Paul T

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    Paul T got a reaction from AlexanderRasputin in Cage Season 4 Individual Awards (GHL)   
    Thanks for pulling these together.  Is it just me or does someone from the Steelers always take the Roid Rage Trophy?  Their strength and conditioning coaches are doing something right over there!
    Slightly bummed that Pohl didn't get Vezina consideration.  Agree with Cutter winning, but Pohl is better than those other two scrubs, Shore and Lang.  It's my own fault for not realizing his greatness until midway through the season.  I need to do a better job of getting him more games.
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    Paul T reacted to bremitt in recall and assign   
    Not sure if mentioned, so i will apologize if it has and I am just being redundant.

    The Process of having to go to a players page, let it load, click on assign/recall, let it load, then authorize that choice, then let it load, is rather annoying.

    Could it be possible to set it up so that when you are on your roster page, and you click on a player, and the pop up comes up with his ratings and traits, at the bottom, like how you can simply click on "add to shortlist" or "remove from shortlist" have another bottom that we can assign/recall that player? That way we can just quickly go down our roster list and do it all from one page in a much faster process.
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    Paul T reacted to AlexanderRasputin in Cage Season 4 Individual Awards (GHL)   
    Congratulations to everyone on another great regular season! Good competition, some changing of the guard on certain teams, and another epic finish. Congratulations to Stealheads on the East title, and Hawks on the West title. 
     
    You know the drill.
     
     
    ART ROSS TROPHY (Most League Points)
     ELOUAN SCOTT (Slaughterville Red Tide) - 81 points    
     Joaquim Harter (Trojans)
    Theodore De-Nobile (Stealheads)
     
    OVECHKIN TROPHY (Top Goalscorer)
     JERALD WHITELY (Rome Trojans) - 37 goals              
     Elouan Scott (Red Tide)
    Dejuan Clymer (Stray Cats)
     
     GRETZKY TROPHY (Best Playmaker) 
     JOAQUIM HARTER (Rome Trojans) - 50 assists           
     Bryan Middlebrook (Ricochet)
    Theodore De-Nobile (Stealheads)
     
     
    VEZINA TROPHY (Best Goaltender)
     KWESI CUTTER (Victoria Regals) - RETAINED TITLE              
     Jean-Francois Shore (Rage)
    Osvald Lang (Minutemen/Dragons)
     
     
    ORR TROPHY (Best Offensive Defenceman)
     BRYAN MIDDLEBROOK (Ithaca Ricochet)                        
     
     NORRIS TROPHY (Best Defensive Defenceman)
     YAN SHARSHIN (Slaughterville Red Tide)                       
      
    ORR - Points leader among defencemen
    NORRIS - Calculated with the following formula among D-men [+/- + BKS - GVA + TKA], PER also taken into consideration 
     
    SELKE TROPHY (Best Defensive Forward)
     MIKAEL NIKULA (West Chicago Hawks)                   
     Elouan Scott (Red Tide)
    Quentin Eberhardt (Rage/Gators)
    Calculated with the following formula among F: [PTS + BKS - GVA + TKA]
     
    LADY BYNG TROPHY (Most Gentlemanly Player)
     RUSLAN LOSKUTNIKOV (West Chicago Hawks)               
     Douglas Giallombardo (Hawks)
    Dominik Corrado (Eastern Outlaws)
    Calculated with the following formula [PTS - PIM]
     
     HART TROPHY (League MVP)
     ELOUAN SCOTT (Slaughterville Red Tide)   
     Kwesi Cutter (Regals)
    Yan Sharshin (Red Tide)
     
    CALDER TROPHY (Best Rookie)
     FREDRIK LIEN (Mount Airy Savage Storm)
     
    GOOD SAMARITAN AWARD (Most Giveaways)
     FABIAN FISCHER (Brownrigg Alligators)   
     
    ROID RAGE TROPHY (Most Hits + PIM + MP)
    CECIL BRANCO (Scandinavia 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.
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    Paul T reacted to Deadwing in [SOLVED] All Menus Struggling to Load   
    Same here. Everything else loads fairly good, but manager page takes sometimes up to 15 seconds to load (up to 30-40 seconds on tablet).
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    Paul T got a reaction from Deadwing in [SOLVED] All Menus Struggling to Load   
    Is this still happening to anyone?  All pages are fine, except the Manager page.  It takes this 15-20 seconds to load.
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    Paul T reacted to Steve in Manager Graveyard   
    These kids today with their need for instant gratification!  :P
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    Paul T got a reaction from Steve in Manager Graveyard   
    Gone but not forgotten:
     
    1. Eric T (Fairbanks Union):  S1 - S2
    2. Matt H (Brass Castle Berserkers):  S1 - S2
    3. Mocha Wallace (Tionaga Red Thunder):  S3
    4. Kim Vandaele (Deadwood Vandals):  S3
    5. Torbjorn Johansson (Rycroft Red Thunder):  S4
    6. Jiri Heikkala (Yonker Wolverines):  S1 - S4
    7. Erzac (St. Thomas Stray Cats):  S1 - S4
    8. Ferris Mason (Kegashka Prairie Stars):  S1 - S4
    9. Jan Rosa (Various teams):  S3 - S4
    10. Mocha Wallace (Tionaga Yellow Jackets):  S5
    11. Ben/ (Vauban Tomahawks):  S1 - S5
    12. Richard "bouncer" Feynman (West Chicago Hawks): S1 - S5
     
    RIP
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    Paul T got a reaction from flowbish1 in Injuries   
    It doesn't get much more even than that, so that is not the issue.  I've seen teams play 40% line 1 and 50% first pair D with no problems.  My splits are very similar to yours.  When players get tired I'll usually adjust special teams as needed.
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    Paul T got a reaction from Walter A. Donaldson in Injuries   
    It doesn't get much more even than that, so that is not the issue.  I've seen teams play 40% line 1 and 50% first pair D with no problems.  My splits are very similar to yours.  When players get tired I'll usually adjust special teams as needed.
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    Paul T got a reaction from AlexanderRasputin in Injuries   
    It doesn't get much more even than that, so that is not the issue.  I've seen teams play 40% line 1 and 50% first pair D with no problems.  My splits are very similar to yours.  When players get tired I'll usually adjust special teams as needed.
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    Paul T reacted to Wick Schozen in Warman Aussies (Buzzer)   
    When the league headquarters announced the sale of the Altona Dragons to an unnamed bar owner in the small town of Warman most around the league didn’t bat an eye. That was until it was leaked who had made the purchase.
     
    “Wasn’t he banned from the league from his days in Howitzer?” One anonymous executive sent via text message “Heard he called the commissioner's wife a sex worker after being suspended for putting a fresh coat of lead paint in the visitors dressing room before every home game."
     
    It was day 54 of season 2 that Wick Schozen returned to the business of professional hockey. Successfully finding a loophole in the bylaws of Buzzer, Schozen is now the owner, general manager and coach of the Warman Aussies. A mere eight days after the announcement Schozen has stripped any remnants of the teams Altona past and left no confusion in the direction the Aussies are headed in. 
     
    “I’m not in the business of telling grown men to divorce their wives. I sleep better at night with a team of 20 year olds who have no idea they just signed their life to me in the fine print of their contracts.” Schozen said at his first press conference in front of the media. "To do that we’re on our way down to the SHL, anyone too undesirable to other teams to be traded will have their contract voided at the end of the season and their stink of mediocrity out of my locker room.”
     
    This team of 20 year olds is already well into actualization. Through seven trades in as many days the Aussies have almost more draft picks for the season 2 draft as players on the active roster. As forecast, everyone over the age of 20 is going to see their one-way clause release them from the team. 
     
    “We’re building this program from the ground up. To do that I need kids I can mold into competence. It’s the Nike sweatshop model. Children are employed to make shoes before they can wipe their ass. The ones that survive into adulthood are mercenaries on a sewing machine. Look how well Nike is doing as a company, the same model is coming to the Aussies. If these boys can tuck goals at half the efficiency that a nine year old can churn out sweatpants we’re going to have one hell of a hockey team in Warman.”
     
    It was his ruthlessness as a general manager that led the Newcastle Fighters to a GHL Championship back Howitzer. But the seasons that followed were tainted by the Fighters failing to live up to expectations. Schozen’s reputation around the league worsening as his antics continued to get more elaborate in search of success. Without notice Schozen was out of the spotlight and Newcastle bought out and relocated. “I thought the guy was dead.” Another anonymous exec said to me, “honestly I preferred believing that than to know he’s back in the league.”
     
    What Schozen manages to do at this seasons draft is going to be crucial for the long term success of the new franchise. With 11 draft picks in the bank he can afford to miss on a few, but Schozen is adamant that isn’t an option.
     
    “I took my entire scouting staff with me when I left Newcastle. They’ve been following this draft class since they were 12 years old and have been accruing a bar tab with me the entire time. If any of these picks don’t turn out I’m making the scout that backed the player pay back everything they owe on their tab. With that amount of debt I’ll own not only their children but their children’s children. They know what’s at stake.” 
     
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    Paul T reacted to Walter A. Donaldson in Ramblin' around New Haven   
    The New Haven Ramblers are a storied team, however this team returned under Don Werner, bringing along his old Pal Walter Donaldson as coach. The Town of New Haven has had teams since 1926. The team moved From Dalmeny where they were known as the Bad Apples to New Haven where they started out as the Whalers at the end of Season 3. Season 4 was an extremely successful year the Signings of New Captain Veteran Defenseman Assem Stanger, strong play from new defenseman Karel Rognon Fine work from veteran Center-turned-Right Winger Mackenzie Wagers, and the strong push by veteran goalie Dylan Deraspe, led to a second place finish and a promotion to the GHL. The Ramblers had a rough year in the GHL though they put up a good fight for twelfth but fell short, though it brought new regular faces, Defensemen Christian "Chris" Jorgenson and Yanick "Johnny" Guerrier, and Center Jayden-Dubois Quentin known to his teammate's as Jay. They finished 3rd the next year in the SHL, and won the playoffs on Deraspe's excellent goaltending, earning a second chance at the GHL. That second year started out well, with the Ramblers at 7th then top Scorer Houston "Howie" Mazurek went down with a severe injury knocking him off for 35 games, the team's offense sagged and they dropped to thirteenth place, they fought hard to get to twelfth, but they were a few points out. They had many Salary Problems, the Old reliables had aged, particularly Captain Assem Stanger, Jay Quentin, John Guerrier, and Chris Jorgenson. Though the team is aging in some parts, a new addition of Youth came into the Roster, namely Alpo "Al" Laitenen, Howie Mazurek, Urmas "Jim" Nurminen, Danick "Dan" McNally, Marcus "Marc" Godbois, and Aukusti "Artie" Lipponen seemed to be coming into their own. The future is uncertain for the Ramblers, they are an old team, with the Cracks starting to show but the Youngsters show great promise, and there are new Veterans starting to take shape in Roscoe Hartshorn, Matteo "Matt" Bellini, and Nathenial "Nate" Grieco. GM Werner Feel that the team needs to grow and let their youth take flight, with a promising future, The Era of Season 4-8 will be well remembered in Ramblers' fans memories.
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    Paul T reacted to AlexanderRasputin in From Hell: The rise of the Vermilion Black Devils   
    When a convoy of toned black BMWs rolls into the quiet Alberta town of Vermilion on an early spring morning in 2019, the locals have every right to be surprised. No one recalls an official visit to the town since it was formally inaugurated in 1906, a century ago, let alone a convoy flying the Russian imperial eagle.
    As the door of the lead BMW opens and an enigmatic figure in a leather jacket, jeans, and aviators strolls out and walks straight for the town hall, flanked by two prototypical burly ex-prison ZEKs, the locals’ confusion turns to a sense of palpable danger. The town mechanic, who had seen Eastern Promises many times, swears that the Russians have KGB tattoos and someone needs to call Trudeau right away lest the country become overrun by Putin, starting from this sleepy mining town. Of course, no one does anything. But when 15 minutes later the Russian walks out, now flanked by only one of his bodyguards, gets into the driver’s seat of the 7-Series, and drives away without a word or ceremony, the convoy sending rising clouds of red clay dust well into the morning sun - the fear turns to curiosity.
    This curiosity turns to bewilderment, when the mayor calls a town hall meeting that very afternoon. Beside her stands 190 cm, 100 kg of Fedor - “just Fedor”, as he says firmly - in a leather jacket, the prototypical Russian mafia thug, and as he stares ahead, stone-faced, the mayor explains that a young Russian by the name of Rasputin, with authorization from the government of Canada, has just bought a $20 million stake in the town. Before the crowd has a chance to process this figure, she adds that Vermilion is now the home of a professional hockey team, the Black Devils, with a new 13,000 seat arena and associated businesses to begin construction imminently.



    Autumn 2019, in the hero-city of Volgograd, Russia. It’s cold, unglamorous, and foreboding. Alexander Rasputin stands before a throng of international journalists, his customary aviators down. ITAR-TASS is here, as well as TSN. His goal is simple. “I want to conquer North American hockey. We start from the bottom. We take no prisoners. We give no room for “BUT”. We start from the lowest league, LIHL, we win every year. We move to the top. And then we win there. A war, to prove our strength. A true challenge, like the Summit series. My challenge to North American hockey”, he grins. To get to the GHL is one Five-Year Plan. To win in the GHL is the other.
    There are laughs that slowly die down, then shocked silence among the media. No team has ever accomplished the trek from the LIHL to the GHL in 5 seasons. The logistics behind such a feat are...improbable at best, a vodka-fueled daydream. No team in the billion-dollar NA professional sports has ever done this. The skill gap between the levels is massive. The roster turnover will be crippling. The financial weight, more so. The competition from established teams and the brutal 80-game season with a minimum time to build chemistry and team identity, thrice that.
    But Alexander comes from Volgograd, where the siege held in 1942, and carries with him the shadowy weight of the Rasputin name. Rumours fly that Alexander has a connection to the same wild sorcery that powered Grigory, the same sorcery that set in motion events that toppled an empire. Certainly, his reputation in the elite circles is not good. He is volatile, uncouth. He listens to Scandinavian metal. He wears jeans, leather jackets, and long hair like he is some kind of Peter Steele wannabe. He drinks too much, even for a Russian, and isn’t respectful of Orthodox beliefs. There are whispers of cults, women, and pagan rituals. Most write him off as one of a thousand spoiled degenerates living out opium dreams on the money of previous generations. But this opinion will change.



    A month later, Alexander again stands in front of nearly all of the 4,000 strong population of the town of Vermilion. “We are here to win at all costs” is his clear and slightly ominous message. Like most small Canadian towns, Vermilion is also a hockey town with a solid junior program, but this is on an entirely different level. There are misgivings. Alexander’s involvement is not trusted. Someone demands to know why he chose their community, of all places. 
     “During the war, my great-grandfather stood shoulder to shoulder with a Canadian soldier,” begins Rasputin. “This man had come to the Eastern Front to deliver supplies, and stayed to deliver the invaders from our land. Him and my great-grandfather survived Stalingrad together.” He pauses for emphasis, looks over the crowd. “And for that I owe him - and your town, his birthplace, much gratitude.” There is silence, then scattered applause which eventually overtakes the entire crowd. For the time being, at least, Alexander is one of them. 
     
    On the financial front, the new Russian owner delivers. Vermilion Black Devils are officially inaugurated as a professional hockey club in late 2019. A modern arena is built, the design strangely gothic, what some might claim as occult symbols decorating its hallways and a massive 10-metre basalt and crimson steel statue of a grinning, winged demon decorating its front gates. Colloquially known as “The Chasm”, Vermilion Park quickly fills with the sounds of skates hitting the ice and pucks hitting the net. Gold and black jerseys are paraded on hundreds of citizens, and despite the town’s name, these two colours are dominant on every storefront. Rallies take place on the streets, and a brand-new hockey academy is receiving hundreds of talented young prospects from around the province. The city, at least for now, has bought into Alexander’s vision. 
     
    But there is much work to be done. Alexander assumes the GM role, and Fedor the meaningful title of “Personnel Manager”. As a foundation for the team, the Black Devils franchise co-opts a struggling amateur regional hockey club. At practices, they are barely able to elevate the puck, and their skating is abysmal. Alexander spits, slams doors and spends a lot of his time growling at his iPhone, occasionally taking the ice himself. Fedor menacingly points at the underperforming players and cracks his knuckles. The season is a few short weeks away, and the team cannot decide if they are hockey players or sunflower seed farmers. The lone bright spot is the first Vermilion team captain, a Swedish teenager named Fritiof Bergland. His linemate, German prospect Nico Habib, also shows potential.

    After the first week of practices yield few results, Alexander flies to Russia, returning in 3 days with a familiar figure at his side, whose presence only seems to reinforce his backdoor connections. NHL legend Pavel Bure steps out of the black 7-Series, his mouth a hard line as he sees the backwater Canadian town with a shiny new arena and so far, nothing to show for it. But he looks at Alexander, who waits expectantly, and nods. That evening, Bure is announced as the club’s head coach and ambassador of its direct, Soviet-school offensive playstyle.

    Responding to the local reporters’ questions of whether the team’s goals can be achieved, he says laconically - “We will see.”
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    Paul T got a reaction from MarkZ in Injuries   
    It doesn't get much more even than that, so that is not the issue.  I've seen teams play 40% line 1 and 50% first pair D with no problems.  My splits are very similar to yours.  When players get tired I'll usually adjust special teams as needed.
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    Paul T got a reaction from MarkZ in Injuries   
    I'm afraid your situation can't be easily explained.  Think it's a bit of randomness and bad luck at a bad time in the season.  I noticed some of the skaters that were injured had low-ish endurance, but nothing out of the ordinary for your league level - and you definitely aren't overplaying them.  Your goalies also seem to have a nice rotation.  If you or your opponent were playing Hard or Dirty it might explain things a little more, but I have no insight into that.
    As far as what leads to players getting injured more frequently in the game, there are numerous factors.
    - Injury proneness of the specific player
    - Player fatigure... players being exhausted are more at risk of suffering an injury.  There's a few things that impact player fatigue... too much ice time, low endurance, training intensity.
    - You or your opponent playing Hard or Dirty
     
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    Paul T got a reaction from Wick Schozen in [SOLVED] Players Asking for New Contracts too early   
    I guess I'm probably the wrong person to answer.  I'm a fan of anything that adds complexity, strategy or a challenge for managers to the game.  I love when players reject offers and make random decisions.  To me, this is one of those scenarios.  I think players are signing for way too cheap right now.  I know that some managers try to offer the lowest possible salary that the player will accept at the current time, and I also do to a point, but I also look at league averages and if the player will eventually be a star, I try to offer a little more so that I don't run into this issue.  I'm not sure if I would consider this a bug as it penalizes managers who didn't forecast correctly and went too cheap.
    I don't know if anything has changed with Cage, but I did have this same scenario in Biscuit.  I had a player that was concerned the entire season because of this exact issue and he ended up leading my team in goals.  To what point performance is affected is unknown.  I remember discussing this a few years ago in the chat and it was determined that recognizable impact didn't occur until the player was Unhappy.  Concerned was more of a warning.
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    Paul T got a reaction from AlexanderRasputin in Assistants report   
    The reports do have useful information, but they are more indicative of the "on paper" matchup and less based on the actual game results.  Like how well your tactics stack up against your opponent and how well your line focuses match up.  So even if the wording doesn't necessarily reflect the game results, it may give you hints on how to improve your team for the next game.  In my response above, my scoring line has minor issues with their focus, but they were able to overcome those issues and there could be quite a few factors for that... the players are just that good, the other teams defense underperformed, or the other teams goalie underperformed.  Maybe I would have had even better results if I played that line as Two Way.  But I agree with you to an extent, the wording is very misleading, especially for new managers.  If my team is playing well, I tend to ignore the reports.  If my team wasn't playing well, I would look for clues in the reports to figure out why.
    I specifically look to see two things.
    1 - that my players fit the role and line focus.
    2 - how my captains impacted the game.
    Other than that, I don't rely on the reports much. 
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    Paul T got a reaction from MarkZ in Assistants report   
    I don't pay much attention to the wording on the reports.
    For example:


     
    Exactly this.
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    Paul T got a reaction from AlexanderRasputin in My thoughts on endurance   
    Once again, I think the beauty of this game is that managers can all have a completely different perspective of what is happening, which gives managers a unique experience.  I'm not sure there's any "wrong" opinions to what everyone is saying.  There are probably elements of truth to all of it, some just believe in certain things deeper than others.  At this point, no one is going to change anyone's opinion.  What's funny to me is that two managers who have completely different ideas about what is important in building a team are both highly successful.  It sounds like flowbish is crushing it in Buzzer and I can vouch for both Alex and rainsilent in Cage.  Alex has a team that I can't seem to beat unless his starting goalie sleeps in and misses the game and rainsilent has had more success with less roster talent than any manager I've seen, which dates back to Biscuit.
    Keep debating if you must... who the hell am I to tell anyone what to do, but I think at this point, the opinions have been made... and if you are all anything like me, you are stubborn and not going to change what you already believe 🤘😝🤘
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    Paul T got a reaction from flowbish1 in My thoughts on endurance   
    Once again, I think the beauty of this game is that managers can all have a completely different perspective of what is happening, which gives managers a unique experience.  I'm not sure there's any "wrong" opinions to what everyone is saying.  There are probably elements of truth to all of it, some just believe in certain things deeper than others.  At this point, no one is going to change anyone's opinion.  What's funny to me is that two managers who have completely different ideas about what is important in building a team are both highly successful.  It sounds like flowbish is crushing it in Buzzer and I can vouch for both Alex and rainsilent in Cage.  Alex has a team that I can't seem to beat unless his starting goalie sleeps in and misses the game and rainsilent has had more success with less roster talent than any manager I've seen, which dates back to Biscuit.
    Keep debating if you must... who the hell am I to tell anyone what to do, but I think at this point, the opinions have been made... and if you are all anything like me, you are stubborn and not going to change what you already believe 🤘😝🤘
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    Paul T reacted to GamePlanHockey in v2.2.3   
    Bug fixes and improvements
    Fixed bug on scouting Fixed bug where wrong player nationality was displayed on non comp team Fixed bug where pending 1w contract could be included in trades down the levels Attempt to fix bug (not confirmed) where overtime was occasionally ended before a goal was scored Fixed responsive layout for playoff bracket Various layout fixes on league page Various layout fixes on trade offer Various layout and date fixes on subscription info view Adjustment of game engine. Increase scoring
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    Paul T reacted to GamePlanHockey in [SOLVED] Overtime/Shootout Bug   
    An attempt to fix this overtime issue has now been released with the v2.2.3 update. Please let me know if you still encounter this issue after this update.
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    Paul T got a reaction from flowbish1 in Assistants report   
    I don't pay much attention to the wording on the reports.
    For example:


     
    Exactly this.
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    Paul T got a reaction from AlexanderRasputin in Assistants report   
    I don't pay much attention to the wording on the reports.
    For example:


     
    Exactly this.
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    Paul T got a reaction from flowbish1 in My thoughts on endurance   
    That Big Delta team is lookin' solid!
    💪🏼😝🤘🏼