Send Brian Rohwer and Tahric Ward to see me, please.
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Lads, the new season is slowly drawing near and I tihnk we've got a good chance to make a lot of noise. In order to do that, I need you lads to lead this team on the court with your voices and your actions. You two are fundamental to how this team will play and the rest of the lads will be lookig to your example. I'm excited to have you as captains and to see what we can do this season.

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
« on: January 16, 2019, 08:42:57 PM »
SPRING TRAINING CHANGES:

Day 3, 6, 10, & 12

Substitute

Palmeri for Jordon

Day 4, Jordon is starting pitcher

Day 8 Palmeri is starting pitcher

Other substitutions and line up changes - Managers Decision



LOCK IN FOR SPRING TRAINING

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: TUCSON STARS
« on: January 16, 2019, 07:41:51 PM »
 
S11 WEEK 3

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

I'll start by saying that I'm proud of the effort that the lads put in during that game. We were within touching distance against one of the top teams in the league in the 4th quarter and the game just got away from us after the gut-punch of Boatwright's injury. The defence did well for the most part. They forced some bad throws but San Antonio do a really good job of protecting their QB and they have far too many talented players to keep quiet if you can't get to him. Coach Sanchez's schemes work perfectly for the roster they've built and he showed why we thought so highly of him in NJ. Unfortunately, our own OC didn't have the best of days. I think he'll be amongst the first to admit that keeping Provost out of the game for the 1st half and calling short throws on 3rd downs were mistakes and he rectified them after half time. Unfortunately, you can't play half a game with your hands tied behind your back and expect to win in this league.

2. The XFL and AAF have been very quiet since their championship games received very low viewership, do you believe there is room for that many professional football league's in America?

I don't think so and they might need to look into forming one league if either is to survive. It's early days, so you can't expect them to be making too much noise right from the start, but they have smart guys like Maximus Crowe working over there who will figure it out. We can't get complacent in the HIFL and just assume that we've seen off the competition s easily.

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

The suggestion that NJ would spy on another team's training is ridiculous and Mr. Profits needs to be sanctioned for putting that nonsense out into the public. He says a lot of bollocks, but this time he's stepped over the line and brought shame on his franchise. There seems to be a few too many people in the offices around the league who need to learn how to take a loss.

4. What do you make of the incredible season Jamie Ortega is having this year, first place in passing and rushing TDs, as well as rushing yards all while only having one interception on the season.. is that MVP Caliber in your eyes, and if not, who is your early favorite for league MVP?

A kicker threw 3 TDs in that division. As GM Dazz said, ask again when Ortega's faced a proper defence.

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

Who knows what team we'll be facing this week? I'm sure there will be big changes in Las Vegas, assuming GM Metro isn't sulking in a dark room somewhere, so we have to focus on our own game and playing the best we can. I wish their implosion could have waited a week, because they're going to be fighting to prove themselves against us and that makes them dangerous.


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HIFL News / Re: HIFL ON TWITTER
« on: January 16, 2019, 07:10:45 PM »

GM Kirk @GMKirkRules  - Just Now
@PROFITSUS NJ don't need to cheat to beat a second rate team like yours. They're a class act and so is their owner. Pipe down and taking your beatings like a man.
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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
« on: January 15, 2019, 12:12:09 AM »
I'd like to see both in preseason, so you can switch them up a bit every few games. I'd like to have a look at one as a starer as well in a game or two, if you and Coach Lara think one can handle the increased workload.

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HIFL News / Re: HIFL ON TWITTER
« on: January 14, 2019, 12:57:09 AM »

GM Kirk @GMKirkRules  - Just Now
You've got to love those 1 yard passes on 3rd and long. #Genius.
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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
« on: January 10, 2019, 08:21:45 PM »
Absolutely, and hopefully with some style. I have a couple of questions coming out of camp: What was Tim Payne's problem with the extra training? I was shocked to see that a rookie didn't get anything from a great coach. Also, who looks sharper between Palmeri and Jordon?

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
« on: January 10, 2019, 12:45:55 AM »
Welcome to a new season of Tokyo baseball. I was delighted to get the job here and find so many of the essential pieces for a championship team waiting for me. We've made some small changes here and there to improve our pitching but I think you can expect the same, exciting brand of baseball the fans have come to know and love. The goal this season is to get back on our perch as the best team in the PBL and I think we've made a good start to that in our taining camp. We've got elite coaching and players on the team, but we know that we're still going to have to work harder than everyone else if we want to match or exceed our goals. There's no space on this team for slackers and players who thought they could coast along on this franchise's past successes will find out very quickly that I don't tollerate that attitude. Hard work is the difference between a good franchise and a great one, and we expect nothing less than greatness. I'm excited to get going.

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: TUCSON STARS
« on: January 08, 2019, 09:59:30 PM »
I look forward to seeing it. Let's get a big win this week.
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Ms. Morningstar, here's the information for the coaches:

- Player Rotation: Mostly Starters
- Tempo: Normal
- Run/Pass Ratio: 60:40
- Depth Chart Changes: None
- Strategy Changes: None

In-Season Training Schedule
- 2 hours Position Training
- 0 hours Athletic Training
- 2 hour Physical Training
- 0 hours Film Study

Players:
- Dele Obaje
- Thomas Hart

Lock in

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: TUCSON STARS
« on: January 08, 2019, 12:16:14 PM »
It's certainly a change of pace, but also fewer distractions. That's going to be important this week because San Antonio are a huge test for us. Daley and his WRs are going to be confident as they think they're going up against the Tombstone franchise they're used to steamrolling. I need you to set the tone early and show them how wrong they are. We've got a lot of talent on defence, but you're the guy I know best and I know I can count on. I need you to be an example on the field and show the fire and fight we brought with us from NJ. Get Daley on the ground early and keep sending him there. I want them to know that we're serious players in this division.

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League Office Transactions / Re: HIFL LEAGUE OFFICE IV
« on: January 08, 2019, 11:39:47 AM »
Tucson spend $250k of bonus money on team building evening.

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: TUCSON STARS
« on: January 08, 2019, 11:38:25 AM »
You'd better get back to practice. Big game this week and you know Coach wants this win.
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Ms. Morningstar, I've told John Livingston that he can have some money from our bonus budget for a tean building evening. I'll get the formalities sorted with the league office, but I'll leave the logistics in your capable hands. Also, can you ask 2Face Obaje to see me, please?
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2Face, how are you settling in here in Tucson?

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: TUCSON STARS
« on: January 08, 2019, 12:19:42 AM »
There's not much that can be done about that other than forcing bad throws. I think it's best to keep going with our normal approach and see how it stacks up against a top team. We can make adjustments the next time we face them if we have to. I know you want this win, so I'll let you get on with preparations. Send John Livingston to see me.
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Mr. Livingston, I'm going to give you $250k from our bonus budget to take the rest of the o-line out for an evening. There's a lot of talented guys on our line but a lot of new faces this season as well. The unit has done OK, but I think you can do better once you build some real chemistry together. I don't know Tucson very well yet, but I'm sure you'll find something suitable to do. Just remember that we're in-season and your actions will determine whether I trust you guys to do something like this without supervision again in the future.

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: TUCSON STARS
« on: January 07, 2019, 11:31:41 PM »
It'll be good prep for Vegas as well, because you know Superboy doesn't get up when he's knocked down either. We already run a pretty aggressive defence, but do you want to up it some more? I know Smith can handle himself but how is Schiller likely to cope?

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: TUCSON STARS
« on: January 07, 2019, 09:52:21 PM »
I don't suppose you found the secret to stopping Daley while you were training your defence against him, did you?I'm confident that we can shut down their run game, assuming they even bother with one, but they have a whole gaggle of fierce players in their passing game.

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
« on: January 06, 2019, 11:35:53 PM »
Here's the information you need for camp. Good luck.

TEAM CAPTAINS
1. OF Mike O'Brien
2. 2B Guan-xiu Dung
3. SP Isaiah Upchurch



MASTER DEPTH CHART

Catcher- Ricardo Murillo
1B- Chris Westfall
2B- Guan-Xiu Dung
3B- Daniel Sanchez
SS- Willie Garcia
LF- Tito Rodriguez
CF- Joaquin Rodriguez
RF- Mike O'Brien
BENCH- 2B Chris Beauchemin
BENCH- 3B Jerry Lamas
BENCH- OF Nate Perrone
BENCH- OF Aaron Dillon
BENCH- C Tim Payne


SP1- Isaiah Upchurch
SP2- Mike Anderson
SP3- Josh DeVoe
SET-UP- Chris O'Kelley
CLOSER- Mike Campbell
BENCH- RP John Little
BENCH- RP Nick Jordon



PROBABLE BATTING LINE-UP & PITCHING ROTATION 

vs. RHP
1. Joaquin Rodriguez
2. Guan-xiu Dung
3. Mike O'Brien
4. Chris Westfall
5. Daniel Sanchez
6. Tito Rodriguez
7. Nate Perrone
8. Ricardo Murillo
9. Willie Garcia


vs. LHP
Manager’s decision

Starting Pitcher Rotation
1- Isaiah Upchurch
2- Mike Anderson
3- Josh DeVoe



TRAINING
(Up to 6 Players)
(Hitter Trainable Traits: Approach, Power, Patience, Baserunning, Fielding)
(Pitcher Trainable Traits: Stamina, Stuff, Movement, Control, Specific Pitch [Fastball, Curveball, Changeup, etc], Fielding)

Tim Payne - Approach
Willie Garcia - Patience
Chris Beauchemin – Approach
Tito Rodriguez - Patience
Josh DeVoe - Stuff
Steve Palmeri - Control



PROMOTIONAL CALENDAR 

(Austin) (Cowboy Night)
Over-the-top Samurai Cat branded cowboy merchandise will be sold in the club shop and each fan will get a team branded surgical mask that’s designed to look like an outlaw’s bandana..

(San Diego) (SD Bento Boxes)
Tokyo welcomes San Diego with a selection of special bento boxes themed on San Diego’s star players’ favourite foods. The special bento boxes will be available at all concession stands and will come with a baseball card that details the player’s profile for each box.

(Brooklyn) (Thuder Sticks)
Nobody in baseball makes noise like the Japanese fans do, and this series will be even louder with Samurai Cats branded thunder sticks handed out at the first game. 

(Virginia Beach) (Beach Night)
The beach is coming to Tokyo, so the first 15,000 will get Samurai Cats beach towels to celebrate the occasion. I wonder if they might swing them overhead as a sign of encouragement for the team?

(Boise) (Ultraman Night)
Ultraman will be a guest mascot for the game and will wear the full team uniform. First 10k fans get Ultraman bobbleheads.

(Golden State) (Hello Kitty Night)
All young fans and 5,000 random 18+ ticket holders will get a special Hello Kitty doll wearing the Samurai Cats uniform and caps.

(New Orleans) (Cajun Bento)
Cajun Style Bento Boxes will be available for fans at all concession stores at the stadium.

(Omaha) (King of the Pitchers)
First 15,000 fans will get a Godzilla figurine wearing Samurai Cats uniform. Godzilla spits out small baseballs whenever you push a button on his back. Also available in stores.

(Thunder Bay) (Pokémon Go Night)
Discounts at all stores and concession stands in the stadium for any fans who come to the final series of the season dressed in their favourite Pokemon cosplay outfits. The stadium will have Pokémon Go hotspots around the concourse and a select number of fans will be allowed onto the field to catch Pokémon after the final game.


WALK-UP MUSIC

1. (Guan-xiu Dung) - (Nan Er Dang Zi Qiang) – (Jackie Chan) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gk4YP5BoBOs)
2. (Mike O'Brien) – (Turning Japanese) – (The Vapors) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWWwM2wwMww)
3. (Mike Campbell) – (Mr. Roboto) – (Styx) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gIro5YYtteQ)
4. Daniel Sanchez – (Tokyo Drift) – (Teriyaki Boyz) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iuJDhFRDx9M)
5. Chris Westfall – (Ultraman No Uta) – (Misuzu Jidou) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d8laeC3awrI)
6. Isaiah Upchurch – (PonPonPon) – (Kyary Pamyu Pamyu) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzC4hFK5P3g&list=PLDAO5lp2rLHELpsPCPaHPtHH-OuovG7c4) -  144million views!

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: TUCSON STARS
« on: January 06, 2019, 09:57:49 PM »
SEASON 11 - WEEK 2

1. What stood out to you this week from your game, both good and bad?

We played great defence and solid offence. If you score 30 points and control the TOP, you have a good chance of winning any game. If your defence only allows 10 points, you have a great chance of winning. Doing both in one game against a GM Gooch team is something special. I'm proud of the team and would be here all week if I called out every good thing that caught my eye. There were a couple of dark spots in the performance that caught my eye, though. We really need to clamp down on kick and punt returns because Long Beach were getting good field position time and time again, in addition to their TD. The other issue was letting Fellows set up camp in our backfield. We'll look at what we have to do to make sure we don't let a d-lineman dominate us like that again.

2. How do you feel about GM's feuding with the owners of other franchises?

It's all part of the Ace Profits brand isn't it? I'd say it's stupid to do it with most owners, but Pofits puts himself out there and seems to really enjoy the battles so I say let him have his fun. It's not something you'll see me doing as I don't like to bite the hand that might one day feed me. I mean look where I am today: In all of my battles with GM Powers, I never targeted any negativity towards Mr. Crowley, who was just as much a victim of that GM's actions, and now we're working together to right those wrongs.

The only other exception I'd make is for the owner of the Monsters who brought back that cheating piece of ...

3. Two games into the season, are you getting what you expected out of your team?

Pretty much, but I'm expecting even more as our team settles. GM Gooch read out the stats in his press conference and I can't complain about how well we've done so far. The tough challenges are still ahead of us, though. We can't ever be entirely satisfied with what we've done and must always push ourselves to be even better in the future. It's a long season where standing still means going backwards.

4. No team is perfect, what do you feel your biggest weakness is going into week three?

That's for opposing GMs and coaches to figure out for themselves. I'm not doing their scouting for them.

5. Which match up will be the key to victory for your team this week?

Our D-line vs. their o-line. If we don't win that battle, there's going to be a lot of pressure on our secondary to contain some of the best WRs they will face all season.


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General Manager's Office / Re: Albuquerque Coyotes
« on: January 03, 2019, 10:47:50 PM »
Do we have preseason games, or is it straight into the regular season. If we have preseason, we can lock in with they way things are set up already. If we're headed straight to week 1, I should probably talk to a player or two.

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HIFL News / Re: HIFL ON TWITTER
« on: December 29, 2018, 07:11:14 PM »

GM Kirk @GMKirkRules  - Just Now
@GMMetro, you've taken an Impact Bowl winning franchise to... nowhere. The only reason you still have a job is that your owner has as little ambition as you do vision.
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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: TUCSON STARS
« on: December 29, 2018, 01:53:51 AM »
I get what you're saying. You keep those yards and TDs coming and the paydays will arrive with them. I'll let you get back to it.
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Ms. Morningstar, rather than blowing smoke up any more players' arses after one win, let's get locked in for week 2.

- Player Rotation: Mostly Starters
- Tempo: Normal
- Run/Pass Ratio: 60:40
- Depth Chart Changes: None
- Strategy Changes: None

Lock in

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HIFL News / Re: HIFL ON TWITTER
« on: December 29, 2018, 12:44:51 AM »

GM Kirk @GMKirkRules  - Just Now
I'd just like to put on record my jealousy of @GMMettro sustained success in Las Vegas. I often go to bed at night wishing I could swap 2 Conf. Champs, Perfect season + All-Star W for handful of short playoff runs.
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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: TUCSON STARS
« on: December 29, 2018, 12:24:45 AM »
That's the way we'll keep it, then. I'm not going to chop and change things this early in the season, so let's keep going with what we've set up so far and see where it gets us in a few weeks. I'm glad we got the first win of this franchise's new era and your first win as Head Coach on our very first try. Now let's get the second against Long Beach.
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Ms. Morningstar, I'd like to see John Provost.
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Mr. Provost, 3 TDs in your first game is quite the way to introduce yourself to the league. I've always liked to have a guy who can punch the ball through for the tough yards on my team, so I expect you to be a key part of our future if you keep that sort of play up. Great start. Well done.

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: TUCSON STARS
« on: December 28, 2018, 10:07:57 PM »
That's exactly the response I was hoping for. If the doctors clear him, let him play. If not, do you and Coach Hollingsworth think we'd be better off with del Rio or Hendrick? Their stats were pretty similar over the two games we've seen them play but Hendrick was facing a much tougher defence. Which of the guys would you prefer not to face if you were running that defence in Long Beach?

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: TUCSON STARS
« on: December 28, 2018, 05:00:55 AM »
RETURNS THE DAP

Boom indeed. Maybe Franchise will learn to keep his mouth shut about who we're underestimating in the future... probably not. The defence gave us exactly what I wanted and looked fierce out there. Our offence is still a work in progress and losing Vardy so early doesn't help with that. How did he seem after he came off? It was a rough start to his HIFL career.

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: TUCSON STARS
« on: December 27, 2018, 06:19:53 PM »
You'll find out at the same time the Mermen do.

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: TUCSON STARS
« on: December 27, 2018, 02:53:52 AM »
SEASON 11 - WEEK 1

1. Talk us through your first regular season game of the season, who impressed, who failed? 

It feels fantastic to get our first in in Tucson, but there's no denying that the score flattered us immensely. We were nowhere near as dominant as I would have liked or the result suggests, and we can't play like that against a proper team. Our defence looked great out there and fully deserved their 4 turnovers. John Provost had a debut game to remember and we're all proud of his effort. The same is true of Boatwright. Not only did he put up good numbers, he made some pivotal catches in heavy traffic that kept the offense moving and set us on our way to our big margin of victory. Vardy had a debut to forget, on the other hand, and I hope that's exactly what he'll do and that he'll show what he's really capable of the next time he steps onto the field. We've got a lot of work to do, but Tulsa was a good warm-up game to shake off the last of the rust from the off-season.

2. What do you want to see your team improve on the field?

I'd like to see us turn the ball over a lot less, but we also need to see the o-line force open more holes. Our committee of RBs did a good job, but they need more help. I'm sure that will come as our young o-line builds some chemistry.

3. Give us a take from at least two of the stories in the media this week.

The Ortega/Shelley feud really is the most tiresome thing in the news every week. Two mediocre QBs talking trash is just embarrassing, but their teams are throwing money at the spectacle. It's no surprise that both teams lost with all those needless distractions and egotism on display. The best do their talking on the field. I mean, did you ever see Trevor Jose, the greatest of all time, getting involved in anything so childish?

Speaking of other teams' QBs, John Lynn should absolutely be starting for Long Beach (just not this week). He's a proven talent who doesn't deserve to be sitting behind such a raw rookie. It's not doing anyone and favours and I'm surprised that a GM of Gooch's calibre would make such an obvious mistake.

4. Talk to us about your upcoming game this week. What is the biggest match up to watch in your eyes when it comes to victory?

Long Beach are coming off a huge upset win and will be full of confidence. I think the key is going to be negotiating their ball hawks. GM Gooch has a great eye for players in the secondary, so we're really going to have to start strong and run the ball well to make sure we're not forced into throwing it their way all game. Long Beach made quite the statement in week 1, but we've got a chance to make a statement of our own now and start building our home stadium into a fortress.

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
« on: December 23, 2018, 11:15:40 PM »
Which players are the most vocal leaders and which show leadership by example (a strong work ethic)?

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General Manager's Office / Re: Albuquerque Coyotes
« on: December 23, 2018, 08:02:33 PM »
Coach Kerlin, welcome back from training camp. Feels like you've been getting the boys ready for months.I saw your report and I'm happy with what we've put together. How did the lads get on with the extra training?

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: TUCSON STARS
« on: December 19, 2018, 08:49:17 PM »
Let's put Tulsa in their place.
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- Player Rotation: Mostly Starters
- Tempo: Normal
- Run/Pass Ratio: 60:40
- Depth Chart Changes:
Vardy is QB1
Livingston is LT
- Strategy Changes: Run by committee.

Lock in

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: TUCSON STARS
« on: December 18, 2018, 09:29:26 PM »
If only we'd had the #1 overall pick and there had been a blockbuster RB in the draft... We'll go with what you suggested and hopefully someone makes a strong case for the job. I was happy with the rest of the offence with Vardy slinging the rock and I think we'll start Livingston at T over Zook to begin with to make sure Zook keeps pushing to improve. I think Livingston's leadership on the field will be a big plus for us as well. That'll change if Zook keeps impressing you through the year. I'd better have a word with our RBs and you can get on with tweaking our ground game to suit the change. Send them in to me, please.
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Lads, we're switching to a committee approach to our run game. You guys have complimentary skillsets that should keep defences on their toes. Having said that, Coach Hollingsworth and I will be watching closely to see if one of you makes a clear case to be our lead back going forwards. Tulsa are first up and I want to see you guys getting well above 100 yards between you. It won't be easy against their "monsters" but it's time to show us what you can really do.

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: TUCSON STARS
« on: December 17, 2018, 01:33:43 AM »
Let's make sure to knock him on his ass early and often to make sure he's not given the easy ride he had against the Lynx. I think we're already set up to do just that. I'll let you get the lads ready for some proper football. Send in Coach Hollingsworth to see me, please.
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Coach, I'm a run first GM, you like a run heavy offence, but Harrell clearly can't handle that load. I suppose the only real option is to switch to a committee approach, which I have never been a fan of.

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: TUCSON STARS
« on: December 16, 2018, 09:57:45 PM »
I expect we will, but only if we take them as seriously as we would any other team. I think we stick with the team that did so well for the first half against DC. Vardy looked like he had good chemistry and our defence looked solid. We need to get more from our RBs but I'll speak to Coach Hollingsworth about that. As for our defence, we looked pretty solid in preseason with Miami's TDs coming from short field situations and DC having to work very hard indeed to get anything going. Looking at Tulsa, JOR threw a clutch of TDs against St.Paul. Any concerns there?

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: TUCSON STARS
« on: December 14, 2018, 09:47:59 PM »
After scoring 40-odd points against a playoff calibre defence, I think I'd be run out of town if I didn't start Vardy in week 1. How long he keeps his position depends on him and the other QBs on this team.

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: TUCSON STARS
« on: December 14, 2018, 01:05:27 AM »
S11 - PRE-SEASON

1. What did you gather from your preseason games?

It's difficult to draw too many conclusions from a preseason with two very different results, so I'll be cautious about how much it told us. We played two playoff teams who could very well be in the Impact Bowl at the end of the season and held our own pretty well. I was delighted to see how quickly we started against DC and how resilient we were against Miami. I think we've confirmed our starting QB for the season but we still have questions about a few other aspects of the team that will need to be answered over the opening weeks of the season. Obviously, we need to find a more effective way of running the ball.

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

There's some rust to shake off, but I think it's a good indication of who's ready to go from week 1 and who might need a little more time to make an impact.

3. What is your primary and secondary goal this season, personally?

My primary goal is to establish a few stars for this team to build around so we can get fans to come out and support us in Tucson. I think there's a good selection of players here who can step into that spotlight early in the season. My secondary goal is to beat the Mermen, another storied franchise with an East Coast GM brought in to revive their fortunes. We really need to finish above them this season.

4. Who impressed you the most on your own team in the pre-season?

Roberage really impressed me. 22 tackles and a PD is a good start but we know he can keep that pace up, judging from his huge numbers last season. I can't wait to see him tearing up teams when the real football starts.

5. With the start of the season finally here, what do you expect from your players in week one?

I expect them to show that they aren't the Tombstone Outlaws who have propped up the league for the past few seasons. I want to see a new attitude, confidence and aggression. I want to see the players exploding out of the blocks and putting the division on notice.

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
« on: December 09, 2018, 04:26:17 AM »
Couldn't let a player with Payne's talent slip through my fingers. It's been a pleasure, Mr. Johnson.
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Mr. Beuno, I think our roster is set. Palmeri might take Jordon's spot depending on how they do in camp, unless I can move something around to get them both in the rotation this season. Before I lock in our plans for training camp, I'd like to know how you like to set up your batting order. I'm thinking Chris Beauchemin takes over at DH, unless you think Nate Perrone has a better bat to use there.

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League Office Transactions / Re: PBL LEAGUE OFFICE
« on: December 09, 2018, 04:15:07 AM »
Tokyo Samurai Cats make the following roster moves;

Release
(RP) Ken Britt
(RP) Nick Carlson
(SS)   Albin Haas
(1B)   Andy Hopkins

Send to reserve roster
(RP) Steve Palmeri
(C) Jim Barton

Call up from reserve roster
(RP) John Little
(2B) Chris Beauchemin

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League Office Transactions / Re: PBL LEAGUE OFFICE
« on: December 08, 2018, 02:28:10 AM »
Tokyo sign Tim Payne (C) for 2 years, $3MM.

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
« on: December 08, 2018, 02:26:54 AM »
Absolutely, we can do that. I'll go with two years, but I'm sure we'll be extending that once he's found his feet in the league. Thank you.

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
« on: December 07, 2018, 10:35:53 PM »
Me, too.
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Ms. Rai, can you contact Tim Payne's agent for me? I saw on ESPN that Albuquerque agreed a deal with him but no confrimation in the league office. Let the agent know that we are still interested and willing to up our offer for him to play with a winner instead of a team that apparently doesn't actually want him.

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PBL News and Information / Re: Trade Discussion
« on: December 07, 2018, 10:15:21 PM »
Boise trades: (RP) Nick Jordon and (RP) Steve Palmeri

Tokyo trades: (OF) Jorge Altamirano

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PBL News and Information / Re: S6 UFA
« on: December 06, 2018, 06:12:06 PM »
I'm done

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OOC Boards / Re: S11 Prediction Thread
« on: December 02, 2018, 09:09:02 PM »
DIVISION WINNERS:
North East - DC
South East - Orlando
North West - Rapid City
South West - Las Vegas

WILDCARDS:
East - Cleveland
East - Alabama
East - Michigan
East - Atlanta
West - San Antonio
West - Seattle
West - Kansas City
West - Tucson

IMPACT BOWL 11 TEAMS:

Michigan vs. Tucson

IMPACT BOWL 11 WINNERS:

Tucson

MVP: Hagan
Offensive ROTY: Vardy
Defensive ROTY:  Stephen Basham
Offensive POTY: Ibrahimovic
Defensive POTY: Larry Stevens
GM OF THE YEAR: GM Kirk (everyone else is picking themselves)

OVERALL BEST RECORD (Regular season): Rapid City

Tackle Leader: Stevens
Sack Leader: 2Face Obaje
Passing Yards Leader: Ibrahimovic
Passing TD Leader: Mariota
Rushing Yards Leader: Robles
Rushing TD Leader: Tank Mixon
Catch Leader: McReynolds
Receiving Yards Leader: Hodge
Receiving TDs Leader: McReynolds
Interceptions Leader (defense): Jody Smith
Will Anthony Smith (OT) allow  a sack: No

FIRST GM FIRED: No-one. Talon the Merciful hasn't sacked Franchise yet and I can't imagine anyone fucking up worse than he has already.

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
« on: December 01, 2018, 10:25:32 PM »
In that case, I think we're better off just keeping our eyes open for young talent to come in later rather than making any moves to bring someone in now. I like what I've heard of DeVoe and I think I'll replace Britt with Little, from our reserves. Britt needs to be shaken out of his slump and Little seems to have the tools to make an impact as a situational pitcher with upside. There's one guy in FA I like, but I'm not going to tear up the roster to get him, so you can start planning for the season with the players we already have.

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
« on: December 01, 2018, 07:50:33 AM »
Welcome to Tokyo. I'd better let you get settled as things are a little different in this part of the world.
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Mr. Beuno, is Mike Anderson a pitcher we can use or someone who needs to be replaced? The pitcher market is pretty much a barren wasteland out there.

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: TUCSON STARS
« on: November 26, 2018, 08:46:42 PM »
It's Tulsa week 1, so you'll still be getting a warm up game if we go with you as our starting QB. Better get back to practice and show the coaches you're the right man to be the 1st starting QB for the Tucson Stars.
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Ms. Morningstar, we're ready to go. Send the instructions to the coaches for me, please.

PREASEASON STRATEGIES

GAME 1
- Player Rotation: Mostly Starters
- Tempo: Normal
- Run/Pass Ratio: 60:40
- Depth Chart Changes:
Hendrick is QB 1, Del Rio is QB2
Zook is LT, Young is RT
Smith is CB1, Schiller is CB2 (make this a change to the main depth chart, not just this game)
- Strategy Changes: None

GAME 2
- Player Rotation: Mostly Starters
- Tempo: Normal
- Run/Pass Ratio: 60:40
- Depth Chart Changes:
Vardy is QB1
Livingston is LT
- Strategy Changes: None

Lock in

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: TUCSON STARS
« on: November 25, 2018, 11:58:14 PM »
Even so, it's not a nice part of the job.
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Ms. Morningstar, with that Castle deal signed, we're almost ready for the preseason games. I need to speak to Vega Del Rio first.
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Mr. Del Rio, I just want to let you know that we're going to split the preseason games between Hendrick and Vardy. I've never seen either of them play a game against HIFL opponents but I've seen you play a lot, so I want to see what they bring. I thought it fair to inform you so you understand the decision and don't get blind-sided by it.


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League Office Transactions / Re: HIFL LEAGUE OFFICE IV
« on: November 25, 2018, 10:35:13 PM »
The Tucson Stars are proud to announce a new partnership with Castle Lager:


       
Castle Lager will:
- Provide funds to set up and run the Castle Lager Football Camp to discover talent in South Africa
- Provide prizes for contest winners at Tucson home games, including tickets and travel packages for major sporting events in South Africa

Tucson Stars will:
- provide advertising space within the stadium
- sell Castle Lager and other AB InBev products at all home games.
- remain under contract with Castle Lager for 4 years.
- spend $3MM towards set-up costs for the Castle Lager Football Camp, including development of advanced film study facilties and analytical software at the camp. (The Castle Lager football camp would report back twice per season to inform Tucson's management of stand out players who would be prepared to take the step up to come to the United States in the following off season.)
- spend $2MM in years 2, 3 & 4 of the camp for annual upkeep and upgrades for the facilities and coaching.

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League Office Transactions / Re: HIFL LEAGUE OFFICE IV
« on: November 24, 2018, 10:51:57 PM »
The Tucson Stars release Tom Thibodeaux (CB)

The Tucson Stars call up Jamison Camp (CB) from the Road Runners.

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: TUCSON STARS
« on: November 24, 2018, 09:40:06 PM »
I understand. We'll monitor it closely during the first 1/4 of the season and re-assess then. I'll let you get back to work.
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Ms. Morningstar, I need to speak to Drew Leventhal.
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Drew, I'm going to cut Tom Thibodeaux. I hoped the change of city and staff here would light a fire under him but he didn't impress the coaches at all during preseason camp and some of the minor league guys have leapfrogged him. I can't carry him on the main roster when there's talent more deserving of his spot.

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