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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: AMSTERDAM ADDERS
« on: May 29, 2020, 06:50:05 PM »
"That would be excellent. Tangentially, I was thinking specifically about keeping the safeties and or corners playing over the top in their zones rather than playing underneath. Something like that to keep plays in front. I should have been more specific."

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: AMSTERDAM ADDERS
« on: May 29, 2020, 01:54:10 PM »
"Not that I necessarily want to make major changes this week, but I do have to note that Charlotte is actually the #1 scoring offense through the first two weeks. If we can grind out another 40 minutes of possession time we can certainly address it to a point. But I'm thinking of some sort of tweak to maybe keep the opposing QB from a 80 yard touchdown run, or big plays of that nature. Is there something you and Coach Maxfield can come up with?"

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Forum Games / Re: Pokemon Great League Battle Tournament
« on: May 29, 2020, 12:35:46 PM »
Bone over Oldfield 2-0

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: AMSTERDAM ADDERS
« on: May 29, 2020, 10:13:10 AM »
GM THAD RETURNS TO OFFICE TO MEET WITH COACHES

"Coach, that was some game there. Too many missed opportunities but it is hard to be too critical of a mostly dominant performance. I think we win more games playing like that then we lose."

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: AMSTERDAM ADDERS
« on: May 28, 2020, 11:18:55 PM »
"Thank you for joining me. That was a tough game, an a weird one. A lot of missed opportunities for our team cost us in a game we ultimately dominated. This a young team, and they will learn from it. There is a lot to like from what we put together. Unfortunately King Carmazzi was out to prove why he is a former #2 overall pick, and we ran into his buzzsaw. He's a good QB and we'll have to make sure we're prepared for him in the next Snake Bowl. Any questions?"

"Hi GM Thad, where do you think your team needs to improve on most?"

"I think we just have to capitalize on opportunities. We're struggling to score off of turnovers, to finish drives, and just take advantage of what we're doing. We possessed the ball for 43 minutes and only managed 15 points. 43 minutes of ball possession should translate to more points. I think this just goes back to how young this team is. We'll get better at it. Next question?"

"Reports are that your team is calling Coach Sanchez, Coach Buzzkill, any comment?"

"Just reports. If they are, I haven't heard it. I know the second part of the report is about last week's news, so let me just say that any directive that was handed down to the players came from me. Player's are always going to have nicknames for coaches. As long as they do their job, it won't bother us. Next question?"

"The Charlotte Crowns visit this week, any comments on that?"

"We just have to win the game. As is well documented I don't care for GM Kirk, but that's all I'll say on the subject. We're a good team, and we've shown the last two weeks we are ball dominant. Now as we start to settle into the season, week 3, week 4, it is time to translate these stat lines into points and into more wins. I think the team is up to the challenge.

Does the media have any further questions?"

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: ALBUQUERQUE ROADRUNNERS
« on: May 28, 2020, 11:57:54 AM »
"Thank you for joining me. We are so pleased with that last series, getting the sweep and finally displaying what we are capable of as a team. The pitching was on lock down, our bats came alive, it was a great series for us, and gives a ton of momentum going into next week. I'll take some questions now. Yes?"

"GM Bone, can you name one player that showed up and one player who didn't this series?"

"I mean, a ton of players showed up. I'd say one guy who showed out was Jared Bonner, he collected a lot of key hits for us this series and was really the catalyst to much of our offensive output. As for someone who didn't show up...well Brooklyn likes to hype up Ted Esco as one of the greats, and he's one of the league leaders in RBIs, but he took a snooze this weekend, which is alright with me. I'm glad we were able to limit his impact on the series to a handful of strikeouts and just a single run batted in. Next question?"

"News broke of a champagne party in the clubhouse after game 3 and Andrade's first win of the season. Care to comment?"

"It's all about celebrating the team. We came off the first series sweep in nearly two seasons of baseball, our bats finally supported our pitching staff, there was just a lot for our team to celebrate, and so we did. When we celebrate our success or how we celebrate it is just a reflection of how much our organization supports one another. Next question?"

"What about news around the league?"

"Probably the saddest bit of news is London losing another pitcher to an injury. We've seen a ton of pitching injuries this season, and for me, it makes me want to make sure our facilities are top notch so we don't lose any guys to the injury bug either. Next question?"

"You've seen the all-star voting, is there one player who should be getting votes who isn't?"

"I'm glad to see that a couple of our guys are starting to get recognition. But still, Justin Hernard is perfect on the season and among the league leader in saves. He should be getting votes and a shot at the all-star closer role. Next question?"

"You will play Omaha this week. Is there a pitching-hitter match-up you're looking forward to see?"

"How about Bobby Silvers vs all the Omaha hitters? Silvers has been one of the best in the Heartland this season. Specifically, I'm looking to see if he can shut down Davy Leyva, who is the best in Omaha at putting runs on the board, and a league leader in that category. It's not only a good match-up from a baseball fan perspective, it is also key to the series, and seeing if we can shut down another league leader this series.

Any further questions?"

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: AMSTERDAM ADDERS
« on: May 25, 2020, 08:45:30 AM »
"I don't want to have a team meeting or anything about it. Relay it to the captains and just remind the team overall we expect professional behavior during the season.

Other than that, we just have a single week in the books, so I'm not worried about changing anything until we have a sample size to compare to. Let's be as hostile to DC as possible when they come to our house."

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No Changes

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: AMSTERDAM ADDERS
« on: May 24, 2020, 11:22:38 PM »
"I'll just take the first of two, the second being this week. What a position we suddenly find ourselves in. A chance to go up 2-0 in divisional play, and in front of the home crowd.

Anyway, that media story about the Red Light district. I do believe what I said to the media, that basically these guys are family men and don't have time for nonsense. Still, can you and the coaches reiterate that the players are not to mess around during the season?"

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: ALBUQUERQUE ROADRUNNERS
« on: May 23, 2020, 12:17:01 PM »
"Right. Let Coach Owen know we are ready to go."

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Starting Rotation
Game 1: Bobby Silvers
Game 2: Marco Melgosa
Game 3: Bobby Andrade

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PBL News and Information / Re: Trade Discussion
« on: May 22, 2020, 02:16:13 PM »
I have Jakob Youngers on the block.

Solid young RP
SP*

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League Office Transactions / Re: HIFL LEAGUE OFFICE S13
« on: May 21, 2020, 10:45:15 PM »
Amsterdam Adders assigns the following players to Rotterdam

1. RB John Breedlove
2. RB John Ackley
3. FB David Sutton
4. G Jose Wray
5. T Warren Matos
6. CB Forest Lanier
7. LB Andrew Latham
8. LB Joel Henderson
9. DT Don Marsh
10. DE Orlando Logsdon

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: ALBUQUERQUE ROADRUNNERS
« on: May 20, 2020, 11:20:40 PM »
"As we start to approach the middle of the season, can you re-focus your efforts on contact work?"

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: AMSTERDAM ADDERS
« on: May 20, 2020, 07:29:07 PM »
"Hallo, en welkom terug. I am glad to welcome you back to the home of the Amsterdam Adders. There is just not a better way to start a new franchise than one and oh with the division lead. There are still fifteen games to go, but it doesn't get better than this. Our Twin Fang offense was all that we hoped it would be. AJ was sharp in his debut, and would have been perfect on the day if not for that tipped pass in the endzone. Our runningbacks ran all over the Dragons. And our defense made enough plays. That's an exciting debut, and one that suddenly puts the entire Mid-Atlantic on notice. Who wants to ask some questions?"

"GM Thad, congratulations on the win. Anything stand out to you as needing improvement?"

"Thank you. It's hard to look at a win and say "this needs to be fixed", but I think we're going to have to have our defense improve in getting off the field faster. The Dragons ended up playing a ton of catch up, but we can give 500 yards of offense all season. We want to win that time of possession battle. And that means an offense that grinds, and a defense that churns. Improvement, yes, but I am far from unhappy with what we accomplished. Next question?"

"This was a news packed Week 1. A major player in the Red Light District is offering your team discounts. Care to comment?"

"Seems like a waste of time to me. I did not sign 53 college co-eds to play for my football team. I signed 53 professional football players. Frankly, they don't have time to be visiting the "red light district". They have practice four days a week, plus travel and game day. Also most of them are married or with a domestic partner, some have kids...you couldn't pick a worse demographic if you're trying to attract people to the red light district. I'm not concerned simply because our team are professionals. Next question?"

"Was there a pleasant or unpleasant surprise this week in your individual performances?"

"It was all pleasant, was it not? I'd say Dragons were unpleasantly surprised. For our team, I'd have to highlight Kevin Sherman. Duke talked a big game during the off-season on how he was the best quarterback in the division. But boy I think his inflated head blocked his vision, or maybe he just didn't respect this team enough, because Kevin Sherman made him look silly for most of the game. I hope that was a humbling experience for Duke, and next time he'll respect our DBs a little bit more. I know Sherman is talented, but he flashed some great ball skills picking off two passes and knocking down another half dozen. I wasn't sure exactly what we would get from our guys in Week 1, and now I know. Next question?"

"What do you need to do this week to beat the Cobras?"

"I think we need to do what we did this week. We need to get out to an early lead, control the ball, and force them to play catch up. DC struggled to move the ball and on special teams, so if we can get the early lead again, we can force them into making some of the same mistakes they made against Orlando. Any further questions?"

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: ALBUQUERQUE ROADRUNNERS
« on: May 20, 2020, 07:06:45 PM »
"Right. We'll just have to keep giving these guys opportunities to sink and swim. We're still young, especially with the bats. Thanks for coming up though, I'll let you get back to it."

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"Sweetie, have Coach Vann come see me."

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"Coach, we have to talk about these stat lines. We're struggling to put hits in the column and runs on the board. We gotta change something as we're leaving our pitching staff high and dry."

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Forum Games / Re: Fantasy Draft Season 1: Wrestling
« on: May 19, 2020, 05:05:08 PM »
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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: ALBUQUERQUE ROADRUNNERS
« on: May 17, 2020, 07:19:29 PM »
"I hear you, but I don't think a change there is the right move. We need Coach Vann to produce, and I'll chat with him before the week is done.

I think we have enough of a sample size on the season where we can start moving bats in or out of the lineup based on what they've done so far. I know Ruiz was hurt, but he's gotten just a single hit this entire season. London, despite a couple of home-runs is batting under .150. It might be time to let some of these guys know if they don't turn it around at the plate, I got about 10 guys sitting on the bench who would like a shot instead."

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: ALBUQUERQUE ROADRUNNERS
« on: May 17, 2020, 03:15:16 PM »
"Thank you for joining me. It was a tough series for sure. I'm glad we rallied to end our 5 game skid in Game 2, but this series was a missed opportunity for us. We could have taken two, if not all three games. Let's go ahead and move to some questions."

"What do you think the turning point was in each of the three games this series?"

"Each game? I'm not sure there was a turning point in game 1, so much as missed opportunities. Sammons sent the first pitch of the game into the stands, and from there we played from behind. Andrade settled down and didn't give up any more runs, but we were unable to support his quality start. We had an opportunity late in the game to tie it up when we had runners on 1st and 2nd, but we couldn't get it done. Game 2 went much better for us, and we had that great 8th inning rally. Silvers had pitched a masterclass, just giving up a sac fly, and our guys finally rallied in the 8th by plating two when our bats had been held to just a single hit before that inning. Hennard came in to shut down the 9th, and it was a hard fought victory. As for Game 3, I don't really want to speak on turning points. Instead I want to congratulate Bruce Noll on a wonderful Hall of Fame career. The team seemed to rally behind their fallen leader after he was forced out of the game, and there wasn't anything we could do about it. Next question?"

"Can you discuss some of the news around the league? What about the reports about Bobby Andrade?"

"It's no secret that we're all frustrated in our inability to put runs on the board and support our starters. I've gone over it several times when asked in the press conferences. Hopefully after this week with some clutch hitting we're starting to turn the corner as the schedule opens up and we get into the heat of the summer. I touched on it before, but I'd like to congratulate Bruce Noll on a wonderful career. I'm going to make arrangements to send him the rubber he pitched on for his final game. Hopefully he finds it to be a nice token of our appreciation for all he did."

"What player on your team is a lock for the All-Star game?"

"I think it has to be Hennard at this point, and I know Silvers and Andrade are both pitching well. Hennard has yet to give up a run this season and has collected clutch saves. I think the fans need to start looking at some of our pitchers with their votes. Next question?"

"As we head into hashtag tradeSZN, do you plan to be a buyer, seller, or keep things as is?"

"Most likely, we're keeping things as it is. We are asking a ton of young players to play key and productive roles on this team, and if we're impatient in their development, it's just going to hurt us in the long term. We're going through some growing pains right now, especially our bats, but we're going to come out the other side with a strong team of all-star caliber players. We'll see if there is an opportunity to grab more draft capital or prospects, but not at the expense of what we're trying to build. Next question?"

"You're at Brooklyn this week, what game are you most looking forward to?"

"All of them. I'm looking forward to all three games, as they are chances for three more wins. But specifically, we're going to start Bobby Silvers Game 1, and give him a chance for a homecoming, as he spent the first part of his career there. I know he'll appreciate the chance to take the mound first in the place he called home the last 5 years. Hopefully we can use that to take this series. Any further questions?"

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: AMSTERDAM ADDERS
« on: May 14, 2020, 01:48:37 PM »
"Great. That's all I want to do right now. I have put the notes of all we talked about during the pre-season and just now. I'm ready to get to real football!"

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Depth Chart Changes Offense
WR1: Benjamin Ramos
WR2: Jose Voss
WR3: Wayne Hodge
WR4: Joe Bankston

Jose Voss to slotWR in Shotgun Sets
Wayne Hodge to WR2 in Shotgun Sets
Joe Bankston to WR2 in Goaline Sets/Sub-Packages

Depth Chart Changes Defense

DT1: Burt Cuellar
DT2: Ronnie Santiago

DE1: David Wilson
DE2: Wesley Garrett
DE3: Jose Seaton
DE4: James Guice

Quarters
NT1: Burt Cuellar
NT2: Ronnie Santiago

OLB1: Neil Wray
OLB2: Jeffrey Hildebrand
OLB3: Lynn Malone
OLB4: Benito Suarez

CB1: Kevin Sherman
CB2: Justin Blais
CB3: Kieran Stones

Lucas Dickinson SubLB-SubSS in Run Stop Packages

Depth Chart Changes Special Teams
KR1: John Reyes
KR2: Justin Blais
KR3: Kieran Stones
KR4: Jose Voss

PR1: John Reyes
PR2: Kieran Stones

Strategy Changes
Minutes: Mostly Starters

First Play: Pugh's Wrecking Ball - Counter Left from Base Two-TE Package

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: AMSTERDAM ADDERS
« on: May 13, 2020, 09:55:53 AM »
"Excellent, glad we're on the same page.

Anyway, I spoke to Pugh shortly before we left for Madrid. We both know he wants 'feature back' status, but I'm a firm no on that for various reasons. Still, I do want to help him feel valued a bit. I can think of no better way than to give him the first offensive play in franchise history. I know game-flow can be a tricky thing, but can we give him the first play? Pugh said he loves the counter left and the pitch right from the gun. Can you and Coach dig up something from the playbook and put it at the top of the call sheet? Perhaps that counter-left from our Two-TE set. Pugh's Wrecking Ball from our Twin Fang."

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: AMSTERDAM ADDERS
« on: May 12, 2020, 08:53:47 PM »
"Coach, let me rattle off the notes I made about our position battles. Let me know if you disagree anywhere.

I think Stones actually beat out Blais in the pre-season both on the outside and in the slot. Let's try to match speed for speed as best we can, let Kieran match up against the speedier of whoever our opponents play at WR2 or in the slot. Based on pre-season the Dragons played St. Brown in the slot, so let's put Stones on him. Sherman can of course have DGB, and Blais can take anyone else.

I was not really impressed at linebacker between Malone and Hildebrand. Malone technically did better on the stat sheet, but the difference was not much, so I will defer to you and Coach Maxfield's recommendation and give Hildebrand the nod.

I was very impressed with both Hodge and Bankston. Hodge seems to be a real threat on the outside, and Bankston ended up being such a great target in the redzone. Can we sub-in some packages for Bankston in the redzone?"

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: AMSTERDAM ADDERS
« on: May 12, 2020, 01:05:00 AM »
"Thank you for joining me. Here we go! Week 1 of Amsterdam Adder football! I've been eagerly anticipating this for months now. Had Week 1 circled on all my calendars. Seriously, my wife was very upset that I circled it on our family planning calendar. But here we go! Give me your questions!"

"GM Thad, did anyone stand out to you from your games or fail to live up to expectations?"

"Thank you. I thought Joe Bankston and Wayne Hodge both stood out during the pre-season. Which makes my job tough as they were battling for the starting nod. It's a good problem to have. Hodge had some great catches and really racked up the yards and Bankston was deadly in the redzone. Similarly we had a couple of guys vying for playing time at linebacker, and while I'm not naming names at this stage our linebackers were fairly invisible on the stat sheet, so it will take a deeper dive from the coaches and I to decide who has earned the starting job. Next question?"

"How much stock do you put in your win and loss this pre-season?"

"I think we did great. We won an excellent match against Michigan, and we kept Vegas out of the endzone for the most part. Two games doesn't make a season, but I think getting even one as an expansion team has set us up for real success this season."

"You talked about some position battles already, did anyone earn or lose their starting job this pre-season?"

"As an expansion team, we don't have any previous lineups to really say that someone lost a starting job. They were essentially all up for grabs even if the coaches and I had an idea as to who would start where. We were looking at battles specifically at the WRs, the DEs, the LBs, and CBs, and I'm left with more questions than answers because everyone fighting for those positions really put up great showings. I'm not going to disclose who won or loss, partly because I haven't completely decided, and partly to keep New Jersey guessing in the film room. Next question?"

"What are your thoughts on the league purchasing the XFL as a minor league system?"

"It's something we'll certainly use but I'm not moved one way or another. I'd have to wait and see just how this system may benefit our team. Next question?"

"Your game this week is against New Jersey. What offensive or defensive match-ups make you most nervous heading into the game?"

"None. And if their were, I certainly wouldn't be airing them in a forum for New Jersey to hear. Instead, let me tell you what they should be worried about. They should be worried about a gritty team that is going to grind them and wear them down on offense, and make their fair share of plays on defense. Yeah we're an expansion team, and maybe New Jersey is an Impact Bowl favorite...but we're going to put a little fear into them. The Adders are coming, coiled, ready to strike."

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: AMSTERDAM ADDERS
« on: May 05, 2020, 03:07:59 PM »
"Alright. Week 1, you better be ready, we're calling in Pugh's Wrecking Ball, and you better be ready to hit paydirt. For now, head back down to the facility."

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"Mary Jane, here are the instructions for the pre-season lock in. Please send them down to the staff."

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Pre-Season Game 1
Minutes: Balanced

Depth Chart Changes
WR1: Joe Bankston
WR2: Wayne Hodge
LB1: Lynn Malone
LB2: Jeffrey Hildebrand
CB1: Kevin Sherman
CB2: Kieran Stones
CB3: Justin Blais

Pre-Season Game 2
Minutes: Balanced

Depth Chart Changes
WR1: Wayne Hodge
WR2: Joe Bankston
LB1: Jeffrey Hildebrand
LB2: Lynn Malone
CB2: Justin Blais
CB3: Kieran Stones

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: AMSTERDAM ADDERS
« on: May 04, 2020, 11:23:53 PM »
"That's fine with me. You know what? It's our first meeting since free agency, this calls for something a little more fun.

Let's start the season right. What's your favorite play? Power to the right? A motion swing? A reverse? Pick your favorite play and I'll ask the Coach to call it as our first official offensive play of the franchise Week 1."

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: AMSTERDAM ADDERS
« on: May 04, 2020, 04:52:58 PM »
"I love the confidence. I wanted to address one thing with you. Coach Block indicated to me that you would prefer workhorse football, and you've just said as much. I decided on committee football when I put together the team, and I hear your position loud and clear. You say you want to be known as the greatest, better than Robles and Mackey. Those guys were workhorses too...but their bodies broke down before they hit 30. You want to be the greatest? Play an extra decade of football more then they did. I don't think anyone has more touches over the time span that you've entered the league. You're here for 5 years, let Reyes be your battery mate. We have a rookie QB, which means we're going to rely heavily on the run, and the play action opportunities that will create. You've worked in camp, you know the splits favor the run game and the west coast pass attack is going to favor route trees for the RBs. You'll get your touches, I promise that. We're an expansion franchise. If we're going to hoist the Impact Bowl trophy one day, if you're gonna lay claim to being the greatest runningback of all time one day...let's play the long game a bit. That's the only way both those things are gonna happen. I'm not asking you to not want to be the workhorse, but maybe at least for now, keep an open mind?"

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: ALBUQUERQUE ROADRUNNERS
« on: May 03, 2020, 04:14:38 PM »
"I re-activated Mario so he can rejoin the team. Here were the opening day instructions. Good luck out there."

vs Right Hand Starter
C - Lynn London
1B - Mario Ruiz
2B - Tyler Layne
3B - Jared Bonner
SS - Travis Messina
LF - Joe Armstrong
CF - Tai Hoi Xu
RF - Lance Kovalsky
DH - Carlos Rodriguez

vs Left Hand Starter
C - Lynn London
1B - Mario Ruiz
2B - Tyler Layne
3B - Jared Bonner
SS - Travis Messina
LF - Nick Chapple
CF - Tai Hoi Xu
RF - Jose Gutierrez
DH - Carlos Rodriguez

Batting Order - Manager's Decision

Starting Rotation
1. Bobby Andrade
2. Bobby Silvers
3. Marco Melgosa

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League Office Transactions / Re: PBL LEAGUE OFFICE
« on: May 03, 2020, 04:11:50 PM »
The Albuquerque Roadrunners announce the following roster moves...

Designate C Oscar Sanchez to the Reserve Roster

Active 1B Mario Ruiz from the IL

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: AMSTERDAM ADDERS
« on: May 03, 2020, 03:59:38 PM »
"Thanks, Coach."

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"Mary Jane, I'd like to speak to Melvin Pugh, if you can have him sent up."

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"Mr. Pugh, welcome to Amsterdam. I'm very happy you chose to sign with us during the off-season. How has the move to The Netherlands gone for you?"

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: AMSTERDAM ADDERS
« on: May 02, 2020, 02:08:57 PM »
"We're set as Zepeda and Wray as our one and two at linebacker. Let's give Hildebrand and Malone a chance to compete for the 3rd spot. Let them get the bulk of the playing time at LB. Finally, I'm thinking guys like Stone, Van Dyke, and Hull who haven't had a ton of HIFL playing time in their careers so far could use some additional training. I'll cover the costs of them for sure. Are we set, or have I forgotten something?"

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: AMSTERDAM ADDERS
« on: May 01, 2020, 12:50:58 PM »
"Let's talk cornerbacks. Do you want Sherman as CB1? I usually deferred to veterans on our depth charts, and with Sherman being a double 1st round pick, I didn't want to crown him as CB1 and risk complacency. But if he's earned it, let's pencil him in. I'm hoping we can develop him into a real physical disruptor of the ball. Would you then want Blais opposite him and Stones in the slot, or the other way around?"

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: ALBUQUERQUE ROADRUNNERS
« on: April 30, 2020, 05:08:30 PM »
"I think we take Game 1 if Justin didn't have to rushed to the hospital. I'll see about making the area around the bullpen a nut-free zone.

We did better on the hitting than last series, although we still struggled to plate runs. Ruiz comes back this week, so I think I'd like to revert back to the lineups we used in the first two series, where we platooned the corner outfield positions. That seemed to be where we did the best at plating runs. I know you were looking for an everyday lineup for consistent at-bats, but we also need guys able to get hits when it is their turn in the line-ups too. I actually think I want to revert the rotation to its original configuration as well, even though Silvers is pitching like an Ace right now. If we can guarantee a few game 2s, I'll take it. Thoughts?"

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: AMSTERDAM ADDERS
« on: April 30, 2020, 10:53:18 AM »
"That's disappointing, but no big deal, we have enough veteran know-how at the position to be productive this year. We'll let Guice play during the pre-season, and then likely have Seaton, Garrett, and Wilson man the ends together this year. The nice thing about all those veterans, we don't need them to play a ton of snaps during the pre-season to get ready.

With our strong safeties, I still like Hull as the starter, he's young, and our scouting suggested he needs playing time to keep growing, which as an expansion team I want our young players to grow into solid starters. I was thinking since he's got more physicality to him, can we sub Dickinson down in any sub-packages where we would drop the strong safety into the box? He could even support the run in those single high safety sets or cover a tight end depending on the situation. Is that something you can work in?"

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: ALBUQUERQUE ROADRUNNERS
« on: April 30, 2020, 10:24:04 AM »
"Thank you for joining me today. First and foremost I'd like to confirm the reports that Justin Hennard has recovered well. Allergic reactions can be a very scary thing and we're fortunate that we were able to get Justin medical attention immediately. I know we ended up getting swept by Virginia Beach this past weekend, but some things transcend baseball, and the health of our players is one of those things. I thought we played well against the defending champs, could have even taken game 1 and 2, but we weren't able to play clutch enough in the final frames. I know our guys are disappointed at letting the games slip away, but I think we stood up well to the defending champs, and that should give everyone a spark going forward. Regardless of the teams we play the rest of the reason, we already got through the defending Heartland and Coastal champions, it does get a bit easier the rest of the way. I'll take some questions now."

"Can you comment on some of the news around the league?"

"Well, I've already commented on Hennard. I know you want to ask about Mike Hillin, so let me go ahead and answer that for you. No, I don't regret the decision to have him try to close out the game. Justin was unavailable, and we thought Mike could do it. He ended up with two strikeouts to end the frame, so I don't think it was a poor decision, those hitters in Virginia Beach are just tough. As for the clip of him apparently snubbing Bobby Silvers in the locker room, the clip is all of three seconds and the team is together for hours each day. I think I saw some talking heads on ESPN report that Mike lacks passion, or Bobby is angry, or some combination of negative adjectives to describe it...but none of that is true. Next question?"

"What has been your favorite performance so far?"

"I think just overall Bobby Silvers has been amazing through all four of his starts, so any of those performances. Next question?"

"How would you describe your leadership style?"

"I don't know? I feel like that I am an accountable leader. I make decisions for this organization, and win or lose, I'll always own them. Am I the easiest person to get along with? Probably not. I can't say what my organization thinks of me, so I'd hope they know that I have their backs, and I'm not one to play the blame game. At the end of the day our successes or failures are my responsibility. Next question?"

"You're welcoming London who has gotten off to an abyssal start, but what is the key to winning this series?"

"They've gotten off to a bad start but they are not a bad team and we're not overlooking them because they have a single win to their credit. They should have more wins. We have to start supporting our starting pitching with runs. Our bats did a little better this last series, and now they need to start heating up. If we can start putting up 2, 3, or 4 runs a game, I think that's enough for our pitching staff to protect, they are really good. I'm looking for someone in the club house to step up and start putting runs on the board.

Any further questions?"

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: AMSTERDAM ADDERS
« on: April 26, 2020, 09:42:38 AM »
"Good. I really don't have any other things to go over with the offense. Defense, however....

Mary Jane, can you ask Coach Maxfield to join us?

...

Thanks for joining us. I have several questions about our defense I want to work through. I want to start with defensive end. I'm a little disappointed at James Guice's evaluation coming out of camp. As he is young and was a high college pick, I was hoping he'd develop into a nice option, whether it be this year or next. Could you go into more detail as to why you evaluated him the way you did?"

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: AMSTERDAM ADDERS
« on: April 25, 2020, 10:01:48 PM »
"I was actually thinking about putting Ben in the slot. I don't see any reason why I'd want opposing defenses putting their best corner on our best wideout. I can see though putting speed in the slot like you had back in San Antonio.

But let's see what Hodge does in the pre-season. Move him and Bankston up in the depth chart a notch so we can see what they can do. The nice thing about having a veteran like Ramos, we don't necessarily need to see him every down in pre-season.

I tried to give us an additional wrinkle with the two TEs. Lofton doesn't have to be our primary receiver any given week as I had on the lock-in, I just think the league is thin on good coverage linebackers, and we can do some damage with the TEs in the middle of the field. I hope you and Coach Block were able to cook up something good?"

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: AMSTERDAM ADDERS
« on: April 24, 2020, 10:21:20 PM »
"Let's get to work. There are a couple of position battles. Notably on offense, we're looking at Wayne Hodge. Do you want him to supplant Bankston as the #3 in the slot, or do you want to have them work some packages? Wayne was a late free agency pickup, so I don't have the book on his skill-set either. What are his strengths and weaknesses?"

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: AMSTERDAM ADDERS
« on: April 24, 2020, 02:54:13 PM »
"Hallo! Thank you. Welcome. We're excited to get Adder football started. We're here to smoke the competition. Heh? Is that funny? I imagine you'll be hearing a lot of those types of puns. From our opponents, our rivals, etc. They'll likely make some sort of pun about how they are going to "go into Amsterdam and smoke the competition." But that's okay. How do you say it? We want the smoke. We willen de rook. Hah, the dutch language is awesome, right? Let's get this press conference started though. I think the American's are still sleeping, so it's just you and me, Amsterdam, under the bright lights. Okay? Okay. My man right here in the front row. Go."

"Thanks. Can you choose three words to describe your off-season and why?"

"Oh I don't know. Can I take a page from THE BIG DAWGS' BAH GOD playbook and say something like 'here comes the beef'? No, that's four words...hmm... How about 'we are ready'? No, you're looking for adjectives, right? Let's do something like, 'fresh, exciting, and ready.' When I constructed this team, I knew we had to have a fresh take on it, and from the staff featuring talented former players and coaches in this league, to the philosophy we're going to have on both sides of the ball, we're going to play things a little bit differently here than the league is accustomed to seeing, and that's exciting. When Mr. Adder hired me, he told me he was looking for something new and unexpected for his team, and I think we're ready to deliver that for both him, and the great fans in this city. Next question?"

"Coming out of training camp, where do you rank your team in the mid-Atlantic, the Eastern conference, and the league?"

"I rank us as the hungriest in the division, conference, and league. Look, it's hard to say how good a team that has yet to play a real live game together. I've watched our practices and our scrimmages, and our guys look great. Our offense looks innovative, and the guys on defense have some spring in their step. But we haven't played anyone but ourselves yet. I'd like to think and say that the other teams in our division are weak. Maybe that's true, maybe not. What I can say, is that I think the way that we are built is a little different from the way a normal HIFL team is built, and that will throw off other teams. I think it is possible that even translates to success in our division and our league. I cannot honestly say where we are though head to head. Welll...except against Tottinghum. We're a better team. We have a better identity, cause frankly...snakes eat bats. Just saying. Next question?"

"What is the one position that is most realistically up for grabs in the pre-season?"

"Why, am I putting positions into a crane machine? I could...wiggle the joystick, hope I land on a left tackle, and but then get disappointed when I open the prize and it is just a dime-backer? I get what you mean. You're talking competition! Which position has the toughest competition for the starting job? There are quite a few. I think most of the defense you'll see tough competition for rotational time in different packages. As for a player making a case for a start job? Wayne Hodge came into camp really strong, and we may be getting him on the field more than originally anticipated. Just goes to show how hungry these guys are to succeed on their new team. Next question?"

"Can you list one victory and one failure for you personally as the GM of this franchise?"

"One victory, and one failure? I can't think of any failures. I guess we could point to the botched trade I made with GM Dario during the draft. But really, he was the one trying to trade away an asset he didn't actually possess. The rook made a mistake, but these things happen. Everyone does at one point or another. It's certainly a failure from the standpoint that not double-checking it myself altered our draft strategy a bit. But I heard ol Danzer was right furious over this, and I don't have any love there anymore after I was kicked to the curb. It made my heart skip a beat to be honest. As for a success...I got the coaches I wanted. Coach Sanchez is an Impact Bowl winning coach, Coach Block is a Hall of Famer, and Coach Maxfield is a great defensive mind. They were all at the top of my wishlist for coaches, and to get them all signed was a treat. Next question?"

"What's your message to the fans of the Adders, and do you want to say anything to them?"

"My message is that we're ready. The team is poised, coiled, ready to strike against the other teams in the league, and we want you along for the ride.

With that said, I have an announcement. We commissioned special alternate jerseys to put the fear into the hearts and souls of the Bats. During our home game against Totts-and-ham, we want to ORANGE OUT! Whether you purchase one for yourself, or not, we want you to show up in our dutch orange, so when the Bats walk out onto the field on game day look out upon a sea of burning-hot orange, they will know that they are in hostile territory. We are cold-blooded, and they are the hunted.

Does the media have any further questions at this time?"

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League Office Transactions / Re: HIFL LEAGUE OFFICE S13
« on: April 21, 2020, 12:27:16 PM »
The Amsterdam Adders spend 1MM in Bonus Money on the design and fan replica of an alternate Dutch Orange Color Rush uniform, to be worn during games against Tottingham.

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: ALBUQUERQUE ROADRUNNERS
« on: April 19, 2020, 07:47:56 PM »
"I think if I felt you someone would charge me with sexual harassment, but I get you. I believe you're gonna go out there and dominate."

---

"Sweetie, can you get the lock-in info to the coaches?"

---

Pitching Rotation
1. Bobby Silvers
2. Marco Melgosa
3. Bobby Andrade

Line-Up
C - Lynn London
1B - Nick Chapple
2B - Tyler Layne
3B - Jared Bonner
SS - Travis Messina
LF - Jason Allen
CF - Tai Hoi Xu
RF - Jose Gutierrez
DH - Carlos Rodriguez

Batting Order - Manager's Decision

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: ALBUQUERQUE ROADRUNNERS
« on: April 17, 2020, 10:34:13 AM »
"We can abandon the platoon for a series and see how that goes. It worked well the first two series at least, so it's an easy option to go back to.

I had a similar thought on pitching, excepting doing the order as Melgosa, Andrade, and Silvers. But you know Virginia Beach better than anyone else not at Virginia Beach, so taking your suggestion works for me. I'm going to let you get to work installing the game plan. I'll talk to you later."

"Sweetie, can you ask Bobby Silvers to see me?

...

Bobby, thanks for coming up. Great outing last series. I wanted to let you know that we're going to move you up a day in the rotation this week so you can duel against King Felix against the Tide. I know it is one less day to recover than normal, but the Manager and I both feel with your hot start, we need you in this position to stem the tide early, no pun intended. Can you get yourself ready?"

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: ALBUQUERQUE ROADRUNNERS
« on: April 16, 2020, 03:53:23 PM »
"Two runs over three games aren't going to cut it. I'd love to take a game or two from them. I mean, I'd love all three obviously, but we need at least one of these. You were thinking of changes, what are your thoughts?"

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: ALBUQUERQUE ROADRUNNERS
« on: April 16, 2020, 11:03:53 AM »
"Thank you for joining me today. Tough, tough series. If not for the gem tossed by Silvers, we were looking at getting swept. It was all the more painful to only produce two runs in front of a national audience. I'll tell you, that's not happening again. If these guys aren't producing runs then I'll give at-bats to someone else who will. I'm not demanding that we put up 50 runs a series, but I do expect our hitters to produce more in line with what a professional ball club is capable of. It's still early in the season, and I hope that was a wake-up call to the guys in the locker room, and they come out raking next series. I'll take questions now. Yes?"

"Can you give us any comments on some of the big stories coming out of the league this week?"

"Baseball wise, I caught the highlights of Dale Olsen tossing a 2-hit gem. I know I just spoke how I want my teams to score more runs and now I'm highlighting a guy who pitched a shutout, but sometimes you just have to admire a great performance. He's on a rival team, so we have to study that film and ensure that doesn't happen to us later in the season. I'm also keeping an eye on the rest of our division and what they are doing. Hammond is another great player, and its a shame he's going to be out for the rest of the year, but now it does create a bit of an opportunity when we face the Toritos later in the season. And then of course I'm also keeping an eye on the #1 pick in New Orleans. We saw him through the college scouting process during the off-season, so the staff knows what he is capable of on film, and again, here's a guy we have to keep an eye on for when we face him later in the year. Next question?"

"Through three weeks, is there a player on another team that has caught your attention?"

"I think I just mentioned him, Zach Ison. He had a lot of pressure on as the #1 pick, and it takes time to transition from college to the pros. You're never sure when a guy is ready, but so far, it looks like he is ready, and ready maybe sooner than I thought he'd be. We have a ton of highly touted prospects in Albuquerque, and they are growing at a steady pace...but man that kid has some special stuff. The only thing that sucks is that he plays for a division rival. Next question?"

"What about a team, any team surprise you through the first few weeks of the season?"

"Did anyone see Brooklyn contending early on? I didn't. You all loved to ask me about it in the off-season, but they lost their star pitcher to free agency...a guy who I might add, pitched 7 shutout innings in primetime, one of the best performances of the weekend. Naturally in the league with so few star pitchers, losing one can be a huge blow to their team. Still, pitching wins championships, so we'll see. Next question?"

"You're at home against the juggernaut Virginia Beach, which of their players are you worried about?"

"All of them. They can shut you down with pitching, they can put up runs. It will take a whole team effort out there. But we're up to the task. We played Thunder Bay tough, we'll play Virginia Beach just as hard, if not harder. Any further questions?"

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HIFL News / Re: HIFL EDITORIALS
« on: April 14, 2020, 07:52:35 PM »
Re-Rating Every Top 5 Draft Pick

This is your master host with the most, Thad Daddy Bone and you're reading this on EPZN.com. (editor's note: ESPN.com) We are here today, to re-rate every top 5 HIFL draft pick. From Season 5 on wards. Sorry, I'm just too lazy to go through the archives and watch footage of players who have long since retired. Plus the first draft was not even technically a draft, you know? My editor insists I do something though, so how about an afterward on the #1 overalls. Here's the rules. I take the top 5, I rate them, and I say who would have been a better pick if necessary. If the team got it right the first time, then the pick stands. Do I use the benefit of hindsight to make some decisions those teams couldn't have possibly known the outcome of? You bet!

Let's go. Season 5 Top 5 time.

#1 OT George Britt
The Take: Fine I guess. You'll never convince me that a tackle is the best player in the draft. He's not a bad #1, he's not even a bad player, one of the best at his position.
Instead: Stephen Leake was on the board. So was Turnover Taylor. I'd take Leake as your new #1 overall.
Rating: 4 stars

#2 WR Martin Back
The Take: No one ever saw the value of Martin Back with how often he has moved in his career, and I don't either. Missouri got rid of him barely a year into his career. Is he a bust? No. Is he a #2 overall pick? Most certainly not.
Instead: With Leake going #1 in my new draft, James Taylor goes #2 here.
Rating: 3 Stars (but you know, a 3 star with upside)

#3 DT William Mayo
The Take: Of the original Top 5, here's the best pick of the draft. You may not have figured out my rules, but in my re-write of history any team who hit on their pick gets to keep it, and that's why I don't move Mayo to #1. Congrats Vegas!
Instead: No one!
Rating: 5 Stars!

#4 WR Brett Myers
The Take: Ugh, really? I mean he's not a bust, he's just kinda a guy. Again in real life you had Turnover Taylor still on the board. DC reached. (checks notes) Oh, it was GM Jon? And they won the Impact Bowl? That changes everything.
Instead: GM Jon is perfect actually.
Rating: 5 Stars!

#5 OG Hugh Ulrich
The Take: Okay, I'm doing it. This guy is a bust. Sorry Lincoln, you done fucked up. So many good players taken after him, you should have fired the GM on the spot. Did you know they took a punter in round 2? Of a 7 round draft with just 8 teams? How many great players did they pass up? (see: honorable mentions)
Instead: In my new reality I'd be okay with Britt here. But let's pretend we put a good GM here, and Jeffrey Harlow is the guy to go here, cause he's still on the board.
Rating: 0 Stars

Honorable mentions: Cliff Barbour, that guy is a beast, Luis Paulson, I think an underrated DB, Gordon Goulet, what a gem, Chris Allen, even Tayshaun Pate! Plus, the biggest gem of all time, Tim Cobbs!

Okay, on to Season 6!

#1 RB Jeremy Martin
The Take: I mean, this is a fine pick, we know what Martin did. But in retrospect, you just didn't get enough out of his career for me to say this was a homerun. Sanderson and Wilkinson (who maddenly fell to #10!) should have gone here. I know Martin won an Impact Bowl with RC, but you have to wonder, does RC three-peat if they take a better player here?
Instead: Bruce Wilkinson of course.
Rating: 4 Stars

#2 WR Dorial Green-Beckham
The Take: Who? Another WR with a moving van on speed dial, Pearl harbor never believed in him, nor did anyone else. Is he even still in the league? Maybe.
Instead: The season 9 MVP is still on the board, heck so is Embiid and The Cotter! We're going to respect the original top 5 who made god choices though and allow Pearl Harbor to take Bismarck Embiid, as DEs go 1 and 2.
Rating: 2 Stars

#3 DT Phillip Sanderson
The Take: Two drafts where the #3 pick gets it right where #1 and #2 failed. But then you learn that Sanderson isn't even playing for Atlanta anymore. At least Jeremy Martin was a franchise guy unlike nearly everyone else in this first round. But still, this is a homerun pick and Atlanta should have had his jersey in their ring of honor.
Instead: You take Sanderson here Atlanta, and you hold onto him forever.
Rating: 5 Stars

#4 OT Noah Rose
The Take: Oh, we're doing Olinemen again? Snore. I mean, Noah Rose was fine, I'd say even better than fine, I'd say even one of the best to ever play at his position. The post-rookie half of his career was plagued by GMs giving him huge contracts and then getting buyer's remorse. It's a shame too.
Instead: Rose is fine. Maybe manage your top 5 picks better, especially when they are good. Or pick the other Rose.
Rating: 3 Stars

#5 QB Marcus Mariota
The Take: After three seasons he'd eventually become league MVP which is great! I'll allow Missouri to keep this pick even knowing how things ended. I think he suffered from a case of buyers remorse after his contract extension, but I'll never fault a player for wanting to get paid. Well, I mean, I will when the player wants to renegotiate after a year of under performance.
Instead: Take Mariota, and learn to like each other a bit more so it doesn't end in bitter divorce.
Rating: 4 Stars.

Honorable Mentions: The Cotter right? So good. Sam Rose went in the 3rd round? Honestly, a weak draft after everyone I mentioned. Change the #1 and #2 picks and then the draft plays out mostly the same.

Season 7, here it comes, the one we've all been waiting for.

#1 QB Jamie Ortega
The Take: Definitely the deserving #1 pick. Yeah he took a few seasons to mature, but that's why we are doing this with the benefit of hindsight. What was St. Paul smoking though? You're the worst team in the league with the #1 overall pick, and you trade it??? Nuts!
Instead: You don't trade Jamie Ortega for Robert Dotson for starters.
Rating: 5 Stars

#2 QB King Carmazzi
The Take: AHAHAHAHAHAHA. I know, the benefit of hindsight, but that's the point of this article. This pick was awful, and very likely would have cost the GM his job right then and there had he not made a shrewd move to move up to #2 without sacrificing #3.
Instead: You grab one of the linebackers, Jack, Webb, Brady... let's take Jason Webb. What a solid LB class this draft had.
Rating: 1 Star

#3 CB Shane Barkley
The Take: You pick him at #2 honestly since you had #2 and #3. But that's fine, he's still a homerun. Glad to see Music City has held onto their franchise cornerback- they fucking traded him on his rookie deal didn't they?
Instead: This is a great pick, and like many great picks before, you hold onto him forever.
Rating: 5 Stars

#4 DL Shawn Oakman
The Take: Eh? I mean, he was the draft prospect everyone was talking about. I don't think he ever lived up to the hype. Maybe it was not having a defined position that hurt him? Who knows. Obviously you take someone else here.
Instead: They took Jack at #6, it is conceivable to take him at #4 instead. But maybe someone like Zeke could have gone here too.
Rating: 3 Stars

#5 OG Harold Gallegos
The Take: Who? I'm sorry I don't spend my day pouring over bicep size and pancake stats. If I told you he was the greatest of all time, would you believe me? Of course you would because you can't name a single offensive guard. I'm pretty sure he's out of the league now and probably has been since he was drafted.
Instead: Literally anyone else. Let's do Doyle Brady here.
Rating: 1.5 Stars

Honorable Mentions: Eric Ashworth is worth something, maybe an Eddie Stands, and yes another linebacker, Joseph Hernandez. Robert Dotson even though you don't trade Jamie Ortega for him.

Season 8 Oh boy, someone done fucked up big time.

#1 WR Douglas Fowler
The Take: How in the hell is he traded while on his rookie deal? The #1 overall pick? Madness. Worse than St Paul the previous draft by far.
Instead: Don't trade your #1 overall franchise player.
Rating: 5 Stars

#2 RB Adrian McCaffrey
The Take: Another good pick, back to back. And St. Paul even held onto him for a second contract! This is how it is done! It's also a testament to how weak this draft class was overall. Not many from this class are still productive in the league, that I can't think of a player who would have been better than a runningback this high in the draft.
Instead: Take Run AMC all day.
Rating: 5 Stars

#3 CB Daniel Maxley
The Take: Three good picks in a row, but as it seems to be a theme...specifically with Atlanta....high draft picks don't stay with the team.
Instead: Stop trading your uber talented top rookies!
Rating: 5 Stars

#4 OG Steven Shore
The Take: The GOAT? Or the biggest bust? You wouldn't know and I don't either. I'm going to assume huge bust though.
Instead: How about Fredrickson? Yeah.
Rating: 2 Stars

#5 DE James Fellows
The Take: Maybe this guy should have gone #1? Definitely should have gone at least 4, but alas, he didn't, and this team got a winner. Although I should note that he was traded on his rookie deal! Sheesh!
Instead: Don't trade, and don't pick Wright with your #6 pick while we're re-writing history.
Rating: 4 Stars

Honorable mentions: Shit, this draft class sucked ass. Hiro Makamura is probably the biggest first round snub yeah? There are a couple of random productive players scattered in the draft class, but not very many still starting in the league. Unless those players play offensive line, in which case, good job. But I'm not looking them up.

Onto Season 9!

#1 WR Darren Pierce
The Take: Homerun all around! Pierce has been good, even quietly set the single season receiving record last year (while we were all watching another player). Still with the team too!
Instead: Nothing.
Rating: 5 Stars

#2 CB Christian Cassidy
The Take: I mean, he's alright, but there was a better CB in the class who could have gone here instead.
Instead: Take Jody Smith, better DB.
Rating: 3 Stars

#3 QB Carl Bloom
The Take: Oh boy. You gotta wonder who's fault is it that a guy this talented busted out of the league? Why could Lincoln not protect him? What a crazy pick, he has the talent of a 5 star pick, but the career of a bust.
Instead: How about Dale Bright here instead? Solid and dependable franchise star.
Rating: 3 Stars

#4 FS Scotty Stephens
The Take: Turnover Taylor he is not, but honestly? He's alright. This is just one of many picks that got Miami from expansion land to champions land. Could you argue for a better player at this spot? Sure, but spliting hairs and such.
Instead: Fine with it.
Rating: 4 Stars

#5 OG Bob Roush
The Take: OMG what is wrong with these GMs taking guards in the top 5? I mean, not even a left tackle! Snore. Boring, this sucks. Is he good? do you know? Cause I don't.
Instead: So many great players still on the board. Let's go with melvin Pugh here, that's a franchise player.
Rating: 2 Stars

Honorable Mentions: This was a good class...Sam Chow, Tank Mixon, Colt Soriano, Nathan Taylor, Lightner, Freese, the list goes on and on. Maybe not all these guys should have been top 5, but there is at least an arguement to be made.

Time to go to Season 10, one considered to be a generational draft. So many productive HIFL players. You'd hope that they didn't fuck up the Top 5 right?

#1 QB Keenan Daley
The Take: If there was ever a slam dunk of a pick, this is it. A generational talent for the generational draft. The only problem here is the team that took him. It was not the team who originally had this pick! Charlotte traded away the best QB prospect of all time...for what exactly?
Instead: Don't trade away your golden ticket to another franchise for peanuts.
Rating: 6 Stars (Editor's Note: Meant to be a 5 Star rating system)

#2 DT Talon Wilkinson II
The Take: Another homerun, when you're the son of the commissioner of a football league, you better be good. Plus he gets to brag to his brother how he was drafted 8 picks higher! (still madness by the way)
Instead: Oh but he got traded on his rookie deal! What is wrong with these GMs???
Rating: 5 Stars

#3 CB James Porter
The Take: Another good pick, but honestly if I get to any of these top 5 picks in this draft and they are bad, I'm going to write a letter to the commissioner to have that GM fired and banned from this league.
Instead: I mean, don't trade him away for nothing? That happens all too much.
Rating: 5 Stars

#4 QB Tommy Mazza
The Take: I know what you're thinking. Does he dink and dunk too much to be the #4 overall pick? This is a good pick. It just looks bad because he was in the same class as Spanish God Kenan Daley.
Instead: Go back in time and trade up for the #1 pick. Otherwise this is fine.
Rating: 4 Stars

#5 WR Steven Jackson
The Take: Smart pick, but I would expect no less from this draft (and I don't have to get anyone banned from the league!). Too bad he was shipped out!
Instead: Maybe don't trade your franchise player away?

Honorable Mentions: Marshall and Meek could have replaced Mazza and it would have been okay. This was a good draft, but a near perfect top 5. Certainly others could have been in the discussion, but let's not split hairs.

Shit, we still have two more of these? Okay, power through to season 11!

#1 WR Christopher Boatwright
The Take: Yikes. What a right mess this pick is. I know, I know, not anyone's fault he lost his rookie season to injury...but there was a franchise altering pick on the board too. Boatwright may be good at some point, and may have a great career, who knows? But #1 overall pick? No way.
Instead: Anyone who went in the real Top 5. Otherwise, let's get Jackson Havlock here instead.
Rating: 2 Stars

#2 DT Jerry Worthington
The Take: Do you think he's mad at the GM who cost him a couple of million for no reason by not picking him #1? I sure would be. But hey, good pick for this team. And he hasn't been traded yet! Wonderful. Well i mean other than the team who originally had this pick anyway. But how were they supposed to know he would be here at #2? Damn, I don't have anyone to criticize here.
Instead: Give me a villian. But seriously don't trade this guy.
Rating: 5 Stars

#3 CB Stephen Basham
The Take: Good pick, still with his team, A+ marks all around. Are the GMs getting better at this over time, or because we have smaller sample sizes? Proberly the latter but I'll pretend it's the former.
Instead: Just don't trade him!
Rating: 5 Stars

#4 RB Randall Estates
The Take: Good pick, maybe a bit high for a position like runningback, so it doesn't get perfect marks. But this dude carried this expansion team on his back. Hopefully the team doesn't do him dirty.
Instead: Don't do him dirty!
Rating: 4 Stars

#5 FS Roger Wolf
The Take: Hahaha just when you'd thought we'd have a perfect top 5 you learn this dude is already on his second team! Wow! This is why the players union hates the GMs!
Instead: Stop trading your Top 5 draft picks!
Rating: 4 Stars

Honorable Mentions: James Blodget obviously, Maria Crews of course, Terry Stephens, even Marlon Handley. It's hard to say for sure with just two years with this draft class. But let's move on.

Season 12. Similarly to my threats earlier if I learn any of the Top 5 has been traded already I will be contacting the commissioner ASAP.

#1 DT Ricky Tarr Jr.
The Take: Smart pickup. I know we've had only a year, but he looks like a #1 overall pick (take note Boatwright fans) Now the question on my mind...can Long Beach not trade him in the next three years? I know, I know. After this article you know how tough a task that is. But I'm begging you...please.
Instead: For the love of God do not trade him!
Rating: 5 Stars

#2 QB Trevor Lawrence
The Take: Okay, okay. Long Beach had back 2 back picks, and Lawrence is fine. Of course, Long Beach now has two top 5 picks to resist the urge to trade away...so I mean...we'll see where that goes. Is he a star? Is he even the best QB in this class? We'll see.
Instead: RESIST THE URGE TO TRADE HIM
Rating: 4 Stars

#3 RB Willis McNasty
The Take: Boy what a nasty pick amirite? But hotdamn might be one of the best top 5 RB picks ever. (second to Robles maybe?) This dude is good. Now, can the team take on the gaurgantuan task of holding onto him? only time will tell.
Instead: Something about not trading him. Yeesh.
Rating: 5 Stars

#4 WR Justyn Ross
The Take: I mean, this dude will be linked for the rest of his career with the guy taken at 5 (more on that in a moment). Ross may have won round #1? Then again he's like the only receiver with working hands on his team so who knows? Oh and this is Long Beach's 3rd top 5 pick. One of these guys is getting traded this year, and I will be hard at work getting this GM fired once that happens. The GMs just can't help themselves!
Instead: Inquiring minds want to know if Jeudy should have been here instead.
Rating: 4 Stars

#5 WR Jerry Jeudy
The Take: Going to be forever paired with Ross this dude. Harder to tell on him, cause he's lining up across from another Top 5 favorite, Steven Jackson. So, my call is the same, resist the urge to trade him away! Yeesh!
Instead: Fate put Jeudy here.
Rating: 4 Stars

Okay, we're done. No? Oh right, I promised an afterward on some other draft picks who are probably all out of the league. Okay, let's work backwards.

#1 WR Michael Hodge
The Take: I mean, the dude is one of the best to ever play the position, has some all time records to his name, yet, teams could not help but trip over themselves to put him on a new team every other year!
Instead: Go get a franchise quarterback, keep him for a decade instead.
Rating: 4 Stars

#1 DT Michael Barclay
The Take: Still a productive player a decade later, got himself awards and rings, not much else to say.
Instead: Go back in time and build your defense around him.
Rating: 5 Stars

#1 Curt Robles
The Take: The best ever? Normally I'd rail against an RB going #1, but Robles is the exception. He is basically a RB, WR, and Wildcat QB all in one. Should have let him play a little corner too.
Instead: Convince him to come out of retirement.
Rating: 5 Stars

Source: Thad "Daddy" Bone, Host of the 3-Point Conversion on ESPN Radio, former General manager of the Fort Worth Stars

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OOC Boards / Re: S13 Prediction Thread
« on: April 09, 2020, 07:54:37 PM »
DIVISION WINNERS:
North East - Milwaukee
Gulf Coast - Miami
Mid-Atlantic - New Jersey
Mid-South - Music City
North Pacific - Seattle
South Pacific - Pearl Harbor
Southwest - San Antonio
Mid-West - Rapid City

WILDCARDS:
East - Alabama
East - Louisville
West - Oakland
West - Portland

IMPACT BOWL 13 TEAMS:
Pearl Harbor v Louisville

IMPACT BOWL 13 WINNERS:
Pearl Harbor

MVP: Corey Rizzo
Offensive ROTY: AJ Campanelli
Defensive ROTY: Teddy Glass
Offensive POTY: Randall Estates
Defensive POTY: Leland Creamer
GM OF THE YEAR: Dante

OVERALL BEST RECORD (Regular season): San Antonio 14-2

Tackle Leader: Leland Creamer
Sack Leader: Bruce Wilkinson
Passing Yards Leader: Elias Ibrahimovic
Passing TD Leader: Elias Ibrahimovic
Rushing Yards Leader: Randall Estates
Rushing TD Leader: Randall Estates
Catch Leader: Robert Lofton
Receiving Yards Leader: Darren Pierce
Receiving TDs Leader: Darren Pierce
Interceptions Leader (defense): Teddy Glass
Will Anthony Smith (OT) allow  a sack: Yes

FIRST GM FIRED: GM Lane

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League Office Transactions / Re: HIFL LEAGUE OFFICE S13
« on: April 08, 2020, 09:45:17 PM »
The Amsterdam Adders spend 900K on PR expenditures

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: AMSTERDAM ADDERS
« on: April 08, 2020, 09:44:45 PM »


MINI-CAMP ASSIGNMENTS GM's MUST COMPLETE THIS TASK

OFFENSE:
1. AJ Campanelli - Arm Accuracy
2. Joe Bankston - Strength
3. Wayne Blackwell - Hands
4. Jose Voss - Hands

DEFENSE:
1. Braxton Hull - Agility
2. Kevin Sherman - Strength
3. Kieran Stones - Football IQ
4. Neil Wray - Football IQ



STRATEGY GM OR COACHES DECISION ON ANY/ALL


OFFENSE
Attitude: Balanced
Focus: Balanced
Tempo: Normal
Passing Focus: Balanced
Pass To: Balanced
Primary Receiver: Robert Lofton
Running Focus: Balanced
Running Backs: Balanced
Backfield Focus: Committee
Tight End Focus: Mixed

DEFENSE
Attitude: Balanced
Focus: Balanced
Primary Coverage: Mixed
D-Line Focus: Balanced
Linebacker Focus: Balanced
Player Radio: Billy Zepeda
Match CBs to WRs?: No


Playing Time: Mostly Starters



TEAM CAPTAINS GM's MUST COMPLETE THIS TASK
1. Austin Wertz
2. Melvin Pugh
3. AJ Campanelli
4. Billy Zepeda
5. David Wilson
6. Justin Blais



OFFENSE MASTER DEPTH CHART GM's MUST COMPLETE THIS TASK (You may attach up to 4 additional Copies of this Chart for various "Packages" in your offense.)

PACKAGE NAME: Base Pro Set

QB- AJ Campanelli
QB2- John Lynn
QB3- Kenneth Johnson

RB1- Melvin Pugh
RB2- John Reyes
RB3- John Breedlove
RB4- John Ackley

FB- Ronald Wizard
FB2- David Sutton

TE1- Robert Lofton
TE2- Wayne Blackwell

WR1- Benjamin Ramos
WR4- Daryl Spurgeon
WR6- Clayton Wolfe

WR2- Jose Voss
WR3- Joe Bankston
WR5- Wayne Hodge

LT- Oscar Clary
LT2- Warren Matos

LG- Kirby Cantrell
LG2- Jose Wray

C- Micah Cates
C2- Thomas Sprague

RG- Austin Wertz
RG2- Jose Wray

RT- Miguel Alexander
RT2- Warren Matos

PACKAGE NAME: Base Two TE Set

QB- AJ Campanelli
QB2- John Lynn
QB3- Kenneth Johnson

RB1- Melvin Pugh
RB2- John Reyes
RB3- John Breedlove
RB4- John Ackley

TE1- Robert Lofton
TE3- Ronald Wizard

TE2- Wayne Blackwell
TE4- David Sutton

WR1- Benjamin Ramos
LWR3- Joe Bankston
LWR5- Wayne Hodge

WR2- Jose Voss
RWR4- Daryl Spurgeon
RWR6- Clayton Wolfe

LT- Oscar Clary
LT2- Warren Matos

LG- Kirby Cantrell
LG2- Jose Wray

C- Micah Cates
C2- Thomas Sprague

RG- Austin Wertz
RG2- Jose Wray

RT- Miguel Alexander
RT2- Warren Matos

PACKAGE NAME: Base Jumbo Set

QB- AJ Campanelli
QB2- John Lynn
QB3- Kenneth Johnson

RB1- Melvin Pugh
RB2- John Reyes
RB3- John Breedlove
RB4- John Ackley

FB1-Ronald Wizard
FB2- David Sutton

TE1- Robert Lofton
TE3- David Sutton

TE2- Wayne Blackwell
TE4- John Ackley

WR1- Benjamin Ramos
WR2- Jose Voss
WR3- Joe Bankston
WR4- Daryl Spurgeon

LT- Oscar Clary
LT2- Warren Matos

LG- Kirby Cantrell
LG2- Jose Wray

C- Micah Cates
C2- Thomas Sprague

RG- Austin Wertz
RG2- Jose Wray

RT- Miguel Alexander
RT2- Warren Matos

PACKAGE NAME: Base Shotgun Set

QB- AJ Campanelli
QB2- John Lynn
QB3- Kenneth Johnson

RB1- Melvin Pugh
RB2- John Reyes
RB3- John Breedlove
RB4- John Ackley

TE1- Robert Lofton
TE2- Wayne Blackwell

WR1- Benjamin Ramos
WR4- Daryl Spurgeon

WR2- Jose Voss
WR6- Clayton Wolfe

WR3- Joe Bankston
WR5- Wayne Hodge

LT- Oscar Clary
LT2- Warren Matos

LG- Kirby Cantrell
LG2- Jose Wray

C- Micah Cates
C2- Thomas Sprague

RG- Austin Wertz
RG2- Jose Wray

RT- Miguel Alexander
RT2- Warren Matos


DEFENSE MASTER DEPTH CHART GM's MUST COMPLETE THIS TASK (You may attach up to 4 additional Copies of this Chart for various "Packages" in your defense.)

PACKAGE NAME: Base Defense

DT1- Ronnie Santiago
DT3- Don Marsh

DT2- Burt Cuellar
DT4- Clarence Harmon

DE1- David Wilson
DE3- Jose Seaton
DE5- Orlando Logsdon

DE2- James Guice
DE4- Wesley Garrett

MLB1- Billy Zepeda
MLB2- Neil Wray
MLB3- Joel Henderson
MLB4- Andrew Latham

OLB1- Neil Wray
OLB3- Benito Suarez

OLB2- Lynn Malone
OLB4- Jeffrey Hildebrand

CB1- Justin Blais
CB3- Kierian Stones
CB5- Forest Lanier

CB2- Kevin Sherman
CB4- Wesley Chung
CB6- Forest Lanier

FS1- Aron Van Dyke
FS2- Rico Kinney
FS3- Jay Donnell

SS1- Braxton Hull
SS2- Lucas Dickinson

PACKAGE NAME: Nickel Defense

DT1- Ronnie Santiago
DT3- Don Marsh

DT2- Burt Cuellar
DT4- Clarence Harmon

DE1- David Wilson
DE3- Jose Seaton
DE5- Orlando Logsdon

DE2- James Guice
DE4- Wesley Garrett

SLB1- Billy Zepeda
SLB2- Lynn Malone
SLB3- Andrew Latham

WLB1- Neil Wray
WLB2- Jeffrey Hildebrand
WLB3- Joel Henderson

CB1-Kierian Stones
CB3- Justin Blais
CB5- Forest Lanier

CB2- Kevin Sherman
CB4- Wesley Chung
CB6- Forest Lanier

NCB1- Justin Blais
NCB2- Wesley Chung

FS1- Aron Van Dyke
FS2- Rico Kinney
FS3- Jay Donnell

SS1- Braxton Hull
SS2- Lucas Dickinson

PACKAGE NAME: Dime Defense

DT1- Ronnie Santiago
DT3- Don Marsh

DT2- Burt Cuellar
DT4- Clarence Harmon

DE1- David Wilson
DE3- Jose Seaton
DE5- Orlando Logsdon

DE2- James Guice
DE4- Wesley Garrett

MLB1- Billy Zepeda
MLB2- Neil Wray
MLB3- Lynn Malone

CB1-Kierian Stones
CB3- Justin Blais
CB5- Jay Donnell

CB2- Kevin Sherman
CB4- Wesley Chung
CB6- Rico Kinney

NCB1- Justin Blais
NCB2- Forest Lanier

DCB1- Wesley Chung
DCB2- Lucas Dickinson

FS1- Aron Van Dyke
FS2- Rico Kinney
FS3- Jay Donnell

SS1- Braxton Hull
SS2- Lucas Dickinson

PACKAGE NAME: Quarters Defense

DE1- David Wilson
DE3- Wesley Garrett

NT1- James Guice
NT2- Ronnie Santiago
NT3- Burt Cuellar

DE2- Jose Seaton
DE4- Wesley Garett

SLB1- Billy Zepeda
SLB2- Lynn Malone
SLB3- Andrew Latham

WLB1- Neil Wray
WLB2- Benito Suarez
WLB3- Jeffrey Hildebrand

CB1-Kierian Stones
CB3- Justin Blais
CB5- Jay Donnell

CB2- Kevin Sherman
CB4- Wesley Chung
CB6- Rico Kinney

NCB1- Justin Blais
NCB2- Forest Lanier

DCB1- Wesley Chung
DCB2- Lucas Dickinson

FS1- Aron Van Dyke
FS2- Rico Kinney
FS3- Jay Donnell

SS1- Braxton Hull
SS2- Lucas Dickinson



SPECIAL TEAMS MASTER DEPTH CHART GM's MUST COMPLETE THIS TASK

K- Charlie Kickman
P- Brains McCoy

KR1- John Reyes
KR2- Clayton Wolfe
KR3- Kieran Stones
KR4- Aron Van Dyke

PR1- Kieran Stones
PR2- Aron Van Dyke



PLAY CALLING GM Chooses who calls plays, and assigns desired percentages if not left up to play calling coach


OFFENSE RUN/PASS RATIO

Play Caller: Head Coach
Coach's Decision

DEFENSE BLITZ RATIO

Play Caller: Defensive Coordinator
Coach's Decision



PR CAMPAIGNS  (OPTIONAL)

Amsterdam Adders AmsterJAM! - 900K
We will take over downtown Amsterdam for an evening to intoduce the Adders to the city. This is a fan festival. We'll highlight local food vendors as well as our own in-stadium vendors. There will be live bands on mobile stages and entertainment through out the downtown area. Players and staff will be amongst the crowd mingling with the locals.

MUSICAL LICENSES (GM MUST COMPLETE THIS TASK)

1. Within Temptation - The Reckoning
The 2022 theme song of the Amsterdam Adders. Played upon player entrances and used any time the Adders score or force turnovers.

2. AJR - BANG!
Used as bumper music between TV timeouts and dead ball time. The chorus used for crowd hype.

COIN TOSS PREFERENCE
Heads
Receive

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: AMSTERDAM ADDERS
« on: April 08, 2020, 12:51:08 PM »
"Thanks for getting that done Mary Jane. You wouldn't be able to do a little research on 40 times and tell me who are our fastest players, would you? With so many new faces in the building I'm unsure as to who would be best suited to do kick and punt returns at this moment."

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League Office Transactions / Re: HIFL LEAGUE OFFICE S13
« on: April 08, 2020, 11:08:02 AM »
Amsterdam Adders sign C Thomas Sprague to a 1 year 500k contract

Amsterdam Adders spend 100k in bonus money to hire scouting firm to sign players for remaining roster spots

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: AMSTERDAM ADDERS
« on: April 08, 2020, 11:05:23 AM »
"Thank you."

---

"Mary Jane, can we spend 100k to hire a scouting firm to fill out the remaining 4 roster positions? We need a DT4 and 3 flex positions. I'll leave it to the firm to decide which flex positions to fill."

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League Office Transactions / Re: HIFL LEAGUE OFFICE S13
« on: April 08, 2020, 10:57:54 AM »
Amsterdam Adders sign G Jose Wray to 2 years and 750k per year

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: AMSTERDAM ADDERS
« on: April 07, 2020, 11:39:33 PM »
"I'll take two. How about your client C Thomas Sprague. 1 year and 500k work?"

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