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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: January 16, 2019, 04:50:09 PM »
He has the talent but his head isn't right. He needs to work on his accuracy if he wants to make it though. Leave it to me, I will sort it. I'm worried about Cleveland's pass game. Our secondary in underperforming so far.

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: January 16, 2019, 04:26:54 PM »

S11 WEEK 3

1. Talk us through this weeks game. What went wrong?  What went right?
What went right seems like the easiest part of that question. The defence showed once again that, although they may bend, they don't break and our run game looked strong towards the end of the game. What went wrong... we lost at home to a team that we should be demolishing. It was an embarrassment of a performance and result and everyone involved in that needs to feel ashamed. I know I do. I'm shocked at how bad we were this week and you can be sure there will be consequences for such a limp and pathetic performance.

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?

Of course there's room for that many professional leagues as long as those leagues understand that they are feeder leagues to the HIFL and the other league that won't be named. There was a lot of talk when those leagues launched about them stealing the top talent and causing huge wage inflation but neither has come about. It's difficult to break into a market that is as well established as this and the XFL and AAF are going to have to find the niche into which they fit.

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

I'm very interested in the rumours surrounding Sullivan. Apparently half the league are looking at him and it doesn't surprise me at all. He's a fantastic player and I'm sure fans of any team would be delighted to see him pull on their jersey. It's the contract that makes things so difficult. That's the problem a few top players will find. Sometimes you need to trade off championships against cash so it'll be interesting to see where he lands. Knock $10m off his contract and every team in the HIFL would be interested.


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?

What sort of a question is that? Seriously... you're paid to ask this sort of thing? I suppose at this point I should no longer be surprised that people can make a living in the media from asking stupid questions. Come back to me when Ortega has played a team with a decent defence. 

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

Unlike other divisions though, every game in the NE is a very tough game. Cleveland are an excellent team led by the best coach in the league and probably the best QB in the league. Their form since I left has really surprised me as I still like a lot of what they have there. We're going to struggle if we can't contain McReynolds and Henry but we have the talent in the secondary to do it. Even if we do they still have Zeke who can rip you to pieces so our front seven are in for a touch challenge too. We need the offence to start clicking if we're going to get back on track though. I have a few ideas for helping that to happen though.

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: January 12, 2019, 04:55:52 AM »
I'm happy to leave the ratio adjustments in your hands in that case. thank you Coach.
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Rotation: Mostly starters
Run:pass ratio: Coach Prince to adjust as discussed
Tempo: Normal
Strategy changes: None

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: January 11, 2019, 05:10:56 PM »
Then perhaps we lean on the run a little more while King finds his feat. I'm certain it'll click for him.

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: LONDON GRIFFINS
« on: January 11, 2019, 03:07:21 AM »
Good day ladies and gents of the press. Welcome to London and the new era of PBL. It's not an exaggeration to say managing a team in my home country is a dream come true. This is a great city and it deserves a great franchise. The owner, Mr Potter, and I share that vision and I'm grateful to him for giving me this opportunity to create a team this country can be proud of and, at the same time, raise the profile of this sport here in Europe. People who know my history will know it's filled with success and I fully intend to continue that trend here. However, I want the fans and media to remain realistic. We can't change things overnight so don't expect championships at the start. What we have here is a team of great young players and some veterans to help guide them and that is the foundation on which future champions are built. Turk, Lay and Sammons are all young guys with great ability and true superstars in the making. We have a lot to be excited about here in London.

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: January 11, 2019, 02:51:43 AM »
That does look a lot more coherent. We'll keep things like that for a few weeks and let it play out. I don't have anything else for you this week. Thank you Coach.
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Lolly, could I see Coach Prince please?
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We won and the run game is looking strong. Those are the good things we can take away. I'm not too annoyed about the interception TD, they happen. We are clearly missing Myers and Carmazzi seems to be struggling to find his rhythm. Short of selling our soul for someone like Hunter, is there anything we can do to help King out?

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: January 07, 2019, 03:26:26 PM »
I sort of expect those drops figures from our young receivers at this stage. I'm expecting to see huge improvements by the end of the season though. We're missing Myers but Pike seems to be taking his chance well. I may have a chat with Coach Prince about the offence this week.
The defending was much better with me getting out of your way. What did you change?

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: January 06, 2019, 03:36:59 PM »
SEASON 11 - WEEK 2

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

Obviously I'm going to start with the good things that stood out in that game. We won. That's pretty much all that matters. More than that though, we won our opening home game which is something we wanted to make sure we did to make up for last week's disappointment. Defensively we were much much better this week. No TDs allowed and only 2 FGs all game was a huge improvement. we played better on special teams as well. It doesn't get spoken about enough but getting good field position on your returns is hugely important for setting up your drives. We made some changes this week and it worked out well.
The bad, seeing Stevens get injured early is always a worrying sight but the lads stepped up for him and fortunately he'll be ready for next week.

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

I think it's incredibly unprofessional and I really don't understand what the GMs in question are hoping to achieve. Personally I blame Twitter.

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

How can you expect me to answer that only 2 weeks in? I have no idea what we're getting yet. We've had one game on the road where we lost a couple of key players during the game and another at home, where we were missing key players. Ask me again once the divisional games are over.

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

It's pretty similar to last season really... converting good drives into TDs. The team is great at getting the ball down the field but we need to get better at getting the drives over the line. We have a new system, new OC, new AC and we have a very young clutch of receivers and QB. It needs time to come together but once it does there are going to be some teams on the wrong end of a hiding.

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

This week we're hosting Milwaukee who are coming off the back of that loss to Cleveland. They're going to be keen to bounce back from that, GM Strike in particular after the unnecessary circus he created around it. We need to build on our victory this week and get some momentum going so this is definitely going to be a very competitive game. Their offence is built around the dual threat that Marshall presents so the key to winning this will be to keep him bottled up. I think we have the players to do that and if we can we should be able to come out with the win.   

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: January 03, 2019, 03:34:44 PM »
We have Elrod and Bogut in the minors who could come up to play special teams in a few weeks but we'd need to make room for one of them. For now I think we try Stanton. Thank you for the input.

Rotation: Mostly starters
Run:pass ratio: 60:40
Tempo: Normal
Strategy changes: Pike to play WR2, Dodds to WR 1. Johnson RDE, McLaughlin LDE.
Burns replaced by Stanton in kick and punt returns.
Defensive strategy changes are coach's decisions

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: January 03, 2019, 01:40:38 PM »
Well the way I set things up hasn't worked so I give you the freedom to change the defensive system to suit your style and the players we have. I just ask to be kept informed of what those changes are. We can cover that when we speak after next week's press conference. I'll let you go and make the appropriate changes. Just one last thing, I don't want us going for it on 4th and 9 in the first half if we're in Sasser range. We pay him $6m to make those kicks. The first half should just be about getting points on the board, we can chase games in the 2nd half if we have to.
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Lolly, could I see Coach Houser please?
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Coach, just 2 quick questions for you. Do we just move everyone up 1 to cover for Myers or is there a 1-2 partnership you'd prefer? I'm tempted by Dodds at WR1 and Pike at WR2 but I'd rather hear your opinion on it. 2nd question, is there a WR who would be better on returns, other than Dodds, than Burns was?

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: January 02, 2019, 03:13:54 AM »
Jeffries and Glass are two of the top corners in the league so shouldn't be losing their man like that. I'm not underestimating Ramos and Soriano, I'm reminding you that we face Back this week, Smoak passing to McReynolds and Henry in week 4 and then DGB in week 5. if we keep struggling in coverage against good receivers we're going to find ourselves a long way back in this division. Let's fix it before it comes to that. i would normally leave things a few weeks to see how they develop but something in how we're set up is clearly wrong. Are we in man or zonal coverage and what impact do you think switching the style would have? Would lowering the defensive aggression improve our coverage?

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: January 01, 2019, 05:05:43 AM »
That's a bloody understatement! It was an absolute shambles in that first quarter... again. Our highly rated secondary was embarrassed out there. We'll face better WRs than those later in the season so we need to do something to make sure we're not dominated like that again. The front 7 got decent pressure on Hill so there's no excuse really. These players are far too good to be performing like that so what went wrong in your opinion?

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: December 30, 2018, 03:11:42 PM »
SEASON 11 - WEEK 1

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

Before this game I made it very clear to the players that we need to work hard on every single snap of every game if we're going to achieve anything this season. They let me and everyone involved with this organisation down with the way they started against Michigan. It was like we were sleep walking into the new season. It was pathetic and it's unacceptable. What's worse is that it was experienced guys we're looking to to lead by example that let us down on defence. The front seven actually had a pretty decent game and put pressure on Hill but the secondary allowed Ramos and Soriano to completely dominate them. We have 2 CBs and 2 safeties who are rated among the best in the league so that shouldn't be happening. Something went badly wrong in that first quarter and when you allow 14 unanswered points that early in the game it is a huge uphill struggle to get back into it. We did manage to pull ourselves back into by the 4th quarter but the effort required proved too much.
I was impressed by 1 player this week but it wasn't particularly for the way he played. It would have been very easy to take the bait you in the media put out for Carmazzi but he showed great leadership and a very mature attitude when he stood up and took responsibility instead of blaming the receivers. I liked that.

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

It's very simple really, they need switch on from the very first play. If we can get a good start in games we've proven that we can go on to great things. That's what we need to improve on.

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

The news of Tulsa's financial problems doesn't necessarily surprise me but it's always sad to see a franchise struggling like that and a likely move in the near future. Great timing for Vancouver to be hosting an Impact Bowl though.

The other story I want to cover is the accusations that Seattle sent their QB out with a known concussion. If that's true... and I'd not put it past a GM Jon team... then it's absolutely disgusting and there should be penalties for that organisation. Concussions can have serious consequences for players long after they finish their careers. That is not a risk that should be up to the coaching staff to make.

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?

This week is our opening home game of the season and we host a new look St Paul. We really need to bounce back after a poor performance and result last week and I fully expect that we will. The main match up that will impact this result is Glass v Back. If Alfred can keep Back quiet it takes away a key threat from St Paul and it'll come down to how well we can contain their run game after that.

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: LONDON GRIFFINS
« on: December 24, 2018, 10:18:27 AM »


TEAM CAPTAINS
1. SP Bruce Noll
2. 3B Josh Gutierrez
3. OF Billy Bohne



MASTER DEPTH CHART

Catcher- John Judd
1B- Lazaro Hernandez
2B- Danny Sammons
3B- Josh Gutierrez
SS- Andy Lay
LF-Montel McCullough
CF-Bubba Turk
RF-David Alcala
BENCH-OF Billy Bohne
BENCH-C Koby Herberg
BENCH-2B Hugo Ayala
BENCH-1B Guo-Liang Tse
BENCH-OF Jaden Harris


SP1- Bruce Noll
SP2- Waleed bin Wajih
SP3- Nick Hudson
SET-UP- Omar Santiago
CLOSER- Edwin Alvarado
BENCH- RP Jose Gonzalez
BENCH- RP Ryan Richter




PROBABLE BATTING LINE-UP & PITCHING ROTATION 

vs. RHP
1. Sammons
2. Turk
3. Lay
4. Bohne
5. Alcala
6. Hernandez
7. Gutierrez
8. Judd
9. McCullough


vs. LHP
As above

Starting Pitcher Rotation
1. Bruce Noll
2. Waleed bin Wajih
3. Nick Hudson



TRAINING GM's MUST COMPLETE THIS TASK
(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)
Bubba Turk - Approach
Lazaro Hernandez - Patience
Jason Schuber - Control
Koby Herberg - Fielding
Armando Franco - Stuff
Montel McCullough - Fielding


PROMOTIONAL CALENDAR 

(Jacksonville) (This is London)
Every fan will get a London Griffins scarf and the stand behind home plate will have coloured squares on each seat to be held up at the start of the game that will read "This is London" in Griffins colours.

(Chicago) (Bubba Turk Bobblehead Night)
The first 2000 fans in the stadium receive a free Bubba Turk bobblehead and everyone in the stadium is entered into a draw to be able to meet Turk after the game. There will be 5 seats selected as winners

(Tokyo) (East Meets West End)
The food stands will serve sushi alongside classic fish and chips. First 10k fans get a free Tokyo/London half and half scarf with more on sale at the club shop. The national anthems will be sung by a well known Japanese West End musical performer.

(Golden State) (The Magic Diamond)
Up close and street magicians will entertain fans in the concourse and in their seats during breaks in the game. During the 7th inning stretch the singalong (seriously, how is that a thing?) will be replaced by a well known London based magician performing a grand illusion on the field.

(Idianapolis) (Indy Night)
First 10k fans get an Indy 500 inspired Griffins cap, first pitch is thrown by British Indycar driver Pippa Mann and the anthems are played by Arctic Monkeys

(Thunder Bay) (Thunderstick Night)
Thundersticks to be placed at each seat in the stadium to be used to distract the opponent or support our lads

(Austin) (London Pride Night)
As the Griffins are clearly the Pride of London, the franchise will team up with Fullers (a London brewer) to showcase the locally brewed London Pride. This will be sold at half price and a special steak and London Pride ale pie will be sold at all concessions.

(Brooklyn) (I <3 LG)
1000 fans will receive a cap in the style of the well known I <3 NY merchandise but branded for the London Griffins. Other similarly styled I  <3 LG merchandise will be sold at the club shop.

(Virginia Beach) (Changing of the Guard)
As this is the last home regular season game it will be marked with the pomp and ceremony only seen in the UK. Detachments of the Grenadier Guards will be invited to perform a mock Changing of the Guard in the outfield before the game and the band of the Grenadier Guard will play the national anthems. The soldiers will then be given seats in the stand behind home plate for the duration of the game. The band will play the music usually played by the pipe organ at baseball stadiums.


WALK-UP MUSIC

1. (Billy Bohne) - (Bad to the Bone), (George Thorogood) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9FyQNx8oyU)

2. (Bubba Turk) - (Money), (Pink Floyd) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cpbbuaIA3Ds)

3. (Bruce Noll) - (God of Thunder), (Kiss) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmHZ9vrcgxA)

4.  (Andy Lay) - (London Calling), (The Clash) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EfK-WX2pa8c)

5. (Edwin Alvarado) - (Cat People), (David Bowie) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VpdHMaccjw4)

6. (Danny Sammons) - (Danny Boy), (The Pogues) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XnfmagQoYrA)
Lyrics will show on the big screens so the fans can sing Danny on.

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: December 21, 2018, 12:24:17 PM »
We'll do it and see if it makes a difference. Other than that I think we go back to playing like we did against Kansas. Thank you Coach.
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Lolly, could I see the captains please?
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So here we are on the eve of what is going to be a big season for us. There are great things in our future... but not if we play like we did in the first half against Tucson. That was completely unacceptable! I don't give a fuck if it was only preseason, I expect every player to give his all in every game. Places were up for grabs and yet some of the lads were taking plays off. I look to you as the captains to stamp that shit out as soon as you see it. It can't happen again!

King, could you take this down to Coach Farmer please?


Rotation: Mostly starters
Run:pass ratio: 60:40
Tempo: Normal
Strategy changes: Pike to play WR4, Stanton to WR 5, Toler to RB2, Burns to RB3, Schofield plays LB2, Zepeda to LB3, McLaughlin in at LDE.
Primary receiver changes to Myers.

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: December 17, 2018, 03:21:29 AM »
If they're working well together I'm not going to mess with it. That's why I drafted both of them. Beyond giving the captains an earful I think we're pretty set for week one from a defensive point of view. I'll let you get to practice.
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Lolly, could I see Coach Prince please?
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Coach, I liked what I saw against Kansas and the second half against Tucson. The less said about the first half the better. The two things concerning me are turnovers and pass competition rates. The former should improve as King adapts to the new offence so I'm going to give that time before acting. As for the latter, I don't think Dodds is ready to be our primary receiver so I'm going to switch that to Myers. Do you think that'll make much difference?

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: December 14, 2018, 01:26:22 PM »
Despite what I said to the media I am absolutely fuming about that shocking first half performance. Well done for limiting the damage but I want you to make sure the players know that kind of performance is unacceptable and will not be tolerated again in any game. These lads have embarrassed themselves out there. They are far too good to play like that so the only explanation is a lack of effort. I'll be reminding the captains of our expectations before the new season kicks off.

Luis Peacock had a very quiet preseason. Is there a quality gap opening between him and his brother?

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League Office Transactions / Re: PBL LEAGUE OFFICE
« on: December 14, 2018, 01:16:53 PM »
The London Griffins sign OF Jaden Harris for 1 year at $1m

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: LONDON GRIFFINS
« on: December 14, 2018, 01:14:55 PM »
The single year works better for me so I'll get that confirmed and we'll speak again before the end of the season.

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: December 14, 2018, 03:35:16 AM »
S11 - PRE-SEASON

1. What did you gather from your preseason games?

We learned a bit about the guys trying to force themselves into the first team and a bit about our system that needs tweaking. Overall you can't really read too much into those games though.

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

Not a great deal. Pre-season is mainly about fitness and allowing the new lads to get used to their new team. Beyond that, it's nice if you can take some momentum into the season but I'm not going to worry about these losses.

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

If your primary goal isn't to win the Impact Bowl you're in the wrong job. The secondary goal is to win the division this year. That's the standard we need to be aiming at and it's the standard I expect.

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

I could name any of the usual lads but I'm going to focus on Morris for now. He's come into the team to replace Herzog and a lot of people were critical of that move but he's already shown he can be a threat as a receiver. If you have a TE who can contribute like that it's a big help to the team. It's good to see him and King gelling so early.

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

I expect a much better performance than we saw against Tucson and I expect them to look after the ball better than they did against KC. We do those things and there's no reason we can't start the season with a win.

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: LONDON GRIFFINS
« on: December 13, 2018, 03:41:12 AM »
Judd's stats last year stand up pretty well with the rest of the team so I'm inclined to use him, unless you're going to tell me he's a terrible catcher. I'll make the adjustments you've suggested though. If you'll excuse me, I'm going to try and find a replacement for Art Delo.
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Hermione, could you work your magic and get me in contact with Dana Boras please?
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Mr Boras, it's GM Dazz from the Griffins. I'd like to talk to you about your client OF Jaden Harris. I'd like to offer him the chance to play baseball in London for 2 years for $1m per year. I'll be honest, it's basically a paid audition but if we like him I'll discuss a new deal with you before the second year is up.

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: LONDON GRIFFINS
« on: December 10, 2018, 04:53:27 PM »
Thank you for that information. While I have you here I wanted to discuss the batting order. My proposed order would be:

1 Sammons
2 Turk
3 Lay
4 Bohne
5 Alcala
6 Hernandez
7 Judd
8 McCullough
9 Gutierrez

My main reservation is playing Gutierrez at 9 but I'd like him to set up the openers again. Is there anyone you think is in the wrong place there?

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PBL News and Information / Re: S6 UFA
« on: December 05, 2018, 01:15:05 PM »
Done with UFA

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League Office Transactions / Re: PBL LEAGUE OFFICE
« on: December 04, 2018, 03:08:58 AM »
London Griffins sign:
1B, Lazaro Hernandez for 3 years at $3m

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: LONDON GRIFFINS
« on: December 03, 2018, 01:16:42 PM »
Schuber's rating at the moment doesn't reflect that but I know there's more to it than letter grades. I'll be keeping a close eye on his development. I won't take up anymore of your time. Thank you, Coach.
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Hermione, while we wait to hear from the various agents could I speak to Josh Johnson please?
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Mr Johnson, good to finally meet you face to face. I'm looking at the roster report and I see that we made one of our rookies the highest paid player on the team and have him on a 4 year deal. He's on a better deal than Lay, Gutierrez and Sammons who are all highly rated players. I'm expecting him to be a star from day 1 at that price. In your opinion, will he live up to those expectations and can he take the pressure? He's basically going to have to be one of the faces of this franchise and that's a lot to ask from a teenager.

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OOC Boards / Re: S11 Prediction Thread
« on: December 03, 2018, 03:13:18 AM »

North East - Michigan
South East - Alabama
North West - Lincoln
South West - San Antonio

WILDCARDS:
East - Orlando
East - Atlanta (assuming the team isn't ripped apart in a trade orgy)
East - Cleveland
East - DC
West - Seattle
West - Rapid City
West - Las Vegas
West - Tucson

IMPACT BOWL 11 TEAMS: Alabama and Seattle


IMPACT BOWL 11 WINNERS: Alabama (they seem to come in pairs)


MVP: Curt Robles
Offensive ROTY: Randall Estates
Defensive ROTY: Stephen Basham
Offensive POTY: Curt Robles
Defensive POTY: Waylon Hagan
GM OF THE YEAR: GM Pancho

OVERALL BEST RECORD (Regular season): San Antonio

Tackle Leader: Larry Stevens
Sack Leader: Hagan
Passing Yards Leader: Caleb Smoak
Passing TD Leader: Elias Ibrahimovic
Rushing Yards Leader: Curt Robles
Rushing TD Leader: Ezekiel Elliott
Catch Leader: Michael Hodge
Receiving Yards Leader: Eugene McReynolds
Receiving TDs Leader: Darren Pierce
Interceptions Leader (defense): James Taylor
Will Anthony Smith (OT) allow  a sack: No

FIRST GM FIRED: GM Franchise

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: December 02, 2018, 03:37:35 PM »
Consider that done then. Thank you for your input Coach. Please take the strategy sheets down to the other coaches.

Preseason game 1
Rotation: Mostly starters
Run:pass ratio: 60:40
Tempo: Normal
Strategy changes: Pike to play WR4, Stanton to WR 5, Toler to RB2, Burns to RB3.

Preseason game 2
Strategy changes: Schofield and Zepeda swap positions, Tipton replaces McLaughlin at LDE

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League Office Transactions / Re: HIFL LEAGUE OFFICE IV
« on: December 02, 2018, 03:23:01 PM »
DC Cobras announce the following:
WR Joshua Elrod is assigned to Richmond Ruckus
WR Gary Stanton is called up to the main roster

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: November 30, 2018, 03:38:16 AM »
This is why I hired you as a coach. That is some fantastic insight that has given me a lot to think about. I think we definitely promote Pike to WR4 and have him fight for jump balls in our 4WR sets. Try to use him more in the red zone. My worry then is that Joshua won't get much game time at WR5. So, it might be worth getting him experience in Richmond to work on his hands. Then the question is whether to call up Stanton or Cahill. What do you think?

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: LONDON GRIFFINS
« on: November 29, 2018, 01:28:05 PM »
Thank you Coach. We'll speak again once free agency is done and our roster is finalised.
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Hermione, could you ask Coach Mayers to come up to see me please?
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Coach, it's good to meet you. To be fully honest, I basically called you up here so we could meet face to face. The pitching lineup looks pretty solid to me and rotation seems set too. I'm likely to spend the little money we have left on improving our fielding and batting unless you think there's a pressing need to bring a new pitcher in.

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League Office Transactions / Re: HIFL LEAGUE OFFICE IV
« on: November 29, 2018, 03:24:14 AM »
DC Cobras announce the following:
RB Dante Bogut is assigned to Richmond Ruckus
RB Sergio Burns is called up to the main roster

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: November 29, 2018, 03:08:53 AM »
I'm glad to hear it. It's a bloody travesty you weren't inducted into the Hall of Fame but it's good to see you getting the respect you deserve around here.
Looking at the receivers, Myers and Dodds I think are locked in at 1 and 2. I'm not sure what you think but to me Dodds has similar attributes to McReynolds. I'm excited to see what he can do. The slot is a bit trickier. I used Roman there briefly in Cleveland and got some good production out of him. He also has a great attitude and I think he's earned a chance to showcase his talents. However, Elrod was highly rated by our scouts. Even Pike seems to be developing nicely. I read your report but I'd like a bit more detail on how you think these lads compare.

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: November 28, 2018, 01:15:12 PM »
I have a lot of faith in him and I'm sure having Doolittle and Hemsworth around will keep him focused.
Looking more broadly at the offence, I think we have a very good unit here. We underperformed last season but I'm confident your approach is going to turn things around. I'm expecting big things from the team this year. I'll let you get back to work.
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Lolly, could I speak to Coach Houser please?
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Coach Houser... that must be odd for you to hear around here. You'll ge used to it, I'm sure. Though it's disappointing not seeing you running out onto the field with the lads this year. That said, we have a young group ripe for moulding and That must be exciting for you. How are you settling into your new job?

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: November 28, 2018, 03:29:29 AM »
It sounds like we have a pretty solid LB corps in that case. We'll give each a start at number 2 in preseason and see how they get on. I want another look at Tipton as well but I'll work that out before I send the sheets down. Before you head back to practice I just wanted to say that you and Coach Farmer have done a great job with the young lads over the offseason. I'm very excited to see this defence continue to improve during the year. Thank you, Coach.
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Lolly, could I see Coach Prince please?
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Coach, it's great to be working with you again. Carmazzi looked like a different player towards the end of last season and it sounds like he's impressed you during camp too. I'm getting some stick for picking him over Rizzo but I'm hoping he's going to prove me right. You've worked closely with him. What should we be expecting from him at this point?

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: LONDON GRIFFINS
« on: November 28, 2018, 03:07:05 AM »
That answers it perfectly, thank you. We'll talk more in depth about the batting order once the roster is finalised but I already have a good idea of what it's going to look like. Just one more question before I let you go, do we have anyone who particularly excels or struggles against left handed pitchers?

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: LONDON GRIFFINS
« on: November 27, 2018, 01:06:24 PM »
That definitely answers that then. Thank you. I'll let you get prepping for pre-season. Hopefully I'll find you some extra tools to work with.
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Hermione, could I speak to Coach McNamee please?
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I know a few other teams have been changing their coaching staff but I want to assure you that's not happening here this season. With that out of the way, I'd like to talk about the batting lineup. If we divide the roster into power hitters, contact hitters and lower order, if you'll excuse the cricket term, how would you break the roster down?

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: November 27, 2018, 03:27:06 AM »
We have him signed up for the long term so we'll have plenty of time to get him to where he needs to be. It's similar to the situation with Carmazzi. His potential is far too good to ignore.
I think we'll mainly use the starters in preseason to get some chemistry built up in the team. I might put a few of the backups in to give them the chance to prove themselves but I think the lineup is already pretty set. I was tempted to give Doolittle a start but that just encourages questions I don't want and I'd rather give Carmazzi as much time on the field as we can. I'll let you get to work.
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Lolly, could I speak to Coach Door please?
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Coach, I noticed you rate Schofield as our number 2 LB. I'm a little surprised by that. I like what Zepeda did for us last year. Has Schofield really improved that much this season? How would you say they compare?

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: LONDON GRIFFINS
« on: November 26, 2018, 03:19:31 AM »
Sammons and Lay are both listed as SS so is there one you'd prefer at 2B?

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: November 26, 2018, 03:03:40 AM »
That's fair enough. All I wanted was an initial assessment. About the roster moves, I'm thinking of sending Bogut to Richmond to learn his position and bringing up Burns to replace him. I wanted to ask about Joshua Reynolds though. Our scouting suggested his attributes were a lot better than how you've rated him. What's holding him back?

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: November 25, 2018, 07:00:14 PM »
I have a couple of roster moves I want to discuss but before that I want to talk coaching. We've completely changed the offensive coaching team this year. They under-performed last year so I think it was needed. What I want to know is how you rate Coach Prince and Coach Houser after camp?

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: LONDON GRIFFINS
« on: November 25, 2018, 05:52:03 PM »
I'm going to talk to Coach McNamee about the hitting but I'd like to know more about the other sides of our batters. How do they look defensively and who are our quickest players?

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: LONDON GRIFFINS
« on: November 25, 2018, 02:40:57 PM »
That's good to hear. I didn't want to have to make sweeping changes in year 1 of my time here. I can see a few areas I'd like to strengthen already and I agree with you about the scouted players. Is there a particular area on the team where we need improvement? Do you think we have anywhere that's particularly strong?

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: November 25, 2018, 01:54:30 PM »
Corey Rizzo is a very talented player and will have a very good career in the league. however, I had to choose between him and King Carmazzi. The coaches and I feel that King has the potential to be a special player. This year he's going to get the chance to prove a lot of people wrong.

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: LONDON GRIFFINS
« on: November 25, 2018, 09:33:10 AM »
Thank you Hermione. It's just a shame you couldn't use those dark arts to get us some better infielders. Could I speak to Coach Schneck please?
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Coach, I'm very pleased to be managing a team in my home country... but I have some concerns about the roster. I've already decided to cut some of the deadwood and I hope that shows how I'm going to approach things here. I will not accept passengers and I'm only interested in lads who are going to produce. With this in mind, what do you make of the roster... including the reserves? What do you think of the coaching team you're working with?

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League Office Transactions / Re: PBL LEAGUE OFFICE
« on: November 25, 2018, 09:16:45 AM »
The London Griffins spend $15m on scouting.

The London Griffins also cut the following players:
OF Art Delo
2B Kyle Barnard
1B Gabe Anderson (from reserves)
SP Chris Przybylski (from reserves)

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: November 25, 2018, 08:29:51 AM »
SEASON 11 - TRAINING CAMP

I expect all of you to behave like professionals this year if you want to continue to be invited to these press conferences. This is the only warning you're getting.

1. Use three words to classify how your off-season went, and explain.

Evolution, not revolution. There are a lot of teams in this league, and particularly this division, making sweeping changes this year. GMs moving, key players being traded... all sorts of managerial disasters too. Here we've focused on continuing a program that we put in place last season. We have a great mix of young talent who have continued to develop... the Peacocks, Bostic, Moya, Schofield, Mixon, Dodds, Carmazzi... alongside some experienced stars. We have also brought in some really exciting rookies who I look forward to working with in the coming years. The future is bright here in DC but success is achievable now.

2. Coming out of training camp, where do you rank your team in the division, in the conference, and in the league?

I think we're ranked up at top end of the division, conference and the league. We made the playoffs last year and we've only improved since then while some of our rivals have fallen away. I'll let you all decide where that actually puts us.

3. Do you have any position battles planned for the preseason?  Which jobs are up for grabs and what do you hope to gain from the preseason games?

There are a few battles I'm interested in watching this preseason. Any of the WRs or LBs have a shot at moving themselves up the depth chart and I hope they'll do their best to take their chances. Guys like Taco Tipton and Blais also have an opportunity to claim a starting spot if they show us something in these games. I do want to make it clear that there is no position battle at QB. Carmazzi is our starter and that's how it will be when the regular season comes along.

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League Office Transactions / Re: HIFL LEAGUE OFFICE IV
« on: November 11, 2018, 09:49:13 AM »
DC Cobras spend $1.5million on PR campaigns

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: November 11, 2018, 09:45:46 AM »
TEAM CAPTAINS
1. King Carmazzi
2. Anthony Smith
3. Brett Myers
4. Lary Stevens
5. Sean Johnson
6. Alfred Glass



MINI-CAMP ASSIGNMENTS

OFFENSE:
1.King Carmazzi - Accuracy
2.Urban Hemsworth - Accuracy
3.Roger Morris - Hands

DEFENSE:
1.Justin Blais - Tackling
2.William Bostic - Hands
3.Michael Thurston - Speed



MASTER DEPTH CHART

QB- King Carmazzi
QB2- Donald Doolittle
QB3- Fred Hatton

RB1- Tank Mixon
RB2- Angel Toler
{b}RB3-[/b] Dante Bogut

FB- Joseph Sellers

TE1- Jay Morrris
TE2- Roger Morris

WR1- Brett Myers
WR2- James Dodds
WR3- Daniel Roman
WR4- Joshua Elrod
WR5- Todd Pike

LT- Anthony Smith
LG- Billy Godfrey
C- Makai Si’Lo’Ha (backupBenjamin Jacks)
RG- William Jordan
RT- Luke Smith

DT1- Ryan Peacock
DT2- Luis Peacock

DE1- Sean Johnson
DE2- Anthony McLaughlin (backupTaco Tipton)

LB1- Larry Stevens
LB2- Billy Zepeda
LB3- Irvin Schofield
LB4- Lucas Johnson

CB1- Alfred Glass
CB2- Jerald Jeffries
CB3- Joshua Reynolds
CB4- Justin Blais

FS- Eric Moya ( backup Robert Brinkman )
SS- William Bostic ( backup Michael Thurston )

K- Omer Sasser
P- Ronald Edmonds
KR1- James Dodds
KR2- Dante Bogut





STRATEGY


OFFENSE – Coach’s decision
Attitude: Balanced
Focus: Balanced
Tempo: Normal
Passing Focus: Medium
Pass To: Balanced
Primary Receiver: James Dodds
Running Focus: Power
Running Backs: Running
Backfield Focus: Bell Cow
Tight End Focus: Mixed

DEFENSE – 4-3
Attitude: Aggressive
Focus: Balanced
Primary Coverage: Mixed
D-Line Focus: Pass Rush
Linebacker Focus: Balanced
Player Radio: Larry Stevens
Match CBs to WRs?: Yes


Playing Time: Mostly Starters




PLAY CALLING


OFFENSE RUN/PASS RATIO 55:45

Play Caller: Offensive Coordinator
Detailed percentages are OC’s decision

DEFENSE BLITZ RATIO Coach’s decision

Play Caller: Head Coach




PR CAMPAIGNS

(King Carmazzi) (The King of DC)
$250k
Online video billboards on the DC Cobras website and connected websites showing a mock coronation of King Carmazzi. The still image and the physical billboards will show Carmazzi in full regal attire sat on a throne in the middle of Congress.

(Omer Sasser) (The $6m man)
$250k
Youtube/Snapchat/Instagram videos showing scenes of a man having bionic parts added to them (leg, eye, etc) much like the opening of The Six Million Dollar Man. These scenes will be mixed with clips of some of Sasser’s longest kicks. The caption at the end will read “Omer Sasser, the $6m Man”.

(Anthony Smith) (For the love of the game)
$250k
A video package to be shown at the start of games and on the DC Cobras social media profiles. The video shows Smith asleep in bed before being woken by his clock radio. The radio is playing the announcement of Robles winning MVP and OPoTY. There’s a wry smile on Smith’s face as he gets up and seems to shrug it off. The video picks him up again in the kitchen as he’s having his breakfast with the TV on in the background showing pundits Mark Hansen and Sean Bronson arguing that Smith had been snubbed in the awards. Another wry smile and he seems to shrug it off. Next he’s in the car on the way to the stadium with the Insiders on the radio talking about how underrated Smith is. Wry smile, shrugs it off. Finally you see Smith in full gear lining up on the o-line with a broad smile on his face. The caption reads “I don’t do it for the awards, I do it for the love of the game”

(Larry Stevens) (The DC Monument)
$250k
Social media (excluding Twitter) campaign where images of all of the famous Washington monuments are replaced by CGI statues of Larry Stevens. A line of gear, in partnership with Under Armor, will feature a range of products with these images on them.

(Ryan and Luis Peacock) (Twin Cobras)
$500k
A continuation of the skills based videos made in conjunction with Qantus in the prior year. This year has the Peacock twins competing against each other in a number of skills challenges involving some Qantus jets.




MUSICAL LICENSES

1. “Fanfare for the Common Man” (Emerson, Lake and Palmer)  (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2zurZig4L8)
When the players emerge from the tunnel


2. “1999” (Prince) 
After home wins

Lock in

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League Office Transactions / Re: HIFL LEAGUE OFFICE IV
« on: November 02, 2018, 03:49:50 PM »
DC Cobras announce the following:

QB Urban Hemsworth is assigned to Richmond Ruckus

Michigan gets:
DC S12 7th round draft pick

DC gets:
QB Donald Doolittle

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High Impact Football League Information / Re: TRADE DISCUSSIONS
« on: November 02, 2018, 01:53:52 PM »
Michigan gets:
DC 7th round draft pick

DC gets:
QB Donald Doolittle

Confirmed

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