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  1. I use time, with quarters set at 45 minutes each. No records yet. I much prefer defensive struggles (in real world games as well) to offensive blowouts. Play - especially passing - is commonly quite sloppy early in the season. There are particular running plays that usually seem to net big yardage and are difficult to defend against. I'm always looking for ways to stop them without instituting radical rule changes. This usually involves experimenting with different bases for the defensive players that are most often involved, or setting those players in different positions. The field which I bought a couple of years ago has some very unique vibration patterns which I'm not yet used to. The old field I knew by heart, having used it since circa 1970.
  2. In a surprisingly low scoring game, the Lancers defeated the Wildcats 17-6. The Wildcats, playing good defense, led the Lancers 6-3 at the half, but gave up two long TD runs to Lancers' RB #41 in the second half, and made 2 critical mistakes which led to their defeat. The first half was marred (as most early games are) by poor passing by both teams, including an interception by Wildcat rookie FS #25. Lancer QB #6, coming to the Lancers in an off season trade with the Thunderbolts for RB #27, was ineffective until just before halftime, when he led a long drive which netted the Lancers their first score, a FG. Previously, the Wildcats had taken a 6-0 lead on a pair of FGs - one set up by #25's interception. Both teams' high-powered running games were contained by good defensive play, although the Wildcats' #22 ripped off a 57 yard run in the second quarter to set up the Wildcats' second FG. In the second half, the Lancers' #41 exploded for an 80 yard TD run, giving them the lead for the first time, 10-6. The Wildcats continued to be ineffective in the third quarter, with QB #7 completing only 2 passes. Meanwhile, the Lancer's QB, #6, began to get the range, driving the Lancers deep into Wildcat territory, before settling for a 51 yd FG attempt. It was wide right, and the Gladiators took over, in good field position. Keeping the drive alive into the fourth quarter, the Wildcats faced a fourth and ten at the Lancer 19 yard line. Instead of going for the FG, which would have brought them to 10-9, with lots of time remaining, they opted to go for it, and #7 was sacked on a blitz, by reserve S #36. First mistake. But the Lancers, after getting one first down and running valuable time off the clock, were forced to punt the ball back to the Wildcats. QB #3 replaced #7, and RB #22 had a 41 yard run for the Wildcats, who once again drove deep into Lancer territory. Again they faced a fourth down situation (4th and 5). #3 went back to pass, and completed it along the sidelines to WR #85 for a first down. But as he turned and began running, the ball popped out, and Lancers' SLB #56 recovered at the 11 yard line. Second mistake. On the very next play, the Lancers set their TE #86 (their blocking TE) on the left (they had been setting TE right on all previous plays), and #41 exploded over left tackle for an 89 yd TD run, giving them a 17-6 lead, which they protected until the end of the game. Lancers' #41 led all rushers with 184 yards; Wildcats' #22 had 146 yards. Lancers' WR #85 had 4 catches to lead all WRs. Wildcats' QB #7 was sacked 3 times (one by CB #44 on a corner blitz, one by DT #78, and one by S #36 on a blitz); Lancer QB #6 was sacked once (DE #84 and WLB #52 sharing). This game concludes the opening games, and inter-league, for all teams. The current standings are: Old League: Lancers 1-0-0 Gladiators 1-0-0 Titans 0-0-1 Hawks 0-1-0 New League: Thunderbolts 1-0-0 Panthers 0-0-1 Warriors 0-1-0 Wildcats 0-1-0 Next games (beginning intra-league play): Lancers @ Titans Hawks @ Gladiators Warriors @ Thunderbolts Panthers @ Wildcats
  3. Incidentally, I was looking at Pro Football Reference the other day, and was quite surprised that the Browns highest rated (by their way of rating0 player of all time was NOT Brown, Graham, or anyone else you'd expect, but tackle Dick Schafrath, who played during the 60s.
  4. Love the old time games! I've been a Giants' fan since '62, and I remember the players of that era well.
  5. The Gladiators erupted for 17 second quarter points, and held on, to defeat the visiting Warriors 17-7, in the season opener for both teams. The first quarter was marked by good defensive play, and sloppy passing by the Warriors' QB #12, who missed several open receivers. Meanwhile, the Gladiators began to establish a running attack, based on FB #35, who wound up the game with 85 yards total to lead all rushers. After the scoreless first quarter, in which the Gladiators' QB #15 was sacked 3 times, the Gladiators put together a drive which featured a 39 yard run by #35, and ended up with a TD pass from #15 to TE #85. After the Warriors failed to do anything on their next possession, the Gladiators got the ball back, but were also unable to move it. The Warriors blocked the ensuing punt, but failed to capitalize, missing on a 45 yard FG. Taking over, the Gladiators once more drove down the field, and scored on a pass from #15 to rookie RB #44. As the quarter waned, the Gladiators kicked a short FG, giving them a 17-0 halftime lead. In the second half, the Warriors replaced their starting QB with #8, who, on his first attempt, threw a 71 yard TD pass to WR #82. Despite this, and despite an improving running attack, the Warriors still were unable to sustain any drives. In the middle of the fourth quarter, they drove the ball down to the Gladiators' 18 yard line, but, instead of going for a field goal on fourth and ten, opted to go for the first down. A blitz by WLB #66 forced #12 to throw early, and the pass was incomplete. From that point, the Gladiators ran time off the clock, punted once again, and stifled the Warriors on their final possession by playing a prevent defense which allowed short completions, but took up too much time. The Gladiators' DE #92 had one sack in the fourth quarter. There were no interceptions by either team. Next up: Lancers @ Wildcats, which will complete the first games for all teams, and complete the inter-league games for this season.
  6. Last year's last place New League team, the Panthers, at the Old League champion Titans. This was almost an upset, as the lowly Panthers came into the 4th quarter with a 17-13 lead, largely due to the Titans having missed an extra point and a chip-shot field goal early in the game. The first half was marred by sloppy play on both sides. The Panther's rookie QB, #17, opened up with an 80 yd TD pass to WR #16, who wound up the game with 4 catches and well over 100 yds receiving. As expected, the Titans relied on their running game, and FB #39 finished with 112 yds on 12 carries. But starting QB #18 had a bad day, eventually throwing 2 interceptions, to Panther FS #42 and CB #37. He was finally pulled in the 4th quarter for #15, who went 5 out of 7 and the game tying TD, to TE (and wingback) #84. Earlier, #18 had thrown a TD pass to WR #87 on what should have been an interception, the ball deflecting off CB #43 on hitting #87 on the fly in the endzone.. FB #39 also had a #13 yd TD run in the second quarter. The Titan defense pretty much controlled the Panthers' running attack, but had some difficulty against the pass. Despite throwing an 80 yd TD pass to #16 on the first play of the game, #17 completed not a single pass for the rest of the time he was in. He also threw an interception to Titans' SLB #55. He was pulled late in the first half for veteran QB #11, who, although not outstanding, made some critical throws, including a 37 yd very tight throw to #16, just before the half, which set up the Panthers' first FG. In the third quarter, Panther HB #25 scored on a 6 yd run, giving them a 17-13 lead. Early in the 4th quarter, the Panthers kicked another FG, giving them a 20-13 lead, and 2 drives later, Titan QB #15 threw his game tying score to #84. The extra point was good, and since I only have OT games in playoff or championship games, the tie remained. Even though a tie, it has to be regarded as a major upset for the Titans and something of a moral victory for the Panthers. Those extra points can be critical. DT #92 had a rare sack for the Titans, and DE #96, who brought pressure the entire game, had one for the Panthers. Next up, Warriors at Gladiators.
  7. I pulled the starting QB late in the game because he was clearly overmatched by the defense. #27 had about 14-15 carries, including a couple of very long runs. He had previously been the Lancers' backup RB, but he was traded in the off season (including the base) to the Thunderbolts for their backup QB, who will be the Lancers' starter when their games begin.
  8. I time each quarter to 45 minutes (except championship game, which is 48 minutes per). This allows for the exchange of offensive and defensive units. Thus, an entire game lasts 3 hours, about the same time as a live game. The number of plays, of course, will vary.
  9. In the opening game of the 2021 season, the world champion Thunderbolts defeated the visiting Hawks, 31 - 21. The Thunderbolts are coming off an undefeated, untied 2020 season (being only the second team to have a perfect record in 28 years), and remain unbeaten to this point. Thunderbolts' QB #7 stared slow, but came on to finish with 2 TD passes (both to TE #82), and RB #27 had 197 yds rushing in a dominating performance. Besides #82's 2 TDs, #27 (40 yds) and #23 (51 yds) both had rushing TDs. On defense, the T-bolts had 2 sacks and an interception (FS #20). The Hawks, except for 2 long runs (by #36 and #40) never could get their running attack going, and their passing game was inconsistent. Starting QB #12 had TD passes to WR #88 and FB #36, and back-up QB #17 had one to WR #86. The defense had no sacks, but did have an interception (FS #26) in the first quarter - which came to nought. Next up: Panthers at defending Old League champion Titans.
  10. My "training camps" are almost complete. The regular season will begin around Memorial Day with: Hawks at Thunderbolts (last year's champions) Panthers at Titans Warriors at Gladiators Lancers at Wildcats These are all inter-league games - the only ones scheduled this year. I begin to have qualms about allowing the offensive linemen blocking angles of less than 90 degrees. Training camp has revealed it give the OL too much of an advantage. Last year, defense was dominant, and scores were mostly very low, compared with previous years. I love a good defensive game, so I was quite happy. I can't seem to get the hang of passing the current felt footballs available from Tudor. Fortunately, I still have several of the older style. I guess I'll have to take very good care of them.
  11. Your regional lineups are very interesting. I recall that in the original NFL-AFL merger, one of the major considerations was keeping particular rivalries. Have you developed your own rivalries?
  12. No '62 Packers? I remember their loss to Detroit on Thanksgiving Day. It was the only game they lost that season.
  13. Interesting geographical arrangement. As I recall, the original merger of the NFL and AFL, and the subsequent divisions, also took into account special, existing rivalries. Do you have any such rivalries in your league?
  14. Yes. I use "conference" here, but I refer to them as the "old league" and "new league", hearkening back to the time when there was the NFL and AFL, as separate leagues. OLD LEAGUE: Lancers Hawks Titans Gladiators NEW LEAGUE: Thunderbolts Panthers Warriors Wildcats
  15. In my off season, I've had the draft, in which new players from imaginary colleges have been selected, older players have retired, and newer players have moved up. Currently finishing sticking on the new numbers, and getting the rosters fleshed out. Soon after this is done, "training camp" opens, in which teams practice, offense against defense, new bases are assigned - in some cases changed, paint is repaired or touched up. I bought a couple of bags of new bases and tested them, to determine the direction and severity of the motion curve, and marked then accordingly. To be fair, I'm arbitrarily assigning 4 new bases to last place teams, 3 to 3rd place, and 2 to the conference champions, to start out with. We'll see how that goes before assigning more. I've already held a mini-camp for O-lines of each team, to test the possibilities of my new rule which allows one O-lineman to angle his block (on a running play) at less than 90 degrees to the line of scrimmage (the O-line may pull any number of players at angles of greater than 90 degrees). The results were mixed, and I'm going to allow the first "set" (4 games) to play out and make a final decision then. Most promising was angling the LT on the weak side in on the DE on that side. It creates some interesting possibilities and combinations. My season will open sometime in May, with each team playing 10 games in the season - up from 9 games in all 28 previous seasons. The schedule is broken down into 3 sets of 4 games (first set), 3 games (second set), and 3 games (third set). The first set has the odd game out, which is an inter conference game as the first game of the season. The inter conference match ups are: Panthers at Titans (conference champions) Warriors at Gladiators Hawks at Thunderbolts (league champions) Lancers at Wildcats Each team has 29 players, not counting QBs and Kickers
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