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Everything posted by RickLM30

  1. Major, that was the main reason I never got into Fantasy Football and stopped betting on football and basketball pools before Fantasy Football came into being. It seemed weird to me to root against my favorite teams, which I would have to in order to win. I still like to root for the underdog, which some of my favorite teams have been off and on for many years. 🙂
  2. Wow, really nice. I've always just used NFL teams in my league, but after seeing these, I'm thinking I may add some fantasy teams of my own. Great job!
  3. In my solitaire league, the guards need to be quicker because all my teams use them to pull on traps and sweeps. They have to be fast enough to get out in front of the backs on the sweeps and fast enough to trap down the line. My tackles generally are used in straight ahead or double-team blocks, although they sometimes pull on pitch outs.
  4. In my solitaire league, they serve the same role as linebackers in real football (at least the roles they had before the NFL became the pass happy league it is now). They plug holes, cover backs out of the backfield, blitz, and drop into zones. I generally want pretty fast linebackers to cover the backs (as well as tight ends in certain situations), roam sideline to sideline on sweeps, and come up in a hurry to plug any holes in the line. Because I use a multi-stop system, they are very valuable in these roles.
  5. Yup, you're right, it was Coleco. My memory isn't what it used to be...
  6. Yeah, the sets with the control arms were made by Gotham, I think. The control arm only worked for one player at a time and really wasn't very good.
  7. I slant my offensive linemen before the snap to block down, double team with a posting lineman, or to pull on traps and sweeps. As I've said elsewhere, I use rookie bases with a mult-stop system to allow for offensive personnel to maintain their blocks and defensive players to react to the play.
  8. When I first started my league, the bases were a permanent part of the figure, so you didn't have much in the way of options for fixing errant movement. I never liked the idea of just turning the game on and watching the players run around willy nilly, no matter where the ball was on the field. The issue with the bases was why I started using a multi-stop system. When Tudor went to separate bases (initially rookie bases), I continued to use my multi-stop system for my solitaire league. I don't like to spend a lot of time tweaking bases - i'd rather play the games. I tried the TTC bases, but it didn't work for me, so I went back to using rookie bases (did some minor tweaking - candle/lighter method to burn off excess plastic). I ran them through 10 yard sprints to rank them speed wise labeling them numerically. A lot of work initially ( I now have over 1500 bases), but once I ranked them all for speed, don't have to race them again, unless I get new bases. I don't worry about strength, because with my multi-stop system, it doesn't seem to matter, since I rotate the players around the front of their base to react to the play at each stop, Using rookie bases in my solitaire league seems to work well for me (i've been playing for 56 years). Guess I'm saying that, admittedly, the bases are a problem for beginners, but also, the method presented for playing may not help either. Possibly, besides presenting the method of turning on the game and letting it run, Tudor could present a multi-stop system as well. It just never made sense to me to let the game run. Why would a ball carrier just turn around and run in the opposite direction for no reason? ( I know Jim Marshall ran the wrong way once but that was after a fumble recovery.) Why would a defensive player, all of a sudden just run away from the ball carrier (unless he didn't belong on the field in the first place)? A multi-stop system does away with these non-football maneuvers and would allow players to use bases, pretty much right out of the box without a lot of tweaking. Just my 2 cent.
  9. Sorry about the caps in the title. Forgot I had caps lock on.
  10. Does anyone have a good system for determining first downs when it is close and you need to make a measurement? The chains for the 620 boards had a slide on the 10 yard chains, so you could place the slide on the yard stripe and get a good measurement for the first down. I'm using a 48 x 24 inch board now and the chains don't have any way of easily marking where the yard stripe (the ones that go all the way across the field (5, 10, 15, etc.) is to make an accurate measurement for the first down. Looking for any ideas...
  11. I'm kind of old school and prefer the time when there were fullbacks and halfbacks and before the NFL turned into touch football... I generally like all my backs on fast bases and mix up my running plays between fullbacks and halfbacks ala Taylor and Hornung (Packers), Harris and Bleier (Steelers), Brown and Foreman (Vikings), Garrison and Hill (Cowboys), Hubbard and Davis (Raiders), Lincoln and Lowe (Chargers), Ameche and Moore (Baltimore Colts), etc. That being said there are teams where only one of the backs is really going to be the go to back - Ron Johnson (New York Giants), Tony Dorsett or Emmitt Smith (Dallas Cowboys, Floyd LIttle (Denver Broncos, etc. (All my players are on single clip rookie bases.) Most rushing yards in a season - Timmy Brown (Philadelphia Eagles -1,483 (running mate - Tom Woodeshick) Best rushing average for a season - Paul Lowe (San Diego Chargers - 6.66 (running mate - Keith Lincoln) Most rushing yards career - Larry Brown (Washington Redskins) - 3,043 (4 years) (running mates (Charlie Harraway, John Riggins) Best rushing average career - O. J. Simpson (Buffalo Bills) - 6.22 (4 years) (running mate (Jim Braxton) O.J. is probably my most dangerous back, although he suffers the same fate as O.J. did for most of his career (really bad teams) Please note, these stats are all from my solitaire league over the course of 6 seasons played between 1966 and the present. Some of the seasons stretched over many years due to college and my subsequent job that required a lot of travel. I played whenever I was home, which wasn't very frequently. I'm retired now, so i'm getting more time to play, as I have an understanding wife.
  12. I use a mutli- stop system and only use rookie bases. Offensive linemen are slanted before the snap (since they know where they are going) to block down or trap or double team. Defensive linemen are slanted if the defense calls for it, or if they are running stunts. I then run for about three seconds, then pivot all defenders around the front of their bases to react to the ball on running plays. Offensive players are pivoted around the front of their bases to continue/maintain their blocks. I find slanting the offensive linemen opens up holes, while slanting defensive lineman can mess up offensive blocking schemes.... Similar to real football.
  13. Yup. Wasn't sure if everyone knew that, so I just explained how it worked. Thanks.
  14. What are some of the ways to mitigate sagging metal boards? I have a couple old 620s that are sagging and would like to correct that if possible.
  15. I've always used the varsity numbers and haven't tried the new NFL stick on numbers. Can you get them off once they are on. After each season in my solitaire league, some players retire, others are traded, and some rookies show up, so I have to renumber my players. The varsity numbers aren't difficult to remove, but not sure about the new NFL stick on numbers or the decal numbers....
  16. It depends on the coverage called. My teams play man to man, strong and weak side zones, quarters. If i'm blitzing, play man to man and the corners are either playing bump and run or are off about 4 yards to start, then run with the receiver. (I use a multi-stop system, so after the first stop, they turn and run with the receiver. If no blitz, corners play 6 to 8 yards off and run with the receiver. If playing zone, the corner on the side the zone is rotating plays on the line or 4 yards off, the other corner is 8 to 10 yards off in the deep zone. Also, if its strong side zone and the strong safety is playing the strong side short zone, then the corner is back 8 to 10 yards.
  17. NO Dave, I would if I could, but don't think I'm coordinated enough to pass and film it at the same time. Maybe I'll experiment and see if I can work the TTTQB and my phone at the same time - no promises. 😉 It's a matter of angling the qb's base back at an angle & then drawing back the passing arm by a certain amounts depending on the length of the pass to put some "touch" on the pass.
  18. NIce. I especially like the gamestats. I keep records by player (both offense & defense), but hadn't thought to sumarize the stats at the end of the game. I think I will add that to my game sheets.
  19. I also use only box stock. Also, only use rookie bases.
  20. I've been playing solitaire electric football since 1963. I developed a league with 6 teams in 1966. Since then, i've expanded my league to 10 teams, 12 teams, and now 16 teams over the years. Each team consists of 54 players plus kickers and punters and have home and away jerseys. The league is divided into 2 conferences of 2 divisions with 4 teams in each division. Playoffs consist of 4 division winners plus 1 wildcard from each conference (best record within the division not counting the division winners). The division winners with the best record in each conference get byes, and the wildcard and the other division winner within the conference play. The winner of those games play the bye team in their conference. Then the conference winners play for the championship in the Super Bowl. I have developed my on set of rules using dice rolls to determine offensive/defensive formations and run/pass and blitz/coverage packages for each down by team using a multi-stop system. It seems to work well for me. It takes a long time to play a season (3-4 years) as I play using a 30 play quarter (not including plays out of bounds, incomplete passes, penalties, etc, which would stop the clock normally. I realize most would think 3-4 years is a long time, but it works for me. I keep individual statistics for each player on each team (starters, backups, special teams) using spreadsheets for each team. Also track individual players throughout their careers in my league using spreadsheets to record their stats. My current teams are made up of "all-stars" by team who played between the years 1960 to 2000. It's fun watching players such as Troy Vincent covering Bob Hayes, even though they didn't play against one another. Also, I enjoy looking at the stats for players over their careers in my league. Just my 2 cents.
  21. I use the TTQB for all passing in my solitaire league, but don't really worry about sight lines. All of my pass plays have a primary and secondary receiver. If the primary receiver is open, I have to throw it to him. If he is covered, and the secondary receiver is open, I have to throw it to him. If both are covered, then I can choose any of the other receivers in the pattern. This has resulted in learning how to throw over the top of defenders and dropping the ball down to the receiver when I don't have a LOS. Not easy, but with practice, still doable.
  22. I use a multi-stop system, where I run the board for 3 seconds, then adjust all players on the field, whether engaged or not, to simulate players reacting to the ball carrier, pass routes, etc. I continue this method until the play is over.
  23. Usually only use two tight ends in short yardage situations, but can then be either a blocker or a receiver.
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