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Game #11: California Golden Bears (4-7, 0-1) @ #21 Colorado Buffaloes (9-1, 1-0)
California remains on probations following recruiting infractions a couple years ago and still has a year left in which they can offer no scholarships. Their probationary status has left them with a team comprised mainly of walkons. Their offense is centered around SF Gary Mack whose 18.6 ppg is the 4th highest in the Pac-12. PF John Baily is averaging 11.5 ppg and is dropping in 67% of his shots.
SF Kenton Dunn scored 15 of our first 23 points giving us a 10 point bulge over the Golden Bears. We continued to forge ahead and finished the half with a 43-26 lead. We outshot California 48% to 30% and had just 4 turnovers while the Golden Bears turned the ball over 11 times. SF Kenton Dunn drilled in 21 points and PF Ike Minahan had 13 points and 5 rebounds.
California caught fire when they came back on the court in the 2nd half. They whittled our lead to 51-45 with 14-1/2 minutes left in the game. We re-established our double digit lead a minute later and held onto it from there on to stomp California 81-61. We hit 51% of our FG attempts (including 50% of our 3P attempts) and held a 19-10 turnover advantage.
SF Kenton Dunn finished the game with 28 points. PF Ike Minahan had 18 points and 10 boards. SG Rick Coffey hit for 12 points.
#5 Arizona-73, #23 Utah-67 (SF Rolan Bell tossed in 24 pts for the Wildcats and SG Bret Smylie had 22 pts for the Utes)
Arizona State-72, USC-66 (Close all the way with 18 lead changes and 8 ties but ASU’s SG Travis Hawkins’ 22 pts and C Brandon Polite’s 18 pts and 10 rebounds were the difference in the game)
#1 UCLA-79, Washington State-59 (32 pts, 6 reb, and 7 assists for SG Kyle Taylor of UCLA)
Oregon-68, Washington-58 (Oregon held a small lead throughout the game)
#13 Stanford-85, Oregon State-79 (A solid game by the Beavers kept this game in doubt down to the end but C Roger Younger scored 17 and has 18 rebounds along with 5 assists, 5 steals and a block to lead the Cardinals to victory)
Chris reacted to palli in Hi, its palli from OOTP [Sebastian @ OOTP Developments]
My name is Sebastian, I life in Hamburg, Germany and I work for OOTP Developments on the new mobile version iOOTP BAseball 2011.
My history with playing text-sim games goes way back to some German football (soccer for you Americans) manager games (like Anstoss, Bundesliga Manager). Then I found Football Manager from SI Games (back then it was Championship Manager) and was in heaven. I played the free EHM game and wanted to start an online league but then discovered OOTP 3 and founded the German Baseball League in 2001. When Markus joined SI Games I decided to program my own baseball manager game, which was finished after a few years and still can be found on the net somewhere. But it was just to hard to get something going with a blockbuster as OOTP already available, so I stopped my work on Perfect Game. The last game I worked on before joining OOTP Developments was a hockey manager, which used a lot of stuff from the baseball game. A friend of mine still works on it, maybe I should ask him how it comes along.
Chris reacted to GM Games in [Wolverine Studios] Wolverine Studios Releases Draft Day Sports: College Football 2020
College Football is quite possibly the most exciting season of any sport. One loss could be all it takes to rob a team from a chance to win their conference or make the playoffs. It truly is a sport where every game matters and it’s a shame the season only lasts a few months.
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Chris reacted to stormcrow in Various EHM leagues looking for openings
Hello gamers, I am here to present you some openings in a few EHM online leagues I run
5 Winner Hockey League (5WHL) has 3 openings, Anaheim, Minnesota and Detroit
Anaheim has some solid pieces and can compete for a playoff spot
Detroit and Minnesota are in the leagues basement and need a lot of work done in order to get them back to contention
about the league:
we are in the 2022 playoffs and draft rn
lotto system: we have 5 winners instead of 3
7 day sims, with double sims on the weekends
Northside Hockey League (NorHL) has 3 openings, Colorado, Minnesota and San Jose
Colorado is a cup contender, locked and loaded for anyone who wants to compete immediately
Minnesota and San Jose are rebuilding though, and will need a few seasons in order to be competitive again
about the league:
we are nearing the end of the 2020/21 regular season rn
4 day sims, no double sims
message me if you're interested in any of these openings
Chris reacted to historybeast in Just An idea for a ncaa basketball manager like ct foootball
That is our grand idea is to basically make the full spectrum of sports with both College Football/Basketball and possibly do American Football as well as Pro Basketball down the line. But it's a good start for what we have now
If you or anybody you know though would like to help out with the game we would be more than glad to bring em on board.
Chris reacted to AlexanderRasputin in Cage Season 3 Individual Awards (GHL)
Congratulations to everyone on another great regular season! Good luck to the teams still in the playoffs, and productive off-season to everyone else.
You know the drill.
ART ROSS TROPHY (Most League Points)
DAG ARNESEN (Dragons) - 82 points
Theodore De-Nobile (Stealheads)
Elouan Scott (Red Tide)
OVECHKIN TROPHY (Top Goalscorer)
DAG ARNESEN (Dragons) - 47 goals
Zakary Stilly (Patriots)
Ismael Sneed (Rage)
GRETZKY TROPHY (Best Playmaker)
RENE LUCIAK (Battlin Bears) - 48 assists
Aleksandar Schaller (Prairie Stars)
Theodore De-Nobile (Stealheads)
VEZINA TROPHY (Best Goaltender)
KWESI CUTTER (Prairie Stars) - RETAINED TITLE
Osvald Lang (Minutemen)
Renaud Pettigrew (Hawks)
ORR TROPHY (Best Offensive Defenceman)
NOAH-CHARLES MERIZZI (Masons)
NORRIS TROPHY (Best Defensive Defenceman)
MARTIN HARANT (Prairie Stars)
ORR - Points leader among defencemen
NORRIS - Calculated with the following formula among 😧 [+/- + BKS - GVA + TKA], PER also taken into consideration
SELKE TROPHY (Best Defensive Forward)
WARREN LAMOUREUX (Dragons)
Elouan Scott (Red Tide)
Jeremie Cline (Stray Cats/Stealheads)
Calculated with the following formula among F: [PTS + BKS - GVA + TKA]
LADY BYNG TROPHY (Most Gentlemanly Player)
CHAD MCGRAW (Dragons)
Tintin Petterson (Minutemen)
Elouan Scott (Red Tide)
Calculated with the following formula [PTS - PIM]
HART TROPHY (League MVP)
KWESI CUTTER (Prairie Stars) - RETAINED TITLE
Dag Arnesen (Dragons)
Noah-Charles Merizzi (Masons)
CALDER TROPHY (Best Rookie)
HERMANNI PENTTI (Prairie Stars)
GOOD SAMARITAN AWARD (Most Giveaways)
ANTHONY-JAMES SUNSHINE (Red Dragons/Masons)
ROID RAGE TROPHY (Most Hits + PIM + MP)
RADOVAN GIERTL (Steelers)
*Notes: Calculations may not be entirely accurate due to limited visibility and inability to sort by position and outside Top 20 in GPHM stats format - if anyone sees mistakes, let me know and I will fix.
Chris reacted to TheGngrNoob in Horse before a Jockey - CM97/98 Career
News - 8th July 1997
CLARETS: Daniel Mellor is the new Burnley Manager
Burnley chairman Frank Teasdale surprised the Burnley faithful as he welcomed Daniel Mellor to the club and also introduced the new management team to around 50 fans who had gathered at Turf Moor.
The new manager immediately declared his aim to gain promotion. "I have been a lifelong Burnley fan. I was raised not far from here in Colne," the new manager told the gathered throng.
Signed on an initial rolling contract, Mr Mellor was quick to alleviate fears that an untested manager, either in coaching or as a player, would be cut out for the job. "You only have to look back to the great AC Milan team of the late 80s to see that it isn't always the case," he began, "I believe Arrigo Sacchi said 'I never realised that to become a jockey you needed to be a horse first,' and that is the mantra I will be bringing to the club."
Asked whether he would be changing the players on the team, Daniel Mellor was quick to state that he has an eye on a number of additions, including a few Scottish and European players, but would be working within the team's means.
After the brief manager introduction, the chairman took to the podium. "We have a big job ahead of us and it's our job to give him as much support as we can," said Mr Teasdale.
"We have to start to do a job and we intend to do it. I am sure it is in very capable hands with these two gentlemen. Let battle commence. "It has been an horrendous two weeks but now we are looking at things very professionally and stability is most important at every level of the club."
The new look Burnley team take on Northampton Town in the first game of the upcoming Division Two season
This is the beginning of my Championship Manager '97 game. I started off with my favourite team, in one of the hardest real life seasons for the club. In reality this was the sole season under the "leadership" of Chris Waddle. Great Player, Dire Manager. If I pick up a win before October then I'll be ahead of reality!
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#1 Cedar Rapids Minutemen vs #8 Netherhill Nightmares.
45-7-2-26 151pts / 32-10-10-28 126pts
Regular season stats: Minutemen / Nightmare
Goals for: 255 (4th) / 237 (13th)
Goals against: 191 (3rd) / 220 (12th)
PP: 21.8% (8th) / 21% (11th)
PK: 86.1% (3rd) / 78.5% (18th)
Shooting %: 9.8% (1st) / 7.8% (18th)
Save %: 92.7% (4th) / 92.3% (12th)
PDO: 1.025 (1st) / 1.002 (12th)
CF: 1245 (24th) / 1342 (14th)
CA: 1151 (3rd) / 1321 (13th)
Corsi %: 52% (8th) / 50.4% (14th)
Season match up: 3 wins Minutemen, 1 OT win Nightmare.
Statistically this was a close match up during the regular season with only one game being decided by more than one goal. As a result, I expect this match up to be a lot closer than the statistics may otherwise say. The Nightmare are a solid overall team that aren't to be discounted due to their 8th seed. Combine that with the fact that the Minutemen played well above expectations for the season (especially with a shooting% and PDO so abnormally high when CF is taken into account) and I would give this match up a serious consideration for upset alert.
#2 Slaughterville Red Tide vs #7 Lake Valley Bulldogs
46-4-3-27 149pts / 35-10-4-31 129pts
Regular season stats: Red Tide / Bulldogs
Goals for: 266 (2nd) / 255 (5th)
Goals against: 200 (6th) / 245 (21st)
PP: 19.8% (16th) / 22.8% (5th)
PK: 79.1% (16th) / 81.1% (12th)
Shooting %: 9.2% (4th) / 9.7% (2nd)
Save %: 93.2% (1st) / 91.2% (24th)
PDO: 1.024 (2nd) / 1.008 (10th)
CF: 1535 (1st) / 1302 (19th)
CA: 1202 (7th) / 1420 (21st)
Corsi %: 56.1% (2nd) / 47.8% (21st)
Season match up: 3 wins Red Tide, 1 win Bulldogs.
The season series was notably in favor of the Red Tide as one game was on the verge of a blowout while another was an out right blowout. The Bulldogs are going to have to find a way to improve their 5 on 5 play defensively or this could be a short series. The middle of the pack special teams for the Red Tide could potentially keep the Bulldogs in the series and appears to be the most likely reason for the series to drag on.
#3 Sheshegwaning Dragons vs #6 Big Delta Stealheads
44-3-11-22 149pts / 36-7-7-30 129pts
Regular season stats: Dragons / Stealheads
Goals for: 263 (3rd) / 239 (12th)
Goals against: 205 (8th) / 199 (5th)
PP: 24.9% (2nd) / 16.6% (22nd)
PK: 86.3% (2nd) / 83.9% (6th)
Shooting %: 8.9% (7th) / 8.8% (8th)
Save %: 92.4% (9th) / 92.3% (10th)
PDO: 1.013 (4th) / 1.012 (5th)
CF: 1466 (3rd) / 1313 (18th)
CA: 1261 (9th) / 1098 (2nd)
Corsi %: 53.8% (4th) / 54.5% (3rd)
Season match up: 1 win Dragons, 3 wins Stealheads.
This matchup is my official upset alert for the East. Outside of the poor powerplay of the Stealheads these two teams are statistically near mirror images. The question is if the current goaltending for the Dragons can hold up to the quite potent offense of the Stealheads? The Dragons shipped out the goalie they had as their starter for most of the season. This is going to be either a lopsided series due to poor goaltending or one heck of a close series.
#4 Sault Ste Marie Battlin Bears vs #5 Mango Duhawks
43-4-3-30 140pts / 37-7-6-30 131pts
Regular season stats: Battlin Bears / Duhawks
Goals for: 232 (14th) / 226 (16th)
Goals against: 209 (9th) / 216 (11th)
PP: 19.1% (18th) / 19.8% (17th)
PK: 85.9% (4th) / 77.1% (23rd)
Shooting %: 7.9% (16th) / 8.1% (13th)
Save %: 91.8% (16th) / 92.1% (15th)
PDO: .997 (17th) / 1.002 (13th)
CF: 1388 (9th) / 1382 (10th)
CA: 1293 (10th) / 1323 (14th)
Corsi %: 51.8% (9th) / 51.1% (10th)
Season match up: 2 wins Battlin Bears, 2 wins Duhawks.
This is very likely to be a close series. The regular season games were. Based upon the regular season stats I think it is most likely to be decided by the PK of each team. The Battlin Bears had one of the best. The Duhawks had one of the worst. In every other way these teams are very close statistically. It could be a short series due to the PK difference but the Battlin Bears PP is too iffy for me to fully buy into the poor PK of the Duhawks as being as significant a drawback as it likely should be.
#1 Kegashka Prairie Stars vs #8 Eastern Outlaws.
47-11-2-20 165pts / 34-7-7-32 123pts
Regular season stats: Prairie Stars / Outlaws
Goals for: 246 (10th) / 214 (18th)
Goals against: 164 (1st) / 204 (7th)
PP: 22.3% (7th) / 18.5% (19th)
PK: 82.6% (8th) / 77.8% (20th)
Shooting %: 8% (15th) / 7.7% (19th)
Save %: 93% (3rd) / 93.1% (2nd)
PDO: 1.010 (7th) / 1.009 (9th)
CF: 1403 (6th) / 1344 (13th)
CA: 1223 (8th) / 1181 (5th)
Corsi %: 53.4% (5th) / 53.2% (6th)
Season match up: 2 wins and 1 SO win Prairie Stars, 1 wins Outlaws.
The Outlaws are a solid team with very good goaltending and team play. Everything else about them is below average. On the other side is the Prairie Stars with the best record in the league but rather underwhelming stats for a team that more or less ran away with the best record by 14 points. Almost everything about them is good but only the 5 on 5 goals against is truly great. I would have expected more statistically with such a record. In terms of the match up the big question is can the Outlaws score and can their special teams be better than it was in the regular season? Against the Prairie Stars it is going to be tough as their two wins were big ones over the Outlaws.
#2 West Chicago Hawks vs #7 Scandinavia Steelers
42-7-8-23 148pts / 35-9-5-31 128pts
Regular season stats: Hawks / Steelers
Goals for: 249 (8th) / 200 (25th)
Goals against: 183 (2nd) / 194 (4th)
PP: 24.1% (3rd) / 20.2% (15th)
PK: 82.5% (9th) / 87.2% (1st)
Shooting %: 7.6% (20th) / 7.4% (22nd)
Save %: 92.5% (6th) / 92.5% (7th)
PDO: 1.001 (14th) / .999 (16th)
CF: 1448 (5th) / 1184 (25th)
CA: 1389 (16th) / 1160 (4th)
Corsi %: 51% (11th) / 50.5% (13th)
Season match up: 4 wins Hawks.
The Steelers are a bit of a mystery to me. They have a very good group of forwards but the team struggles mightily offensively. They didn't do well against the Hawks in the regular season because of it losing all four games. On the same token the Hawks offense under performed as well 5 on 5 with a very poor shooting percentage themselves. This could be a series dragged on by the stingy defense of the Steelers facing off against the lackluster 5 on 5 offense of the Hawks but the Steelers have to find a way to score to do it. This series is going to come down to if the Steelers can find some offense or not.
#3 Enigma Rage vs #6 Vauban Tomahawks
42-5-5-28 141pts / 36-9-6-29 132pts
Regular season stats: Rage / Tomahawks
Goals for: 248 (9th) / 253 (6th)
Goals against: 230 (15th) / 222 (13th)
PP: 22.9% (4th) / 17.7% (21st)
PK: 83.3% (7th) / 81.8% (11th)
Shooting %: 8.8% (9th) / 9.5% (3rd)
Save %: 92.1% (14th) / 92.3% (11th)
PDO: 1.009 (8th) / 1.018 (3rd)
CF: 1354 (12th) / 1319 (16th)
CA: 1198 (5th) / 1313 (11th)
Corsi %: 53.1% (7th) / 50.1% (15th)
Season match up: 1 win Rage, 2 wins and 1 SO win Tomahawks
This series is my upset alert for the West. The Rage are a very good statistical team overall. Its one statistical blemish is its 5 on 5 goals against. The Tomahawks are a good team themsleves with one very good strength. 5 on 5 goals for. It is the biggest weakness of one team against the biggest strength of the other team. This has the potential to be a very close series that could also go heavily one way or the other. If the Tomahawks can continue their 5 on 5 excellence it will be trouble for Rage. The Rage have the special teams to otherwise win the series if not keep the games close.
#4 Ithaca Ricochet vs #5 Yonker Wolverines
40-7-4-29 138pts / 41-4-3-32 134pts
Regular season stats: Ricochet / Wolverines
Goals for: 253 (7th) / 269 (1st)
Goals against: 213 (10th) / 241 (20th)
PP: 21% (12th) / 22.8% (6th)
PK: 80% (14th) / 75.2% (27th)
Shooting %: 8.4% (11th) / 9.1% (5th)
Save %: 91.6% (18th) / 90.6% (27th)
PDO: 1.000 (15th) / .997 (19th)
CF: 1452 (4th) / 1474 (2nd)
CA: 1503 (25th) / 1541 (27th)
Corsi %: 49.1% (17th) / 48.9% (18th)
Season match up: 3 wins Ricochet, 1 win Wolverines
This is the series that I am most looking forward to. It has the greatest potential for some wild games. Each of the four games in the regular season was. For one team you can forget about defense. It doesn't exist. Its not a thing. The other team is a team that plays a high tempo style of play given the lot of shots for and against 5 on 5. I'm excited for this series simply because it is very likely going to be a lot of speed, shots and general back and forth, high tempo action. Who is going to win? Who cares? It is going to very likely be one heck of a show.
Chris reacted to daltontr in Tales from the front office: DDSPB
Chicago Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf purchased the team in 1985 and the franchised flourished in the 90s, winning six NBA Championships between (1991-1993 and 1996-1998). Unfortunately, it's been more than two decades since Michael Jordan and the Bulls reigned supreme and at the ripe old age of eighty-three, Jerry isn't getting any younger. If Jerry wants to live long enough to see the Bulls return to their former glory, it's time for some tough choices and some serious house cleaning, starting with the front office. Consequently, the first order of business was ridding the franchise of former mafia underboss, Gar Forman. Yes, I said Mob Boss. Seriously, look at him in that pinstripe suit and tell me he hasn't broken a few legs in his time. Wiki would also have you believe he has served the Bulls as a scout, director of player personnel and special assistant to executive vice-president of basketball operations (Whatever the hell that is). Please...if Forman doesn't have mob connections, then Joe Pesci is a catholic priest.
Enter new bulls GM Troy Dalton...yours truly.
As the new Bulls GM I waste no time in handing Jim Boylen and Roy Rogers their walking papers. Seriously, hit the skids boys and make room for new head coach Randy Wittman. Why Randy? I could afford him, that's why. Ole Jerry might be a billionaire, but he's a cheap bastard and if I was going to have any chance of turning this franchise around, I needed somebody, anybody, better than Boylen. No, Randy wasn't my first choice, but as I said, he's pretty much all I could afford and since he was unemployed he had some time on his hands. As his assistant, well...drum roll please...welcome back to the team Fred Hoiberg! Yep, former Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg returns as Wittman's right hand man. Hoiberg was a no brainer. He is a good judge of talent and an offensive specialist. I know what your going to say, "Why would he come back to a team that fired him one year ago?!?" That easy, money, money and being the head coach of the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Seriously, who really wants to coach basketball in Nebraska? Guys named Elmer, Ewald, Ernest, Moe, Doc and five others who were so ashamed of their life choices that they were only known by their initials. Seriously, T.P., R.G., T.J., E.J, and L.F. were all coaches at Nebraska. I would have included their last names, but I chose to respect their need for anonymity.
So, with Wittman and Hoiberg in the fold, it's time for some roster changes. A weeding of the herd, so to speak. Let's begin with the overpriced talent. PF Thaddeus Young, SF Otto Porter, SG Tomas Satoransky and C Cristiano Felicio are stealing money. Okay, Porter is a decent player, but there are better options in the $27 mil price range. Young isn't playing up to his salary level either, plus his name is Thaddeus and that is reason enough to ship him off. Obviously, moving all this high priced dead weight is a problem. The rest of the GMs in the association aren't likely going to want to absorb any this over paid talent with the trade restrictions in place. I'm going to have to get creative, but I'm a clever guy and I'm motivated. I'm not interested in going back to my day job, with all those OSHA locust hovering around...but I digress. My other problem, my owner insists on getting a four star talent and that isn't going to be easy.
Before I get started wheeling and dealing, I immediately assign PF Daniel Gafford to the G-League. Why? Because he belongs there and he'll likely tole away there until his contract expires. He isn't NBA talent. He knows it, I know it, his parents know it and it's simply not going to work out; but some people just have to chase their dreams; so...off to purgatory disguised as a development league. Now it's time to get down to business and after burning the midnight oil and blowing up the phones, I pull off a deal that should be written on my epitaph. SF Otto Porter, PG Kris Dunn, SG Tomas Satoransky and our 2020 1st round pick to the Nets for C Jarrett Allen and PG Uncle Drew...err...Kyrie Irving! Seriously, no commish mode here, this was legit and I even managed to shave money to get us under the cap. Wow...Kyrie Irving on the Bulls! Man, Jerry is going to wet himself.
Okay, I could stop there and rest on my laurels, but I'm really feeling it. Kind of like Kevin Costner in Draft Day. You know, that feeling he gets when he confuses incredible blind luck with misplaced talent, after he miraculously extricates himself from a monumental blunder that would have hamstrung the Browns for decades, if not for a favorable script...again I digress. My next move is to move "Thaddeus" and that boat anchor Cristiano Felicio. Some how, I manage to catch Wizards GM Tommy Shepard during happy hour and I take advantage of his drunken stupor, unloading both Young and Felicio for SF Rui Hachimura, PG Chris Chiozza, PG Isaiah Thomas and PF Davis Bertans...and...our 2022 1st round pick. See, I told you I was the channeling the ghost Sonny Weaver Jr.!
Phew...that was very nearly better than sex. I don't smoke, but if having a cigarette post coitus is satisfying, releasing PG Shaquille Harrison was a good substitute. So, what to do next, well pour an adult beverage seems like the only reasonable thing to do. So, until next time.
Chris reacted to daltontr in Tales from the front office: DDSPB
PLAYOFFS (Completing the 1st Round)
The 76ers win game seven and both the Lakers and Clippers come back from 3-1 deficits to advance to the next round. Now I don't necessarily follow the other games as closely as my own, but I was very interested to see how the Lakers avoided getting bounced in the first round. I'm not a LeBron hater per se, but I must admit that I was routing for a Pelicans upset. When I glanced at the box score I noticed that LeBron put up 37 points, 11 assists and 9 rebounds. Just one rebound away from a triple-double.
Impressive...then I looked a little closer and noticed he made less that half of his 25 shots from the field and he was only 1-9 from three point range. How did he manage to score 37 points? I'm glad you asked. LeBron went to the free throw line no less than 19 times! NINETEEN! He was 12 of 19 from the charity stripe. The next closest player in the game was Zion Williamson who was 2-6 for New Orleans. For perspective, the entire Pelicans team only shot 16 free throws! That's three less that LeBron alone. Who said the NBA doesn't play favorites. [Insert eye roll here]
The crazy thing, he isn't even the most fouled player on the team. LeBron is only averaging 9.0 FTA per game, while Anthony Davis is a whopping 10.4 FTA per game, which is highest in the league. As a matter of fact, way back on November 21st we played the Lakers, losing 132-123. Davis went to the line 24 times! He was 20-24 from the free throw line...yea...he scored twenty points from the line and that's not all. Rondo went 10-14, James 8-14, Howard 3-4 and McGee 1-2. The Lakers shot 58 free throws to our 29...Did somebody let Tim Donaghy back in the league!?! 😉
(1) BOS --- (4) (8) DET --- (0) (4) CHI --- (2) (5) CLE --- (4) (3) MIL --- (2) (6) NYK --- (4) (7) PHI 110 (4) (8) IND 101 (3) WESTERN CONFERENCE
(1) LAL 131 (2) (8) NOP 104 (3) (4) LAC 127 (2) (5) POR 112 (3) (3) DEN 111 (3) (6) MEM 92 (2) (2) UTA --- (4) (7) SAS --- (0)
Chris reacted to GamePlanHockey in Current road map
Happy new year and thanks to everyone who played this game and made 2019 to such a great and eventful year! Let’s do our best to make 2020 another great year. We’re currently planning a new release in January including a cool new scouting feature. So thanks again and stay tuned for more info next year!
Chris reacted to TigerFan in A Fictional History of Football : DDSPF20 & DDSCF20
Now that I have built up a history for my universe, I am now going to start looking at things a little closer in the college game by choosing a player or two each season to follow along. Until those players reach the NFL I will continue to do just a quick recap of each NFL season so I am reversing the order here and starting with the 1947 NFL summary before moving to the college game.
1947 NFL RECAP
There was plenty of hype surrounding Heisman Trophy winning back Gene Stokes from North Carolina so it came as just a mild surprise when the Chicago Bears nabbed him first overall. In 4 seasons as a Tar Heel, Stokes gained 6,142 yards and rushed for 62 touchdowns. As a senior, his 1,935 yards lead the Tar Heels to an undefeated season. The reason it was seen as a little unexpected was not to due to Stokes' obvious talents, but rather due to the fact that the Bears already had two very strong backs in Mack Johnson, who just prior to the draft was signed from Philadelphia where he rushed for 1,208 yards last season, and returning star Joe Aller, who carried the ball for 975 yards a in 1946. There just did not seem to be enough carries to go around for the three of them. (NOTE - Stokes likely would have gone in the second round as he was projected but as the author I wanted a good storyline so I made him the first overall draft pick, forgetting that the Bears had just signed Johnson in free agency. We will have to see how it plays out.)
The Bears cross-town rival Cardinals also added a quality college runner to their roster with the 4th round selection of Stan Crimmins out of UCLA. Crimmins had 3 consecutive 1000 yard rushing seasons for the Bruins including a school record 1,662 as a senior. He would be expected to push 10 year veteran Pinch McWilliams (1,084 yards last season) for playing time.
Despite winning back to back League Championships the Detroit Lions received little respect in the pre-season as Baltimore was heavily favoured to dethrone the Lions as West Division champs. The East was seen as being a wide open race with Pittsburgh, the Cardinals, Washington and the New York Giants all seen as contenders.
As it would turn out the two Chicago teams both enjoyed dominant years and each finished atop their respective divisions. The Bears took some time to get going, dropping two of their first three games but after that they did not lose again and finished with a league best 9-2-1 record. The Bears three pronged running attack worked as Johnson led the entire league with 1,193 yards rushing while Aller added 811 and the rookie Stokes was eased into the pro game with 211 yards on 60 carries.
The Los Angeles Rams ended a three year playoff drought by finishing second in the West Division at 7-4-1. Two losses and a tie in their final four games ended any hopes LA had of homefield advantage for the playoffs. Last year's top two teams in the West, Detroit and Baltimore, both stumbled to 5-7 seasons. After an opening week win over hapless San Francisco, the Colts dropped their next 5 in a row while the Lions started strong, winning their first three games and 4 of 5 but faded quickly.
In the East Division, the Chicago Cardinals raced out to a 5-0 start but then dropped 3 straight before righting the ship and finishing strong to hold off Washington for first place. A week eleven 23-6 victory at home over Washington in which rookie back Stan Crimmins rushed for a career best 115 yards and two touchdowns sealed the division for the Cardinals. For Crimmins it was like his college days all over again as he took hand-offs from former UCLA teammate Biggs Holley, who as a second year pro had a very strong season quarterbacking the Cardinals. Holley looks like he has the potential to become a star in the near future but a late season injury made him unavailable for the playoff opener.
As for Washington, veteran running back Marv Gipe, who won a Heisman Trophy and multiple National Championships at Notre Dame a decade ago,(Editor's Note: Likely prompting the phrase in Notre Dame to 'Win one for the Giper") led the Redskins resurgence and revitalized what was an anemic offense a year ago. The 8th year pro, who came over in the off-season from Los Angeles, failed to top the 1000 yard mark for the 5th consecutive season but came very close gaining 991 yards.
FINAL 1947 NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE STADINGS EAST DIVISION W L T WEST DIVISION W L T Chi Cardinals 8 3 1 Chi Bears 9 2 1 Washington 8 4 0 Los Angeles 7 4 1 Cleveland 7 4 1 Baltimore 5 7 0 Pittsburgh 5 6 1 Detroit 5 7 0 New York 4 8 0 Green Bay 3 6 3 Philadelphia 3 7 2 San Francisco 2 8 2 PLAYOFFS
The Chicago Cardinals and Washington had split their two regular season meetings with each team winning on homefield and the two squads were very familiar with one another when this one got underway. In a windy and wet afternoon in Chicago so both defenses dominated the contest. With fourth year quarterback Harry Maier ineffective, Washington's Marv Gipe could not seem to find any running room all game and was held to just 63 yards rushing. The Chicago offense, playing without injured QB Biggs Holley, also struggled early but the Cardinals did get a pair of field goals in the first half to go up 6-0 thanks in no small part to the running of rookie Stan Crimmins.
The second half was much the same for Washington and the best the Redskins could do was a single field goal to cut the Chicago lead to 6-3. That's how the game ended as the Cardinals, led by 118 rushing yards from Crimmins advanced to the title game for the second straight year.
Across town at Soldier Field, the West Division champion Chicago Bears were getting all they could handle from the Los Angeles Rams. The Rams led 13-7 late in the game but Chicago pulled out the victory thanks to a 6 yard touchdown pass from Whitey Riddle to Billy Beverage with just 3:51 remaining on the clock. Jim Moore's extra point, not a certainty in tricky weather conditions, split the uprights and lifted the Bears to the title game with a 14-13 victory despite an outstanding day from former Cardinals running back Buck Carrier, who had a game high 85 yards rushing for Los Angeles. The Rams dominated the time of possession and passing yardage as well with LA QB Spider Grant's 152 yards in the air more than double the passing yardage of the Bears Riddle but it was the Bears who would advance to the title game.
1947 NFL TITLE GAME
A Bears-Cardinals matchup was something that had already occurred twice in the past. The Bears had beaten their cross-city rivals on both occasions, in 1934 and 1936, by identical 27-7 scores. The Bears also hold the regular season bragging rights between the two teams, leading the all-time series 8 wins to 4. The Bears entered the game with everyone healthy while the Cardinals would be missing gargantuan tackle Chip Bickel, who was injured in the win over Washington. QB Biggs Holley was not at 100% but was determined to play.
Special teams played a key role early as a huge punt return gave the Cardinals excellent field position on their first drive and while they did have a first and goal on the Bears 7 yard line, the Bears defense held and forced the Cardinals to settle for an early 3-0 lead.
The Bears, having little success on the ground, tried to establish a passing game on their third series but on a second and ten from their own 19 Bears QB Whitey Riddle had a pass attempt picked off by Cardinals defensive back Norm Shaw. However, once again the Bears defense came up big, sacking Biggs Holley and forcing the Cardinals to come away empty as on 4th down they attempted a long field goal which was no good.
Midway through the second quarter the Bears finally strung together a few first downs, enough to get into field goal range and tie the game at three. However, as the half came to a close Biggs Holley completed 3 straight passes and, mixed in with a Stan Crimmins 14 yard scamper, allowed the Cardinals to kick a field goal of their own and go back ahead by a 6-3 count. It was just a terrible first half of offense by the Bears, who were outgained 162 yards to 60, but they could take comfort going into the locker room at the break down only 3 points.
The second half played out very much like the first. Howard Montague would add a third field goal for the Cardinals, who continously marched the ball in to Bears territory only to have the Bears stand tall and keep the Cardinals from further extending their lead. Meanwhile, the Bears offense could do very little. A last ditched Bears effort fell short when Riddle was sacked for the third time in the game on a 4th down at the Cardinals 27 yard line in the final minute, securing a 9-3 victory and an NFL Championship for the Chicago Cardinals.
With Riddle unable to complete passes with any sort of consistency the Bears were forced to rely on the ground game and the Cardinals were ready, holding Mack Johnson to just 55 yards rushing on 27 carries. Heisman Trophy winner Gene Stokes was only entrusted with the ball for a single carry. Meanwhile, fellow rookie Stan Crimmins gained 99 yards on 20 carries for the Cardinals and was named MVP of the title game. His former UCLA and current Cardinals teammate QB Bugs Holley, also had a strong game, completing 16 of 22 pass attempts for 172 yards.
Despite the poor showing in the title game, Bears running back Mack Johnson was named league MVP after rushing for a league high 1,193 yards. Crimmins was the offensive rookie of the year and with him, and Holley, the Cardinals looked to be in the running for several more titles.
Next up, we begin the 1947 college season.
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COLLEGE FOOTBALL: THE EARLY DAYS 1915-1945
The first National Champion was the Oregon Ducks, who went 11-1 in a 1915 season that culminated for them with a 31-14 victory over Wisconsin in the first Rose Bowl. That would prove to be the high point for the Ducks who over the next three decades would only win the Pacific 8 Conference title two more times and lose in the Rose Bowl on both occassions, falling to Michigan State in 1917 and Michigan in 1936.
The Badgers would rebound from a loss in that first Rose Bowl to go 12-0 the following season and become the first school to go undefeated in a season. North Carolina State would duplicate that feat the following year and become a mini-dynasty with three straight National Titles starting in 1917. As impressive as the Wolfpack run was it would be the Texas Longhorns under legendary coach Chet Hazlett who became college football's first true powerhouse. Hazlett guided the Longhorns from that inaugural 1915 campaign until his retirement following the 1930 season. Under his tutilege, the Longhorns would go 164-24 and win 6 Nationals Titles while finishing second three other times. After his retirement, Texas would get one more title under new coach Bob Trice, but that was in 1932 with a team still dominated by Hazlett's recruits. Aside from a 10-2 1941 season that culminated in a Cotton Bowl loss to 12-0 Tennessee, Texas would never be relevant in National Title discussion again.
Nebraska had a strong program under coach Duke Lewandowski during the same period but the Cornhuskers could never surpass Texas. However, one of Lewandowski's co-ordinators would be the one to end the Longhorn dynasty. Joe LaChance joined Notre Dame as head coach in 1930 after serving as a co-ordinator for Lewandowski in the 1920s.
LaChance had nation's best recruiting class in 1932 and 1933, laying the foundation for powerful team with a #2 ranking and a Cotton Bowl loss to Texas in 1932. Texas went down from there while Notre Dame hit new heights with a 1933 National Title led by Heisman winning back Earl Beavers. It would be the first of 4 straight National Titles for Notre Dame that had 3 different backs win the Heisman in that period. Like Texas, Notre Dame's dynasty would come to an end when their coach retired. LaChance stepped down after the 1940 season. Long-time Texas A&M DC Stan Stidham took over for 1941 at Notre Dame but was gone after 1945 as the school struggled. The Irish would bring in Ival Scarborough for 1946. He was a co-ordinator under LaChance in Notre Dame from 1931-36 before going on to HC duties at Ohio State(37-41), Colorado (1943) and most recently Wake Forest (44-45). Scarborough was beneficiary of the #2 recruiting class (behind USC) going into the 1946 season so perhaps future is looking up for the Irish.
As the decade changed to the 1940's it was Tennessee and Virginia that emerged as the dominant teams in college football. Starting in 1938 the Vols and Cavs would combine for 9 National Titles in 9 years.
Punch Stone would bring up the revival at Virginia, leading them to 11 bowl games and 3 National Crowns in his 13 years at the school since 1933. Tennessee immediately saw its fortunes turn for the better whe Jerry Theriot took over as coach in 1938. The building blocks were in place after an 8-3 season in 1937, but Theriot led the Volunteers to an 11-1 season and their first National Title in his first season at the helm. Since then, Tennessee has won 2 more National Titles and made 8 straight bowl appearances including 6 New Year's Day appearances.
Ben Gentle won his second Heisman Tophy in 1944 and led Tennessee to a 20-10 win over Texas Tech in the Sugar Bowl and a 12-0 season, giving the Vols their third National Title in 7 years. Tennesse had some help that year as they won the title because two other unbeatens lost bowl games including Penn State falling to Oklahoma 31-7 in the Orange Bowl and #1 ranked entering the bowls Virginia losing 46-43 in overtime to Arkansas in the Cotton Bowl. It was the first loss in 3 years for Virginia, unbeaten in 1942 and 1943 winning back to back National titles and 3 in 4 years.
Here are the National Champions by year
Next up will be a look at the early days of the NFL.
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A FICTIONAL HISTORY OF FOOTBALL
I am not sure how long I will keep this dynasty going as I am sure there will be some fixes I will want to take advantage of in future beta releases forcing me to restart it but I am really enjoying seeing how things are unfolding in my college league so I felt I wanted to start a dynasty report to document it.
I have done similar writings with the same style for baseball with OOTP in which my primary focus is on the history of the game over a longer period. I will follow a similar format here although I have not made too many attempts at a football dynasty in the past. I always like to build a history before I dive into things so in this one I quick simmed my college league from 1915 to 1945 (1920-45 for the NFL) to build up a history for my league. I then slow things down a bit in 1946 with the plan to look at things in a little more detail by focusing on a key recruit or two at the time and following their career through the college ranks and hopefully in to the pro game which I am also simming in the same manner.
My college league will have 82 teams set up in conference alignments from the early 1970s. I capped it at 82 teams primarily because I like to run a smaller pro league and prefer to have a few less rookies entering the draft each year but also because it made creating schedules for my 82 team college league a little easier than if there were another 40 or so teams. The college league will not evolve, it will always remain with the same alignment due to game restrictions.
My pro league will evolve somewhat close to what the real-life NFL did (but not exact). I am going with a 12 team league to start in 1920 and, while all but Green Bay, will move at some point, the same 12 team format will continue until we get to the AFL and expansion as we enter the 1960s.
To begin this dynasty here is a look at the early days (pre-1946) in both the college ranks and the NFL
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Birmingham Stallions 3 0 7 15 -- 25 Michigan Panthers 14 0 7 0 -- 21 First Quarter Michigan - Alexander 1 run (Lindell kick), 1:42 Birmingham - Dawson 50 FG, 10:26 Michigan - Price 53 pass from Brooks (Lindell kick), 14:15 Second Quarter No scoring Third Quarter Birmingham - Booker 30 pass from Manning (Dawson kick), 10:27 Michigan - Price 98 kickoff return (Lindell kick), 10:50 Fourth Quarter Birmingham - Manning 2 run (Dawson kick), 3:41 Birmingham - Williams 1 run (Fletcher pass from Manning), 8:59 Michigan was ahead by 10 points late in the 3rd quarter when Birmingham defense stepped up while the offense scored two late touchdowns to secure victory. The story of the game was the Birmingham rushing attack (186 yards) which allowed Birmingham to possess the ball for close to 38 minutes. Michigan's offense was a dumpster fire gaining only 174 total yards due to a stiff Birmingham defense. Michigan WR Peerless Price is proving to be the best free agent signing in the early 2002 season. He has been a revelation so far.
Passing Cmp Att Yds %% TD INT QB1 Peyton Manning 22 38 316 57.9 1 1 Rushing Att Yds Avg TD Fmb HB1 Ricky Williams 17 86 5.1 1 0 HB3 Cecil Collins 3 42 14.0 0 0 QB1 Peyton Manning 10 30 3.0 1 0 WR1 Deion Branch 2 15 7.5 0 0 FB1 Jim Finn 2 13 6.5 0 0 HB2 Ron Dayne 1 0 0.0 0 0 Receiving Rec Yds Avg TD Fmb Trgt WR3 Tim Dwight 4 97 24.3 0 0 6 WR1 Deion Branch 3 80 26.7 0 0 5 TE1 David Martin 6 66 11.0 0 0 9 WR2 Marty Booker 5 55 11.0 1 0 7 WR4 Reggie Wayne 2 11 5.5 0 0 4 HB1 Ricky Williams 2 7 3.5 0 0 2 Defense Tck Sck Int Fmb TD Knk Saf LB4 Danny Clark 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 S2 Ed Reed 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 LB1 London Fletcher 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 CB4 Nick Harper 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 CB2 Allen Rossum 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 LB3 Will Witherspoon 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 DT1 Russell Davis 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 S1 Ahmed Plummer 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 CB3 Rich Coady 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 S4 Scott Shields 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 LB5 Orlando Huff 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 DT2 Justin Bannan 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 DE2 Eric Hicks 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 DE1 Kenny Mixon 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 LB2 Morlon Greenwood 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Passing Cmp Att Yds %% TD INT QB1 Aaron Brooks 8 17 125 47.1 1 0 Rushing Att Yds Avg TD Fmb HB1 Shaun Alexander 7 33 4.7 1 1 FB1 Cecil Martin 4 25 6.3 0 0 HB2 Shawn Bryson 1 5 5.0 0 0 WR1 Peerless Price 1 5 5.0 0 0 HB3 Kevan Barlow 6 -2 -0.3 0 0 QB1 Aaron Brooks 8 -12 -1.5 0 0 Receiving Rec Yds Avg TD Fmb Trgt WR1 Peerless Price 1 53 53.0 1 0 1 TE1 Jim Kleinsasser 2 28 14.0 0 0 2 WR2 Antwaan Randle El 2 27 13.5 0 0 4 HB1 Shaun Alexander 1 8 8.0 0 0 1 WR3 Dane Looker 1 6 6.0 0 0 1 FB1 Cecil Martin 1 3 3.0 0 0 2 Defense Tck Sck Int Fmb TD Knk Saf CB3 Jimmy Williams 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 LB1 Joey Porter 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 CB1 David Macklin 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 CB2 Renaldo Hill 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 DE2 Andre Wadsworth 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 S1 Will Allen 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 LB3 Greg Favors 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 S2 Earl Little 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 S3 Antuan Edwards 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 LB4 Warrick Holdman 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 DE1 Brandon Whiting 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 DT1 Anthony McFarland 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 DT3 Martin Chase 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 S4 David Gibson 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 LB5 Shawn Barber 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 DE3 Jason Peter 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
PLAYS OF THE GAME
Michigan WR Peerless Price 53yd TD Catch
Birmingham WR Marty Booker 30yd TD Catch
Michigan WR Peerless Price 98yd Kickoff Return TD
Birmingham HB Ricky WIlliams 1yd TD (Game Winning Score)