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  1. Salivating at the prospect of 12 delicious TPE in exchange for modest effort, I set out to write a well-informed, thought-provoking, near-Pulitzer-worthy article. But that didn't work out, so you get this instead. As a shameless media hack, mock drafts and fantasy rankings are my bread and butter. They give the appearance of high effort, and literally none of it has to be correct! I may not be particularly experienced or knowledgeable about the league, but I can engage in rampant, ill-advised speculation with the best of them! (Editor's note: This meant to be humorous and is in no way intended as a shot towards people who write very good, high-effort mock drafts and/or fantasy rankings.) How much do I know about these players? Almost nothing! Is that going to stop me? Nope! So without further ado, let the reckless guesswork begin! I did refer to recent mock draft articles from @AW13 and @CowboyinAmerica to get the draft order, but I intentionally avoided reading their work to preserve the integrity and originality of this piece. Some of the projected picks may end up being the same, but all of this comes from my own research and uninformed opinions. Any similarities that you may find to their articles are inadvertent and unintentional. I owe a huge debt of gratitude to @AW13, who kindly explained that all the information I was struggling to find for this piece was readily available in EFLO. Without that piece of friendly advice rescuing me from the depths of frustration, there would be no article here! -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1. Seattle Predators -- QB Jamar Mackson, Hades Creek Phalanx -- @BeastTakeover A quick look at Seattle's roster reveals a gaping hole at the most important position of all. When you're forced to play a robot under center, it's really difficult to win in this league, and Seattle's 1-15 record on the season bears that out. With the first pick in the draft, they have to address that weakness. With Manchester Lookouts star QB Vince Carswell II locked to the Denver Steam by the general manager rule, the Predators face a choice between two equally talented but very different players in Jamar Mackson and Jeffery Jibber. I predict that the Predators will opt for the raw athleticism and greater potential upside that Mackson offers over the more polished and perhaps more pro-ready skillset of Jibber. Jamar Mackson is a true modern quarterback, equally dangerous with his arms or his legs and the type of player who can become virtually a team's entire offense. With rumors of a possible management change on the horizon for Seattle, perhaps no player in this draft is more suited to become a new "face of the franchise" than Mackson. He will be the centerpiece of the Predators' rebuild, and you can expect his jersey will be a hot seller in the Pacific Northwest! 2. Los Angeles Reign -- RB Eden Empire II, Manchester Lookouts -- @MMFLEX LA and Seattle occupied an unfortunate class of their own at the bottom of the league, as two of their combined three wins this season came against each other. Curiously, unlike Seattle LA seems to have no obvious roster weaknesses, with perhaps relative youth and inexperience rather than lack of talent being LA's greatest concern. They have a talented young QB in Kenny Khan who's just coming into his prime, and with a good draft LA could be poised to make a big leap in the standings next season. They take advantage of Seattle's need at quarterback to snatch up one of the most electric players we've seen come out of the ECFA in a long time. Listed as a running back, Eden Empire II should perhaps have their position simply stated as "WEAPON," as they lined up at both RB and WR for the Lookouts and was one of the best players in the league at both positions, exceeding 1700 rushing yards and 1100 receiving, while scoring 37 of Manchester's 94 offensive TDs! Los Angeles has a star running back already in Count Olaf, so Empire will probably spend most of their time out wide or in the slot, but don't count out the possibility of seeing them between the tackles. LA's offensive coordinator has to be delighted at the prospect of scheming up new and interesting ways to get the ball into this player's hands, so don't be surprised if the Reign offense features a lot of jet sweeps and end arounds next year! 3. Minnesota Frontier -- WR Trigger Colt, Manchester Lookouts -- @SnapTackleDrop My nomination as the best available wide receiver in this year's draft, Trigger Colt caught 21 of Vince Carswell's 54 touchdown passes for the Lookouts this season, finished second in the league in total receiving yards, and was the only player apart from his teammate Eden Empire II to average more than 20 yards per reception. He has a gigantic catch radius at a long-armed 6'4", and combines it with elite speed, which means that he's never not open. His tape shows him achieving huge separation on almost every play, and easily winning 50/50 balls on the rare occasions when he doesn't. After a challenging first couple of seasons, Minnesota QB Frank Funk Jr. will be delighted to finally have an elite receiver at his disposal as he heads into his 3rd season in Minnesota. Expect Funk and Colt to become fast friends! 4. Toronto Skyhawks -- RB Curtis Taylor, Athens Carnage -- @Lefty_S With this pick, I'm matching player to team more than player to draft slot. Toronto has committed to taking Curtis Taylor with their 1st-round pick under the general manager rule. This is no shade to him, as Taylor is a good player and well worth a 1st-round choice, but he probably is not the best player available at the 4th overall pick. I expect to see a draft night trade between Toronto and another team looking to move up ahead of San Francisco to get a player they covet. Toronto will surely be looking to acquire some additional draft capital in exchange for giving up their 1st-round selection flexibility. With whatever selection they ultimately use to take him, Toronto will be getting a multi-talented player; interestingly, Taylor decided to declare for the draft as a running back despite playing almost exclusively as a receiver for the Athens Carnage this season. And a very good wide receiver he was, leading the league in both receptions and receiving yards by wide margins, and finishing second only to Trigger Colt in TDs, with 18. Toronto could use an infusion of fresh talent at both positions, so expect to see Taylor lining up all over the offensive formation. He could be dark horse candidate for Offensive Rookie of the Year if the Manchester stars happen to struggle early on. 5. San Francisco Frenzy -- RB Might Guy, Manchester Lookouts -- @zekethatbeast25 In a no-trades mock, San Francisco pounces on an incredible talent at 5th overall; I'm skeptical that Might Guy actually gets this far on draft night. Rival ECFA head coaches could only shake their heads in amazement when a top-5 overall draft prospect was Manchester's second-best running back this season. Racehorse fast and twice as strong, Might Guy rushed for more than 1900 yards and averaged a league-leading (and scarcely-believable!) 7.6 yards per carry for the Lookouts. Thanks to the presence of an elite receiving back in Eden Empire II, Guy's talent as a receiver goes almost unnoticed, but opposing defenses would be wise not to ignore him as a threat out of the backfield in the EFL, as he quietly scored 6 receiving touchdowns for the Lookouts, including a 40-yard catch and run. 6. San Francisco Frenzy (from New Orleans) -- WR Maleko Tagaloa, Manchester Lookouts -- @Rockstar Boasting a young roster packed with talent, it probably isn't unfair to say that San Francisco underachieved this season. They did make the playoffs, but finished under .500 in the regular season and lost to Denver in the first round. Remarkably, the Frenzy made 3 interceptions in that playoff game, yet never held the lead. Making their second consecutive first-round pick thanks to an earlier trade with New Orleans, I expect the Frenzy to take the lesson of that playoff loss to heart and use both picks on offensive weapons. The most notable missing piece on the San Francisco roster is a true top wide receiver, and they address that problem here with another player from the historic Manchester Lookouts offense. Thanks to the staggering wealth of options the Lookouts had this year, Tagaloa typically lined up as a tight end and was mostly used as a blocker, which makes his receiving numbers appear underwhelming. But don't be fooled; he has all the tools necessary to be a star wideout at the next level. In fact, there's a reasonable argument that he might even be the better player compared to his teammate Trigger Colt. He is fractionally shorter and slower than Colt, but is a significantly more precise and polished route-runner; his quarterback will know exactly where to find him on every single play. He is also a superior blocker in the running game, which is an underrated skill for wide receivers, and one that his once and future teammate Might Guy is sure to appreciate. 7. Memphis Mambas -- LB Fetu Tagaloa, Manchester Lookouts -- @Rockstar It's sure to be a fun night in the Tagaloa household, as twin brothers go back-to-back in the first round of the draft! The Lookouts offense was so historically unprecedented this season that their defense might've actually been underrated, despite allowing the fewest points of any team in the country, leading the nation in total team tackles, and picking off 20 passes! The captain and unquestioned vocal leader of that defense was middle linebacker Fetu Tagaloa. He was most recently seen flying all over the field in the National Championship game, making 13 tackles in a Defensive Player of the Game performance as the Lookouts cruised to 19-0 at the expense of the Death Valley Rangers. I expect the Mambas will see Tagaloa as the perfect player to take over from Sammo Waddlesworth @Pengu, now well into the twilight of his career. The joy in the Tagaloa family will be a little bittersweet, however, as the twins will no longer be teammates for the first time in their football-playing lives. I venture a guess that the Frenzy might be tempted to use their back-to-back picks at 5 and 6 to keep Maleko and Fetu together for their professional careers, but that isn't the scenario I've chosen to mock here. 8. Miami Neptune -- QB Jeffery Jibber, Biscayne Bay Pirates -- @lukechezzwoo The Neptune were undoubtedly disappointed after an upset loss to the New York Herd knocked them out of this year's playoffs, but they will be happy to take advantage of the slightly higher draft slot. The Neptune battled to a 12-4 record despite an iffy quarterback situation, and so the pick for them here is an easy one. They take advantage of the non-Seattle teams having established young quarterbacks and take a player who in most draft years I would expect to come off the board much earlier. Jeffery Jibber is a traditional pocket passer who lacks the rushing upside and pure athleticism of 1st overall pick Jamar Mackson, but makes up for it with pure arm talent. The strength will wow you, but what really catches the eye of scouts is his pinpoint accuracy, as it seems there's no window too small for him to fire a pass through at roughly the speed of sound. That confidence in his arm leads him to take some unnecessary risks, which will be much harder for him to get away with in the pros, but those occasional mistakes can easily be coached out of his game. Add to that better footwork than most people would realize, and Jibber has all the tools to be an instant success. Miami fans will have every right to expect great things with him leading their team next season. 9. New York Herd -- RB Philip Stein, Trenton Generals -- @IHateBobNutting I expect the Herd will take a very hard look at Athens Carnage QB Namey McNamerson here, but I think in the end they decide to take a more pro-ready prospect and hope that they can get the draft's last potential franchise quarterback with a later pick. Aside from QB, the positions of need that I see on the Herd roster are LB and RB, and I think they choose offense. If they miss out on McNamerson, they can use their 2nd-round pick to shore up the defense, and they'll have a potential star running back that they can rely on if quarterback remains a weakness. In the best-case scenario, they get both Stein and McNamerson and instantly improve both aspects of their offense, while their defense can rely on a young, talented secondary to support a weaker front 7. This is a team that exceeded expectations this season, and by adding the right talent in the draft, they should be set up to equal or exceed the new bar they set for themselves with this most recent performance. 10. New Orleans Kraken (via San Antonio) -- CB Jason Grant, Athens Carnage -- @BeastTakeover Expect the Kraken to be bitterly disappointed if the draft goes as projected by this mock. New Orleans has a very good young passing attack led by QB Johnny Utah, but lacks the support offered by a power rushing attack. With a draft this rich in offensive talent, the Kraken could be left wondering how they missed out on a running back to elevate their offense. I expect they will try hard to jump up to Toronto's #4 slot, especially if a player like Might Guy is available, as is projected here. With all of the top running backs off the board in this scenario, I see the Kraken simply taking the best available player regardless of position, and at this point in the draft I think that's Athens Carnage corner Jason Grant. A true shutdown cornerback, Grant was unquestionably the best secondary player in college football this season, picking off 10 passes and breaking up 21 more. Three of those 10 interceptions he turned into 6 points the other way. He even added three sacks and a forced fumble. He might not be the running back that they covet, but he will immediately make the entire Kraken defense better, and the franchise will be thrilled to add a player of his elite caliber. 11. Los Angeles Reign (from Wisconsin) -- K King Leonidas, Death Valley Rangers -- @thadthrasher This could technically end up as the final pick of the first round if the Brigade upset the favored Denver Steam in the upcoming championship game, but with Denver's pick locked by rule, the Reign will have no reason to fear missing out on the player they prefer for their second 1st-round pick. Having already added a offensive superweapon in Eden Empire II at #2 overall, the Reign add college football's best kicker to a balanced, talented roster that should easily outperform their 2-win performance of the past season. A kicker in Round 1 might seem surprising, but King Leonidas is one of the most talented college kickers to enter the draft in quite some time. Leonidas made both of the 50+-yard kicks he attempted this season, including the longest college field goal of the year at 57 yards. Blessed with a rare combination of thunderous power and bullseye accuracy, Leonidas has never missed a kick from beyond 40 yards and can boast of greater than 90% accuracy on both field goals and extra points. With Leonidas available, any drive that gets inside the opposing 40 will be a virtually automatic 3 points for Los Angeles. 12. Denver Steam -- QB Vince Carswell II, Manchester Lookouts -- @LittleRiDog I'm unable to resist the temptation to use that old draft cliché, "the rich get richer!" The Steam already marched to a 13-3 record on the season, matched only by their upcoming championship opponents the Wisconsin Brigade. The Steam are deservedly favored in that game; they've already beaten Wisconsin once this season, and can boast both the best offense and the best defense in the entire league by points for and against. Now they can take advantage of the GM rule to add a superstar quarterback. Some would cast doubts on Carswell's true ability, given the outstanding talent surrounding him on the undefeated Lookouts roster, but expect him to silence the critics. If nothing else, he moves from one loaded offense to another, but the best quarterbacks make their entire team better, and there's no question that Manchester's record-shattering offense would not have been the same with a less talented signal-caller. Only the rushing upside of Jamar Mackson might hold back anyone from designating Carswell as the top QB in this class. With him under center Denver should be heavy favorites for the championship next season, regardless of the outcome this year. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I intended to make a two-round mock draft, but I'm exhausted. So we'll stop here, and there you have it, my first significant media piece for the league. I do hope that you enjoy it!
    14 points
  2. @thadthrasher And finally the goat has been taken. Real talk tho, as the former SF GM this is by far one of the worst picks/moves I've ever seen lol - trades a 1st and a TE for a Kicker? And there is still good talent on the board at much more valuable positions? But I ain't the GM anymore so it is what it is.
    9 points
  3. CIA's S30 EFL Mock Draft Here’s a thing I didn’t necessarily expect when going into this season’s mock draft: The pool of players is really solid. There has been some talk about the need to recruit, which put into my mind that this draft class wouldn’t be anything to write home about. But as it stands, we could certainly see a first round full of impact players for seasons to come, largely thanks to a stacked ECFA team in Manchester. That counts double if you’re a team that’s looking for skill position players. This draft has its fair share of QBs, RBs and WRs, which should really interest a rebuilding team like L.A. or Seattle. There’s some building blocks here for a strong offense going forward, and I’d expect a lot of offensive players to go in this first round. Defense may look a little rougher, however – which could mean those players go early because of scarcity. So with that in mind, here’s one man’s opinion for how the first round may shake out. If I put you lower than you think you should be, don’t worry, it’s absolutely personal. And this is also a reminder to update the Draft Pick Tracker, because neither of the trades for Wisconsin and San Antonio’s firsts are currently reflected on there. The final couple of picks are also subject to change order due to the playoffs. 1. Seattle Predators: RB Eden Empire II, Manchester Lookout @MMFLEX For a team that went 1-15 this season, the Predators actually have a decent amount of offensive talent. Tobi Parson and Twoson Fourside are a great 1-2 punch of skill position players, and while quarterback Kirby Popopo isn’t lighting defenses up in his second season, he’s serviceable and active enough to not make QB an immediate need. With that in mind, I think they go best player available – which in my mind is Empire. Coming from the agency of a newly-minted commissioner, there’s certainly little risk of inactivity, and a lot of upside as a workhorse back. This would require the one-cut back Fourside to play out at WR, but if he would accept the move, that’s a formidable offense pretty much immediately. 2. Los Angeles Reign: RB Might Guy, Manchester Lookout @zekethatbeast25 The Reign is a team that could use a bit of everything, outside of possibly quarterback where Kenny Khan remains solid. Flex RB/WR Count Olaf is clearly the star of the team, and fellow receiver Sandy Barkley Jr. is a solid number two option, but the Reign could use another skill position player to take their offense to the next level with DeVinter and East largely flamed out. Might Guy would step in as a starting RB or WR pretty much right away, and he’s proven to be effective with his absurd 7.6 yards per rush in Manchester this season. 3. Minnesota Frontier: WR Maleko Tagaloa, Manchester Lookout @Rockstar The linebacking corps has been the strength of the Frontier in recent seasons, but two of their three linebackers are about to enter their 10th season and get hit by regression hard soon. That means Fetu Tagaloa could certainly be an option here. But the Frontier are yet another team that could use an offensive skill position player, with regressing-but-still-talented Charm McClain-Callahan and the young flex RB/WR Kareem Krishnamurthy the only real weapons for rookie QB Frank Funk Jr. So I’m looking at his brother on the offensive side of the ball, with Maleko representing the third straight Lookout skill position player taken. The large possession receiver would allow Krishnamurthy to move to RB and would learn from MCC and Bumberpuff for a few seasons before becoming Funk’s main target down the road. 4. Toronto Skyhawks: RB Curtis Taylor, Athens Carnage @Lefty_S This one’s a GM pick – and as I noted with a few GM picks last season (and was proven correct), there’s no way that Taylor will actually be selected here. It makes a lot more sense for the Skyhawks to move back and grab Taylor later in the first round, picking up more capital in the process. The Kraken or Mambas, who are looking to take a leap here soon, would certainly be two teams to watch here. Regardless, the Skyhawks desperately need to get younger on the offensive side of the ball, and Taylor would immediately be a great replacement for the retiring Hemakeit. 5. San Francisco Frenzy: LB Fetu Tagaloa, Manchester Lookout @Rockstar The Frenzy seem like a team that’s right on the cusp of something special, so with their back to back picks, I’d expect them to focus on players who can make an impact right away. Tagaloa would certainly count as one of those players, where he’d slot into the starting linebacking corps right away alongside fellow recent firsts Harry Dillinger and Russell Hakora. The trio would give the Frenzy maybe the best young linebacking corps in the entire EFL in a couple of seasons, and even as the youngest, Tagaloa has the talent to break out as a star among the three if he stays committed to practice. 6. San Francisco Frenzy (from New Orleans): CB Jason Grant, Athens Carnage @BeastTakeover After taking a defensive player with the last pick, there’s certainly an argument to go on the offensive side of the ball here. If that were the case, red zone receiver Trigger Colt would be particularly tempting. However, the Frenzy have taken a decent amount of skill position players in recent seasons, and the biggest hole on the team might be in the secondary, particularly at cornerback opposite last year’s top pick Kara Moon. Grant would provide an immediate boost in the secondary and would be a perfect #2 CB long-term, a necessity in what has become a passing-oriented league. 7. Memphis Mambas: WR Trigger Colt, Manchester Lookout @SnapTackleDrop The Mambas did better than many might have expected coming into the season, but if they’re going to get to the next level in a tough Eastern Conference, they’ll need more firepower for rising star QB Ajax Cole IV. Far from forgotten in a loaded Manchester offense, Colt ended the season with the most receiving TDs and second-most receiving yards in the entire ECFA this past season, befitting a user with a long-time WR pedigree. It would take a few seasons to be the #1 option for Cole, but Colt certainly has the ability to get there. And yes, I’m aware I have Colt going one pick before the Neptune, life is pain sometimes. 8. Miami Neptune: QB Jamar Mackson, Hades Creek Phalanx @BeastTakeover The Neptune make out like bandits here, as tends to happen with the Miami franchise. There are a bunch of rebuilding teams ahead of them, but barring Seattle moving on from Popopo, I don’t see many places for a QB to fall in the draft. That means to eventually replace the aging Juliet Quebec, the Neptune get their choice of Hades Creek’s Jamar Mackson and Biscayne Bay’s Jeffery Jibber here, and I have them selecting Mackson. I think Miami would have some fun playing around with offensive gameplans for the dual-threat QB, and Mackson has a good relationship with the team’s young receiver Harrison Meyer. 9. New York Herd: LB Jerrell Mayweather, Biscayne Bay Pirates @ChefCook33 The Herd could go a couple of different ways here. A running back like Philip Stein out of Trenton could certainly make sense with Apollo King continuing to get older, and the Herd have shown this season what they can do with a strong feature back. But with QB SonFire starting to show his age, I think the Herd are under pressure to win now more than plan for the future. Mayweather could step in for a rapidly aging Mecha Steiner at linebacker for instant improvement, and even provide a bit of a buffer for Clinton King’s retirement in the not-too-distant future. 10. New Orleans Kraken (from San Antonio): SS Casey Frost, Manchester Lookout @Raimond Jimenez The Kraken actually have a decent amount of secondary talent, both young (with rookie CB Thomas Thomas) and old (with CB Shutdow Necorner as their top TPE player). But this is a passing league, and those two players represent the only talent of note the Kraken have in the secondary. Frost would be the starter at safety from day one, and while he might not be a high-upside player, the Auto-12 means he doesn’t have a low floor either. And for a Kraken team that will take talent any way they can get it, a safer pick here certainly seems up their alley. 11. Los Angeles Reign (from Wisconsin): K King Leonidas, Death Valley Rangers @thadthrasher Who said kickers aren’t worthy of the first round? King Leonidas has been a star for his four seasons in Death Valley, and could very well win the ECFA’s Kicker of the Year once again this season. With not too many active kickers in the EFL, Leonidas could easily become the spiritual successor to Mowanabe Bad as the perennial EFL Kicker of the Year frontrunner. This could absolutely be a landing spot for RB Philip Stein or TE Cassie Frost as well, but especially after the earlier offensive first round pick, I wouldn’t be surprised to see them go defense (if there’s anybody left) or special teams here. 12. Denver Steam: QB Vince Carswell II, Manchester Lookout @LittleRiDog Another GM pick here, and the Steam would certainly be happy if it ends up being the final pick of the first round. Julian Falk has had a successful run at the helm of the Steam, but he’s retiring following this season. Carswell would seemingly step in from day one as his replacement, and while there’s growing pains with any young quarterback, I’d expect the Steam to give him time to grow in what will quickly become a very young offense with star receiver McPoyle also retiring. Also in the hunt: QB Jeffery Jibber @lukechezzwoo (has the talent, but many teams currently set at QB), RB Philip Stein @IHateBobNutting (a whole lot of RBs/WRs in this draft has some defensive players jumping him), TE Cassie Frost @Raimond Jimenez (not as crucial a position for rebuilding teams)
    9 points
  4. Wayyyy back in Season Nine, I did a ranking of the Athletic Directors of the NCAA at the time, so I figured I would revisit the idea 21 seasons later, this time with our 12 General Managers of the EFL! 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
    8 points
  5. @zekethatbeast25 Steal of the draft?
    8 points
  6. ...We found three. I first want express my appreciation for everyone that applied for our BoD position. It's something we've never done and I think it was incredibly beneficial to talk with everyone that shares a common interest in seeing this league thrive. Please join me in welcoming to our Board of Directors: @Lefty_S has been a fantastic user in the community and has already added some great work to this league with his advanced analytics to assist in awards voting, huge contributor to the trading cards, and has now automated the threadmaking task for game days. This is not to mention his work done as AD and GM. @Latti from memes to dreams. For the longest time Latti 4 BoD was a meme, but he has a wealth of knowledge in this league and the history that comes with it. He's seen the ups and downs of 20+ seasons in this league, was the first GM of the expansion NOLA team (where he is again today), has been a huge contributor with presentations and media over the years, and will offer great insight to our team. @Kelsier... Yeah, that Kelsier. When a user has such perspective and insight with league leadership it's hard to look away. We were pleasantly surprised when Kels applied because we know what he brings to the table. I'm looking forward to watching him work with our team and contributing to our league as much as he has in leadership elsewhere.
    8 points
  7. This season has been a show for the Gorilla gang with them winning the game and having a record of 6-1, how is the Carnage doing it well if you talk to one player he would tell that. "McNamerson has done his thing. He has really gotten in the gym and works on his ability to find his guys and improve on reading coverage. Last season there wasn't a lot of balance on our side with so being so run-heavy. Now that he has taken this next step teams can't just load the box upon us. We aren't one-sided and I think that makes us a better team than last year." The improvement has been a welcoming change as now the QB before last season Rub Rub only attempted 51 passes the whole season, while now McNamerson has thrown 152 completions near the halfway point of the season. The rushing numbers are down significantly but don't count out the rushing attack that has been a staple of this team identity. "We can still run with the best of them. Salad is getting over 6 yards a carry so don't get it confused thinking that we aren't a good running team. You can fudge the numbers but you can't take out his production and what he does on the field." When we talk about what has carried over from last year to this year one thing is for certain the defense is just as scary as it was last season. Terrio, Welfare, and Lupa are just a few of the names that offenses hate to see on the opposing side. "We have gotten better, I make sure that guns don't crack off big gains while also making sure that big plays don't happen over the top. I even got a new nickname on the squad "Dirty Bird" Terrio. Got a nice ring to it right? Able to fly and swoop in but also not afraid to get in the trenches and break up running plays." Even so that one loss is to the team that beat them last year Terrio says he isn't worried about it "We are a different team than last year and we still remember what happens early this season but at the end of it all we want to be the ones that hold up that trophy at the end of the season, that has always been the goal and with a defense like ours I think it possible for us to do it right now so why not us?" Team goals have always been the main focus and drive of this team but when we asked him about personal goals Teriio had this to say, "I would like people to look at me and think of a future legend. I want to be remembered as someone who came in and did his thing. I would like awards but more important than that I want people the type of player I was on and off the field more so than anything." Terrio mentioned that would be lying if he said he never wanted to win DPOTY but what would mean more was the respect he got on and off and getting to win a title.
    8 points
  8. Quarterbacks Alex Sonfire (Y7 1367) Juliet Quebec (Y9 542) Kirby Popopo (Y3 506) FA Gustav ManCheetah (Y10 397) FA Dane Reynell (Y4 369) Despite what looks like an impending historic free agent class, the quarterbacks available this upcoming offseason are largely uninspiring – and the top, most viable prospect is a GM player. There is rarely movement between teams in quarterbacks (the Peter LaFleur/Ja LongArm trade several seasons back and whatever-the-hell the in-draft QB swap last season notwithstanding) and is typically spurred on by teams trending into a rebuild who may have drafted a QB at the wrong time or want to squeeze some value out of a QB who no longer fits their competitive window. Alex Sonfire, New York's quarterback, is (as of time of writing) raring to go, with the hope of upsetting a Wisconsin team that has run rampant over the Eastern Conference last couple of seasons. He was an easy candidate for top-4 QB in the league, with a small efficiency advantage over Memphis's Ajax Cole IV but probably a shade under Cole Kelley and Julian Falk. The Herd made a point of force-feeding Apollo King at the goal line for a total of 27 TDs to break a few records here and there despite just 335 attempts on the season. I suspect his overall true talent was closer to top two in the league this season – the scoring specific stats simply don't represent it. There's a 99.9% chance Sonfire returns to New York, so as I said, it's a relatively unexciting QB class. Truly, the most interesting candidate this season is Kirby Popopo, Seattle's second (going on third) year QB who's amassed 500+ TPE through two pro seasons. He had a bit of a rough sophomore season, throwing for just under 3,000 yards and an 8 TD/21 INT ratio. But scouts overall feel his talent outweighs his stats from last season. A quick glance down the Seattle roster – who were 1-15 last season – shows a heavy emphasis on the run; although offensive weapon Tobi Parson has the chops necessary to play wideout, both he and standout bell-cow back Twoson Fourside were used almost exclusively at RB. In fact, at season's end, Seattle's best-rated WR was 130 APE, 57 overall Tiki Henderson (who's slower than the vast majority of linebackers, to be honest). I don't think Kirby will walk until the pieces begin to fall in free agency and the draft – and frankly I expect him to re-sign with Seattle as they acquire weapons for him to throw to. It would be a real punch in the gut if teammate and TE My Names Jeff decided to leave in FA, but it's likely that Twoson Fourside and Tobi Parson would make for some nice weapons going forward as Seattle continues to build. The other three candidates – Miami's Juliet Quebec, free agent Gustav ManCheetah, and San Francisco's Dane Reynell, are all a bit too low or too far in their career to consider seriously unless something substantial were to change. Quebec could consider a last hurrah with a team that's got absolutely everything else in place and fails to find a great trade for a QB – especially since he could hit low 90s in a couple of attributes before retiring if he decides to play out the season – but the pickings are slim at best and non-existent at worst. Understand, too, that Vince Carswell II will assume the mantle in Denver and both Jamar Mackson and Jeffery Jibber are 300+ TPE first-gens coming out of the ECFA. Running Backs Charm McClain-Callahan (Y8 1387) Demetric Kazmeir (Y5 787) Xavier Holloway (Y6 705) Cheeks McIntyre (Y10 659) Khalil Carson (Y9 644) Schitt Brickhouse (Y10 579) Merlin Honeycutt (Y7 493) Kevin Wu (Y7 437) Ajay Krishna (Y8 408) Danny DeVinter (Y5 401) While the QB FA class is overall limited this season, the RB (or RB/WR) group is incredibly robust with players of vastly different skill levels in very different parts of their careers. Case-in-point – with this position, there are multiple players at 600+ TPE who haven't even started regression. The 'prize jewel' of this very early FA class has to be either either Minnesota's Charm McClain-Callahan or Wisconsin's Demetric Kazmeir – depending on whether you prefer a player in the twilight of their peak or one who has a couple of seasons left before regression. CMC had a down season in S29, notching just 1,126 yards and 8 TDs after multiple seasons over 1,600 yards prior. There's a suspicion that he will truly be testing free agency this season provided the current team situation for Minnesota, which means he'll be a top end, if expensive offensive option for teams to approach this offseason. Provided this rollover puts him into his second season of regression, he'll almost certainly be looking for a team that's contending now with a top-flight QB. Demetric Kazmeir, on the other hand, will probably be more than happy to stay with Wisconsin – as it's an ideal situation for an RB that's willing to play receiver with Cole Kelley in his prime. Both he and JFH produced over 1,500 yards this season and are (again, as of writing) arguably favorites to win the title this season – and next. I don't have a good reason for Kazmeir to leave what looks like an ideal situation unless he demands to become WR1, so there he'll stay. One trickier player to assess is Memphis's Xavier Holloway, who hasn't updated since early July. He's entering his final season before regression at 700 TPE. Since I suspect his most recent contract was made while Symmetrik was active, I think he'll be returning to the mambas as the team's #1 back on an inactive extension. On the other hand, AW13's 10th year RB Cheeks McIntyre is finishing a >1,300 yard campaign as the second receiver for San Antonio – but with San Antonio seriously depleted and Ja LongArm retiring, there's no real way to know what McIntyre will do. I suspect they'd sign with a team that would allow them to either 1) have kick/punt return privileges (if AW's looking to stat pad) or 2) play WR2/3 on a team that's actively contending. But the robustness of the RB and WR class may leave McIntyre high and dry for the first day or two of free agency talks as the dust settles. Where middle-of-the-pack teams may be able to make their difference is by adding depth with 500-700 APE players like Holloway and Cheeks – but the likes of Toronto's Khalil Carson and New York's Schitt Brickhouse will also have a pivotal role to play in free agency. Indeed, you can get the majority of the effect of a high-TPE back or receiver with players in this mid-to-high TPE range. You may have limited functionality – as Carson has 35 hands with high-end speed and Brickhouse has 82 speed/73 catching. Both have good strength and agility, but Carson can't function as a WR, and Brickhouse will certainly not be usable beyond any kind of cap (whether that's rushing or receiving). A team like Seattle, for example, might be able to get some use out of Brickhouse as a limited 3rd receiver – but since they already have two excellent backs, it might make less sense to bring on Carson, who doesn't have that kind of flexibility between RB/WR and might displace some of Fourside's role in the team. Provided his speed, Brickhouse will probably have some difficulty finding a role on a competitive team – even as a WR3. If Carson wants to continue to earn well, he may have a spot as an RB1 with the potential for kick return duties on a team that already has some excellent pieces around them. I'd be tempted, personally, to return to a non-competitive team to put up hilarious rushing volume. With two non-GM carryover RBs (Might Guy, Eden Empire II) and a high-earning first gen in Philip Stein, the lower-end regressing RBs probably won't be able to find an important role in teams. Wide Receivers Jakob Markstrom (Y9 756) Patrick Star (Y8 486) JuJu Williams (Y7 434) Jake Davis (Y9 337) Similar to the quarterbacking class, there's really one true prize of the WR free agent class in San Antonio's Jakob Markstrom – who's spent the last few seasons firmly in the conversation for WRotY. Even with a Ja Longarm on his last legs, Markstrom managed nearly 1,400 yards this season and accrued a massive 23 TDs – good for the lead over JFH by two scores, even if the volume isn't truly there. While his QB wasn't the player he used to be, Markstrom took advantage of a weak conference (save Denver) and crushed even difficult opponents from the East – take, for example, a 114 yard, 1 TD performance in San Antonio's away game versus Denver (or his 93-yard, 2 TD performance against the vaunted secondary later in the season!). He still has most of his tools – with 91 speed and 82 hands but a full 86 TPE banked – which makes him capable of approaching WR1 territory on most teams, including some more competitive ones. He'll likely need to spend his banked on getting up to relevant speed (heh) but is certainly a prize even as he enters his ninth season. Beyond Markstrom, however, the wide receiver pool is limited to depth spots. Memphis's Patrick Star is in his eighth season but has declined to just under 500 APE, with 89 speed and 75 hands that would optimistically make him WR3 for most teams – prior to regression, he was a worthy WR2 next to PJ Jackson, outdoing the likes of Markstrom, Tres Uno, and CMC in raw yardage. JuJu Williams, who was probably Denver's fourth-best receiving option (well behind TE Raymond Bernard and WR2 Kevin Wu) is another 50 TPE away but has a similar attribute spread. The pickings get exceedingly thin after Williams, as a hobbled 337 APE Jake Davis has just 86 speed, 74 hands, and 70 agility. It's still worth picking him up as a third or fourth receiving option to add some variety, but it's unlikely these two would be able to get past any mid-tier linebackers, to say nothing of corners. If a semi-competitive team truly wants solid receiving that might transition well to the post-season, teams may be better served looking toward the draft. Trigger Colt already has comparable attributes to the last three players mentioned but will have some nice carryover to work with. Maleko Tagaloa has slightly lower baseline speed to start – but should similarly have some carryover to work with from prior careers. I'd expect those both to find a landing spot as third (or in desperate situations, second) options for teams in the draft. Tight End & Fullback Cormorant Bumberpuff (Y9 1650) Himalaya Griffintown (Y12 1198) My Names Jeff (Y6 898) Sphyrna Lewin (Y4 810) James Mantell (Y4 668) Jermauria Crittenden (Y4, 503) Johan Rantanelli (Y5 491) Miles O'Brien (Y5 489) Ay Pee E (Y11 436) TEs & FBs are a gold mine this offseason. There are four players over 800 APE available this time around, with another four options at the 450+ TPE mark. And, perhaps relevantly, none of the six players below 900 TPE are in regression yet. That's right – Wisconsin's Miles O'Brien and Johan Rantanelli, Memphis's Jermauria Crittenden and James Mantell, San Antonio's Sphyrna Lewin, and Seattle's My Names Jeff are all serviceable-to-great starters at TE and most any team would be happy to have them aboard. But the elephants in the room – Toronto's Himalaya Griffintown and Minnesota's Cormorant Bumberpuff – are both over 1,000 APE with at least another couple of seasons in them (Bumberpuff could have another 4-5 good-to-great ones). These would be generational talents in most any other era of the EFL, and yet here we are with two of them at the same time. Bumberpuff and Griffintown will dictate the market for TEs this offseason – with some overlap from Jeff and Lewin – and could be important deciding factors on where other offensive weapons from this offseason land. There's fascinating potential for this offseason on the offensive side of the ball. Take the top QB, WR, RB, and TE free agents and you have an elite offense, straight-up. It's likely to change as players like Alex Sonfire predictably return to their original teams. But the weapons in this free agent class aren't exactly bound to their S29 teams; after all, San Antonio had their future Hall of Fame QB say goodbye and the aging weapons (McIntyre, Markstrom) and mid-career players (Lewin) may not want to wait for their next great QB to reach his potential. The same could be said for Minnesota's duo; and while Denver has Vince Carswell II raring to go in the draft, will their depth weapons want to stick around? This should be a pretty dynamic offseason by EFL standards. It's possible everyone just goes back to their original teams – but a lot of high-end players have plenty of reasons to leave. [sorry, no time to make this one pretty. >2,000 words, Claim 1 of 4 for Week Ending 9/11/21 (9/12/21 in VHL); also using for EFL Media Week]
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  9. Woah, its been a while since I've had some media content out on the site, so why not start off with some fun media where I make fun of critically analyze each of the GMs and the trades that were made during the draft. Obviously there was going to be a learning curve with three new GMs this offseason and I also made some pretty bad trades at the beginning of my GMing career so if I don't like your trade, first off my opinion does not really mean anything, second, just look to do better on your next trade, no harm there. 1) MIN Trades: 2.15 (Jeffrey Jibber) Kareem Krishnamurthy SEA Trades: S31 SEA 1st Honestly the only trade of this draft that I really liked, I think both teams got what they really wanted. Starting from the top lets see what Seattle was able to get. From here they were able to get both their quarterback of the future and a runningback/wide reciever who also happens to be the new GM's GM player. I think Seattle was able to fit in two spots that are crucial for any team to succeed and I do really like the trade for them. On the order side we got Minnesota recieving Seattle's first next season. Seattle will mostly likely finish in the bottom 2 (which is fine considering they are embracing the rebuild), and Minnesota will be able to get an actual prospect out of that pick. It is always tough when one of your players becomes a GM and wants their player but I think the trade worked out in both team's favors. 2) SF Trades S30 1.6 (Trigger Colt) MIA Trades Harrison Meyer S30 2.21 (Boi Boi) S31 1st Well this was an interesting trade, while I knew Wheaties would want to try and get SnapTackleDrop back on the team, I didn't think that he would end up being successful with it, and Wheaties will get a chance to get another star wide receiver to build his offense around again. From Miami's side there are really no problems here, they gave up a bit, but they got a top-tier prospect so they were able to benefit. For San Francisco, they were able to get themselves back Notsogood's GM player to try and help out Nathan Algren and got a first roundr in the next draft. This will be something mentioned a lot here because of all the trades for S31 first round picks, but the Season 31 class is awful, theres about four players in it by my count and Miami is still an easy playoff team, so this pick will not amount to anything most likely. I think what happened is that NSG just really wanted his GM player back on his team, and might've either not looked at the next draft class or just wanted to give up whatever could make it work. The fact that I have this ranked at #2 should give you a preview at how I view the rest of these trades. 3) LA gives: Sandy Barkley Jr 12th overall (Curtis Taylor) Toronto gives 4th overall (Inactive Heisman-Winner) Not really much I can say about this trade, Lefty knew that he could trade down and not lose anything and he managed a trade down. Now, could he have gotten about 4000% more value? Yea pretty much. But also, he still does not really lose anything so can't really say anything about this. Good trade for Los Angeles who probably traded a bit high cause I think IHW might have fell a little bit more, but they got the prospect they wanted, so good for them. TLDR: Its a trade that could have been a lot better but both sides did not really lose anything so it doesn't really make too much of an impact on the league scale and is fairer than some other of these trades. 4) MIN Trades: 2.14 (Phillip Stein) Jabari Spalding LA Trades S31 LA 1st This is interesting. Los Angeles will have a very unpredictable pick next season with the state of the western conference so this could either work really well or hurt for Minnesota. Los Angeles here however are able to get a deep in regression Jabari Spalding and a second rounder from this draft class. Normally a second rounder wouldn't mean much and that was my first thoughts after seeing the trade but after getting to the pick and seeing who they picked, the second rounder actually ended up to be a very big steal in the draft, in Phillip Stein so might've worked out well for them. Honestly this could be higher in the list, but it will depend very hugely on where Los Angeles finishes in the standings next season. If they are out of the playoffs, they may have overpaid by a bit, for almost no reason, but if they make the playoffs, props for getting a steal in the second round. 5) NOLA recieves: 1.1 (Eden Empire II) Seattle recieves: 1.10 (Becomes Leroy Leroy v2, S31 SF 1st round pick) 2.17 (Tuff E. Bear) Randall Kariya S31 2nd round pick This is another of the trades which you can look at in multiple ways to kind of figure out the perception of the trade. Just a straight up 10th overall, two seconds, and a semi active for 1st overall looks like a very severe underpay by New Orleans considering we have seen First Rounders go for at the least two first rounders. If you look at the trade that Seattle made with the 10th pick they made, this does become a little better, but even then, I think for someone like Flex the minimum had to have been more than this. As someone that kind of talked to EE while he was mulling over who to pick, I do understand the trade back as Flex can't play Wide Reciever and they already have Twoson Fourside at the Runningback position, but yea overall I think that EE might've prioritized getting his friends on the team, and probably could have managed to get Parriyah while still getting a bit more value. 6) New Orleans Trades: 2.13 (Jerrell Mayweather) New York Trades: Ramza Beoulve The only reason this trade would make sense for New York for me would be if they made the trade to free up cap space. If it was for anything but that I do not know what they are doing. I think they paid a lot for a risky expirement, which while I hope will pay off, there are a big percentage chance will not pay off at all. Ramza Beoulve is one of the top Strong Safeties in the league and one of the cool users as well, so New Orleans were able to take a big advantage of the situation and get some good value out of a pick that they may not have gotten anyone else that they would really want from it. Good luck to Dan, good on you for giving Chefcook a chance in the league, and while I don't know where it will go, I do think overall the price was way too much. 7) SF trades: Leroy Leroy v2 S31 SF 1st round pick SEA trades: S30 1.10 (King Leonidas) Not really sure where to start for this trade. King Leonidas was a good pick and if he went 10th overall there would be 0 problems, probably should have gone even higher in the draft considering that thad is a pretty chill user. But my no means do I think 10th overall pick is worth a projected top 5 pick. While it is a weak draft, I think San Francisco could have gotten so much more value for their first. And while I do hope Leonidas has a great career in the EFL like they have had in the ECFA, I think this trade could have and should have gone a different way than how it turned out, and I have it as the most unfair trade of the draft. Users Mentioned: @NotSoGood88 @thadthrasher @Eagle Eye @Latti @oilmandan @diamond_ace @Vkobe-v @MMFLEX @IHateBobNutting @TheCheese @124715 @Lefty_S @Beowoof @SnapTackleDrop @Wheaties @lukechezzwoo 1348 Words (Claiming as a Rankings and PT for the Week)
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  10. SF give up quite a bit for Pick 10, a Young TE and a Future 1st. Must be somone they are really interested in at this pick.
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  11. Back in July, I did a rankings of teams I'd go to if I stepped down as GM. So let's go the other way this time and rank teams I would not go to if I was in that same situation. This one was much easier to write.
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  12. Good game @LittleRiDog the first half kinda got out of hand fast, sorry about that mate. WINconsin baby! We’ve got two in the bag now… let’s try for three yeah? Thank you… @Patdatass @stevo @Mongoose87 @ngine4 @CowboyinAmerica @MattyIce @Nykonax @Turner @PigSnout @Crittenden @zekethatbeast25 @kevinscix @Caboose30
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  13. Hey all Another quick staffing update for you. After many seasons leading the venerable Seattle Predators, @denns has expressed his desire to step down. As such, please join me in welcoming @Eagle Eye to the GM ranks, as he takes over stewardship of this storied franchise!
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  14. Hi all - I wanted to provide an update on the admin structure for the EFL. With increasing commitments in his personal life, @Sharkstrong has expressed a desire to step back from his role as a site admin. He will remain on the BoD and is still in charge of our worst-kept-secret project, so he's not going anywhere! That being said however, @omgitshim and I felt that we did want to replace him in that admin role, and as such, please join me in congratulating @MMFLEX on his promotion to league admin! I'm confident that he'll keep up the tireless work ethic and tradition of excellence that he's established so far.
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  15. General Kenobi!! Well it's been awhile since I fired off some randomness for TPE, and today seemed like a fabulous day for just that. Morning day off run with the dogs complete, so let's spew some brain thoughts and see where it goes. This will be both RL and EFL related, so I apologize in advance. No tags coming either, lots to get thru in the first place. I'm even adding random pictures to break it up. May as well start with the good news. Turns out sometime around Valentine's Day, I'll be welcoming a new addition into the OMD Sports Agency Family. A Brand New Baby! Pretty exciting, I know. Haven't found out if it's a boy or girl yet, and apparently, I'm the only one willing to wait for the surprise. I'm also very much the typical guy, as most people that I have told, have been over the internet. While my wife has told much of her family and friends and acquaintances in person, I only told a select few in person. Pretty much my immediate family and that's it. My two best friends found out in a text and the rest of the world found out via facebook or instagram. So much simpler that way. Done and done. As such with all these changes, it's made me reflect upon my sim league past and ponder the future as well. I honestly don't know how my time commitments will be changing, but I guess we'll see what happens. Other sim leaguers seem to be able to manage their time and I'm sure I will too. Being in 5 sim leagues, I had already planned on cutting a few out completely once player's careers are over. Like many others, I don't even pay attention to what some of my players are even doing anymore. And that's not fair to me or my GMs and teammates. Looking back here though, I'm a month away from 3 years in the EFL. And what a great time so far, despite a lack of championship success as a player and manager. One in S11 with the Ducks and in S20 with the Mambas, definitely stings. Maybe if the secret is they all come 9 seasons apart, I'm in luck this year then. Either Lincoln will surprise everyone and win the ECFA or perhaps, it's New York's turn to shine again. Fingers crossed. A Herd win would be a miracle There has been a lot of change since I joined, going from 6 teams in the EFL and 8 in the then NCAA to our 12 in EFL and ECFA now. Many faces have come and gone too. I often wonder what old teammates or rivals are doing now and if they will one day come back to us here. It's also been just over a year since I was welcomed to the BOD and around 9 months since I was named ECFA commissioner. Out of the 12 teams in the ECFA, there are only 2 or 3, depending on how you look at BBP, that I haven't replaced ADs on. Some we've even had as many as 3 in a season! Lately though, there has been a much more steady presence in most of the remaining 10 active schools. Which is a great thing, I was starting to grow weary of finding new talent every few weeks. Hopefully we will continue to have low turnover and the only ADs leaving will be doing so to become GMs in the EFL! I won't go into too much of what is being discussed in the BOD room, as I'd hate to spoil the surprise that is coming, but as we all know retention and recruitment have long been hot topics. With the world gradually opening up again and people going outside and making up for the lost year and change, it's no surprise that people's attention towards sim leagues in general has waned some. It also doesn't help that in a lot of cases, the EFL is not user's go to league. We see a lot of PT claims being Affiliate PTs, which is great, but it does show the need for more content, activity and excitement on our own forums. I've been working with ADs, trying to get their input on how to make things better and easier for them. ADs really do have the toughest job in our league, as they are the first presence a new user may really interact with, and early retention is all up to them. Checking out the ECFA landscape, I'm cautiously optimistic about the future there. The two bot teams, helped funnel some talent to other rosters, but still work to be done. I'm not sure who is a fan of Canadian Junior Hockey, but that model is my long term goal. Teams rise and fall cyclically, and for the most part, everyone gets a chance at the dish. NCAA is a little more flawed, as it keeps the same teams near the top. Luckily, we don't have the same politics going on here, but I know for the best of all teams, we've gotta have more parity in one sense and in another, where the same teams aren't always winning. Always be positive Same thing for the EFL, it's better and more exciting when there isn't a ho hum aspect to it all. Might be harder to change at the pro level, as careers are much longer and knowledge of strats and dcs seem to elevate some above others. I think in the future things will be a lot more competitive though. Bringing me to my next thought, the Herd. It's official, we're old. If we go into the next season with the same roster, we'll have 7 players in regression. While some are built to fight regression long term, others aren't and it's time to focus on the future. We also have a few high TPE players that have gone inactive or mostly inactive. That is disappointing as they were all good users and good to talk to. Unfortunately none of them said anything about leaving, which just leaves me with questions. In another sense, it makes them easy to control as team players, but it also lowers trade value too. This offseason will be interesting with the draft and how we decide to move forward. I want to stay in a competitive mindset for the remainder of SonFire's career and I don't see that changing. The goal has to be to add young actives, even ones that aren't max earners, to take up the mantle of our aging stars and stay out of the cap hell we've been in the past several seasons. I don't see the salary cap going up for awhile, so we'll have to find some sort of middle ground to be a contender and have money to add in free agency or at the trade deadline. The real Alexisonfire I can't bring myself to do a total teardown as some clubs have done recently either. Drafts aren't as loaded as they used to be with 12 teams and adding multiple impact players every draft is very hard. Makes it hard to gain any footing. I do wish all rebuilding teams the best, and am interested in seeing how it goes for them. The West is a little more forgiving right now with 4 teams going thru major change, but gaining any ground in the East is very hard and I don't see that changing unless GM and or philosophies change. Also looking to the future, I'm excited to be creating an eventual likely recreate in the next couple weeks. Leaning towards an offensive player of some sort right now, as I do think as much as I don't care for Ronnie Screwtheherd Jr, he can be an effective player long into regression. Alex SonFire on the other hand, who I had great hopes for, has been something of a disappointment. Maybe it was his usage or the weapons around him, bit he hasn't been able to shake the interception bug that has haunted him since Death Valley. He does have a few more good years in him I think, but in an offense driven league, a top notch QB is a must and slowly the younger generation will catch and pass him in TPE. I'd love to try having a RB for my next player, but that may not be the case. It'll all depend on what the Herd need come that time. Gotta have a shout out out out out to Herd legend Apollo King! Traded a retiring GM player for the pick that was traded for the pick the brought him to town, and he's been better than a GM player. Super loyal thru it all and now finally a record holder. Seeing King finally get rushing touchdown 160 was pretty amazing. And now he's bearing down on the all-time rushing yards and yards from scrimmage records too. Hopefully we can set those numbers out of reach and add a few rings before it's all over. Future HOFer and Herd Wall of Honour member for sure Gonna end with a few off the handle predictions. - Master and Former Apprentice meet again in the ECFA Finals. Manchester looks unstoppable and I'm not sure even Death Valley with Tac at the helm, with all his brain power can slow them down. Manchester wins a tight one with a late touchdown 23-18. -The EFL loves a good upset, (fuck you sim) and we see not one, but two upsets in these playoffs. Miami takes down Wisconsin in round one and the Krakens squeak out a win against San Antonio. Latti finally gets revenge on AW for Bo Clerk's treachery. Denver beats up on NOLA in the West final and Miami as usual pummels New York..... sike! -New York actually will beat Miami for the first time in eight tries. Riding high, the Herd finally break the curse and win a title. Finally fulfilled, the entire roster retires after the game as well as the whole coaching staff and management. Going out winners all the way!!! And some draft guesses too. - At least one GM player is drafted by a different team from their GM's. - A QB goes top 3 and the other 2 top QBS go one after the other. - Might Guy will be the First Pick - Jerrell Mayweather goes in the Top 15 That's all for now 17xx words. Using 3 weeks
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  16. First Quarter Scores: 0-14 14-0 0-7 7-0 3-0
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  17. *10th Pick, can't edit post on this forum for some reason lol
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  18. The New Orleans Kraken Recieve: Pick 1 The Seattle Predators Recieve: Pick 10 Pick 17 Randall Kariya NOLA S31 2nd Round Pick Massive trade as the Kraken move up in the draft and Seattle move down collecting 3 Picks and a Young up and coming WR.
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  19. First time recreating on the EFL and I have to tell that after having a player of LongArm's calliber, I expect way less for Big. While updating I got myself thinking on where would I love to play when I arrive to the EFL. Know though that this is just a ranking and if your team is not here, that doesn't mean I would not give you a chance if you picked me up. Lets get into it. 1. San Antonio Wolfpack - @AW13 Talk about great experiences. I had myself a blast here with Ja. Originally drafted in New Orleans and acquired by a trade, AW made me feel at home right away and the way he conducted the team and made us feel great week in and week out. People generally don't like to play twice for the same person, I wouldn't have a problem. If an opportunity presents, I would definitely love to play one more time with Andrew and the team he builds. 2. Seattle Predators - @Eagle Eye A team that means quite a lot to me. Even though my career there as a GM wasn't really anything, I feel the desire to help the team jump off the slump. Being currently taken by GM Eagle eye, the Predators will start improving really hard and I believe that the window of the team currently matches the time Big will go to the draft. I have great love about the franchise and I want to repay it for all the great moments I've lived there as part of my days in the EFL. 3. Toronto Skyhawks - @Lefty_S The new man of the hour Lefty is someone that I've never managed to play for and I believe there have been plenty of opportunities. I believe that he's proved his love for that franchise with a ton of gfx and his long tenure. That's an experience I would really love to have and I believe that I could be a great help for him and for the Toronto org as the team lacks players at the Wide Receiver position. 4. Minnesota Frontier - @Rayzor_7 Every since @Renomitsu was the GM, the Frontier have been a team where I have my eyes located. A talented team with a logo that I really enjoy and with plenty of space at the WR department. Current GM Rayzor is someone that I have huge respect and I would love to help him out achieving his goals. Minnesota has also quite a lot of history and would be great to be part of it too. 5. New York Herd - @oilmandan Rad user, rad users in the team and rad logo. I've been fortunate enough to have coached Omd in the SBDL and it clicked fairly well. He has great commitment and that's what I search in a GM. The team also has Flex, someone I really like and I believe that we could be some solid faces helping moving the franchise into the next step - a proper contending spot. Time is coming for Big, fingers crossed he can put his mark on a franchise as much as LongArm did. I for sure can't wait to see how this will work. Appreciate your time.
    6 points
  20. Ya know, someday, Harrison Meyer will be forced to retire and I’ll be able to recreate. I don’t know if that’ll be in 4 seasons, 7 seasons, 8 seasons, whatever, but just for fun, I’ll try and rank which teams I’d go to when I RC (hopefully as a QB but we’ll see what SF needs). This rankings assumes that the ADs stay the same and that I have stepped down from HCP (I’ll do that when I win a ring, if I ever do). 5. Manchester Lookout, @MMFLEX @lukechezzwoo Yeah, it’s true. I’m thinking like every other normal recreate. I’d love to go to a place where there’s a very active LR, where I can hang out and be one of the boys, have some fun, and win. I haven’t had a super active ECFA LR since Savage City in S25, to be honest, and I miss that. What keeps them from going to #1, though, is that although I think Flex is great, I am very annoyed about them going 19-0. They just seem a little too in-your-face good for me, and they also beat my Savage City in S26. In the 1st round. As the 4 seed. In Meyer’s final game. It would be a great miscarriage of justice for me to send the new guy to the place that ended my old guys hopes and dreams. 4. Trenton Generals, @BeastTakeover Beast was the best AAD I could have ever asked for. He kept the LR active, loved learning about the ins and outs, and was on the whole invested and excited. I have no doubt that he’ll do great things as an AD and just continue to be a real homie. I do have a few issues at the moment, though. For one, Chef is taking his filler there. When I’m a RC choosing a destination, I can be pretty picky, and that’s a no-go for me. I also worry that with the lack of actives currently there, that it’s not gonna be as active as I’d like it. Also, because of Savage City, Trenton was a powerhouse back in the Meyer days, and used to be Alabama back in NCAA days. Fuck Alabama, War Eagle! 3. Roswell Encounter, @Vkobe-v For me, what makes Roswell of all places a big destination is that I really admire Kobe, he’s a really great guy who I enjoy talking to. That alone is enough to get him to 3. I think he’s beginning to build a solid core, but he needs just a little extra push in players and activity to get to the top (a QB would help). But I think when I get to RCing, it has the potential to be a very vibrant LR and could very well be within 4 years. 2. Athens Carnage, @124715 Numbers, like Kobe, is also a great guy. Coached HCP back when it was USC, has multiple Team HOFers, and also has a lot of actives, good recruiting, ya know, stuff like that. From guys on the team like Leonidas, Potato Salad, Newsome, and DeShaun Taylor, this seems like an absolutely great LR to be in. It’s a really close call between #2 and #1, but the team that placed 1st has been on my radar for quite a while. 1. Death Valley Rangers, @TacticalHammer Yes, NSG is a very typical RC, it seems. Ever since I took over HCP, I’ve thought to myself a few times, “Ya know, I really wish I coulda played for DVR.” Tac is just an absolute great guy, fields a winning squad season after season, the LR is almost certainly pretty active, and just in general, I get a good vibe from them. And with Tac being the EFL Commish, I don’t think I’ll have to worry too much about him leaving ADing anytime soon. That’s that for that, hope you enjoyed it. This is all based on the current environment in the ECFA, right now, I expect that when I actually RC, stuff will be different. Additional Pings
    6 points
  21. I'm hearing rumblings???? The 1st Overall Pick could be on the move?
    5 points
  22. Winning Three Straight Isn't Easy The EFL is coming up on its 30th season, and there have been a lot of records made, broken, and re-broken during that time. But there remains at least one holy grail that has never been touched: a threepeat. Over the past 29 seasons, there have been six different back-to-back champions, including the most recent Brigade titles. Of the previous five, though, none were able to capture that third title. And how did those five teams do in their next season? I’m glad you asked. Here’s a quick rankings of the first five back-to-back winners, and who got closest to the threepeat. 5. S17 Memphis Mambas: 1-13 (Last) There aren’t too many cases in EFL history of a team fully tearing down after a championship, let alone two. But after winning the title in S15 (at 12-2) and S16 (at 9-5), the Mambas decided it was time for a rebuild. The team’s 1-13 record finished three games clear of the next-worst team in the league, and only a surprising 19 point win over the 7-7 Reign kept them from a winless season. The rebuild did set the stage for their S20 and S21 championship teams though, so can’t hate too much. 4. S22 Memphis Mambas: 7-9 (Eighth), First round loss After this back-to-back, the Mambas didn’t tear things down right away. Looking back, though, maybe they should have. The Mambas’ 7-9 record was good enough for a playoff position in the recently expanded Eastern Conference, but only by virtue of beating out expansion Minnesota and Toronto by one and three games, respectively. Once they hit the playoffs, they didn’t stand much of a chance against 12-4 Wisconsin and bowed out early. 3. S24 Miami Neptune: 9-7 (T-fifth), Conference championship loss The Neptune are always dangerous in the playoffs no matter where they finish, and following their back to back titles in S22 and S23, they at least gave themselves a shot at a third straight even after seeing Rose’s retirement at QB. In a year where the West was dominant, Miami’s 9-7 record was good for a tie for second in the East, only behind a fourth-year Minnesota squad. They ended up facing that Minnesota team in the East finals, but ended up bowing out to them in a 48-15 blowout. 2. S11 San Antonio Wolfpack: 9-5 (T-second), Conference championship loss A laughingstock for much of their early history, the Wolfpack finally got over the hump in S9 and S10 with dominating back-to-back titles. They tried their best for a third in S11, but to their dismay, they found themselves in a stacked Western conference. There was a three-way tie for first in the conference at 9-5 after the regular season (Miami was first overall at 10-4), and though they won the tiebreaker to have the conference championship at home, they couldn’t get past a tough L.A. team there. 1. S8 Miami Neptune: 11-3 (first), Championship loss You can’t get much closer than the best record in the league and an overtime loss in the finals. Wheaties almost eliminated the threepeat curse right off the bat, not only become the first back-to-back winner in S6 and S7, but almost capturing the crown the next season as well. Following an 11-3 record and an easy 32-17 win over Memphis in the Eastern finals, the Neptune had to be feeling good against the 9-5 Reign. But an L.A. TD with under two minutes left tied the game, then they got the ball first in OT and never looked back.
    5 points
  23. Would like to nominate @BeastTakeoverfor this he has done alot for the community and has been a positive presence
    5 points
  24. Hello EFL, For the first time we're going to be hiring a BoD member through an application process. As the responsibilities are sometimes ever changing I won't detail full responsibilities, but some general expectations of this position would include, but wouldn't be limited to, active participation when discussing league changes, be able to perform duties in a timely manner, award discussion and voting, etc. This position would come with job pay of 3 TPE. If you're interested in making this league a better place please DM me on discord @ MMFLEX#4200. We'll get into more details then. -Flex
    5 points
  25. We have broken into your regular scheduled programming of General Hospital to tell you that Jeffery Jibber has officially declared for the season 30 EFL draft, we take you live to his press conference *Jeffery and his Lawyer, Guy McForeskin step up to the stage* From Guy McForeskin: "We are aware of the allegations that Jeffery Jibber is an alien, i can confirm that it is a lie! There is no proof of The Bus Jibber being an alien. We are disgusted by these allegations and take them very seriously." *One of Joe Biden's secret service agents walks on to the podium, he whispers something into his ear, what the media dosent know is that Jeffery Jibber is actually Joe Biden but in disguise.* "We were just told that this press conference is actually about Jeffery going into the draft, he is going to be number 1 overall. I was told by my buddy at the bar he is so i know he is. Jeffery Jibber is gonna go first overall. First off, it is a requirement in his contract that he must go first overall (no it is not) and if he doesn't we will sue the EFL! (no we will not)." From Jeffery Jibber: "Im just excited to play for an EFL team, but i am still a carpenter at heart, so no i will not quit my carpeting job, playing football is just a hobby to me, it really means nothing. With taht being asaid i do hope to go 1st overall, but if i dont i wont sweat it." That concludes Jeffery "The Bus" Jibber's draft declaration press conference. We just now learned about Jeffery Jibber being an alien, even though his lawyer, Guy McForeskin denies it, i wouldn't trust a guy named Guy or McForeskin so yeah. *Video of Jeffery Jibber being made into lab to transform from Joe Biden ended up being circulated, the FBI is investigating to see if the two people are the same person. It would be pretty funny if they were the same. Tune in soon to see what happens next!* 351 words
    5 points
  26. Come on Anchorage, BBP, and Trenton
    5 points
  27. 4 points
  28. @SnapTackleDrop idk how yall GM's let this happen but it is what it is, Congrats Snap
    4 points
  29. Day 6 Results The people decide that it's @Ricer13's time to go! However not enough people decided that, so everyone goes to bed disappointed. Night actions due by 8 AM EDT! List of Living Players:
    4 points
  30. Was expecting a super tight game after our regular season matchup, but that first quarter did it. A good game to Denver, thought you guys were the favorites heading in. And to Wisconsin: We did it! It's been such a joy being a part of this team, playmakers all over the roster. Wouldn't wanna be anywhere else.
    4 points
  31. I would like to throw @124715’s name into the mix, always is a great guy to work with in the community and does a great job getting guys hyped on his team, really was the guy that got me to stick when I came back
    4 points
  32. Today's Game of the Week brings us to Trenton where the Generals will be hosting the Athens Carnage. The Generals are currently the #4 seed in the Heroes Conference with a 7-8 record and will have a chance to move up to the #3 seed today with a win and a loss by the Savage City Wraiths. Meanwhile, the Carnage are locked in as the #2 seed in the Heroes Conference with a 12-3 record and will just be looking to use this game as an opportunity to finish the regular season strong and enter the playoffs with some momentum. If the Generals win and the Wraiths lose, these teams would see each other again in the opening round of the playoffs. With this being Week 16, let's look at the important storylines in this week's other games: Growlers @ Phalanx: The Phalanx are currently the #3 seed in the Legends Conference. They can secure this seeding with a win. If they lose, they will need the Storm to lose in order for them to get the #3 seed. Rangers @ Pirates: These teams don't have anything at stake this week as the Rangers have already clinched the #1 seed in the Legends Conference and the Pirates have already clinched the #2 seed in the Legends Conference. However, these teams may meet again in the Legends Conference Championship Game and this could be a good opportunity to see how they match up against each other. Storm @ Mammoths: The Storm are currently the #4 seed in the Legends Conference. If the Phalanx lose to the Growlers, the Storm will have a chance to move up to the #3 seed with a win against the Mammoths. Venom @ Wraiths: The Wraiths are currently the #3 seed in the Heroes Conference. They can clinch that seeding with a win today, but with a loss they will fall to the #4 seed if the Generals win. Encounter @ Lookout: The Lookout have already clinched home field advantage throughout the playoffs, but they will be chasing history today as they are currently 15-0 and will be looking to complete the ECFA's first ever undefeated regular season with a win today.
    4 points
  33. 0:261st and 10MEM - 33Rush by King, A. for 10 yds. Tackle by Beaumont, J.. 0:001st and 10MEM - 23Rush by King, A. for 6 yds. Tackle by Frucker, F.. He's done it! Apollo King @StackTheRacks12, the legendary ECFA and EFL player, has just broken the all time-rushing yards record, previously held by Reginald Sharkstrong! Congrats to Stacks!
    4 points
  34. You heard the man - we have a job to do @Tater_Tot @qWest@denns @DontCallMeCarson @carnation199 @AW13 @Minion @thadthrasher @HuddleHussy @Siddhus @Vkobe-v @TH3G3N3RaL
    4 points
  35. 14-10 0-7 @AW13I had scores wrong 20-3 10-27 35-14
    4 points
  36. Should have said "don't try to @MMFLEX your extensive vocabulary".
    4 points
  37. 4 points
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