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HIFL EDITORIALS
« on: October 23, 2014, 01:38:56 PM »
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Re: HIFL EDITORIALS ON ESPN.COM
« Reply #1 on: October 27, 2014, 02:44:11 PM »




“Hitting The Jackpot: Who will get Metro’s ball …”

As more jobs are filling up around the HIFL the sweepstakes for GM Metro’s service is starting to heat up. While a few teams have decided they are not in the market for his service based on what sources say is a combination of not wanting to deal with what is now being perceived as a possible “ego” issue, or the fact they are left repairing facilities damaged by a Pina Colada induced rage, two teams appear to be interested in GM Metro’s services; while word from his camp is that he would take a call from a third. There are also whisperings that someone close to GM Metro may still have a hand to play in this equation.

Alabama Nighthawks:

The Nighthawks Franchise has been the toast of the HIFL for the past four seasons, winning three titles and seemingly getting everything they want, whenever they want. After stealing MVP Running Back Jose Mackey prior to the Season 4 in the move of the off-season, son Mongo is looking to make a similar splash with the move of this off-season. GM Metro’s camp has been mum on the Nighthawks franchise but looking at the setup, there has to be an allure to take over a proven winner already and GM Metro would have the right temperament for the rabid Alabama fan base, and may very well be the only name that satiates them. All that being said – GM Metro may be looking for a challenge in turning a team around and building with his own philosophy, something that may not be possible with an already stacked team that will be adverse to change and Bo Action locked in as head coach. They may be adverse to offer as much for GM Metro given the position that this team is in – and that they may only need a GM to manage the team and not screw it up.

Pearl Harbor Predators:

Preliminary discussions have already occurred between Pearl Harbor and GM Metro who is said to like the young potential of the franchise as well as the color scheme. The pieces are there for Metro to build with but there are still points to fill. The biggest question is will GM Metro sign up to the headache that is Michael Hodge, who very well could use a firm handed GM to straighten him out. GM Metro has always let the players police themselves and has never had a troubled personality like Hodge so it remains to be seen if he would have success. Another factor to consider is the distance of travel required between Canada and Hawaii; which is said to play a slight factor in Metro’s decision as he would ultimately prefer a location close to home; though the warm weather may be enough to make that disappear. Ultimately this may be the best destination for GM Metro assuming that Owner Rex Raptor offers enough to get Metro onboard.

St. Paul Lynx:

This is the name I keep hearing coming out of Metro’s camp as a destination he would like to hear from and may ultimately require the least amount of persuasion to join. It is the closest franchise to Metro’s home and sources have suggested that he thinks the talent level on that team fits most with what he would like to do. With no coaches in place and a new owner taking over, GM Metro may see this as an opportunity to build a relationship similar to the one he had in Montreal with Wesley Mays Haze. This is a great fit on paper but the St. Paul camp seems to be ready to move forward with GM Evans at the helm and have not even had preliminary discussions with GM Metro. Ultimately if this is his destination of choice he may need to back down from his stance and call Ms. Snow, something he is not known for in any circumstance.


SOURCE: JIMMY MINOR (ESPN INSIDER)


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Re: HIFL EDITORIALS ON ESPN.COM
« Reply #2 on: November 21, 2014, 03:52:45 PM »
THE N.S. REPORT 12 - HIFL EDITION

In this episode of the N.S. Report, Primo Pancho is too busy in the bathroom prepping for his big Vegas trip, so That Strike Guy brings in football IQ over 9000 man Jim Zebow to the studios to talk Season 5 of HIFL and do a Power Rankings of all twelve teams in the league prior to heading into free agency.

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Re: HIFL EDITORIALS ON ESPN.COM
« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2015, 07:21:29 PM »
HIFL INSIDERS: GM TJ

Jim Zebow sat down with GM TJ on his way to support the #FreeBlock movement. Jim and TJ talk about the Long Beach incident, his road to sobriety, and his future in the HIFL.

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Re: HIFL EDITORIALS ON ESPN.COM
« Reply #4 on: February 09, 2015, 08:17:03 PM »


HIFL QUARTERLY
POWER RANKINGS





1. St. Paul Lynx (4-0)

Has any team been more impressive over the first quarter of the season then the Lynx? Led by a veracious defense and timely scoring, the Lynx have quickly jumped out of the gate as the favorites in the East... and maybe even the HIFL. Until a team can figure out how to score on St. Paul, we might as well hand them over the Impact Bowl Trophy right now.   

2. Long Beach Mermen (3-1)

In the East it's all about defense... well out West, it's about scoring in bunches and few do it better than Long Beach. Steven Crawford and company have been flinging the ball over the field while the defense has been making just enough plays in the clutch. It's been a formula that has been working so far and has the Mermen thinking championship aspirations. 

3. Tombstone Outlaws (3-1)

There might not be a better player right then Curt Robles. He can run the ball... he can catch the ball... and he can certainly find the end zone on a frequent basis. He has the Outlaws scoring at an enourmous rate and one thing is for sure... there isn't a more exciting show in HIFL right now then the shootouts in Tombstone.

4. Alabama Nighthawks (3-1)

The back-to-back champs are going to have their work cut out for them as they were pretty exposed in their Week 4 matchup with the Lynx... but don't count out the Nighthawks just yet. Jose Mackey is the best offensive weapon in the East and you know the Hawks aren't gonna let a single loss wreck their season.   

5. Las Vegas Scorpions (2-2)

Another team who isn't afraid to let the ball fly in the air, the Scorpions have scored in bunches, but have strugled to find any form of consistency from a week to week basis. Though it does appear that Trevor Jose is beginning to find some sense of a rhythm in the offense and it could catapult the Scorpions to the top of the West.   

6. Oakland Silverbacks (2-2)

In the early part of the HIFL season, the Silverbacks have lost a GM and replaced them with a recovering alcoholic. While that sounds bad, critics believe GM TJ is the perfect type of GM to lead Oakland to a championship, if he can stay clean. Once the Silverbacks defense gets back to healthy, led by Alfred Glass... things in Oakland could be on the rise.   

7. D.C. Cobras (2-2)

In what has been described as a rebuilding season, the last thing GM Jon and the Cobras wanted was their starting QB to go down. Still, the Cobras have relied on their tough gritty defense to keep them in games long enough for their star kicker, Omer Sasser to make incredible field goals from crazy distances.   

8. New Jersey Dragons (1-3)

There might not be an unluckier team in the HIFL right now. The Dragons have played well enough to be 4-0, but they have found themselves on the losing end in 3 of their games. On the plus side, John Spurgeon is the type of player who could put the team on his back the rest of the season.

9. Orlando Stampede (1-3)

At the beginning of the season, the Stampede looked like one of the teams to beat, but then Brian Owens allegations have set the team back quite a bit. With Owens status for the rest of the season up in the air, the Stampede will have to rely on his replacement to keep them in the playoff hunt, which so far hasn't been too reliable.   

10. Pearl Harbor Predators (1-3)

I'm not sure what's worse... the record at the quaterway point or the fact that perennial winner, GM Metro has stepped down, only to be replaced by perennial loser, GM Franchise. But who knows, maybe Franchise will be the one to right the ship in Pearl Harbor and get quarterback, Jose Pruitt back on the right track.   

11. Lincoln Pride (1-3)

There may not be much more to play for this season then Lincoln's fitting name... Pride. In a season that started with quarterback controversy, the Pride have struggled to find its identity of sorts. A week four victory over the Silverbacks might be the spark the team was looking for... but it also could just be a flash in the pan.   

12. Missouri Bruins (1-3)

With an offense that has struggled to find the pay dirt, the Missouri Bruins might have the longest way to go if they are going to find success the rest of the season. Internal problems have haunted the team in the early going, but GM Gooch is doing everything in his power to get things back to normal. The offensive and defensive showing in week four is a good first step.   



  

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Re: HIFL EDITORIALS ON ESPN.COM
« Reply #5 on: April 04, 2015, 12:38:02 AM »
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Re: HIFL EDITORIALS ON ESPN.COM
« Reply #6 on: April 26, 2015, 01:26:31 PM »


HIFL WEEK 14
POWER RANKINGS



1. New Jersey Dragons (10-3)

After 4 games this season the consensus was that New Jersey had played well enough to be 4-0, but after falling 16-13 to St. Paul, 31-20 to Alabama, and 20-17 to DC the team was 1-3 and looking like a team on the verge of implosion but the team leaned on GM of the year candidate GM Kirk and the savvy manager has now guided his team to a 9 game win streak that has seen them emerge as the hottest team in the HIFL. 3 games remain before the playoffs begin and the Dragon's are coming off of their biggest win of the season, a 27-7 drubbing of the Nighthawks IN Alabama.  Two home games against the Stampede and Cobras will close out the year in Jersey before the team travels to Missouri to end the regular season.  The Dragons are playing championship caliber football and have themselves in position to have home field advantage throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs.  Can New Jersey play well enough to travel to Detroit for the Impact Bowl?


2. Alabama Nighthawks (10-3)

The top ranked team for nearly the entire season, even dating back to last year when they won the Impact Bowl, the Alabama Nighthawks now find themselves at a fork in the road.  The team's all time leading wide receiver in both yardage and touchdown catches (6170 yds and 69 TDs) has benched himself for the remainder of his final season in Mobile and their all time leading QB Larry Wright is struggling with his worst QB Rating of his HIFL career, only Jose Mackey seems to be on his game as he once again races towards the MVP award.  The Nighthawks were beat across the board this week by the Dragons, but will look to bounce back against Missouri before traveling to St. Paul in week 15 and closing the season against DC in the Alabama home finale..


3. Long Beach Mermen (8-5)

The Mermen entered the 4th quarter of their game against Oakland this week down 21 points and without one of their top receiving targets in Armand Block and if not for a miraculous comeback lead by QB Steven Crawford the team would not be #3 on this list this week, but Crawford showed MVP traits this week leading the team back and getting the game to overtime, and with all the momentum in hand the Mermen made sure that they would enter week 14 as the top team in the West.  With 3 games to play the team will take road trips to Lincoln in wk 14 and Vegas in Wk 16, with a home stand against Tombstone sandwiched in between.. Can Crawford will his team to the top seed, despite a run defense that is allowing over 140 yards per game? 


4. St. Paul Lynx (9-4)

The Lynx have had the top ranked defense all season, and with the emergence of Terrence Williams at running back and the return of Wilber  Slaughter at WR, the team now has an offense that is on the rise ranking 2nd in yards, 6th in rushing and 3rd in passing.  Giovanni Hill needs to lead this team deep into the playoffs to silence some doubters who say he is more flash than he is substance.


5. Lincoln Pride (7-6)

GM Corbin was sought out by the Pride ownership group and after the first half of the season, with a record of 2-6, it was clear that most fans thought that the move was a mistake.  Since mid-season however, the Pride have gone undefeated, ripping off a 5 game win streak with wins over Missouri, DC, Orlando, Tombstone, and Las Vegas.   Some critics will say that Missouri, Orlando, and Vegas are "easy" games, but the Pride's metal will be tested in the final 3 weeks of the year with back to back home games against Long Beach and Oakland before closing the season in Pearl Harbor, a game that most believe the team can win.  The next two games will show us all where the Pride really stand in the Western Conference pecking order.


6. D.C. Cobras (8-5)

GM Jon continues to prove that anything he touches turns to gold.  From Wyoming to Seattle and now to the Nation's Capitol, GM Jon brings a winning atmosphere that seems to be contagious.  The Cobras have clinched their first ever playoff spot with three weeks to play in the season, now the team faces a brutal final 3 games against St. Paul, New Jersey, and Alabama... the three teams ahead of them in the Eastern Conference.   Even one win could improve the team's standing in the playoff seeding, but it will be a tough task as all three teams have the ability to rush the QB, a trait that has haunted the Cobras all season long.


7. Tombstone Outlaws (7-6)

Curt Robles is the front runner for MVP, 1284 rushing yards, 1259 receiving yards, and 722 return yards, this kid can do it all but without QB Caleb Smoak the Outlaws are much more one dimensional than the would like to be.  Can Tombstone win a shootout at the OK Coral without a true gunslinger at the helm?


8. Oakland Silverbacks (6-7)

GM TJ has made fans forget about pre-season GM Johnny Rebel by getting the team a win away from a playoff berth.  The team has had its ups and downs this year, but the biggest challenge this off-season might be finding an heir to QB Jerry Harris who is heavily considering retirement.   


9. Missouri Bruins (4-9)

GM Gooch has his team playing hard nosed football, but the team is too inconsistent this year.  Running the ball  507 times vs 346 pass attempts, the Bruins are hoping to prove that you can win football games without conforming to the new ideology of the pass-first generation.


10. Pearl Harbor Predators (3-10)

GM inconsistency is a trend at the bottom of these rankings, GM Metro left town early and the team went into a tail spin.  Letting Jose Pruitt walk is still being questioned by fans and analysts around the league, but the great play of Alphonso Montes has new GM Franchise looking forward to his first full season at the big desk. 


11. Orlando Stampede (3-10)

Orlando had high hopes this season but off the field issues and then some questionable moves by GM Gravedigger have set the team back at last a season.  GM Phoenix has been hired, and he will have an interesting challenge ahead of him starting with finding a franchise QB.


12. Las Vegas Scorpions (3-10)

One of the most prestigious teams in the history of the HIFL is now considered one of the worst teams in the league, a fall that has lead Knott Sting to hire the controversial GM Metro.  Rumor has it the Scorpions will look to shake up the coaching staff and start fresh, a move that has fans torn.  Look for Trevor Jose to be shopped as this team enters its first real "Rebuilding" phase in the teams history.




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Re: HIFL EDITORIALS ON ESPN.COM
« Reply #7 on: April 29, 2015, 12:06:38 AM »
HIFL INSIDERS WEEK 14

Bruno and Jim return to discuss the majority of the season, the ups, the downs, the surprises. Jim's uncle Tony is in studio too to share his thoughts.

Jim sits down with Burton Tibbets about the Mackey-Serra saga in Alabama before Bruno and Jim talk about their thoughts on award winners and playoff teams.

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Re: HIFL EDITORIALS ON ESPN.COM
« Reply #8 on: June 07, 2015, 04:37:59 AM »
HIFL INSIDERS SEASON 6 OFFSEASON PT. 1

With Jim Zebow heading to the HIFL as a player, Bruno introduces his new co-host Roy Baker. The two get into talk about the Impact Bowl, the Season 5 Awards, Free Agent news, trades, and coaching enemas.

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« Reply #9 on: June 22, 2015, 12:20:59 AM »
HIFL INSIDERS SEASON 6 DRAFT DAY 1 RECAP

Bruno and Roy cover all the happening from the first three rounds of the draft.

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« Reply #10 on: July 25, 2015, 07:15:14 PM »
Season 6 North West Preview

Bruno and Roy break down the North West division, talking about Oakland new look offense and beef'd up defense, Rapid City's offensive fire power, and Lincoln's reset. Then Bruno interviews GM Pancho of the Long Beach Mermen and talk about his offseason before Bruno and Roy break down the Mermen's roster.

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« Reply #11 on: July 26, 2015, 11:20:35 PM »
Season 6 North East Preview

JIMMY MINOR HAS BE FOUND! Bruno and Jimmy break down the North East, starting with Missouri's 1920's offense and coaching struggle. After that, Bruno sits down with GM Kirk of the New Jersey Dragons and talk about Season 5, the Michael May incident, his incredible corners and his old front seven.

Bruno and Jimmy then break down the Dragons a bit more before getting to Music City and Jimmy's proclamation that the Kings are the best expansion team, and wrap up with talk about St. Paul's defense staying the same and the offense losing some pieces.

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« Reply #12 on: July 31, 2015, 11:36:03 PM »
Season 6 South East Preview

Bruno and Jimmy preview the South East talking Jose Mackey's lover being gone and the Alabama Turbo Defensive line, DC retooling their defense after losing it to free agency and whether or not Christian Sullivan will be what DC fans are hoping.

Then the duo discuss whether or not Orlando is the worst team in the league, and in football history before Jimmy and Bruno each go off on the trades GM Phoenix made prior to camp. The two wrap up the episode breaking down the expansion Atlanta Warriors odd defense and hope in Charles Todd.

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« Reply #13 on: August 03, 2015, 10:40:47 PM »
Season 6 South West Preview

Bruno and Roy break down the last division in the HIFL starting with Roy's favorite QB Louis Alicea and the San Antonio Knights before Bruno's interview with GM Metro.

Bruno and Roy break down Vegas quickly before getting to Pearl Habor and their potent offense headlined by their two young running backs. They finish the preview series with Tombstone and talking about Trevor Jose's impact on this team.

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« Reply #14 on: August 06, 2015, 04:43:57 AM »
ESPN UK takes a look at the preseason games and run through what we've learned from them.

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« Reply #15 on: August 06, 2015, 12:09:02 PM »
How Did the HIFL Rookies Fare in Their Debut?
Part One: A look at the HIFL's top-five rookies this preseason

Each year, the top rookies leap from college in to the HIFL bright-eyed and bushy-tailed.  They have one goal: helping their team find their way to the top sporting event in the world, the Impact Bowl.  This year's crop of prized newcomers look to help shape the HIFL for years to come.  Let's see how the top ten from the Season 6 Amateur Draft fared in their preseason debut.

1. Jeremy Martin - Running Back - Rapid City
vs. D.C: 19 rushes, 153 yards (8.1 ypc); 2 catches, 41 yards, 1 TD.
@ New Jersey: 12 rushes, 48 yards (4 ypc); 4 catches, 35 yards.


The first overall pick has a lot riding on his shoulders heading in to the upcoming HIFL season. If being the first pick wasn't enough pressure, he's going to be the face of Rapid City and their fast-paced offense.  Martin dazzled in the league's first look at him, rushing for 153 yards against a stout Cobra defense, including 43-yard scamper that left the Inferno fans in a frenzy. The former Notre Dame product produced a more pedestrian performance in his second game against the Dragons - but still proved he's worth every penny GM Gates sent his way. We predict Martin contends for the league-lead in rushing.

2. Dorial Green-Beckham - Wide Receiver - Pearl Harbor
vs. Saint Paul: 2 catches, 100 yards
@ D.C: No stats.


The freaky athletic Dorial Green-Beckham has the potential to be the premier receiver in the game. With the gunslinger Caleb Smoak behind center and the speedy Michael Hodge lined up across the field, DGB could put up ridiculous numbers.  The only thing hindering Green-Beckham's production could be the number of weapons on Pearl Harbor's team and his attitude.  However, the receivers two preseason catches of 53 and 47 yards respectively, can't be ignored. We believe Green-Beckham will top 1200 yards but also be suspended at least two games during the season.

3. Philip Sanderson - Defensive Tackle - Atlanta
vs. Las Vegas: 4 tackles, 1 sack.
@ Long Beach: 4 tackles.


The new beast of the east - the Warriors are counting on Sanderson to be the anchor of their defense from day one. In game one, Sanderson put together a steady performance with 4 tackles and a sack. Game two was less-than-stellar, with Philip only notching 4 tackles against a pretty good Long Beach offensive line.  Sanderson won't have the most eye-popping stats in Atlanta's weird 4-4 alignment but he'll command double teams and allow the rest of the Warriors' defense to fly around and make plays.  We predict Atlanta's defense, led by Sanderson, will be in the top half of the league in their first season in the HIFL.

4. Noah Rose - T - Music City
@Tombstone: 4 pancakes, 1 sack allowed (3.8 yards per rush as a team)
vs. Lincoln: 1 pancake (2.4 yards per rush as a team)


Grading offensive lineman can be challenging - but with the emergence of Oakland's George Britt last season, Music City is hoping Rose has the same impact on an expansion team looking to make its impact in the HIFL. Rose allowed just one sack in two games against some tough pass-rush but Music City struggled in the run game overall.  The knock on Rose coming out of college is that he wasn't the most polished but has the potential to anchor a line for years to come.  Our guess?  He'll figure it out quickly.

5. Marcus Mariota - Quarterback - Missouri
vs. Long Beach - 4/12, 25 yards, 0 TD/1 INT, 7.6 QBR
@ Las Vegas - No stats.


The first QB taken in the draft was Mario Mariota, who had a disastrous debut against Long Beach. The run-first offense didn't take kindly to Mariota, who managed to complete only 4 passes and was picked off once in a lopsided 65-7 loss.  The highly touted QB prospect didn't play in the team's second game but perhaps should have.  Mariota's going to have to learn how to play QB in the HIFL but Missouri's run-first offense will help him lean on the run game. We predict that Mario will begin the season at QB but Jim Zebow will see some time this season as well.

Stay tuned for part 2 coming up soon!

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« Reply #16 on: August 15, 2015, 01:35:45 PM »
SEASON 6 WEEK 1 REVIEW

Bruno and Jimmy discuss and react from the week's slate of games.

- Missouri's offensive philosphy keeping them from evening competing in a single game
- John Carr's comfortable debut in Jersey
- Oakland's ground assualt on the defending champions
- Long Beach undisciplined play and reverse Missouri offense
- St. Paul's offensive inefficiency
- Music City and George Carlson impressing as an expansion team
- The impactful debuts of DC's rookies
- Who gets more credit/blame for Pearl Habor's super efficient passing
- Douglas Barnhart spreading the wealth around
- An over-reaction to San Antonio following their game against Vegas
- Charles Todd's eulogy

Then they each pick a game to look forward to watching Week 2

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« Reply #17 on: August 22, 2015, 08:39:30 PM »
Season 6 Week 2 Review

Bruno and Jimmy are live from Vegas to break down all the week's action including:

- Tombstone's maligned pass defense recovers from the embarrassing performance against Pearl Habor
- Las Vegas' third down struggles costs them a 2-0 start
- Missouri travels forward in time to the year 1970
- St. Paul fans hold their breath and Jimmy suggest a name to call
- The Cobras and Christian Sullivan come back to reality hard.
- Atlanta run their way to a win
- Long Beach is 0-2 and Lincoln 2-0 who wudda thunk it
- Oakland run game almost steals a win without Pate and Glass
- Kenneth Harrel MIA Week 2
- San Antonio needs Matt Abel to make Burton Tibbets better to make Matt Abel better
- Usher needs some touch
- Is Music City's defense for real.
- Michael Barclay's move to DE

Then they look ahead to a couple games to watch in week 3.

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« Reply #18 on: August 25, 2015, 01:58:49 PM »
Jimmys Three Thoughts

So apparently as penance for demolishing the beer guy in Long Beach (and for anyone whos seen the hit on Youtube did I not look like a young Dre Louis? Seriously, GM Gooch, you need help at the linebacker position so give me a shout.) the big whigs at ESPN have decided that I have to put together a column outlining my three thoughts coming out of the week that was in the High Impact Football League. What they forgot is what happened the last time they gave an on-air personality his own platform like so this, so Bill Simmons, this ones for you!

1) Who will be the one, in Alabamas fifteen and one?

I dont foresee a team ever running the gauntlet in the HIFL but this Alabama team may come the closest. With an elite defense and Jose Mackey this team looks the part of champion favorite. I know theres rumblings of Bo Action taking a number of players to the APL which, rightfully so, should have fans of the HIFL concerned. That being said, I do believe Mongo Woods is a bit smarter than he looks; his parents defining moment in the HIFL was the trade that brought them Jose Mackey and this may present Mongo with his. If he offers up an ownership stake in the Nighthawks Bo Action would be remiss to stay.

Regardless though, I do see one team beating them this year and that team is the Oakland Silverbacks in Week 4. Theyve been absolutely dominant with their ground game which Alabama has been moderately susceptible to so far. Chewing up the clock and keeping Jose Mackey off the field will be the keys to victory for that Silverbacks team. The Alfred Glass saga might put a cramp in their plans however I expect with a chance to come back against Alabama, Alfred Glass and Drew Leventhal will reach a compromise with GM TJ that allows Glass to play out the season as a Silverback before they look to move him in the off-season. Opening up seemingly every franchise AND the APL as a possible destination.

2) Tom Jisefskis 4-4 defense will lead Atlanta to the play-offs.

While Alabama will run away with the South East, the eastern conference is definitely disparate in terms of quality of opposition. We werent bullish on this team heading into the season but GM Rebel has put together a team that appears to be playing better than the sum of their parts and has opposing offensive co-ordinators puzzled. While I expect Las Vegas to succeed against them given Andy Grahams collegiate experience, I dont see any other co-ordinator picking up this scheme until very late in the year at the latest, but more likely after an entire off-season of film study.

Looking at Atlantas schedule I see a team with the potential to go 9-7 which as things currently stand in the east might just be good enough to squeak in as a 4 seed. Alabama and New Jersey are locks, while 2 out of DC, Music City and Atlanta should sneak. St. Paul appears dead in the water with Gio Hills injury and Missouri, even with changing their run and run and run offense is not going to be a playoff contender.

3) Did Martin Beck actually lose in his GM Swap?

The team not mentioned above was the Orlando Stampede. We were, and to this point rightfully so, duly harsh on the talent assembled but you cant grade the heart that the Stampede have shown. They are like a jay-vee squad from Buttfuck, Pennsylvania (home of one TJ Grumm) marching into College Station to play the Nittany Lions but have competed hard in both games so far this season.

An interesting point is the Martin Beck swap that saw him ask out to join a winning team only to be traded to the defending chumpions (Wayne Wumpler Wampler would be proud of that one) in Long Beach who currently also sit at 0-2. Adding to this is the rave reviews that GM Eddie Phoenix has gathered for his handling of the team so far. A surprise from many but I dont count myself as one. Phoenix has always been a GM of two extremes for every good move he makes (signing Harry Bryce) he makes a bad one (trading Mullins and Benjamin) if he can cut down on the mistakes he has a chance to make some noise next season in the eastern conference. GM Pancho has had some struggles this season, with a number of players in the locker room unhappy with the current state of affairs and it has some wondering whether Martin Beck wouldve been better to stick it out for a season, see the progress Eddie Phoenix made, and become a part of the core along with Michael Barclay and Kyle Aquino in bringing back the Orlando franchise to respectability.


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« Reply #19 on: August 27, 2015, 09:12:05 PM »
Season 6 Week 3 Review

Bruno Soulson and Roy Baker are live in St. Paul and Jimmy Minor live from his apartment. They break down the action from week 3

- John Carr struggling to perform, helping the inefficient play this week from New Jersey
- Joe "Slow" Davis carries the rock to a tie, and St. Paul couldn't be happier.
- As impressive as Lincoln looked in the first two weeks, they looked just as unimpressive week 3
- Tashaun Pate returns from suspension and looked impressive.
- Las Vegas runs the ball more and shockingly converts more on third down!
- Pearl Habor checks off everything the Insiders wanted: Caleb Smoak finds 5 total recievers, gets Harrell more touches, but lose
- Bruno pleads that David Bruce should be the starter in Atlanta, and the guys discuss the 4-4 defense
- Orlando baby steps continue and were baby steps away from a win.
- More running backs from Long Beach, less Brian Owen
- Rapid City is 2-1! Despite Jose Pruitt not playing well
- Alabama says farewell Larry Wright and Bo Action.
- Just wasn't DC's day
- WELCOME MISSOURI TO THE 21ST CENTURY MISSOURI
- Music City gets caught off guard and watches in horror as Brewster goes down
- Trevor Jose is allergic to third downs
- Alicea to Tibbets look good but Roy still doesn't buy him 

The trio then preview Rapid City/Atlanta, Long Beach/DC, and Tombstone/New Jersey.

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« Reply #20 on: August 28, 2015, 11:11:44 AM »
Jimmys Three Thoughts

Sometimes when life gives you lemons you just have to throw them at Producer Bob. Unfortunately, when youre recording the podcast from your condominium and fire it at your laptop bad things happen. Basically, I cant see what the hell Im typing here so pardon if my typing at some point resembles the way GM Hondo talks; a garbled mess cause hes choking on an Englishmans jism (also, Im putting it out there to my friends at Microsoft youve wasted enough money on the NFL with that Surface stuff, why not spread the love to a needy HIFL Insider (and not needy in the thirsty way that Bruno Soulson has patented).

Anyways, it was a great week in HIFL action but a couple of games brought a few things to the forefront that I wanted to at least touch on as a part of this column.

1) Will the parity in the West continue and have an impact on Rapid Citys playoff hopes?

Heading into week 4 weve got a six way tie for first; with the two GMs who allowed for this week to be coined blow up week pulling up the rear. Rapid City has surprised some people but were predicted by both Bruno Soulson and Roy Baker as the best expansion team. While for all intents and purposes they should be 1-2, with the win against Oakland featuring TaShaun Pate suspended, a win is a win and with Jeremy Martin looking like a stud you have to think 10-6 is attainable.

That might not be enough for a playoff berth though as I feel the Southwest may send 3 teams to the playoffs with Pearl Harbor sneaking in at 10-6 and owning the tie breaker over Rapid City. Last year we saw 8-8 DC sneak into the playoffs due to a lack of parity with a number of teams being down but this year I highly doubt well see that happen out West. With inter-conference matchups this week Rapid City at Atlanta already may have playoff implications for at least one team.

2) Who will be the first person to jump to the APL from the HIFL?

There was a lot of talk this week with Bo Actions departure and him coming out and saying that hell be looking to bring talent with him to the APL. A lot of GMs are nervous with many teams capped out and Action offering big money deals. For many it will come down to the relationships they have with their General Managers and the attachment they feel to the franchise. While Alfred Glass name has been brought up most often. I think that well see two defectors from the reigning champions in Lynwood Hunter and Brian Owens.

Owens knows his days are going to be numbered. With Steven Crawford the unquestioned starter upon his return and his propensity for interceptions, Owens knows if he is to collect a long term pay-day now may be his only opportunity. While a hard-ass like Bo Action may not fit Owens personality, he has proven to this point to be about chasing money and tail, nothing else. For Lynwood Hunter, you have to think he was salivating at the thought of running behind Joe Thompsons line but that hasnt come to fruition and despite being vocal about needing touches nothing has changed. I think he would command a comparable salary and be a bell-cow for Coach Action and with GM Panchos ship beginning to take on water Lynwood might be the first to snag a spot in a safety raft.

3) Would Pearl Harbor be the Impact Bowl favorites with GM Metro at the helm

GM Metros departure from Pearl Harbor has been well covered but wasnt hasnt been looked at is what that team looks like as a result of his moves and how good it could have been. I know GM Metro deflected when asked about Michael Hodge this week but its well known that Metro is regarded by Hodge as having saved his career. Chris Blevins was a defensive captain and young talents like Knapp, Taylor and Young were all brought on by GM Metro and with 3 first round picks he had a chance to build on that team.

GM Metro was apparently in love with 3 draft prospects after initial review in Pearl Harbor and likely could have got all three; Sanderson, Wilkinson and Embiid. While Green-Beckham and Smoak had been a great combo, Pruitt and Beasley was just as good in the first four games last season and would be complemented by Mike Gorham on the outside. Rumor also has that right before his departure an unnamed team offered him a first round pick in the draft for Louis Alicea and while GM Franchise has secured a future first for him by connecting the dots one can assume where Metro may have picked and that a player like Juan Kirk wouldve been available to them. While there is a lot of supposition in these kind of exercises it is fun to consider what this team may look like. Adding those four to any defense would make it scary but with Knapp, Taylor and Blevins, it may have been lights out for even the most high powered of offenses, and with their skill on offense still intact; they, and not Alabama, might have been the biggest threat to 16-0 and the Impact Bowl Championship.


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« Reply #21 on: August 30, 2015, 01:15:30 PM »


HIFL QUARTERLY POWER RANKINGS
FIRST QUARTER




1. New Jersey Dragons (3-0-1)

In the aftermath of being one win shy of the Impact Bowl, GM Kirk has the Dragons playing the best brand of football through the first quarter of the season, as the only remaining undefeated team. Their only blemish coming by way of a tie against divisional rival, St. Paul. The post-Michael May era hasn't lost a beat with John Carr under the center and with league-MVP candidate John "The Surgeon" Spurgeon, the Dragons look to claim what they feel was justly theirs. However, recent news has reported that rookie linebacker, Stephen Cotter was found using PED's, will this be the unraveling of what has been a great start to the season for the Dragons?   


2. Oakland Silverbacks (3-1)

Despite their impressive 3-1 record at the end of the first quarter of the season, it's been anything but easy for GM TJ and the Alpha Male's of the HIFL. First was the preseason fight between starting QB, Tashaun Pate and CB, Alfred Glass. Then there was the reported heated office room brawl involving Glass hitting Tate on his way out, involving in him being suspended indefinitely. But GM TJ has done what he does best, diffuse the situation. He has Glass back on the team, even if it's just for the remainder of the season... and the Silverbacks are winning football games. But it might bee too soon to celebrate as following their defeat of the then-undefeated Nighthawks, the fans made Clorox Clean Stadium anything but... clean. Will Oakland be able to continue their winning ways despite everything attempting to derail a potential magical season?     


3. Alabama Nighthawks (3-1)

Through three weeks of the season, there wasn't a more dominant team in the HIFL. They were scoring points in the bunches. They were smothering QBs. Jose Mackey was off to another MVP type of season. Bo Action was looking like a real genius.... and then... it was blown up by the "genius" himself as he accepted a position as part owner, GM, and head coach of the APL's Vancouver Wolverines. In the wake of the abrupt move, Larry Wright and Elias Winstead called it an end to their football careers. Then Dale Link following suit a week later. It could be dark times in Bama, unless they can find a GM to come in and save the franchise from completely collapsing under the helm of Bo Action.         


4. Rapid City Inferno (3-1)

This might be the biggest surprise of the first quarter... well maybe outside one other team we'll get to much later in this column. The expansion Inferno have been led offensively by top pick and rookie of the year front runner, Jeremy Martin.  All while on defense, Louis Brown is becoming as feared a name in HIFL. It's a long season still to go, but right now, GM Gates has the Inferno hot... hot... HOT!   


5. Missouri Bruins (3-1)

No, this is not a typo. The Missouri Bruins under the managerial skills of GM Gooch are 3-1 through the first quarter of the season. It might have taken awhile for GM Gooch to figure it out, but he trimmed the fat off the meat by letting Coach Haas take a walk. He has put the team into the hands of his DC, Anthony Stevens. The important thing for the Bruins to do now is continue to develop under rookie QB, Mariota and Benjamin continue to lead the offensive charge. How long can GM Gooch and the Bruins keep this up is anyone's guess... but for now, they are standing amongst giants.


6. Las Vegas Scorpions (2-2)

The Scorpions might be the closest team to being 4-0 this season in the middle of the pack group. GM Metro has talent, no question about that... you can see it all the way down the roster. They lost a close match-up to Tombstone on a last second TD and if Michael May doesn't get hurt early in the game against St. Paul... who knows. But there is something missing still... and I guess I would be a GM or a head coach if I knew what it was. If GM Metro can find out what's missing... then the rest of league will be in trouble when they see Las Vegas on their schedule.         


7. Tombstone Outlaws (2-2)

There was a lot of question marks entering the season for the Outlaws and GM Powers this season. After losing Caleb Smoak to the Predators, how would Trevor Jose do running the offense. I mean it can't be too hard when all you have to do is hand the ball off to reigning MVP, Curt Robles... or dump it off to him on a screen. But it hasn't been the offense that has let down the Outlaws in the early going. Instead, it's the defense that hasn't been able to slow down the opposing team offense. It's been a shootout in just about every game this season for the Outlaws... and it's going to take the defense to step-up if the Outlaws want to be celebrating at the end of the season.


8. D.C. Cobras (2-2)

When you hear slow start... you might think a slow start to season... but for D.C., it's been a slow start to their games. The Cobras have been outscored in the first half this season 64-17... but in the second half is a totally different team, outscoring opponents 97-44. It's been a tale of two halves in the first quarter for GM Jon and if they can somehow right the ship in the first half, this could be a team that's dangerous. But the comeback kids can't continue to play from behind and expect to see it turn out in success despite the play of Christian Sullivan and company, and the stingy second half defense led by Larry Stevens. The Cobras could be a team to watch out for as the season progresses... if they can fix their slow starts in games.       


9. St. Paul Lynx (1-2-1)

Last season GM Evans had the Lynx playing a fantastic brand of football, but has seen their season get off to an unwelcomed start. The injury to Giovanni Hill was unfortunate, but it looks like he is ready to go starting Week 5... Week 6 at the latest. And with one of the best defenses in the league, the Lynx are not far from getting back to the level they were at last season. And if anything has shown over their last two weeks, a tie against New Jersey and a win over Las Vegas... the Lynx are close to breaking out of their early season shell.   


10. Lincoln Pride (2-2)

Through the first two weeks, the Pride looked like a tough team to beat. GM Strike put a lot of faith into Barnhart to lead this offense, and he was doing a good job. Then game two disaster weeks against Oakland and Orlando. Suddenly Barnhart doesn't look like a starting HIFL QB... the defense looks weak. And it has GM Strike struggling to find the solution to it all. You know the talent is there to make some noise this season... but GM Strike is going to have to weather the storm and make some difficult decisions to get this Lincoln team back on the right foot.   


11. Pearl Harbor Predators (2-2)

Headlines have surely been something GM Franchise is use to getting... albeit mostly negative. But most like Lincoln, through two weeks, those headlines were positive. Then game Dorial Green-Beckham and his mouth. The trio of Smoak, Hodge, and DGB had been lethal and if DGB continues to be the poison in that trio, then I just don't see much good coming out of the rest of this season for the Predators. For now, it seems the waters have calmed, but how long before DGB or GM Franchise puts their foot in their mouth once again?         


12. Atlanta Warriors (2-2)

Atlanta and GM Rebel might been the team that has been most fortunate over the first quarter. Picking up a upset win over the Cobras in overtime in their home opener and thanks to a late kickoff return for a TD, survived against the Stampede. But in their two losses this season to the Nighthawks and Inferno... they were absolutely crushed! They are closer to 0-4 than 3-1 and while the 4-4-4 defense has worked at times... it seems like teams are slowly figuring it out and exposing its weaknesses. One thing is clear... this is a team that needs Todd at QB and one that will need to continue to develop their young talent as it might be a long rest of the season for the Warriors.             


13. Long Beach Mermen (0-4)

Am I reading this right? The defending Impact Bowl Champions have started the season 0-4? I just double checked... yes... this is true. GM Pancho has seemed to do everything wrong in the first quarter of this season and went from being the GM everyone wanted to be... to one that might find himself on the job market very soon. It keeps going from bad to worse and there is no question, GM Pancho needs to pull a bunny from his hat if he wants to change his fortunes.   


14. Music City Kings (1-3)

What an unlucky season it has been for the first in it's franchise. GM Justin compiled what looked to be a team that would instantly compete for a playoff position in the Eastern Conference... but has since seen crucial injuries to Brewster, who may return before the end of the season and Pitts, who is lost for the season. What looked to be a promising season for the Kings has turned into a nightmare for GM Justin as he will look to try and do what he can to salvage before the trade deadline passes.       


15. Orlando Stampede (1-3)

The good news is... Orlando has won a game! And boy did they! GM Phoenix and the Stampede haven't been as bad as their record suggests, but this is still a team trying to find its identity after GM Digger damaged that very identity last season. Take away their lopsided loss to Alabama... and the Stampede were very close to stealing wins against Atlanta and D.C. Watch out for Orlando the rest of the season as it could be a team that might surprise some folks the next time these rankings come out.       


16. San Antonio Knights (1-3)

The Knights don't have a team that can win now... and it didn't help that GM Digger blew up at Coach King, causing him to leave. It was a meltdown that almost caused GM Digger to quit himself... but instead, he brushed off the dirt and got back to work and has made some strides. Signing Coach Diaz and then getting Coach King to come back as well was a huge comeback by the often struggling GM. Coming off their first win of the season... and Burton Tibbetts playing at a all-Pro level... the Knights could be on the move up.         





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« Reply #22 on: September 01, 2015, 09:32:48 PM »
Season 6 Week 4 Review

Bruno and Jimmy are live from Atlanta to break down all the Week 4 action:

- Jose Pruitt played careful football, by not pushing the ball down the field and that may be a good thing for Rapid City
- Atlanta's 4-4 defense struggled to keep Jeremy Martin contained, but get a good game from Terrance Holcomb.
- Is Christopher Johnson the best running back on the Long Beach roster?
- Thanks to Herbert Smith and Clifford Barbour, DC scores in the first half and wins in a thriller
- New Jersey's defense and John Carr's best game this season
- In "What We Learned This Week", we learned Curt Robles can't carry the team to the playoffs again
- ORLANDO WINS! BRUNO WAS WRONG!
- Bruin Ball 2k15 is impressive
- Pearl Harbor's running game absent again, and that's not good.
- Bama's first loss and Dale Link retires
- Alfred Glass returns to Oakland in a struggle
- Sami Ozil makes a case in St. Paul?
- Las Vegas' offensive Line needs to keep QBs upright
- Injury claims another King
- San Antonio's First win because someone had to win right?

Bruno and Jimmy then look ahead to the primetime game in Week 5 between DC and Missouri and give their picks for games to watch

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« Reply #23 on: September 02, 2015, 03:34:35 PM »
Jimmys Three Thoughts

It was great to be back on the HIFL Insiders live on location. Although some people may have taken my Brian Owen a beer tub girl comment the wrong way at the end, I assure each and every single person reading this (all what, twelve of you) that during the Netflix and Chill session nothing happened whatsoever. For those of you havent seen Oceans Twelve, its a waste of time. To find a comparison on the boredom scale it is worse than listening to Bruno Soulsons One Man Show. That being said I am now well rested and cant wait for this week of HIFL action and we should start to see those teams who fancy themselves a playoff contender begin to break free from the pack including the Missouri Bruins who to this point, may be the most surprising outfit in football.

1) Was Anthony Stevens the right call as head coach?

Its never easy trying to hire a head coach mid-season and even harder when you have already chased away two head coaches in less than a season after Jimmy Eubanks resignation last year. That being said with a finite number of jobs I believe that there were still many people that would have been on board with taking Missouris job especially with their young talent on offence in Kenneth Benjamin and Marcus Mariota, and many more going forward after the end of the college and HIFL Seasons.

My thought has always been when hiring a coach mid-season the interim tag should apply. If GM Gooch was dead set on Anthony Stevens the interim tag wouldve given him a chance to evaluate him, while still leaving the option open in the off-season to approach talent who did not want to leave their team mid-season. With talents like Steve Brigham and Jason Blitzer both likely looking for head coaching jobs this off-season as well as at least one high profile college coach, giving Coach Stevens the job with immediate effect and permanency may end up being a bad move for this team going forward

2) Will Music City shop their veterans?

As an expansion team its hard enough to compete in the first season but when your top two offensive talents suffer season ending injuries (I keep hearing Brewster may come back at the end of the season but without a chance at the playoffs it seems a needless risk) it becomes that much tougher. At one and three with no end in sight, this Music City team is now looking at getting the best odds on the HIFL draft lottery and ensuring their future looks far brighter than their present.

With a few players on one year deals, it may behoove GM Justin to look at moving someone like Earnest Small or Timothy Sherry to the highest bidder. Both players are likely going to explore free agency and get one big contract before their careers are up and with Music City likely going to be looking at a big splash in free agency with their cap room similar to Brewster and Blevins it stands to reason that something is better than nothing. A deal with DC might work with Carl Hall, John Marcus, Agustin Taylor and a 3rd going to Music City for Christopher Paulsen, Ernest Small and Timothy Sherry. While on paper this may look slightly lopsided, a 3rd round pick for 3 players you likely wont resign is just good business.

3) Why were college campuses bereft of HIFL Co-ordinators?

One of the things Ive noticed in being a part of the College Gameday cast on ESPN is that last week there were no co-ordinators on campus watching the games live. It seems as if most GMs are content to watch prospects highlight reels and evaluate prospects strictly on the tape but even right now we have seen the folly in that. Stephen Cotters problems were well known amongst college insiders and any interviews with the players coaches likely would have caused him to slide down, or even off, of many teams draft boards. On film he is an elite talent but his attitude in the locker room and propensity for off the field issues dont come out on the highlight reels.

I fully expect to see a couple of staffs out over the next couple of weeks. Las Vegas with their coaching connections in the SEC are likely to visit some of the big schools, with Tennessee and Vanderbilt each having four eligible players and playing this week in Knoxville I wouldnt be surprised to see Coaches Graham singing Rocky Top and with Coaches McCarthy now in Rapid City the Arizona versus USC matchup may very well see at least someone from the Inferno organization in attendance.


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« Reply #24 on: September 03, 2015, 04:05:16 AM »
Sean Brosnan reviews his preseason conclusions for ESPN UK, before taking a look at what Week 5 has in store.
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« Reply #25 on: September 05, 2015, 02:13:01 PM »
GM INTERVIEW: GM THAT STRIKE GUY

To kick off the GM Interview series, Bruno takes a visit to Lincoln to interview podcaster-turned-General Manager That Strike Guy. Bruno inquires about the profession change, how it has been retooling the team following the departures of GM Corbin, William Brewster, and Clint Dickey, the strong start to his first season followed by the beatdowns and GM TSG gives his predictions for division winners and his Impact Bowl

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« Reply #26 on: October 03, 2015, 07:13:18 PM »
SEASON 6 WEEK 7 PART 1

After a three week illness/bender, Bruno and Jimmy return to break down the weirdest weeks in HIFL history and in the second part, cover some of the bigger news over the last few weeks with some stock trading

PART 1:

- Has DC establish themselves as the best in the East?
- With San Antonio's first rounder on the line, should Alicea sit for the rest of the year?
- After a win over contender New Jersey, does Oakland needs it's passing game to win a title?
- What is up with the play calling in New Jersey?
- Doctors Soulson and Minor, PhD, uncover what is going on in William Brewster's head?
- Is Long Beach's issues fixed or has the schedule made it appear so?
- Robles and the Roblettes are no more, as Trevor Jose and his merry men of receiving have debuted!
- A lack of Tombstone pass rush shows us how good Charles Todd can be
- Missouri's offense has gone too far to the right.
- Is Waylon Hagan simply an edge rusher?
- After Trevor Jose's career worst season last year, Michael May is having one of his own.
- The offense of Orlando ruins an amazing defensive game.
- Is there a move out there for GM Gates to improve the Inferno's defense?
- Has Giovanni Hill hurt his pricing so much that no GM can get fooled into giving him max money?
- GM Franchise does what he does, making an unneeded move and it backfired in Pearl Habor.
- Henry Munoz is the new coach but who will the new QB be?

SEASON 6 WEEK 7 PART 2

PART 2:

The guys discuss the job security of Duante Black, Vegas as a playoff team, Cleo Rickard, Lincoln's chances of retaining Waylon Hagan, retired quarterbacks, and which new policies are good for the game and which ones are bad coming out of the Owner's meetings.
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« Reply #27 on: October 04, 2015, 12:53:38 AM »
I can't get part 2 to play
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« Reply #28 on: October 04, 2015, 01:47:34 AM »
I can't get part 2 to play

I'd blame feminists. Apparently they are upset with Jimmy's comments.

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HIFL QUARTERLY POWER RANKINGS
SECOND QUARTER




1. D.C. Cobras (6-2)

Kudos to you if you're one of the people who pout down money saying D.C. would have the best record at the halfway point of Season 6. The Cobras are riding a five game winning streak in which they have beaten IMPACT Bowl favorties, the Dragons and Silverbacks during. While they don't have any big time superstars on offense, they have featured an improved offensive line and running game from a season ago. Christian Sullivan has inserted himself in some MVP talks and Larry Stevens has been anchoring an defense that has been consistent. This Cobras team might not be the flashiest in the league, but so far, they've been able to get the job done.       
Last Edition: #8


2. Oakland Silverbacks (6-2)

Perhaps no team has been hit harder by the injury bug than the Oakland Silverbacks. In their loss to the Cobras this past week, they lost Tashaun Pate to a season ending neck injury which looked like it might cost the SBacks a potential championship. But what GM TJ does better then most is adapt and overcome... which is exactly what he did when William Brewster hit the free agent market (we'll get to that later) and was able to ink him to a deal for the rest of the season. Not only are the Silverbacks still a scary team, but some experts think they might even be better with Brewster under center, if the quarterback can regain his Season 5 form.       
Last Edition: #2


3. New Jersey Dragons (5-2-1)

New Jersey hasn't made a lot of noise as of late due to losses against Oakland and D.C., but make no mistake about it, the Dragons are probably still the team to beat in the East. There was expected growing pains with John Carr under center this season, but with the "Surgeon" slicing up defenses, he's made his transition so much easier. And you have to applaud GM Kirk with the way he handled ex-Dragon Stephen Cotter and the PED violation. Who want to play for a GM like that?     
Last Edition: #1


4. Las Vegas Scorpions (5-3)

Las Vegas is probably only a few seconds away from being the team to beat in the West... and depending on how Brewster gets himself situated in Oakland, they might actually be. Michael May has had to shoulder a lot of the responsibility on offense with Swift nursing a broken foot, and has looked really good at times... and really not at times... despite having arguably the best receiving depth in the league. The key for the Scorpions for the rest of the season though will be the health and effectiveness of William Swift when he returns from his injury.
Last Edition: #6


5. Rapid City Inferno (5-3)

I'm not going to lie... this might be the team that's the most fun to watch. From rookie running back Jeremy Martin, to Louis Brown getting interception after interception. Normally you'd have to be crazy to consider an expansion team a contender for the title... but honestly, this Rapid City team is quite the dark horse. With Martin and Pruitt, they have an offense that can move the ball with ease and they have a defense that has a knack at getting their offense the football back. I'm not going to say I told you so when Rapid City is still high in the rankings at season's end... actually, I probably will.
Last Edition: #4


6. Alabama Nighthawks (6-2)

If it wasn't for managerial issues, this could be the season of the Nighthawk. First GM Reya steps away and Bo Action takes over. The Nighthawks looked near unbeatable until Bo took a gig in the APL. Enter GM JC... who lasted as long as my quickest shit. Now the proud franchise is searching for a hero all while this team, despite losing so much talent, continues to win football games. Whoever it is that decides to take the reigns in Alabama will have a great foundation to grow them into a dominant team.           
Last Edition: #3


7. Tombstone Outlaws (5-3)

Everything finally looked like it was starting to go Tombstone's way. After the Outlaws made a big splash by acquiring Burton Tibbetts via trade with San Antonio, they had the leagues most explosive offense. Then it happened, bad luck came creeping up on this Tombstone team once again as just like Smoak last season... this time Trevor Jose fell victim to a season ending injury. And now the championship hopes of the Outlaws will fall onto the shoulders of Daniel Norris. Word around the league is GM Powers cuts his QB's when they get hurt, so I'm sure Daniel Norris will try and be ESPECIALLY careful the rest of the season. Luckily for Norris, he'll have the reigning MVP to give the ball too in Curtis Robles. But will it be enough?
Last Edition: #7


8. Lincoln Pride (5-3)

It seemed for a little while that the Pride lost their identity.... but over this quarter of the season it has seem to find it back a little bit. Barnhart is still adjusting to life as a starter, but it's the Pride's defense that has really been the back bone in their victories. The Mayor of Sack City, Waylon Hagan has reminded the league who the real face of fear is. Let's not be too crazy though... we know Hagan is going to wreck havok in the backfield. We know George Page is going to do his thing running the football. The success of this season will rest in the hands of their first-year-starting QB.     
Last Edition: #10


9. Long Beach Mermen (3-5)

Remember when GM Pancho looked like he was about to lose his job after delivering a IMPACT Bowl Championship? Sometimes it takes a man to be backed into a corner, surrounded, to find the fight in his heart. That's exactly what GM Pancho had to find when he was able to manufacture a trade to bring in Jose Mackey to Long Beach. Dare I say it should be called, the trade heard 'round the world? And if it wasn't for an emotional loss to Orlando, the Mermen would be sitting at .500... but instead they still have a long road to travel if they were to make the playoffs. Now the question becomes, will Steven Crawford return this season and if so, what does that man for Brian Owen?       
Last Edition: #13


10. Atlanta Warriors (4-4)

Atlanta has done quite well for their expansion year at the halfway point. Expectations were not very high entering the season and GM Rebel has done a good job at letting this team do its job and staying out of its way. David Beasley is having a career year including some of the best celebrations in the league. Chris Chandler has made his presence felt as one of the past rushers in the first half of the season and has flourished in Atlanta's 4-4-4 defensive scheme. If the Warriors can keep improving, you'd have to say it's been a successful inaugural season for the franchise.
Last Edition: #12


11. Orlando Stampede (3-5)

It's been sort of a mixed bag in Orlando through the first half of the season. You can see the talent, it's evident. You can see the team make big plays. But in hindsight, they just are not deep enough and continually make mistakes that cost them football games. An emotional Week 8 victory over the defending champs has given up to the city though on a strong second half, but many question whether or not the team will be able to deliver. You can feel a closeness with the Stampede, but I'm just not quite sure they are quite where they need to be, to be contenders yet.         
Last Edition: #15


12. St. Paul Lynx (2-5-1)

Raise your hand if you had the Lynx has the team representing the East in the IMPACT Bowl this season. Yes... my hand is up and I feel like a fool. No question this is a team that can still compete at the level you need to to be IMPACT Bowl contenders and they still boast one, if not, the best defense. But GM Evans has packed his bags and enter.... drum roll please.... the one and only, and I mean that, GM Franchise. But he brought gifts! Michael Hodge and DGB will come with him to potentially give the Lynx an elite offense to go with that defense. It's a shame we'll have to wait until next season to find out though.         
Last Edition: #9


13. Missouri Bruins (3-5)

Talk about a difference of two quarters. The Bruins have reverted back to their Season 5 ways after starting off this season with so much promise. GM Gooch has made a few highly questionable front office maneuvers that has seemed to derail a lot of morale within the locker room. The offense went from being run heavy without giving Mariota much opportunity... to maybe giving him too much opportunity without the weapons he needs offensively. It's clear that the Bruins will need to do some work in the offseason or via trade to give their quarterback something to bail him out.... or dare I say it... go back to running the football more.   
Last Edition: #5


14. San Antonio Knights (2-6)

No question after the trading of Burton Tibbetts that the Knights are now playing for next season. While GM Digger has done the best of jobs this season, he has picked up quite a few pieces that can help build this team into Season 7. Whether he does anything with them will remain the question though. I don't expect the Knights to make much noise the rest of the season, especially without quarterback Louis Alicea on the shelf for another week or two.         
Last Edition: #16


15. Pearl Harbor Predators (2-6)

The GM Franchise era has come to a close in Pearl Harbor. Enter in a new owner: Ace Profits. Enter in a new GM: Dazz. And enter in a new city? That is the question on everyone in Pearl Harbor's mind... and maybe even a certain city in Ohio. With the Preds losing out on two of their best players when Franchise took them with him to St. Paul, it's going to be a tough re-building process from GM Dazz, but with the money that Mr. Profits has, who knows the type of things that can happen.             
Last Edition: #11


16. Music City Kings (1-7)

When GM Justin came to HIFL, he came with much acclaim with a strong track record as a GM in the sports world. But even his greatest foe couldn't imagine this type of a rough start for the Kings. Not only have they lost their prize quarterback due to a miscue by GM Justin, but they stand as the team with the worst record in the HIFL at the midway point. But the worst part... I don't think it's going to get any better the rest of the season... so Kings fans better hold on tight for the rest of the ride out. 
Last Edition: #14




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Re: HIFL EDITORIALS ON ESPN.COM
« Reply #31 on: October 22, 2015, 11:33:22 AM »
Jimmys Three Thoughts

Its been a while since Ive done one of these so Im hoping its like riding a dyke, or at least thats how I think the saying goes, right? While I missed recording HIFL Insiders with Bruno this past week Im sure there are a lot of people who are excited to hear the dulcet tones of Roy Baker. Halfway through the regular season weve seen a couple of teams separate themselves from the pack, a few more fall flat, and somehow, someway, Orlando has the same record as Long Beach. In terms of crazy to this point, this season fits somewhere between 2007 Britney Spears, and Lindsay Lohan partying with Lamar Odom? Too soon, maybe, but if youre going to go doing it face down in a hookers ass might just be the way to go. It sure as hell beats death by boredom as a result of a GM Franchise press conference.

1) What Will Music City Do With Number One?

While we dont even know whos going to get the number one draft pick with the way the season is playing out and the quarterback situation in Music City its not a stretch to assume that they will be picking number one and with the glaring deficiency at the quarterback position it seems a logical place to go. Most pundits Ive talked to see King Carmazzi or Cardale Jones as the top prospects in this years draft. While Jones stock has taken a beating with some off performances he has, by far, the top ceiling at the signal caller position.

Another guy to watch out for is Marcus Lawrence out of Fresno State. Theyve quietly produced some good quarterbacks over the years (I still hold that if David Carr had an offensive line he had a chance to be an all-pro) and he may not cost a first round pick. If GM Justin feels this way look for whoever takes over in Alabama to trade up and take the local kid in Carmazzi as the next franchise quarterback for the Nighthawks, giving GM Justin the ability to sign a new quarterback like a Gio Hill to a one year, make good deal, and give their new guy a chance to develop while building on an offensive line that has severely underperformed outside of Noah Rose.
   
2) Is this the end of the line for Tombstone?

Injuries are always tough to account for; last year losing Caleb Smoak derailed the season for Tombstone and now with Trevor Jose experiencing a similar fate this team is in rough shape. It seems weird to say that about a team with both Robles and Tibbetts, but with no quarterback to force the issue on the outside look for teams to play eight in the box and commit to stopping Robles.  With no first or second round pick in the upcoming draft this is a team that is very top heavy with a number of gaping holes and, really, no way to fix them.

Something to consider as well is the job safety of GM Powers. While its tough to blame him for the injuries that have robbed this team of two title shots, hes mortgaged the future of them and is likely to exit this season with nothing to show for it after two seasons. More glaring though is his mismanagement of the Trevor Jose situation. There was no need to cut Jose with both Norris and Duke on the roster in an effort to chase after William Brewster (who has performed at replacement level to this point). With Brewsters options limited to really, him and Oakland (who were similarly capped out) it was obvious a short term deal worth 4MM was likely to be the deal. Cutting 3 players in Bullock, Rogers and Abel wouldve freed up 4.75MM enough to sign Brewster to a 4MM deal and then a free agent at both wide receiver and running back. I dont believe anyone doubts GM Powers ability to acquire talent that can win, but his ability to win with said talent is in doubt.

3) John Raymond; Walrus or Genius?

Theres been a lot of talk about the comments made by John Raymond following Waylon Hagans epic performance this past week, a lot centering on his role within the league. While many have been focused on the content of his speech, I would just take this as shameless promotion of Waylon Hagan, it was a power move by Raymond and appears to have worked exactly as he had planned. Despite only having one client, Raymond has turned himself into likely the second most powerful agent in the game outside of Jay-C and Joc Nation.

With GM Strike having done nothing to respond to the comments he has tacitly endorsed them and left the door wide open for Raymond (and Hagan) in the future to take more. Raymonds already ensured, by his edict of nothing but one year contracts that the GM will need to ensure his happiness with the situation, but now he has the ability to seek out power within the organization who signs his sole client. This is essentially how CAA took over the basketball landscape under the scope of Lebron James influence and while I dont wish to compare Hagan to World Wide Wes, the similarities are similar.



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Re: HIFL EDITORIALS ON ESPN.COM
« Reply #32 on: October 23, 2015, 09:55:11 PM »
SEASON 6 WEEK 8 MIDSEASON REPORT CARDS

This week, Bruno and Roy get all professorial and hand out grades for each team in the HIFL. Going over what has gone right and wrong for teams, ponder at the place each team finds them in, and stamp them with grades that will either please the team's fanbase or anger them.

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« Reply #33 on: November 11, 2015, 06:51:28 PM »
GM INTERVIEW SERIES: GM JON OF THE DC COBRAS

Bruno and Roy are in DC to meet with GM Jon of the DC Cobras. After they talk about DC's recent turnaround and what is ahead of the team, Bruno and Roy breakdown what they heard and give a tiny preview for the week ahead

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« Reply #34 on: November 13, 2015, 09:04:46 PM »
BRUNO'S THREE THOUGHTS

Been awhile since I wrote anything and ahead of this week's Insiders (this one is actually happening, for real.....seriously) and me and Roy sitting down to talk to GM Pancho after he called us out (I think?) I've had a couple thoughts come to mind and I want to get them out before either recordings. Plus Jimmy has been too busy doing his best Barney Stinson impression the last couple weeks and I have no idea where he is, but he said he'll be there for the show so we'll see. But he's slacked in the writing department and in the audio so I gotta pick up for both of them. So yeah, hot takes, fresh off the oven.


1. CAM HOLLINGSWORTH IS A BAD OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR

There, I said it. I feel better now. I've been holding that one in for a while but this week, my opinions were confirmed. Look, Cam was one helluva running back, but as an offensive coordinator, he's supremely lacking. Sometimes that talent, football IQ, and leadership doesn't translate, and sometimes it does, it didn't with Cam. Since he made the move, he's taken Trevor Jose and William Brewster from All-Pro production to people questioning their abilities. Well, sorry Cam, but I'll be the first to question your abilities as an offensive coordinator. He's like Jim Haas without the blatant honesty about not caring about the passing game. I mean that in the sense that he focuses on improving the running game at the expense of the passing game. Look at Michael May in Las Vegas with an offensive line that is much of the same and you see he's playing far better than Jose was in Vegas. Look at Jose in Tombstone before getting injured, and you'll see the Trevor Jose that we saw when Cam was taking handoffs. Look at Brewster before getting to Music City and you'll see one of the best QBs. Look at him in Music City under Cam and you see a guy who got confused for Allen Ayala. And now in Oakland, Brewster is starting to look closer to his Lincoln days than his Music City days.

But why has John Crowell, former Oakland Silverback back up, looked so darn well compared to Brewster? Probably because we didn't expect John Crowell to be good. See, here's numbers for you:

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Crowell: 59/92 659 yds, 6 TD, 5 INT, 64.1% 11.2 YPC 7.2 YPA
Music City Brewster: 51/86 548 yds, 2 TD, 3 INT, 59.3% 10.7 YPC 6.4 YPA

The numbers say both were average QBs under Cam. Except, away from Cam this year, Brewster looks a bit better than in Music City:

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Oakland Brewster: 41/65 706 yds, 5 TD, 1 INT, 63.1% 17.2 YPC 10.8 YPA

Throwing twenty less passes but 150 more yards? Now, it may be fit, but I believe it's scheme and more importantly, coaching. Cam Hollingsworth track record with QBs who have proven elsewhere they're accurate playmakers. Some OCs are guys who ignore the talent of a position, they don't put them in a position to succeed, but even the Jim Haas' of the world don't make a talent produce less in more attempts. That's the workings of a bad coach.


2. Sometimes change is a good thing.

This one will be shorter, but we've seen a couple times this year the stubbornness of GMs and coaches have cost teams games they could have won. Prime example is in New Jersey. New Jersey's defense is strong, in part because of the Nickle they run and their incredible trio of corners in the nickle. But we've seen what's happened when a team that has balance has been able to take advantage of schematic mismatches. When New Jersey has been able to key in on an offense's strength, they're been able to stop them. Be it against Missouri's running game, where NJ played in a 4-3 or against Long Beach where they played their Nickle, New Jersey has adjusted when they can to benefit them and showed that being stuck in a single idea or philosophy is bad for you. Look at a team like Long Beach who did well to run the ball before Mackey but didn't do it enough. Then when they got him, Mackey didn't miss a beat, and I fully believe that Underwood would have played just as well if given the chance, as he has in Alabama.

Then you have teams who get stuck in their ways, like Orlando who decided not to send people to clog the holes against Carlson and The Classic punished the Stampede this past week. And look at Oakland, who up until recently sent someone every other play. It made some players look really good (John Crowell) who shouldn't have. Blitzing leaves guys open, and as they showed against Pearl Habor, their backers can cover too and the Glass Ceiling is as strong as ever, even without being at full strength.


3. GM Strike Guy takes a stand, and I stand with him.

Jimmy called John Raymond a representative genius last time he wrote. Sometimes that word gets thrown around to uh, questionable people. And Raymond is just that. See, a player like Waylon Hagan, he's extremely talented, but his agent/advocate takes away. We talked about how a guy like Brian Owen has his issues off-field with the ladies and Stephen Cotter with his attitude. Sometimes a player's talent is not worth the headache, unfortunately for fans of Waylon, Raymond has become a headache not worth having to GM Strike Guy and myself. GM Strike took a stand he needed to take, not just for him, but for all GMs. See if Raymond, who has only one client, is allowed to burst off the mouth and say what he wants unfilter, uncut, and uncensored, what is stopping Jay C, who has multiple clients of All-Pro talent, from doing that? What about Money Mike? JTC? Big Ant? Elliot? Molina? If GM Strike caved to Raymond for one player, he'd be hard press to not cave to another agent for several.

So that's all for now from me. I'm on my was to the TTTS studio for this week's insider. See you on the inside.


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Re: HIFL EDITORIALS ON ESPN.COM
« Reply #35 on: November 15, 2015, 03:31:36 PM »
HIFL INSIDERS SEASON 6 WEEK 11

Bruno, Roy, and Jimmy are live from the TTTS Studio to go over the latest news coming out of week 11, there has never been a more argumentative episode from GM Pancho's job security, Cam Hollingsworth ability, Daniel Norris' ability, and more!

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« Reply #36 on: November 15, 2015, 03:32:30 PM »
GM INTERVIEW SERIES: GM PANCHO

After getting called out by GM Pancho in the media, Bruno and Roy talk with the Long Beach GM about his side to the 400 Catch celebration story and get his thoughts on a couple things going on in the league.

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« Reply #37 on: November 25, 2015, 05:39:35 PM »

From the desk of Rockwell Locke:

The off-season after Season 6 of the HIFL will be an interesting one to say the least. My office has released an unofficial spread sheet based off the unofficial HIFL League Roster Sheet (Found at: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1zE2cUQW68II4JGEy0LUL0bFyVmj2NMQ-npz9KUnJNcQ/edit#gid=0&vpid=G1)

An official one will be released after the season by Commissioner Wilkinson and the HIFL office. 

Unofficial S7 Free Agents List: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/13c3hJKL5BEijqq8MvFAG2QZdWAHOuF_AHepInkRfpC8/edit#gid=0&vpid=A1

Rockwell Lock was a college football player who transitioned to scouting high school talent to moving to the pros and scouting talent. He shifted over to coaching offense in D-II football and after a 25 year coaching career and 40 year career in the world of football he retired to be a freelance sports writer. Rockwell Locke is a sports journalist based out of Dallas, TX
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GM Kirk [12|Mar 04:19 PM]: Gooch, how much did you bribe the HIFLPA to help you steal all my players?
GM TJ [12|Mar 04:21 PM]: Lolololololololooooooooooollllllllllll
Disgraced GM Powers [12|Mar 04:24 PM]: The league is #TeamGooch
GM Gravedigger [12|Mar 04:25 PM]: It's because he's so nice....
GM Gravedigger [12|Mar 04:25 PM]: Unnaturally nice...
GM Adam Wrong [12|Mar 04:25 PM]: I love gooch
GM Gravedigger [12|Mar 04:26 PM]: Everyone loves Gooch, except Kirk...
GM Phoenix [12|Mar 04:28 PM]: Almost makes you think gooch is reincarnate red skull trying to live a double nice guy life on hifl
GM Gravedigger [12|Mar 04:31 PM]: Gooch's heel turn will rival Hogan....

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« Reply #38 on: December 02, 2015, 10:54:05 PM »
When the regular season ends, so too do the hopes and dreams of half the league, and as the weeks wear on, half of those remaining continue to end, until there is only one remaining.

Sounds like some fancy day-time soap opera intro, but its the truth about professional sports. And even then, when it all is over, it starts again. Now, I tried to avoid talking about this as much as I could, the lack of podcasting helps, but its a busy time for us all. Ive put together a small list for each team to change their fortunes for next year, or continue them in the case of the champion. It took some time and I tried to address each teams need as well as somewhere they can improve upon, some of these are obvious, but some I liked to think outside of the box for. We'll start with St. Paul, going in order of their projected draft positions all the way through to the end of the non-playoff teams. The playoff teams will be posted later as they are eliminated.




ST. PAUL LYNX
STRENGTH: DE, LB, WR
WEAKNESS: QB,  G, S

1. Jim Zebow QB
Low Cost QB on the market, and would cost them practically nothing. Thanks to GM Evans, St. Paul doesnt have a first round pick this year, and thanks to GM Franchise bring both DGB and Michael Hodge with him, he doesnt have much money. Sure, theres no idea of how Jim is as an actual QB, but hes a great guy to have around to take the lumps if need be while the team grooms a successor. Then theres the fact hes just throwing to vaccums at WR who suck everything thrown their way. Plus, Jim is like, the anti-Franchise, so they balance each other out.

2. Christian Sullivan QB
This is one of the ones that are a bit insane, out of the box, I know. I hear you. Why would DC trade Sullivan after the great season they just had?!? Answer, I think they can improve there and youll see where I think they should go, but were talking about St. Paul right now. Sullivan is a good QB, who has been in a rebuilding process before and most importantly, cheap and might not be that way. The biggest issue with DC has been their offensive line and St. Paul, in the hopes of protecting Giovanni Hill, has made a solid line in front of their next QB, I think Sullivan, even for a year, gives St. Paul not only stability at the position but gives them a chance in a mediocre division.

3. Pieces
This one is cheating, but with about 23 million remaining for 11 open roster spots, theres not much money left to go around and this St. Paul team has been strong on defense the last two years, in part to Jason Blitzer, but still some talent on this team, talent that other teams would love to have and to get a couple pieces, be them young cheap players that are buried on a depth chart or draft picks to fill out the roster, a big name is going to be moved from St. Paul this offseason.


PEARL HARBOR PREDATORS
STRENGTH: G, C,
WEAKNESS: RB, T, DT

1. Kenneth Harrell RB
This is a product of GM Franchises action, but Kenneth Harrell is priority #1 for GM Dazz this offseason. Nope, not figuring out who to draft. Not figuring out who to keep on his coaching staff. None of that. Thanks to GM Franchises unneeded benching of Alphonso Montes in the middle of the season, that left Kenneth Harrell, the now unrestricted free agent, to enter the market with a half season of production to be used in negotiations this offseason. Mike Maker, his agent, told me this was the greatest thing Franchise has ever done, but if you ask GM Dazz or anyone in the Pearl Harbor organization, its a headache. With the team looking to rebuild, again, while new owner Ace Profits decides to move the team or not, locking in a young stud at running back is the biggest thing this team can do, free agent, draft, or elsewhere.

2. Walter Arreola T
One of the best free agent tackles. Pearl Harbor has spent a lot of money on the offensive line, thanks to giving Kevin Corral 10 million dollars a year, but tackle is the one spot where theyre weak.  With a rebuild and the assumption of a young QB to be behind center, a strong offensive line is a must. Adding Arreola, WHOOP, Arreola, would be a big get for them.

3.  Edward Gonzales DT
Pearl Harbors offense last year had a clear identity while theyre defense did not. The Head Coach wanted to run a 3-4 while the D. Coordinator only knew 4-3. Both are different schemes, but need good defensive line play, and Pearl Harbor lacked that last year, adding Edward Gonzales, who was a part of that turbo charged line in Alabama. However Pearl Harbor goes with their defensive scheme, Gonzales would be a good free agent to target.


SAN ANTONIO KNIGHTS
STRENGTH: CB, FS, SS
WEAKNESS: RB, WR, DT

1. Cleo Rickard RB
The biggest issue that San Antonio had this year was at running back and adding a spark plug in Cleo Rickard will do just that, spark this running game. Averaging around 4 yards per carry, Cleo would become the most talented back in San Antonio and with a new head coach who has made an instant impact on the run game, add a talent like Rickard along with Hector Lopez, you have two capable backs.

2. Tom Barber WR
Another DC player getting traded? What do you have against DCs offense? Nothing, its just theres ways to improve by removing teams. For San Antonio, Barber would bring what San Antonio had with Burton Tibbets, on a lesser scale but half as much money. If Louis Alicea is the QB of this team, they need to invest in him. I understand San Antonio has 3 first round picks and can use one of them to get a young stud WR, but sometimes a good veteran at the position helps.

3. Willie Fields G
On a team that led the league in rushing by 500 yards, it wasnt George Britt or Paul Schmitt that led the Oakland Silverbacks in pancake blocks, no, it was Willie Fields, who finds himself a free agent when a couple teams could use a good run blocking guard, one such team is San Antonio, who could use a guy like Willie. Theyre alright at guard, but Willie would be a clear improvement at the position.


MUSIC CITY
STRENGTH: RB, DE, C
WEAKNESS: QB, WR, DT, G

1. Caleb Smoak QB

Look, I can understand that some Music City fans would be gun shy about this. WE SPENT ALL THAT ONE BREWSTER THAT BUM! Yeah, and he didnt do that well in Music City, but as I said, I dont think Cam Hollingsworth is a good OC, it wasnt a good fit, and he never had time. They guy missed a couple games and the next game back, he gets cut and thrown under the bus by his GM. So would another Scott Forrest represented QB not want to come? No, maybe not, but doesnt mean GM Justin should try to go after Smoak. Unlike Brewster who cashed in on one year in Lincoln, Smoak has been great in both Tombstone and Pearl Habor, in two different systems, with two different level of supporting talent. The investment would be safer, and would give Music City the best QB in the division, which is normally the key to contending.

2. Eugene McReynolds WR

Last season, Erik Pitts showed some good skill in the short season he had, but Pitts has been known back in college to be a bit of an off-field problem. Not to the level of DGB, but there were concerns coming out that he would bring those issues with him. So bring in a vet in Free Agency right? Wrong, theres not much in the way of wide receiver free agents that would not only be a good locker room guy, but also a great on-field guy. Eugene McReynolds suffered a setback this year, his GM got rid of Michael May, who went to Las Vegas and had possibly the most interceptions thrown by a MVP, and put in a guy who wasnt ready. From what I can gather, theres a feeling in New Jersey that Eugene could be available and I think Music City is a team that should go after him, especially if they got Smoak.

3. Mark Berg DT
Music City had one of the best defenses last year and that was with a gaping hole in the middle of the defensive line. Mark Berg was 4th on Missouri in tackles, and ate a lot of blocks to free up the backers, especially Anaya and Echevarria, who both totaled over 100 tackles each. Add in ten sacks and six tackles for losses, adding Mark Berg would make that defense from being a challenge for opposing teams to beat to damn near unconquerable.


ORLANDO STAMPEDE
STRENGTH: TE, FS, DE
WEAKNESS: RB, CB, QB


1. Patrick Usher RB
With GM Pancho rumored to be shopping Lynwood Hunter in Alabama, I think Orlando should target a different former Long Beach RB in Patrick Usher, who hasnt been giving a fair shake in the last two years. Season 5 in Long Beach, he got the ball 98 times and rushed for over 500 yards, averaging 5.4 yards per carry on a Long Beach that was second to last in rushing last year. Then this year, in New Jersey, he comes in as what should have been the back up to Spurgeon, but was placed behind old man Neuman, again, very few yards and over 4 ypc for Usher. Usher back in under Harry Bryce, in Orlando, with a monster tight end and the chance to be the lead back? I think this is the right call.

2. Cleo Rickard RB
Similar to San Antonio, Cleo would be a great fit in Orlando has a secondary rusher. I think Roberto Brandt is similar to DeAngelo Neuman, old and should be use to a limit, that limit might be goal line. Unlike DeAngelo, he should be ONLY the goalline back. I think Orlando can find a better back up to Usher (in this scenario they get Usher). Cleo would allow Orlando to keep the tempo up when Usher is out.

3. Alfred Glass CB
Orlando last year was tied for most team interceptions, and they have money, lots of money and there is one man who will be there that Orlando can get, afford, and make their ball hawking defense go from over-achieving to a threat, and that is Alfred Glass who had a quiet year in part to his fight with Tashaun Pate and the suspension that followed and a stiff neck that left him sidelined for a couple weeks. In 11 games, Alfred record 14 pass defends and 9 interceptions. Glass would give Orlando defensive backfield some credibility.


LONG BEACH MERMEN
STRENGTH: RB, TE
WEAKNESS: WR, LB, G

1. Alfred Glass CB
Im aware they just got shut-down corner Alfonso Lightner, but hes going into a contract year and will be looking to make some money, plus after two years of having corners that lack in production, adding Glass makes up for the lack the last couple years. Glass is arguably the best talent on the market, and Long Beach has money they used on Brian Owen that they can use on Glass. Add in the fact it takes away from Oakland, this makes the most sense to me.

2. Giovanni Hill QB
Speaking of Brian Owen, consider him gone. Not because he wouldnt be needed, but Long Beach and new GM Black Death would be wise to learn from those who came before him. For the amount of money spent on Owen, it could have been used elsewhere and GM Pancho is still there. For half as much, GM BD can get Giovanni Hill to be the insurance in case Steven Crawford cant go or gets hurt again. Hes young enough that he could be groomed to take over for Crawford and experienced enough to step in with the weapons around him to produce a good amount.

3. Quinn Rodriguez LB
Long Beach had a young good linebacker they traded away to get Jose Mackey in Diego Brown, and theyre defense struggled after he left. I would look to Long Beach to replace Diegos spot with Quinn Rodriguez who was in the power struggle between Michael Campbell and Roman Beast in Lincoln.


ALABAMA NIGHTHAWKS
STRENGTH: T, DT, TE
WEAKNESS: QB, CB, FS

1. Mario Cavanaugh DE
7 sacks, in three games. Really two, but that one he got hurt in counts official, but still, thats 3 sacks a game. Waylon Hagan is out there, but for Alabama and new GM, GM Pancho, securing the long term services of Mario Cavanaugh is far more important. Along with the stud DE Bruce Wilkinson and Turbo DT Timothy Cobbs, those three could combine for 60 sacks.

2. William Brewster QB
Before season 5 got underway, GM Pancho waited to see who was named the starter in Lincoln before he made his move, that man who was named the starter was William Brewster, sending Steven Crawford to Long Beach and the rest was history. Now, with William Brewster about to head into another year of free agency, GM Pancho has another chance to get William Brewster. Brewster has been up and down since his time in Lincoln, but with Alabama, and Steve Brigham , a former QB himself, Brewster can find a nice rhythm and not have to face that defensive line.

3. Daniel Jennings CB/ Richard Brackett CB
Now, I understand that New Jerseys defensive strategy hinges on three incredible corners, but the gimmick of the nickel is getting figured out. Run. Run. Run. And with all three corners going into free agency next year, GM Kirk would be wise to get something for them now. One of these two guys would be nice in Alabama, who doesnt necessarily need a corner with a healthy d-line, but without Lightner, their DBs look a bit weak.


LINCOLN PRIDE
STRENGTH: LB, P
WEAKNESS: DE, C, SS

1. Mario Cavanaugh DE
Last year, Lincoln made the move to get Mario Cavanaugh, a move I really liked last year, then GM Strike Guy moved him and a bunch of picks for Hagan, and that didnt pan out so well. This gives him a chance to make up for that mistake and end up with Mario Cavanaugh, though he and his agent may not be so welcoming of a call given the trade for then trade that happened.

2. Benny Campbell
Its sort of cheat to have a coach here, but there is the possibility that the young Campbell is available to fill the vacant defensive coordinator, and its logical to bring in Campbell to work under his dad and not have his own vision of defense like Roman Beast.

3. John Cope SS
John Cope is a veteran safety and while Lincoln isnt the contender he wanted, they were in playoff contention for much of the season and maybe adding John Cope would have been the difference on a defense that struggled to stop opposing offenses, allowing the 4th most points per game and the 4th most yards per game.



So that's the non playoff teams, where they should look at, in my eyes, to improve themselves and make a better Season 7. I'll be back for them, in the meantime HIFL fans, enjoy the playoffs!


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« Reply #39 on: December 05, 2015, 11:04:44 AM »
Season 6 has ended with the first championship in DC history and 15 teams asking whaat they could have done differently to have been there instead.  I covered the non-playoff teams last time, here are the playoffs teams.




MISSOURI BRUINS
STRENGTHS: RB, CB, C
WEAKNESS: LB, WR, FS

1. Eric Saylor LB
Missouris defense, for lack of a better term, struggled for much of the season as they ended the season as the third worse run defense in the league behind Pearl Habor and Rapid City, and the passing defense was average compared to the rest of the league. In a division where defense was king, Missouri was the runt in that department. The good news for Missouri and GM Gooch, he has some good linebackers in the middle of that defense and I think adding a vet like Eric Saylor will help boost that defense as well as provide some leadership for the defense.

2. Clyde Colbert G
Similar to Alabama with Mario Cavanaugh, Clyde Colbert, Captain Pancake Chef himself, is a key to Missouris greatest assest. Clyde provides not only a face to the best offensive line in the game, but also the real hole opening power that is in Missouri. Like Mario, the team could afford to lose him in free agency, as the rest of the offensive line is still intact for the most part, but add Clyde in there and Kenneth Benjamin and Marcus Mariota are both happy.

3. Shawn Doe WR
The 3rd D in Rapid Citys pre-season 3-D Wideouts, Shawn Doe did little to jump off the screen to fans and analysts alike, that may have been just priority, given that Dobbins and Dickey combined for more than 150 catches and the rookie of the year Jeremy Martin added another 50, made up almost two-thirds of Jose Pruitts completions on the season. Doe was never a top three read in Rapid City, and that would change in the WR needy Missouri offense. Doe, who in Season 5 in Orlando, hauled in 46 catches for 579 yards and 5 touchdowns, would add someone to Missouri that would demand the ball, but would do some things with it when given the chance, a chance he never got in Rapid City. Doe would become the second target most times behind Kenneth Benjamin.


ATLANTA WARRIORS
STRENGTHS: DE, WR
WEAKNESS: T, CB, RB

1. Harold Bergstrom T
Allow me to take you waaaaaaaaaaay back to week 1, Atlanta hosted a sack party, because Eugene Nash was leaving the door wide open. Giving up six sacks in his pro debut, it didnt get any easier for Nash or Atlanta, who led the league in sacks allowed with 81 sacks given up. That was 13 more than DC allowed. Harold Bergstrom is not a free agent, but he is a luxury in Alabama, who tote the only offensive line that can say they are as good or better than Missouri. Bama have both tackles under contract and while Raul Darnell may be easier to get, Bergstrom is the one that Atlanta would benefit the most from adding.

2. Randall Pullen CB
Ive been on as many HIFL rosters as Atlanta has cornerbacks signed for next year.ZERO! Now, the big names is Glass, but Randal Pullen should be pulling in the dough after giving Tombstone a corner that could cover the opponents number 1. Averaging one pass defend a game in Tombstone, Pullen gave Tombstone some swag in the defensive backfield and he would do just that in Atlanta, giving them a guy who they can count on game in and game out

3. Matthew Alvarado LB
Another Outlaw, but this one may be the better one. Alvarado totaled the 6th most tackles in the league, higher than the likes of Stephen Leake, Ervin Edward, and Gordon Goulet. I dont think Tombstone lets him go, but Atlanta, with money to spend and a 4-4 defense that would love to have Alvarado anchoring it for the backers, would be wise to give chase.


RAPID CITY INFERNO
STRENGTHS: WR, RB, CB
WEAKNESS: DT, LB, DE

1. Mark Berg DT
Only one team did worse to stop the run than Rapid City, and that can not continue if Rapid City wants to improve on their season, theyre going to have to improve on their run defense, and adding Mark Berg to the line would do just that. I wrote earlier that Mark Berg allowed Missouris backers to get to the runners block-free and he would do that here in Rapid City and cause general havoc at the line.

2. Quinn Rodriguez LB
Another addition that would improve the run defense is adding Quinn Rodriquez, who was second on the team in Lincoln in tackles, Quinn not only would add something in the run d, but also had six interceptions on the year, adding to the already fearsome pass defense.

3. John Brogan RB
The only thing on offense that I think Rapid City needs to do, is retain John Brogan, who provided Jeremy Martin with a role model on and off the field. Brogan also added a couple touchdowns and still has some left in the tank to give. Retaining Brogan is the best move Rapid City can make to ensure its offense has a similar season this year.


OAKLAND SILVERBACKS
STRENGTHS: RB, FS, LB
WEAKNESS: TE

1. Theodore Schumaker CB
Why not Alfred Glass? Money, plain and simple, Oakland doesnt have enough money compared to the other teams that will be vying for Glass, so Oakland will go after the secondary tier options to fill the spot left vacant, and Schumaker is the best option there.

2. Armand Block TE
This was a no brainer before when Block was in Long Beach with Herzog, but not at bit different in Alabama with Block being the best TE along side Scott Schwartz. This could be either of them in this spot, but with Block costing more money, he could get moved and allowing Bama having some money to move around some things.

3. Dale Ruiz SS
Similar to John Brogan, Dale Ruiz may not be the best guy in that secondary, but he does everything well, he makes plays. Going into what will be his final contract, Dale is to this team as Brian Dawkins was to the Eagles, Troy Polamalu to the Steelers, able to cover and blitz.


NEW JERSEY DRAGONS
STRENGTHS: CB, RB
WEAKNESS: G, DT, DE

1. Mark Berg DT
The third time he shows up on this, Mark Berg helps a lot of teams, in New Jerseys case, he not only helps his front line but also takes away from Missouri, which is his number one threat back to back division titles.

2. Willie Field G
The second time this guy shows up, am I getting lazy? Maybe, but given the fact that New Jersey has zero guards on the roster, Willie Field would be cheaper than Clyde Colbert and have similar production and with only about 40 for a decent amount of spots and having to rebuild an entire offensive line, cheaper is needed.

3. Jeffery Harlow DE
William Marquez is getting older and not only do they need to give him help, but they have to get a successor, and in St. Paul is just that man. 30 sacks in the last two years, his first two years, Harlow would add another pass rusher to the nickel and get him in New Jersey with Marquez mentoring him.


LAS VEGAS SCORPIONS
STRENGTHS: LB, QB, WR
WEAKNESS: RB, DE. T

1. Roger Freedman RB
Back up Running back is something that I feel Las Vegas needs badly. Terrance Williams is a free agent and could see some love from the APL. Missouri has a load of backs that theyre not going to need going forward, Roger Freedman is the most enticing guy to bring in, young enough to be the successor to Swift and can provide some support in relief of Swift.

2. Waylon Hagan DE
The big white whale for Las Vegas. I have sources that have told me that Vegas is after Hagan hard, and despite the banning of Raymond from Vegas earlier this year, GM Metro is a shrewd man and may have done it in an attempt to make negotiations a bit easier. Plus, Hagan goes to the highest bidder, I imagine Vegas will be that high bid.

3. Mario Cavanaugh DE
If all else fails with Hagan, go after Cavanaugh right? I mean, its not like going for option B, its like option 1 to Hagans option A. If Vegas bids high for Waylon and doesnt get him, that money would go to Mario, either one would give Vegas another rusher to go opposite of Brian Yee.


TOMBSTONE OUTLAWS
STRENGTHS: RB, TE, WR
WEAKNESS: DEFENSE

1. Brian Owen QB
I know I just put DEFENSE in as their weakness, as they only have 3 defensive players under contract for next year, but Brian Owen is there, waiting to get signed and Tombstone would be a great place for Brian in the short term while Tombstone continues to develop Reginald Duke. We saw how great the offense was with Trevor Jose slinging it, and while Brian is more careless/risky than Jose, hes still a great QB who would make every offensive player in Tombstone better and the occasional defensive player too.

2. Randal Pullen CB
Did you see that 66 yard pick six? Yeah, I dont need to say more here do I? Okay, I do, but between Matthew Alvarado and Randall Pullen, I think the more important keep is Pullen.

3. Ervin Edward LB
I think Alvarado leaves for a Larry Stevens-esque contract, leaving a gaping hole that Ervin Edward fills. I said St. Paul needs to move some pieces and Edward may not get them a lot from Tombstone, but Tombstone would need Edward here after losing Alvarado.


DC COBRAS
STRENGTHS: RB, DT, C
WEAKNESS: T, G, DE

1. Caleb Smoak QB
Remember when I talked about Christian Sullivan getting moved earlier? Yeah, this is why. Caleb Smoak in DC..do I need to say more? Sure, not too much money, but take that hypothetical trading of Tom Barber and you free up some cash and while Smoak would demand some money, the allure of playing for DC, a contender, will get a small discount which should be enough.

2. Tracy Stewart T
If DC and GM decide to keep with Christian Sullivan, they need to protect him and there is no better option on the free agent market than Tracy Stewart, who leaves Long Beach allowing only 3 sacks on the year when they threw the ball way too much in the LB. 

3. Waylon Hagan DE
Another big get, but man, could you imagine Waylon Hagan in DC along with Larry Stevens? Yesh, poor Eugene Nash. I dont think DC will get Waylon, but this is about who should be targeted by the teams, and DC should be in talks with Hagan, but I suspect Sean Johnson will be enough for DC.



Whether the teams take my advice or not is not up to me, Im merely a talking head that dishes out hot takes and news fakes. Yeah thats the last time I say. Season 6 is over, meaning Season 7 starts now and 16 teams have hopes and dreams of being this years DC. I wish all fans and teams the best.


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« Reply #40 on: December 14, 2015, 12:42:26 PM »

From the desk of Rockwell Locke:

Season 6 came to a triumphant end on the field with Omer Sasser hitting a 55 yard field goal to win the DC Cobras the Impact bowl. GM Jon's quest to fill his fingers with rings is continuing as the championship came to the East. Tombstone, under the guidance of GM Powers, put up a great fight and are sure to be contenders again next year.

In a move that shook the HIFL universe we see decorated General Manager, GM Pancho, being traded over to Alabama. Pancho's prowess added to an already stacked Alabama team makes one wonder how long it will take before Pancho becomes the first GM to take two different franchises to victory in the Impact Bowl. New blood landed in Long Beach as GM Black Death has taken the reigns and is already making wise decisions to ensure that his team gets back to the playoffs.

The excitement of the end of the season and the trades and moves can only be overshadowed by the coming S7 draft. There is a rich bed of talent in various positions full of hope to land in the best football league in the world, the HIFL. The draft is a time that even casual fans will turn on their televisions to see where the biggest and brightest will begin their HIFL careers. This draft is more than just a few players as we will find quite a few playmakers ready to start for their respective teams.

Ohio State went back to back and defeated Auburn for the National Championship. CCardale Jones (QB, The Ohio State), Eddie Stands (WR, Clemson), King Carmazzi (QB, Auburn), Myles Jack (LB/RB, UCLA) and Jason Ortega (QB, Virginia Tech) will look to be making their home quickly in the draft. Roger Quick (RB, Ohio State) had the Quickest time amongst everyone, Timothy Hightower (WR, Auburn) showed to be the speediest WR at the combine, and Shane Barkley (CB, Marshall) leading the defensive backs.  Strong man Daniel Ford (T, Michigan St.) pressed 225 lbs. 42 times to take top honors among the bench press at the Combine. William Donaldson (DE, Boise State) lead the defensive linemen with 39 reps.

But who will go where? This offseason has had plenty of moves and many teams seeking to add youth to their franchises. GM Dazz, ready to get his feet wet in his first full season, leads the HIFL in draft picks with 10 picks in the 7 rounds, Alabama, New Jersey, and Orlando all have 9 picks while Tombstone has a total of 3.

Music City and San Antonio look to make things interesting as they both have 2 picks to begin the first round. Who will San Antonio (#1, #4) and Music City (#2 and #3) pick? You'll have to tune in live to find out!

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« Reply #41 on: December 14, 2015, 12:52:09 PM »

After a season of trials and controversy, the Ohio State Buckeyes and Coach Metro Buyers have won their second straight National Championship.  With so many playeras leaving for the pros, will Buyers look to join them in the HIFL?



With the end of the college football season and the fast approach of the 2015-2016 Scouting Combine, it's time to take a look at my rankings of each position group on the field.  This list is based on what I have observed over the college football season, each players careers, and what I hear from scouts around the league.



King Carmazzi lead Auburn to the National Championship game but fell short despite setting several passing records along the way, hopefully topping off his collegiate career with a Heisman Trophy.

QUARTERBACK
1. King Carmazzi - Auburn
2. Cardale Jones - Ohio State
3. Marcus Lawrence - Fresno State
4. Jamie Ortega - Virginia Tech
5. Fred Hatton - Arizona



Ezekiel Elliott lead the nation in rushing and rushing touchdowns as he lead the Buckeyes to back to back National Championships.

RUNNING BACK
1. Ezekiel Elliott - Ohio State
2. Storm Woods - Oregon State
3. Randy Bellanger - Vanderbilt
4. James Sharkey - South Carolina
5. Kevin Chandler - Rutgers
6. Henry Force - Stanford
7. Robert Brown - Mississippi
8. Kendrick Wells - Louisville
9. Jarrett Corbett - Minnesota
10. Roger Quick - Ohio State


Dak Prescott is being considered by many to be a QB, but others say his future is at Running back or Fullback

FULLBACK
1. John Peyton - Vanderbilt
2. Dak Prescott - Mississippi State
3. Charles Martinez - Valparaiso


Auburn WR Timothy Hightower is determined to show he has pro-level hands at the scouting combine.

WIDE RECEIVER
1. Kyle Van Hoose - TCU
2. Thomas Saunders - Ohio State
3. Eddie Stands - Clemson
4. Timothy Hightower - Auburn
5. Franklin Nicks - Penn State



Arizona Tight Ends Charles Barker and Gary Figueroa were colleges most dynamic playmakers this season helping Arizona make noise in the PAC12

TIGHT END
1. Charles Barker - Arizona
2. Gary Figueroa - Arizona
3. Eric Ashworth - Notre Dame
4. Kevin Caldwell - Miami Ohio
5. Jason Ferris - Texas Tech


Daniel Ford will look to hold off all challengers on his quest to be the first offensive lineman drafted in 2016.

TACKLE
1. Daniel Ford - Michigan State
2. Oscar Clary - Kansas
3. Dale Hardaway - South Carolina
4. Mark Prince - UNLV
5. Joe Carrico - Utah
6. Chris Hilton - Vanderbilt
7. Henry Rogers - Buffalo
8. James Lewis - Oregon State
9. Walter Cruz - Nevada
10. Will Fulcher - William & Mary


Despite playing at a small school, Paris Davis has scouts drooling over power and potential.

GUARD
1. Robert Sapp - Washington State
2. Domingo Smith - Arizona
3. Paris Davis - Western Kentucky
4. Harold Gallegos - Akron
5. Timothy Kaye - Wake Forest
6. Juan Perreault - Southern Mississippi
7. Ronald Thorpe - Indiana State
8. Roger Hardwick - Rice
9. Robert Williams - William & Mary
10. Peter Maynard - Villanova


Henry Watts' run blocking abilities have some scouts calling him an "instant starter" but others disagree.

CENTER
1. Henry Watts - Washington
2. Phillip Whitson - UCLA
3. Brian Benson - St. Mary's
4. Leonard Carrillo - Bucknell
5. Timothy Bell - Lafayette


Sack master William Donaldson knows how to get to the QB, but can he do it against the best left tackles in football?

DEFENSIVE END
1. Shawn Oakman - Baylor
2. William Donaldson - Boise State
3. Anthony Goff - Central Florida
4. Jonathan Black - Stanford
5. Wilhelm Hammer - Penn State


Shawn Oakman is being hailed as the greatest defensive lineman coming out of college since the likes of Jadeveon Clowney and Ndamukong Suh, but where will he line up?

DEFENSIVE TACKLE
1. Shawn Oakman - Baylor
2. Kenneth Holmes - Iowa State
3. George Slender - California
4. James Bradshaw - Michigan State
5. Benny Madrid - Coastal Carolina



Jason Webb gained a lot of attention due to his speed, which was evident when he forced the game sealing fumble as Rhode Island upset Florida during week 12.

OUTSIDE LINEBACKER
1. Marvin Mata - Texas Tech
2. Jason Webb - Rhode Island
3. Joseph Hernandez - Georgia Tech
4. John Aguayo - Iowa
5. Greg Adams - Virginia Tech


Despite not playing for most of the season due to injury, Myles Jack is considered a "can't miss" prospect.

INSIDE/MIDDLE LINEBACKER
1. Myles Jack - UCLA
2. Doyle Brady - North Carolina
3. Andre Singh - Georgia
4. Marvin Stafford - Colorado State
5. John Hahn - Boise State


LSU Corner Geroge Chism hopes to become the next in a long line of former first round draft picks at corner from LSU.

CORNERBACK
1. George Chism - LSU
2. Austin Napier - USC
3. Frank Cooney - Utah
4. Alfonzo McCormick - UNLV
5. James Van Driver - Northwestern
6. Loyd Salisbury - Nevada
7. Shane Barkley - Marshall
8. Harry Griffin - Baylor
9. Michael Winkler - Wake Forest
10. Ike Russell - Idaho State


Nathaniel Kim has the size, speed, and talent to become a future pro bowler, if he can stay on the field...

STRONG SAFETY
1. Nathaniel Kim - Hawaii
2. Rick Bradshaw - Virginia
3. Carl Hawkins - SMU
4. Damien McRae - Illinois
5. Leon Vitale - Duke


After being dismissed from Nebraska last year, Robert Dotson will have to impress and convence GMs if he is going to make it in the HIFL.

FREE SAFETY
1. Vincent Wright - Purdue
2. Larry Morrell - Minnesota
3. Edwin Harter - Arkansas
4. Andy Baker - Florida
5. Robert Dotson - Blinn College


Miller wins second Groza award as nations best and most accurate kicker.

KICKER
1. Dale Miller - Cincinnati
2. Eric Gardner - South Carolina
3. Roger Holm - Elon


Yale QB/Punter Shane Castleberry believes he can become "most valuable punter" due to ability and intelligence.

PUNTER
1. Eugene Harris - Cornell
2. Robert Richardson - Connecticut
3. Shane Castleberry - Yale



With Elliot dominating at running back, Roger Quick found a role as kick and punt returner for the National Champions.

RETURN SPECIALIST
1. Roger Quick - Ohio State
2. Harry Griffin - Baylor
3. Enrique Benitez - Texas
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« Reply #42 on: January 16, 2016, 08:38:36 PM »
HIFL INSIDERS SEASON 7 NORTH WEST PREVIEW

After a crazy offseason, Bruno is back, with a new friend and an old friend. Joining the Insiders, former Mexico City QB, APL champion "El Model" Mike Martell, who joins the Insiders after injury forced him to retire early. And back from his time with the Missouri Bruins, Jim Zebow returns to the Insiders.

The three break down the North West division including new Long Beach GM, GM Black Death revamping the offensive philosophy while retaining the defensive mediocrity and whether or not this is the year where Jose Mackey finally breaks down. They also discuss Lincoln's addition of Giovanni Hill and the impact the players around him like George Page and Hector Houser will have on the QB as well as how the defense will be with James Hill returning from a broken neck and adding William Marquez. They then move on to Rapid City who, in Bruno's words, "GM Pancho's it" by adding more offense without addressing their run defense and not rewarding Luis Brown's record breaking season. After a paid ad from the Orlando Stampede, they discuss Oakland's chance to repeat as division champions and whether or not Tashaun Pate is still on a path of being a superstar QB or just good and how this is the worst defense Oakland has had in years and arguably still the best in the division. Bruno, Jim, and Mike give out their one reason why each team will win the division and one reason they will be picking #1 in next year's draft.


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HIFL INSIDERS SEASON 7 NORTH EAST PREVIEW

Another week, another preview, this time of the North East division. Bruno and Jim return to talk about the problems facing each team going into the season, from St. Paul's 540 degree flip from last year and their problems at quarterback, to Music City's amazing draft and the one thing that can cause it to crumble (HINT: Bruno's doubling down on a hot take from last season). Then after another Orlando PR commercial, Bruno and Jim go over Jim's time in Missouri last season before breaking down this season's Bruins team including how to get the most out of Mariota's weapons. The two wrap up talking about New Jersey's troubling offseason moves from bring in some questionable guys to what was behind Botts' trade demand. All that and more!


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HIFL INSIDERS SEASON 7 SOUTH EAST AND SOUTH WEST PREVIEWS

With the preseason quickly approaching, Bruno and Jim sit down for a mega-pod preview both the South East and South West division from the final season of Pearl Harbor football, San Antonio's first round sweep of picks, Orlando's spending spree, and Alabama's "not a rebuild" rebuild all the way to Atlanta's possible regression, Tombstone hopes of a permanent QB, Michael May's ability to get it done when it matters, and how DC can defend its championship.


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HIFL INSIDERS SEASON 7 WEEK 1 PREVIEW

ITS TIME FOR MEANINGFUL FOOTBALL! Which means, TIME FOR MEANINGFUL FOOTBALL BANTER FROM THE INSIDERS. This week Bruno and Jim talk about the key match up for each team to win to start their season 1-0, from DC's offensive line and Bama's backers, all the way to Rapid City's huge offseason acquisition and Oakland's nickelback (Not the band), the duo break down the keys to victory for each team this week and Roy Baker makes his season debut on the Insiders with his Baker's Dozen segment, with his hot takes, straight outta the oven!


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Re: HIFL EDITORIALS ON ESPN.COM
« Reply #46 on: February 04, 2016, 05:07:55 PM »
Hello HIFL Universe, I am Freddie Fingerhut, the newest commentator to cover HIFL.  My boss has tasked me with creating a weekly power rankings of the 16 teams.  So after each weeks games I will create the rankings and give some insight on why I believe the team is ranked where it is. 

So without further delay, here are the Week 1 Power Rankings:

1 DC Cobras To be the champ you have to beat the champ.  The Cobras start their title defense with a win and therefore are my top team.  However, an improved running game will be needed going forward to take some pressure off of the pass protection.

2 Tombstone Outlaws The Outlaws did the unthinkable and sat Curt Robles the first game of the season but still pulled a good win against a solid defense.  With Robles back in the lineup the Outlaws will only get tougher to beat.

3 New Jersey Dragons GM Kirk had a shaky offseason, but his team performed when it mattered most.  Despite Michael Hodges big game, the Dragons had a convincing win, not allowing a third down conversion.

4 Oakland Silverbacks The win, might not be a huge surprise, but how convincing the win against a very good Inferno was is why the Silverbacks find themselves in the top five.  The defense held Jeremy Martin to a paltry 3.9 ypc average. 

5 Pearl Harbor Predators Rookie GM Dazz had the biggest upset of the week with his Predators beating an early Impact Bowl favorite, the Las Vegas Scorpions.  There are many unanswered questions about this team, but for now they are in the top five due to the upset.

6 Music City Kings The King Carmazzie era in Music City has begun and they open the season with a hard fought win against division foe Missouri.  The Classic was his usual self and the defense played solid.

7 Atlanta Warriors Had GM Rebels team beat anybody else they would be higher up, but the fact that they beat Orlando isnt much to get excited about given the current state of the Stampede.  Nevertheless, the Warriors have some things they should feel good about it and build upon.

8 Las Vegas Scorpions Im going to call the upset loss to the Predators a fluke and believe the Scorpions will right the ship behind GM Metros leadership.

9 Rapid City Inferno A surprising defeat has surely rattled the cage of GM Gates a little, but this team is way too talented to get down about themselves.  They will bounce back and do so quickly with their Scorched Earth offense.

10 Long Beach Mermen GM Black Death picked up a victory in his first HIFL game behind his workhorse Jose Mackey.  Look for the team to ride the shoulders of Mackey until he can go no more.  That is their only real chance at competing for the playoffs.

11 Alabama Nighthawks = I dont foresee Bama being this low for too long given the talent on their team.  However, they do need to get rookie quarterback Jamie Ortega more up to speed with the offense as fast as possible.  Their defense looks to be a dominant one and will be able to rely on them at points during the season.

12 Missouri Bruins Despite the loss to the Kings, GM Bone should find plenty of positives from the close defeat.  The maturation process of Marcus Mariota will be key and hopefully having his former coordinator from Oregon will help him flourish.  Time will tell.

13 San Antonio Knights A revamped defense was the highlight of the offseason for the Knights and GM Gravedigger, but then some questionable trades after the offseason has raised some eyebrows.  This team has some talent though and should find themselves higher in the rankings as the season progresses.

14 Lincoln Pride Apparently their practice field is a big pile of shit, but GM Strike and the Pride should bounce back from their loss to the Mermen.  Its better to get that kind of loss out of the way early as you work out the kinks as opposed to the end of the season.

15 St. Paul Lynx Michael Hodge just might have supplanted himself on the throne as the best receiver in HIFL with his performance against an stout Dragons defense.  Newly acquired Barnhart played a great game, but the running game was nonexistentliterally.  GM Franchise will have to do something about the rushing attack if this team wants to win games.

16 Orlando Stampede Its early in the season and GM Phoenix just might be able to turn things around, but from what I am hearing from my sources things are back in Orlando.  Dont be surprised if they spend the entire season at the bottom of my rankings.


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Re: HIFL EDITORIALS ON ESPN.COM
« Reply #47 on: February 07, 2016, 04:40:15 PM »
HIFL INSIDERS SEASON 7 WEEK 1 PREVIEW

Bruno and Jim are joined this week by the return of the Party Man himself, Jimmy "I hope she's not a" Minor who raves about his raving in the offseason. They break down the upset win of Pearl Harbor over Las Vegas and the primetime showdown between Rapid City and Oakland. The three give their first impressions of each team before breaking down a couple games of week 2.


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Re: HIFL EDITORIALS ON ESPN.COM
« Reply #48 on: July 09, 2016, 04:03:43 PM »
Before I get to the column, I want to update you guys on the HIFL Insiders, me, Jim, Jimmy, and Mike have been quite busy this season. With the FBL reopening and ESPN acquiring rights to the FBL, we have been stretched quite thin in terms of availability due to TV appearances, games, and the such. With the playoffs coming up, I expect to have an HIFL playoff table setter podcast. In the meantime enjoy this column

TWENTY-ONE days remain before the end of the season and with 9 teams vying for 6 playoff spots, I think its only right to decide who will get the remaining spots. Lets take a look real quick at the two teams that have punched their tickets:


NEW JERSEY DRAGONS
CURRENT RECORD: 13-0 overall, 4-0 division, 8-0 conference
CURRENT STANDING: 1st  in North East, 1th in East overall
NOTABLE CURRENT TIEBREAKERS OWNED: ALL OVE THEM
REMAINING SCHEDULE: @ STP (2-11), @ LV (5-8), @ vs MISS (1-12)

Theyre undefeated and havent showed any real holes. Its going to take a perfect game from a championship contender to stop the Dragons. They locked up homefield in the East with three weeks to go, but I doubt they take the foot off the pedal in hopes of chasing a perfect, championship, season.
CHANCE OF MAKING PLAYOFFS: 100%



DC COBRAS
CURRENT RECORD: 9-4 overall, 3-1 division, 6-2 conference
CURRENT STANDING: 1st in South East, 2nd in East overall
NOTABLE CURRENT TIEBREAKERS OWNED: 1-0 vs ALA
REMAINING SCHEDULE: @ ALA (7-6), @ TOMB (8-5), vs ORL (7-6)

The defending champs clinched a playoff berth last week with a win over Pearl Harbor. With thea Dragons owning home-field advantage throughout the playoffs in the East, DC can only lock up the two seed, which a win this week over Alabama can do just that.
CHANCE OF MAKING PLAYOFFS: 100%


As for those who were eliminated from playoff contention so far this season:


MISSOURI BRUINS
CURRENT RECORD: 1-12 overall, 1-3 division, 1-7 conference
CURRENT STANDING: 4th in North East, 8th in East overall
NOTABLE CURRENT TIEBREAKERS OWNED: NONE
REMAINING SCHEDULE: vs MC (5-8), @ LINC (7-5-1), @ NJ (13-0)

From playoff darling last year to stinker of the year, Missouri was eliminated from the playoffs seemingly out of the gate, in part to GM Goochs horrible offseason that saw a change in management in GM T-Bone, who, despite the scoreboards saying otherwise, would tell us that his team was not a winless one. It took until week 12 to see that come true, but Missouri has a ways to go before a return to the playoffs.
CHANCE OF MAKING PLAYOFFS: 0%



ST. PAUL LYNX
CURRENT RECORD: 2-11 overall, 1-3 division, 1-7 confernce
CURRENT STANDING: 3rd in North East, 7th in East overall
NOTABLE CURRENT TIEBREAKERS OWNED: NONE
REMAINING SCHEDULE: vs NJ (13-0), @ OAK (8-5), vs MC (5-8)

We all saw this coming; that the offensive potential of St. Paul wouldnt matter if their defense couldnt stop anyone. Then the suspension and non-suspension of DGB and Hodge happened and the gum and paper clips couldnt hold it anymore. After the firing of GM Franchise, GM Gooch looks to guide St. Paul back to the playoffs as he did in Missouri.
CHANCE OF MAKING PLAYOFFS: 0%



LONG BEACH MERMEN
CURRENT RECORD: 4-9 overall, 1-3 division, 1-7 conference
CURRENT STANDING: 4th in North West, 8th in West overall
NOTABLE CURRENT TIEBREAKERS OWNED: NONE
REMAINING SCHEDULE: vs RC (7-6), @ MC (5-8),  vs OAK (8-5)

GM Black Death did as much as he could to bring balance to Long Beach, but Steven Crawfords neck couldnt hold, Jose Mackey can only do so much, and the defense wasnt as good as hoped. New GM Adam Wrong will look to rebuild the team, but how much turnover will the roster face?
CHANCE OF MAKING PLAYOFFS: 0%



SAN ANTONIO
CURRENT RECORD: 5-8 overall,  1-3 division, 2-6 conference
CURRENT STANDING: 3rd in South West, 6th in West overall
NOTABLE CURRENT TIEBREAKERS OWNED:
REMAINING SCHEDULE: @TOMB (8-5), @ ORL (7-6), vs LV (5-8)
GM Gravedigger had an eventful offseason that extended into the preseason, still a young team now with Cardale Jones behind center, the core is there for him to build around.
CHANCE OF MAKING PLAYOFFS: 0%



LAS VEGAS SCORPIONS
CURRENT RECORD: 5-8 overall,  2-2 division, 3-5 conference
CURRENT STANDING: 4th in South West, 7th in West overall
NOTABLE CURRENT TIEBREAKERS OWNED: NONE
REMAINING SCHEDULE: @ PH (9-4), vs NJ (13-0) @ SA (5-8)

If Missouri didnt perform so poorly this year, Las Vegas would be my stinker of the year. Losses are losses, no matter the score, and GM Metro will agree. GM Metro will use the last three weeks to decide who stays and who goes.
CHANCE OF MAKING PLAYOFFS: 0%


Now the contenders:


MUSIC CITY
CURRENT RECORD: 5-8 overall,  2-2 division, 2-6 conference
CURRENT STANDING: 2nd in North East, 6th in East overall
NOTABLE CURRENT TIEBREAKERS OWNED: None
REMAINING SCHEDULE: @MISS (1-12), vs LB (4-9), @ STP (2-11)

8-8 looks very possible for Music City, which means they can make it into the playoffs, but with their struggles early in the season, they cant take advantage of playing the 3 worst teams in the league this season in the final weeks. GM Justin can take pride in finishing even, especially after losing The Classic, but the early struggles of the team, especially King Carmazzi, will leave GM Justin thinking of what could have been, but you never know.
CHANCE OF MAKING PLAYOFFS: 15%



ATLANTA WARRIORS
CURRENT RECORD: 6-7 overall,  1-3 division, 4-4 conference
CURRENT STANDING: 4th in South East, 5th in East overall
NOTABLE CURRENT TIEBREAKERS OWNED: vs MC, vs ORL
REMAINING SCHEDULE: @ ORL (7-6), @ RC (7-6) @ ALA (7-5-1)

Like Music City, the ATL aint out of it, but with Charles Todds season ending injury, its highly unlikely they can make it. Add that they close out the season with 3 road games, Atlanta needs all the dominoes to fall their way. They get the help of currently owning a tiebreaker over Music City thanks to a week 9 win and still hold a win over Orlando, but theyre going to need much more than that.
CHANCE OF MAKING PLAYOFFS: 15%



ORLANDO STAMPEDE
CURRENT RECORD: 7-6 overall,  2-2 division, 5-3 conference
CURRENT STANDING: 3rd in South East, 4th in East overall
NOTABLE CURRENT TIEBREAKERS OWNED: vs MC, vs DC
REMAINING SCHEDULE: vs ATL (6-7), vs SA (5-8), @ DC (9-4)

Similar to last year, Orlando is on the verge of making it to the playoffs under GM Phoenix. This year though, it feels they have a great chance of making it. A focused defense, an efficient offense, and great coaching, with two games against people who are under .500,
CHANCE OF MAKING PLAYOFFS:  80%



RAPID CITY INFERNO
CURRENT RECORD: 7-6 overall, 1-3 division, 5-3 conference
CURRENT STANDING: 3rd in North West, 5th in West overall
NOTABLE CURRENT TIEBREAKERS OWNED: vs PH, vs TOMB
REMAINING SCHEDULE: @ LB (4-9), vs ATL (6-7), @ LINC (7-5-1)

While things look bleak on the surface, with Jose Pruiit injured and a 1-3 division record, dig deeper and youll see that Rapid City owns a tiebreaker over both South West teams so in the case where Rapid City is tied with either Pearl Harbor or Tombstone, Rapid Citys chances are great, and given Tombstones schedule, which well get to a minute, it looks like thatll be what it comes down to.
CHANCE OF MAKING PLAYOFFS: 50%



ALABAMA NIGHTHAWKS
CURRENT RECORD: 7-5-1 overall, 2-2 division, 5-3 conference
CURRENT STANDING: 2nd in South East, 3rd in East overall
NOTABLE CURRENT TIEBREAKERS OWNED:  vs MC, vs ATL
REMAINING SCHEDULE: vs DC (9-4), @ PH (9-4), vs ATL (6-7)

If it wasnt for that tie breaker against Lincoln, Id say Alabamas chances were bleak, facing two division leaders and a tough Atlanta defense, but thanks to that tie, 8-7-1 can make the playoffs, and may just do that. I think they get the win over Atlanta to end the season which, but theyre gonna need it.
CHANCE OF MAKING PLAYOFFS: 60%



LINCOLN PRIDE
CURRENT RECORD: 7-5-1 overall, 3-1 division, 5-3 conference
CURRENT STANDING: 2nd in North West, 4th in West overall
NOTABLE CURRENT TIEBREAKERS OWNED: vs Oak, vs RC
REMAINING SCHEDULE:  @ OAK (8-5), vs MISS (1-12), vs RC (7-6)

While the tie helps Alabama, it may hurt Lincoln. Two tough division games in a tougher conference, but Lincoln have beaten both Oakland and Rapid City already this year so theyre own part of making the playoffs may not be so hard. Theyre helped out by the Jose Pruitt situation and Tombstones tough schedule.
CHANCE OF MAKING PLAYOFFS: 70%



OAKLAND SILVERBACKS
CURRENT RECORD: 8-5 overall, 3-1 division, 5-3 conference
CURRENT STANDING: 1st in North West, 3rd in West overall
NOTABLE CURRENT TIEBREAKERS OWNED: vs RC
REMAINING SCHEDULE: vs LINC (7-5-1), vs STP (2-11), @ LB (4-9)

Oakland doesnt own many tie breakers other than over Rapid City, but they have two very winnable games to end the season after Lincoln this week, which will be tough. With Tashaun Pate back, their odds look much better than they did a few weeks ago, but if Pate goes down, you can kiss a playoff berth goodbye.
CHANCE OF MAKING PLAYOFFS: 60%



TOMBSTONE OUTLAWS
CURRENT RECORD: 8-5 overall, 2-2 division, 5-3 conference
CURRENT STANDING: 2nd in South West, 2nd in West
NOTABLE CURRENT TIEBREAKERS OWNED: vs Oakland, vs PH, vs Lincoln
REMAINING SCHEDULE: vs SA (5-8), vs DC (9-4), vs PH (9-4)

I brought this up when talking about both Lincoln and Rapid City, but Tombstone has a tough schedule, Id say tougher than Alabama because San Antonios starting QB is intact as of this writing. Add this schedule to the struggles of the Tombstone offense, the defending Western champs look  like theyll be unable to defend that crown.
CHANCE OF MAKING PLAYOFFS: 40%



PEARL HARBOR PREDATORS
CURRENT RECORD: 9-4 overall, 3-1 division, 6-2 conference
CURRENT STANDING: 1st in South West, 1st in West overall
NOTABLE CURRENT TIEBREAKERS OWNED: vs OAK, vs LINC
REMAINING SCHEDULE: vs LV (5-8), vs ALA (7-5-1), @ TOMB (8-5)

The shocker of the year, to some, is Pearl Harbors rise from one of the worst teams in the league to the best in the West. Thanks in part to good management and great coaching, Pearl Harbor has turned it around and look like the most complete team in the West. A tough final three games, but with a two game lead on Rapid City in the overall West standings, I find it very hard for Pearl Harbor to find themselves outside of the playoffs.
CHANCE OF MAKING PLAYOFFS: 90%


Stay tuned for the Playoff edition of the HIFL Insiders! Ill see you on the inside!


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Re: HIFL EDITORIALS ON ESPN.COM
« Reply #49 on: July 31, 2016, 02:52:44 AM »
HIFL INSIDERS SEASON 7 CONFERENCE FINALS PREVIEW

Bruno and Jim take a break from being important, busy HIFL TV analysts to get on the podcast to preview Conference Finals Weekend. Highlighting the important issues in each game from Tashaun Pate vs James Taylor to DC's gameplan to knock out the undefeated Dragons. They also play a bit of Free Agent Frenzy and try to find the best homes for some of the interesting free agents.


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