I have had the chance to give this article and event much thought and while it does make me sad, it also gives me hopefulness and joy. Now for those that know me, as a user, know that I am a GM pretty much wherever I go. I currently am a GM in 5 different leagues though they do have varying levels in my participation! I don't think it is too much, people have league jobs in a lot of places, and my preferred job is GM, it is what I like to do, it is my dream job in real life. However, there are times when things can get frustrating or overwhelming and dealing with multiple instances is never fun but manageable.
Why am I saying all this? Well, at the end of this season in the EFL, I will effectively be stepping down as GM of the Seattle Predators. Why you ask? Well, it's both simple and not simple. The simple answer is because I GM everywhere and don't want to GM everywhere. That's not really the truth 100% though. The real not so simple answer is that I don't want to GM in the EFL right now. Let me explain.
I joined the EFL about a year ago, and it was my first Sim league ever, ADing at Oregon was my first Sim league job ever and I had a blast! Before that, I got the chance to be recruited, be scouted, and all the fun stuff there is with being a player in the EFL. I still consider EFL as my main league, though I don't consider it my main GMing league because I don't do too much as a GM here. It sucks but it is true and it was never my intention. I have put together great teams in Seattle and managed caps just fine, something that a GM needs to do. I submit strategies and do all that, well...sometimes but I try to.
I love GMing, I love teams building, but being a player and having that experience was what made me love the EFL from the first day when Faak-Nahd Gabba roamed the streets of Baton Rouge on signing day! I love my team I have in Seattle and have loved competing with all these other GMs in the EFL. It is time for me to contribute to the EFL as a player and possibly in a different light, maybe even ADing again one day, though I wouldn't try and sign my own players each time!
Thank you for all people I have interacted with in the EFL so far. It has been great and thank you to the league higher ups for giving me the chance to GM here. It's time to win a championship in Seattle and go out on top, or I guess, have them win next year after I leave just like what happened with Oregon. One thing is for sure, just like Oregon, I will always be a fan of the team, even with my tenure ending as leader of the program.