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  1. There is a reason Ken Eller is my least favorite NFLHC player of all time
  2. TWO GOOD TOO BE TRUE Giants win streak snapped at 2 games after a loss to the Patriots
  3. So Stanford is pretty good
  4. Just an FYI your rankings go 25>>28, skipping 26&27.
  5. Thanks homie!
  6. After taking a week off last week, here are the hottest takes from the Conference of Champions Stanford (2-0) at Arizona State (1-0) Stanford continues with a third straight 20+point victory: Stanford has looked very dominant in their two games so far. A 34-13 win over Utah last week, and a 41-21 win over a Notre Dame team who upset #16 USC in week one give the Cardinal a pair of 20+ point wins this season. Arizona State had a solid 2020 debut in a 31-23 win over Washington, but Sun Devil fans should have concern going into this week. After struggling week 1, Huskies QB Jake Davis looked a lot better against ASU going 16/22 for 230 yards and 2 tds/0 ints. Going up against one of the best QBs in the conference, Nicholas Garland (through 2 games: 640 yards, 5 tds/int), the Sun Devils are going to have to do a much better job of stopping the pass. Look for Garland and Co to keep rolling, and for Stanford to get their third 20+ win of the season. Washington (0-2) at UCLA (0-1) Jake Davis gets his first collegiate victory: Jake Davis and the rest of the Huskies looked very solid in their week 2 performance against ASU, a game that wasn’t decided until late in the 4th. A much younger UCLA secondary should give Davis the opportunity to continue his successes from week 2. UCLA lost a nail biter to Baylor in week 1, and should be able to content with anyone in conference if their offense continues to score like it did (51 points week 1). At the end of the day, I think Davis continues to build on his success and the UCLA offense takes a bit of step back, allowing Washington to get the win. Colorado (0-1) at #19 Arizona (1-0)* Sam Parish throws for at least 4 tds: Sam Parish may not have had the most monster game in week 2 (18/27, 220 yards, 2 tds/0 ints), but the fourth quarter comeback against Ohio State showed how explosive Parish can be. Arizona should have the pieces in place to contend for the South this season, especially after USC showed signs of weakness last week. Colorado looks to have what could be another rough season, after a week 1 blowout loss to USC (14-52). Not only did the Buffaloes struggle, but QB Luke Trickett exploded for 5 TDs through the air and 1 on the ground against them. While Parish may not have the same weapons around him as Trickett, look for Arizona to try to make a statement in conference by blowing out the Buffs. Texas (1-0) at Oregon (0-1) Yeldon is held scoreless for a second straight game: RB Trevon Yeldon fell below expectations in week 1 vs Vanderbilt with 105 yards on 20 carries, but zero tds. Unfortunately look for Oregon’s star man to be held scoreless again for the second time this season. Texas has a very talented front 7, anchored by OLB Jabari Fletcher (5.0/5.0) that should keep Yeldon contained. A weaker secondary might allow Oregon to find success throwing the ball, and may be the Duck’s best chance to score in the red zone. Oregon can keep this close, and perhaps even win, but it most likely won’t be on the legs of Yeldon. #7 Illinois (2-0) at Utah (0-1) Donald Culver throws at least 3 ints: Culver and the rest of Utah’s offense struggled to get anything going vs Stanford last week (Culver went 28/43, 340 yards, 1 td/1 int; just 13 points scored by Utah) and are going to have an even tougher time vs the Illini this week. With a 4.0/4.0 or better at 9 out of 11 defensive spots, Illinois looks to have one of the best defenses in the nation this year. Playmaking athlete Logan Holmes starting at CB1 and Tyler Patino starting at FS, should wreak havoc on Culver and the Utes this week. Culver will most likely have to shoulder the load for the Utes to have any chance in this one, leading him to make bad plays more often than good ones. Lots of mistakes will be made by the Mormon Laser Cannon, and even if there aren’t any, I don’t see Utah winning this one. San Jose State (1-1) at #16 USC (1-1) Jesus Cordero outshines Trickett: After his 6 total td outing in week 1, Trickett exploded into the Heisman race as an early frontrunner, only to fall back after a disappointing week 2 loss to Notre Dame. Most probably expect him to return to form in week 3, but I think Cordero will outperform his QB this week. In that week 1 routing of Colorado, Cordero had 16 carries for 73 yards and 1 td, not bad for a low volume workload. This week USC faces SJSU who starts 3 freshmen in their front 7 and a pair of senior CBs that may be the most talented players on defense they have. Cordero should be to dominate such a young front 7, and experience in the secondary may have Coach Dream thinking twice about passing as much. Don’t be shocked if Cordero, running behind an elite o-line, gets some Heisman talk himself after this one. California (1-0) at UAB (0-1) Hakeem Black gives Luke Cobb a run for his money: While there is no way Hakeem Black looks to duplicate Luke Cobb’s insane performance vs UMASS, he should light up the scoreboard vs UAB. At 6-2, 208 Black (5.0/5.0) poses a matchup nightmare for a much smaller UAB secondary starting 5-10, 165 Ricky Best (2.5/2.5) at CB1. Ultimately I think that UAB is a much better all-around squad than UMASS, and Cal isn’t quite built to air it out like FSU, which will keep Black from fully replicating Cobb’s performance. That being said, I wouldn’t be surprised if a national debate over which of the two is better comes as a result from this game.
  7. FRESH SQUEEZED OJ "The Juiceman" Carano returns from injury to score his first TD of the year in a Giants win.
  8. >mfw you beat Notre Dame by the 20 points
  9. STARTING CONFERENCE PLAY STRONG Stanford opens Pac-12 play with a 34-13 win over Utah
  10. Shouldering the Load RJ Stanford carries the offense in Carano's absence to a win over the Buffalo Bills
  11. Opening With a Bang Garland and the rest of the Stanford Cardinal kickoff the 2020 season with a 41-21 win over Notre Dame
  12. alwl9: Dude was one of my favorite people to talk about music with. He definitely listened to hip-hop more than anyone else on the site and had similar tastes in the genre as me. It was always a good time discussing the newest releases with him. Tabor: Man this dude was so goofy in a way I don't think we'll ever see again. His media was just as weird too, with pieces like the Big 12 beer pong tournament lmao. He also changed my life once by telling me I reminded him of a young version of himself, which was a huge wake up call that I needed to get my shit together lol. TheWritingWaffle: He was a quality addition to the #IndependentMasterRace alongside Ape and I. He always was down to help put out media to promote our strong little cluster of schools. If he was still on the site/still at Army, I might honestly still be at BYU.
  13. So the Dream situation is something I somewhat regret, but not on the level of the other two decisions I'll talk about. Letting Dream have inconsistent periods of activity first at HC and later GM certainly hurt the Giants, but for some reason I wasn't that bothered by it. I know people called for his firing multiple times, but in talking with him I was confident he'd do better. Unfortunately that never happened and I was ultimately forced to fire him after he dropped the ball on a couple of off season duties and the Giants were punished. I know Soluna talks a lot about how people don't move on from their staff quick enough due to friendships, and I think that was true here. It's damn hard to fire someone you like working with, someone you consider a friend. It sucks to have to do that over what is essentially a game, which is why I kept giving Dream so many chances. Dream had stuck by all the dumb shit I did on the Giants, and I felt like I owed it to him to keep him around as long as possible. Like I said, this is something I do regret, but not on the same level of some other things, largely because of how much I valued working with Dream and how I saw our friendship as being bigger than the game. The Kotar for Wheeler trade is definitely one of my biggest regrets. It simply comes down to me trying to outsmart the system and failing hard. We had just made the NFC divisional round with Wheeler only to lose a not so close game. I thought that Wheeler wouldn't be able to take us over the hump, and with a contract expiring in the near future, I wasn't sure I wanted to commit that much time and money to him. With the expansion draft we had a chance to basically get a free 3rd round pick for Kotar when the Chiefs took him, which is why we let him go. By then trading for Kotar back we were able to keep that extra pick, while gaining value for the Wheeler trade, which is where I thought we were outsmarting everyone. We had seen Kotar play well for us in the preseason, and Dream told me he thought he could continue that success. Ultimately that didn't happen and we benched him for Dick Cook after 7 games. Flash forward to last season when RJ was really struggling, I really regretted making the Wheeler trade. Wheeler with that dominant defense we had could have been enough to win the title, I mean we beat Skaggs with one of the worst QB performances in NFLHC history (RJ had a sub 50% completion rate with 99 yards and 0tds/3ints). Somehow this still isn't my biggest regret.... The Henson debacle might be the dumbest move ever made in NFLHC history, and that is saying a lot. This is just another case of trying to outsmart the rest of the league when this time I really should have known better. It started with Neo and I joking in the shoutbox about trading Sterling to the Saints, all of a sudden the talks got really real and I thought it could actually happen. I then proceeded to smoke way too much while contemplating how we could move on from Sterling best when I devised this ridiculous plan to go after Chester Henson on the transition tag market. I talked it over with Dream who was super excited to go after Henson, as he had seen a ton of success with him at USC and with the Vikings. I thought the best way to make the move would be to trade a future #1 that would go to the Vikings if we claimed him successfully. I traded the pick for a bunch of mid round picks from the Chiefs thinking it would be a good way to get the value to build around Henson now, and devalue the pick we would later have to give to the Vikings. The main problem ended up being I fucked up our cap sheet and thought we had less money to give Henson then I planned. I also didn't check his contract closely enough before I made the tag offer and ended up low-balling him pretty hard. He obviously rejected it, leaving us scrambling to replace Sterling, and looking like total idiots for giving up that first for essentially scraps. I was forced to make a trade for OJ Carano, which turned out to be an ok deal, but it was one of those things that should have never happened if I would have carefully tagged Henson or if I would have never tried to game the system in the first place. I think this move really hurt us this year, as we could have really used a first round pick to help build up our offense for RJ, and it shows with how bad we're struggling right now. I think this situation was my biggest regret by far because it wasn't just one mistake like trading Wheeler, but a series of fuckups that could have easily been avoided, and I had also learned before what "out thinking" everyone can do to you but didn't learn from it..
  14. No PAC or MWC teams? The east coast bias is real smh
  15. Here are some hot takes for each of the Week 1 PAC-12 games: CFBHC Kickoff Game: Notre Dame (0-0) at Stanford (0-0) Nicholas Garland puts himself in the Heisman race with a dominant week 1 performance: If Stanford is going to have success this season, its going to be on the back of Garland. With a weak OL and a 3.0/3.0 RB, Garland is going to have to shoulder the offensive load for the Cardinal. Week 1 provides him a chance to come out strong against an average Notre Dame pass defense, look for him to connect with his plethora of weapons at the WR spot (Stanford boasts 3 WRs at 4.0/4.0 or better). Oregon State (0-0) at Central Michigan (0-0) Oregon State breaks their losing streak: Oregon State is in a much better place than they were last season, and look to improve on a dismal 0-12 2019 campaign. With Ralph Julian (JR) at QB and Lloyd Samuels (SO) at RB, the Beavers look to have a threatening ground game for the first time since the Ryan Clark era. They face a first time HC at CMU, and as long as they can win the battle of the trenches, look for OSU to finally get a W. New Mexico (0-0) at Washington (0-0) Jake Davis struggles in his CFB debut: All eyes will be on Freshman QB Jake Davis as he makes his long awaited college debut. The Huskies however seem to lack the play-makers around Davis to ensure he thrives right out of the gate, and couple that with a strong Lobos D and coaching from dml1, don't be surprised if Davis's first game looks rough. Ultimately the Huskies should win this game, but if they plan on contending in the North they are going to need Davis to outplay his current skill level. Connecticut (0-0) at #9 Washington State (0-0) Washington State holds Marshawn Miller to less than 100 yards rushing: Most of the attention on Washington State is currently on QB David Oates, and for good reason. Oates had a stellar 2019 season leading the Cougars to the playoffs and looks to only improve in 2020. The defense in Pullman should not be overlooked, as they have a shutdown front 7 anchored by Beckett Couch (DT - 4.0/4.0), Riley Nichols (DE - 4.0/4.0) and Redshirt Freshman Quincy Hobson (DE - 2.0/5.0). UCONN will struggle to win the battle at the line with just an average OL, allowing the Washington State front 7 to wreck havoc and shut down Miller. #24 Vanderbilt (0-0) at #22 Oregon (0-0) Trevon Yeldon runs for at least 125 yards and 2 TDs: Vanderbilt looks to have a stout defense in 2020 with one of the best line-backing corps in the nation, but Yeldon doesn't care. Arguably the best back in the conference in 2019, Yeldon looks to have a monster Sophomore year. Oregon benefited from some key OL transfers to strengthen Tevon's support, only helping his case for a repeat, if not better, performance in 2020. While Vanderbilt has a strong LB unit, their line lacks in the same type of fire power, giving Yeldon the potential to have a huge day if he can power through the second unit. UCLA (0-0) at #15 Baylor (0-0) UCLA pulls of the upset: Baylor should have a good 2020 season if Marcus Swartz and Lamont Wilder can find some magic, but their offensive line leaves a lot to be desired. UCLA has the potential to expose this if DE Blake Tipton can create pressure and force Swartz into making bad decisions against a solid Bruins secondary. The key to UCLA's offense will be their 2019 leading reciever, Darius Waters (ATH), an explosive play maker who can turn the game on either side of the ball, as Waters starts at both WR1 and SS. If Waters can explode for a huge offensive game or force some big turnovers on D, UCLA should be in good shape to pull off the upset. Colorado (0-0) at #2 USC (0-0) Buffs lose by less than 1 TD: USC is early favorites to win the PAC-12, as they clearly have one of the most talented teams not only in the conference, but in the nation. Star QB Luke Trickett (JR) is an early contender for Heisman, and is surrounded by studs on offense. The Trojan's defense might somehow be even more talented than their offense, as they have a 4.0 potential player or better at 10 out of 11 starting spots. Colorado should have their hands full in trying to contain USC, but their roster gives them an interesting chance to win. Feeding Latvious Murray the ball as much as possible will be the Buffaloes' primary offensive goal, and should allow them to chew clock and keep the ball out of Trickett's hands. Deasean Barkley (CB) and Seth Scott (FS) give the Colorado secondary the playmaking potential to maybe not stop a guy like Trickett, but at least slow him down and force him to make a mistake or two. This game will definitely be a lot closer than most think, as Colorado should be able to slow the game down and force some turnovers to prevent USC from building a huge lead.
  16. You are only allowed to give 10 likes per day. You cannot give any more likes today.
  17. Class of 2018 QBs>>>
  18. First off s/o to @Soluna, @alienufo, and the rest of the mod staff for making this all possible S/o to to all my NYG fam @believer for putting in a ton of work since he's been here, @iliveinadreamatorium for being a great person to work with and still chill to talk to even after the firing, and @Nmize0 for getting a lot of the building blocks in place and being someone I can still bounce ideas off of S/o to @deandean1998 you've become one of my favorite people on this site to talk both about the sim and just in general and I love seeing you succeed here (even if it hasn't happened much lately) S/o to that late night shout box crew @Darman, @stormstopper, @paperllamasunited, @DangerZoneh, @Emperor_of_Orange and anyone else I'm missing. The conversations maybe random and downright stupid at times, but as a west coaster I love being able to talk about anything with you guys late into the night S/o to @CadeRich5 for being a chill dude both here and IRL, we've had some wild times together and its crazy to think its all because of this random site S/o to @Jumbo for dank memez and being someone I can talk econ shit with There's probably a lot of people I'm missing, but if I had to list everyone who made this site great I would end up listing just about everyone
  19. IT WASN'T RJ FOR ONCE QB RJ Stanford continued to exceed expectations vs the Cowboys in week 7, but was let down in a 17-20 loss
  20. The PAC-12 North is complete!
  21. JET FUEL CAN MELT GIANT DREAMS The Giants' plan for a return trip to the playoffs looks grim after a loss to the Jets drops them to 1-4 on the season.
  22. My first game was in 2014 and featured BYU vs Taffy's Wisconsin team. I remember asking in the shoutbox the night before if anyone thought I could win the game, only to get a "lol no" response from Sophos. I got blown the fuck out the next day...
  23. Is there a way to change the high schools players are coming out of? I've noticed Oregon has a lot of players coming out of 4A (Oregon uses a 6 division system with 6A being the biggest schools) and lower schools, even 2A/1A which play 8 man and never have D1 croots. It's not a necessary thing but it could add to the realism of the site.
  24. Samuel Beck, Center, Stanford Dear Mom, When I was a high school junior, starting to receive offers to play football in college, you gave me a very important piece of advice. “Football is just temporary, but your education will last you forever”. I’d like to think I knew what you meant. I like to think I understood the value in picking a school not only for football, but for academics, and I tried to show you this. I worked my butt off in school. While my teammates were partying, I was studying for classes. While they were bouncing from girl to girl, with date after date, I was focusing on studying for my SAT. And it paid off. Not only did I get that football offer, but I got it to one of my dream schools, Michigan. Michigan meant more to me than just football, although that was a big part of it. Michigan is a really good school, and I was proud to go there. I was proud to not only wear the Maize and Blue on game day, but to go to class in Ann Arbor. And I tried to focus on what you taught me. I focused on not only going to team meetings, but going to classes. Not only to hit the weights, but hit the books.My football career may not have panned out the way I wished. I may not have gotten to play much for Michigan, and I probably won’t be playing next fall on Sundays. But mom I hope you’re proud of my next step. This small town Kansas boy is going to be transferring to Stanford, something I never would have dreamed of in high school. One of the best academic schools in the nation, if not the world. It may not have the football history of Michigan, but that doesn’t matter. I’m going to be playing the sport I love still, while getting a world class education. I’m going to finish my degree, and probably go pro in something other than sports, as cheesy as that sounds. I’m going to continue to show you that the 16 year old boy you gave advice to was listening. I’m gonna make you proud mama. Love, Sam
  25. Stanford's depth chart has been updated. Welcome to The Farm Samuel Beck!