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Steve Turner
Asteria Kromatos


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
149 - 86 - 117 (0.545)
Tuesday August 19th, 2014 - 09:21:44 PM GMT
Test

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Steve Turner
Asteria Kromatos


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
149 - 86 - 117 (0.545)
Tuesday August 12th, 2014 - 03:34:38 PM GMT
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Steve Turner
Asteria Kromatos


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
149 - 86 - 117 (0.545)
Tuesday August 12th, 2014 - 11:40:11 AM GMT
Hello

Just a test

 
James White
Essex Supreme


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
143 - 69 - 172 (0.462)
Saturday January 19th, 2013 - 10:26:05 PM GMT
Bleak Outlook

A bit like the weather forecast in Britain at the moment Essex cup run is not looking too good. Tonight is probably our last chance to turn it around hopefully we can take something. From the match.

 
Oli Sigurjonsson
Captain Iceland


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
332 - 158 - 233 (0.568)

Team Trophy Case
1 Alan Parr Cup Titles
Thursday January 17th, 2013 - 02:34:31 AM GMT
League review

This season has been strange here in the Icelandic camp.  We started off brightly in the AP cup, but got thrown out by a good Missouri team, yes, you read correctly, a good team :)

We were determined to get better results in the league, but lots of problems got in our way, mostly it were the other managers, why are they so good ?   It didnt help, making stupid errors time and again in the orders business, leaving players on when they shouldnt be and mixing up names in the substitutions and so on and so forth.  Well EL managing was at an all time low.  Conceding a late equaliser against GS was one of the lowest points of the season.  It was a stupid misjudgment of my part, a misjudgment I had sworn not to do again against Alon.  I also think we lost both games against KIN.  it was a hard blow too, but that was something we knew could happen in both matches, that Kevin is just 2good for us.  We are happy to finish in second place.  It is one better than last season, so that is progress at least ;D

Next season we would like to another step forward :)

 
Phil McIntosh
Missouri Legal Beagles


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
325 - 173 - 377 (0.470)

Team Trophy Case
1 League Titles
Sunday January 13th, 2013 - 04:58:12 AM GMT
Beagle Bulleting

But, that's life in the Group of Death!

angry

 
Phil McIntosh
Missouri Legal Beagles


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
325 - 173 - 377 (0.470)

Team Trophy Case
1 League Titles
Sunday January 13th, 2013 - 04:57:29 AM GMT
Beagle Bulletin

MLB is determined to break into the round of sixteen in the Cup this season.  So far, so good.  Still tough competition ahead in group play, though.  PRV has been a tough nut to crack thus far, and SCO is a beast.

 
Steve Turner
Asteria Kromatos


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
149 - 86 - 117 (0.545)
Monday January 7th, 2013 - 01:24:55 PM GMT
AK Golden Age

During the MSWL Cup draw Al mentioned that we used to be a good side - and we did have a great run for a couple of seasons. It started in Season 16 after the AP Cup; 2nd in Div 2 (failed in the play-offs), 5th in MSWL Cup, then Season 17 it was 3rd in AP Cup, 1st in Div 2, 4th in MSWL Cup, then Season 18; 6th in AP Cup, 5th in Div 1 and 2nd in MSWL Cup.

I had a plan that worked, but I thought it was impossible to continue - so I went back to the old rebuilding policy that saw us relegated immediately (we were unlucky though), promoted via the playoffs and avoiding relegation in the playoffs in consecutive seasons. We've had a decent league season but could finish 7th.

I'm wondering if that old system was better after all.

 
Phil McIntosh
Missouri Legal Beagles


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
325 - 173 - 377 (0.470)

Team Trophy Case
1 League Titles
Monday January 7th, 2013 - 02:21:17 AM GMT
Beagle Bulletin

Kevin really, really needs an MLB win over his rival and arch enemy, C-Ball.  Looks like "free lunch city" around the office this week!

Woo Hoooooo!

cheeky

 
Marc de Kok
Stockholm Science Geeks


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
337 - 177 - 336 (0.501)

Team Trophy Case
1 Alan Parr Cup Titles
Sunday January 6th, 2013 - 08:04:13 PM GMT
Just another season

We were never going to get at the top of the table this season. That was clear at the beginning of the season.

We had only one goal, and that was not to finish last. And that is just what we did. We are now firm attached to position number 9 and, with our squad in mind, that is a truly remarkable position for us.

Now we are preparing for the MSWL Cup, which serves as a training cup for next season. We are going to have to say goodbye to lots of players next season, so the remaining players are have to be at their best.

 
Steve Turner
Asteria Kromatos


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
149 - 86 - 117 (0.545)
Friday January 4th, 2013 - 01:15:17 PM GMT
Oh for a bit of luck

At one point it was looking like our best season ever in MSWL. The last two games could easily have been wins for us and that would see us in 2nd place, but now we're back in 6th and with tough games against BOA and GGD we could struggle to pick up more points and get overtaken by AYR.

GGD might seem like a simple game, but they've had two brilliant results against teams just above them, giving them a chance of avoiding the play-offs and will surely  go all out for the win. Excellent EL management means they have a chance with a little luck.

 
Phil McIntosh
Missouri Legal Beagles


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
325 - 173 - 377 (0.470)

Team Trophy Case
1 League Titles
Sunday December 30th, 2012 - 11:29:18 PM GMT
SPOILER

We'll push that post on down the field, just in case....

 
Phil McIntosh
Missouri Legal Beagles


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
325 - 173 - 377 (0.470)

Team Trophy Case
1 League Titles
Sunday December 30th, 2012 - 11:25:37 PM GMT
Safe

*WHEW*

With three matches left to play in the MSWL regular season, MLB has secured a place in Division I for next season.  We have to admit to no small amount of concern following our match against Al Seller's Memphis Pharoahs just a few matches ago.  A rare NMR for MP spelled an excellent opportunity for MLB to gain critical points to avoid relegation, but we couldn't put one and one together to make two and get the ball up the pitch, on the goal, and into the net.  Sometimes this game seems so simple, and at other times...Three points for MP.

Time to start rebuilding already, because the players who helped reach this point are not going to be in a position to do so much beyond the mid-point of next season.  An SL 35+ FW is not an automatic win, but it sure makes life easier.  We would not be here without Kevin Shellhamer, who has scored 70 goals in 115 matches in his career for MLB. 

MLB has added the services of Floyd Owings to the defensive roster.  He'll see plenty of playing time for the remainder of this season in order to get him in shape for next year.

 
Leon Permentier
Barnsley Brewers


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
88 - 85 - 206 (0.344)
Sunday December 30th, 2012 - 06:26:36 AM GMT
[SPOILER] Barnsley press

After The Brewers took over the top spot in 2nd division last week they continue their run towards first division footbal. 

PEX travelled to Barnsley and we sure hope they had a nice day of sightseeing because they never intended to come here to play some ball. 
After barely 15 minutes of football the numbers 4 and 0 were on the scoreboard and exactly 30 minutes later David Bulow scored his 5th goal of the evening making it onto the topscorers ladder coming in on 5th place. The next 45 minutes were just a formality as nothing happenend except for the head injury for Kedhl on PEX side. 

Critics believe the Brewers are on the receiving end of a shedload of Christmas presents and it is to be expected that the division 2 title is amongst those gifts. Hopefully the Brewers find the time to unwrap all those presents before BOS tries to steal it away again. 

 

 
Steve Turner
Asteria Kromatos


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
149 - 86 - 117 (0.545)
Thursday December 27th, 2012 - 11:24:07 PM GMT
Almost safe

A look at the league tables shows us 12 points clear of Memphis with 4 games to go. The three teams below MP can't catch us, so all we need is a single point to avoid having to fight relegation this season. So I'd consider this a good season.

We're third in T11 and second in T17 so it's a great surprise, though it was the two recent auction buys that pushed us up so high. At least it bodes well for the MSWL Cup.

I've just spotted that we're 4-1-1 against the 3 teams above us. What has killed us is the 0-4 in games against MLB and PRV.

 
Kevin Martin
Kirksville Invertebrates


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
246 - 100 - 131 (0.621)

Team Trophy Case
2 Alan Parr Cup Titles
Monday December 10th, 2012 - 07:26:58 PM GMT
Bugs don't like the cold

We haven't won in close to a month. Not coincidentally, we also haven't scored more than one goal in a match since that last victory 8 matches ago.  Ever since the temperature dropped and wind got a sharp chill to it as the sun sets, our team has gone into a state of semi-hibernation.  Things are not looking good for the Bug faithful, as we're now well behind the middle of the Div 1 pack in terms of points and aging is going to hit our stars pretty hard after this next match.

On the bright side, we did finally pick up the defender we needed to shore up our back lines for the 2nd half of the league season and the MSWL Cup.  Biddy will still be SL 20 after aging, which is a nice one season rental and then a decent backup for next season's opening half.  Equally important, we got the last TP we needed to ensure all our planned youth development will take place this season.  If we can find a way to survive the next four weeks of matches with at least a .500 record, we should be sitting in good standing headed into the MSWL Cup and then into next season.  Our young depth has taken time to develop, so we hope it pays dividends soon.

If not, the Bugs may look to revive their fortunes under new leadership.  The Hive is restless.  When the Hive is angry, regardless of the reasons for the unrest, it's usually the closest person who gets stung.

 
Steve Turner
Asteria Kromatos


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
149 - 86 - 117 (0.545)
Saturday December 8th, 2012 - 08:36:35 AM GMT
Head above water

Just over half way through the season and we're a mere 11 points above the play-offs. Still not safe though and not helped by a mistake against Ayers Rock. I didn't check their line-up before submitting my own, otherwise I would have realised their keeper was unlikely to play, thereby missing the chance of a win.

 
Steve Turner
Asteria Kromatos


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
149 - 86 - 117 (0.545)
Tuesday November 20th, 2012 - 01:10:48 PM GMT
Auction success

AK are happy to sign Den Ebola* for half what we were willing to pay. We desperately needed a decent backup goalkeeper to keep us away from relegation this season. Playing Mimosa passive was equivalent to having an SL 36 FW playing aggressive against us without the penalty. Ebola (from Africa of course) isn't too shoddy at SW either making him a valuable T17 player.

We celebrated the signing with a 2-0 win over many people's favourite for the League title this season, so chuffed with that as well.

*Denebola is the 2nd brightest star in Leo

 
Steve Turner
Asteria Kromatos


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
149 - 86 - 117 (0.545)
Wednesday November 14th, 2012 - 11:12:07 PM GMT
that was off

for some reason I thought we were playing Scotland tonight and, having a weakened team due to EL, decided to play 50% and hope for no injuries causing a blow out. Imagine my surprise to see us playing bottom of the table PRV who went NMR. Maybe a missed opportunity but I don't think I'd have changed my tactics.

 
Kevin Martin
Kirksville Invertebrates


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
246 - 100 - 131 (0.621)

Team Trophy Case
2 Alan Parr Cup Titles
Friday November 9th, 2012 - 03:27:18 PM GMT
Early hibernation

We can't score.  We can't even get a shot off apparently, as getting as high as 6.0% shot chance against GGD netted us a grand total of 0 shots to their 5.  With that kind of luck, I'm thrilled at getting yet another clean sheet and escaping with the draw.  It appears that it's time to re-visit the lineup strategies and try to find some offense somewhere.  Perhaps the next auction will be kind to us.  With our bank account, that's unlikely though, so creative SL & EL usage may have to carry the day.  Or promptly drop us into the relegation zone when the draws turn to losses.  That's a definite possibility as well.

Or maybe we'll try to set a new record for the most number of draws in a single season.  Alon has started this league campaign on a similar note, so maybe he got tired of just winning it all and set a new goal for himself.  If so, he had best be prepared for a battle for that mark as well!  We will not win or lose without a fight!  Now we'll just have to find a way to deliberately give up a goal when ahead so we can get back to draw status.  T>=1, G>=0, c Gk to Fw; c Fw to Gk.  Switch back if G=0.  That might do it for starters.  Or the first ever 5-man midfield when playing Early Cross with no wingers on the field.  Lots and lots of combinations for anti-success out there to investigate...

 
Phil McIntosh
Missouri Legal Beagles


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
325 - 173 - 377 (0.470)

Team Trophy Case
1 League Titles
Friday November 9th, 2012 - 04:01:41 AM GMT
MLB

Still can't get used to Steve's picture...probably never will.

crying

 
Steve Turner
Asteria Kromatos


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
149 - 86 - 117 (0.545)
Wednesday November 7th, 2012 - 11:21:55 PM GMT
[SPOILER]

OMG LOL I don't believe it. When I saw Alon play E first I thought we had no chance, knowing we we're likely to be playing N versus their S but Olmec is being very generous to us this league season.

 
Steve Turner
Asteria Kromatos


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
149 - 86 - 117 (0.545)
Sunday November 4th, 2012 - 09:48:38 AM GMT
[SPOILER] Woo-hoo!!

Making hay while the sun shines but winter is on the way.

 
Willy Krosnyak
Montevideo Tricolores


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
160 - 114 - 192 (0.466)
Saturday November 3rd, 2012 - 11:31:46 PM GMT
Another try for promotion,,,

So last season we ended in 2nd place in Div-2 and then missed the promotion by the narrowest of margins.  So this season we need to come up for a solution to that, WIN THE LEAGUE!

The team looks good and ready and could not have started better.  After a poor Cup start where we went 0-4-2 (in footballl-soccer I put ties in the middle!) we started the league play with 3 wins and no goals against!!!

So, so far so good.  Let's see how far we get...

 
Simon Compton
Barcelona FC


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
172 - 130 - 240 (0.437)
Saturday November 3rd, 2012 - 08:58:39 PM GMT
Long Season ahead

Yes BFC are having no luck and we haven't won since week 3, so this isn't going to be easy and it gets worse tonight as we play GS, they always make our life difficult and we don't enjoy playing them with such a weak team!!

Improvements are required at BFC and we shall review our squad soon.

 
Steve Turner
Asteria Kromatos


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
149 - 86 - 117 (0.545)
Thursday November 1st, 2012 - 11:52:53 PM GMT
Something strange going on

Somehow we have won our two opening fixtures. Ok we really deserved to thrash Ayres Rock with all those shots but ex Tomato, Sadal Suud kept it down to a single goal. And then I think we lucked out against Barcelona with a goal against a very defensive formation in the first half and then not conceding despite being outplayed in the second. So we look good, level with the leaders at this early stage but soon coming back to earth with a bump as we play Captain Iceland and Gauteng Shooters next. We should be mid-table by then.

 
Marc de Kok
Stockholm Science Geeks


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
337 - 177 - 336 (0.501)

Team Trophy Case
1 Alan Parr Cup Titles
Saturday October 27th, 2012 - 07:00:25 AM GMT
League Start

With only the group matches of the AP Cup in our legs we now start our league campaign. We hope to end up one position higher in the league table as to last season.

Gradually building up the side has created a good number of quality players to work with, but we lack some good replacements. Therefore we wish to renew the software in order that only SSG can enter a T11 side always and the rest of the league can'tdevil.

With that said, I wish you all the luck you need to win your matches this season against all teams apart from SSG. Field only weak lineups against us, play passive and we will award you with the "best opponent ever throphy" after the match.

 
Kevin Martin
Kirksville Invertebrates


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
246 - 100 - 131 (0.621)

Team Trophy Case
2 Alan Parr Cup Titles
Thursday October 25th, 2012 - 01:59:42 PM GMT
Brutal league opening

KIN is in trouble early.  We start off the league season with two of the final four in the AP Cup: Alon and the GS juggernaut followed by PRV and their unbeatable SL 3 goalkeeper.  To follow that up, we then have to travel and face the rightful winners of the AP Cup, the Pharaohs, who were only denied the trophy due to a silly rules quirk about total points in group play or somesuch other nonsense.  After starting 0-0-3, the finances will be in such bad shape that we'll have to start cutting back on expenses, such as rationing out meals instead of going for the buffet spread at team gatherings.  I fear for the old and weak amongst our team (Nematode & Skeletonizer) if that happens.  Perhaps we should have thought things about better before assembling a roster where half the team is a link in the other half's food chain.

In order to avoid outright team cannibalism, it appears that we're going to have to actual pull off at least a W-D-L record in the opening matches.  Anybody know a guy who can have a private chat with GS's Rum about an involuntary relocation of a kneecap of his choice?

 
Simon Compton
Barcelona FC


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
172 - 130 - 240 (0.437)
Tuesday October 16th, 2012 - 06:24:56 PM GMT
Thanks Kevin

Not that it made much difference but I appreciate the update, shame we came up against BOA on a good day and we had an off day, as usual Ian just got lucky!!

 
Kevin Martin
Kirksville Invertebrates


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
246 - 100 - 131 (0.621)

Team Trophy Case
2 Alan Parr Cup Titles
Saturday October 13th, 2012 - 03:36:30 PM GMT
For Simon's sake

The top 2 from each group advance.  However, that only makes for 12 teams.  So four 3rd place finishers of the six also move on.  The four are chosen by (in order of tie break rank): more points, better goal differential, more goals scored, whoever Phil likes better, coin flip.

 
Steve Turner
Asteria Kromatos


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
149 - 86 - 117 (0.545)
Friday October 12th, 2012 - 12:04:14 PM GMT
DDT

'nuff said

 
Simon Compton
Barcelona FC


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
172 - 130 - 240 (0.437)
Thursday October 11th, 2012 - 04:08:45 PM GMT
Alan Parr Cup

I really am not sure i get this trophy competition, we drew 2, won 2 and lost 2 games and ended up 3rd in our league and yet i see we made the last 16 although Phil referred to it as the quarter finals, generally only 8 teams left for the quarterswink, not that we will be there as the Over Achievers stand in our way, that is of course unless i have got it totally wrong and we in some sort of consolation awards categoryenlightened.

The start of the season has not been kind and i can see that we are likely to struggle in Division 1, so the transfer market may be ravaged, either the auction or some skillful dealing!

Onward and upward and  look out Iman although with Mrs Sellers playing up front for you its me that should be worriedblush

 
Kevin Martin
Kirksville Invertebrates


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
246 - 100 - 131 (0.621)

Team Trophy Case
2 Alan Parr Cup Titles
Thursday October 11th, 2012 - 03:12:40 PM GMT
Bugs v. Vegetables

Couldn't pick a better matchup.  Our roster is undoubtedly the most adept in the league at tormenting, wounding, and ultimately devouring tomatoes.  If only all of our opponents could be members of the vegetable kingdom!  Well, the teams at least.  Some of the managers may be questionably related to various rooted life forms.  Or even unrooted, since I have heard of at least one manager in this league being descended from pond scum.  Not sure if it was literally meant or not.  Might have to suggest the sweepers take a nibble or two just to see.  Great source of vitamins and minerals in pond scum.  Good stuff to keep the sclerites strong.

 
Steve Turner
Asteria Kromatos


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
149 - 86 - 117 (0.545)
Tuesday October 2nd, 2012 - 08:00:52 PM GMT
Unbelievable

Two wins and a draw against Alon was unthinkable at the start of the season so I'm just waiting for Olmec to crash and the season to restart. Joking aside, after all we do have a strong side, at least until mid-season ageing, so I'll make hay while the sun shines.

 
Phil McIntosh
Missouri Legal Beagles


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
325 - 173 - 377 (0.470)

Team Trophy Case
1 League Titles
Saturday September 22nd, 2012 - 10:44:08 PM GMT
KIN goals

I see Kevin has set his goals low this season!

crying

 
Kevin Martin
Kirksville Invertebrates


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
246 - 100 - 131 (0.621)

Team Trophy Case
2 Alan Parr Cup Titles
Saturday September 22nd, 2012 - 03:42:37 AM GMT
Season 22 is upon us!

Let the games commence!  We have just one goal for group play in the AP Cup this season: bite the Beagles where it hurts.  Beyond that, winning would be nice, yet is secondary to getting some seasoning into the new players and getting the top line into fighting shape for league play.  Best of luck to all, and hopes for a fun season all around!

 
Marc de Kok
Stockholm Science Geeks


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
337 - 177 - 336 (0.501)

Team Trophy Case
1 Alan Parr Cup Titles
Sunday September 16th, 2012 - 10:59:22 AM GMT
Good poll

This is a good poll now out on the main page.

Looking at the teams bankaccounts, anyone below 1000k at a start has nothing to do during at least the first 5 auctions. They lack cash to gain a player because al other teams with more than 1000k will outbid them for sure.

There is far to much money in this league. Something needs to be done. I am not sure what, because MSWL must not look like other leagues in OLMEC.

 
Willy Krosnyak
Montevideo Tricolores


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
160 - 114 - 192 (0.466)
Tuesday September 4th, 2012 - 11:36:53 PM GMT
New season, old hopes...

...Or we could say "hopes getting old", or "getting old hoping"...

Anyway, 2 seasons ago we really focused on building a team that could fight for promotion.  Last season looked to be it but we fell short by the slightest of margins.  So now what?  I guess we are on a rebuilding season again...

On a more personal note after 17 years in Louisville, Kentucky we (finally) moved!  To stay a fairly short train away from our daughter we moved to Easton, Connecticut!  Our daughter got a scholarship to go to college at NYU (we couldn't be more proud!).

So my commute went from 100 miles to 900 miles!!!  (Since the bulk of my clients are still in Jasper, Indiana...).  But happy to do it.

 
Marc de Kok
Stockholm Science Geeks


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
337 - 177 - 336 (0.501)

Team Trophy Case
1 Alan Parr Cup Titles
Tuesday June 19th, 2012 - 07:32:47 PM GMT
Thanks...

Oli for regaining the precious throphy. You deserved it yes

 
Oli Sigurjonsson
Captain Iceland


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
332 - 158 - 233 (0.568)

Team Trophy Case
1 Alan Parr Cup Titles
Tuesday June 19th, 2012 - 11:27:36 AM GMT
Olmec Cup news

I just wanted to point out that the MSWL have gotten the Olmec Cup back to its cabinet.  Gauteng were the winners in season 6 and since Orchard Park Thistle won it in season 7 our mission was to get it back.  Gauteng were knocked out in the quarter finals and left Captain Iceland alone against 3 teams from SFSL.  We won the semi final against Dave Dowson the great manager that hosts the competition.  In the final we were up against the winners from last year.  Colin Scott probably had the better squad, but it did not matter as Captain Iceland did enough in the final to secure a 4-3 win in a thrilling game. 

So 3 cheers for the MSWL, the greatest league in Olmec :D

 
Simon Compton
Barcelona FC


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
172 - 130 - 240 (0.437)
Monday June 18th, 2012 - 12:53:07 PM GMT
Play off

LOL, nice one Steve

 
Steve Turner
Asteria Kromatos


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
149 - 86 - 117 (0.545)
Sunday June 17th, 2012 - 09:59:40 PM GMT
[SPOILER]

See?

 
Steve Turner
Asteria Kromatos


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
149 - 86 - 117 (0.545)
Saturday June 16th, 2012 - 09:57:28 AM GMT
Steve vs Simon

If U2 is anything to go by this will be painful

 
Simon Compton
Barcelona FC


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
172 - 130 - 240 (0.437)
Saturday June 16th, 2012 - 09:18:42 AM GMT
BFC

BFC fall short against Memphis and it doesnt get any easy as next up are asteria and steve turner, this wont be pretty either, this play off business doesnt do anything for me so farwink

 
Marc de Kok
Stockholm Science Geeks


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
337 - 177 - 336 (0.501)

Team Trophy Case
1 Alan Parr Cup Titles
Wednesday June 13th, 2012 - 07:56:19 PM GMT
But Steve

I surely noticed that, but once Olmec has to stop hating you!

 
Steve Turner
Asteria Kromatos


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
149 - 86 - 117 (0.545)
Wednesday June 13th, 2012 - 11:38:27 AM GMT
But Marc

Jay is the luckiest man in MSWL and Olmec hates me so you have to figure them into your prediction.

 
Marc de Kok
Stockholm Science Geeks


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
337 - 177 - 336 (0.501)

Team Trophy Case
1 Alan Parr Cup Titles
Monday June 11th, 2012 - 08:02:48 PM GMT
Playoff Preview

It is almost time for the playoffs, so i was looking at the teams attending.

Team T11 T17
AK 25.2 21.0
BB 25.0 21.6
BFC 25.1 20.7
MP 25.4 20.2
MT 21.9 18.0
NYT 22.3 19.4

D1 teams AK, MP and NYT are hoping to remain in D1, while BB, BFC and MT are hoping to gain promotion. Looking at the T17 ratings, AK, BB and BFC have the best chance. But never exclude mr. Sellers. His team has the best T11 of all and will be a mountain to climb.

NYT and MT are both looking towards D2 as their stats are by far lower than those of the other four teams. They will have to play some sneaky tactics to prevent a season in the lowest division.

My predictions are:

  1. BFC
  2. AK
  3. MP
  4. BB
  5. NYT
  6. MT

New BB manager Leon Permentier will face some strong opposition from very experienced MSWL managers. That could be to much.

 
Willy Krosnyak
Montevideo Tricolores


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
160 - 114 - 192 (0.466)
Thursday March 22nd, 2012 - 01:29:34 PM GMT
All in all not bad...

The Montevideo Tricolores end the season winning two eliminations in a row and against 1st Division teams.  Plus we got eliminated on the first round BUT to eventual Cup winners KIN (btw, how about our new QB Kevin!!!).

We also made it to the promotion playoffs and ended only one point behind Div 2 champs.

In the AP Cup we made it past the group stage but could not beat GS in the first elimination round.  Not much we could do there (yet!).

So we look forward to the playoffs hoping to get to Div 1 for the 3rd time...

 
Simon Compton
Barcelona FC


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
172 - 130 - 240 (0.437)
Thursday March 15th, 2012 - 10:17:06 PM GMT
BFC

BFC are over come with emotion tonight following a dismal defeat to Ayers we have made a final which will take place against John Holdens Tigers.

A great game ahead and not before have we performed so well to reach a final and with a play off final following that it has been an incredible season for us, a fine run in the league and some great players who adorn the Barcelona shirt will see us in good stead for next season albeit a few new forwards are required!

Well done to the Gauteng sides who made the golden final, so a classic in store there.

 
John Holden
Richmond Furious Tigers


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
76 - 70 - 214 (0.308)
Wednesday March 14th, 2012 - 01:25:11 AM GMT
Consolation Group Tables - Round 5

GROUP A
1- AYR 0:0 NYT
1- BFC 3:1 HAS
2- HAS 0:2 AYR
2- NYT 1:2 BFC
3- AYR 0:2 BFC
3- HAS 2:1 NYT
4- NYT 3:1 AYR
4- HAS 1:1 BFC
5- AYR 3:1 HAS
5- BFC 2:0 NYT
6- BFC  :  AYR
6- NYT  :  HAS

Ayers need a four-goal win to top the group. New York finishes at least third with a draw, while a win and an Ayr loss would put the Trashtalkers in second.

TABLE
#  TEAM          W  D  L  GF  GA  +-  Pts
1. Barcelona FC  4  1  0  10   3   7   10
2. Ayers Rock    2  1  2   6   6   0    7
3. New York      1  1  3   5   7  -2    4
4. Hollywood     1  1  3   5  10  -5    4

GROUP B
1- ES  4:0 PEX
1- RFT 5:0 MWW
2- MWW 1:0 ES
2- PEX 0:3 RFT
3- ES  0:1 RFT
3- MWW 1:2 PEX
4- PEX 3:0 ES
4- MWW 5:0 RFT
5- ES  2:1 MWW
5- RFT 0:0 PEX
6- RFT  :  ES
6- PEX  :  MWW

Lots of possibilities here, but Pehuajo need a win and a four-goal swing to go through top.

TABLE
#  TEAM          W  D  L  GF  GA  +-  Pts
1. Richmond      3  1  1   9   5   4   10
2. Pehuajo       2  1  2   5   8  -3    7
3. Essex         2  0  3   6   6   0    6
4. Marblehead    2  0  3   8   9  -1    6

 
Simon Compton
Barcelona FC


 
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Team Record
172 - 130 - 240 (0.437)
Saturday March 10th, 2012 - 09:18:49 AM GMT
BFC

A recent run of form with four wins from five games see Barelona sitting top of the group albeit in the lower cup competition, we seem to have found our limit so can the teams we have recently defeated please be there for next season.

Good luck to all tonight and we look forward to another good game

 
John Holden
Richmond Furious Tigers


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
76 - 70 - 214 (0.308)
Monday March 5th, 2012 - 02:21:08 AM GMT
Consolation Group Tables - Round 3

GROUP A
1- AYR 0:0 NYT
1- BFC 3:1 HAS
2- HAS 0:2 AYR
2- NYT 1:2 BFC
3- AYR 0:2 BFC
3- HAS 2:1 NYT

TABLE
#  TEAM          W  D  L  GF  GA  +-  Pts
1. Barcelona FC  3  0  0   7   2   5    9
2. Ayers Rock    1  1  1   2   2   0    4
3. Hollywood     1  0  2   3   6  -3    3
4. New York      0  1  2   2   4  -2    1

GROUP B
1- ES  4:0 PEX
1- RFT 5:0 MWW
2- MWW 1:0 ES
2- PEX 0:3 RFT
3- ES  0:1 RFT
3- MWW 1:2 PEX

TABLE
#  TEAM          W  D  L  GF  GA  +-  Pts
1. Richmond      3  0  0   9   0   9    9
2. Essex         1  0  2   4   2   2    3
3. Marblehead    1  0  2   2   7  -5    3
4. Pehuajo       1  0  2   2   8  -6    3

 
John Holden
Richmond Furious Tigers


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
76 - 70 - 214 (0.308)
Thursday March 1st, 2012 - 09:56:21 PM GMT
Consolation Group Tables

Consolation Prize Groups

GROUP A
1- AYR 0:0 NYT
1- BFC 3:1 HAS
2- HAS 0:2 AYR
2- NYT 1:2 BFC

TABLE
#  TEAM          W  D  L  GF  GA  +-  Pts
1. Barcelona FC  2  0  0   5   2   3    6
2. Ayers Rock    1  1  0   2   0   2    4
3. New York      0  1  1   1   2  -1    1
4. Hollywood     0  0  2   1   5  -4    0

GROUP B
1- ES  4:0 PEX
1- RFT 5:0 MWW
2- MWW 1:0 ES
2- PEX 0:3 RFT

TABLE
#  TEAM          W  D  L  GF  GA  +-  Pts
1. Richmond      2  0  0   8   0   8    6
2. Essex         1  0  1   4   1   3    3
3. Marblehead    1  0  1   1   5  -4    3
4. Pehuajo       0  0  2   0   7  -7    0

 
Brian Beerman
Bay State Minutemen


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
34 - 19 - 33 (0.506)
Thursday March 1st, 2012 - 02:06:09 PM GMT
Bay State vs British Over Achievers [SPOILER]

A tight contest between two relatively evenly matches teams.  Let's cut to minute 64 when the action began...

Mrs Sellers (apparently a transgender male based on the game log..."Mrs Sellers continues his run through the defense") breaks the 0-0 tie with a beautiful pass to Gerrard, gets the ball back a moment later and scoots around Snow Leopard for the clean goal.  A few minutes later, the Minutemen push their MF's and FW's up the field and produce their own score when Phil McIntosh finds a wide open Mountain Lion who taps the ball into the net at the 75th minute.

BOA manager immediately subs out his GK, Phil McIntosh IV, in favor of Phil McIntosh III.  The message for the team was clear: you make a mistake, you're off the pitch.  Apparently the remaining players understood Lindsay's words clearly.  Only six minutes after BSM leveled the score, the Over Achievers come back as Auction_Player2 (what was his mother thinking after delivery), unmarkd at the six yard box, heads Sir Bobby Charlton's pass into the back of the net past a bewildered Snow Leopard.

Only nine minutes left in the match and BSM puts as much pressure as possible on BOA's defense.  The team needs several goals to win on aggregate.  The 90th minute begins and Lynx finds Phil McIntosh out near the penalty spot and the striker places the ball perfectly in the top corner -- one of the most beautiful goals of the season!  Unfortunately for the Minutemen, the final whistle blows a short moment later and the match ends 2-2.

While the Minutement were no match for BOA on the road, the team played a very strong game at home.  The home team gave up 13 shots (9 on target) to an overpowering Over Achievers team that clearly knew what was needed to advance in the tournament.  However, Snow Leopard played a brilliant game stopping seven of those nine shots.  Unfortunately for the home team, they pushed the midfield and strikers up field a bit too late in the game and were only able to generate five shots on target.

A game with very little first half action turned into a historical match in the last 30 minutes.  Well played, Mr Lindsay.  You deserve to advance.

Cheers!

 
Simon Compton
Barcelona FC


 
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Team Record
172 - 130 - 240 (0.437)
Friday February 24th, 2012 - 06:38:57 PM GMT
BFC

Barcelona were not happy with their performances in the MSWL Cup and are now looking forward to the lower Shield competition, at least we can still try and gather some more cash said Compton for the next seasons campaignyes, however thats all we can do he said, some of these boys are looking at the door and unless some improvements are made they will be out of it he commentedwink

The press of course in Catalonia felt that Boston were very fortunate to qualify and its only a matter of time before the board start to review Petersons position!

Good luck to all next weekend.

 
Mark de Kok
Stockholm Science Geeks


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
337 - 177 - 336 (0.501)

Team Trophy Case
1 Alan Parr Cup Titles
Sunday February 19th, 2012 - 07:11:26 PM GMT
***Spoiler*** --> Wow

This is a spoiler...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the first time ever in my MSWL carreer we have made it to the sweet 16 round of the MSWL Cup. With only one game to go in the group phase, we have managed to get two 3rd placed teams below us. That means that if we loose next match against LPT we are through on points as one of the four best placed 3rd in a group.

What an achievement for the Geeks. The crowd went wild, all 39.000! We smashed MP with a 5-0 score at the end of the game. A result we could only hope for. The 5-0 could be our biggest result ever!

 
Mark de Kok
Stockholm Science Geeks


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
337 - 177 - 336 (0.501)

Team Trophy Case
1 Alan Parr Cup Titles
Saturday February 18th, 2012 - 02:14:58 PM GMT
Welcome to...

our stadium, my friends.

When you are the home team in match 36,37 and 38 you should be able to see what our stadium looks like.

I hope that Al's MP is impressed by these fans, as 39.000 of them are cheering for us! Go Geeks Go!

 
Steve Turner
Asteria Kromatos


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
149 - 86 - 117 (0.545)
Wednesday February 15th, 2012 - 07:57:26 PM GMT
MVP!

We managed our first mvp of the season - a useful TP it will be as well. The win puts us 5 points clear of 2nd place and surely qualification for the Sweet 16. I don't think it will matter much whether we come 1st or 2nd in the group as we aren't that strong anyway, so I'm hoping to have secured qualification before the last match of the group.

 
John Holden
Richmond Furious Tigers


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
76 - 70 - 214 (0.308)
Sunday February 12th, 2012 - 09:07:05 PM GMT
Wednesday's Games to Watch

Group A: Providence @ Scotland - Providence need a point to assure their entry to the next round but at 3-0-0 are probably through anyways, while Scotland need help - but C-Ball will have to make use of a SL 5 goalie as 2/28 Pandora is out for at least 8 games!


Group B: Boston @ Barcelona - draws and not wins usually keep third place teams out of the next round so three points in this game will go a long way to ensuring qualification.

Group C: Gauteng Golden Dragons @ Richmond - Richmond are truly awful but still could qualify and whoever wins this game will feel good about moving on

Group D: Bay State @ Essex - Like a relegation playoff match, and both teams look likely to qualify even if they fit in third place. A win for either side should put them through if the Invertebrates beat Hollywood.

Group E: Missouri Legal Beagles @ Marblehead Wild Woodpeckers - two well-named teams both need a win to keep playing. This could be the cup's first true elimination match.

Group F: Lvierpool @ Memphis - with both teams on 7 points qualification is likely - but a win will put one or the other in control of the group.

 
Simon Compton
Barcelona FC


 
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Team Record
172 - 130 - 240 (0.437)
Thursday February 9th, 2012 - 06:29:20 PM GMT
BFC

2 games gone in the Cup matches, an unlucky 1-0 defeat at home to Boston and a surprising 2-2 draw with Iceland see us third on our group. Last nights game against Oli nearly saw us gain an unlikely win, although given the child that played in goal it was no wonder we scored twice, but we couldnt hang on for the win.crying

So third we now play Pehuajo who really we must beat to stand any chance of progressing, it may be possible as they have Guinto a defender injured and some EL issues over one or two forwards so we shall see.

Good luck to all in round three of the games.

 
Steve Turner
Asteria Kromatos


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
149 - 86 - 117 (0.545)
Thursday February 9th, 2012 - 03:55:18 PM GMT
MVP?

Could be our first of the season on Saturday as for only the second time this season we get back to back wins.

 
Simon Compton
Barcelona FC


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
172 - 130 - 240 (0.437)
Tuesday February 7th, 2012 - 11:55:37 PM GMT
Thank you

Thanks Kevin, thats made me feel a whole heep better now!crying

 
Kevin Martin
Kirksville Invertebrates


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
246 - 100 - 131 (0.621)

Team Trophy Case
2 Alan Parr Cup Titles
Tuesday February 7th, 2012 - 03:12:03 PM GMT
Simon's playoff adventure

Simon,

Following the conclusion of the MSWL Cup, Phil will scheduled the 6 playoff teams to all play in one pool.  5 matches, 1 against each opponent, all on neutral field.  Highest 3 on the table when the dust settles play in Div 1 next season.

 
Oli Sigurjonsson
Captain Iceland


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
332 - 158 - 233 (0.568)

Team Trophy Case
1 Alan Parr Cup Titles
Tuesday February 7th, 2012 - 01:11:43 AM GMT
Climbing up

We noticed that we have climbed above both Phil and Robin in the all time win list.  We are currently sitting in 4th spot behind the all time greats, Al and Alone.  Ian is sitting in 3rd place, and I dont think that we will catch up to him. 

A nice achievement me thinks :D

 
Simon Compton
Barcelona FC


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
172 - 130 - 240 (0.437)
Thursday February 2nd, 2012 - 07:22:40 PM GMT
BFC make the Play offs

Shame to see Memphis in the play offswink of Division 1 as they end the season on 30 points, incredible, we hope however that BFC who make the play offs do not have to meet them!

Never having been in this splendid position trying to gain Division 1 status, we are not sure how the play off matches get scheduled enlightenedso following on from the cup games we look forward to finding out!

Now the last week has seemed like an eternity as we have had no games in the midweek crying, but this weekend sees the kick off for us against the mighty Boston, are they as good as Rob has led me to believe or he is leading me up a garden pathcheeky, this will be a tough first match but we welcome back both Klose and Withe who has been out all season and will wish to prove a point.

Still looking forward to getting back into the swing of the games again this saturday night, good luck to all, that is except Bostonwink

 
Kevin Martin
Kirksville Invertebrates


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
246 - 100 - 131 (0.621)

Team Trophy Case
2 Alan Parr Cup Titles
Thursday January 26th, 2012 - 06:03:34 PM GMT
30 should be safe

30 pts.  No one has ever been relegated after getting 30 pts.  This season, some team will be in the playoffs with at least 30, if not 31!

A remarkable 7 teams in Div 1 currently have 9 or 10 wins.  Parity strikes MSWL?  Is the resource caps and lower SL limit already reining things toward a happy middle where competitiveness rules?  Did Alon miss that memo as GS runs away with another league title?

Looking forward to the final matches to see how the dust settles, particularly (as already noted below) that KIN sits atop the 31-30 heap at +5 goals and just has to keep things close vs. SCO.  With plenty of good players in decent EL shape, we should be able to manage that one.

While it may tempt ol' Stoneface to say it, I'm happy that we're at 31 pts and not the 30 we had written down to start the season as our goal.  The Bugs shall survive to fight in Div 1 again next season!

 
Willy Krosnyak
Montevideo Tricolores


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
160 - 114 - 192 (0.466)
Wednesday January 25th, 2012 - 11:20:36 PM GMT
(More) Spoilers...

We congratulate GGD on the Div 2 Championship.  We tried but just hadd no EL to work with...

There is still a very remote Mathematical chance but it would involve over 10 goals so we are officially ruling it impossible...  

Cheers!

 
Steve Turner
Asteria Kromatos


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
149 - 86 - 117 (0.545)
Wednesday January 25th, 2012 - 11:15:03 PM GMT
Unbelievable (spoilers)

5 teams on 30 or 31 points still could end up in the play-offs, although KIN should be safe with a +5 goal difference as this means they'd have to lose by 7 goals if PRV vs MP was a draw. I'm just glad that our last 2 games had and have no meaninhg as GS were already champions and BOS already relegated.

 
Simon Compton
Barcelona FC


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
172 - 130 - 240 (0.437)
Monday January 23rd, 2012 - 02:33:11 PM GMT
BFC so Man City

Yes in our last league game against Richmond, we have to thank the gods for our 90th min plus stoppage time goal to secure a very lucky 2-1 victory and keep us in the title race for the 2nd division, as Peter correctly spotted how lucky we were! just the man c yesterday with a dying 95th min pen against spurs. Still all to play for and well done to Richmond for making a fist of it, let's hope the others all push Gautengs and Montevideo as hard. It's still for the taking.

 
Phil McIntosh
Missouri Legal Beagles


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
325 - 173 - 377 (0.470)

Team Trophy Case
1 League Titles
Sunday January 22nd, 2012 - 11:00:09 PM GMT
Trade Window

No, the trade window will open upon the commencement of next pre-season, which will certainly be long before January 1.  I just chose January 1, 2013, for two reasons.  1)  It is a date suffiently far into the future so as to surpass the conclusion of this season, and 2)  I'm scheduling as much as possible beyond 12/21/12 so as to daily remind myself that the there will be a 12/22/12.

 
Mark de Kok
Stockholm Science Geeks


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
337 - 177 - 336 (0.501)

Team Trophy Case
1 Alan Parr Cup Titles
Sunday January 22nd, 2012 - 12:24:22 PM GMT
Trade window

I was just looking at the mainpage of MSWL and noticed this line:

The Trade Window is currently closed but will open again on Tuesday, January 1st at 00:00 GMT...

Do we have to wait this long to sell and/or buy players for the upcoming season?

 
Phil McIntosh
Missouri Legal Beagles


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
325 - 173 - 377 (0.470)

Team Trophy Case
1 League Titles
Thursday January 19th, 2012 - 11:09:09 PM GMT
Forgiveness

There goes Kevin, with his conditional love.....

 
Kevin Martin
Kirksville Invertebrates


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
246 - 100 - 131 (0.621)

Team Trophy Case
2 Alan Parr Cup Titles
Thursday January 19th, 2012 - 05:47:45 PM GMT
Forgiveness for Oli

I will forgive you, Oli, as long as you promise to do the same thing again this Saturday when you play KIN.

 
Steve Turner
Asteria Kromatos


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
149 - 86 - 117 (0.545)
Thursday January 19th, 2012 - 04:35:50 PM GMT
Damn

Forgot player conditionals but that's because I've been working away from work,  where I do most of my Olmec stuff, this week. All I did was check I had orders in a couople of days ago. The win should be enough to avoid automatic relegation however.

 
Oli Sigurjonsson
Captain Iceland


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
332 - 158 - 233 (0.568)

Team Trophy Case
1 Alan Parr Cup Titles
Wednesday January 18th, 2012 - 11:06:41 PM GMT
Spoiler

Apologies. forgot the time and just missed the deadline.  Sorry all.

 
Mark de Kok
Stockholm Science Geeks


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
337 - 177 - 336 (0.501)

Team Trophy Case
1 Alan Parr Cup Titles
Wednesday January 18th, 2012 - 09:23:03 AM GMT
The needed one was taken in auction 9

MSA had left us with quite a big problem in our GK area. Cavendish became a 7/4, Yorway a 6/7 and Drebbel a 1/25. We were short of a decent backup for Drebbel, that obvious.

Therefor the 3/17 GK on offer at the auction had to be taken, or else our team had some serious problems. And so it happened. We got it for about 100k less than we had offered. Lithium will become our second goallie straight into our T17 and we hope to get some good results during the last part of the season.

Welcome Lithium at our great club and we hope that you stop a lot of attempts at goal.

 
Simon Compton
Barcelona FC


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
172 - 130 - 240 (0.437)
Saturday January 14th, 2012 - 08:53:02 PM GMT
A solid Win

Yes Willy, a great win indeed which still gives us all a chance, you more than most but its good to see you EL is so low so that we can try and keep up with you, tonight we pitch our wits against the Mighty Mr B for Beerman.

He would like to give us an easy ride but he just cannot find it within himself to play his second string but he has a good team with prospects at Bay State so tonight will be hard and i am not sure that we can win here.

Good game ahead as the 2nd Division title run in hots up.

 
Willy Krosnyak
Montevideo Tricolores


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
160 - 114 - 192 (0.466)
Friday January 13th, 2012 - 03:08:01 PM GMT
A solid win...

The Montevideo Tricolores was the only team on the field and after solid 3-0 beating over the Div 2 league leaders we are right on their heals...

But we gave it all in that last match and have virtually no players in any shape to play our next match...

The good news (on paper) is that we have not lost to the 4 teams we are left to play this season... the bad news is that we can't play our starters...

So it is down to what a starting 11 filled with single-digit SL players can do!

So realistically we are just hoping to secure a spot in the promotion playoffs!  (Which should be played right at the end of the season (right Phil))

 
Phil McIntosh
Missouri Legal Beagles


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
325 - 173 - 377 (0.470)

Team Trophy Case
1 League Titles
Thursday January 12th, 2012 - 02:43:11 AM GMT
300

Two MSWL managers have recently reached the 300 wins milestone.  Congratulations to Oli, who has secured 301 victories to date!  Additionally, MLB also snags their 300th victory today with a surprising 2-0 win over Captain Iceland.  Six MSWL managers to hit the 300 mark!

cheeky

 
Oli Sigurjonsson
Captain Iceland


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
332 - 158 - 233 (0.568)

Team Trophy Case
1 Alan Parr Cup Titles
Tuesday January 10th, 2012 - 11:50:50 AM GMT
Paul Scholes !!!

Who could have predicted that Paul Scholes would be signed by Manchester United the day after he signed for Captain Iceland ? :D

We are proud to have gotten 2 good squad players for the rest of the season.  They wil also play a good part in the early part of the nest season as well, so we think that we spent our money wisely.  We might have overpayed a little but who cares about money any way 8)

We managed to beat Scotland and suddenly we are 3rd in the league.  Lets hope that the compettion will go to the wire as it has been great fun up until now.  Every team can beat each other if they just put a strong enough team onto the pitch.  GS hasnt lost so many games for years, and are afraid to lose games every week. 

CI has had many problems this season had counted them out of the top of table battle, but we suddenly have a litle hope and will do our best to catch GS and BOA.

 
Kevin Martin
Kirksville Invertebrates


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
246 - 100 - 131 (0.621)

Team Trophy Case
2 Alan Parr Cup Titles
Monday January 9th, 2012 - 08:39:31 PM GMT
Overpaying for needs. Good idea or desperation?

So we bought a shiny new UT this season for the bargain price of 400k.  Unfortunately, there was not enough TP in the tank to get him fully loaded this season.  So we then went out and massively overspent on TP to be able to get him up to his potential (0/15).  Paying around 150k each on average for enough TP to do the trick over the last session has taxed the cash reserves sorely.  Was it worth it though?  What would you pay for an 0/15 UT?  If it's at least 1000k, then perhaps we're getting a bargain in the long run after all...

 
Brian Beerman
Bay State Minutemen


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
34 - 19 - 33 (0.506)
Monday January 9th, 2012 - 06:02:24 PM GMT
Bay State Journal

The Minutemen have recently won three straight games to move from 8th place up into the promotion zone at 4th position.  Team scoring leader Mountain Lion has helped lead the charge with three goals in as many games.  But the team is not just about scoring: all three victories have been clean sheets to boot!

With only six divisional games to play this season, three coming against the top three sides in D2, it remains to be seen if BSM can maintain their position and compete for promotion back to D1. Regardless of the outcome this season, the Minutemen have been building depth and strength this year so it is only a matter of time before they return to play at the premier level.

Sooner or later, we'll get back to beating C-Ball.

 
David Blair
Barnsley Brewers


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
88 - 85 - 206 (0.344)
Friday January 6th, 2012 - 11:12:40 AM GMT
Barnsley Press (but not often enough!)

Another home reverse against the stats but these things do happen in Olmec and in real life so not bothered too much with that.    crying

Our concern is that although we have the best in all 24 teams goals against total, there are only 5 teams who have scored less than our 17 goals. We still lie in a playoff spot but are not converting enough shots to be able to improve the GF column - and now the dreaded MSA has arrived it will get worse for us.  frown

Watch the steady fall from the heady spots we once occupied....angry

 
Simon Compton
Barcelona FC


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
172 - 130 - 240 (0.437)
Thursday January 5th, 2012 - 07:00:04 PM GMT
Massive game ahead

Yes following the disappointing 0-0 draw last night we now look forward with a stronger team to take n the mighty Montevideo. They are second and true to form have excelled themselves, there own manager cannot believe it so we must take hope that they will not come out on Saturday with all guns blazing, BFC have the chance here to take the second spot away from them, the fans this season are seeing some really quality and hope of promotion from this team answer have bonded better than we thought. Manager Compton is looking forward to this battle ahead.

 
Simon Compton
Barcelona FC


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
172 - 130 - 240 (0.437)
Monday January 2nd, 2012 - 10:32:12 PM GMT
Happy New from BFC

Yes happy 2012 from Barcelona management, and just to add we are having the season of our lives as we are now unbeaten in twelve games. Second in the league we are hoping to maintain this impressive form, not sure how long it will last so BFC fans make the most of it, but can we make it to the top flight for the first under our management? Time will tell and good luck to all with your aspirations.

 
Kevin Martin
Kirksville Invertebrates


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
246 - 100 - 131 (0.621)

Team Trophy Case
2 Alan Parr Cup Titles
Thursday December 22nd, 2011 - 05:31:48 PM GMT
Iceland: bad for those with seasonal depressive disorder

I forget how much further north our favorite Icelander lives than many of us.  While it's bad enough that it's dark when leaving and coming home from work, our 9+ hours yesterday (7:30 AM to 4:47 PM) more than doubled Oli's sun time.  I should also add that we're expecting high temps in the mid 40's F (6 C) and clear skies.  No snow for Christmas this year in Missouri.  I really miss snow on the holidays from when I lived in the northern USA.  Have to get out to the mountains again soon so I remember what the white stuff looks like and don't lose all my snowman-building skills down here in the flatlands.

Merry Christmas to all if I don't get the chance to drop by the site again before then!  Remeber that's it better to give than receive, so kick the ball towards the opposing goal as much as possible this weekend.

 
Oli Sigurjonsson
Captain Iceland


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
332 - 158 - 233 (0.568)

Team Trophy Case
1 Alan Parr Cup Titles
Thursday December 22nd, 2011 - 01:59:39 AM GMT
having a long day

just wanted to let you know that the shortest day of the year has just gone by here in Iceland. sunrise at 11:20 sundown 15:29. 4 hours and 9 minutes of daylight !!!

 
Phil McIntosh
Missouri Legal Beagles


 
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Team Record
325 - 173 - 377 (0.470)

Team Trophy Case
1 League Titles
Wednesday December 21st, 2011 - 02:42:39 AM GMT
Brian

I sense a wee bit of sarcasm in your voice...BUT, not to laugh at your misfortune, but your story was a great one and really did bring a smile to my face.  As an attorney, I hear a lot of "I got pulled over...." stories, but yours (unfortunately) was a real topper.  My best "I got pulled over...." story is that I was pulled over for (allegedly) speeding while there was quite a bit of snow on the ground many years ago.  The streets had been cleared of snow, and the snow shoved into the ditches on each side of the road.  Of course, when I pulled off the road, I pulled off onto what I thought was a snow covered shoulder.  Nope.  I pulled off into a ditch full of snow and sank my car.  Ironically, the city prosecuting attorney came along and gave me a hand.  The officer joked, "Well, we have a defendant, the police officer, and the prosecuting attorney...if the judge comes along we'll be all set!"

 
Brian Beerman
Bay State Minutemen


 
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34 - 19 - 33 (0.506)
Sunday December 18th, 2011 - 02:26:11 PM GMT
Phil

Many thanks for reminding of that wonderful event, Phil. Really put a smile on my face this morning.

 
Phil McIntosh
Missouri Legal Beagles


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
325 - 173 - 377 (0.470)

Team Trophy Case
1 League Titles
Saturday December 17th, 2011 - 09:37:08 PM GMT
Brian

Didn't I see you pulled over on the side of the road this week?  Does local law enforcement not recognize the Minutemen as a source of authority in Massachusetts?

 
Mark de Kok
Stockholm Science Geeks


 
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337 - 177 - 336 (0.501)

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Sunday December 11th, 2011 - 10:36:17 AM GMT
How to...

deal with a SL 35 GK?

I for sure really don't know. But it is wise to build up a supurb GK with SL over 30 to get anything in this league. No need for mediocre players, only the big guns are the ones you need..

I once read an article about A and B players and how you should manage them. That one is about to hit the trashcan now.

Are old articles about how to manage your team still useable or not?

 
Brian Beerman
Bay State Minutemen


 
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34 - 19 - 33 (0.506)
Saturday December 10th, 2011 - 06:11:48 PM GMT
BOS Fire Sale

Let it be known that all Boston Mythos players are tainted to one degree or another.  Best to let Mr Peterson retire all his players than to trade for them as any deal made with the "Boston Devil" will only bring sadness and heartache to your team.

This public service announcement has been brought to you by the real power in Massachusetts, the Bay State Minutemen.

 
Kevin Martin
Kirksville Invertebrates


 
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246 - 100 - 131 (0.621)

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Friday December 9th, 2011 - 03:48:39 PM GMT
And in non-related news...

KIN management announced today that no one wearing anything resembling Mythos garb will be allowed within 100 yds of The Hive.  Said team spokesthing, Dung Beetle (hey, if he's going to spout fecal matter whenever he open's his mouth as PR guy, we may at least be honest about that), "If Boston is planning on blowing things up, we would prefer that said things not belong to the Invertebrate franchise or their subsidiaries.  Further, on game days against the Mythos, bomb-sniffing roaches will be constantly underfoot to ensure the safety of all men, women, and asexually reproducing entities of the animal kingdom.  Just because half our roster has a good chance of suriviving a nuclear blast doesn't mean our fan base does, so we will watch out for their best interests as well.  After all, without their bloo... I mean, support, this franchise would no longer exist.  Have a nice day, and avoid all bullheaded men should you see one on the streets today."

 
Kevin Martin
Kirksville Invertebrates


 
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246 - 100 - 131 (0.621)

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Friday December 9th, 2011 - 03:42:04 PM GMT
Survival Tactics

Recent purchases for KIN were met with moderate applause.  While the players selected in the most recent draft were not T11 material and will likely see little playing time beyond the current season, they were critical for the Bugs attempts to remain in Div 1 yet another season.

Everyone's favorite creepy crawlies were facing the very real prospect of heading past midseason aging with our #2 Gk at SL 10 and our #3 Df at SL 9.  That's a recipe for pending disaster as we couldn't even pray for a draw every third match with that lineup.  Thus the new recruits will immediately provide a noticeable upgrade, and more importantly boost the SL on our backup Gk and our Df by 7 SL each for the season's closing leg and the MSWL Cup.  Given that 4 CP just went for a ridiculous price, we boosted 7 CP at each position for ~500k, which is looking more and more like a steal as the prices for CP continue to climb higher and higher each auction.

Looks like the resource caps and auction/SL limits are definitely making a splash this season.  I'm curious to see how that's going to play out beyond this year.

 
Rob Peterson
Boston Mythos


 
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170 - 80 - 177 (0.492)
Thursday December 8th, 2011 - 03:12:48 PM GMT
BOS to blow it up?

The Mythos appear to be totally and completely outclassed in D1. Every week, we face SL 38 FWs and SL 43 WGs. I don't even know how people get players up that high!

The team is considering blowing things up. Some players will be put on the transfer list in the next coming days, but look things over and make me an offer.

 
Willy Krosnyak
Montevideo Tricolores


 
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160 - 114 - 192 (0.466)
Wednesday December 7th, 2011 - 07:49:33 PM GMT
Twin teams...

I object to MLB getting press money for copying/pasting our entry!  (making it a different color and bold is not enough work!)  

Even if it is all true for MLB...

wink

 
Phil McIntosh
Missouri Legal Beagles


 
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325 - 173 - 377 (0.470)

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Wednesday December 7th, 2011 - 06:25:52 AM GMT
BAH!!!!

NO!  WAIT!  That's backwards....sheep...no wolf....wolf dressed like a sheep.  That's it.  Final answer.

 
Phil McIntosh
Missouri Legal Beagles


 
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325 - 173 - 377 (0.470)

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Wednesday December 7th, 2011 - 06:25:03 AM GMT
Bah....

I see Simon has gone to the "Al Sellers School of (true or FALSE) Humility."  Beware the sheep in wolf's clothing.

 
Simon Compton
Barcelona FC


 
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172 - 130 - 240 (0.437)
Friday December 2nd, 2011 - 08:00:26 PM GMT
BFC Go Go

Unbeaten in 3 games must be a record for the BFC!! Yes and to top it all with two good wins in as many weeks gave us a first award of a free Tp, not seen many of those over the course of the past few seasons, have BFC turned a corner? Probably not but hey lets reap the benefits while we can!!

 
Phil McIntosh
Missouri Legal Beagles


 
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325 - 173 - 377 (0.470)

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1 League Titles
Friday December 2nd, 2011 - 04:26:00 AM GMT
MLB

We honestly thought that we would end the season with the points we have now...  So we are way better than expected.

Big game coming but we are EL-depleted...

Expect MLB to start declining now...

 
Willy Krosnyak
Montevideo Tricolores


 
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160 - 114 - 192 (0.466)
Thursday December 1st, 2011 - 01:01:38 AM GMT
Better than expected...

We honestly thought that we would end the season with the points we have now...  So we are way better than expected.

Big game coming but we are EL-depleted...

Expect MT to start declining now...

 
Oli Sigurjonsson
Captain Iceland


 
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332 - 158 - 233 (0.568)

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1 Alan Parr Cup Titles
Monday November 28th, 2011 - 09:38:47 PM GMT
Dear Stoneface

I would like it if you would not make our immortal love for each other so obvious. i know that stones done talk, but people are beginning to talk about us. Love, Oli

 
Steve Turner
Asteria Kromatos


 
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149 - 86 - 117 (0.545)
Thursday November 24th, 2011 - 10:47:13 AM GMT
Dear Stoneface

I don't care what you do to me and my team but I ain't quitting this league. AK have never had the best of luck over the seasons and last night was no exception. We tried our damndest last night, outshooting the AP Cup winners by 5 to 2 but you go and give their 2 shots to their best players and they both score. As for us well none of our 5 shots go to our top player. I'd have been annoyed with a draw never mind a loss. So do your worst cuz I'm going nowhere!

 
Oli Sigurjonsson
Captain Iceland


 
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332 - 158 - 233 (0.568)

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1 Alan Parr Cup Titles
Sunday November 20th, 2011 - 02:20:12 PM GMT
Where is Serbia

His name is Nemanja

he comes from Serbia

and he´ll bloody, murder ya

Nemanja oh oh oh ho ho ho

But Serbia is not listed in the countrries list :) 

 
Phil McIntosh
Missouri Legal Beagles


 
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325 - 173 - 377 (0.470)

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Thursday November 17th, 2011 - 04:17:41 AM GMT
Whew...

A goal in the 87th minute puts three points on the big board for MLB.  Wow.  Just 23 points more and we should be free of the relegation zone!

 
Steve Turner
Asteria Kromatos


 
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149 - 86 - 117 (0.545)
Wednesday November 16th, 2011 - 11:36:31 PM GMT
Match 11

It wasn't until I read the match report that I realised we were playing against the team that we traded Sadal Suud to. It nearly came back to bite me on the bum as Suud made 8 saves in a very one sided game. Luckily we had 9 shots on target.

 
Oli Sigurjonsson
Captain Iceland


 
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332 - 158 - 233 (0.568)

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1 Alan Parr Cup Titles
Monday November 14th, 2011 - 02:05:19 PM GMT
CI the triple holders

There is a small error in the title listings from last season.  CI won the MSWL cup with 2 wins against PRV.  GS won the AP cup.  It is currently listed the other way around.

CI are very proud to have won 3 cups in succession.  The League win was great, we dont know how we won tha MSWL cup, but managed it with a magnificent away win against GS and then dismantling PRV with some style in the 2 legged final.  We met them again in this seasons AP final and scraped with the win despite them having 4 starting players away with injury/suspension. 

It leads me to thinking that PRV are a team on the uprise.  They are not to be taken lightly. 

 
Mark de Kok
Stockholm Science Geeks


 
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337 - 177 - 336 (0.501)

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1 Alan Parr Cup Titles
Sunday November 13th, 2011 - 06:57:23 PM GMT
League play

Yes, the league will start this wednesday. The mighty Olmec Head has given us a real unfortunate schedule, or not.

We have to play away from home in 7 of our first 11 league matches. That is a bit harsh, or not....

We will be playing only 4 away matches when the prices are for the taking. smiley

Not that we feel we have the squad to do so, though.

 
Steve Turner
Asteria Kromatos


 
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149 - 86 - 117 (0.545)
Sunday November 13th, 2011 - 02:46:13 AM GMT
Belated match 7 report

We tried, we tried really hard, but could only manage a draw and went out on penalties. Both teams were evenly matched but it was one of those games.

 
Phil McIntosh
Missouri Legal Beagles


 
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325 - 173 - 377 (0.470)

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Thursday November 3rd, 2011 - 03:44:16 AM GMT
BEAGLE BULLETING

Dang, that was a short Cup. 

 
David Blair
Barnsley Brewers


 
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88 - 85 - 206 (0.344)
Tuesday November 1st, 2011 - 07:48:38 AM GMT
Barnsley Brews

Well, we got through the section of the AP Cup reasonably comfortably and it will now be the 3rd consecutive tournament BB has gained a plus record in, after going for minuses in every competition up till last season. At least the management is satisfied (till it goes pear shaped in the League...)   yes

The team is on the up - at least it has players that can compete in most games (but not all!) and we have some pennies in the kitty for improvements. Yes, we are looking forward to the League season - oh wait - there is the little matter of a last 16 Cup tie - never heard of the opposition - who are they, a new team?  wink

 
Steve Turner
Asteria Kromatos


 
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149 - 86 - 117 (0.545)
Sunday October 30th, 2011 - 12:36:02 AM GMT
Matches 5 and 6

I consider us unfortunate. The match against BFC was hard to accept previously as we didn't get a single chance at 4% for 60 minutes. This meant we had to try hard against GGD and that hurt as we went a goal behind rather than a goal up. Despite 6 shots from our good forwards we could only score one late equaliser. This meant conditional subs never happened and the team is tired. To add insult to injury we get a straight red card with a loose ref.

That draw ensured passage to the knockout stage but with SCO last we knew a result was going to be very hard. It looked like we could avoid CI and GS so I took a risk and rested. I accept the 100k fine for the blowout as the team could hardly be any weaker but it's very hard to see 4 goals from 4 shots from an SL 17 player (from memory here) after the trouble we've had shooting in the latter games.

On a happier note we welcome another one of the extended Sol family to the squad. Gerry may be old but he boosts T11 and T17 considerably.

 
David Blair
Barnsley Brewers


 
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88 - 85 - 206 (0.344)
Thursday October 27th, 2011 - 08:02:14 AM GMT
Brewers Report

We gained another draw where it was easier to win... and now defeat in the last match would drop us to 3rd in the section.

The good news is I am positive the points already gained have already secured at least one of the best 3rd place spots in the last 16, and the training of the 2 new lads goes on unabated. Jack Ritchie and Jimmy Jamieson are both going to be big in future seasons with us.

Shame we don't have a powerful FW - we have enough SL20s (4 to date) but they are all getting on in life and not worth pushing the CPs to get to near 30.

 
James White
Essex Supreme


 
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143 - 69 - 172 (0.462)
Monday October 24th, 2011 - 02:37:13 PM GMT
AP Cup

Job almost done for ES as we have just about managed to qualify from a very difficult group. It will take an unlikely series of results for us to miss out on qualifying as a best 3rd place team which to be honest was always our target from the outset. Two unlikely victories over a very good BOS and a narrow victory over HAS has provided the 9 points we think will be enough. It could have been more as we outplayed KIN but were giving a lesson in clinical finishing by the bugs. Time to rest up now and hopefully we can advance as far as possible in this tournament , we realise that's best we can hope for.

 
Steve Turner
Asteria Kromatos


 
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149 - 86 - 117 (0.545)
Monday October 24th, 2011 - 09:50:52 AM GMT

After the recent debacle where Asteria couldn't create a single chance the board have appointed an assistant coach to help Steve Turner. Lets hope he doesn't make a complete ass of the job.

 
Steve Turner
Asteria Kromatos


 
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149 - 86 - 117 (0.545)
Sunday October 23rd, 2011 - 09:00:47 PM GMT
Match 4

Group C is now the tightest and I still predict 3 teams to qualify. Group F will also get 3 teams through. I'm not so confident in predicting the other groups however. I also spotted a mistake in a previous post where I said coming 3rd would mean us playing Captain Iceland but if CDEF put their 3rd place teams through then we'd play the top team in Group D. As this is likely to be Gauteng Shooters I still would rather not finish 3rd.

As for our last game

 
Phil McIntosh
Missouri Legal Beagles


 
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325 - 173 - 377 (0.470)

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Saturday October 22nd, 2011 - 06:39:53 AM GMT
Legs

Seems like invertebrates have more legs....

 
Kevin Martin
Kirksville Invertebrates


 
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246 - 100 - 131 (0.621)

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2 Alan Parr Cup Titles
Friday October 21st, 2011 - 09:44:38 PM GMT
Home field

It will be good to be back at the Hive for the last three games.  2 wins on the road against solid competition to start things out is a good result.  Now if we can match that with 2 wins and a draw for the home legs, we should be able to coast on through to the knockout rounds.  Here's hoping it starts well with a rousing victory over HAS again.  Being able to rest up a few players in the last group match would be nice if we planning on beating our 1st round opponent.  Too early for predictions there, so we'll keep things in Group F close for now so we can scheme for positioning if needed with one match to go.

 
Phil McIntosh
Missouri Legal Beagles


 
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325 - 173 - 377 (0.470)

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Friday October 21st, 2011 - 04:13:24 AM GMT
PRV up next

Okay, the team that just came within 2 goals of playing even with Alon's Raiders is now gearing up for next match.  C-Ball, though, is too crafty for me.  How many ways will he outcoach me in a single match?

surprise

 
Steve Turner
Asteria Kromatos


 
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149 - 86 - 117 (0.545)
Thursday October 20th, 2011 - 12:17:45 PM GMT
Match 3

Chuffed with the result against Scotland, especially as Mark played pretty much T11 apart from his second goalkeeper. We started off with 5 players playing aggressive but the conditionals meant that once we were a goal up 4 of these would play normal. As that happened in the 3rd minute it saved EL for a couple of players that played the full 90 minutes. 2-0 after 5 minutes meant the game was pretty much over as we were the stronger side still. We probably only need one more win to secure a Sweet 16 spot but EL levels are a little low for the next game against Barcelona. We don't want to finish 3rd as that looks like being a game against CI.

In the other groups, it's looking like a 2 horse race in A and B as I predicted. MWW have a chance for a best 3rd spot as they play MP last and they will probably have qualified by then. In Group C it is still looking like GGD, AK and SCO will qualify. Group D is close apart from GS . The other 3 teams could end up hurting each other with draws causing the 3rd place team to fail. Group E is similar (what are NYT doing top?). And in Group F BOS, KIN and ES have all pretty much secured a place already.

 
Phil McIntosh
Missouri Legal Beagles


 
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325 - 173 - 377 (0.470)

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Thursday October 20th, 2011 - 04:18:28 AM GMT
Disappointment

And I really thought we had something going there 'round about the 60th minute.....

sad

 
Phil McIntosh
Missouri Legal Beagles


 
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325 - 173 - 377 (0.470)

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Wednesday October 19th, 2011 - 04:56:15 AM GMT
Futility

GS may get their 30th win over MLB this evening.  They may have squatter's rights, but Memphis still owns MLB.

 
Steve Turner
Asteria Kromatos


 
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149 - 86 - 117 (0.545)
Tuesday October 18th, 2011 - 01:19:01 PM GMT
Match 2

Normally I'd be disappointed to found out I'd lost to GGD but they're pretty much on par with us in T11. In our latest game I noticed that both teams had very similar SL players in defence, midfield and attack.

The difference between the two teams was down to aggression. I decided not to risk it with a homer referee and with 5 aggressive on the home side but only the 1 booking I think I was right to play all normal. However those aggressive players added 7 GP, 13 DEF and 16.5 OFF to GGD and we lost 6.75 GP for playing Mimosa passive. It was enough to give them 3 more chances than us and a deserved win.

 
Steve Turner
Asteria Kromatos


 
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149 - 86 - 117 (0.545)
Friday October 14th, 2011 - 12:16:49 AM GMT
Match 1

A few surprising results on the face of it but as mentioned on the blog I wasn't taking into account training plans or referees, hence Captain Iceland only managing a draw partly due to playing an apprentice GK and Gauteng Shooters likewise due to giving away a penalty. However a quick glance at other matches shows Olmec is still up to it's (his?) old tricks with matches like GGD vs SCO in our group.

Olmec also didn't do Barcelona any favours with just one shot with decent stats but we aren't complaing for once. A clean sheet for Mimosa, six shots from the midfield and defence leading to four goals is a great ratio for us. You know the luck is with you when an SL 12 MF scores. Pity here weren't any shots from the forwards but we didn't need them. The early goals meant we could lay off the aggression and get a couple of substitutions on.

We also picked up a decent auction buy with Barry Achernar in defence. We have no strength (10th in T17 in the division) and that's shown with an SL 5 player being our 16th highest in the squad. Pretty much any auction by augments the squad significantly, it's just a matter of deceing how much I want to spend this season and getting the bids right.

 
Kevin Martin
Kirksville Invertebrates


 
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246 - 100 - 131 (0.621)

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2 Alan Parr Cup Titles
Thursday October 13th, 2011 - 02:11:43 PM GMT
Auction Goodies for KIN

We wanted to make our auction moves early this season, and that plan came to fruition in just the 2nd auction.  Picking up a veteran at FW to provide instant T11 support and another goal scoring threat was just what we needed.  Our glaring weakness up front will at least be somewhat respectable this season now that we can avoid playing the SL 5 & 6 wingers for any significant time.

More importantly, we wanted an SL 5 or 6 FW or WG this season to start bringing along slowly to replace the aging players that we have relied upon so heavily the past two seasons.  When the 0/6 FW came up so quickly this season, we pounced.  While the price may seem a bit high, this was a crucial player for us and we would have paid out a few hundred K more if needed to secure his services for the next 6-7 seasons.

With over 1500k still in the bank, there is still time to address the other 3 team needs now: reliable backup Gk post-aging, another DF SL 15+ for depth, and an SL 15+ MF for depth as well.  Not looking for anything SL 20+ that will merit CP usage.  Just some players that can sub in for 30 minutes and not make fools of themselves, or play every third match with a modicum of ability while the T11 takes a breather.  If you have a player like that on your roster and would rather have a few hundred K to get your own future stars in the upcoming auctions, give us a ring at the Hive.  The phones are always open if you're calling about fresh blood.

 
Mark Boland
Ayers Rock


 
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339 - 150 - 234 (0.573)

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1 Alan Parr Cup Titles
1 MSWL Cup Titles
Tuesday October 4th, 2011 - 11:10:14 AM GMT
Ayers Rock

Ayers Rock are pleased to announce the appointment of experienced Olmec manager Mark Boland. Boland currently manages SESL side Dundee United and OASL's Minnesota Thunder and also spent 10 seasons in SFLSL with Dundee Broncos. Boland brings a winning pedigree having led Dundee United to 4 SESL titles on the trot between season 20 & 23 whilst also securing a title for Thunder only to see it ripped away and halved by the great OLMEC crash.

Ayer's recent pedigree has seen them challenging at the top end of Division 1 and the board are hopeful that this appointment will one day lead to this great club taking that final step and actually end the season sitting on top of the pile. The board does of course acknowledge that this will not happen overnight and due to having the 3rd lowest T11 and 2nd lowest cash that the immediate goal will be avoiding a return to division 2.

To achieve this AYR and coach Boland would like to announce a change to the clubs recruitment policy.  The club has tried the Australian Cricketer and movie star route but now feel that as Australia's only MSWL club that the time is right to try and tempt the country's top footballers home. Evidence of this is our recent draft recruitment of FW Tim Cahill.

Boland refused an extended interview stating that he is fully concentrating on getting the team ready for the start of the season but did say "I am very pleased to be joining one of the best known clubs in MSWL and I look forward to pitting my wits against many of the legendary managers who reside in this league".

 
Steve Turner
Asteria Kromatos


 
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149 - 86 - 117 (0.545)
Saturday September 24th, 2011 - 11:57:36 PM GMT
Michael Antares retires

Antares was the first player I signed to the club, joining part way through season 14 as an apprentice. Over the last 7 seasons he played 177 games earning 24 man of the match awards. He was a great servant and will be missed.

 
Brian Beerman
Bay State Minutemen


 
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34 - 19 - 33 (0.506)
Wednesday September 21st, 2011 - 12:04:16 PM GMT
Bay State Minutemen: Season XXI Preview

The Bay State Minutemen open their inaugural season in Division Two, having been relegated after a somewhat inconsistent season XX. Coach Brian Beerman, who took the reigns for the club mid-season, seems intent to maintain a competitive team despite relegation.

Seasoned veterans like Snow Leopard (GK), Mountain Lion (FW) and Robert Ayala (SD), who were all instrumental in keeping this team in contention last season, return to the lineup this year and should be able to produce at a high level again.  It will be crucial these players also mentor younger additions Gandalf (GK) and Théoden (DF) who join the club as apprentices this season.  Both apprentices, hand picked by coach Beerman, are expected to help rebuild the defense of this team in the coming seasons and expectations are high both will learn the system quickly and make a noticeable impact sooner rather than later.

The weakest part of the field for the Minutemen is midfield.  While a couple of talented younger players are on the squad, the depth at this area is thin at best; a key injury or two could spell disaster for the team.

At the striker position alongside Mountain Lion is second year player Phil McIntosh (FW).  Fans and coaches alike are eager to see what this young star-in-the-making can do and hope he can live up to his predicted potential.

 
Kevin Martin
Kirksville Invertebrates


 
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246 - 100 - 131 (0.621)

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Sunday September 4th, 2011 - 02:53:51 AM GMT
Final Playoff Table - Spoilers!

Rank/Team Record GF-GA Pts GD
1. AK 3-0-2 9-5 9 +4
2. BOS 3-0-2 9-7 9 +2
3. MP 2-1-2 12-11 7 +1
4. ES 2-1-2 8-8 7 0
5. BSM 2-1-2 4-7 7 -3
6. RFT 1-1-3 7-11 4 -4

 
Phil McIntosh
Missouri Legal Beagles


 
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325 - 173 - 377 (0.470)

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Friday September 2nd, 2011 - 10:00:01 PM GMT
Tradition

No reason on the timing of this tourney, other than that's essentially the way it has been done.  No need to keep it that way if there's a preference otherwise.  This is not delaying the start of the regular season, which would hot have been done until after I returned from vacation anyway.  If anything, this schedule was to accommodate another manager who would be unavailable in September.  

Expect a league-wide e-mail next week to kick off the pre-season!  If the upcoming season is anything like the playoffs, we're in for a great ride!

cheeky

 
David Blair
Barnsley Brewers


 
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88 - 85 - 206 (0.344)
Friday September 2nd, 2011 - 10:22:55 AM GMT
Final Games

Intriguing set to finish off this little league affair (whilst the rest of us wonder if it will ever end....  yes

Bottom 2 clubs know if they win they can just about sneak into the 1st division by at least by-passing the teams they beat, so nobody - with the exception of AK - can completely relax.

Pressure building up on 5 managers - assuming all of them are comfortable playing in the 1st division that is. Well, you never know, sometimes another season in a lower division building up resources and a good squad can be preferable to an instant hike upwards and a difficult season in the 1st. And the teams already there in the 1st division might actually like the idea of a season down below, without the threat of a 2nd relegation race.

All speculation of course - the other 18 of us are just looking forward to starting for real. Any thoughts as to why the playoffs have to be months after the season finishes - and not played the minute the season ends when likely as not the same managers will be fighting for their places?

Probably this suggestion has already been aired but hopefully this journal might count towards participation bonuses.......... wink

 
Kevin Martin
Kirksville Invertebrates


 
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246 - 100 - 131 (0.621)

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2 Alan Parr Cup Titles
Thursday September 1st, 2011 - 01:49:23 PM GMT
Tables after Match 4

Nice summary, Steve.  Here's the table so everyone else can follow along.

Rank/Team Record GF-GA Pts GD
1. AK 3-0-1 9-4 9 +5
2. MP 2-0-2 12-11 6 +1
3. BOS 2-0-2 7-6 6 +1
4. BSM 2-0-2 4-7 6 -3
5. ES 1-1-2 7-8 4 -1
6. RFT 1-1-2 6-9 4 -3

Final matchups:

BSM v MP

BOS v RFT

AK v ES

 
Steve Turner
Asteria Kromatos


 
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149 - 86 - 117 (0.545)
Thursday September 1st, 2011 - 12:43:36 AM GMT
After match 4 (spoilers)

Well we're back in Division One again. One of the three games went our way, although I was a bit shocked to see us lose 3-1 with 3 shots on target against us and our goal being a penalty. Bodes ill for the new season already.

The results mean that everyone is still in with a shout at playing in Division One next season. BOS, MP and BSM all have 6 points, with the first two having a +1 GD and BSM on -3 (Brian must be ruing playing Cedrun against us and letting in 4 goals). ES and RFT have 4 points with ES on -1 and RFT on -3 GD.

BSM: a win means they stay in Div One, anything else and they fail due to their poor GD.
MP: a win and they stay in Div One, a loss and they're relegated. With a draw, BOS can be above them with a win, RFT with a win by 5 and ES with a win by 3

BOS: promote with a win, a draw means they need ES to fail to win by 3, and a loss means they stay in Div Two.
RFT: need to win and have ES fail to win, or if ES win to gain 3 goals on them. They also promote if they win by 5 and BSM v MP is a draw.

ES is similar to RFT in that they have to win. Win by 3 with MP v BSM a draw or BOS v RFT a draw. Also win with RFT also winning but not overcoming the 2 GD deficit.

It's possible for ES and RFT to both play in Div One. BSM v MP has to be a draw, ES need to win by 3 goals and RFT by 5.
 

 
Phil McIntosh
Missouri Legal Beagles


 
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Tuesday August 30th, 2011 - 03:43:36 AM GMT
Table

The table below is just screaming for an MP victory to set things right with the world this week.

 
Kevin Martin
Kirksville Invertebrates


 
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Monday August 29th, 2011 - 06:22:17 PM GMT
Promotion/Relegation Playoff Table after Match 3 (spoilers)

Picking up where John left off...

Rank/Team Record GF-GA Pts GD  
1. AK 3-0-0 8-1 9 +7  
2. BOS 2-0-1 7-5 6 +2  
3. ES 1-1-1 4-4 4 0  
4. MP 1-0-2 8-8 3 0  
5. BSM 1-0-2 3-7 3 -4  
6. RFT 0-1-2 3-8 1 -5  

 
Steve Turner
Asteria Kromatos


 
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Sunday August 28th, 2011 - 02:05:36 PM GMT
(Spoilers) Can we relax yet?

Almost but we're not secure in Division One just yet. Having said that it'll take a lot of results to go wrong for us to fail:

With the table as it stands and the games to play there's only one team that can't catch us (RFT). So for us to finish 4th, one of the other four teams can finish below us and we could still fail. We're on 9, so to fail on goal difference MP and BSM need to win both their games, but they play each other, so it's one of those that will finish below us.

So - if MP beat BSM, they have to beat ES to catch us up (assuming we lose both games) and that means ES can't catch us up - we promote.

Now assuming BSM beat MP, and ES beat MP, and BSM also win their other game against BOS, and ES win their other game against us and BOS beat RFT then we end up with ES on 10, BOS, AK and BSM on 9. It will take something like BSM to win both games 3-0 (or 3-0 and 4-2), us to lose to ES and RFT 3-0 and BOS to win 2-0, for us to miss out (if us and BSM finish 3-0-2 with an 8-7 GF-GA then we top them on head to head).

 
Phil McIntosh
Missouri Legal Beagles


 
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Friday August 26th, 2011 - 05:31:31 AM GMT
Housekeeping

Special thanks to Kevin for keeping watch over the shop during the playoffs...keep those participation monies coming!

Also, thanks to John for the table updates.  That was unexpected and appreciated!

 
John Holden
Richmond Furious Tigers


 
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Thursday August 25th, 2011 - 12:10:44 AM GMT
Promo Table - Round 2 - Spoilers

1 3 AK  2 2-0-0  6-1  6 +5
2 2 ES  2 1-1-0  4-2  4 +2
3 1 MP  2 1-0-1  8-6  3 +2
4 4 BOS 2 1-0-1  5-5  3  0
5 6 RFT 2 0-1-1  3-6  1 -3
6 5 BSM 2 0-0-2  1-7  0 -6
the second number is the ranking from the previous round.

 
Kevin Martin
Kirksville Invertebrates


 
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Wednesday August 24th, 2011 - 02:05:47 PM GMT
"Relax a little"?

Do not let Steve's post fool you.  His team doesn't know how to "relax."  They have the earned the adjective "Crazy" for a reason.  Steve knows that relaxing in this playoff is all but asking for a beat down.  And with goal differential being the first tie break if even on points, every goal or save or shot that never happened because the starting defense is on the field will end up mattering in the end.

Just winning only works if you can net at least 4 wins and coast out in the final match.  If you're at 3 or less, then goal differential is very likely to matter.  If at two wins and a draw, then how bad those losses were is going to come back to haunt someone this playoff season.

So with that being said, best of luck to the underdogs!  The Bugs will be much happier to see you in the 1st Division than the powerhouses.  Unfortunately, that appears to include the Pharaohs in the underdog group this season.  Third-worst T11 score amongst the playoff teams.  Are any of you other managers up for the task of relegating the Self-Proclaimed (yet still dead) Deities for the first time in MSWL history?

 
Steve Turner
Asteria Kromatos


 
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Sunday August 21st, 2011 - 08:38:11 PM GMT
Lucky us?

My first instinct was to play T11 all 90 minutes and hope for the best. But knowing Olmec as I do, and knowing that we only have to finish in the top 3, and so didn't need to win the game against the 2nd best team in this competition, I decided to rest a few top players and stall for 30 minutes. Not surprisingly went went a goal down but when we brought the subs on and changed our structure, we were the better side. Over the 90 minutes the teams were evenly matched but we managed to get more shots including the 90th minute winner.

So a great start to our compaign to get back to Div One at the first attempt and I feel we can relax a little.

 
John Holden
Richmond Furious Tigers


 
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Sunday August 21st, 2011 - 08:27:03 PM GMT
Promotion Table after Round 1 (spoiler)

1 MP  1 1-0-0  5-2  3 +3
2 ES  1 1-0-0  3-1  3 +2 
3 AK  1 1-0-0  2-1  3 +1
4 BOS 1 0-0-1  1-2  0 -1
5 BSM 1 0-0-1  1-3  0 -2
6 RFT 1 0-0-1  2-5  0 -3

 
Phil McIntosh
Missouri Legal Beagles


 
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Friday August 19th, 2011 - 06:57:14 PM GMT
Broncos

Willy, are you referring to the Tricolores or the Broncos?  Hmmm....that post could go either way.

 
Willy Krosnyak
Montevideo Tricolores


 
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Friday August 19th, 2011 - 02:01:47 PM GMT
New season, new hopes...

The Montevideo Tricolores are really looking forward to the next MSWL season, there is a general feeling in our quarters that this could be a good season for a team that has been a little less than mediocre for too long!

So the promise is to work hard and fight for promotion this season.  We normally have strong starts but then the team fades away towards the end of the season, so look for the Tricolores to come up with a few surprises this season!

The first good thing for starters is that we got a pretty high draft pick!  :P

 
Steve Turner
Asteria Kromatos


 
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Tuesday July 26th, 2011 - 05:29:24 PM GMT
New Season

Here at Asteria we can't wait to get involved in the play-offs and hopefully a quick return to Division One. Fortunately for us, our esteemed Commish has scheduled the play-off games so that the last one is played the day I go to Florida on holiday for two weeks and, if we need a result in that game then I won't know where we're playing until we get back.

It looks like AK and BOS are the favourites, RFT and ES the outsiders, with BSM and MP fighting for the third spot. But Olmec being Olmec and all 6 managers being rather good at this job means nothing can be taken for granted.

 
Mark de Kok
Stockholm Science Geeks


 
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337 - 177 - 336 (0.501)

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Monday July 25th, 2011 - 09:12:56 PM GMT
EL management

Maybe this could be an article on the WIKI at the white papers section (just tell me how to add this at the WIKI):

Building up a squad with EL management:

I have been playing in Olmec leagues for about 5 years and am just analysing my teams during that period. All my teams were pretty good, but the squads remained below 20 players. With this in mind I started to look for the best outline of a squad. This to prevent fielding players at the start of a match with >6 EL. Fielding those players would cause more random injuries because they could get into negative EL.

Also I was looking at other teams in Olmec leagues as SESL, MSWL, The Manager and SFLSL to see how experienced managers were coping with this. This resulted in a basic outline which I believe is the best to get the most out of players.

How does this team looks like using a 4-4-2 formation:

 2 GK

1 SW

1 SD

6 DF

1 DM

4 MF

2 MA

2 WG

3 FW

An UT is not included as not all teams have a UT player. If you have one, he takes the place of a multi-positional player (SD/DM/MA)!

With this setup you can cover all positions. Two GK’s are always needed, but if you have a >25 SL GK he can cover a SW. One SW and a SD are covering the SW area, with a good GK as backup in case of serious random injuries on both SD and SW. The SD can also cover the DF area, where 6 DF cover the 3 spots on the pitch. In case of injuries a DM can also cover over here.

The midfield is covered by 4 MF, 1 DM and 2 MA. That is 7 players for 4 positions. And in case of an attacking 4-4-2 you could add 2 WG. Technically you have two extra FW on the pitch, but in my opinion the two WG are extra MF with OFF bonus. If you want to play with WG, you should always start with 2 WG. The FW area is covered by 3 FW, 2 WG and 2 MA.

With this squad you can field a seperate team every match giving you the most options in other formations. You can experiment with 5-3-2, 3-4-3, 4-2-4 or other formations without facing EL difficulties. Al players start a match with at least 7 EL if you play them one match on, on match off and a substitution. In the off match.

At the moment I am busy working on a Age management article. I try to work out the best outline of the team above in levels of ages. That should be ready soon.

 
Simon Compton
Barcelona FC


 
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Thursday May 12th, 2011 - 07:15:29 PM GMT
Barecelona Mvp

Wow at this late stage of the season we turn up a run of results and receive a free TP, dont spend it all at once i hear you cry, but boy a welcome last minute Tp, who gets it Iniesta, Krol or Essien, boys get training and lets see what we can do with it.

Good luck to all in the final matches or are there more to come!!

 
Simon Compton
Barcelona FC


 
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Thursday May 12th, 2011 - 07:13:45 PM GMT
Barecelona Mvop]


 
Dave Dowson
British Bull-Dogs


 
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Thursday April 28th, 2011 - 04:31:08 PM GMT
Aftermath of the Lions Den!

The BullDogs Roster looks more like a Civil War Casualty list after our traumatic double episode in the Zaragoza 'Lions Den'crying

8 Yes Eight players out with Injuries or exhaustion Good job I have a large squad of 23 playerscool

Gareth Bale (BBD) suffered a sprained ankle.
Ángel Lafita (BBD) has a concussion.
Barry Ferguson (BBD) has a broken leg.


Name Pos Age SL EL

 Ángel Lafita  SD 6 13 -7
         Budvar  DF 2 30 -1
S Whittaker  DF 1 13 -1
     B Ferguson  DM 3 16  -89
 Kieron Dyer  MA 3 29 -1
Theo Walcot  MA 0 14 -2
     Carl Sagin  WG 4 22 -2
  Gareth Bale  FW 1 23 -2

 
David Blair
Barnsley Brewers


 
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Thursday April 28th, 2011 - 08:18:18 AM GMT
Barnsley Press

Willy, I use marking very little but on the occasions I have I found it did help close down lads (mainly high SL WGs to stop the EC flow of crosses). I need to play 5 (sometimes 6) DFs to make it effective but don't give up on it. It doesnt/can't always work 100%, but must have some effect or it would not be used.

Real Madrid had men all round Messi last night and you know what he did...yes

Well, looks like that is my season finished with Barnsley - Boston took no pity on "the old man of Olmec" and we departed at the Quarter Final stage.

The team will be retiring some very low SL players and needs a few youngsters to be able to compete at a higher level - actually finishing 5th in the division is higher than they have ever been, and a few suffered nose bleeds from being so high up....wink

Overall since I came in to look after them we have gone with 13 wins, 14 draws, and 7 losses and the team has a little pride back in them, if not success. sad

 
Willy Krosnyak
Montevideo Tricolores


 
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Thursday April 28th, 2011 - 03:20:24 AM GMT
Marking used to work...

...But not this time... The player we marked still got most of the shots of the team.  Am I missing something?  After marking he was one of the lowest effective SL...

We were meant to loose but 5-0 looks a bit too harsh... 

This that I just did is called to "pull a Ricardo"...  devil

 
Brian Beerman
Zaragoza Lions


 
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34 - 19 - 33 (0.506)
Thursday April 21st, 2011 - 12:57:23 PM GMT
PRV 0-2 ZAR (PRV agg: 3-3)

Zaragoza's Cup dreams came to an end after a wonderful match at Providence last night.  Despite winning the match by a 2-0 margin on Mountain Lion's and Carlos Diogo's second half goals, the Lions fall short on aggregate having given up three away goals during the first leg of this classic rivalry.

This match started much as the first did: the home team dominating with strong defense.  The Waterfires controlled both sides of the field in the first 45 minutes and were barely tested by Zaragoza.  However, the second half was a different story.

At the 52nd minute, ZAR midfielder Ikechukwu Uche was shown a straight red card (he had already received a yellow in the first half) and was escorted off the field by security as PRV fans littered the veteran with verbal slurs and (mostly) empty plastic bottles.  After another card only a couple of minutes later, this time to Lions' MF Balder, the Lions errupted with two beautiful goals in the 59th (Mountain Lion) and 61st (Diogo) minutes.  The home crowd, delirious with excitement when Uche was sent off only seven minutes earlier, were all but silenced on Lion's goal. Before the crowd had a chance to mount any further steam, Diogo found the back of the net from 20 yards out and suddenly it seemed as though the stadium at Providence was empty.

For the last 30 minutes of the night, most Waterfires fans sat anxiously on the edge of their seats, dredding a third strike from Zaragoza.  Their dred was made even greater by the obvious fact that Providence manager, Mike Cabral, had his team playing completely on their side of the pitch; there seemed no effort too push the ball into Zaragoza's half or make any attempt to score at all.

Unfortunately for Zaragoza fans, the last 30 minutes saw only a handful of chances from the Lions despite the clear momentum on the pitch. Watching the Lions in the second half, one could hardly tell they were playing a man down for nearly half the game.  

As the final whistle blew, a collective sigh of relief seemed to leave the stadium from PRV fans.  A few ZAR fans could be heard shouting a triumphant song to their favorite team, albeit in defeat.  Typically fans of these two teams do not mix well (think of fire and petrol), but after last nigth's match, where nothing was left on the field by either team, fans of both sides were praising the play of both teams.  As one drunken bystander commented, "It could have gone either way.  Those Lions nearly made a historic come back - it was a match for the ages."

That it was.

 
Phil McIntosh
Missouri Legal Beagles


 
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Sunday April 17th, 2011 - 10:08:46 PM GMT
Eager Beaver

Is Brian as eager for the rematch as he was for the first leg?

crying

 
Brian Beerman
Zaragoza Lions


 
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Sunday April 17th, 2011 - 09:20:42 PM GMT
ZAR 1-3 PRV

Zaragoza suffered a crushing home defeat yesterday, falling to rival Providence 3-1.  The Lions jumped out to an early lead in the sixth minute when Mountain Lion found the back of the Waterfires' net.  The team seemed on good course, even after Providence winger Big Brown leveled the score just before half.

The second half saw Providence create a lot of pressure in Zaragoza's backfield.  Unfortunately for the Lions, their defense could contain the Waterfires for only so long.  At the 81st minute, Silverbulletday took advantage of a deflected pass and easily found the back of Snow Leopard's net.  Only a few minutes later, Longfellow's shot was deftly stopped by Snow Leopard.  However, the ball got away from the Lions' goalkeeper and Silverbulletday once again took advantage of the empty net, increasing the team's lead to two.  A couple of minutes later the final whistle blew and the Lions were left to ponder how they lost such an important game...at home.

Coach Beerman had few words after the match.  "We'll certainly have to look at ourselves before the next match Wednesday night at Providence.  It will obviously be a difficult match on the road." 

 
David Blair
Barnsley Brewers


 
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Friday April 15th, 2011 - 08:19:19 AM GMT
Cheers!

Well you know it was you 11 games ago and mugged me (okay you won 1-0 fair and square). yes

Actually I read your gameplan from SESL and occasionally have "parked the bus" - extra defenders to mark up opponents and hope for a break - hence the reason for a few of my 0-0 scorelines.

The last match was one of the very few I started with a different tactic, and at present we have no EL/suspensions/injury worries.

Now we face MT who BB have only won once against EVER - wonder who is feeling the most (should that be more) pressure...  suppose that'll probably be me!    wink

 
Robin Dewar
Ayers Rock


 
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Friday April 15th, 2011 - 01:54:23 AM GMT
Barnsley

Excellent work Mr Blair to go 10 games undefeated in this league is a VERY worthy achievmentyes

Obviously you have been studying AYR  and who did you lose to last ?

BARNSLEY ? ..........you live in Scotland  , could you not come up with a better name ?

 

MSWL CUP .............. Steve (AK) ......I feel your pain ......GS next crying

 
David Blair
Barnsley Brewers


 
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Thursday April 14th, 2011 - 08:47:23 AM GMT
Barnsley Press

That's it - oh, no, wait - there's a last 16 game to come. Never mind, we at the Brewers are a happier bunch now.    cool

We are on a 10 match unbeaten run, scoring 11 goals to 5 conceded, and have picked up another MVP.

Since never having had a winning record in any of their previous 18 competitions, now we have put 2 together in the League and the MSWL Cup (and that is regardless of our KO game(s) to come).     smiley

The lads are taking me out tonight to celebrate - our last game will be a happy one, no matter the score!   yes

 
Brian Beerman
Zaragoza Lions


 
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Thursday April 14th, 2011 - 07:08:52 AM GMT
Zaragoza (6-0-0) Eager for Match Versus Providence (3-1-2)

 

 GROUP E 
    TEAM   W   D   L   GF   GA   GD   PTS 
 1.   Zaragoza Lions   6   0   0   10   0   10   18 

 

After Zaragoza defeated Essex 3-0 to complete the only clean sweep of the MSWL Cup Group Stage this season, allowing zero goals in six games, the players' attention turned to locker room television monitors to await the pairings for the next round of Cup play.  Excitement over their six-game win streak turned to jubilation when league commissioner Phil McIntosh announced the Lions' opponents would be none other than Mike Cabral's Providence Waterfires. 

During his post match press conference, Zaragoza coach Brian Beerman was told the news about pairings for the second round of play.  "Terrific! Now we can start our game planning and make sure the lads are 100% ready for this next game.  We always enjoy playing a good rival, and no rival is any bigger for us than the team from Providence."  

Last time these two teams played, Zaragoza narrowly defeated Providence 3-2 in a memorable match that saw the Waterfires come back from three goals down at the half to score two goals in two minutes early in the second half.  Man of the Match Snow Leopard however extinguished the Waterfires' hopes after those two goals and Zaragoza never looked back.

One question mark for Zaragoza heading into this match is the status of youngster Carlos Diogo.  The Spaniard saw playing time in four of the six group matches, but showed signs of fatigue early on during the contest versus Essex.  Coach Beerman maintained his confidence the young back would be available for the team's biggest match of the year.  "Sure [Carlos] was tired during the first half; the entire team was tired.  But he was still on the pitch when the final whistle blew, so what does that tell you about him?"

Though kick off time has yet to be decided for the match this Saturday, tickets have already sold out.  Regardless of the outcome, fans from both teams expect a physical match that will leave one team heading home while the other advances to the quarterfinals.  

 

 
Phil McIntosh
Missouri Legal Beagles


 
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Tuesday April 12th, 2011 - 03:02:24 AM GMT
MLB

I think I just need to focus on next season.

 
Steve Turner
Asteria Kromatos


 
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Monday April 11th, 2011 - 05:13:56 PM GMT
MSWL Cup sweet 16

Looking at our EL I think we can safely predict that we'll lose to SCO and finish 3rd. This means we play GS and their 9 SL 30+ team. Yoiks!

Or we could try and beat SCO 5-0 or 5-1 to probably finish 2nd and then play ZAR, but they'll be fully fit and the only way we could beat SCO so well would leave me with perhaps 6 or 7 fit players for just one game.

At this late stage in the knockout stages only two teams have been eliminated; NYT and MWW.

Although Group A could finish any way, we know the winners will play MT or ES, 2nd will play CI and 3rd will play BOA.

In Group E, ZAR will play 2nd in my group, probably SCO or PRV and 2nd from MT/ES will play BB.

The winners of Group F will play 3rd from Groups B, C or D and that's any from BM, SSG, MLB, KIN, GGD, BFC and LPT

PEX will play 2nd from Group C, which could be anyone but GS.

 
Phil McIntosh
Missouri Legal Beagles


 
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Sunday March 27th, 2011 - 02:51:32 AM GMT
Yawn--Spoiler

No need to meander the mouse over to the KIN-MLB matchup this evening.  BORING.  Sorry about that.  I don't know what came over me.

Meow,

Clyde

 
Robin Dewar
Ayers Rock


 
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Wednesday March 23rd, 2011 - 04:51:29 AM GMT
ICEMAN

Excellent write up OLI you like myself had put a great deal of thought into these games .  I had thought BOA would have ben the main contenders but Ian went of the boil after mid season . I had spotted you creeping up on the rails and was telling everyone to watch out for you but nobody took any notice .........well done young man ...........obviously you were in awe of the fantastic manager at AYR cheeky

As for AYR we kicked into gear when the commish  , and everyone else ( except Alon) wrote us off.

Our last 10 games :

M DATE   SCORE   OPPONENT COMP
132 Mar 19 W 2 - 0 @ Boston Mythos 2nd Division
131 Mar 16 W 1 - 0   Montevideo Tricolores 2nd Division
130 Mar 12 W 1 - 0 @ Pehuajo Expos 2nd Division
129 Mar 09 W 2 - 0   Gauteng Golden Dragons 2nd Division
128 Mar 05 W 1 - 0 @ Barnsley Brewers 2nd Division
127 Mar 02 W 2 - 0 @ British Bull-Dogs 2nd Division
126 Feb 26 W 2 - 0   Hollywood All-Stars 2nd Division
125 Feb 23 W 3 - 0 @ Stockholm Science Geeks 2nd Division
124 Feb 19 W 1 - 0   Liverpool Tigers 2nd Division
123 Feb 16 W 3 - 2 @ Barcelona FC 2nd Division

laugh

 
Oli Sigurjonsson
Captain Iceland


 
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Monday March 21st, 2011 - 09:42:39 PM GMT
Part II

After losing to GS, I went into the season with a team with mixed EL levels.  First up there was BOA.  I knew that they were

good so I put my first 11 out or as close to that as I could, but we had to bow out after a great game from BOA with a 2-5

scoreline and the first penalty of the season given away.
Next up was KIN at home and I made one of my biggest mistakes of the season.  I understimated Kevin Martin and chose to rest

some of my bigger players that were knackered after the cup games, and we lost our first home game 1-3.  We were now 6 point

behind GS (my only aim was to be above them as that would almost certainly mean that we would be in #1).  I had to think

everything through and find something else to be competitive.  I figured out that if BOA and SCO would hang in there long

enough they might help me catch GS and hopefully then slip up and give me the chance to overtake them if I could beat GS at

home and draw away.
It was game 3 and NYT away were up.  I decided that I would need my star GK in every game and started playing him on passive

(figuring out that it might save me points against the smaller teams and maybe some EL on other stars as well) ANother tactic

was to play everyone in WG or FW as aggressive, as that would be vital in getting the goals to win as I would hopefully

letting in fewer goals (I had conceded 8 goals already) The final part was to order my star FW and WG to go off if I was

leading by some margin - and save vital EL.  Well NYT was swept aside 5-0 a very surprising result for me, but gave me belief

in my plan.  At the same time Scotland equalised in the 89th minute so I was only 4 points away from GS and SCO, but BOA were

still 6 points away.
Now it was game 4 - ZAR at home.  I had fear before this game as I felt that this could be the match that would blow it away

for me, ZAR has a great team and at that moment his stars were on EL 8 or 10 so you can imagine the happiness when I

discovered that ZAR went NMR.  But that went a little sour when our first red card came about after 4 minutes to my star FW. 

But we just managed to beat ZAR 2-1.  SCO, BOA and GS all won also
In game 5 we were facing MWW away - They had not scored in the league at that point so I was fairly confident before that

match despite missing a player through suspension and we won 3-0.  SCO, BOA and GS all won also.
Now it was crunch time in game 6 GS at home.  In my mind I put it like this "IF YOU DONT BEAT THEM YOU WILL NOT WIN THE

LEAGUE"  -  So 8 players were put on aggressive, and Home Bonus was set at 13.  I was doing everything I could.  But after

outshotting Alon we only drew 2-2 !!!!   Red Card nr. 2 of the season came in 67th minute while we were ahead and now it was

our other star FW that was on the receiving end. He had been given a red in the AP trophy - so now he was facing a 2 match

suspension.  But SCO and BOA played the greatest draw ever in their 12 goal match so nothing had changed at the top, which

was the only bright spot of that round for CI.
Game 7 was ES at home - My team was deflated and low on EL, the team morale was not high, but we were lucky, so was ES so

both teams fielded weakend teams.  But remember my plan of playing stars and resting.  Eric Delko got 3 goals in 39 minutes

and we walked away with a 3-0 scoreline.  ES were unlucky and got a red card in the 69th minute but it had no bearing on the

result however.  The red cards were now 2-1 in the league, PK 0-1.  But Scotland lost to Providence 1-5 so we gained 3 points

on them.
Game 8 and it was time to face Memphis away.  I planned this game to perfection and everything was going ok, we were 2-0 up,

I subbed the stars and waited for the game to end.  But that will not do against Al, he scored a goal and then equalised in

the 67th minute.  I had finished all my nails on my left hand when the ref blew the whistle.  A 2-2 draw that taught me a

lesson.  I would have to stall or something when leading.  BOA won yet again and were now 8 points ahead, SCO won also but

NYT won against NMR Gauteng :D  Was I reading this all wrongly were my thoughts.  How do we stop BOA ?  Well it doenst matter

if you dont beat the others, so keep your focus on what you can do, The second place could be up for grabs was my reasoning

for keeping the plan alive.  MY star WG got a booking and was facing a suspension.
Game 9 and it was Scotland at home with 2 big players missing.  I did not feel very good before the game.  SCO got 2-0 up and

stalled from the 59th minute.  But they also subbed their star GK and put on the reserve keeper Janice SL 14 that they bought

from CI.  He was sold because we had gotten a GK with SL 22 in an earlier auction.  That buy was controversial as we had the

same bid as the other team but got the player because we were places lower in the league at the time.  The bidding team that

lost out were SCO - ironic as we got 4 goals in the next 27 minutes.  But it took its toll as we received our 3rd red card of

the season, again it was my nr. 2 FW and he now faced 3 games suspension as it was his 3rd in all competitions.  We also gave

away a penalty for our 4 attacking players, so the stat is red cards 3-1 penalties 0-2.  BOA and GS their matches.
Game 10.  Providence away.  Now this isnt getting any easier I thought, red cards piling up, 8 points away and the lesser

teams getting stronger and stronger.  I feared this game, remember SCO lost 1-5 to them and I had just beat SCO on a lucky

substitution !!!  So I threw everything at them, Got 2-0 up in 31 minutes subbed 2 immediately and waited to sub the third

star in minute 39 but my star WG got sent off in 38th minute.  He now faced a suspension, but luckily enough, we managed to

walk away with the 3 points.  MLB drew agains BOA, GS just beat MWW 4-3 and SCO beat KIN 2-1.  Hey its only 6 points now is

the bright spot, but I have to take a look at that red card rate I thought to myself. 
The last game of the first half of the season was against MLB.  They are always difficult but I had to rest the GK at some

point and with BOA coming up, he was rested and no player was put on aggressive.  We let in a goal after 5 minutes, but 3

goals from our MF player in the second half saved us and our quest was alive.  We had a 7-2-2 record unbeaten in 9 matches

and with GS winning BOA and NYT drawing against SCO we were only 3 points off the pace of BOA and GS and 2 points ahead of

SCO.
We figured out that we still had a chance.  GS had poured the CP and TP into their team as we had reckoned but SCO and BOA

were fighting GS all the way.  Lets keep the ball rolling we thought, but I will have to continue that tomorrow :D

 
Oli Sigurjonsson
Captain Iceland


 
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Sunday March 20th, 2011 - 10:19:32 PM GMT
The Road to the title- Part 1

This has been such a journey.  When I started playing in the MSWL I was in awe of the mighty Pharaohs, Santa Cruz and Gauteng Shooters and Barcelona (I dont recall the second name now).  I have always had the plan of just playing for fun, trying to outsmart other managers in the tactic game and try to upset the top flight as much as I can.  My team has never been a power house and never will be.  But we always aim to punch above our weight and each time we can, it makes me proud :)

In season 14 we started very brightly and got us our first trophy.  It was such an achievement to make at the time, that I never dreamt that we would get another title.  But we always play to get into the final of every competition, sometimes we have even been so low on EL and suspensions that we have had noone unused in the squad !!!!

Then last season we got another title.  The MSWL trophy landed in our lap :D I have always considered that as one of the most difficult ones to win.  The big teams need to play through 14 matches, the group play can not be taken lightly and then there are gruelling 8 games in a row and you can not slip once along the way.  It makes the league title a little bit easier to win as you can rest players (or gamble a little) for many games and get away with it and still be able to win it. 

So after winning both trophies, we had only one title left to win.  The Division 1 title.  When the TP/CP rule change was announced I just thought to myself "This is a gift for Alon, now he needs to use up the CP, so he will have a monster team after 10-15 games and will win the league by a mile"

So I deviated a little and set out to win the AP trophy and gave it everything we had in the final match, but still lost to GS 1-3.  That was that I thought and lost all hope in my title chase. 

Will add more tomorrow :D

 
Phil McIntosh
Missouri Legal Beagles


 
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Saturday March 19th, 2011 - 08:11:36 PM GMT
Meow!

It's MSWL Game Day, and there's some big matches will be played in three hours!  The Division II title will be decided today in a head to head match up of AYR vs. BOS.  Clyde's picking BOS Rob because, well, that's what Calvin would have done.  There's a tight race in Division I...CI holds a one point margin over perrennial power GS.  Oli has his paws full with MLB, but MLB hasn't been a problem for CI in recent memory.  MLB needs a single point, or three, to secure safety from the relegation playoffs.  That would render all other outcomes moot for MLB.  ZAR needs a win and an NYT loss vs. SCO to leapfrog Jay, and a win coupled with an MLB loss and some goal differential assistance to catch MLB.  Essex needs win vs. MWW and an NYT loss, plus goals, coupled with an MP win over ZAR to have hope. 

That may not be accurate...Kevin does this much better than I.  smiley

In sum, though, there's a lot riding on today's matches, so play them out!  ES, ZAR and maybe MLB are counting on SCO.  ES and NYT and maybe MLB are counting on MP!

And then there's Alon's match vs. Ian.  If Ian has anything left after dismantling MLB on Wednesday.....

Meow,

Clyde

 
Willy Krosnyak
Montevideo Tricolores


 
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Friday March 18th, 2011 - 03:41:38 PM GMT
We tried...

As we said it before the last 3 matches were played, MT were less the contenders that AK feared than BFC of BB.  Now is down to AK or BB.

Good luck.

We now are back in limbo now playing for not much but it was fun...!

 
David Blair
Barnsley Brewers


 
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Thursday March 17th, 2011 - 10:44:41 PM GMT
Barnsley Press

The good news is that Barnsley have achieved something never before experienced in their 7 seasons in MSWL.   enlightened

In 6 seasons of 2 cups and a league they have never had a winning record in any of the previous 18 competitions and adding in this season's Alan Parr Cup that makes 19.    sad

The Board of Management wish to announce that the League competition just finishing this Saturday will be Barnsley's 1st ever winning record - in their 20th attempt - as so far, without the away match @ Hollywood added in we stand with a W9 D6 L6 record.

Okay we have not scored enough goals to be an exciting team, but we don't lose many either, and have picked up 4 MVPs - a team record, we believe.   yes

As basically that was why I was brought in, at great expense - bottle of whisky per win (a r-e-a-l incentive to a Scotsman) - I have to consider the season as a triumph. Doesn't matter what the MSWL Cup throws up, or if we get into a promotion playoff spot - we consider this a good season. We are not equipped for the top echelon. However we will try for a spot - every game is there to be won, after all!   wink

 
Dave Dowson
British Bull-Dogs


 
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Thursday March 17th, 2011 - 10:39:43 PM GMT
Division 2 Spoiler

1 Game to go & the Buldogs can relax, After a season that promised so much we are safely into the play-offs for Promotion to Division 1.yes

We won our last 3 games & now have a 5 point cushion between ourselves & 5th placed Barnsley Brewers, so win lose or draw we are in the play-offs.laugh

Our opponents (AK) in the final match however must avoid defeat to be certain of making the play-offs with us as the Brewers could overtake them if they won & AK lost!surprise

David Blair has built a very strong looking roster at Barnsley & if they dont make the play-offs will surely be a force to be reckoned with in Division 2 next season!enlightened

 
Robin Dewar
Ayers Rock


 
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Thursday March 17th, 2011 - 03:28:41 AM GMT
AYERS ROCK

Firstly I have to thank the Commish  for waking me up and making me get a grip on my team . I play in a lot of these leagues and do my lineups without a great deal of thought.

The commish excluded me from the "Who will win Div2 Poll" , which prompted me to say AYR .....what ! ...I was dreaming indecision

Since then AYR have gone 9 / 0 ...  9 wins  on the trot  16 goals for 2 against . the last 8 games clean sheets......some luck in those 9 games , but I will take it..

So now it comes down to the last league game.....  1 vs 2  who will win ?

Boston Rob went awol last game , I can not believe thatsurprise

Win or lose the last game  I have proved a point ..........a bottle of rum helps the concentration ........ I am NO whino laugh

 
Ian Lindsay
British Over Achievers


 
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Wednesday March 16th, 2011 - 10:14:56 PM GMT
MLB, BOA & CI

That's the closest MLB have been to the league title for a while...

 
Phil McIntosh
Missouri Legal Beagles


 
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Wednesday March 16th, 2011 - 09:52:47 PM GMT
BOA & CI

Both of you play MLB in the final two games of the season, so that sounds like a win-win situation for everyone...except MLB.

 
Oli Sigurjonsson
Captain Iceland


 
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Monday March 14th, 2011 - 03:00:50 PM GMT
BOA chance getting slimmer

BOA can still catch up with GS by winning both their matches.  Having the better goal difference weighs heavily in their favor.

But BOA needs me to go on a 2 game no winning streak, so the chances are getting slimmer !!!!!!

 
Mark de Kok
Stockholm Science Geeks


 
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Sunday March 13th, 2011 - 07:08:44 PM GMT
SSG wooden spoon

Well, I can't say that we are doing OK here. Loosing a lot is not the best of things. The building up of SSG is a big job, a demanding one.

With not a good GK and too many older players on low SL the season has ended for us, that is clear. It is time to look forward to next season. Next season we will have to perform with a further downgraded team, so coaching and training is very important. That implicates that we have to look to the season after next season to get some results at SSG.

Hope the strategy we have started works out fine and we end up with a good squad...

 
Oli Sigurjonsson
Captain Iceland


 
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Thursday March 10th, 2011 - 11:22:37 PM GMT
BOA are not finished yet

If BOA win their remaining matches and CI slip up, BOA will be champions !!!!

 
Robin Dewar
Ayers Rock


 
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Thursday March 10th, 2011 - 04:00:16 AM GMT
CI Vs GS

These 2 teams are currently dominating Div1 , one of them is outstanding and the other is a young rising star.

For me,  they need to write white papers , to give future managers an insight to their success.

WE have 2 completely different teams who play in different styles.

GS  have 2 OTF and play  Long 25%  Early 46%

CI  have 10 OTF and play Norm 62% Opp  31%

 

GS Have  10 players over 25 Sl   + 0 over 20

CI  Have  6 players over  25 SL  +  4 over 20

 

GS top11 is 29.5  top17  is 23.2

CI top11 is 25.4  top 17 is 21.5

 

Based on top 11/17  CI should NOT be in the same ballpark as GS , but they are wink

Who will win DIV1 ? ......................I went for BOA crying

 
Willy Krosnyak
Montevideo Tricolores


 
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Thursday March 10th, 2011 - 01:36:44 AM GMT
More spoilers...

I guess our tie didn't help either one...

I would be more worried about BB and BFC than MT!  Their schedules are much less aggressive than MT's.

Of course MT is not going down without a fight... angry

 
Steve Turner
Asteria Kromatos


 
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Thursday March 10th, 2011 - 12:05:28 AM GMT
Spoilers

We can't get automatic promotion - well mathematically it's possible but it needs us to win all our games and Ayers Rock and Boston to lose their next two games and draw against each other. With the way our luck has nose-dived the last three games that just isn't going to happen.

Even a play-off spot looks difficult with our last two games so I have a plan.

1. Hope BBD have secured a play-off spot but no chance of the title so they rest up for MSWL Cup play in their last game against us.
2. Hope MT's next two games prove too tough for them to challenge us - they do play the top two teams.
3. Hope BOS realises that we will not be providing a challenge and so Rob can concentrate on beating MT.

 
Robin Dewar
Ayers Rock


 
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Saturday March 5th, 2011 - 11:18:50 AM GMT
That AYER Moment

You know that special moment in history when you ask yourself where were you when Elvis died?...Mandella was set free?...the start of 2000 ?

So Now you have to remember where was I when AYERS ROCK topped division 2 , a special happening in modern History.

Most of you several weeks ago could never imagine this happening as AYR were a miserable 6th in div2 , but there it is , History has been created.

Sadly crying I have to agree that AYR will not win div2  the team does not have the "Legs" , but we have had our moment of glory and our time in history will be remembered.yes

 
Willy Krosnyak
Montevideo Tricolores


 
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Thursday March 3rd, 2011 - 03:06:46 PM GMT
Tough but it is in our hands...

"Our future is in our hands" quoted the MT coach when interviewed by a local sportscast after a very close win that places the Montevideo Tricolores just shy of the promotion playoff spots.

It is very tough but we have an opportunity, we don't need to hope some of the top teams looses some points, we play 3 of them in the last 5 games!!!

We are going hard after the next few games, the team is pumped after the recent good results.  But it's not going to be easy, those teams are in the lead for a reason... (no Robin it's not sheer luck!!!)  ;)

 
Simon Compton
Barcelona FC


 
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Wednesday March 2nd, 2011 - 08:09:08 PM GMT
The Futures bright for BFC

Can it be so, 2 wins on the trot recently for Barcelona see them pushing the possible boundaries of promotion!

A difficult tie ahead though against Hollywood will make or break the promises that do seem to be possible, manager Compton was fresh from board room meetings where he has hopes of acquiring some Tp prior to the end of the season so that much needed coaching can take place upon a few of his youngsters was heard saying '' i firmly believe if we win tonight you never know where it may take us''.

Barcelona have improved and learnt much this season and we will promise more sweet attacking football as this club moves forward.

 
Jay Patrick Wilkins
New York Trashtalkers


 
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Friday February 25th, 2011 - 07:27:54 PM GMT
Welcome to NYC, Kevin

Indeed, NYT rolled out the red carpet (and rolled over) leading to a 4-nil KIN win in Gotham.

Apparently, the coach was a little bleary-eyed from a night out on the town and confused newbie GK M. Pregnable (far from it) with star GK M. Penetrable and didn't notice for the entire 90 minutes.

You'd think Mr/s. Penetrable would have said something, but s/he's apparently is happy to just pick up a paycheck.

 
Phil McIntosh
Missouri Legal Beagles


 
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Friday February 25th, 2011 - 12:45:51 AM GMT
Check

That sounds about right, Kevin.  And Willy. 

....and hey, don't worry guys.  The NFL draft is only a short wait away.  I'm thinking B. Gabbert for the Broncos, myself.

cheeky

 
Kevin Martin
Kirksville Invertebrates


 
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Thursday February 24th, 2011 - 10:02:58 PM GMT
PKs & Marking

Shouldn't.  PK goes to highest SL player on the field, which is not affected by marking.  Just effective SL for shot chance and allocation.  The shooting SL is unchanged so the best shooter should still take the PKs unless a manager has chosen a specific replacement.

Those who actually wrote or modified the code can correct me if I'm wrong.

 
Willy Krosnyak
Montevideo Tricolores


 
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Thursday February 24th, 2011 - 08:34:29 PM GMT
And a Q about marking

In writing my previous post I was wondering if the algorithm to decide who shoots a PK is affected by marking???

 
Willy Krosnyak
Montevideo Tricolores


 
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Thursday February 24th, 2011 - 08:33:01 PM GMT
Underestimated...

That's more the right term Robin...

I do want to note that when you play most of the team "a" you'll get more red cards and penalties.

I did notice that marking was note dne properly.  Here's a refresher on a couple of marking notes:

--> The player marked only gets his/her SL decreased for the calculation of what player gets the shot but not the shooting SL if the marled player gets a shot.

--> So you need to mark a player with a DF that will make his/her SL lower than a few other players or he/she will still get the shots and his/her shooting SL is still unchanged.

--> Also note that your markers SL is taken out of your DF SL so it will increase the opponent's chances of a shot.

(Are you taking notes Dave D...?)  wink

 
Simon Compton
Barcelona FC


 
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Thursday February 24th, 2011 - 05:55:52 PM GMT
Dreaded Ageing Comes and Goes

Yes, I am unclear when this took place over the last day or two but we look forward to this weekends league match with some shabby and tired looking players.

We can now try to concentrate on getting all the age 1 players coached up, Oh what no Tps left, yes the dilemna for BFC, does anyone have any for sale or would you show any interest in a 1 19, they dont come cheap though i am afraid, anyone interested then drop me a line.

Barcelona currently riding in 6th spot take on bottom of the table Stockholm, not that means an automatic win given our poor seasonal record, but we will give it our best shot as we look to push the leading pack.

 
David Blair
Barnsley Brewers


 
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Thursday February 24th, 2011 - 05:04:40 PM GMT
The good work continueth...

Robin commented:

"Now on to the 2 surprises . PEX took a point from BB "

We must be moving forward - it will have been ages since it will have been a shock for any team NOT to have taken all 3 points from BB.

We try our best - just need some back up players to rest the main team members, but the draft choices have not been good for the team - wrong players in wrong positions.

 

 
Dave Dowson
British Bull-Dogs


 
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Thursday February 24th, 2011 - 04:08:38 PM GMT
101 Ways to Spend 10 seconds(1)

Robins way to spend 10 seconds

"Our only support in the current poll comes from my good friend Alon , H e is very wise , I taught him everything I know, and  that is why he keeps on wining Div 1wink"

 
Robin Dewar
Ayers Rock


 
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Thursday February 24th, 2011 - 03:58:51 AM GMT
H...AYR we go

A round up of Div2 and AYR's prospects of the title laugh

I write this under duress , due to the fact that I have to use both hands to type and my Rum & Coke is just sitting inches away and is what my right hand is for ........angry

Well we got our 3 points with a win over SSG not really that difficult as Mark does not have a decent GK to put on the pitch.

AK gained a comfortable win netting 4 goals  and Boston  Rob maintained his push with a tight 1-0 win over HAS.

Now on to the 2 surprises . PEX took a point from BB and  Willy wink Creamed Dave's BBD with the use of penalties 2-0 .

So now 3 points cover the top4 teams and most likely it will be all change at the top next week.

BBD Vs BOS is the top game and favourites for this game are BOS, so Dave who has led the league for most of the season could find himself down in 4th placecrying

Talking of "Dancin Dave Dowson" reserve GK for BBD  I notice he is from North Korea........WHAT !  I thought he was from Sauthend!

Our only support in the current poll comes from my good friend Alon , H e is very wise , I taught him everything I know, and  that is why he keeps on wining Div 1wink

 
Kevin Martin
Kirksville Invertebrates


 
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Tuesday February 22nd, 2011 - 04:12:26 PM GMT
Mixed feelings in Bug Land

On one hand (or appendage, as the case may be), we're not happy that we blew a 4-1 lead with 30 minutes to play against Ian.  On the other (or simply 'another' if you still have some to spare), if you told me before the match that we'd get a draw with the team currently topping the tables I would have happily taken the result.  So no complaints as to the match results for now.

Instead, we look forward to visiting the Big Apple and our fine Comrade Jay.  We're sure the welcome mat will be rolled out for us, because if there is any place that doesn't care who you are, where you're from, or even what species you might be if your credit is good, it's the City That Never Sleeps.  Given the nocturnal nature of half our roster, it's going to be a great week as long as we can snare at least one point in our web this mid-week.  Surely if anyone is willing to share the wealth and equally distribute points in this league, it would be Jay, right?

 
Phil McIntosh
Missouri Legal Beagles


 
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Friday February 18th, 2011 - 02:25:24 PM GMT
AYR

Well, Robin, I had to draw the line somewhere.  "Just a notch above mediocrity" seemed as good a place as any.

devil

I didn't say that out loud, did I?

blush

 
Robin Dewar
Ayers Rock


 
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Thursday February 17th, 2011 - 03:42:42 AM GMT
Commish has to Go

Phil "The Cat" McIntosh has to go , he did not include AYR in the latest Poll for the DIV2 title angry

This is discrimination (is that how you sphell it)  against the Scottish/Aussie team . We are not happy sad

 
Jay Patrick Wilkins
New York Trashtalkers


 
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Wednesday February 16th, 2011 - 11:02:14 PM GMT
Kevin's Komments

Indeed, Mr. Martin, you are correct: "If you're having trouble scoring, I think you need a Biggerstaff."

Oh, if it were only so simple...

By the way, I don't quite understand why we don't put the ball in the basket more often. I suspect it's that I sometimes only play two FWs, and when I do play three, I tend not to play my two best at the same time.

Sometimes I think I manage SL first, then try to win games second.

Jay

NYT

 
Steve Turner
Asteria Kromatos


 
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Sunday February 13th, 2011 - 12:02:18 AM GMT
Division Two (spoiler)

The top three teams lost at home to the teams in 4th-6th before the start of play. Now it's getting interesting.

 
Dave Dowson
British Bull-Dogs


 
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Friday February 11th, 2011 - 12:03:06 PM GMT
BullDog Kennel scraps

Halfway through the league season & although we just suffered our biggest defeat of the campaign (4-0 at AK) things are looking unexpectedly promising for the Bulldogs. We sit on top of the table 2 points ahead of arch rivals Boston & 6 points clear of the chasing pack! We have Won 7 Drawn 2 & lost just 2 games so far. With 7 of our last 11 games at home I'm very hopefull of promotion this season.

Thanks to our excellent Goal keeper Joe Hart, who has an incredible 9 MVP's already this season, we can boast the second best defence in the whole league. We have not scored as many goals as I would like but I'll settle for 1-0 any day of the week!

This saturdays match sees the Barnsley Brewers visit the 'Bull Pit' & we'll be looking to inflict pain on Mr Blairs bunch of drunkards!

 
David Blair
Barnsley Brewers


 
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Friday February 11th, 2011 - 09:04:11 AM GMT
Barnsley Press

Still not expecting miracles with this mishapened bunch of players but we did achieve a 2nd MVP on Wednesday night after our narrow 1-0 success which followed a 2-1 win and a 0-0 draw- don't come to a Barnsley matchg expecting a goal fest unless it's against us.

So far in the league at the half way point we have managed 5 wins and 2 draws with 4 losses, but only scored 7 goals - I think we have identified a major problem for this team!!

Problem is the auctions are not throwing up the players I want, to be able to move the team on - and the trade page is pretty slow at times - watch for me asking for players so I can deal directly wioth clubs. However MSA is on its way and my real old timers are going to get slaughtered, so at least we won't have to worry about the possibility of promotion....wink

 
David Blair
Barnsley Brewers


 
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Thursday February 10th, 2011 - 11:15:48 PM GMT
I am Here, Simon!

I have responded to your email, Simon, and I hope my fatherly advice is taken in the spirit it was given - about 70% proof...wink

 
Simon Compton
Barcelona FC


 
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Thursday February 10th, 2011 - 11:03:10 PM GMT
Mr Blair are you there

I wish there was a live link in these games like Alan has in MSWL united, is that possible because sometimes it is nice to try and speak to other players via the live on line link?

If so David please check your emails?

 
Dave Dowson
British Bull-Dogs


 
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Thursday February 10th, 2011 - 10:43:59 AM GMT
Yea But...Brian

You don't get to play the Long Dead Mummies every week!

 
Brian Beerman
Zaragoza Lions


 
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Thursday February 10th, 2011 - 08:21:11 AM GMT
Goal Differential up to -6

Yes you read that correctly, Zaragoza's Goal Differential is up to a dizzying -6.  That is a +4 improvement after the last two matches where the Lions have scored a combined six goals and captured their first two divisional victories of the season!

With players like Mountain Lion (2), Lynx (2)  and Cougar (1) scoring so prolifically, it's possible the Zaragoza Lions will run the table on their remaining opponents in 1st Division...albeit unlikely.

Watch out D1, the Lions are looking to move out of the relegation zone.

 
Willy Krosnyak
Montevideo Tricolores


 
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Tuesday February 8th, 2011 - 11:25:18 PM GMT
Almost...

That is the best definition for the season that the Montevideo Tricolores are having.  The last match against Robin's Ayers Rock is the best representation for how things could have gone better but haven't for the Tricolores.

We managed 2 goals in the first half with Robin playing S and a rookie GK.  Then we could not hold the score... a minute 89' equalizer... 

Maybe we are putting you back as a rival Robin, this match has become a classic...

 
Kevin Martin
Kirksville Invertebrates


 
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Monday February 7th, 2011 - 07:44:24 PM GMT
NYT revision

Whoops.  Read the wrong line on the stats page.  Turns out Jamal Adams is NYT's leading scorer, with two more goals than Ivana Biggerstaff despite being 11 SL lower.  Insert your own joke here about the perceived impact of size versus actual production.

 
Kevin Martin
Kirksville Invertebrates


 
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Monday February 7th, 2011 - 07:40:51 PM GMT
Survival plan: Phase 1...

... is nearly complete.  The goal was to get 4 wins in each half of the season.  The three draws were a welcome bonus for us.  Now we just need to skate by PRV (with their newly signed 0/5 DM for just 1k) with at least a draw to be a full 3 points ahead of where we hoped to be at this point in the season.  That would also assure the Bugs of being in no worse than 6th place at the halfway mark of league play.  Sounds reasonable to me.  If only Mike is willing to play along with that plan?

Other notes from around Div 1:

Based on current points and goal differential, it is all but assured that Ian is going to be in first place after everyone playing through the tables once.  The last time this happened was... when?  Has Ian finally figured out the game?  Or is Olmec giving him the "beginner's luck" sub-routine because it's been so long between BOA posts that the computer thinks he's a new manager?

Jay may not post a lot on the blog or journals, yet what he does throw out is usually good stuff and on target.  It's the same way with his goal scoring this season.  NYT have 4 wins and 1 draw so far, on just 7 goals scored.  They have the 2nd-worst goal differential in the division, yet are closer to 5th place in points than to the playoff zone.  Jay is making the most out of very little offensive production.  Perhaps he has a pointer or two for those having trouble scoring any goals at all (a la AYR & BFC)?

Um... hang on.  I take back that last comment.  After looking at the NYT roster and seeing who their leading scorer is, somehow I get the feeling that Jay's advice will be along the lines of, "If you're having trouble scoring, get a Biggerstaff."

 
Phil McIntosh
Missouri Legal Beagles


 
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Monday February 7th, 2011 - 05:09:19 AM GMT
MLB Must Improve

One game shy of the halfway mark of league play, and MLB sits in seventh place...........................(long pause while I check that MLB is actually in seventh place)............with 13 points.

I'm still trying to figure out where 13 points came from....

 
Simon Compton
Barcelona FC


 
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172 - 130 - 240 (0.437)
Monday February 7th, 2011 - 01:37:48 AM GMT
Barcelona Must Improve

Yes after 3 draws and a few defeats Barcelona are not having the season that they hoped for.

As i have read earlier its great to keep clean sheets but the boys up front must start to perform or we could see BFC facing a really tricky season only finishing in mid table.

The chairman has confirmed that money can be made availble but given we have purchased Klose and Withe this season we are unsure who we turn to next.

Montevideo up next and a game that we really need to win.

 
Phil McIntosh
Missouri Legal Beagles


 
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Sunday February 6th, 2011 - 04:47:50 AM GMT
(SPOILER)

Whew....that wasn't so bad.  For a change.

indecision

 
Phil McIntosh
Missouri Legal Beagles


 
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Saturday February 5th, 2011 - 09:00:23 AM GMT
Tailspin...

Freefalling........

.......

.......

surprise

 
Robin Dewar
Ayers Rock


 
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339 - 150 - 234 (0.573)

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Friday February 4th, 2011 - 10:48:01 PM GMT
FIRE POWER

Three of our last 4 games have finished 0-0 . Whilst it is good to keep a clean sheet we need to be sticking them in at the other end.

What it says to me is that we are lacking Fire power ! 

Actually the team looks quite healthy up front , so obviously these guys need to know where the net is and avoid that guy between the sticks.

Shooting practice required otherwise we are going to let those nasty Bulldogs  pull away at the top of the league.angry

 
David Blair
Barnsley Brewers


 
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Thursday February 3rd, 2011 - 09:09:56 PM GMT
BB Press

The harsh realities of this poor team keep coming up to haunt me.

Another 0-0 draw - mind you at home to the Tigers so I have to be happy enough.

My beef is the Auctions are not throwing up the sort of lads I can buy in to make a future difference to the squad's results.

Just buying is not the idea - bringing in lads to give some of the best players a rest is a preferred option - by MSA I reckon about 5 lads will need to be shot retired, so I will need to move pretty smart. I have the cash - just don't want to waste it.

Not a spoiler but the 2nd division threw up 8 teams who did not score (3 x 0-0s for a start) - only 4 teams found the net!!

 
Kevin Martin
Kirksville Invertebrates


 
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Thursday January 27th, 2011 - 04:00:28 PM GMT
Switching to survival mode

We threw the kitchen sink at 'em.  Everything we had.  All aggressive the whole match.  We out shot 'em.  We out-penaltied them.  We lost 3-1.  We don't have the GK this season or the stable of top shooters to compete against top GKs.  It's simply not meant to be this year.  So if you can't beat 'em, just stay alive.

Time to focus on the building plan and gathering 4 points out of every three matches.  Not the easiest thing to do this season, yet a goal more within our reach.  We'll need a lot of points quickly though, as once midseason hits us we're going to lose a significant portion of our offense.

While under different management, the offense was left without attention for too long.  We're overly reliant upon an aging squad of players (4/28 MF, 5/24 MA, 5/24 WG, 6/16 WG, 5/14 WG, 7/10 FW) to serve as role players and shot generators for our only two good shooters (3/29 FW, 2/28 UT).  Seven matches from now, the house of cards is going to start toppling.  I'm guessing a second straight season in the MLB Invitational (promotion/relegation playoffs) for the Bugs.  Not where we want to be.  Better than the alternative though.  12th place is not out of our reach yet...

 
Phil McIntosh
Missouri Legal Beagles


 
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Monday January 24th, 2011 - 02:21:27 AM GMT
Beagle Bulletin

The cats get an auction buy....5 CP. 

Any Jets fans out there?  Will jay be able to talk trash for two weeks leading up to "The Big Game?"

Anyone out there an "anyone playing against the New York team" out there?

Meow,

Clyde & Calvin

 
David Blair
Barnsley Brewers


 
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Sunday January 23rd, 2011 - 02:15:28 PM GMT
Barnsley Press

Ah well, bubble gone and burst. The euphoria of getting 3 wins in the first 4 matches played has now evaporated since losing our last 2 by 2-0.

We are certainly being crucified for a lack of depth and whilst training up 2 apprentices in GK and SW.

We even managed to miss all the auction buys - did not consider some worth the money paid (Can 1 TP ever be worth 150k?)   surprise

Anyway we are not going to be driven into buying for the sake of buying, but we are open to consider "old" high SL players who can be played whilst some training gets done and we don't leak goals.

 
Steve Turner
Asteria Kromatos


 
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Saturday January 22nd, 2011 - 09:45:22 PM GMT
re: Steve vs Olmec

That was Denis who loast a top striker just before the playoffs and not enough games to overcome the injury.

 
Phil McIntosh
Missouri Legal Beagles


 
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Saturday January 22nd, 2011 - 08:40:19 PM GMT
Edit...

That last title should probably read, OLMEC vs. Steve.  Steve would never attack or disparage the OLMEC head...

 
Phil McIntosh
Missouri Legal Beagles


 
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Wednesday January 19th, 2011 - 05:36:36 PM GMT
Steve vs. OLMEC

Is it just my imagination, Steve, or does this crisis extend to other games as well?  Didn't you just lose a star shooter in FLATNZ, at the most inopportune time?

 
Steve Turner
Asteria Kromatos


 
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Saturday January 15th, 2011 - 10:59:41 PM GMT
Strength in depth

You know you're struggling with strength in depth when an SL 19 player increases T11 by 1 point (that's a whole 1 not 0.1) and when your T11 consists of 3 goalkeepers. Having said that my best team is still better than the next best in Division Two so I'm not asure why we're struggling the way we are.

 
Kevin Martin
Kirksville Invertebrates


 
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Friday January 14th, 2011 - 09:51:54 PM GMT
Football?

Not sure, Willy.  I know I talked about the Broncos some this season, yet I'm not certain that would pass as talking about real American Football...

 
Willy Krosnyak
Montevideo Tricolores


 
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Wednesday January 12th, 2011 - 02:29:01 PM GMT
I guess...

...we are done talking American Football for this season, right Phil...?   devil

 
Phil McIntosh
Missouri Legal Beagles


 
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Sunday January 9th, 2011 - 06:12:40 AM GMT
MLB

Why, John, I think our MLB logo looks rather nice.  Especially when you see it atrfully placed between the MP and NYT scribblings...

 
Willy Krosnyak
Montevideo Tricolores


 
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Saturday January 8th, 2011 - 09:25:12 PM GMT
Perspective...

After this kind of start of the season the Montevideo Tricolores should hope for something better to come...

Winless in the Alan Parr Cup and we start the regular season with an NMR!  Luckily we escaped with a 0-0 that felt pretty good given the circumstaces...

Now we are coming with a vengeance for our first league home game.  We better get the first W of the season... yes

 
Mike Cabral
Providence Waterfires


 
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Saturday January 8th, 2011 - 04:42:07 PM GMT
Bulletin Board Material

"...I mean he's only behind the Over-Achievers, and they're over achieving at the moment, and Providence, which is a fluke.

Reckless talk when PRV and ZAR face off in only a few hours, we will not take such disrespect lightly.

 
David Blair
Barnsley Brewers


 
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Saturday January 8th, 2011 - 08:51:15 AM GMT
No problems, John!

Any teams requiring a financial boost to their coffers only need to bribe hire a British Investment Banker to go onto their Board. They seem to have attracted money over the last couple of years like bees to honey - not necessary legal and above board, but certainly in GB they can - and did - get away with it and as an aside can cause misery for m-i-l-l-i-o-n-s of hard working people, like my family.   sad

PS, John, if you find a couple let me know - my car engine is still running....  yes

 
John Holden
Zaragoza Lions


 
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Saturday January 8th, 2011 - 05:29:43 AM GMT
Notice

I am providing notice MSWL may cause me to lose my sanity this season, and the league should do everything in its power to not let Zaragoza lose games like they have been or else damages may be awarded. Yes I know the league doesn't have any money to pay out damages, but there's enough internet money floatin' around to make this team into a winner again.

Either this prospect of an awful season will contribute to my insanity, or one way to effectively destroy someone intending to play Ball Control is to "accidentally" NMR. Fair play to Mark, the tactic worked well. I mean he's only behind the Over-Achievers, and they're over achieving at the moment, and Providence, which is a fluke. Also look how fresh his players are, and they'll need it as they take on the only logo-less team in MSWL this fine matchday (though to be fair the Beagles "logo" almost satisfies the "logo-less team test" as well)...

 
Phil McIntosh
Missouri Legal Beagles


 
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Wednesday January 5th, 2011 - 05:34:45 AM GMT
Meow

FuRgit iT dOg LufFer.  BeE TeEM iz aLREddy on itZ waY.  wEE caNNOt cOmpEEt witTH mitEy buGz. 

Meow.

Clyde & Calvin

 
Kevin Martin
Kirksville Invertebrates


 
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Monday January 3rd, 2011 - 09:37:51 PM GMT
Welcome to my parlor...

Said the spiders to the kitties.  Enjoy the spiked catnip.  We even have a decoy cat on the team (FW Garfield) like hunters setting up a duck blind.  When it comes to KIN v MLB, it's always best to plan on a nasty matchup.  So we'll do our part because we would hate to disappoint and insult Phil by playing our B-team against him...

 
David Blair
Barnsley Brewers


 
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Monday January 3rd, 2011 - 09:20:00 PM GMT
Barnsley Press

With the line up I have it's extremely unlikely we will be pressing anybody...frown

We do welcome from the auction an old head - Cordon Blue - who will attempt to tighten up the defence whilst our young GK and SW get some training.

He knows no CPs will be spent on him as we seek to bring in some older heads to steady a ship that has basically shipped water every season since the Brewers started.

Having a goodly bit of cash means we can guarantee an auction buy in at least the next 2 auctions but I feel we want to pick and choose what we do as we want to encourage the young lads here to make the grade and turn round what has obviously been the League's whipping boys - hopefully opponents will start to see a fixture v the Brewers is not a chance to rest some stars for a more important game.

That can only be good for the League.

I feel we will still be in the 2nd division for this season and next, but in my 3rd season with the Brewers I expect to have promotion on the lips of all the players I have at the club...wink

 
Phil McIntosh
Missouri Legal Beagles


 
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Sunday January 2nd, 2011 - 11:47:58 PM GMT
Beagle Bulletin--Auction Spoiler

Clyde & Calvin proudly announce the signing of Henry X. Harper, an apprentice DF aimed at shoring up one of the many loose ends on this team.  "We're definitely trying to get younger," mews Clyde.  "And we're definitely in an "ALmighty Sellers" rebuilding mode." Calvin agrees..."Meow.  Nothing like a little kitten like Henry to spice things up on the back line."

The cats are none too excited to start the season against KIN...at the Web.  "We cannot and will not try to explain or understand how this KIN team wound up in the relegation playoffs last season," meows Clyde.  "It's a mystery."  Calvin chimes in, "lots of rivalry matchups in this opening session of the regular season.  MP-MWW.  KIN-MLB.  BB-BBD.  I'm sure we'd have a BOS-PRV match if BOS Rob could get his buns out of Division II."

Look for the MLB losing skid to continue this week...and probably beyond.

Meow,

Clyde & Calvin

 
Rob Peterson
Boston Mythos


 
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Saturday January 1st, 2011 - 03:53:56 PM GMT
Barnsley's Bad Day Continued

Looking at the numbers, BB's negative GP definitely had a big impact on the game. The formula for determining whether or a not a team gets a shot is:

7 / 90 * [(OFF - OPP(GP))/OPP(DEF)]^1.5

Looking at the SSG-BB match, we get the following:

7 / 90 * [(51.70 - -2.45) / 25.98] ^ 1.5
7 / 90 * [54.15 / 25.98] ^ 1.5
7 / 90 * 2.08 ^ 1.5
7 / 90 * 3.00 = 0.23

So, SSG had a 23% chance of getting a shot - EVERY MINUTE. 

Comparing that to another match, we can see just how impactful this can be. Since it's my writeup, I'll use the BOS-GS match in the 70th minute after GS made some adjustments and had a player sent off.

7 / 90 * [(218.24 - 66.75) / 117.40] ^ 1.5
7 / 90 * [151.49 / 117.40] ^ 1.5
7 / 90 * 1.29 ^ 1.5
7 / 90 * 1.47 = 0.11

So, BOS had an 11% chance of getting a shot each minute against arguably the best franchise in MSWL history. I would consider that to be a rather good chance. SSG had more than double that... every minute... Wow.

 
Kevin Martin
Kirksville Invertebrates


 
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Monday December 20th, 2010 - 09:05:43 PM GMT
Barnsley's Bad Day

A negative GP is possible in this league due to the rules about Passive GKs.  Changing aggression on the GK does not affect save percentage.  It does add or subtract 1/4 of the GK's SL from the GPP though.  For BB, that means 1/4 of the 29 SL GK, or -7.25 from GPP for the match.

Having a suspended player (the only good DF selected) meant that a sub was used, which turned out to be an SL 0 WG playing OOP at DF.  That meant the total area SL for the defense amounted to 12.  Playing on passive, that fell to 9.  So the GP is half the DF (4.5) and then you subtract the GK's passive penalty (-7.25) and you get the negative GP.  Though I show that GP should have been -2.75 instead of -2.45 so I must be forgetting the exact formula, which way to round, or OTF/Morale effects and I'm too lazy to look it up right now.

Worse for BB though is that 2:1 rules then decimated the midfield.  89 worth of SL (~67 after passive deduction) was dropped to 18 or so (there is a little rounding involved).  That left just 8 + 8 + OTF (7) + Morale bonus (2.98) for the DF, which is why that impressive midfield didn't help the DEF or OFF at all.  Three of the four SL 20+ players may as well not have played at all.  That's a bad day and helps to illustrate how crippling an NMR can be to a team despite the success stories of Jay or Ian showing the exceptions to the rule.

 
Willy Krosnyak
Montevideo Tricolores


 
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Monday December 20th, 2010 - 02:20:26 PM GMT
Correction...

Where it says "signed but that idiot" it should say "signed by that idiot (butt head)"...

:)

 
Willy Krosnyak
Montevideo Tricolores


 
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Monday December 20th, 2010 - 02:18:41 PM GMT
How about a coach...

These days in the Montevideo Tricolores camp we have to celebrate whatever we can get...

The goal that John Elway scored against Steve's Tomatoes was good for a point that helped us avoid ending up in last place...

So we celebrated... :s

Thanks Phil!!!  (for the XMas presents!)  The Orton shirt may come in handy if my Ed McCaffrey shirt is ever in the washing machine when I plan to wear it (only I never wash it!!! ;)

The program signed but that idiot worked great this morning to start the fire!  :)

What we could really use @ the MT camp is a coach that can lead us to a win!!!!  (any bets on how far into the season before we manage our first W...?)

 
Phil McIntosh
Missouri Legal Beagles


 
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Sunday December 19th, 2010 - 09:29:42 PM GMT
Beagle Bulletin

MLB bows out of the AP Cup competition early, needing to get some last minute Christmas shopping done.  Here's a look at their list...

ALmighty Sellers--double bock.
Jay Patrick Wilson--an appearance as a competitor on "Dancing with the Stars."  Does anyone think Jay does NOT belong on this show?
Kevin Martin--a banjo.  The only instrument we've never seen him play.
Dave Dowson--a magic eight ball, that he may continue his dominance in SESL predicto league.
John Holden--sleep, sleep, sleep.  Law school finals are a killer.
Alon Atie--what do you get the man who has everything?
Steve Turner--a gift certificate to Victoria's Secret.  No, not for himself.  This guy seems to be the most romantic of the bunch.
Carl Oakes--Man United jersey...so he can burn it or swap for a Man City shirt.
Rob Peterson--Romance novels to read during his recovery.  And jelly beans. 
Rene Wilkens--extra time to manage multiple OLMEC leagues...what a manager!
Steve Allen--see above.
Robin Dewar--a pint.  Or two. Okay, the economy's recovering.  Make it three.
Simon Compton--A prediction.  That he will overtake Jay Patrick Wilkins as the chief smack-talker in MSWL this season.
Willy Krosnyak--A broncos jersey...Kyle Orton.  They were on sale this week.  Cheap.  Also, a program autographed by Josh McDaniel.
Mike Hernandez--a calculator.  He's an accountant.  It all adds up.
Ian Lindsay--a pair of stereo speakers.  Found them cheap.  Some guy selling them out of the back of a van.
Oli--a last name that we can both spell and remember.
James White--a tuna sandwich.  Who doesn't want tuna for Christmas?
Peter Babcock--
One dozen monkeys.  Don't ask.  We have no idea what he wants them for.  They were on his list.  It was a short list.
James Tucker--A training camp for apprentice GK David James.  He going to need it...in a hurry!
Mike Cabral--Jelly beans.  He can have Rob's.  Rob won't feel like eating them.
Mark Creasey--Mo Johnston autographed ball, autographed jersey.  Lunch with Mo Johnston.  Attend a game with Mo Johnston.
Mark de Kok--a starting GK.  Aleady has two backups. 

Meowy Christmas!

Clyde & Calvin



 

 
Mark de Kok
Stockholm Science Geeks


 
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Sunday December 19th, 2010 - 02:02:39 PM GMT
Effect of teamtalk

Last journal post i mentioned the lack of goals. Veteran striker Dario Silva proved me wrong by netting home 4 goals against Barnsley Brewers. That was with a 442S tactic!

When reading end of match stats i noticed this:

MIN TEAM MT    GP    DEF   OFF 
-------------------------------
  1  SSG  S  53.50 167.45  51.70 
  1   BB  N  -2.45  25.98  40.58 

BB had negative GP. How is that possible?

 
Steve Turner
Asteria Kromatos


 
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Friday December 17th, 2010 - 11:16:58 PM GMT
E1 vs F2

8 points in 3rd place is enough to go through to the knockout stage of the AP Cup. And we have our 8 points. Hovever E3 plays either A1 or C1, Scotland or Captian Icelend. And neither of those looks good to me. With Kirksville also in a qualifying spot and maybe resting, we have a chance of taking top spot. But that means a game against F2, and that will be decided in the Barcelona vs Gauteng game, with Gauteng needing to go for a win to qualify (it's possible with a draw but very risky). And a win means they finish in 2nd spot.

So we're hoping to finish 2nd, which means we have to win, but not by much, and that means a game versus D2, which could be anyone. In fact Group D can finish with all 4 teams on 8 points with British Bulldogs being the one to finish 4th.

 
Mark de Kok
Stockholm Science Geeks


 
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Wednesday December 15th, 2010 - 01:22:39 PM GMT
SSG Still without a goal(scorer ot two)

The rebuilding of SSG started last season with a big youth academy. This season we are building on that. With still a goal to score and lots of goals against we are not doing extremely great. Building up players during AP Cup is usefull for the regular season, because we don't want to finish last.

 
Willy Krosnyak
Montevideo Tricolores


 
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Sunday December 12th, 2010 - 02:58:27 AM GMT
MT in trouble...

The Montevideo Tricolores don't look good at all to start the season.  One point in 4 matches and now the only player on the team that can score is suspended...

Rebuilding season only we don't have much resources... So it is really a season to save for the future!

 
James White
Essex Supreme


 
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143 - 69 - 172 (0.462)
Saturday December 4th, 2010 - 09:57:47 AM GMT
ES Press

Tranmere opening game.

We tried,  we flung absolutely everything at them but they just laughed and swatted us aside with ease.

We did at least manage a goal against what would undoubtedly be the champions of Division 1 if only Memphis hadn't already beaten them too it.

It looks like a long hard season for ES, relegation is practically guaranteed and the sensible thing is just to accept it and start rebuilding now.

Unfortunately we aren't very sensible . . . . 

 
Steve Turner
Asteria Kromatos


 
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Wednesday December 1st, 2010 - 07:45:19 PM GMT
AK press

Less than four hours to the start of season XX and I'm quitely confident of a decent season after the shambles of last season. We start off with the AP Cup in what we have to consider to be an easy group with the 2nd and 3rd worst teams as far as T11 goes. KIN will be a much tougher prospect being 4th in T11 but we only have to finish 2nd. As I comment in the match preview, we always seem to play KIN in one or both cups: we have played KIN 16 times in 5 seasons and only 4 of those are league games.

As for the league, we are 2nd in T11 to AYR and so have a chance of promotion at the first attempt. One thing in our favour, so to speak, is the fact that we have no strength in depth. We only really have a T8 with the next best players being 2 more GKs, one of which can play SL 10 SW and 3 SL 8 wingers. This means that any half decent auction player will improve our side considerably.

 
Phil McIntosh
Missouri Legal Beagles


 
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Tuesday November 30th, 2010 - 04:25:48 AM GMT
MLB

NOT READY!  Where did these youth players come from?  And how did they work their way into the T-11?  Where was our invite to the MLB Invitational Promo/Relegation Tournament?  Where will we find enough TP to train these youth  players?  How did we finish high enough to get a practically worthless Draft Pick?  Who among us can stop the ALmighty SELLERS?  Where are my car keys?  Who put together these AP CUP groups anyway?

So many questions, so little time.

Meow,

Clyde & Calvin

 
Kevin Martin
Kirksville Invertebrates


 
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Monday November 29th, 2010 - 04:59:21 PM GMT
KIN set

The Invertebrates are set and ready to roll on the new season.  Lineups are in.  Team plans have been made.  CP and TP allocated.  Problems that we can see this season:

1) We're old. Lots of parts need replacing very soon.

2) Resources are stretched to the limit.  Every piece has a place already reserved.  If we pick up a new player, we'll have to either cut someone else's resources, or over-spend to pick up more during the season.

3) SCO and GS are already stocked.  We're not.  Along also has 93 CP to get better with, so re-loading won't be an issue.  With MP already having the title all but clinched, finishing a distant 4th may be the best to shoot for this season.

4) We're old.  Worth mentioning twice.  After mid-season aging, point will be hard to come by.  We'll need to start fast this season and pray to hold out.  Perhaps an investment into OTF so Stalling can actually be useful might not be a bad idea.  Have to talk to Robin and get some lessons on using the "S" tactic.  Up until now I thought it might just mean "Scottish" given how much he favors it over everyone else...

 
Kevin Martin
Kirksville Invertebrates


 
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Thursday September 9th, 2010 - 07:45:01 PM GMT
One to play (spoiler)

And KIN have clinched the second promotion spot.  With BOA in first, the matchup this weekend leaves nothing to play for as both teams are guaranteed to move forward to Division One play already.

That leaves the other two games to settle third place.  Right now, BN has the definite edge over GGD, though remote hope remains for th Dragons if they want to push for it.  Really, there's nothing to lose with a T11 lineup on aggressive or dirty at this point, so I'm expecting some great lineups being thrown out there.

BN is up by three points and five goals with this final match to play.  So that leaves BN having to lose, GGD having to win, and Peter making up the five goals probably by a 4-goal win over AYR.  Robin's team is stingy about goals, so that's not a likely scenario at all.

 
Rene Wilkens
Bristol Nibbers


 
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Tuesday September 7th, 2010 - 12:32:56 PM GMT
Play Offs

Peter,

The first 3 teams will play in Div.1 next season, the other 3 will play in Div2. If you don't want to end up in Div.1 next season, just lose the next game, that makes everything a lot easier for everybody,

If you lose and BN gets one point from the last two games (BN still plays BOA), BOA, KIN and BN will move to Div.1

 
Peter Babcock
Gauteng Golden Dragons


 
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Tuesday September 7th, 2010 - 06:28:27 AM GMT
Playoffs

Can someone explain how this works, Not sure i have much of a chance but i dont want to end up in Div1 just yet

 
John Holden
Zaragoza Lions


 
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34 - 19 - 33 (0.506)
Sunday September 5th, 2010 - 04:54:54 PM GMT
Updated Promo Playoff Table (Spoiler)

Can't find it anywhere on the site, this is what I have:

9 BOA 3-0-0 15-4  +11
7 BN  2-1-0  3-0  +3
6 KIN 2-0-1  8-1  +1
4 GGD 1-1-1  4-4   0
0 SSG 0-0-3  2-12 -10
0 AYR 0-0-3  0-11 -11

 
Kevin Martin
Kirksville Invertebrates


 
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Thursday August 26th, 2010 - 07:41:07 PM GMT
Predator or Prey?

Bugs have a very simple world view.  Everything is broken down into three categories: things you can eat, things that eat you, and plastic.

As the five teams we're about to face in these playoffs are likely not made of plastic, that leaves us figuring out whether or not we should attack or run away.  Each has something to fear, and something to exploit.  We'll see if we can figure out which is which...

SSG: Predator? Their best player is their SL 32 Sweeper.  Vs. the early cross and longball teams (BOA & KIN for certain, occasionally the othes) that gives an extra 16 SL to their lineup strength, which is like getting a twelfth player.  Teams could be forced out of their usual patterns in order to avoid giving the Geeks an advantage.

or Prey? Defensive star aside, they have very little at forward to fear.  Their best shooter is SL 22, and while they have depth, they have little to penetrate the top keepers' defenses.  They'll need to win on volume and not quality of scoring chances.

BN: Predator? The opposite skill set of SSG, the Nibbers have a top-notch GK at SL 35 who can swing entire games by himself.  With Rushdie (SL 30 MA) and a backup shooter at SL 27, they have the players to net the one goal they'll need to coast to victory.

or Prey?  Apart from those two shooters, they have just one other player to support them, an SL 25 MF.  If a team can account for those three players then BN will struggle mightily to score.  One injury or suspension will also cripple their offense, so if teams like AYR (on general principle) or GGD (with nothing to lose) play some guys on Dirty aggression, BN could be kicked to the curb with just one well-timed tackle.

AYR: Predator? The Rock goes 5 deep at Forward with fairly equal skill.  With a rotation like that, they can absorb injury or suspension and loss of EL, so I would expect "A" or "D" from their front line at all times.  What they lack in pure skill they will make up for in force and persistence.

or Prey? If you can survive the forwards, then the rest of the team is vulnerable.  They have just one star on defense, Broadman, in front of an average GK at SL 25.  Aitkin will need to be at the top of his game if the forwards can't dominate the time of possession.

GGD: Predator? They have four players at SL 29 or 30 scattered across DF, DM, MF & FW.  They can score from anywhere on the field and can diversify tactics to exploit opponents' weaknesses.  They can also shift gears mid-match without needing subs, which forces other teams to be set for anything from stall to press in the same match.

or Prey?  Apart from the top 4, things get mediocre very quickly.  Their T11 contains players at SL 15, 14 & 13, and they drop to single-digit SLs after that.  No depth is available.  Further, their GKs are both at SL 20, so any team with a good tandem of shooters will be able to ignore the defense and focus on just getting some shots to cruise to victory.

BOA: Predator? They have a stellar tandem of Wingers at SL 34, and SL 35 players at FW and DM.  Scoring should not be an issue.  They also have an SL 31 at DF for a one-man stopping force, though do they even need a defense with that offense?

or Prey?  They don't call them the Underachievers for nothing.  History shows that Olmec is often unkind to Ian.  While the team is solid, playing to their strengths also makes them mark-able.  Contain the top shooter, and the wingers will be off-target far more frequently.  You can afford to give up a few more shots if they're floating harmlessly over the bar.

I'm thinking overall the Geeks offensive worries and the Dragons defensive worries will keep them from a date in Division One next season.  The other four teams will sort out the top three by as much luck as tactical skill.  If nothing else, the Bugs will sit back and quietly wait for the dust to settle as the predators sort themselves out.  No shame in waiting around for the leftovers to be swept into the corner where we can feast without fear of getting squished amidst the scuffle.

 
Kevin Martin
Kirksville Invertebrates


 
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Thursday June 24th, 2010 - 08:58:11 PM GMT
Worst possible result

You would think winning 2-0 at home would make me happy.  But not us Bugs.  We can find the dark cloud to every silver lining.  In this case, it's because we're traveling to GS with just a 2-goal lead.  GS can easily put up 3-4 on anyone in a good half.  If up at least 3+ goals, then trotting out the 1-1-5-3-1 formation and building a bunker around the goal might work.  If a draw or loss in the opener, then saving EL is a bright idea and the subs all get to come on and try to keep the final score respectable.

At 2-0 though, we'll have to come out and play to make at least some effort to win... and thus when we get blown out anyway we'll have lost all the EL to boot and have next to nothing left to play for 7th place.  On the bright side, we can at least finish no worse than 8th now, which means a small morale bonus will be ours for next season.  So we'll go out and give it the ol' French try... wherein we kick out our best midfielder, play a defensive formation while needing to desperately score at least one goal, and become the most disappointing tourney team west of Italy.  If you thought Les Blues looked bad, just wait 'til you see a KIN meltdown.  At least the French don't try to eat their teammates for energy reserves when the long winter of discontent suddenly looms on the horizon.

 
Steve Turner
Asteria Kromatos


 
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Thursday June 3rd, 2010 - 02:41:39 PM GMT
re:

Not sure how I missed that. But it was getting on for 2 am and I was flagging.

 
Kevin Martin
Kirksville Invertebrates


 
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Thursday June 3rd, 2010 - 02:16:49 PM GMT
Spoiler addition

SSG is also eliminated officially.

Their best possible point finish is now 5, which puts them in 3rd on goal differential if NYT loses.  That puts them behind 3rd place teams in groups A, B & C as those three already have 3 teams at 6+.  They can finish ahead of group F if BFC & MT draw.  However, ZAR & BB play each other in group E.  If a draw or ZAR win, then ZAR finishes with 6+ points and advances over SSG's 5 points in that scenario.  If BB wins, then they get to 7 points and advance.  No matter the outcome of the ZAR-BB match, SSG cannot finish above one of them so they are out as well.

 
Steve Turner
Asteria Kromatos


 
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Thursday June 3rd, 2010 - 01:04:47 AM GMT
Spoilers - 4 best 3rd placed teams

We're somewhat disappointed to only get a draw after 6 shots on target against an SL 20 GK especially after knackering the players to do so, but it's an MVP, a much needed TP for Mickie Markab and a spot in the Sweet 16?

Group A: With BOS playing PEX and KIN playing ES all we know is that BOS can't finish below 2nd. ES can finish 3rd on 7 points but so can PEX on 6. KIN can finish 4th on 7.

Group B: SCO play AYR for 1st/2nd so it's PRV on 6 to 9 points in 3rd.

Group C: BBD play GGD and need to make up 7 or 8 goals and hope AK vs HAS isn't a draw to make it through on 7 points. GGD can't finish below 2nd

Group D: SSG can finish 3rd on 5 and make it through but with LPT playing NYT the best a 3rd place team can do is 6 points.

Group E: ZAR play BB and so the 3rd placed team will have from 6 to 8 points. In could be BN on 8.

Group F: GS play BOA for 1st/2nd so it's between BAR and MT for 3rd on 5 to 7 points.

AK can't finish with less than 7 points so will beat Group D (max 6 points if NYT beat LPT) and have an 11 goal lead over BAR in Group F. We can still finish 4th on 7 though.  Any team that can get 7 points has a good chance though BAR are the most likely to fail on 7. SSG can still make it on 5 but need LPT to beat NYT in their group and BAR vs MT to end in a draw. It looks like only MLB can't make it to the Sweet 16.

 
Mark Creasey
Scotland FC


 
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Tuesday June 1st, 2010 - 09:01:32 PM GMT
Poll

Dave's KIN poll:
C : Because Kev is sitting on something warm & wet

 
Mark Creasey
Scotland FC


 
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Tuesday June 1st, 2010 - 08:57:09 PM GMT
Do.

The crucial factor is no age 1 waiting on CP for next season, so I'd invest all that CP just now Marc. Your call though.

 
Kevin Martin
Kirksville Invertebrates


 
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Tuesday June 1st, 2010 - 01:13:53 PM GMT
Do. And don't.

As you say, Mark, the team is getting old fast in a few areas.  Fortunately, you have 4 topped out apprentices waiting in the wings to mature next season.  Keeping around some support for them will be critical to avoid a freefall in the tables until midseason though.

I'm just one guy with one opinion, so feel free to take or ignore the advice as desired.  I never CP up an age 5 players unless he is the only player at the position worth doing anything with.  You lose too much for the investment.  You have age 0 players waiting behind the age 5 guys on offense, so letting them go is not horrible.

Instead, I'd drop a couple more points into the players that you will have to lean on to be part of your Top 11 for next season.

With 7 CP left, you can get DF Karlovich and DF Asimov (age 2 & 3) to SL 25, the break point for losing extra SL.  That would use up 5 CP.  Similarly, your age 2 MF Fleming could get to SL 20 with the last 2 CP.  All three of those will be in your T11 for next season, and every point you invest in them up to the 25 and 20 break points will survive aging and not be thrown away 10 games from now.  That's an investment worth making then.  Especially since you have no age 1 players on the whole roster, so you won't have any age 2 players needing CP next season.  The age 3 and 4 mid-range guys can stay up around the 20-25 range while the current age 0 guys round into form.

 
Mark de Kok
Stockholm Science Geeks


 
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337 - 177 - 336 (0.501)

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Sunday May 30th, 2010 - 07:28:48 PM GMT
Do or Don't

I have a huge problem with age management here at SSG. The guys keep getting their ages and will have a huge PSA to look forward to.

Do I give them extra CP for a higher starting rating next season or spare the CP to get the players better next season.

It is a real Do Or Don't for us. I am not sure right now.

 
Steve Turner
Asteria Kromatos


 
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Thursday May 27th, 2010 - 11:51:36 AM GMT
So we can win

I was beginning to wonder if we'd ever win a competitive game again this season after the games that never were. And it still took 3 shots against an SL 2 GK. We need a good win against the Bull-Dogs on Saturday, especially after they robbed us last time and this time have 3 top players out through injury or suspension.

 
Dave Dowson
British Bull-Dogs


 
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Saturday May 22nd, 2010 - 03:29:25 PM GMT
New Poll

Why does this Man have such a smug smile on his face?

 

A : Because he is so smart

B : Because he has wind  

C : Becauise he is sitting on something warm & wet

D : He cant help it he was born with that Smug Smile

 
Kevin Martin
Kirksville Invertebrates


 
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Saturday May 22nd, 2010 - 01:32:21 PM GMT
Outrageous Dave

3 days later and I'm still not sure...

Is Dave outraged because:

A) My prior posting made disparaging remarks about his alleged character and preferential style of play;

B) I gave away a secret he wasn't ready to release to the media yet;

C) I sold him short on his aspirations ("A game per day?!? Bah! We could bang out a whole season in a week if these other managers would get their priorities in the right place!");

D) No player was harmed in the process of making this post; or

E) All of the above.

Perhaps we need a new poll question to resolve this dilemma from the Enigmatic Master of Disaster, our beloved Dave at BBD.

 
Dave Dowson
British Bull-Dogs


 
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Wednesday May 19th, 2010 - 07:27:44 PM GMT
OUTRAGED

Mr Martin How Very Dare You Sir ?

I'm absolutely Outraged

 

 
Kevin Martin
Kirksville Invertebrates


 
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Wednesday May 19th, 2010 - 02:02:25 PM GMT
Dave Dowson to start dream league

This just in from the Olmec rumor mill...

Dave Dowson (aka Dancin' Dave, Dealin' Dave, Dr. Death, and likely some less family friendly titles that can't be posted on this site) is beginning the early stages of a dream league to finally meet his insatiable football thirst.

One match every day.  Auctions twice per week.  Mandatory minimum of five trades over the course of a season.  Cash bonuses at the gate for playing more than three players on aggressive or dirty.  No EL loss for any player on dirty aggression during a match versus a rival.  No EL loss ever against whatever team is currently in first place in the division.

And that's just the rough draft!

 
Dave Dowson
British Bull-Dogs


 
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Saturday May 15th, 2010 - 03:14:29 PM GMT
Groundhog Day revisited

Everyday I click on MSWL & Everyday its Groundhog Day

Nothing happening here frown

Move Along Please! >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

 
Kevin Martin
Kirksville Invertebrates


 
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Monday May 10th, 2010 - 08:56:00 PM GMT
Restart

Hey.  This looks familiar.  Have we been here before?  We have?  Well, that's good.  Otherwise I just went crazy or I'm lying in some hospital bed having a "Life on Mars" experience.  The British original, not the bad U.S. remake they tried a year or two ago.

So it looks like the greatest KIN comeback ever will now have never happened.  Such is what happens when you achieve victory over Olmec's blessed favorite son.  Apparently the program couldn't handle it all and had to wipe out Al's entire hard drive to cover up the problem.  That Ol' Stone Face is perhaps getting a bit out of control like the Master Control Program in "Tron."  Remind not to sit down at Al's computer next time I visit.  I can't imagine what it would be like to actually have to face one of Dave's teams in person.  Or rather, I can - which is even worse!

The Cup That Never Was will soon settle into folklore, so feel free to post your favorite memories onto the blog or journal them for your team so they at least will live on in the Archives now.  For anyone wishing to see prior posts from this season leading up to this "new" current/old moment in the league progression, you will need to click on the "Archives" tab above as the 'most recent' posts are over a month old.

Looking forward to seeing who we next get a shot at in the mean time.  The Bugs apparently not fed in some time...

 
Kevin Martin
Kirksville Invertebrates


 
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Monday March 22nd, 2010 - 04:45:21 PM GMT
Nothing to Play For

In Steve's favor: Alon has clinched yet another league title and has little to play for now except to avoid injury to any star players that would set him back in looking for the MSWL Cup as well.  As I'm sure that AK will be coming out strong, perhaps Alon may be fearful of an injury from the all-dirty Tomato lineup that has been entered?  Until the starting lineups are read off by the announcer, there is always hope...

 
Steve Turner
Asteria Kromatos


 
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Monday March 22nd, 2010 - 07:27:22 AM GMT
Piece of cake

All we have to do is win our last game and hope the Geeks don't, or draw and hope the Geeks lose by five. And we're only playing Gauteng Shooters, a team we've never beaten.

See you in Division Two

 
Jay Patrick Wilkins
New York Trashtalkers


 
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286 - 219 - 333 (0.472)
Monday March 22nd, 2010 - 02:04:52 AM GMT
NYT Under Siege!!!!

The Mighty Trashtalkers of New York are facing fire on several fronts, both from abroad and, shockingly, on home soil as well.

It is no surprise that the Robins from Ye Olde Country are flapping their receding gums in a scurrilous attempt to impugn the fine, fine reputation of the franchise from New York. They've never quite recovered from the ignominy that began for them in 1776 and continues to this day.

What is highly disappointing is that in the guise of support, the gentleman from Missouri has accused his colleague from New York of a heinous crime with not a scintilla of evidence! 

We of the New York Trashtalkers insist that it be recorded for the glorious MSWL record that we are outraged! Outraged, we say!

James Patrick Montgomery Aloysius MacManus Wilkins, Esq.

Owner/Chairman/CEO/General Manager/Coach

New York Trashtalkers, LLC

 

 
Kevin Martin
Kirksville Invertebrates


 
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Thursday March 18th, 2010 - 03:39:05 PM GMT
Bribery?

Dave, how dare you sully Jay's good name with accusations of bribery!  Everyone knows that Jay is way too cheap for that.  It was blackmail, pure and simple.  Much tidier and longer lasting, as you don't have to worry about a counter-offer upping the ante for you at the last minute...

 
Dave Dowson
British Bull-Dogs


 
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Thursday March 18th, 2010 - 02:03:58 PM GMT
Trash n All that Jazz

Jay only got promoted coz he bribed the refs in the play-offs anyway, so soon he will be back where he belongs in the basement

 
Robin Dewar
Ayers Rock


 
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Thursday March 18th, 2010 - 01:07:24 PM GMT
Trashtalk

Jay is looking for the Sympathy vote , talking TRASH as usual in the hope that GS & CI go easy on him.

He just failed to beat AK who are NOT the worst team in the league , it is only that Steve "The Stud" Turner has other things on his mind nowadays.

The weakest team in MSWL is SSG who have the lowest SL TOP 11 of everyone and I only just struggled to beat them.

So where am I going to get 3 points to get above NYT ?    From the goalhungry Scotsman ?  ....I don't think so.

That just leaves the CATS! .....so HUGE amounts of Tuna and anything fishy should be arriving at Supermacs door very shortly.:kiss

 
Jay Patrick Wilkins
New York Trashtalkers


 
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Thursday March 18th, 2010 - 03:53:43 AM GMT
NYT Doomed to Relegation Playoffs

Since we only managed a draw against celler-dwelling Asteria, Team NYT will most certainly land in the relegation playoffs after upcoming losses to Iceland and the Shooters.

 And since I couldn't beat the worst team in the division, I have no hopes of beating the others.

Sadly, your Mighty Trashtalkers appear headed back to the realm of the undead in Division 2.

Jay/NYT

 

 
Oli Sigurjonsson
Captain Iceland


 
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Wednesday March 17th, 2010 - 08:46:55 PM GMT
GS in EL trouble

GS are in heavy trouble with their EL, play your full strength against them (on dirty) and get some easy 3 points !!!!

 
Oli Sigurjonsson
Captain Iceland


 
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Wednesday March 17th, 2010 - 07:26:58 PM GMT
So

as we know that our next 2 games are walkovers and a certain 6 points, we will be resting before our final game of the season.  A gigantic trip to New York to face Jay´s gigantic team and as we need to win all three matches to have slightest chance of snatching the title from Alon we dont want to fall on the last hurdle..... :)

But as a team that is losing confidence we are looking behind us and the distance to 3rd is frightenly little !!!!!

 
Jay Patrick Wilkins
New York Trashtalkers


 
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Tuesday March 16th, 2010 - 03:14:35 PM GMT
NYT vs. CI, GS in final two games...ouch.

So, those are two losses for TEam NYT.

GS and CI should just count those as wins and save their EL for other matches.

Really, you'd be doing yourselves and me a favor.

Jay/NYT

 
Rene Wilkens
Bristol Nibbers


 
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Tuesday March 16th, 2010 - 01:24:16 PM GMT
5 Horse Race now down to 3 - Part 2

The Nibbers will of course do their best to beat GGD, giving the other teams a chance to claim 4th place.

 
Dave Dowson
British Bull-Dogs


 
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Tuesday March 16th, 2010 - 11:19:14 AM GMT
5 Horse Race now down to 3

Following OLMECS peculliarities & hate of the Bull-Dogs last night BBD are now out of the promo Play-off race.

It is now a straight 3 horse race between GGD,BOS & HAS good luck guys may the best team win

However we may yet have a say in who gets it as Boston Robs last game is Home to the Bull-Dogs

Can't wait Shadey, can you ? ;)

 
Steven Allan
Barnsley Brewers


 
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Monday March 15th, 2010 - 12:36:03 PM GMT
BB

Dave your right its not going to happen in a million years. With the team we have had all season we should be at best 2nd bottom but somehow find ourselves in a respectable 8th place (albeit with a -20 GD - the 2nd worst in the division)

The long rebuilding process is starting to take shape however. One of the best GK's in the league, good SW/SD rotation, reasonable midfield, 2 star MA's and a good FW. Add into that the biggest bank balance in MSWL and still some TP and CP to spend and next season we should start to think about the playoffs. Will prob be a step too far but the season after is the season that we aim to gain BB's 1st ever promotion.

Next season we will be looking to build a top DF to become hard to beat and hope that we can win enough games to challenge.

 
Dave Dowson
British Bull-Dogs


 
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Monday March 15th, 2010 - 12:15:11 PM GMT
Only 1 From 5

With just 4 League games remain ing this season

Essex Supreme appear to have promotion & the Divisional Championship within their grasp (Congratulaions James, great first season in MSWL

BOA & BN have secured  promo play-off places (Congratulations Ian & Rene)

The Final Promo play-off place is still up for grabs with 5 teams still in the hunt

 TEAM                                            W   D   L   GF   GA   GD   PTS 

4. 

 Gauteng Golden Dragons   8   3   7   25   33   -8   27 
 5.   Boston Mythos   8   2   8   27   26   1   26 
 6.   British Bull-Dogs   7   3   8   28   23   5   24 
 7.   Hollywood All-Stars   7   3   8   26   23   3   24 
 8.   Barnsley Brewers   7   1   10   16   36   -20   22 

GGD are in the driving seat with 27 points in the bank & they have 3 home games left : All winable against

Pehuajo Expos
Barnsley Brewers
Barcelona FC

Sandwiched in between is a visit to Bristol Nibbers

Which will prove hard to get anything from so I can see GGD finishing with 36 points

BOS have 26 points & have 2 Home & 2 Away games left:

 

Montevideo Tricolores

@ Liverpool Tigers

  @ Barnsley Brewers
British Bull-Dogs

They should beat Montevideo & Barnsley but Liverpool could be a tough nut to crack & they may get nothing from them

 That will leave their final game at Home to BBD & depending on how GGD have fayred could potentially be winner takes all.

I can see BOS finishing on 32 points

BBD have 24 points with 2 Home & 2 Away matches to come

Essex Supreme
@ Montevideo Tricolores
Liverpool Tigers
@ Boston Mythos

I think we can beat Essex, Montevideo & Liverpool & then its all down to the Big one at Boston, if we can win all 4 games then our Goal difference will give us the edge over GGD.

so I'm hoping BBD can finish on 36 points

HAS have 24 points & with 3 away & 1 home match remaining

@ Bristol Nibbers

Barcelona FC 

@ Essex Supreme

@ Montevideo Tricolores

They look to have their work cut out to get into the mix

I can see HAS finishing with 28 points

That just leaves BB (22 points & 2 Home + 2 Away games left) & it will be a major shock if they manage to creep into the count as they will need to win all 4 & then hope that the 4 teams above them all slip up (sorry Steve it aint gonna happen)

So here is my idea of how it could finish :

 

   TEAM    W    D    L    GD    PTS 
4  British Bull-Dogs   11 3 8 10 36
5  Gauteng Golden Dragons   11 3 8 -2 36
6  Boston Mythos   10 2 10 xx 32
7  Hollywood All-Stars   8 4 10 xx 28
8  Barnsley Brewers   7 3 12 xx 24

 
John Holden
Zaragoza Lions


 
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34 - 19 - 33 (0.506)
Thursday March 11th, 2010 - 05:30:17 PM GMT
Zaragoza Lions Press

ZARAGOZA - With three wins in their current unbeaten streak of five games, Zaragoza Lions have taken a huge step toward divorcing themselves from the muddle of teams at the bottom of the table.

"Five sessions ago and we were about to kiss the bottom of the table," said Lions manager John Holden, "but we've been able to turn the offense on of late and start chalking up some wins."

However, with four games left to play, the Lions aren't out of hot water yet. Only five points separates them from the relegation zone, and two of their last five games are against the division's nearly untouchable top two sides.

"We certainly have our work cut out for us, and history has shown I'm not a very clutch OLMEC manager," said Holden. "But we've got seven points on bottom-table Asteria right now with four games to play and five on Kirksville. The bottom four are really muddled, which works to our advantage."

"We'll just have to continue to play well, and hopefully good things will happen," said Holden.

 
Steve Turner
Asteria Kromatos


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
149 - 86 - 117 (0.545)
Tuesday March 9th, 2010 - 05:03:38 PM GMT
Boy are we in trouble

T11 against the bottom club taking 8 players to negative EL and statistically having a chance of 5 shots against an SL 10 keeper. Surely we could win this game. Looks like we have to get desperate in the last 5 games because I can see us finishing bottom.

 
Willy Krosnyak
Montevideo Tricolores


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
160 - 114 - 192 (0.466)
Sunday March 7th, 2010 - 02:38:13 PM GMT
10 for 10...

No, we need more than 10 points to make anything out of this season.  The Montevideo Tricolores hit 10 games on their winless streak.  We may have to rethink our strategy for this season... 

Even the NMR tactic is not working for us now...

So we are going to put some tactics in for the next match, NOW!  A well thought, win-win deal! 

 
Kevin Martin
Kirksville Invertebrates


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
246 - 100 - 131 (0.621)

Team Trophy Case
2 Alan Parr Cup Titles
Friday March 5th, 2010 - 03:31:55 PM GMT
6 for 6

I'll take my chances with 6 more points this season.  That should see us above last place and we can gamble on surviving the playoffs as the squad rounds into top form.  However, getting those 6 points is going to be a tall order.  GS, CI, SCO, and MP are all still waiting for their chance to step on us.  Barring severe injury or two red cards to their teams when we play them, I see those as losses or at best a lucky draw.  That leaves us just two other matches to get our two wins.  Looks like I know where the T11 is going in the last three weeks of the regular season.  KIN has never been relegated.  Of all the firsts we could set this year, that's the one I least want to see.

 
Simon Compton
Barcelona FC


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
172 - 130 - 240 (0.437)
Thursday March 4th, 2010 - 05:20:03 PM GMT
Barcelona Injury Woes

Just noticed that BFC Keeper has suffered a nasty injury at the hands of those Liverpool Tigers, dirty lot those scousers!!

Now we have a struggle ahead not that it wasnt difficult enough, but with only the youngster Casillas keeping goal it will be a tricky time ahead.


Two draws recently have seen an improvement on the recent defeats we have suffered so just when you think it was getting better!!

We are now looking at next year for inspiration, we are heading in the right direction with some good Youth within the squad that should show there full potential next season. We hope!!

 
Phil McIntosh
Missouri Legal Beagles


 
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Team Record
325 - 173 - 377 (0.470)

Team Trophy Case
1 League Titles
Monday March 1st, 2010 - 12:18:12 AM GMT

Sadly, Willy will accrue some participation points for all of that......

 
Allan Sellers
Memphis Pharaohs


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
460 - 172 - 261 (0.611)

Team Trophy Case
7 League Titles
1 MSWL Cup Titles
Sunday February 28th, 2010 - 10:39:09 PM GMT
Willy...

Willy (will he) ever stop posting?  

Good stuff Willy.  

Or did Robin somehow get Willy's account and started typing rambling stuff?

I love the Robin D diatribe on "Managers he hates"...we need more of that.  Where are the rest of the haters?  

Al

 
Willy Krosnyak
Montevideo Tricolores


 
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160 - 114 - 192 (0.466)
Sunday February 28th, 2010 - 06:26:46 PM GMT
Also...

We may have commented something about the dramatic equalizer against rival "Wacky Bruce" and recommended (if you drive West enough into Kentucky) the Natural Bridge trail.  It is not too long or too hard but it has quite the view!

ï

 
Willy Krosnyak
Montevideo Tricolores


 
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Team Record
160 - 114 - 192 (0.466)
Sunday February 28th, 2010 - 06:24:31 PM GMT
Whatever!

...we were saying that with 7 matches to go we sit on 9th place and a million points off the playoff spots...

But we are not giving up!  We are going to fight hard to climb a few spots before the end of the season!

 
Willy Krosnyak
Montevideo Tricolores


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
160 - 114 - 192 (0.466)
Sunday February 28th, 2010 - 06:22:15 PM GMT
Now we figured it out...

It looks like if we resize the block where we type it looses everything but the first line?  Let's test:

Paragraph 2

Paragraph 3

If these paragraphs save ok I'm going to look pretty silly...

 
Willy Krosnyak
Montevideo Tricolores


 
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160 - 114 - 192 (0.466)
Sunday February 28th, 2010 - 06:19:53 PM GMT
Second attempt...

Now this feels like conspiracy!  We just wrote 4 paragrahs and only the first line gets saved when we click 'save'... ?

Let's see if this time the second paragraph posts...

 
Willy Krosnyak
Montevideo Tricolores


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
160 - 114 - 192 (0.466)
Sunday February 28th, 2010 - 06:17:25 PM GMT
Winless streak up to 8...

The Montevideo Tricolores are having quite the dissapointing season.  With 7 matches to go we sit

 
Robin Dewar
Ayers Rock


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
339 - 150 - 234 (0.573)

Team Trophy Case
1 Alan Parr Cup Titles
1 MSWL Cup Titles
Sunday February 28th, 2010 - 01:01:14 AM GMT
EXIT is OVER THERE >>>>>

Coach Dewar has beeen shown the door , but not put his coat on yet.

This recent defeat to ZAR was the final nail in the coffin , and the Board are not happy .

This is our 7th season in div1 and without doubt our worst performance and the possibility of Relegation looms.

We have had no Luck this season at all and to top that we have games against CI & GS coming up very soon .:(

Frankly I blame Al Sellers for this , when he handed over to Phil he showed him the secret Olmec button "AYR to LOSE".

I may have to call upon my secret assistant from last season who helped me win the Cup!

Mind you I could ask Amy (she likes me ;))  and she has a good track record. Just have to stop Al from intercepting the emails.

 
Robin Dewar
Ayers Rock


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
339 - 150 - 234 (0.573)

Team Trophy Case
1 Alan Parr Cup Titles
1 MSWL Cup Titles
Friday February 26th, 2010 - 02:07:08 AM GMT
I HATE THESE MANAGERS

Two managers who have made my life a misery in Olmec are Keffin Martin  &  Mike Cabral .

KM and his Bugs have been a pain ever since Supermac (superDAD) introduced him ito the league.

I dislike all creepy crawly things  & KM has been my undoing. Despite leaving the game for a short while he still is the fastest to most wins in a great deal of the sections even beating the Mighty  Alon Atie.  Some guy called Sellers tops all the sections , obvioulsly he has some inside knowledge as to how the game works

Now on to Cabral , sometimes know as C-Ball ( I could call him something else) ..... who let him into the game he has be a right pain taking points off me for fun , I am not laughing . He even has the Cheek to  take 3rd place in fastest to 25 wins ahead of KM but  behind Mr. Rob Peterson and AS . Who is this guy ?

It is time to take the gloves off , no more Mr. Nice Guy .....these two are going down

 
Kevin Martin
Kirksville Invertebrates


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
246 - 100 - 131 (0.621)

Team Trophy Case
2 Alan Parr Cup Titles
Tuesday February 23rd, 2010 - 10:22:53 PM GMT
OTF?

For the first time since at least season 13, KIN has an OTF above 1.

That's right.  We spent CP on OTF.  I double-checked to make sure that this was NOT a sign of the apocolypse, just to be safe.  I have it on good authority that we're OK here, so no panic needed.  Feel free to do so if you like though.  A good freak-out is always fun to watch.

Sure, we're not going to get to 10 this season.  However, the three year plan to build up to a team capable of effectively playing Normal or Stall or actually anything other than a Longball/Early Cross strategy is finally underway.

Just when you think you know the Bugs... the evolution is underway. (now if we can just avoid getting squished during this most vulnerable transition phase, that would be nice).

 
Phil McIntosh
Missouri Legal Beagles


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
325 - 173 - 377 (0.470)

Team Trophy Case
1 League Titles
Sunday February 21st, 2010 - 05:30:16 AM GMT
MLB

MP owns us.  ALways has.  ALways will.

Meow,

Clyde & Calvin

 
Jay Patrick Wilkins
New York Trashtalkers


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
286 - 219 - 333 (0.472)
Friday February 19th, 2010 - 04:52:19 AM GMT
Who's Your MSWL Daddy?

Every MSWL team, except GS and maybe CI, has another team that it has to call its daddy. Sadly, miine appears to be the Memphis Pharoahs.

I went into our latest match with probably the best lineup I've ever fielded and the position totals in that contest were certainly comparable. Yet I still game up 2 goals in the first 8 minutes while both teams were playing 4 3 3 N. After that, we competed fairly evenly, but once I needed to press in the latter stages of the game to catch up I got shredded for 2 more quick goals and ultimately endured the insult of a penalty kick for MP goal #5 in the 90th minute.

So...who's your daddy?

Jay

NYT

 
Phil McIntosh
Missouri Legal Beagles


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
325 - 173 - 377 (0.470)

Team Trophy Case
1 League Titles
Thursday February 18th, 2010 - 02:43:12 AM GMT
Paw Print

Tough loss versus KIN this session, 3-2.  He got a cheap goal early.  Cheap!  Cheap!  But it's the difference between a loss and a draw for us, and that's pretty costly.  MLB still lurks just above the relegation zone, though, and that's nice.  As we start the second half of the season, we only hope to keep that going.

MLB welcomes a pair of forwards added to the roster this week.  Tornado presents a veteran presence that should prove to be very valuable should we find ourselves in the MLB Invitational Tourney at the end of the season.  Seifert is an apprentice that will hopefully give us some strength up front in future seasons.  We're trying to prevent an SL vaccuum up front similar to the one experienced this season.

Meow,

Clyde & Calvin

 
Robin Dewar
Ayers Rock


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
339 - 150 - 234 (0.573)

Team Trophy Case
1 Alan Parr Cup Titles
1 MSWL Cup Titles
Wednesday February 17th, 2010 - 09:58:08 PM GMT
Medic for Me ...and

We need a medic for me as my wallet is empty , what was I doing ......to much Rum .

Now I have to use the MP catchphrase  " this is a rebuilding season".

......and a miracle needed by the team as we have reserve GK between the sticks trying to keep out Rigel Kent a 38 FW !

 
Kevin Martin
Kirksville Invertebrates


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
246 - 100 - 131 (0.621)

Team Trophy Case
2 Alan Parr Cup Titles
Wednesday February 17th, 2010 - 03:13:09 PM GMT
Medic needed at Ayers Rock?

Also of note from the last auction: Robin D., the notorious miser of MSWL, just spent 1656k on just two players.  Hopefully Robin got in his lines prior to looking at auction results, or else someone will have to call a paramedic to go rouse him with some smelling salts before the coming deadline.  Should he have not noticed this yet, his family would be well advised to make sure he has his blood pressure checked prior to looking into the team coffers...

 
Kevin Martin
Kirksville Invertebrates


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
246 - 100 - 131 (0.621)

Team Trophy Case
2 Alan Parr Cup Titles
Wednesday February 17th, 2010 - 02:35:01 PM GMT
Cash to burn

9 of the top 10 in auction spending so far are Division 1 teams.  No real surprise as they get more money and are more likely to bid higher on the one-season stop gaps like age 5 players.  2 more Div 1 teams come in at #12 and #14.  So who's missing?

MP is nowhere to be found on SSG's table.  Is Al just pushing up prices this season to deplete the cash reserves from the top teams and waiting for his chance to steal all the good players in auction 6 (after mid-season aging)?  Or have the Pharaohs lost the key to the treasure chamber again?  Maybe Amy reigning back on his spending sprees - "You want to spend how much for an MF who's only good for half a season?!? No.  Allan you take that bid back right now or so help me you'll sleep in the doghouse for the next month..."  Who knows for sure what lurks in the dark depths of Mr. Olmec's devious mind.

Of course, we'll rule out the obvious conclusion that he's just unlucky to have bid on the players that everyone else is overbidding on.  No way that could be the explanation...

 
Mark Creasey
Scotland FC


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
289 - 121 - 234 (0.543)
Monday February 15th, 2010 - 07:11:13 PM GMT
Auction Results

Nice table Mr de Kok.   I had no idea SCO had spent so much dollars at auction time. 

Time to go on an unbeaten run methinks, in search of more MVP's!

 
Mark de Kok
Stockholm Science Geeks


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
337 - 177 - 336 (0.501)

Team Trophy Case
1 Alan Parr Cup Titles
Sunday February 14th, 2010 - 06:59:36 PM GMT
Auction Results

There are 5 auctions gone, and money has been spent by 20 teams. In order of who splashed his cash:

ABB Spending
GS 2967
CI 2688
BOA 2676
SCO 2138
AYR 1909
KIN 1828
MLB 1756
AK 1733
SSG 1721
ZAR 1650
BOS 1454
NYT 1008
BN 983
PRV 422
HAS 383
BB 351
BFC 313
ES 234
LPT 151
BBD 142

Highest fee paid 1156 by GS.

Lowest fee paid 14 by SSG

 
Phil McIntosh
Missouri Legal Beagles


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
325 - 173 - 377 (0.470)

Team Trophy Case
1 League Titles
Sunday February 14th, 2010 - 04:44:53 AM GMT
Paw Print

A complete surprise for Clyde & Calvin this evening as they pick up a totally unexpected trio of points in the tilt versus the very respectable Robin Dewar.  "It must have been ironing day for Robin," purrs Clyde, "because he was pressing all day like nobody's business!"  It bumps MLB up higher in the table than they have been for several seasons.   "Don't expect this to hold up," meows Calvin.  "We're not Ian Lindsay, after all!"

Meow,

Clyde & Calvin

 
Phil McIntosh
Missouri Legal Beagles


 
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325 - 173 - 377 (0.470)

Team Trophy Case
1 League Titles
Friday February 12th, 2010 - 04:53:24 AM GMT
MLB

Clyde & Calvin felt like Steve got more than his fair share of luck in our recent match!  Numbers aren't everything, but the %'s were nearly even.  Still AK garnered seven opportunities to MLB's four.  Where he was unlucky, though, (and this may have been his reference) was that his seven shots were erratic and less than productive, while all four of MLB's shots were on target.  Kent is having a rough go of it as of late!

 
Kevin Martin
Kirksville Invertebrates


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
246 - 100 - 131 (0.621)

Team Trophy Case
2 Alan Parr Cup Titles
Thursday February 11th, 2010 - 10:51:43 PM GMT
KIN krisis

Since Steve has the level-headed approach all wrapped up, we here at KIN will officially start the panic.  One game left until the halfway point for league play (11 of 22 matches done, having played all teams once) and we're in the relegation zone still.  Yep, that's panic time!  Perhaps we'll look to overspend some on auction buys to shore up the lines... except there's not a good top DF to bother bidding on or a solid backup GK.  So much for that idea. 

All the more reason to panic, right?  And it's not like we've got the goal-scoring machine known as SCO coming to town.  If they're smart they'll pull the stars and start subbing at minute 15 or so to save EL for the matches they'll need it in.  We'll be lucky to be within 2 goals by that point anyway.  Such is life currently at The Hive.  And with six more weeks of winter per the groundhog, we can't even look forward soon to happy pollen days when the early Spring flowers start blooming.  Looks like we'll have to bite a few people to get the anger out then.  We advise SCO to make sure you're up on your shots before starting the road trip...

 
Steve Turner
Asteria Kromatos


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
149 - 86 - 117 (0.545)
Thursday February 11th, 2010 - 05:26:13 PM GMT
Kromatos krisis?

Three consecutive losses and we are in trouble falling back into the relegation zone. I feel we have been fairly unlucky, losing two games that we could easily have won. The game against New York was painful to watch as M. Penetrable proved he was just that saving 5 shots. Even though Rigel Kent was marked he still had ther best chance of getting shots but didn't get any.

The game against Missouri was almost as bad, again we got 7 shots, but only 4 on target and Kent was marked again but was able to get 2 shots, scoring 1. Unfortunately Missouri got all 4 shots on target scoring 2.

I'm not going to panic though and will take relegation if I have to rather than buy players that would leave us in trouble next season.

 
John Holden
Zaragoza Lions


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
34 - 19 - 33 (0.506)
Wednesday February 10th, 2010 - 06:39:41 AM GMT
Trouble at the Zaragoza Message Centre

Things started out well this season for Zaragoza. The team picked up two MVP's in just the group play of the cup alone.

However, a loss in the cup to Asteria Kromatos only foreshadowed the difficult league play journey the team has embarked on. Despite drowning in resources, Zaragoza has had trouble on the pitch in an uber-competitive league, something Lions manager John Holden hopes his team will turn around against Captain Iceland in a few short hours.

There are some bright spots, though. Zaragoza outplayed Gauteng Shooters on the road, outshooting MSWL's top club, but some leaky defense early allowed Alon to dictate the gameplay. However, the Lions took a moral victory from only losing by one goal.

Still, Lions fans have been turned off by some abject performances. "Draw at home, lose on the road," said one dejected fan. "I had fairly high hopes for this season. And by high hopes, I mean easily avoiding relegation." For instance, fans booed Holden off the pitch after his team was barely able to break a Trashtalker stall two sessions ago.

"I think we're doing an okay job off the field, which is odd for the teams I've managed in the past," said Holden. "The next step is translating that to wins on the pitch. To be fair, I think some of that is my fault - I haven't been able to spend as much time studying the opposition as I would have liked so far."

Still, for a team with the amount of talent as Zaragoza, a season of struggle would be a huge disappointment for the club's supporters - and with only 8 points so far this year, the Lions find themselves in a relegation struggle wearing the current crown of league underachievers.

"MSWL is a tough league," said Holden. "It's just going to get tougher if we can't start winning."

The Lions play Captain Iceland tomorrow.

 
Kevin Martin
Kirksville Invertebrates


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
246 - 100 - 131 (0.621)

Team Trophy Case
2 Alan Parr Cup Titles
Tuesday February 9th, 2010 - 02:42:38 PM GMT
Easy game ahead for AYR

Admittedly, it is still a few weeks off, however the match vs. KIN can be marked down as an easy "W" for Robin.  Winless in their past 6, the Bugs appear to have lost all fighting form and currently sit bottom of the Div 1 table.  Tomorrow we travel to the realm of the Geeks, who will undoubtedly be up for the big game to be "not last."  Then we return home for the weekend clash against SCO.  The next match we appear to have a good chance of winning appears to be... when to the group stages of the MSWL Cup start again?  Of course, that assumes a favorable draw.  While we usually could find a way to persuade Olmec to be kind to us in the past, the new Commish could take great delight in watching us squirm like worms on a hook.  Oh well.  Division Two looks like a nice place to be this coming Summer...

 
Robin Dewar
Ayers Rock


 
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Team Record
339 - 150 - 234 (0.573)

Team Trophy Case
1 Alan Parr Cup Titles
1 MSWL Cup Titles
Monday February 8th, 2010 - 09:53:23 PM GMT
Any Easy Games ?

At last we stopped the rot ; having gone 4 defeats in a row it was good to get a win but SSG made it hard..

Their  "BIG" SW is like having a large BUS parked in front of goal

Are there any easy games in this division ? Having lost to Trashtalkers & MP the answer has to be NO.

So who do we have next .... The Tartan Army .... just when I thought we could relax:(

 
Phil McIntosh
Missouri Legal Beagles


 
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Team Record
325 - 173 - 377 (0.470)

Team Trophy Case
1 League Titles
Monday February 8th, 2010 - 04:51:34 AM GMT
MLB

Alas, Mark, even in our success we are failures.

Meow,

Clyde & Calvin

 
Mark de Kok
Stockholm Science Geeks


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
337 - 177 - 336 (0.501)

Team Trophy Case
1 Alan Parr Cup Titles
Sunday February 7th, 2010 - 09:34:04 AM GMT
Scarry Cats?(bit of a spoiler)

Two times this season, MLB gets lineups against him who are weak.

First the match against MP, who fielded this lineup:

Missouri Legal Beagles                    Memphis Pharaohs
Pos Name                     SL EL Ag     Pos Name                     SL EL Ag
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
GK Matt Bonnel               26  6  n     GK Thoth                     12 10  n
DF Jeff Bagby                25  6  n     SW Amenhotep I               14 10  n
DF Valentine Vidigain        21  6  n     DF Antef                     21  9  n
DF Juan Bandito              19  6  n     DF Ptolemy II                 5 10  n
MF Scott Street              29 10  n     DF Seti                       5 10  n
MF Scott Wagner              22  4  n     DF Ra                         4 10  n
MF Walker Wilhoit            20  4  n     DF Ramses III                 2 10  n
WG Von Abbott                13 10  n     MF Khafre                    26  8  n
FW Kevin Shellhamer          21  4  n     MF Isis                       9  4  n
FW Jeremy Neuman             16 10  n     MF Mentu                      8 10  n
FW Harry Wallace             14  7  n     FW Rahotep                    4 10  n

Second against SCO, who fielded this lineup:

Missouri Legal Beagles                    Scotland FC
Pos Name                     SL EL Ag     Pos Name                     SL EL Ag
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
GK Matt Bonnel               28  4  n     GK Alan Very Rough           11 10  n
DF Jeff Bagby                27  4  n     SW Allan Hutton              27  4  n
DF Valentine Vidigain        21  6  n     DF Colin Hendry              21  6  n
DF Juan Bandito              19  8  n     DF Mo Johnston               15  9  n
DF Matt Lagemann             19  8  n     DF Sasa Papac                10 10  n
MF Scott Street              29  6  n     DF John Terry                 9 10  n
MF Scott Wagner              22  4  n     DF Richard Gough              4 10  n
MF Walker Wilhoit            20  6  n     MF Scott Brown                9 10  n
WG Richard Viktorin          27  8  n     MF J.B. Garvin                4 10  n
FW Kevin Shellhamer          22  8  n     WG Christophe Berra          19 10  n
FW Jeremy Neuman             16 10  n     FW Lewis Thomas               2 10  n

What do the cats do to get these kind of lineups fielded. Do they send scarry emails to the managers of SCO and MP? Do they bribe them with an automatic relegation if they field an extremely strong lineup? Do they bribe the refs in their matches to get results? Do they .............

And then I woke up and was wondering what on earth was I thinking? We need to punish MLB and not SCO or MP.

Why?

Those cats have not taken the opportunity to apply a blowout against them. That is the real punishment for fielding weak lineups!

 
Kevin Martin
Kirksville Invertebrates


 
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Team Record
246 - 100 - 131 (0.621)

Team Trophy Case
2 Alan Parr Cup Titles
Thursday February 4th, 2010 - 08:46:51 PM GMT
Gone with the Wins

After winning two of our first three matches in league play, I hoped that my fears were misplaced about my woeful defensive lines.  Turns out I was unfortunately correct in those fears.

KIN's only two wins came when our GK held out for a clean sheet and we netted a lone goal to escape with three points in tow.  Any time the other team has managed to score even one goal, we've been shut down.  As such, Nematode will get max attention this week by the trainers as we keep our sole hope of victory rested up.  I would have hoped with a pair of 29 FWs shooting and a 28 WG to pass the ball in that we could have a chance in a shootout.  It would appear that our front lines are not yet up to that task yet.  Black Widow has played all of one match and is already tied for 2nd on the team in goals scored.  Maybe getting outplayed by a girl will spur the rest of them to do something offensive this week - like score a goal or two!

 
Willy Krosnyak
Montevideo Tricolores


 
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160 - 114 - 192 (0.466)
Wednesday February 3rd, 2010 - 03:26:46 PM GMT
So far...

The Montevideo Tricolores are doing better than expected but it is still pretty sad to celebrate an 8th place in Div 2...

Now we just realize that we've played against all 4 teams below us in the table so we can't expect much of the upcoming matches...

It would still be awesome to scrape a tie in the next match and earn an MVP...

ï» 

 
Steve Turner
Asteria Kromatos


 
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Team Record
149 - 86 - 117 (0.545)
Wednesday February 3rd, 2010 - 11:56:22 AM GMT
re: NYT

What seems even more odd is that NYT are unbeaten in the league.

I think the stat error is due to the game with KIN that ended up 2-2 but looks like it stalled Olmec. If you go to the match you'll see the before and after tables where NYT stay on 9 points but the GF/GA  increase by 2 and the draw number increases by 1.

 
Oli Sigurjonsson
Captain Iceland


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
332 - 158 - 233 (0.568)

Team Trophy Case
1 Alan Parr Cup Titles
Wednesday February 3rd, 2010 - 11:16:28 AM GMT
NYT on 11 points ?

As a renowned statician we inquire into the fact that NYT are on 10 points with a 2-5-0 record ?

Seems odd :/

 
Phil McIntosh
Missouri Legal Beagles


 
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Team Record
325 - 173 - 377 (0.470)

Team Trophy Case
1 League Titles
Tuesday February 2nd, 2010 - 08:23:43 PM GMT
MeOWW!

We don't have the frat....fraterna..fratrana....problem with the relationship thingy here at MLB, and you wouldn't either, Kevin if you would implement a program to spay and neuter.  Of course, these divergent policies may explain why the MLB manager is still awaiting child number one, while the KIN manager is at four and counting!

Meow,

Clyde & Calvin 

 
Kevin Martin
Kirksville Invertebrates


 
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Team Record
246 - 100 - 131 (0.621)

Team Trophy Case
2 Alan Parr Cup Titles
Monday February 1st, 2010 - 06:54:59 PM GMT
New Addition = New Rules

KIN officially welcomes a new Winger to the club, Black Widow!  Hopefully, this will alleviate the strain on Soldier Bug from providing most of the offense generation while allowing Skeletonizer and Polaris to focus on scoring more goals instead of having to bring the ball upfield themselves.  Anything that can generate more shots will be very welcome at The Hive.  It appears most of the 1st Division has gone to the policy of "10 PU as fast as possible" for their star players.  While we frown upon such procedures ourself as it allows for less development of the entire T11, it is true that this is a star-driven league by the formulas to determine scoring odds.  It is also very hard to argue against the results that those teams investing in this strategy are getting early on.  Perhaps after mid-season aging takes its tolls on the mid-30's players and gives the rest of us time to catch up we'll see things even out more.  By then though, it will likely be too late.

KIN also officially announces a new policy against fraternization amongst team members.  Effective immediately.

 
Allan Sellers
Memphis Pharaohs


 
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Sunday January 31st, 2010 - 01:06:14 PM GMT
Memphis Spoilers

Well no spoilers here...we were demolished by the Missouri Wrecking Ball last night.  It was almost like Phil's only goal for the game was to blowout the rebuilding Pharaohs!  

 
Kevin Martin
Kirksville Invertebrates


 
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246 - 100 - 131 (0.621)

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Friday January 29th, 2010 - 05:12:16 PM GMT
Up against the Bug Zapper

There is little doubt. The winner of this weekend's clash vs. GS is all but a foregone conclusion. And yet we travel to their intimidating turf anyway. With four players at SL 38 or 39, how can we survive? We can't. Yet the bright and shiny light beckons us onward. Like moths to a flame we travel. Or more aptly for Saturday, like moths to a bug zapper. It won't just make us flicker around it for a bit. It's going to hurt a lot and leave us battered and broken afterward. Thus is this season. There is little doubt.

 
Willy Krosnyak
Montevideo Tricolores


 
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Thursday January 28th, 2010 - 12:31:15 AM GMT
[***SPOILER] - MT

Of course if we have something to say now it can only mean:

WE WOOOOOONNNN!!!! ;)

Big win for the Tricolores, first league win of the season and it meant a big climb on the table: from last to 9th!

Now we have to realize that we beat the worst team in the league and they were resting players... (Can't find a thing to add to that...) :(

 
Steve Turner
Asteria Kromatos


 
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Wednesday January 27th, 2010 - 10:18:31 PM GMT
AK journal (spoilers)

Olmec has frozen again but the AK v SSG game was played.

And we feel robbed.

On seeing the first half stats I'm happy with the 1-0 half time deficit, after all we had the rookie in goal and 3.9% SSG chance would suggest a couple of shots. So as the 2nd half started and we're at 4.9% to SSG 3.4% and we have an unmarked Rigel Kent on the field and a decent keeper between the sticks it looked likely we'd have a good chance to equalise.

Except we didn't get a single shot on goal.

I actually had a feeling we'd lost when I saw there were no MVPs, but that turns out was due to the crash.

Back to the drawing board.

 
Simon Compton
Barcelona FC


 
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Monday January 25th, 2010 - 10:26:27 PM GMT
BFC Season to date

Well 10 games in and Barcelona have a win and draw and eight defeats, not surprising really given the state of the team when we took over this season.

However we have the proud status of the youngest team in the league, 4 apps which will be of really good quality and come next year will all be sitting as level 20 plus, these 4 players will be the backbone of the future BFC team, Casillas and Krol at the back with Viera and Essien in the middle of the park will prove to be essential players of the future. We are on the look out for a young apprentice or age 1 forward which will help bolster the forward line.

We expect as we have said before to be languishing in the secon division for this year and the next but with the same commitment that we are showing this season the board have high expectations to be pushing for promotion within 3 seasons.

Looking at the prices within MSWL I cannot see BFC shelling out the required amounts that managers have been asking for, we are not pushing for promotion yet and it would not be wise to pay those prices, however we are looking to off load some of the mid level players if anyone is interested and I would be prepared to buy some good players of level 15 plus but again the prices would need to be sensible.

Good luck everyone and lets see how the season develops if at all, but a mid table position would be beyond our expectations.

 
Kevin Martin
Kirksville Invertebrates


 
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246 - 100 - 131 (0.621)

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Monday January 25th, 2010 - 07:40:56 PM GMT
KIN tactics

In answer to Steve's query, I'm guessing that SSG has tried out a tactic we here at KIN are playing to perfection lately. It's called Late Cross as opposed to the early variety. In it, your team managers to finally get something resembling an attack chance going only to have your wingers kick the ball in right at a defender or too late for the forward to latch onto because the defense closes the gap just before the ball gets there. Every time we scroll down the match reports and see (KIN) leading the remarks about passing or driving downfield it is immediately followed by a great defensive remark or horrible passing giving away another chance. Offsides is apparently the only side we know.

So for those of you trying out new tactics, I do not recommend Late Cross. Still to be tested this season are Shortball, AbNormal, unimPressive, Counterproductive, inOpportunistic, and StalledOut. Out-of-Control will be saved to title our following journal releases as a summation of our spiral down the league tables. We knew this was going to be an ugly season for Bug fans while we bite the bullet and make up for prior neglect. It's just a very ugly caterpillar crawling out of the egg right now, and a long ways before we can look forward to what will hatch from the chrysalis...

Next up: KIN tries to be the first team to give up a double-hat trick in the same match to one of NYT's forwards. Can you feel the drama unfolding? Which one will it be?!?

 
Steve Turner
Asteria Kromatos


 
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Monday January 25th, 2010 - 05:26:41 PM GMT
Our next opposition

 MATCH TACTIC  	 %  	 MATCH TACTIC  	 % 
 Normal  	 45%  	 Stall  	 0% 
 Press  	 0%  	 Longball  	 0% 
 Ball Control  	 0%  	 Opportunistic   0% 
 Early Cross  	 45%  	 Counterattack 	 0% 
We are a little worried at what SSG did the other 10% of the time (I found the referee anomaly, you can research this one yourselves).

We've finally started to get a little run going - two wins after three losses to start the season, helped as Rigel Kent tries to get match fit. He's only had one shot on goal in 122 minutes. Both wins were helped by the opposition having to play their second keeper.

SSG will be playing their top keeper and I'm surprised to read that we have never beaten them. We played each other four times last season, with the last three being 0-0 draws. That will suit me as it'll mean our first league MVP of the season.

 
Phil McIntosh
Missouri Legal Beagles


 
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Sunday January 24th, 2010 - 03:47:02 AM GMT
MLB

See? This is why you don't play your stars against GS. A game I had no chance of winning, no chance of drawing, no chance of leaving the field (yes, it's a field) with any degree of respectability....yet we play what we can to give Alon a good game, save face for MLB, and give the upper teams of the league a fair shot at a title. We didn't send our stars to a Carribean beach for the weekend. We didn't play everyone on passive. We didn't sub out our players to slide in just above the blowout requirement. What do we get for our efforts?

Our star SL 29 MF gets a red card in the first few minutes.

Thanks, OLMEC.

 
Steve Turner
Asteria Kromatos


 
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149 - 86 - 117 (0.545)
Thursday January 21st, 2010 - 07:20:03 AM GMT
Spoilers

PRV top of the league????

GS beaten?

AK get their first league win!!! But look who we play next.

 
Kevin Martin
Kirksville Invertebrates


 
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246 - 100 - 131 (0.621)

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2 Alan Parr Cup Titles
Wednesday January 20th, 2010 - 07:43:32 PM GMT
KIN vs. the Powers That Be

KIN is gearing up for our match today against the current #2 team in the league: The Waterfires! Of course, many of you may scoff at such thoughts as taking C-Ball seriously at anything. You would be wrong though, as PRV sit at #2 in the tables behind just GS. Surely this is evidence that all is not right in the universe. As such, we will go forth and make a noble effort to set things right. We fear that we will fall far short of such lofty aims however, as our DF is still in layman's terms, "stinky." Further, it looks like it's time to see what our backup GK can do. When facing the SL 33 and 5-for-5 shooting Secretariat of PRV's front line, this is a bad thing. Ah well, at least we can hope that he'll score two early and then go away so we don't have to worry about getting blown out!

As for the two managers at BFC, we here at KIN are wondering which one is the evil twin and which one is the good one? Or can there be two evil twins in a set? These are things which need to be clarified so we can respond appropriately with comments and taunts the situation dictates. Though if Simon claims to be the good one, how can we tell? Wouldn't he say that if he were the evil one?

Such deep thinking hurts my head. So we'll keep things simple. PRV has lots of players named after significant horses from racing history. So at DF we'll start Horsefly who should have quite the heyday! As long as you can't get a red card for biting anything that counts as a primary link on your food chain, we should be good to keep the Ponies plenty distracted while waiting for the corner kicks to come in...

 
Simon Compton
Barcelona FC


 
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Wednesday January 20th, 2010 - 04:28:44 PM GMT
BFC Jokes

Well he is back jokes and all!! Or is it Simon? Knock Knock! Who?s there? Maida. Maida who? Maida force be with you! BFC certainly need it!

 
Phil McIntosh
Missouri Legal Beagles


 
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Tuesday January 19th, 2010 - 02:46:06 AM GMT
Security

Don't mind him, Simon. We promised Graham he could come back as he pleases so long as he keeps his jokes off the blog and journal pages... :-)

Meow,

Clyde & Calvin

 
Simon Compton
Barcelona FC


 
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Monday January 18th, 2010 - 08:45:09 PM GMT
BFC Manager with or without a beard

Just need to say hi to see who turns up in the strange world of MSWL, BFC have two managers currently running the club, the directors are bewildered by the man they dismissed with a beard last season who keeps turning up!!

Directors wish to undertake a security review to understand why this man cannot stay away, we paid you of and compensated you for last season disasterous season, why do you keep turning up for work? Well the wife does not I have lost the job!!
BFC have another difficult tie this week and whilst improvements are being made and some good youth players in the making the board will be wishing for some improvement in results, time will tell.

 
Mark de Kok
Stockholm Science Geeks


 
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337 - 177 - 336 (0.501)

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Sunday January 17th, 2010 - 08:42:20 PM GMT
Scientific Review #1

Scientific Review

 

Season 19, volume 1

 

 

Season 19 on it?s way

 

SSG started the season with a new manager, Marc de Kok. He has some experience by managing PT in SESL and AAA in SFLSL and a while ago ran his own league using the old MSWL software.

 

SSG?s goal is to survive in D1 and that is easier said than done. With an aging squad and many top players absent (we have one top player) it is sure a hard job to stay up.

 

Building a new team is the only way to change things here and that is what has been started. Four new players arrived and they will not be the only new faces around.

 

Still without a win

 

Since the start of season 19 of MSWL, SSG has not been able to pick up a win. One draw was counted during a AP Cup match, but all other matches were lost.

 

This type of starts in new leagues are not new to Marc de Kok. In both his SESL and SFLSL starts he always lost and drawn his first 10 to 15 games in charge before things got better. Therefore he is not worried about the start in MSWL, although he would be delighted if this time his start was better.

New players at SSG

 

So far, SSG has been able to get 6 new players in their squad. They replace some golden oldies like Toth and McMillan who retired this season. The new players are:

 

Brandon Maneleuna WG 0/5 from the draft

Carl Zeiss DM 0/0 for 150k

Rene Descartes FW 0/0 for 50k

Christiaan Huygens FW 0/0 for 50k

Reinier de Graaf DF 3/19 for 430k at auction 2

Antoni van Leeuwenhoek SW 2/14 for 14k at auction 2

 

First trade of the season for SSG

 

Today, SSG has traded in some much appreciated TP and 50k cash from BN for Roman Kukleta. He will help Rene further, because BN was lacking some firepower up front. He becomes their second striker in command and that is better than being a couch potato at SSG

 

About the players at SSG

 

Did you know that Antoni van Leeuwenhoek was the inventor of the microscope. If it was not for him, we would still be unaware of the tiny bacteria and virus cells surrounding us at planet earth.

© 2010, SSG Scientific Review

 

 
Phil McIntosh
Missouri Legal Beagles


 
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Saturday January 16th, 2010 - 04:06:07 AM GMT
C-Ball

Thanks, Al, for showing Mike the Coaches page. Next thing you know, someone will inform him about the PK attack feature.

 
Simon Compton
Barcelona FC


 
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Friday January 15th, 2010 - 05:44:20 PM GMT
Compo at #111

Well, like Mike i had forgotten about the coaches stats, thanks Al I will be keeping my eye on those from now on as we endeavour to improve our fortunes.

Off the subject of stats, I could really do with understanding however how I keep morphing between my good looking self!! and the bearded wonder, how and why is that happening and can someone stop it.
I am having nightmares about it now, Ahhhhhhh!

 
Mike Cabral
Providence Waterfires


 
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93 - 33 - 92 (0.502)
Friday January 15th, 2010 - 08:05:44 AM GMT
PRV Next to 25?

Al's COMPO comment got me looking at the Coaches stats, which I didn't know existed until now!

Turns out PRV is at 24 lifetime victories, so the next one will put us on the "Fastest to 25 List." If we can do it vs Rock(in) Robin on Sat, we will check in at 25 wins in 51 games. That would put us at #3 amongst active coaches, below only the illustrious pair of Al "Perpetual Rebuilding Season" Sellers and Rob "Slim Shadey" Peterson. Checking up below us would be some true MSWL titans (Alon, MarkC, SteveT, KMart) and a couple of old guys (DaveD, Robin).

Here's to 25...wins, not age, 25 was a long time ago for me, too.

 
Allan Sellers
Memphis Pharaohs


 
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460 - 172 - 261 (0.611)

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Thursday January 14th, 2010 - 11:03:15 PM GMT
COMPO at #111

At # 111 in the all time winningest coach list, can COMPO move up on Saturday?

 
Simon Compton
Barcelona FC


 
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172 - 130 - 240 (0.437)
Thursday January 14th, 2010 - 10:01:49 PM GMT
First win for BFC

Mighty Barcelona, well not just yet I will admit. However a first win of the season against Barnsley, both sides will have a difficult year and its probably fair to say that we will be fighting for the wooden spoon with them.
Still lets celebrate and take the plaudits where we can, BFC came out with the intention of getting something from this game and a 2-0 win was a fair reflection on the game.
The board are well pleased with the Youth policy taking shape and with some good quality players being brought through the ranks hopes for next year are rising all the time.

 
Mike Cabral
Providence Waterfires


 
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93 - 33 - 92 (0.502)
Thursday January 14th, 2010 - 03:27:59 PM GMT
WFs Surviving D1 Waters So Far

With two league matches in the can, Waterfire management and the C-Ball Ownership Consortium are happy with the start. We have a 1-1 draw vs the heavyweights at SCO and 2-1 victory over MLB and the Cats.

SCO is arguably the only serious challenger to the GS throne and recent AP Cup winner, so the draw there was unexpected for us. We were a whisker (not sure if it was Clyde's or Calvin's) from pulling out the victory, but surrendered the tying tally in the 84th minute. I believe it was 8 or 9 shots per side, so it was a fun one to watch, fans home happy on both sidelines.

The match with MLB saw the WFs sprint out to a 2-nil lead in the first 30 minutes, then hold on for dear life, 2-1. Manager C-Ball was docked $10K pay and four post-match beers for messing up the tactics and never getting us into STALL, but we survived anyway.

So, so far, so good. EL will be a issue all year for our T17-challenged bunch, but we will do our best. Next up is Robin's Rock squad. We last saw them celebrating a 1-0 PK victory over us in the MSWL Cup semis last year, so we are out for blood!

Mike/C-Ball

 
Willy Krosnyak
Montevideo Tricolores


 
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160 - 114 - 192 (0.466)
Thursday January 14th, 2010 - 03:05:22 PM GMT
Only up to go...

The Montevideo Tricolores lost their ability to score! It's been 4 games without a goal, of course that means we lost all 4 games...

Sad thing is that we do have a good stricker, on the last match he was not marked and yet he didn't get a shot!

We may have to start experimenting with other tactics... (after all we do not have such great wings to play E...)

The good news is that for the first time in 2010 the temperature climbed over freezing... :P

 
Kevin Martin
Kirksville Invertebrates


 
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246 - 100 - 131 (0.621)

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Tuesday January 12th, 2010 - 07:29:17 PM GMT
Doom and Gloom

Great. We started off the regular season with a home win over MLB. Of all the teams to get at home to start the season and pull a narrow win out over, it had to be The Godfather. Ah well. Best to get it out of the system early. At least now the Cats are in familiar territory at the top of the relegation/promotion playoff zone. They have slept soundly there for years so no worries in store for them yet.

More troubling is our next match. Having watched our offense slump recently and get stalled out by several so-so defensive teams, how can we possibly travel to Robin's turf and expect to get even one goal from the StallMaster? It would appear our only hope of success is for yet another huge day from Nematode in goal to steal a point for the draw on the road. With the Crazy Tomatoes looming this coming weekend, just escaping The Rock without anyone needing to be stretchered off will be a victory all in itself.

 
Phil McIntosh
Missouri Legal Beagles


 
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325 - 173 - 377 (0.470)

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Sunday January 10th, 2010 - 12:17:43 AM GMT
MLB

A disappointing start for Clyde & Calvin this season. KIN is a tough draw straight out of the gate, but we could have done better. Looks like another season of staving off automatic relegation to battle it out in the playoff...

Meow,

Clyde & Calvin

 
Phil McIntosh
Missouri Legal Beagles


 
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Monday January 4th, 2010 - 01:49:34 AM GMT
BOA

Someone please remind me of exactly how Ian wound up in Division II with this powerhouse team? Maybe Al was onto something with this BUA thing....

 
Mark Creasey
Scotland FC


 
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289 - 121 - 234 (0.543)
Sunday January 3rd, 2010 - 09:29:39 PM GMT
0/9 GK

Even more shocking was BOA getting the other auction 0/9 GK for less than half what Steve paid?

What better time for BOA to give this 0/9 GK his debut than match 10?

Or would that be even more shocking.

 
Steve Turner
Asteria Kromatos


 
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149 - 86 - 117 (0.545)
Saturday January 2nd, 2010 - 11:09:44 PM GMT
Shock sacking

Draftee Cor Caroli was sensationally sacked by Asteria Kromatos today as they signed Mim from the SFLSL league auction (Mim was a name I picked for Beleriand as he's a Tolkien character so I'll see if Commish will change it for me).

Even more shocking Was BOA getting the other 0/9 GK for less than half what I paid for mine.

 
Steve Turner
Asteria Kromatos


 
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Saturday January 2nd, 2010 - 10:41:40 PM GMT
AK journal?

We probably got further in the AP Cup than I expected. T11 and T17-wise we are pretty ordinary due to a few seasons of buying old high SL players to get promotion and then staying in Division One. I'm determined to build up a team they way I used to in SESL and hopefully hang on to Division One status for another season. Then we should be set for a long stay up there.

We have more cash than anyone in Division One so should be able to get a couple of decent players along with an apprentice or two. Our biggest problem is age - we are easily the oldest team in the league despite the next oldest having five age 7 players - so I have to address that problem as soon as possible.

 
Phil McIntosh
Missouri Legal Beagles


 
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Friday January 1st, 2010 - 06:20:39 PM GMT
From the Desk of the Commissioners

Meow.

And greetings to Mr. Martin.

Clyde & Calvin have reviewed your request to have the "feet" and "hands" of bugs classified for the purposes of soccer gameplay. We are more than happy to comply. The distinguishing feature for a foot, when something is afoot, is the presence of extra tissue or padding. For humans, you pinkie little bi-peds, you might find this around the ball of the foot. Not so much on the hand. Accordingly, things with pads tend to be "feet" rather than hands. Of course, those stickly little legs seem to be all hands...all six hands. Good luck this season.

Of course, this new ruling would seem to imply that cats have four feet...handy in goal.

This ruling was finalized last night at the New Year's Eve party at Kevin's house, at approximately the same time Kevin made a ruling that our good friend Dan McGurk earned a piece of pie during Trivial Pursuit (The Dreaded Book version---we had a librarian present and it was still impossible) for an answer that was clearly illegal. Francis Scott Key is not a device used to open the Library of Congress.

 
Kevin Martin
Kirksville Invertebrates


 
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Thursday December 31st, 2009 - 02:48:20 PM GMT
Ha ha. Phil rides the short bus.

But we knew that, having seen him riding around Kirksville on occasion with the whole team crammed into those little seats. We thought about giving him our old bus, but that would be like adding insult to (mental) injury unless we took the time to clean up all the carapaces and cocoons shed in the back storage compartment over the years. Not worth it. We'll settle for giving them some orange slices and safety suckers at half time like we've been doing for years. It feels so good to watch them smile like that...

Anyway, here at KIN we're looking forward to the regular season starting up. We're hopeful that the schedules will be posted sometime in the near future so we can figure out who our first victim will be. It may not be the first team we play, just the first one we have a chance of beating at home.
So far, that's our pattern through seven games. 3-0-0 at home. 0-1-3 on the road. That's .500 overall, which I'd take this year while we try to find some defenders. The extra match in the AP Cup allowed us to get the final seasoning minutes into Monarch, our rookie DF. With him having earned his wings now, we should be in better form as the season goes along. Caterpillars aren't exactly known for their speed or jumping ability. Having a flying defender, on the other hand, is very useful for knocking away pesky corner kicks. At issue though, is how many of the six legs count as "legs" and which ones count as "hands," if any. This decision is currently sitting on the desk of the Commish. We're hopeful that some extra catnip at the New Year's Eve party tonight will smooth over decisions in our favor when the final verdict is reached.

Best of luck to the teams still playing in the AP Cup! We'll be waiting and eager to pounce in match 11 should we get the chance to see you before your EL recovers. Nothing personal. Just survival of the fittest and all that when you're a bug. Getting stepped on a lot doesn't do much for developing an attitude of "goodwill toward all mankind" that we're supposed to have this time of year. Maybe it's time to start recruiting some spineless members of the animal kingdom who are a little more frightening than grasshoppers and butterflies...

 
Oli Sigurjonsson
Captain Iceland


 
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332 - 158 - 233 (0.568)

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Monday December 28th, 2009 - 10:39:52 AM GMT
CI advances in the AP cup

So after having been dumped out of the AP cup by GS on 3 occasions since our only trophy win in season 14 (the other loss was against SSG) we finally overstep that hurdle and gain another match in our quest to repeat the gigantic feat of winning it again. GS is a monster team so we played them to our full strength and managed to even the numbers out a little and gain enough power upfront to be competitive. The luck was on our side when their star GK got a knock and was subbed in the first half and we duly replied by getting a 3-0 lead and never looked back and now face BN in the quarter finals. Que sera sera is the chant in the Icelandic camp at the moment :D

 
Phil McIntosh
Missouri Legal Beagles


 
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Sunday December 27th, 2009 - 04:21:20 AM GMT
Duh...

Yes, Robin, I know the story. This explains why our team is so poor...our short bus doesn't stop ANYTHING! :-)

 
Robin Dewar
Ayers Rock


 
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339 - 150 - 234 (0.573)

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Sunday December 27th, 2009 - 01:51:58 AM GMT
BUS

If you do not understand the concept of the "BUS" tactics , then I explain.

This was developed by Manager/coach Dewar in a Scottish League against the inbred retards at Inverness. The Inverness manager was somewhat annoyed at the use of the "BUS" to block the goal.

For non UK readers, in the UK we have "Double Deckers" which manager Dewar used as a team bus to get to the game, and then parked it in front of their goal. For a "Double Decker" imagine 2 greyhound buses on top of each other ........get the picture:)

Great tactics , it tends to keep the score down :)

 
Phil McIntosh
Missouri Legal Beagles


 
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Sunday December 27th, 2009 - 01:24:34 AM GMT
Missouri

We can't afford a bus. We have sort of a van type thing.

 
Mark Creasey
Scotland FC


 
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Thursday December 24th, 2009 - 02:58:19 PM GMT
*spoiler* AP Cup

The AYR bus came out match 6, met the SCO bus, and there was no collision in the snow.
Little action on the pitch either but AYR at least managed 1 shot at goal. SCO nil.

The main objective of AP group play was to avoid the GS side of bracket! A 3 goal win for AYR in match 6 would have seen them top the group and avoid GS, so SCO delighted to have hung on and cling nicely to the left hand side bracket.

KIN up next. Will Kev go Early Cross or will he Long Ball? Or a mix of the two.

SCO defence is badly short-staffed. We look to the auction and talk of this "Steal of the Year" so far is the 14k for a 2/14 Sweeper. I'd happily have paid 15k to secure him! Even with 2 SW's already on the SCO books, this 2/14 SW would still get in my defence most matches.


Merry Christmas to everyone who celebrates it.

 
Steve Turner
Asteria Kromatos


 
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149 - 86 - 117 (0.545)
Wednesday December 23rd, 2009 - 11:21:37 PM GMT
*Spoiler* AP Cup

A word to the wise, John, it's AK, not AST. Please get it right :-)

That's worse than supposed football experts calling my other team Notts Forest.

Apart from that I agree with your table (oh, and it's KIN).

 
John Holden
Zaragoza Lions


 
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34 - 19 - 33 (0.506)
Wednesday December 23rd, 2009 - 10:24:17 PM GMT
*SPOILER* AP Cup Bracket

I think this is right, but don't assume it is.

Sweet 16Elite 8Final 4FinalFinal 4Elite 8Sweet 16
BOS vs
BBD
   BN vs
ES
MP vs
PRV
   GS vs
CI
  
ZAR vs
AST
  AYR vs
LPT
SCO vs
KI
 BOA vs
MT

The final third-place table:
B AST 9
C MVD 9
F CI 8
E BBD 7


A NYT 6
D BB 6

 
Kevin Martin
Kirksville Invertebrates


 
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Tuesday December 22nd, 2009 - 04:43:10 PM GMT
Take Heart, BOS Rob

Fortunately for Rob, the next auction isn't until January 3rd, 2010. That leaves Rob a minimum of two matches, possibly up to 4 if they win in the AP Cup round of 16 and quarterfinals, to gather some more revenue. There will likely be another round of possible press income before now and then as well, so please keep the blog chatter up around the holiday season!

Even so, there are some nice players up for auction this time around including a killer pair of 0/9 GKs that be great additions to almost any team. Bid wisely and perhaps someone can top the Steal of the Year so far, which is currently the 14k for a 2/14 Sweeper by SSG. There's another 2/14 Sw up for auction this time around. Can it go for 13k?

 
Rob Peterson
Boston Mythos


 
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Monday December 21st, 2009 - 06:08:47 PM GMT
Money Money Money

The gods may have infinite power and wisdom, but what they don't have is unlimited cash reserves. As such, we are grateful for the Participation Bonus bestowed upon us. The 18k bonus more than doubled the Mythos bank vault. The 31k that BOS has now surely will net a fine player in the upcoming auction.

 
John Holden
Zaragoza Lions


 
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Sunday December 20th, 2009 - 03:39:09 AM GMT
The mixed-up files of Group B

GROUP B
Asteria Win
Draw
Memphis Win
Bristol Win AST 12
BN 10
MP 7
GGD 6
BN 10
AST 10

MP 8
GGD 6
BN 10
MP 10

AST 9
GGD 6
Draw AST 12
BN 8
GGD 7
MP 7
AST 10
BN 8
MP 8

GGD 7
MP 10
AST 9
BN 8
GGD 7
Gauteng Win AST 12
GGD 9
BN 7
MP 7
AST 10
GGD 9
MP 8
BN 7
MP 10
AST 9
GGD 9

BN 7
Ties in the standings in italics
What can we make of this? Asteria are qualified as the fifth-place third-placed team right now (Pehuajo) cannot have more than 7 points, and as Asteria only finish third in one situation (loss and a Bristol win) the tomatoes have qualified.

Bristol needs a win or a draw. A win and dropped points by the Tomatoes will give them a shot at first place, and a win and Tomatoes draw will ensure them first place on goal differential - Memphis could theoretically pull off a huge win and overtake the 8-goal difference to take first, but a Nibblers win puts them in a good position.

What of a Nibblers loss or draw? Well, a Memphis win and a Nibblers draw drops the club down to 3rd, but sure to qualify for the next round - and if Memphis drops points the Nibblers qualify with a draw. A loss puts Bristol in turmoil; they'll still qualify on goal difference if Asteria beats Memphis, but any Memphis points combined with a Nibblers loss means that Gauteng will not only leap them but they'll be in 4th and out of the tournament on seven points.

Memphis needs points. With a low goal differential, if there are several teams on seven points the Pharaohs may not end up qualifying for the next round. A draw ensures them third place but good things happen with a win - namely, a won group, if Bristol drops points.

Gauteng are in the unenviable position of being in last with a low goal differential - they'll need to beat Asteria to ensure their qualification. With a win, they'll be on 9 points, good enough to be one of the final 16 teams. With a draw, the Dragons will be dependent on an Asteria win and some luck elsewhere in the bracket.

What are the group B prizes for finishing first, second or third as far as seeding goes?

The first place team will likely play Essex, though they could still play Boston... but the first-place team will set up a match with Gauteng Shooters in the "Elite 8".

Second place may be the true prize and will play Providence unless Montevideo Tricolores sneak points off the Shooters. A second round matchup with either Boston, Essex or a third-place finisher ensues as well in what may be the easiest side of the bracket.

The third-place finisher has the rough task of going up against either British Over Achievers or Zaragoza Lions - both top 5 in T11 and top 6 in T17.

Should be an interesting couple of games!

 
John Holden
Zaragoza Lions


 
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Saturday December 19th, 2009 - 10:40:03 PM GMT
AP Cup Charts -Spoiler-

Group A
THROUGH: Boston Mythos, Essex Supreme
Boston needs to lose at Pehuajo and Essex needs to beat the Trashtalkers to claim first place. Pehuajo could stay in the competition with a win.

Group B
THROUGH: Mathematically, nobody - but Asteria Kromatos are through because someone has to drop points in the Nibblers-Dragons game.
The fourth-placed team could have enough points to qualify for the playoffs but those aren't the rules. The Golden Dragons need a win, or a draw and a Kromatos win, to survive. The other teams can pick up points to secure qualification.

Group C
THROUGH: Gauteng Shooters (1)
Providence plays hapless Barcelona, which means the Tricolores may fall down to the third spot. However, the top three teams in this group are likely to advance.

Group D
THROUGH: Zaragoza Lions (1)
Zaragoza have conceded fewer goals than anyone in the tournament so far (pats self on back), but play a Barnsley team who know they can advance with a win, though likely in third place. Steven Allen just got his first MSWL win after 46 games, or so says the statistics. Liverpool should pick up at least a point against Stockholm which will ensure their qualification.

Group E
THROUGH: Scotland FC, Ayers Rock
Scotland FC and Ayers Rock face off in their last match; a three-goal Ayers victory will cede them top spot. The Bull-Dogs need a big win over Missouri in order to advance safely.

Group F
THROUGH: British Over Achievers (1)
Captain Iceland and Kirksville Invertebrates should both go through if they can just pick up points in their last match. Captain Iceland have the best shot to take second considering their goal differential and their favorable matchup.
Third Place Tables
BBristol Nibblers
Memphis Pharaohs
7
FCaptain Iceland
Kirksville Invertebrates
7
CProvidence Waterfires7
DBarnsley Brewers5
APehuajo Expos4
EBritish Bull-Dogs4

Three third-placed teams won't get worse than 7 points. For the three teams fighting for that last spot below them, this is good news - a big win in the final round and they have a shot to go through. New York Trashtalkers have a shot too if they can win and Barnsley, Pehuajo and the Bull-Dogs drop points. Barnsley should go through on eight points with a win over Zaragoza. Pehuajo will need a big win in order to overcome their poor goal differential.

This means Barcelona FC, Stockholm Science Geeks, Missouri Legal Beagles and the Hollywood All-Stars are the first four teams out of contention, considering New York and the Golden Shooters still have a mathematical chance of grabbing one of the coveted third spots.

Potential Brackets
Sweet 16Elite 8Final 4FinalFinal 4Elite 8Sweet 16
BOS/ES vs
MT/PRV/BB/LPT/BBD
   B-1 vs
BOS/ES
B-2 vs
MT/PRV
   GS vs
CI/KIN
  
ZAR vs
PEJ/NYT/B-3/MT/PRV
  SCO/AYR vs
LPT/BB
SCO/AYR vs
CI/KIN
 BOA vs
B-3/MT/PRV/LPT/BBD

 
Steve Turner
Asteria Kromatos


 
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Saturday December 19th, 2009 - 05:44:18 PM GMT
AP Cup

It's all to play for in Group B with all four teams with two wins and two losses. We are the in-form team with consecutive wins after a disastrous start to the season, but we play Peter's Dragons and one thing Peter loves to do is beat me (actually the same could be said of René and Al). I'm not sure I'll see GGD playing all aggressive despite the loose referee, but that's due to some inside information.

I can see this finishing up as a 4-way tie on 9 points which could, in theory, see the bottom two teams eliminated.

 
Kevin Martin
Kirksville Invertebrates


 
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Saturday December 19th, 2009 - 01:45:13 AM GMT
We can't compete

Simon's pic on these pages is just too much. We won't even submit our own humble image and will leave up Fran's for the near future until our manager's fragile ego can handle the second-rate status that he will undoubtedly deserve.

And yet we were also referring to the AP Cup. The clash this weekend will clearly mark out that KIN has fallen from the list of contenders. I fear that Oli will undo us with a draw or win and clinch promotion. That would leave us out in the cold for the first time in many, many seasons. For those who have been curious, how long it takes from being the Champ to not even making the elimination rounds has now been answered. Two seasons. Angry buzzing abounds as the Bugs have to now turn their focus to the very real threat of possible relegation this year. Mayhaps we can only hope to finish ahead of the Pharaohs, who we are told are in a rebuilding year and might be vulnerable to drop this season...

 
Steven Allan
Barnsley Brewers


 
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Friday December 18th, 2009 - 01:28:37 PM GMT
the wooden spoon race

Here at the brewers we will fight you the whole way to finish bottom of the league. Worst 2 teams in T11 and T17. I think we have the edge though and having 2 of our best players as sweepers (anyone want one?) does not help. Let the race begin!!!

 
Simon Compton
Barcelona FC


 
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172 - 130 - 240 (0.437)
Thursday December 17th, 2009 - 10:57:56 PM GMT
BFC Div Two wooden spoon

Yes get down the bookies and get rich predict BFC to be 12th and i am sure you will not be far away, a season of development is afoot and defeat after defeat is expected. Good luck and a happy christmas to all.

 
Steve Turner
Asteria Kromatos


 
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149 - 86 - 117 (0.545)
Wednesday December 16th, 2009 - 10:01:42 PM GMT
Busy Days

I managed to finalise my orders as the clock read 0 hours and 0 minutes to the deadline. Of course I didn't expect to leave it this late but last night I went to my daughters and spent the night there and tonight have had to go back there again to fix a broken storage heater that someone managed to pull off the wall. I got in here at 22:50 and hurriedly loaded match 1 orders then edited them for EL.

 
Rob Peterson
Boston Mythos


 
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170 - 80 - 177 (0.492)
Wednesday December 16th, 2009 - 02:47:02 AM GMT
Gods fear no man, or dog

I've already penciled in T-11 for both our matches this season Dave. BRING IT! ;-)

 
Dave Dowson
British Bull-Dogs


 
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76 - 70 - 214 (0.308)
Tuesday December 15th, 2009 - 10:30:51 PM GMT
Red Rag to a Bull (Dog)

Now if my players needed any motivation at all,
then my old friend Rob 'Shadey' Peterson just supplied it in Bucket Loads.
Rob Peterson Boston Mythos
Sunday December 6th, 2009 - 02:55:25 AM GMT
Very Early D2 predictions:
1. BOA
2. BOS
3. BN
4. HAS
5. MT
6. BBD
Thanks Shadey that did more than I could ever do to motivate the'DOGS'

 
Phil McIntosh
Missouri Legal Beagles


 
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325 - 173 - 377 (0.470)

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Monday December 14th, 2009 - 01:57:36 AM GMT
MLB

Dang. Dave got us again...

Meow,

Clyde & Calvin

 
Mark de Kok
Stockholm Science Geeks


 
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337 - 177 - 336 (0.501)

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1 Alan Parr Cup Titles
Sunday December 13th, 2009 - 07:13:36 PM GMT
SSG

Having taken over SSG at the start of the season, it became clear that I needed to work at the age level of the team. With a few signings of apprentices and some to be signed shortly, the club will start to transform. The transformation process will be a long one. The club now is a bit unbalanced but within a season or two the club can be back in quite a good shape. Most older players are of a good and decent level, but will lose SL quickly. That could work against us, but specially during the first half of the season we should benefit from it.

Back to reality of MSWL, we are still looking for our first win in MSWL. Two losses and one draw are our records for now. But hey, it the pre-season for us. The real season starts with league play. Go Geeks Go.

 
Phil McIntosh
Missouri Legal Beagles


 
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Saturday December 12th, 2009 - 08:38:24 PM GMT
MLB

Big match today for the bottom of our group. It's a war for the ages (or aged) in MLB versus BBD. Beagles versus Bulldogs. Phil versus Dave. Clean shaven versus bearded. We honestly don't expect great results today, if for no other reason than we haven't seen any great results out of our first two matches of this Cup. But, Dave probably does have the better team here, just as he had the better team in the promotion/relegation playoffs earlier this fall. Somehow we managed to pull off the upset then, but I don't anticipate the repeat this afternoon.

Still relishing our auction splurge last week, though. Nobody but noooooo-body needs a 0 10 FW like we need a 0 10 FW!

Meow,

Clyde & Calvin

 
Rob Peterson
Boston Mythos


 
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Saturday December 12th, 2009 - 04:48:39 PM GMT
Clear path in Group A

2 games down in the AP Cup and things are looking good for the Mythos. Game 1 victory against the Slapheads, erm, Supreme. A 2-0 clean sheet, the first of hopefully many similar score-lines for BOS this season. NYT defeated PEX to put 2 teams @ 3 points, and 2 teams at 0 points. In the second match of the season, the top teams and bottom teams both squared off. Knowing that the group was going to come down to NYT-BOS, the Mythos put a very heavy lineup out against the Trashtalkers. This gambit really paid off with a 5-3 victory over New York. This victory was compounded by the draw between ES and PEX.

BOS now stands at 6 points, with NYT @ 3, and PEX/ES @ 1. The Mythos control their own destiny at this point. With 4 games left in group play, if BOS draws in all games, the best that NYT can do is to tie for the Group lead @ 10 points. One more victory, and the Mythos should be able to rest for the rest of the group stage.

Up today, is the so-far NMR squad of PEX. Mike Hernandez has yet to show up for a match. This actually goes against what BOS is looking to accomplish as there is no way to plan for an NMR squad... do the Mythos rest key players? Do they play young apprentice GK Pandora? How much aggression should be expended? How much team SL should be spent versus saving EL. Hopefully the right decisions were made - we shall find out in a couple hours.

 
Phil McIntosh
Missouri Legal Beagles


 
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325 - 173 - 377 (0.470)

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Thursday December 10th, 2009 - 09:52:02 PM GMT
Sneaky Robin

Robin sneaked out a win against MLB in our recent match.

Further the cats sayeth not.

 
Steve Turner
Asteria Kromatos


 
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Thursday December 10th, 2009 - 08:22:04 PM GMT
We love you Olmec

in your dreams. OK the Dragons came out pretty much all aggressive (homer ref so we couldn't afford that) but we did get 4 shots and only 1 on target. Kent didn't get a shot. He did against the Nibbers but both were saved. Third time lucky maybe against Memphis, who we have a good record against, and we have a homer ref but, unfortunately, he's strict so a bit risky. And the team is getting tired as 2 x T11 has played, and failed.

We need more luck.

 
Phil McIntosh
Missouri Legal Beagles


 
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325 - 173 - 377 (0.470)

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Monday December 7th, 2009 - 03:29:08 AM GMT
MLB

Clyde & Calvin welcome 0/10 FW Kevin Shellhamer to the team. A rich purchase at 1101k, but nobody needed a 0/10 FW more than ours. Nobody. Noooooo-body.

What's up with the ref's hatin' on the cats this season? Three yellows and a red in our opening match versus SCO, with a "loose" ref. No cards for SCO, though. We'll have to talk to the commissioner about this...oh...erm...uh...hmmm.

Clyde & Calvin

 
Rob Peterson
Boston Mythos


 
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170 - 80 - 177 (0.492)
Sunday December 6th, 2009 - 02:55:25 AM GMT
S19 Expectations

The Mythos missed out on D1 promotion due to a number of mistakes on the manager's part. We hope to avoid any such mistakes this season and will aiming to win the division. In addition to that, the Mythos are aiming to "compete" in both Cups.

In the 2nd Division, the Mythos appear to stack up well with the competition. The team boasts the 2nd best T11 @ 21.1, though we're a significant distance from T11 leaders BOA (23.2). BOA and BOS also rank #1/#2 in T11, though the Mythos are a lot closer in this category (18.5 vs 18.1), which means Boston's depth could allow them to pick up more points than the Over Achievers when the team stars are resting. Age-wise, the Mythos find themselves in the middle of the division - a pretty good place to be actually. Some older players that will suffer from MSA, but the majority of the stars younger, which will bode well for the late season surge.

BOA is clearly the team to beat in D2. Top T11, T17, bank balance and morale, which should not be underrated (0.688 + 0.30 bonus). If they don't win the division, Ian should try another profession (perhaps selling speakers from the back of a van?). There are a number of teams that are grouped together in T11, led by BOS. These teams include BN, HAS, PEX, GGD, and ES. A number of those teams drop off in T11, with BN and ES hanging around.

Very Early D2 predictions:

  1. BOA
  2. BOS
  3. BN
  4. HAS
  5. MT
  6. BBD
  7. ES
  8. PEX
  9. GGD
  10. BFC
  11. LPT
  12. BB

 
Steve Turner
Asteria Kromatos


 
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149 - 86 - 117 (0.545)
Saturday December 5th, 2009 - 08:59:41 PM GMT
New Season

Last season I kind of just went through the motions. In fact the past year I've not really been into Olmec as much I used to be, having quit SESL and ODFL. This season proves to be a challenge for the Stars as I go back to my tried and trusted method of building a team with age 0 players. Previously I've been trading resources for high SL high age players and this got me into Division One a couple of seasons ago and got me to the MSWL Cup final and 1st Division safety last season.

This season we have an average side with a couple of star players but I'm not going to panic buy. Cor Caroli may or may not get TP this season, it depends who I get from the auctions - I have 2-3000k to spend there so the aim is a couple of age 0 and a few TP. First Division survival is a must and one thing I like about MSWL is you can't use the cups to rest players - and vice versa.

It's going to take a season or three but I am aiming for AK to challenge GS. Could be difficult with all that cash they have.

 
Willy Krosnyak
Montevideo Tricolores


 
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160 - 114 - 192 (0.466)
Saturday December 5th, 2009 - 02:54:42 PM GMT
New season, new hopes...

That's why I decided to say something before any match is played... :)

As usual our incredible managerial skills (incredible because it is hard to believe that somebody can mess it all up so bad and keep the job...) places us in the bottom 3 in money and we don't have that much resources either.

We are also in the bottom 3 for top-11 but amazingly we are 17th in top-17. We are pretty high in age but that is only because we retire all the old f**ts...

The good thing is that we look to be in 2nd place in the table right now. We'll try to enjoy it while it lasts... ;)

History tells that on our second season in MSWL we managed to end 5th in the Alan Parr Cup. Looking at our group it'd be quite an achievement to do that again...

 
Robin Dewar
Ayers Rock


 
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339 - 150 - 234 (0.573)

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1 Alan Parr Cup Titles
1 MSWL Cup Titles
Saturday December 5th, 2009 - 01:56:12 AM GMT
Metamor...whatsits........

Trust KM to come up with a big word wat nobody understands.

The new "Press Man" has swallowed a dictshonary and is now trying to impress....stick to "Homer" speak..we can all understand that ........DOH

Yet another spider in the KIN squad ....you certainly know how to scare ME !

When you come down under I will make sure you get some visitors in your bedroom, Red Backs, & Funnel Webs ...se how you deal with them :)

 
Kevin Martin
Kirksville Invertebrates


 
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246 - 100 - 131 (0.621)

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2 Alan Parr Cup Titles
Tuesday December 1st, 2009 - 03:30:32 PM GMT
Metamorphosis

The Bugs are back!

Well, actually the Bugs never left. Just their Queen Bee... er, King Bee? After a brief hiatus, and a cameo appearance with ZAR last season following the departure of Mr. Given, the Bug Lord has returned. Hopefully to triumph! Though that road appears steep indeed at this point.

While only away for two seasons, it appears that the multiple NMRs the team suffered have taken their toll on the top lines. I'm also not sure what plan was in place for team development as no clear direction is obvious. Three managers in two seasons will do that to a squad, I guess.
So the first order of business is to figure out what this bunch can do well. Early Cross used to be our preferred tactic, and I like to think that KIN was a key point in the arguments of those who petitioned to slash the Winger multiplier as our front four were very fun to trot out in past years. Even if the stats hadn't been gutted though, it appears that this team can no longer muster a good front line. We only have one good WG, and he's age 4 and will be fading quickly. There will be little hope of sustaining a powerful early cross line past mid-season as the backup will drop to single digits and won't be worth playing against the top teams.

With only three midfielders on the roster (two and an MA to be exact), Normal doesn't look appealing either. With an MA, UT, FW, and one WG, should we try to shift back to Longball? It would appear that we have little choice in the matter until the team takes a new form.

We're also woefully weak at DF when compared to the top forward lines in the first division. Longball/Early Cross teams should have the CP to build up at least 2-3 solid defenders (SL 25-30). Where ours went is a mystery. Looks like we'll be scavenging the auction ranks all season looking for some bargain buys to carry us past the horror that will be mid-season aging.

So it is time to shed another outer layer of carapice unveil some fresh colors! The first glaring need at GK is already being resolved, as we snagged the last decent GK apprentice in the pre-season draft despite picking 23rd. While we always take our lumps with a rookie in goal, GK had to be addressed before the current aging goalie fades into backup status. With that out of the way, we can look to build up at MF and DF now.

Plans for this season? Survive. Last year's 2nd place finish was built on the backs of players who can no longer sustain SL 30+ levels due to aging. The younger players (age 1 & 2) just aren't there yet to carry the load. We'll be pushing to get a lot of points early in the season, and will likely risk injury through EL depletion to get there. After aging hits, the Bugs may hibernate until the Spring. We are already expecting a poor MSWL Cup showing, so we'll have to shoot for AP Cup glory if we want any morale bonus going into next year. The schedule makers have done us no favors though, as we have a brutal grouping in the Cup with former champs and current strong teams all around. And we open with three straight matches on the road. By the time we can play in the buzzing confines of The Hive, the group may already be decided. I've never saved up EL for the season start before, electing to play for the win every time and being rewarded twice in past years. Could this be the season where discretion rears its ugly head? Olmec forbid, though we'll need an early road upset to avoid having the serious discussion.

Now if we could just find a decent picture of the man in charge we'd be ready to start the season. As much as I like Fran, its time to let that tribute to prior management fade away with last season.

The buzz is growing. The Swarm will be back soon...

 
Oli Sigurjonsson
Captain Iceland


 
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332 - 158 - 233 (0.568)

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1 Alan Parr Cup Titles
Monday November 30th, 2009 - 06:30:58 PM GMT
New trainee welcomed to CI

Well I had to choose a name for my new trainee and I decided to name him after my assistant coach that died tragically last wednesday. He was only 18 years old but died during his football practise at my local club. A fitting tribute (I think) to be named in my hall of famers and he will play in his favorite number #9 shirt.

 
Phil McIntosh
Missouri Legal Beagles


 
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325 - 173 - 377 (0.470)

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Monday November 30th, 2009 - 05:38:14 AM GMT
MLB Draft

MLB welcomes young apprentice midfielder Doug Shull to the Legal Beagle roster. This player was the only pure midfielder available in this years crop, and he promises to be a cornerstone of the Ball Control game plan that MLB has become famous for. There is still a glaring need at the striker spot for MLB, but there were simply no true offensive options left when it came time for our pick. We'll keep our eyes open for the auctions, though. For the first time in quite some time, we are opening the season with some resources.

Meow,

Clyde & Calvin

 
Phil McIntosh
Missouri Legal Beagles


 
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Wednesday November 25th, 2009 - 07:14:46 PM GMT
MLB

Clyde & Calvin are really excited about picking up a turkey at the grocery store, but they are hoping to NOT pick up a turkey at the Pre-Season draft this weekend.

...maybe pick up some tuna and milk, but NO TURKEYS in the draft.

Meow,

Clyde & Calvin

 
Phil McIntosh
Missouri Legal Beagles


 
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325 - 173 - 377 (0.470)

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Tuesday November 17th, 2009 - 08:11:37 PM GMT
MLB

MLB Division I hopes rest upon PRV's success....

 
Mike Cabral
Providence Waterfires


 
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93 - 33 - 92 (0.502)
Tuesday November 17th, 2009 - 06:01:00 AM GMT
PRV Celebrations Over, On to BN

The celebratory whiskey has all been drunk, and safe to say, PRV is not a squad to rest on its laurels. We will give BN all they can handle and then some. The only thing better than getting promoted is coming through those promo playoffs undefeated.

We expect some humbling in S19 in D1, so we will see this match as a last stand before going up with the big boys. Give Kev's excellent scenario post a good read, then move forward on the assumption of a PRV W. No disrespect to Rene, we expect a killer match and intend to fight like heck for a final S18 win. Game on!

 
Phil McIntosh
Missouri Legal Beagles


 
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325 - 173 - 377 (0.470)

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1 League Titles
Sunday November 15th, 2009 - 10:14:33 PM GMT

 
Phil McIntosh
Missouri Legal Beagles


 
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325 - 173 - 377 (0.470)

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Sunday November 15th, 2009 - 10:05:21 PM GMT
PRV vs. BN

Is there any doubt as to whether C-Ball will take care of business against Rene's Nibbers?

 
Phil McIntosh
Missouri Legal Beagles


 
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325 - 173 - 377 (0.470)

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Sunday November 15th, 2009 - 01:05:35 AM GMT
Photo...

No, Kevin, that would be called a "photo oops."

 
Kevin Martin
Kirksville Invertebrates


 
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246 - 100 - 131 (0.621)

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2 Alan Parr Cup Titles
Saturday November 14th, 2009 - 04:28:27 AM GMT
Photo Ops

Looks like we'll be needing to send in a new photo as well. I hear they take great photots down at the county jail. I wonder if they'd e-mail me one in a .jpg format if I asked nicely. Have to find the toughest looking chap from the cell block so I can pull the whole Robin Dewar trick - use the ugliest, meanest head shot you can find so everyone is scared to cross you in case they ever meet in person!

We'll get around to previewing the latest metamorphesis of The Bugs after the aging mark and maybe the pre-season draft. Not much sense in hyping up a team that is going to be cut to pieces in a week...

 
Phil McIntosh
Missouri Legal Beagles


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
325 - 173 - 377 (0.470)

Team Trophy Case
1 League Titles
Tuesday November 10th, 2009 - 01:03:50 AM GMT
Photos

Any manager dissatisfied with their looks may simply send another photo to the commish to replace their current one. And, Simon, we've seen your current photo, so you may want to consider the "Graham" look...

Meow,

Clyde & Calvin

 
Simon Compton
Barcelona FC


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
172 - 130 - 240 (0.437)
Monday November 9th, 2009 - 06:54:38 PM GMT
Hey Phil I have appear to have grown a beard overnight

Compton's children are looking on in horror this evening as they see a man in disguise, please change the photo when its feasably possible!!!

 
Simon Compton
Barcelona FC


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
172 - 130 - 240 (0.437)
Monday November 9th, 2009 - 06:53:06 PM GMT
New Manager Installed at Barcelona

New Barcelona boss Compton stated he was looking forward to what appears to be another mighty challenge of rebuilding. There is some good youth within the squad who do not appear to have been coached to the best potential, but hope nonetheless, some exprienced players may make way for further youth as Compton indicates a time of patience is required at Barcelona. The wonder is whether the board will tolerate the wait, in need of some silverware at this once great club time is possibly something that the board will not give him, only time will tell? Its good to be aboard though and lets see where the ride takes us states Compton in his first press interview.

 
Phil McIntosh
Missouri Legal Beagles


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
325 - 173 - 377 (0.470)

Team Trophy Case
1 League Titles
Sunday November 8th, 2009 - 06:22:07 PM GMT
MLB

Two matches down in the MLB Invitational Promotion/Relegation Playoffs, and we've garnered a single point. Any more of this and we're just going to drink the milk, break out the catnip, and just be done with the thing!

 
Phil McIntosh
Missouri Legal Beagles


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
325 - 173 - 377 (0.470)

Team Trophy Case
1 League Titles
Wednesday November 4th, 2009 - 10:17:00 PM GMT
Spoiler

A draw? The catnip is on hold. The milk goes back in the fridge. The cats curl up for a nap before focusing wholeheartedly on Saturday's match.

 
Phil McIntosh
Missouri Legal Beagles


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
325 - 173 - 377 (0.470)

Team Trophy Case
1 League Titles
Tuesday November 3rd, 2009 - 09:25:46 PM GMT
Clyde & Calvin

Meow. And welcome to the next season after last season in MSWL. The cats are poised to defend their spot in the top division. Claws are sharpened. Catnip is prepared. A warm bowl of milk awaits the victors.

Meow,

Clyde & Calvin
Fear the Paw

 
Phil McIntosh
Missouri Legal Beagles


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
325 - 173 - 377 (0.470)

Team Trophy Case
1 League Titles
Friday September 11th, 2009 - 07:24:15 PM GMT
MLB

Season 19 will begin shortly with the Missouri Legal Beagle Invitational Tournament, otherwise known as the Promotion/Relegation playoffs. For those of us in Division I for Season 18 (MLB, BBD, and BN), it's more about "relegation" and survival than "promotion." With Scotland already punching their ticket, and BOA succumbing to the inevitable, there's some hungry cats looking for an opportunity to move up. Clyde & Calvin will need to spend some time getting reacquainted with their team...can't seem to remember any names right off the top of the fur.

Meow,

Clyde & Calvin

 
Phil McIntosh
Missouri Legal Beagles


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
325 - 173 - 377 (0.470)

Team Trophy Case
1 League Titles
Saturday April 18th, 2009 - 09:09:10 AM GMT
MLB

Ah, MLB ends the season with more of a whimper than a bang. Ian gets the best of us again. Perhaps NMR would have served us well as it worked for NYT. Again, thanks to all for a wonderful season.....

Meow,

Clyde & Calvin

 
Jay Patrick Wilkins
New York Trashtalkers


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
286 - 219 - 333 (0.472)
Sunday April 12th, 2009 - 08:21:06 PM GMT
NYT Went NMR...and won

Sorry about that. Also, it points out my inadequacies as a manager that Olmec won rather than me. I do see it just played my Top 11 without much regard for post-match EL.

 
David Blair
Stockholm Science Geeks


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
337 - 177 - 336 (0.501)

Team Trophy Case
1 Alan Parr Cup Titles
Sunday April 12th, 2009 - 07:46:25 AM GMT
SSG Press

Well we wrapped up our expected 9th place in the MSWL Cup and won our 5th and 6th MVP on the way, but overall SSG could not consider it a good season.

We flattered to deceive in the Alan Parr Cup - sailing through the section but went out to ZAR when it mattered - in the 1st round of the KO stages. The league also started okay but too many draws cost us position and we finished mid table - never looking like relegation nor championship material.

Then the MSWL Cup came along and we finished top after initially sharing the first 2 positions with SCO, but again lost out in our first KO match. That left 9th as the highest we could achieve - this we duly did with a run of 5 wins and a draw and the aforementioned 2 MVPs

Record for the season was: 20 wins 14 draws and 9 losses

Have a good summer, everybody!

 
Oli Sigurjonsson
Captain Iceland


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
332 - 158 - 233 (0.568)

Team Trophy Case
1 Alan Parr Cup Titles
Saturday April 11th, 2009 - 11:58:31 PM GMT
CI season

We have had a great season. It started nicely when we got the final of the Alan Parr Cup and with a little more luck or better management we could have landed the trophy, but we let in 2 goals and the trophy went to Gauteng. However it was our second final in a row as we lost to BOA in the MSWL cup the previous season, so we were quite happy with our run of results.

The League season went so nicelt for us. We played our best season ever, only losing 4 games all season long, coming close on many occasions to get some more out of matches, but also being lucky in many matches as well. This league season will be remembered fondly in the CI fans hearts for years to come.

The MSWL cup went quite well also. We had no trouble in the group play but we had to meet BOA in the sweet 16 and it was great to revenge the loss from the previous year and get to the final 8. We had the misfortune to NMR there and Providence used that against us and dumped us out convincingly. So we strolled along and finished 7th after a nice fight against Al in the final games.

The tally was 21 wins, 13 draws and 12 losses in the whole season. I dont recall such a showing from us when playing in the top division before. This season has been declared as a succesful one.

 
Phil McIntosh
Missouri Legal Beagles


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
325 - 173 - 377 (0.470)

Team Trophy Case
1 League Titles
Thursday April 9th, 2009 - 04:27:21 AM GMT
Jay Patrick Wilkin$

I think I can see the "non-profit" part of your team's equation....

 
Willy Krosnyak
Montevideo Tricolores


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
160 - 114 - 192 (0.466)
Tuesday April 7th, 2009 - 09:51:27 PM GMT
...

...Trash talking for a good cause...???

Sounds fishy to me... like a Ponzi scheme... ;)

 
Jay Patrick Wilkins
New York Trashtalkers


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
286 - 219 - 333 (0.472)
Tuesday April 7th, 2009 - 02:48:45 AM GMT
NYT...not an LLC

Just taking Phil's advice and confirming that we are not thusly incorporated.
I like to imagine us, rather, as something like a non-profit organization.
Jay
NYT

 
Phil McIntosh
Missouri Legal Beagles


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
325 - 173 - 377 (0.470)

Team Trophy Case
1 League Titles
Wednesday April 1st, 2009 - 09:06:26 PM GMT
...

...don't forget about the weeping to go along with the gnashing of teeth, Kevin!

 
Kevin Martin
Zaragoza Lions


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
34 - 19 - 33 (0.506)
Tuesday March 31st, 2009 - 08:20:24 PM GMT
Putting the wraps on the season

Two games to go against Peter Babcock and the Dragons. All that's left is to play out the hand we're dealt and try not to get blown out or have someone lose an SL due to tragic broken leg-style injury. With all the coaching and training completed for the year, and two matches worth of income to collect regardless of w-d-l results, we here at ZAR are quite content with our status for next season.

While we have much to do in terms of further this team out, we are optimistic for our odds of getting a decent apprentice in the draft (despite picking 3rd to last) and picking up another FW or MF early in the auctions. We might have to overpay to get our player quickly, however I'd rather do that then risk missing out entirely and having to train up a 0/0 player who will take two full seasons before being productive in the 1st Division.

So with all that being said, the best drama left for this season appears to be in the AK-AYR clash for the Cup, the much-hyped BBD-BOS battle for the Shield, and the ultimate pressure matches of the Annual Philip J. McIntosh Promotion-Relegation Playoffs. This year looks to be among the most competitive ever between the divisions with the games' namesake headlining those teams in the hunt to be on the list of teams that GS, AK, AYR, and SCO are going to beat up continuously next season. There is likely going to be enough action and gnashing of teeth in those five sessions to carry us through the summer baseball season and back into fall when the MSWL season kicks off again.

Until then, we'll have to settle for letting the cats onto the field for one more series. I wonder what roasted Dragon tastes like anyway...

 
Phil McIntosh
Missouri Legal Beagles


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
325 - 173 - 377 (0.470)

Team Trophy Case
1 League Titles
Sunday March 29th, 2009 - 10:36:00 PM GMT
Legal

Uh, Jay, not to be offering unsolicited legal advice, but I would be very careful about using the phrase "limited liability" and "NYT" in the same sentence. They just don't go together....

 
Phil McIntosh
Missouri Legal Beagles


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
325 - 173 - 377 (0.470)

Team Trophy Case
1 League Titles
Sunday March 29th, 2009 - 10:32:10 PM GMT
Press Commentary

Clyde & Calvin are pleased to announce some upgrades at the press headwaters of MSWL. After about a year of fiddling around with a cheap Acer laptop (if you ever have the opportunity to purchase an Acer at Wal-Mart for the low, low price of $398, please, please, for the love of all that is good and holy learn from our mistake and think twice! We had nothing but trouble from day one, and some of that was evidenced by our fumbles and bumbles in the press department. The cursor seemed to have a mind of its own, which in turn created the added problem of "multiple cursers" (#$&^&#!!!). Finally, the whole process began to degrade to the point that the frustration level was worth the short term cost of the switch. Ah, Dell......

As Phil left for the store, Mary admonished him, "Don't come home without a Dell."

Meow,

Clyde & Calvin

 
Jay Patrick Wilkins
New York Trashtalkers


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
286 - 219 - 333 (0.472)
Sunday March 29th, 2009 - 04:56:31 AM GMT
NYT Neuters Slobbering Old Bulldogs

Old Man Dowson's pack got destroyed by the surgical precision of Team NYT's full-SL offense. He'll try to run some story about resting for the next round or whatever, but I'm here to call him out. He took a dive outta fear of an all-out Trashtalker assault.
I tell you fools all the time: Beware a Top-11 NYT with nothing to lose!
James Patrick Montgomery Aloysius MacManus Wilkins, Esq.
CEO/CFO/COO/UFO/GM/DPP/HC
The New York Trashtalkers, a limited-liability corporation (LLC)

 
Phil McIntosh
Missouri Legal Beagles


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
325 - 173 - 377 (0.470)

Team Trophy Case
1 League Titles
Saturday March 28th, 2009 - 04:32:50 AM GMT
AK-SCO

No doubt the two of you will have the opportunity to build quite a history over the next several seasons....

Meow,

Clyde & Calvin

 
Steve Turner
Asteria Kromatos


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
149 - 86 - 117 (0.545)
Friday March 27th, 2009 - 11:27:53 PM GMT
Scotland vs Asteria Kromatos

I noticed that Scotland are 2-1-0 against us and, as the draw was on Wednesday, I was curious as to when we lost those 2 games. Turns out it was in Season 15, my first full season. MSWL was all very new to me and I didn't win a single auction. We did OK that season, finishing 8th in the MSWL Cup, and I think I took a blow-out against KIN to give me a chance in the Sweet 16. Obviously that paid off.

Meanwhile Scotland were quite easy winners of Division 2.

And that's why we never met again, Scotland managed to hang on to Division 1 status in season 16, but came bottom in season 17 as we topped Division 2. When you look at the fact that Scotland have the 2nd best T11 in the whole league, you might wonder how they got relegated easily, only to jump straight back just as easily. And then you see four top age 1 players, including a GK and you realise that season 17 really was a rebuilding season.

 
Phil McIntosh
Missouri Legal Beagles


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
325 - 173 - 377 (0.470)

Team Trophy Case
1 League Titles
Thursday March 26th, 2009 - 06:02:34 PM GMT
MLB

Not sure what place we're vying for at this point, but we can't be too discouraged by the 3-0 result in the first leg versus Peter Gordon's GGD team. We were somewhat surprised, though by the flurry of card activity in the match, and a red card and a serious injury to boot. All this over...what kitchen item are we playing for...the butter knife?...the batter beater?...the rolling pin?...Oh, that little rubber thingy that opens the pickle jar!

Meow,

Clyde & Calvin

 
Kevin Martin
Zaragoza Lions


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
34 - 19 - 33 (0.506)
Wednesday March 25th, 2009 - 08:39:20 PM GMT
SCO & PRV join 2nd Division History

Whilst C-Ball and the Waterfires rejoice in their befuddlement at their current standing, I am glad to see the 2nd Division returning for the second straight year to their form of late season upsets after taking a few years off. Since the creation of the MSWL Cup in Season 5, the 2nd Division has more often than not had a team fight its way through skill or luck (and usually a combination of both) to the Semifinals. Three times in prior seasons we have seen a 2nd Division team make the final, though no upstart has yet to capture the final prize. Prior season's honor roll include:

Season 5 - Inter Monaro, JP Donda manager, 4th place
Season 6 - British Over-Achievers, Ian Lindsay manager, 3rd place
Season 7 - New England Whirlwind, Athol Kay manager, 3rd place, &
Season 7 - Midway Monsters, Dave Hunsaker manager, 4th place
Season 8 - Ayers Rock, Robin Dewar manager, 4th place
Season 9 - Santa Cruz FC, Douglas Pires manager, 4th place
Season 10 - none (highest 2nd Div finisher Scotland FC, Mark Creasey manager, 7th place)
Season 11 - Santa Cruz FC, Douglas Pires manager, 2nd place
Season 12 - Ayers Rock, Robin Dewar manager, 2nd place, &
Season 12 - Missouri Legal Beagles, Phil McIntosh manager, 3rd place
Season 13 - Kirksville Invertebrates, Kevin Martin manager, 2nd place
Season 14 - none (high finisher was Reakland Chimaeras, Rob Boeck manager, 6th place)
Season 15 - none (high finisher was Asteria Kromatos, Steve Turner manager, 8th place)
Season 16 - none (high finisher was Asteria Kromatos, Steve Turner manager, 5th place)
Season 17 - Zaragoza Lions, Tim Given manager, 3rd place, &
Season 17 - Asteria Kromatos, Steven Turner manager, 4th place

So this season it is good to see the 2nd Division keeping up last season's form after a three-season absence from the top four spots. Looking forward to the opening legs tonight to see if a 2nd Div team can finally capture the Cup, or if Robin and Steve can muster four more matches from their tired lines and hold out for glory.

As for ZAR, we're just trying to get in lines and get the bank up a little more for next season. Not much else to play for but pride, though playing Ian tough on general principle is usually good to get the team's spirits up! We still remember our bitter last-second defeat at the hands of the Englishman in the International Washers Tourney from MSWL Reunion #3, though memories of the Sellers-Martin victory over Lindsay-McIntosh in the Soccer Championship is more than enough to soften the pain of still wondering how exactly he cheated to get his last possible washer throw in the cup. Maybe I'll find the time to ask him as his goalie goes about picking the ball out of the back of the net yet again tonight...

 
Mike Cabral
Providence Waterfires


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
93 - 33 - 92 (0.502)
Wednesday March 25th, 2009 - 05:11:16 PM GMT
What The Heck Are We Doing Here!?

Despite Robin's kind words about our season to date (thanks, Robin!), PRV feels decidedly out of place here in the Semi-Finals. To repeat our title header, WHAT THE HECK ARE WE DOING HERE!?

Being a newbie to this game, we felt a bit -- that is, VERY -- overmatched at first, but we gradually got our feet under us to the point where we knew how to get a decent 11 out there and be competitive. We won a lot of close ones in the reg D2 season (we love our SL 34 GK!), and even gave Mark's SCO super-squad a semi-run for their money, right down to the last few matches. Then we dropped into this Cup thing where we apparently lust after something called a treble. The Cup has gone this way for PRV:

First Round: Barely made it out. Got stymied by some good coaching by BOS Rob and PEX Mike in the first two matches (both DRAWs), then took our requisite beating from GS...leaving us needing to finish string. We did, with WINs over BOS and PEX, and we squeaked in as one of the Third Place Wild Card slots.

Second Round: Completely expecting a fast beating from a smart guy, we readied to face up against Dr Blair and the Science Geeks. We got outshot like heck in these two matches, but somehow pulled them both out 2-1. Have we mentioned our SL 34 GK?

Third Round: Fire and Ice(land). In a season where lucked has smiled on PRV, we caught our biggest break yet when CI NMR'd in the opening match. We had gone strong to try and win big at home (or die trying), so we came away with a 3-nil WIN. That set us up to play it safe in the second leg, making sure to net the all-important AWAY goal, then hang on.

Which brings us to the present. Robin's Rock should be awarded the treble right now for what they have done already = the IMPOSSIBLE, taking down the ultra-talented GS squad. With that accomplishment just behind then, we hope Robin's boys are hungover and just a bit overconfident. Who are we after all at PRV? Rookie manager, exhauster of all things EL, worst statistical team in the new UNITED league? You have nothing to worry about, Robin...nothing to worry about...you are getting verrrrrrry sleeeeepy.

So, we enter these matches like we have all the rest, hoping for the best and wide-eyed that we are somehow still alive! Now that I've got all the self-effacing stuff, out of the way, HERE COMES PRV, TAKE COVER ROBIN!

 
Alon Atie
Gauteng Shooters


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
474 - 130 - 134 (0.730)

Team Trophy Case
6 League Titles
4 Alan Parr Cup Titles
4 MSWL Cup Titles
Tuesday March 24th, 2009 - 03:30:02 PM GMT
GS treble dream ends

The treble we were chasing ended on Saturday with an away goals defeat to AYR.
Achieving a treble in a game like MSWL is statistically very very rare.
I did think we had a reasonable chance this season as GS was probably the strongest team ever assembled in MSWL history this season.
Next season we will be very strong again but not quite the team we had this year.
The season after will of necessity be a rebuilding one as most of my major stars will have aged well beyond their primes.

If I am going to ever win a treble it will probably have to be next season,but I wouldnt bet on it.

 
Robin Dewar
Ayers Rock


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
339 - 150 - 234 (0.573)

Team Trophy Case
1 Alan Parr Cup Titles
1 MSWL Cup Titles
Monday March 23rd, 2009 - 11:46:51 PM GMT
DIV 2 Final ?

It has been a weekend of celebrations , after the victory over GS (how did that happen ?)

In our first leg I deliberately let Alon have a 2 goal lead (true -I told the Old Bulldog, before the game) but mean't to go press after 45 , we could have racked up some goals in the 2nd half , but in the end went down 2-1.

Alon returned the favour in the return leg and gave me a 2 goal advantage (nice man) .How we got 4 out of 4 shots past Morgan baffles me , but we will take it.

So now we have 2x Div1 Vs 2x Div2 and yes it could be an all DIV2 final.

Mark (SCO) has rested up his team and Steve (AK) has a difficult job on to get a result.

Meanwhile I have an awkward 2 games against PRV - Who I hear you say ?

PRV , no body has noticed how well this team has done this season -except me :-)

I wrote about them in the Journal, way back on 12th Feb as I noticed how well Mike had done with his team , so I am not surprised that he has reached the semis.

My problem is I know what to expect from most managers , but with Mike I do not have a clue------ HELP!!!

 
David Blair
Stockholm Science Geeks


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
337 - 177 - 336 (0.501)

Team Trophy Case
1 Alan Parr Cup Titles
Monday March 23rd, 2009 - 10:02:57 PM GMT
Out of the Mouths of Babes.....!

Forget the little piece about meeting Essex for the 1st time this season - b-i-g clanger and a short memory as we played the lads from SE England twice in the section matches - oooppss!!

 
David Blair
Stockholm Science Geeks


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
337 - 177 - 336 (0.501)

Team Trophy Case
1 Alan Parr Cup Titles
Monday March 23rd, 2009 - 10:00:18 PM GMT
Should go away more Often!!

I went off to Bruges (Belgium) for a short break last Wednesday and did not get back till Sunday evening (last night).

This meant I put my team in for both leg games v BOA (when I go away on a break I take the iPhone to look at stuff but do not run the risk of upsetting my good lady wife by texting/emailing etc whilst away unless it is life threatening - usually mine!)

Makes a mockery however in the 2nd match as I can hardly tell my team to defend a goal lead or Press if level or behind IF in the 1st match I had a 2 or 3 goal advantage.

Anyhow SSG were pleased to get away with a 2-2 draw away from home and was looking forward to the home match.

What a cracker the 2 teams served up - 1-0, 1-1, 2-1 and then 3-1, 3-2 (and at that point the half time whistle went.

4 minutes into the 2nd half and we had 3-3 (Ian was now ahead on the away goals rule - but inside 3 more minutes it was 4-3. 61 minutes 5-3 and it was rounded off at 6-3 in the 63rd minute when SSG went "O" followed by Stall.

One of the most open games SSG had played in all season so thanks to Ian for playing his part in it and good luck in your remaining games.

Now who is next - ah yes, Essex - don't think we've met so far this season - see you Wednesday... and yes, Bruges is lovely!!

 
Steve Turner
Asteria Kromatos


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
149 - 86 - 117 (0.545)
Sunday March 22nd, 2009 - 09:32:20 AM GMT
Olmec

She's a fickle beast.

In match 41 we were the weaker side, but not by much, but at 8% chance of a shot Olmec gave us nothing. Well except that Antares stopped all six Pharaohs shots.

Then it's the second leg at our place and we realistically have to win. 0-0 would be penalties and we should lose. This time we're the better side and finally Rigel Kent makes the breakthrough with his 3rd shot (3 shots on 60, 63 and 64 minutes). But all the time I'm waiting for that Memphis shot - it had to come despite Al trying to play 5 up front. Did the mistake cost Memphis? It's hard to say but they only had 45 SL at DF and 106 in MF. For the last 60 minutes we had a 14% and Memphis 5% and I could just see that shot. But it never came.

I voted for Scotland in the latest poll because I knew that our latest match would mean the winning side would be depleted in EL. Scotland have had a relatively easy run to the semi-final. I expected the other semi-final to be Zaragoza and Gauteng Shooters and a similar tough fight giving Scotland the edge in the final. But...

Waiting for that equaliser reminded me of a joke.

Before he was famous, Tiger Woods was at the 19th hole, "give me a whisky!". He drank it down in one gulp, "give me another!" The barman asks him what is wrong.

"I've just been beaten 2 and 1 by Pete Jablonski!"

"Pete? The worst player in the club?! How did that happen?"

"He bet me he could win, if he could name his handicap. I asked what the handicap was and he said 'I can have two gotchas'. I couldn't think what a 'gotcha' was so I said OK. We were at the first tee and as I drove off Pete was standing behind me and put his hand between my legs, grabbed hold and twisted! The pain was excruciating and I hooked the ball into the car park. I recovered but that was one hole up for him."

"But you said he only had two gotchas, surely you only lost one more hole?"

"Have you ever tried swinging a golf club waiting for that second gotcha?"

 
Phil McIntosh
Missouri Legal Beagles


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
325 - 173 - 377 (0.470)

Team Trophy Case
1 League Titles
Saturday March 21st, 2009 - 04:36:53 AM GMT
Bracketology

We are in the loser's bracket, Willy. You are in the loserest bracket! Meow, Clyde & Calvin

 
Willy Krosnyak
Montevideo Tricolores


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
160 - 114 - 192 (0.466)
Friday March 20th, 2009 - 12:23:40 AM GMT
Correction...

WE (the teams playing for the shield) are the teams in the loosers bracket... Phil: you need to find a different term for your kind... ;)

 
Phil McIntosh
Missouri Legal Beagles


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
325 - 173 - 377 (0.470)

Team Trophy Case
1 League Titles
Thursday March 19th, 2009 - 07:53:30 PM GMT
MLB

With our lineup entry faux paw in the return leg with SCO last weekend, Clyde & Calvin were left scurrying for cover to recover EL as they move over to the loser's bracket of the competition. The KIN match was as good an opportunity as any. There's not much to play for at this point, but a win is a win and there's always pride to play for. Overall, the cats are pleased with their recent run into the sweet sixteen of the MSWL Cup. Given our recent table dwellings, advancing in the Cup is a pleasing thing to see, and we'd like to see more of that in future seasons. For now, remarkably, we still have some training to do...and that's at least something to look forward to every Wed./Sat.
Meow,
Clyde & Calvin

 
Kevin Martin
Zaragoza Lions


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
34 - 19 - 33 (0.506)
Monday March 16th, 2009 - 06:23:23 PM GMT
Wide right...

After an opening defeat where we were fortunate to keep AYR to a 2-0 victory, the return leg was equally dramatic. ZAR had several chances to put the game away during regulation time, and just couldn't convert a third goal from our scoring chances. While the matchup fittingly went to penalty kicks, we are most disappointed by Robin finally overcoming his horrid luck at this game! Of all the things we could count in MSWL over the years, Robin's perpetual rant about the numbers always going against him will have to be post-poned until at least after this week's matches.

We kept the penalties close through four shots, and I was hopeful that our better GK would see us through. When couldn't come up with the one that mattered the most, there was nothing left to say but "Congrats to the victors," and "Now we're looking forward to the upcoming Slapheads clashes." We're not likely to see a real shootout in the first match as both squads look sorely in need of a breather. Time to guess whether Coach McCarthy is going to play for the win and stall later or circle the wagons now while his top wingers get healthy enough to play a full half without dropping below 0 EL. Given our lack of luck against AYR, I'm not taking too many chances here.

 
Phil McIntosh
Missouri Legal Beagles


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
325 - 173 - 377 (0.470)

Team Trophy Case
1 League Titles
Saturday March 14th, 2009 - 11:18:17 PM GMT
No Confession

No NMR confession here. Somehow my lineups did not save, but match commentaries did. Very disappointing...the result would have been the same but my EL would be better....

 
Jay Patrick Wilkins
New York Trashtalkers


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
286 - 219 - 333 (0.472)
Saturday March 14th, 2009 - 06:10:15 PM GMT
NMR confession...

Sorry I went NMR in the first match of the consolation round. A tie is a generous result for me. I just didn't realize there was more soccer to play for the Trashtalkers.

 
Phil McIntosh
Missouri Legal Beagles


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
325 - 173 - 377 (0.470)

Team Trophy Case
1 League Titles
Saturday March 14th, 2009 - 02:08:10 AM GMT
MLB-SCO

I must agree with Kevin on one point. In MLB-SCO, the better team came out playing four dirty, in a match they were bound to win anyway. Merely a single yellow card for their troubles, though, so why the heck not?

 
Kevin Martin
Zaragoza Lions


 
Recent Entries
Team Record
34 - 19 - 33 (0.506)
Thursday March 12th, 2009 - 01:35:59 PM GMT
One-and-done exposure

Robin's beat down of ZAR in the last match clearly illustrates our amazing run of luck in the prior matches. Having only the 9th best T11 in the league shows that we just don't have the pure firepower to match up in a top eleven clash. This team right now is built to cover up the weaknesses in our league season, which it did masterfully. Against a team throwing everything at us, we're in trouble.

Of course, it never helps when the team that is already going to win comes out with six players on dirty (and picks up nary a card for their troubles). Should have expected the "dirty half-dozen" from Dr. Dewar. I've been away too long when I can't remember that the AYR motto is "win, or take them down with you!"

 
Mike Cabral
Providence Waterfires


 
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Wednesday March 11th, 2009 - 09:11:38 PM GMT
Blair Which?

Here in PRV-land, we are anxiously awaiting our match tonight vs Mr Blair and his scientific minions. Having spent some time analysing (note the s, I am trying to learn the Queen's English) SST over the past few days, they are interesting study.

Reviewing their reg season, one sees long strings of wins, equally long strings of losses, and even one long string of draws. Hmmmmmm, we wonder what the dynamic is that makes for the streaks. We do note they are coming into tonight's match with three straight Cup-level wins, all on the road. Safe to say, we at PRV are fully preparing to be blinded by science, a la Thomas Dolby.

 
Phil McIntosh
Missouri Legal Beagles


 
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Wednesday March 11th, 2009 - 03:26:47 PM GMT
MLB

....and that "easier" opponent would be...lessee here....oh...yeah...MLB. Hmph.

The truth is, Mr. Blair, that Clyde & Calvin were pulling for you, too! :-) The "easier draw" knife cuts both ways!

Meow,

Clyde & Calvin

 
David Blair
Stockholm Science Geeks


 
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Tuesday March 10th, 2009 - 08:28:53 AM GMT
Stutter and a Stumble

SSG duly completed their section matches with a home game against Barcelona. Now, before anybody sees the results and makes a (wrong) guess, we did not treat the opposition lightly and play a low SL lineup to conserve energy - our aim was to score a goal more than Mark's Scotland team and get 1st place and (supposedly an easier draw in the playoffs. Ha, Ha!

Nobody told the opposition that and after SSG spurned 4 chances (including a penalty well saved by our former back up keeper, Zack Thornton) we went a goal down just short of half time through a penalty and a further goal right on the ref's whistle from Johnno Groats.

A change of formation and the introduction of FW Silva after the 1st goal started to have an effect but it wasn't till we went Press with 10 minutes to go we got the breakthrough the stats said we deserved. 86th minute and Klaproth got one back, and 2 minutes later a rare goal from Asimov made our "point" - geddit!

Must say Barcelona came prepared - all 11 men on "d" but what did not help were the 3 injuries they suffered in the 2nd half, which certainly slowed them down. Tell you what though, wish I had known Essex were ripping Mark's poor lineup to shreds as even if the 2-0 scoreline had stayed that way SSG would still have claimed top spot - funny game football!

Now it is a home and away versus PRV - and fortunately we are at full strength - if not full ELs!

 
Kevin Martin
Zaragoza Lions


 
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Tuesday March 10th, 2009 - 04:24:31 AM GMT
Pick your poison

Some have said that winning our group was a mistake. For our troubles we get Robin and the Outback Crew in the opener with a possible matchup against the powerhouse Shooters right ahead of that if we win. Really though, are the other matchings any better?

Who wants to face the KIN swarm when they will throw out the front line on aggressive? Or dare to tangle with Steve and his spreadsheet-powered Tomatoes who know exactly when to sub out to conserve EL on dirty so they can do it again in the rematch? Or perhaps you dare tangle with the upstarts as SCO looks to prove the league season was not a fluke? Or get in the way of a possible redemption destiny as Ian, on the brink of elimination with the final group match to play, continues his push for an MSWL Cup title defense? Anyone really want to go against Al in a must-win game? Or have you seen Phil's play of late, with his masterful group stage keeping his team in great EL shape as they peak at the right time? Seen SSG finally get the atomic generator powered up again in the last three matches? I don't willingly want to step in front of that firepower.

No, we here at ZAR are quite content with our first round matchup because we know the one thing which trumps all others. Olmec really, really does NOT like Robin. When all else fails and tactics and planning go out the window, I'll bank on that. Just ask Robin.

 
Graham McDermott
Barcelona FC


 
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Monday March 9th, 2009 - 01:27:46 PM GMT
Oh Bother....

I forgot about the consolation tourney.

I think I might need to employ some stretcher bearers.

GMcD.

 
David Blair
Stockholm Science Geeks


 
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Monday March 9th, 2009 - 09:09:28 AM GMT
Now I just have to figure out a way to beat Mr Blair and SSG

Should not be a problem, Mike, every so often Olmec gets out of bed and kicks me in the teeth in matches I ought to have won but didn't.

You just need to be playing me when he (or is "he" a "she"?) is in his "I don't like SSG" and/or "I don't like old players..!!" mode.

Good luck (but not a lot of it when we do meet!

 
Phil McIntosh
Missouri Legal Beagles


 
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Monday March 9th, 2009 - 02:35:41 AM GMT
Replacements

No offense, Willy, but we've seen your roster....

Meow,

Clyde & Calvin

 
Willy Krosnyak
Montevideo Tricolores


 
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Monday March 9th, 2009 - 01:11:21 AM GMT
Nice! But...

Oh oh, we have to go get some of our players that already left on vacation!!!

Big relief to learn that we got some more income opportunities...

 
Mike Cabral
Providence Waterfires


 
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Sunday March 8th, 2009 - 11:59:48 PM GMT
Thanks, Steve!

Steve, that makes perfect sense, thanks for explaining. I just walked through the seeds, and they all make sense to me now. I was originally doing it the same way, but assuming that A1 got matched up first, then B1, etc.

Now I just have to figure out a way to beat Mr Blair and SSG!

 
Steve Turner
Asteria Kromatos


 
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Sunday March 8th, 2009 - 11:18:47 PM GMT
Seeding in Cups

Hi Mike

The way it works is first your write down the groups the 4 teams came from. You will see that A3 only appears once, B3 twice, C3 and D3 three times, E3 twice and F3 once.

If A3 got through then they play D1.
If A3 failed and B3 made it then B3 plays D1. And if B3 also failed then C3 plays D1.

If A3 and B3 made it then B3 plays F1, and if not B3 then C3 plays F1 etc.

Another way of looking at it is you find D1's opponents first (earliest in the alphabet of those that made it), then F1's, then A1's and finally C1's.

 
Phil McIntosh
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Sunday March 8th, 2009 - 09:47:39 PM GMT
MLB

Clyde & Calvin are pleased to be facing Mark Creasey's SCO team in the elimination rounds. Our punishment should be quick and painless....

 
Mike Cabral
Providence Waterfires


 
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Sunday March 8th, 2009 - 04:59:44 PM GMT
More Seeding **SPOILER**

Matches are up, and it looks like I have SSG, not AK. I guess I am a newbie. :)

 
Mike Cabral
Providence Waterfires


 
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Sunday March 8th, 2009 - 01:14:33 PM GMT
Cup Seeding **SPOILER**

I am new to the knockout tables, but if we're using the same one as AP Cup, it looks like A1 (AK) plays C3 (PRV = me). Steve, that would match you and I up, right? Or am I mis-reading how it works?

 
Steve Turner
Asteria Kromatos


 
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Sunday March 8th, 2009 - 08:58:00 AM GMT
MSWL Cup (spoilers)

As Phil says there's still the Consolation Cup or Plate or Shield I think it's called for the other 8 teams. These will be in two groups of 4, playing home/away and then the top of each group plays for the Shield but the 2nd to 4th also play each other. Everyone gets 8 more games. And there's a morale bonus for the plate finalists as well.

As for AK well we've managed to avoid getting GS, ZAR or BOA on our side of the draw. Our road to the final is GGD first, then probably MP then likely to be KIN or SCO. The top 8 in T11 have all ended up avoiding each other.

 
Phil McIntosh
Missouri Legal Beagles


 
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Sunday March 8th, 2009 - 03:13:49 AM GMT
But Wait, There's More!

Plenty more soccer to be played, Willy! In order to ensure "equal income" for all, each team will play out the MSWL Cup in consolation/winners brackets....

 
Willy Krosnyak
Montevideo Tricolores


 
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Sunday March 8th, 2009 - 03:11:17 AM GMT
***Spoiler?*** [Part 2]

Oh my! We only now checked our team and that last win was also for an MVP!!!!

AND it is the outright 100th win for the Montevideo Tricolores!!!

NOW I'm happy! Thanks Al, I am coming back... ;)

 
Willy Krosnyak
Montevideo Tricolores


 
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Sunday March 8th, 2009 - 03:05:46 AM GMT
***Spoiler?***

Well, at least we can feel good about the way we ended the season. Even if it was against a resting AYR a 4-0 thrashing of them is always something that looks good in the yearbook... ;)

Of course we were excited with the win only to find out that NYT also won and by 2 goals which meant we ended in 4th place and would have needed 2 more goals to end up 3rd. THEN we realized that even that would not have been enough... Sorry Jay, you deserved better...

So we are the best 4th, proof that our group was the "group of death"...

If I recall it right we are done for the season, right?

Well then, see you next season, it was fun...

 
Jay Patrick Wilkins
New York Trashtalkers


 
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Saturday March 7th, 2009 - 11:00:15 PM GMT
Thanks much...

I looked at Tables --> MSWL Cup but it wasn't clear to me. Oh well, time to prep for promotional tourney.
Jay

 
Steve Turner
Asteria Kromatos


 
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Saturday March 7th, 2009 - 10:48:56 PM GMT
Who moves on (spoilers)

Unofficially I make it

AK v GGD
MP v PEX
KIN v HAS
MLB v SCO

And on the other side of the draw

ZAR v AYR
GS v ES
CI v BOA
SSG v PRV

 
Jay Patrick Wilkins
New York Trashtalkers


 
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Saturday March 7th, 2009 - 10:46:41 PM GMT
So, who moves on?

Where can I look to find out?
Thanks,
Jay

 
Kevin Martin
Zaragoza Lions


 
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Thursday March 5th, 2009 - 04:28:24 PM GMT
Preparation time

ZAR has clinched advancing in the MSWL Cup. We are playing BBD, who cannot advance. That means I won't feel bad if I play a lesser line to conserve EL and DP/injury risks since we won't be cheating any other team out of a possible playoff spot. On the other hand, ZAR has now rattled off twelve straight matches without a loss. Do we really want to break that streak to Dave? In the greater scheme of the Cup playoff, one loss in the group stages will not likely make a difference. With HAS also assured of advancing, it is not likely that Carl will play for a big win over Al to possibly overtake the top spot in the group if BBD beats ZAR. Can't say for sure, though I find it hard to justify that kind of EL use when every match is 'do or die' starting next week. Plenty to think about in the next two days for us while we ponder the strategies to use. On the very bright side, after the big blog posting listing other teams' wish lists, I am immensely pleased to not be on it at all.

 
Phil McIntosh
Missouri Legal Beagles


 
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Monday March 2nd, 2009 - 04:26:38 AM GMT
Kevin's Orwellian Doublespeak

What are you talking about Kevin? YOU are the power team in the MSWL Cup!

 
Kevin Martin
Zaragoza Lions


 
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Sunday March 1st, 2009 - 08:46:34 PM GMT
Duck and Cover

Having secured advancement to the Round of 16, now we can sit back and play for positioning along with HAS and MP. Frankly, I don't really care who we have to play or when we get to play them. Catch a power team early when they still worry about conserving EL and you might get lucky by going for broke. Catch them late and maybe they'll have a key player suspended or injured. Catch them in the middle and hopefully they'll overlook you for the next opponent in the semis or final, subbing off early and allowing a late rally. In any case, you have to beat the top teams at some point if you want to advance. Might as well be early instead of late, so those chances of cards and injuries don't end up filling your bench instead of theirs.

So with that in mind, we'll put out a decent side for the final two matches so we won't give away points. Not the T11 probably, yet still a respectable number of starters for each match. With the focus on getting the top team to 8+ EL so they could run off 2-3 in a row if they had to, I'm not expecting a whole lot from the match against HAS on Wed. At least for the moment. Perhaps I'll recall that my best ever MSWL Cup finish (2nd place) came with a finals loss to a certain All-Stars squad and make some last minute adjustments to the lines accordingly.

 
Willy Krosnyak
Montevideo Tricolores


 
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Sunday March 1st, 2009 - 03:20:22 PM GMT
***Spoiler?***

The fact that we have anything to say is a spoiler already!!! ;)

The Montevideo "Tres Colores" warned before the cup start that they weren't going down without a fight...

The win against the NYC Trash Machine was obtained thanks to some good planning. We are no Steve but we can put together a good game plan every now and then... ;)

 
Jay Patrick Wilkins
New York Trashtalkers


 
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Sunday March 1st, 2009 - 02:58:55 PM GMT
**Spoiler?**

Just another unreal loss for Team NYT. No way should Los Tres Colores beat the Mighty Trashtalkers. Stupid gameplay...
And now the season is effectively over for NYT. The next two matches are against two unstoppable opponents in William Ayers and Asterkoz Krematicaria. And with that, there's no advancing in the Cup.
Questions need to be answered in the Big Apple...

 
David Blair
Stockholm Science Geeks


 
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Sunday March 1st, 2009 - 07:24:34 AM GMT
** SPOILER** SSG Press

I knew somebody was going to catch us when everybody was fit, active and raring to go! I did say (for about the 1st time) that we were up for this game against Mark's high flying Scotland (Rangers actually) team who will be worthy opponents in the 1st division next season.

We were slapped 3-0 in the MSWL opening round of games by these 2nd division upstarts, so faced an uphill (but not exactly a steep climb) battle to get a qualifying place.

We dutifully won the next 2 matches and were always looking for this re-match.

I used up 2 DFs to man mark Mark's (keep up!) best WG and especially FW Boyd, which nearly backfired as Boyd still managed 1 shot and 1 goal.

However, after taking a goal lead twice and been pegged back on both occasions, we went on to exact revenge by the same margin in a 5-2 win.

It won't affect Mark's progress to the last 16 but means we both will now qualify (unless I lose my last 2 games and Essex win both - against Scotland and SSG - and I am not contemplating that option).

Surprising to see SW Bakewell getting MOM for his goal, as Carl Mosander had 2 shots from midfield and converted both, but Bakewell has been a powerhouse all season, so no complaints.

Roll on Wednesday!!

 
Phil McIntosh
Missouri Legal Beagles


 
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Sunday March 1st, 2009 - 01:59:11 AM GMT
MLB

Clyde & Calvin breathe a sigh of relief tonight as they appear poised to progress to the next stage of the MSWL Cup. There will be catnip and milk at the house tonight, but the party will be short. There is still much work to be done. Oli is on the horizon, and there's still to games before the next stage....

Meow,

Clyde & Calvin

 
Robin Dewar
Ayers Rock


 
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Saturday February 28th, 2009 - 04:51:36 PM GMT
Ugly Duckling

Sadly Phil is right , but not my fault.

In the good old days pre- telephone, TV , Computers .......... was there a pre computers ?

I digress ;- When a child was born the midwife used to hold up new born Baby and give it a good slap on the bottom to kick start it into life. Unfortuantely the midwife in my case was somewhat short sighted and slapped the wrong end ...... the rest is plain to see!

 
Phil McIntosh
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Friday February 27th, 2009 - 07:21:14 PM GMT
Robin's Pic

The more I stare at Robin's picture, the more it looks like his older picture. As I understand it, Robin's old photo is not Robin at all, but rather a photo from an "Ugliest Face" contest. I just found it amazing that the two photos aren't all that dis-similar....Oh, wait...not that I'm saying Robin would give anyone a run for their money in an "Ugliest Face" contest....It's just that Robin resembles a prior winner of an "Ugliest Face" contest...no, wait....what I'm trying to say is that Robin didn't ever win an "Ugliest Face" contest because he never entered an "Ugliest Face" contest.....oh, dear....what I really mean is that we don't know if Robin could win an "Ugliest Face" contest because he's never tried....Oh, what an ugly situation this has turned out to be...

 
Willy Krosnyak
Montevideo Tricolores


 
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Friday February 27th, 2009 - 03:24:10 PM GMT
Quiz solved!

Now we know without a doubt that Robin is the oldest man in MSWL (and maybe the oldest man alive!)... From his statement it is clear that he was around at the time of the Alamo, he just doesn't remember! ;)

 
Robin Dewar
Ayers Rock


 
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Friday February 27th, 2009 - 01:15:49 AM GMT
Correction ( For Phil)

Sorry NYT does have 3 GK's , but no3 I believe now cleans the toilets after playing 1 game and conceeding 4 goals :-)

 
Robin Dewar
Ayers Rock


 
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Friday February 27th, 2009 - 01:11:17 AM GMT
Jay Patrick Wilkins

Or to give him his full title

James Patrick Montgomery Aloysius MacManus Wilkins Esq. one of the giants of the MSWL.

I say he doth protest tooo much - some say remember the Alamo ! -my memory is shorter and I remember the AP cup where the NYT hordes dumped AYR !

NYT has 2 of the Best GK's in the league (Phil please note- just 2)and his No1 GK has won 9 MOM and made 116 saves , so he should easily deal with a 200+ FW line :-)

Final note to JPW , Dave and I are not related , if you notice (unlike your good self) Dave wears his Hair on his chin and I wear my Hair on ..........the side of my head.

 
Jay Patrick Wilkins
New York Trashtalkers


 
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Thursday February 26th, 2009 - 08:00:51 PM GMT
The limits of genius...

Not mine, mind you. That would require being so...
But I have no idea how I'm supposed to compete against (William) Ayers and Asterkosz Krematicaria or whatever when they simply have far more SL that our humble(d) Trashtalkers can counter.
I mean, what is up with these 200-plus FW lines?! How is that even possible?!
Jizzle Pizzle Wilkizzle
NYTizzle

 
David Blair
Stockholm Science Geeks


 
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Thursday February 26th, 2009 - 03:55:44 PM GMT
SSG Press *Spoiler*

And it is true - not sure where Steve gets all the time for his analysis but it is always well worth reading.

The spoiler part is that after a hiccup against Scotland (Mark's high flyers) at a time when morale was low - no win in 572 games - we have bounced back in the other 2 section games played with 3-0 and 3-1 wins.

Now we face 3 home ties in the bid to salvage something from the season, by now readily accepted as being worse than last year.

Now we face at home Mark again (be afraid, Mark, very afraid) and our morale is up a bit. We have no players missing, ELs are fine, and Mark has his favourite WG Thomson suspended for a h-o-r-r-e-n-d-o-u-s tackle that got him a red card after only 3 minutes yesterday.

Did I say the tackle was a bad one - maybe not - but it might make Mark "think again" (or is that just what we say to English invaders in the 13/14th centuries) on his tactics.

I would still be surprised if the 2 of us don't make the playoffs regardless of who come up second in this one.

 
Willy Krosnyak
Montevideo Tricolores


 
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Thursday February 26th, 2009 - 02:36:25 PM GMT
re: AK

Wow! Now I understand why we will never beat AK again...

Note to self: we need to make sure Steve is not in our rivals list in any league...

The Tricolores are looking really bad in this cup, we had much better expectations to put up more of a fight but we couldn't. The last match was a sad awakening where we were happy to get 4 shots against AYR 5 but none of ours went on goal...

We are going to have to stop kidding ourselves and have a true rebuilding season next time...

 
Phil McIntosh
Missouri Legal Beagles


 
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Thursday February 26th, 2009 - 02:18:19 AM GMT
AK

Steve thinks about this game waaaaaaaaaaaay to much.....

 
Steve Turner
Asteria Kromatos


 
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Monday February 23rd, 2009 - 08:04:40 PM GMT
On target

I always try to plan expenditure for a season. I try and predict how much press I'll earn and for this season it's a mere 350k because I've not been with it as much as I'd like. I also take a stab at average gate money, over CP/TP -ing and MVPs. Then decide how much I'd like to finish the season with and that tells me how much cash I can spend on auctions. Trades alter this amount as does a good or bad season. I predicted 4300k gate money but now think this will be over 4700k after refining the average for the last 12 games of the season. I've left press at 350k, so 99k more. I did have a 3000k target but this was updated to 4000k, probably due to spending less in auctions.

After updating my predicted average gate I see that I will fall 1k short of 4000k, assuming no more MVPs and only 99k more press. So this has to be considered a successful season. Even better would be to finish the MSWL Cup better than last season's 4th.

Next season will see a change of tactics. We're the 2nd oldest team in MSWL, not unusual for a Steve Turner team but this will not win the League. Our combined age is not much less than the Geeks' manager so it's going to take some doing. And it might need a relegation to achieve it.

 
Kevin Martin
Zaragoza Lions


 
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Monday February 23rd, 2009 - 03:03:06 PM GMT
Weathering the storm

Two road matches down and the current leadership at ZAR is very happy with stealing four points that we didn't deserve. One more road match to endure, with a visit to the British Pound Puppies next on the calendar. I have no doubt that Dave will be fielding the best line possible as his team sits at the bottom of the group currently. We'll have to muster what we can and hope for a draw. While a win would be nice to keep pace with either HAS or MP for the group lead, we're mostly pulling a turtle and trying to minimize damage until the home legs of the group rounds start up this coming Saturday. The teams in Group B are all close enough in T11 strength that the home bonus can make a considerable impact in final shot numbers. It will be nice to have those numbers on our side for a change of pace.

 
Phil McIntosh
Missouri Legal Beagles


 
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Sunday February 22nd, 2009 - 11:08:40 PM GMT
Jay, etc.

"All we have to do is get more shots..."--The story of my life, Steve!

Jay has a hoodoo? Who knew?

Got to get me one of those....

 
Steve Turner
Asteria Kromatos


 
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Sunday February 22nd, 2009 - 10:55:33 PM GMT
Or maybe Steve?...

No that is your next thrashing, Jay.

Actually despite a 6-2-2 record against NYT, it always feels like Jay has a hoodoo over us, and the way he's built his team up doesn't instil us with any confidence. Two big FWs with similar SL to our GK and a GK that is similar to our 1 big FW means that shot for shot we should be equal. All we need to do is get more shots...

 
Jay Patrick Wilkins
New York Trashtalkers


 
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Sunday February 22nd, 2009 - 05:10:32 PM GMT
NYT Thrashed by the Elderly

So, NYT got beat up a bit by Ayers, one of the old guys' teams. Is that David or Robin? Or maybe Steve?...
Anyway, that was kinda embarrassing. Just not as embarrassing as whenever teams lose to me.
I tried a little bit of most of the strategies and really didn't fare too well with any. That's what a dire SL difference and a refusal to just stall and play for a tie will do.
Stalling for ties is just weak, in my humble opinion. Is that American of me? New York-y? Or just ignorant about what soccer teams in playoffs do? Onward and...upward?
James P.M.A.M. Wilkins, Esq.
New York Trashtallkers, LLC

 
Willy Krosnyak
Montevideo Tricolores


 
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Sunday February 22nd, 2009 - 02:50:34 PM GMT
NMR?!?!?!?

We logged in quite a few times before the match and had a green dot! I could swear that we did the lineups but I'm guessing that we are coming of age... :P Sorry Steve, though you must be happy with the easy win...

I guess the only good news is that our EL is still pretty good... Now we have 3 away matches, call us crazy (Phil: we know what you and your feline crew think...) but we still believe we can do it!

 
Willy Krosnyak
Montevideo Tricolores


 
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Sunday February 22nd, 2009 - 02:50:33 PM GMT
NMR?!?!?!?

We logged in quite a few times before the match and had a green dot! I could swear that we did the lineups but I'm guessing that we are coming of age... :P Sorry Steve, though you must be happy with the easy win...

I guess the only good news is that our EL is still pretty good... Now we have 3 away matches, call us crazy (Phil: we know what you and your feline crew think...) but we still believe we can do it!

 
Phil McIntosh
Missouri Legal Beagles


 
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Saturday February 21st, 2009 - 09:40:09 AM GMT
MLB

Why do I feel like Kevin's message was intended for me?

Okay, so the cats got three points in their opening match of the MSWL Cup. Their EL was not as cool as other teams entering Cup play since they had to give it their all just to eek out and end-of-the-season win over SSG just to slide under the bar and qualify for the promotion/relegation playoffs. As such, we have trouble engaging in the glorious "EL Fury" that other teams enjoy. We're already in hunker down mode, but we'll be hoping for the "home field advantage" in a few games.

Oh, if the cats had a sprig of catnip for every time Jay posted about double checking his lineups!!!!

Meow,

Clyde & Calvin

 
Kevin Martin
Zaragoza Lions


 
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Thursday February 19th, 2009 - 01:55:10 PM GMT
Full EL Fury

It's always fun to watch the first two Cup group matches. With everyone sitting pretty on EL, the top lines get thrown out for 90 minutes with a smattering of aggressiveness mixed in. Makes for interesting match viewing and some unexpected results all around, such as the Dragons upsetting KIN in a goal-fest. Teams with nothing to lose come out and play like it while the Big Boys get caught looking ahead at matches to come.

While we needed some luck and a goalie who hasn't been checked for PED's in the last month to slip away from MP with a win, I'm hoping that the slow and steady approach will pay off in the return legs. Opening three on the road against teams without any EL concerns has us hoping for draws while we balance out our EL to be able to throw a full line out on our own home pitch. Not expecting much from the HAS showdown this weekend (results-wise, not to be read as a slam on Carl's team - or so we'll actually go on record as saying ;-), so if we can play the current group leader to a draw that will be just as good as a victory for me.

And for a side note, consider the possibility that opening with away matches is better for your team in the long run. For the first two matches, EL is not a concern. When everyone throws out a top line, the 8-12 home bonus has less chance of making a serious impact on the game results. When the SL drops off due to T11 players resting or subbing earlier in matches, those area points are like having an extra player on the pitch. We'll see if the results back up this theory of mine as the Cup groupings play out, though it looks good for the opener as the home teams went just 4-1-7 in match one of group play. Given the fixtures, I'd be very happy if that form held out and we stole some more points on the road come Saturday.

 
Jay Patrick Wilkins
New York Trashtalkers


 
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Thursday February 19th, 2009 - 04:07:16 AM GMT
Lesson: Doublecheck lineups...

I accidentally played my best FW as MF all match. D'oh!

 
Jay Patrick Wilkins
New York Trashtalkers


 
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Wednesday February 18th, 2009 - 09:33:19 PM GMT
Nobody wants to face the Trashtalkers!

...when they're on full EL. That makes lineups a no-brainer, which is perfect for me.
Beware the Mighty NYT at EL 10!
Don't hate on the greatness.
Jay
NYT

 
Phil McIntosh
Missouri Legal Beagles


 
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1 League Titles
Wednesday February 18th, 2009 - 03:29:22 AM GMT
MSWL CUP

Game on tomorrow, but today the cats have yet to even look at their opponent. "Coach-train, coach-train," purrs Clyde. "This is all about team-building."

 
Kevin Martin
Zaragoza Lions


 
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Tuesday February 17th, 2009 - 07:49:52 PM GMT
Big win for 150

Somehow, someway, the 100-1 odds of things playing out just like I hoped actually happened in our match against GS. The marking gave up some extra shots as intended, yet it pushed most of the shots to Alon's weakest MF just like we wanted. We got lucky on the saves to keep a clean sheet. On the other end, our best player (Moreno, 33 MA) didn't get a shot so it was good that Cheetah (SL 28 MF) picked up the slack and netted one of his two strikes as the first half closed out. That was enough for us to sweat through the final minutes of the second half and spoil an umblemished league season for Alon.
While I have no personal grudge against Alon, I really hope that he views this match as giving him a goal for next season (going undefeated) since "just win" may have gotten old for him and the fans are clamoring for a record that may never be matched or beaten. Otherwise, we may have just painted a big bullseye on the ZAR logo for next season and can expect nothing short of the "T11 on aggressive" treatment that will undoubtedly cause much pain in the goal differential column for us. Do forfeits just count as 0-1 losses in this league? Because that's probably going to be a very desirable option in the not-too-distant future...

As an added bonus, that match also put me at 150 wins for my career as a manager in MSWL. Milestones are always fun to reach and it's good to look back and remember my early days when battling it out with Rob P. against the clearly superior SSG (then Nic Chilton) as we scraped through Division Two and earned our first promotion to the big leagues. While we're no longer leading the same team, I'm quite happy with Tim's lads and he gets all the credit for the assembly of a squad that could take down the league's top team even when they showed up to play with most of their best guys. If any of you are also in FLATNZ, drop Mr. Given a note on the blog there, please. Let him know that his squad finished 3rd in the league and knocked off GS to boot while under the leadership of a guy he knows to be a second-rate hack manager who only knows how to play Longball. I'm sure he would've found a way to creep into second past KIN had he the time to devote to this league himself. Can't believe we lucked in to third or managed to hold off Oli's great late-season run (very nice season for the North Atlantic contingent), so we'll count our blessings and hope the luck continues in the MSWL Cup.

Speaking of which, starting three matches on the road with an opener against MP is not what we had hoped for. Definitely will take more than a little luck to come out in good position at the half-way point of group play. While not the most dangerous group top-to-bottom in Group B, these teams all match up well against each other and I honestly can't pick a clear favorite before the first matches are played. Were money involved, I'd stick with the "never bet against Al" mantra myself. 'Tis a funny game where anything goes once the whistle blows. Expect the savvy vet to make some noise after a quiet league campaign.

 
Steve Turner
Asteria Kromatos


 
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Friday February 13th, 2009 - 09:53:37 PM GMT
Olmec Cup

I see that there's a new rule in the Olmec Cup that excludes Asteria Kromatos, and currently Gauteng Shooters. Now I don't know if Alon will want to buy a 0/0 player to qualify, but Asteria have 0 TP so won't be doing so. Not that I expect us to be invited as MSWL get last pick and I think one of my other teams might get a chance.

 
Kevin Martin
Zaragoza Lions


 
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Friday February 13th, 2009 - 02:09:28 PM GMT
Bonus!

With one game to go we have achieved everything we had hoped for. After taking the reins following mid-season aging, we set a goal of a top six finish with a dream of a top four spot to earn a small morale bonus to help the coffers next season. At the tables stand with one match to go, we are guaranteed at least a fourth place finish. The only thing ZAR has left to play for is to decide whether Oli or I will claim the bronze trophy this season for finishing in third. I'm guessing that will come down far more to our opponents than our own strengths. Oli will square off against Robin, whose AYR team looks a lot like their manager - in need of a nap. If Robin rests a few guys, the door is open for Oli to get more than a draw and rightfully claim third place, which will easily be his best ever league finish and will cap off a great season for him. While I'm hoping that Robin throws the lads out at full strength anyway, it wouldn't be the wisest tactical move at this point and I'll hold no grudge if he chooses the wiser course and plays to keep the lads healthy.

On the other hand, having looked at the tables more closely it appears that if AYR can beat CI by two or more goals then they can claim fourth place for themselves. Perhaps Robin will go for glory and leave the discretion part of valor for another game some other season. If Robin comes out strong enough, could he catch Oli's defense napping themselves? Tough choices all around for these two managers.

Why focus on the CI-AYR match and discount our own chance at victory? Because we play a pesky little squad you may have heard of this season: GS. Having rolled out an NMR-victory in the mid-week game, Alon already has his line in for the league season's final match. Odds are, he won't be stalling. So here at ZAR we will aim big! We're currently at +6 on GD for the season and firmly resolve to finish the team's first year in Division One with a positive goal difference. Manager Martin is adamant that this ZAR team will NOT lose by more than five goals! And if we do then... um... then nothing, really. We'll still likely finish in fourth place and will hopefully not get anyone else injured or suspended so we can have a clean start for the MSWL Cup group matches. Sounds pretty good.

See you on the pitch (and at least in my match may the better man lose!),
Kevin

 
David Blair
Stockholm Science Geeks


 
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Friday February 13th, 2009 - 08:11:15 AM GMT
What a Contrast!

SSG met BOA last Wednesday and to the less observant viewers the scoreline would indicate the higher up team scored an easy win over the bottom club.

Not a bit of it, what the spectators saw was an SSG team that had climbed to 2nd in the league (for around 9 minutes) and have come crashing down ever since, grateful we have enough points to avoid embarrassing playoff matches.

BOA on the other hand have discovered their form might have arrived too late to save themselves from automatic relegation and must now rely in the last set of games on another win coupled with my taking at least a point from MLB.

The 3-0 scoreline was heavy - but 2 of the goals were inside the last 10 minutes whilst we were on Press - may as well get beat 3-0 as 1-0 - but overall we deserved to lose.

Our aim is to be competitive in the MSWL Cup and we needed to rest up good players in certain positions although that does not take away BOA's resolve to go down (if indeed they do go down) with all guns blazing.

Disappointing end to the League season, and overall so far we have achieved less than last season - Chairman wants to see me in his office when we depart the MSWL Cup!!

 
Steve Turner
Asteria Kromatos


 
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Thursday February 12th, 2009 - 09:15:06 PM GMT
AK Journal - one game to go

One game to go and it's mission accomplished. Back in Season 16 we had a typical Steve Turner side with great youth players ready for Division One. But we failed to take the top spot in Division 2 to an equally strong Bristol Nibbers side. And for no other reason than sheer bad luck we failed to make it through the play-offs (as did Zaragoza).

For season 17 I decided that I couldn't take that risk again. Promotion from Division 2 is tough and so I decided to do everything I could to make that top spot; trading away resources for high SL, but old players. A great start to the season got us 3rd in the AP Cup and valuable extra games and a big lead in the league, which we just held on to. We also had a pretty good MSWL Cup despite mid-season ageing decimating the squad.

So Season 18 and we're in the top division at last. We had two problems, the squad was weak, possibly weak enough to end up in the play-offs - and we didn't have a 2nd goalkeeper. Season 18 was all about surviving and making as much cash as possible. We started the season with 3350k and could end with 4000k. 550k comes from extra Division One gate money anyway.

To survive we needed a good start, but we didn't get it. In fact we were struggling in the play-off zone until the 8th league game, by which time the auctions were proving useful. But we've fully trained an apprentice GK and survived.

It could be argued that spending nearly 3000k in auctions was a waste, especially the 1347k spent on 2 age 5 wingers, but they are there for the MSWL Cup and will be T11 players next season anyway. Season 19 will be a return to the way I like to play Olmec - probably.

 
Jay Patrick Wilkins
New York Trashtalkers