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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: CLEVELAND MUSTANGS
« on: Today at 02:12:22 PM »

"That's fair. You want more money in salary. I'm willing to do that. 12MM a year will make him a top five paid running back in the league salary wise. 5MM in PR will make him, by far, the highest running back being invested in from that side of things. We're talking sponsorships, Mike. We're talking his face on billboards. We're talking about him being part of an offense that is going to be lights out not only this year, but for many years to come. And we've got the draft capital to build around him as well."

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: CLEVELAND MUSTANGS
« on: June 22, 2018, 08:45:59 PM »

"Straight to the point. I like it. Here's what you can do for me, Mike. You can accept my offer to extend Ezekiel Elliots contract for three more years after this season at 10MM salary per year, and 4MM PR per year. I'll even fully guarantee the contract because I like the kid that much."

League Office Transactions / Re: HIFL LEAGUE OFFICE III
« on: June 21, 2018, 10:26:15 AM »
The Cleveland Mustangs and DC Cobras have come an agreement on the following trade:

Cleveland receives:
WR Andres Henry
DE Carl McConnell (from Richmond Ruckus. Assign to Cleveland Mustangs)
DC S11 3rd round draft pick
DC S11 4th round draft pick

DC receives:
DE Anthony McLaughlin
WR Daniel Roman
QB King Carmazzi (Cleveland retain $3m salary)

The High Impact Football League / Re: TRADE DISCUSSIONS
« on: June 21, 2018, 06:52:50 AM »
Cleveland receives:
WR Andres Henry
DE Carl McConnell (from Richmond Ruckus. Assign to Cleveland Mustangs)
DC S11 3rd round draft pick
DC S11 4th round draft pick

DC receives:
DE Anthony McLaughlin
WR Daniel Roman
QB King Carmazzi (Cleveland retain $3m salary)


General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: CLEVELAND MUSTANGS
« on: June 20, 2018, 09:06:18 PM »

"Good working with you Scott. Look forward to negotiations with you and your clients in the future."


"I'd like to get Mike Maker on the phone, please.

The High Impact Football League / Re: TRADE DISCUSSIONS
« on: June 20, 2018, 12:46:33 PM »
Alabama Nighthawks trade Season 11 3rd Round Draft Pick to Cleveland Mustangs for CB Raymond Coble. Cleveland retains 3.5 Million in Salary of Raymond Cobles contract


The High Impact Football League / Re: TRADE DISCUSSIONS
« on: June 20, 2018, 11:04:34 AM »
The Cleveland Mustangs have placed the following players on the trade block:

CB Raymond Coble, 28 years old, 2 years, 3.75MM, 0 PR remaining contract (3*)
CB Charles Southern, 31 years old, 1 year, 4MM, 0 PR remaining on contract (3*)

Looking for draft picks in exchange.

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: CLEVELAND MUSTANGS
« on: June 20, 2018, 10:57:23 AM »

"I had heard that about you but I prefer to learn things on my own rather than simply take the word of others. With that said, I understand your position of not negotiating until free agency but it's my job to do what is in the best interest of this team, and Caleb is the face of this franchise and the cornerstone of our offense.. So I'm going to make an offer anyway. Caleb's contract currently has him making 19 MM for the year with 3.5 MM in PR. The offer I'm making is to extend his contract a further three seasons, making it a 4 year contract worth 24.5MM per season and 5MM in PR. Fully guaranteed, and with a no trade clause attached.

That would make him the highest paid quarterback in the league, and also the quarterback with the highest amount of PR dollars attached. Now I understand your policy is not to negotiate until free agency. But Caleb is a special quarterback, and in my opinion that contract is worthy of making an exception to your rule."

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: CLEVELAND MUSTANGS
« on: June 18, 2018, 05:51:53 PM »

Thanks for clearing that up for us Riley, I appreciate the phone call. Have a wonderful day.


I'd like to get Scott Forrest on the phone to discuss extending Caleb Smoaks contract, please.

League Office Transactions / Re: HIFL LEAGUE OFFICE III
« on: June 16, 2018, 10:08:06 AM »
To complete this trade Las Vegas has agreed to send:

CB Ronnie Paige (assign to Cleveland Mustangs)
Las Vegas S11 5th Round Draft Pick

The High Impact Football League / Re: TRADE DISCUSSIONS
« on: June 14, 2018, 10:28:26 PM »
Cleveland accepts and confirms

The High Impact Football League / Re: TRADE DISCUSSIONS
« on: June 14, 2018, 03:02:26 PM »
Trade Alert:

A trade of minor league affiliate players between the Cleveland Mustangs and the Las Vegas Scorpions has been agreed upon.

Las Vegas Receives:
RB John Smith

Cleveland Receives:
CB Michael Montero

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: CLEVELAND MUSTANGS
« on: June 13, 2018, 12:03:13 PM »

"Lets consider that for a day or two before making any firm decisions on whether to make that leap with him or not. Not to keep jumping around but I'd like to get your opinions of the guys we've got with our minor league affiliate, would like to hear Marshall's opinion on Smith specifically and Peter's opinions on both of those guys down there."

Forum Games / Re: WWE Prediction Contest: Money in the Bank 2018
« on: June 12, 2018, 04:57:03 PM »
AJ Styles (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura

Nia Jax (c) vs. Ronda Rousey

Carmella (c) vs. Asuka

Seth Rollins (c) vs. Elias

The Bludgeon Brothers (Harper and Rowan) (c) vs. The Club (Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson)

Roman Reigns vs. Jinder Mahal

Bobby Lashley vs. Sami Zayn

Daniel Bryan vs. Big Cass

Braun Strowman vs. Finn Bálor vs. The Miz vs. Rusev vs. Bobby Roode vs. Kevin Owens vs. Samoa Joe vs. TBA (Big E, Kofi Kingston, or Xavier Woods)

Ember Moon vs. Charlotte Flair vs. Alexa Bliss vs. Becky Lynch vs. Natalya vs. Lana vs. Naomi vs. Sasha Banks


Which match opens up the show? Rollins vs. Elias

Will there be a cash-in at the event (YES OR NO): Yes

First wrestler to set-up the ladder underneath the hanging brief case in the MMITB match? Kevin Owens

Last women to enter the WMITB match? Becky Lynch

First person to get counted by the ref in Last Man Standing match (STYLES, NAKAMURA, or BOTH)? Styles

Guess the longest match time (closest gets the point)? 38 minutes 22 seconds

Guess the shortest match time (closest gets the point)? 4 minutes 49 seconds.

Which match closes the show? MMITB

Guess the announced attendance (closest gets the point) 17,104

How many total seconds do all the matches on the main card equal out to (closest gets the point)? 10,800

Forum Games / Re: WWE Prediction Contest: NXT TakeOver: Chicago 2018
« on: June 12, 2018, 04:51:20 PM »
Aleister Black (c) vs. Lars Sullivan

Shayna Baszler (c) vs. Nikki Cross

The Undisputed Era (Kyle O'Reilly and Roderick Strong) (c) vs. Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch

Johnny Gargano vs. Tommaso Ciampa

Ricochet vs. Velveteen Dream


Length of time for the Ricochet/Dream match (closest gets the point): 19 minutes

Last weapon used in the Chicago Street Fight: Steel Chair

Which two wrestlers start the Tag Team Title match? Kyle O'Reilly & Oney Lorcan

Which match opens the show? Ricochet vs. Dream

How many times does Baszler successfully put Cross into a submission hold? 2

Length of time for the Black/Sullivan match (closest gets the point): 14 minutes

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: CLEVELAND MUSTANGS
« on: June 12, 2018, 03:31:13 PM »

"Good deal, Coach. Thanks for the quick breakdown there. Now, given your expertise with the defense I wanted to get your thoughts on our defensive backs I wanted to get your opinion on the guys we have right now. We've got a kid in Matthew Graham who seems to have his head screwed on straight, and talent to go along with that. Given the aggressive nature of our defense, pressure is going to be put on our DB's. Do you think this kid has it in him to make the switch to cornerback?

There's a few other options I'm considering but I'd like your opinion on that first.

OOC Boards / Re: 2018 Hosting Renewal
« on: June 11, 2018, 04:06:23 PM »
Sent some money today.

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: CLEVELAND MUSTANGS
« on: June 11, 2018, 02:04:08 PM »

Just one game, coach. Carmazzi managed the game which is exactly what we asked him to do. The defense got after Pruitt, which is exactly what we asked them to do. Just a few boneheaded mistakes in clutch situations did us in. If we get another shot at them in the Impact Bowl I have no doubt that the outcome will be different.

With that said as we prepare for the stuff going on in the bye week, can you tell me what our drafting situation looks like coming up or is that handled by someone else?

The High Impact Football League / Re: HIFL ON TWITTER
« on: June 11, 2018, 02:00:43 PM »

GM Eli @TheGMEli - Just Now
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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: CLEVELAND MUSTANGS
« on: June 09, 2018, 02:39:00 PM »

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

"Well, we had some good moments to be honest. We had a number of good drives. Zeke ran the ball really well and our defense played outstanding. To hold a Quarterback like Jose Pruitt to a 50% completion percentage, and keep him from throwing any touchdowns is an accomplishment especially against an offense like that one. We hurried him and made him uncomfortable all game long. Defensively I was proud of the way our guys played. Sure the yardage was there but really overall they played solidly. With that said, obviously when you lose, and when you lose by 18, something went wrong. For us this week it was penalties and dropped passes in crucial situations. To get into the red zone and then take a sack and then have back to back penalties really hurt us. If we're able to score a touchdown on that play instead of our momentum being killed I believe it's a whole different ball game. But, we played undisciplined football when it mattered most and against a team like Rapid City you can't do that. Hats off to those guys for executing their game plan well enough to walk away with the victory.

Still, if our receivers held on to a few more passes, and our guys didn't commit those penalties, I think we'd be sitting here discussing how King Carmazzi led this football team to a victory, and just how swift our defense played."

2. Talk about this weeks league news, what stood out most to you?

"Well the news reports surrounding the Tulsa franchise have certainly been interesting. I feel for the organization and the players on the whole but situations like that often spiral out of control before you really get a full grip on what's going on. A slip of the tongue in a press conference and everyone loses their minds. Honestly, I'd have liked to have seen their Quarterback, Aaron Kitchen, behave a little more professionally. When you're the face of an organization you have a responsibility to do things a certain way publicly. But, with that said, we're all human and our emotions get the best of us all from time to time."

3. What do you bring to the table as a GM in the HIFL?  Do you expect early success?

"A willingness to take the burden off of our coaches shoulders and place it squarely upon my own, allowing these capable gentlemen to do their jobs to the best of their ability. I'm not the sort of man who is going to let his coaches take the blame for missteps and short comings. This organization, and its success or failure, is my responsibility and mine alone. I've been around this game for a while, and more over been a part of this city for most of my life. I bleed Cleveland through and through and there is nothing more that I want to see than the Cleveland Mustangs victorious in the Impact Bowl. I won't stop until we get there.

As it is, I'm blessed to have been hired to oversee an already immensely talented roster with men who not only want, but expect, to win now. So yes I expect to be successful. But I would expect to be successful with any franchise. The difference here in Cleveland is that I've been dealt a straight flush right from the get go."

4. With the draft class being announced later this week, do you plan to target personalities, skill sets, or position groups at the college showcase?

"Likely we're going to take a look at position groups this week, although you'd like to get a glimpse of all of the above to be honest. We'll go in with an open mind and see how things play out but again, I would expect our primary focus to be on position groups in general and from there trying to identify skill sets and personalities within those key groups."

5. What do you hope to gain most this week during the bye week, for yourself but also for your team?

"Our starting Quarterback. Caleb Smoak is an elite passer and leader, and getting him healthy again will greatly benefit this team. Both King Carmazzi and David Jordan filled in admirably in his absence and we're thankful for their hard work and commitment to this franchise. But yes, that's what we're looking to gain. To get Caleb back healthy, and to give us time to let the loss to Rapid City sink in and then use that as motivation in an effort to not have to feel that way again."

Rule Change Discussion Board / Re: Rule Amendment: (Franchise Tag)
« on: June 09, 2018, 02:07:45 PM »
I also voted for Amendment #2

Forum Games / Re: World Cup Fantasy?
« on: June 04, 2018, 11:12:14 PM »
I would for sure be down with that.

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: CLEVELAND MUSTANGS
« on: June 04, 2018, 11:10:21 PM »

Thanks coach that looks good to me. I appreciate it. Let's get all of the coaches in here alright?


Guys, it's an honor to be able to work with you closely in this capacity. I know a GM coming in mid season isn't always ideal, and that some upheaval can come from it but each one of you have my full support. I believe in you guys, and in the work you're doing here with these boys. It's a big game for us this week against Rapid City. A win will bring us one step closer to winning our division, but more than that it will send a statement to the league. We're not just going to hope for a victory, though. We're not just going to wish for it. We're going to expect it. Anything less than a W is unacceptable. Lets get it done.

Depth Chart Changes
Set King Carmazzi to QB2
Set David Jordan to QB3
King Carmazzi to start in place of the injured Caleb Smoak
Richard Mead to start if Sheldon Howerton is ruled out
Michael Osario to start in place of Dale Hardaway if he is ruled out

Strategy Changes
Increase blitz percentage in all situations by 10%
Reduce tempo from Normal to slow

Everything else is Coaches Decisions

Clear Eyes, Full Hearts


General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: CLEVELAND MUSTANGS
« on: June 04, 2018, 09:05:21 PM »

Pleasure to meet you coach. Can you give me a break down of our run and pass percentages by down and distance? And do you think we need to adjust our gameplan offensively with Caleb still being out and King Carmazzi taking over at QB?

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: CLEVELAND MUSTANGS
« on: June 04, 2018, 08:19:56 PM »

That's the attitude we're looking for. You've got weapons around you to be successful so don't try to do too much. Remember it doesn't matter if you throw for 400 yards if we lose. Take care of the ball and count on the defense to shut down rapid city. You've got this. Like I said, coach and I believe in you. If you need anything my door is open. Now get back to practice. Would you tell Coach Roy I'd like to speak with him please?

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: CLEVELAND MUSTANGS
« on: June 03, 2018, 09:46:32 PM »

GM Eli mutters something under his breath about building a wall, but then clears his throat before responding to King.

Miscommunication. Nothing to worry about. Listen, Coach Blitzer and I have decided to make a change this week at Quarterback. After discussing our game plan for the week we've both agreed that you give us the best chance to come back home to Cleveland with a victory. Simply put, you're starting this week kid. How do you feel?

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: CLEVELAND MUSTANGS
« on: June 03, 2018, 01:48:41 PM »

I understand your frustration and wanting to play. Even respect it. But it's my job to put this team in what I consider to be the best position to win. Coach Blitzer and I are in unison on this just like we're in unison in our belief that you'll handle this like a pro and use it to improve. Now, go on and have a good day of practice and keep improving. Send Carmazzi in on your way out if you would.

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: CLEVELAND MUSTANGS
« on: June 03, 2018, 06:54:07 AM »

David, it's good to meet you. Now, let me be the first to say that I appreciate the work you put in to improve your game as well as the preparation it takes to be ready to step in at any given moment. With that said it's my responsibility, along with Coach Blitzer, to make sure we're putting this team in the best position to win week in and week out. So, after discussing things briefly, we have decided to go ahead and give King the start at QB this week in Rapid City.

I'm not expecting you to be pleased with this decision but I do expect you to be a professional about it, and I know you will be.

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: CLEVELAND MUSTANGS
« on: June 02, 2018, 04:39:14 PM »

Good deal, coach. If you've got nothing else for me at the moment I'll let you get back to work with the boys. Clear eyes and full hearts, coach. If we've got them we can't lose. When you see Jordan would you send him up to me. I'd like to give him the news face to face and then talk to Carmazzi immediately after.

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: CLEVELAND MUSTANGS
« on: June 02, 2018, 01:00:39 PM »

I'm one to trust in my coaches and their decision making so if you feel like King will give us a better shot at winning this week, then King will get the start. If we just let him manage the game and run the offense through Zeke I think we'll minimize those forced throws and possible mistakes.

Do you have any update on Hardaway or Howerton? Last I heard it was looking unlikely that either of them would play.

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: CLEVELAND MUSTANGS
« on: June 01, 2018, 10:37:45 PM »

Coach Blitzer it's a pleasure to meet you. I won't waste time beating around the bush with small talk lets just get right down to business shall we? Caleb's going to be out at least another week. Hopefully we'll get him back after the bye week. But personnel wise I'm curious to what you think about maybe giving King a shot under center this week. David struggled a bit last week against a team I think we all would have liked to see him have a bit more success against. Completing less than half of his passes isn't acceptable regardless of what the final score was.

Defensively I think we crank it up a notch or two pressure wise this week. But you tell me what your opinions are. The key thing is to get a win, and figuring out what the right strategy is to have a statement game against Rapid City.

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: CLEVELAND MUSTANGS
« on: May 30, 2018, 03:40:33 PM »

Before we get to your questions, ladies and gentlemen, let me tell you what an absolute pleasure it is to be working with this organization. Cleveland has been home to me for some time and I understand as well as anyone else just how deeply this city loves football. Other GM's can give your usual platitudes about wanting to bring winning football to a city, and doing whatever it takes, but I eat, sleep and breathe the city of Cleveland and we're going to do everything we can to take what Mr. Profits has put in place here and build to even greater heights. Now, onto the questions that you guys want to talk about.

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

I think our coaching staff implemented a perfect game plan for the opponent that we were facing. While I had yet to take on the position of General Manager with the Mustangs organization I, like every good fan in Cleveland, was watching. Lets make no mistake about it. It's tough when you lose a player to an injury, but even more so when they are a leader and your starting Quarterback. Having Hardaway out didn't make things any easier on our offense, and to lose Howerton to a concussion didn't make life any easier on these guys. And yet they did what they needed to do. It was next man up and these guys put together a complete performance. You can talk about how it was a three point game at halftime, sure. If you're completely brainless that might even be a reasonable question to ask. But the truth of the matter is that we saw the fruits of our running game's labors in the third and especially the fourth quarter when he flood gates opened up. So I'm pleased with the way the offense performed under less than ideal circumstances. Defensively, I don't think there are enough words in the dictionary to sing these boys praises. Anthony McLaughlin was unstoppable with two sacks and five tackles for loss, a fact that doesn't surprise anyone. There were passes deflected all game long. Really we just made the boys from Milwaukee as uncomfortable as a defense possibly could. And it paid off. Another notch added to the win column and we're on to the next one.

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

We're going to head to Rapid City this week and in doing so will face one of, if not the, toughest test defensively that we will see all season long. They've been hit by the injury bug about as bad as any team has all season long and while they're not full strength just yet, they aren't a team to be taken lightly. Any time you've got a one-two punch like Rapid City has with Martin and Council, and an offense lead by a Quarterback like Pruitt, you know they're going to be a challenge. All the same I believe in the players and the coaching staff here in Cleveland. We'll do our best to contain their weapons and unleash ours, and when it's all said and done I believe we'll be walking out with another check mark in the win column.

OOC Boards / Re: New GM's [Welcome, Advice, and Placement]
« on: May 25, 2018, 10:48:37 AM »
I know. I'm terrified that's the team I'm going to end up GM'ing and if I ruin them I'll never forgive myself haha.

1. The West Wing - so glad someone else has this on their list too.
2. Friday Night Lights
3. The Wire - If it was just the first season it would be the GOAT but shit kinda fell off
4. Boy Meets World
5. Grey's Anatomy
6. Sons of Anarchy
7. Sherlock
8. The League
9. Turn
10. Vikings

OOC Boards / Re: New GM's [Welcome, Advice, and Placement]
« on: May 24, 2018, 04:08:31 PM »
Hello everyone! I don't really know what to say here but since there was a special thread made just for us I figured I should say something since Logan is probably lost in instagram thot pictures and Paul is... well I don't really know what Paul is doing.

Anyway, thanks for letting us be a part of this. I am open to any and all hazing but will preface that by saying I'm a fan of all things Cleveland so there's really not much worse you can do to me than what our sports teams have done/continue to do throughout my whole life. Smh.

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