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May 17 2018, 02:00 AM
I just finished my fourth season in the NSFL and I wanted to take a closer look at my career so far and make a summary of what has happened so far!

My first season:

I started my career in Season 3 and was drafted in the first round of that draft, fifth overall by the Orange County Otters, which I was very happy with. I immediately liked the team and got along well with several of my team-mates, like teddy and timeconsumer and boss and molar. I took over a role in the starting line-up as a Linebacker and was a day 1 starter.

In my first game, we faced the Philadelphia Liberty at home. My first game was an absolute blow-out victory where we won 55-10 and it felt amazing. The offense was the main factor in the game, especially the run game which scored five touchdowns between two guys, but I was just happy to contribute at all. I ended up with 4 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, 1 sack and 1 pass defended. It was a great debut in my eyes!

My second game was yet another home game, this time against the Colorado Yeti. In this game, we again had a big win, this time the passing game was better. We won 34-6 which showed that the defense was also on point in that game, holding the Yeti to a game without a touchdown. I felt really happy about this game, getting 8 tackles in the game (2nd on the team that game) but did not add anything else on the stat sheet.

My first road game came in week 3, where we faced the Yellowknife Wraiths, a team that destroyed us in that game, especially through the passing game. We lost 34-9 and it was my first ever loss. I will admit, that was hard! Still, on a personal level, I had 7 tackles, 1 tackle for loss and 1 sack again. I felt confident things would improve.

In week 4, we faced the San Jose Sabercats on the road. Not an easy game, but a winnable one, as the Sabercats were not a great team yet. It was a close game all the way, with us having a nice lead in the fourth. However, with 12 seconds to go, the Sabercats scored a game-winning field goal and snatched victory from our hands. Such a close loss never feels good and suddenly the team was 2-2 and hopes were a bit down. 6 tackles for me, but nothing else, the game felt like a huge step backwards.

In week 5, we faced the two-time Champion Arizona Outlaws, but we were at home so we were still hoping to get something done. We actually took a lead early, even got to 14-3 at one point but they were relentless and came back to win it in the 4th quarter. Final score was 28-21 for them. On a personal level, that was probably my best game at this point though, with 10 tackles, 1 tackle for loss and a forced fumble. Regardless, my good game was a bit overshadowed by teammate Verns, who had a staggering TWENTY tackles. Now, at 2-3 the team was facing a bad situation and needed to turn things around quickly to get into the playoffs.

And turn around we did! In week 6, facing arguably the worst team in the league at the time, we destroyed the Las Vegas Legion at home 45-10 with an incredible offensive outpour in the second half (half-time was 10-10 so nothing was decided yet!). Scoring four passing touchdown in one half is not bad, for sure. Not a great game for me personally, with 5 tackles and one pass defended.

The following week, we had a very similar game again. At home, against the Sabercats, we again struggled a bit in the first half and then put the game away in the second. Sabercats took a 10-0 lead and then we won 38-10 at the end, completely shutting down their offense after the first quarter. I had six tackles and one sack, not a bad performance in a blow-out win.

In week 8, we had a very tough game against the good Baltimore Hawks, on the road. With two wins in a row before that, the team felt at the most confident and absolutely destroyed the Hawks in a dominant fashion. We won 55-23 in the end, scored 13+ points in every quarter of the game and were never in doubt of losing this game. On a personal level, I had my best game, which culminated in a lot of firsts! I had six tackles, one sack, defended four passes and in the fourth quarter, I capped it all off with my first career interception and my first career touchdown, a 27 yard interception return from a pass by Kyubee, the Hawks quarterback. It was an incredible game and incredible feeling.

Winning a game on the road always feels nice and we managed to do it again in week 9, again beating the lowly Legion in a tighter game this time, 29-21, with the Legion still leading at the end of the 3rd quarter. It was an unremarkable game for me personally, only 6 tackles and nothing else added.

Losing against the Outlaws on the road was pretty much expected, so week 10 was almost always going to be a loss. It was not close, with 24-7 the final score. It was the first time I lead the team in tackles, with 11 tackles to my name. I also added one sack and another pass defended.

Week 11 was another remarkable game, with the Otters beating the Colorado Yeti 30-24. The game was fairly tight, with the Otters leading early until a 102 yard kickoff return touchdown by the Yeti to start the second half brought the Yeti back into the game and soon after they took the lead. Otters came back in the fourth quarter to win it though. On a personal level it was a great game, with 6 tackles, 3 passes defended and 2 interceptions! With that performance I was also defensive player of the game for the first time in my career. Both interceptions came at huge points in the game, with the first immediately leading to a touchdown that gave us the lead at that point and the second coming to ice the game with the Yeti trying to drive for a last-second win!

Week 12 was another heart-breaking loss for the Otters, with a last second field-goal giving the Liberty a 18-17 win. It was probably my worst game ever, with only 4 tackles and nothing else leading to a bad day.

Week 13 gave the Otters another tight win over the good Hawks, 25 to 23. It was a very close game and a very important win for the Otters in the play-off hunt. With 7 tackles and one sack I could be happy about my performance as well.

I think we had already clinched a playoff spot before the game and in the end the loss at home against the Wraiths did not matter, as the Otters did indeed go to the playoffs in my first ever year! I had another fantastic game to cap off the season with 11 tackles and one sack to end the year.

Facing the Arizona Outlaws in the playoffs, we knew the chances were slim to actually beat them. And indeed, at their home, it was rough and we had no shot, as they destroyed us 27-7. In the end still a fantastic season and a playoff berth but it would be a year too early for the team to compete. I actually had an incredible playoff game with 13 tackles but it still did not help sadly.

In the end I could be more than happy with my rookie season! I had 97 tackles, which was good for 12th in the entire league and third best on my own team behind Verns and Bavitz. I also added a forced fumble, three tackles for loss, three interceptions (tied for most among Linebackers), 10 passes defended (6th among Linebackers) and seven sacks, as well as one defensive touchdown.

My second season:

Season four had a vastly different feeling in terms of the team. While not much changed, we had higher expectations and thought we could improve upon season three. Oddly though, it did not start well.

In our opening game, we lost against the Outlaws at home. At home, we definitely felt like we should be able to beat them. But alas, not that time, though it was at least in overtime. Still not a great start. I lead the team in tackles again with 10 tackles and also had one sack.

Well if we had confidence going into the season, that was now gone. After a first round loss, we faced the Wraiths at home and even though we lead 17-0 at one point, we ended up losing 20-17 and had another loss at home. Again, on a personal level I was solid, with 7 tackles, a tackle for loss and a sack, as well as a pass defended.

Finally a win! In week three, against the Liberty, we managed to do better and while it was far from convincing, a 21-13 win finally let us arrive in season four. Not a great game for me with just five tackles and no other contribution.

While we lost at home in week 2, we somehow won in week 4 on the road, as we came up big offensively against the Wraiths and won 35-20 with a dominating performance from Mike Boss. I had a very good all-around game with six tackles, one tackle for loss, one sack, two passes defended and an interception, which lead to the third touchdown in the game and got me my second defensive player of the game award.

Back above .500 with one of the most dominant wins of NSFL history! A 59-3 destruction of the Legion, with the offense scoring eight touchdowns put us at 3-2 for the season. While the offense was the main focus, I managed 13 tackles and 1 forced fumble to earn my second defensive player of the game award in a row.

Fourth win in a row! A road win against the Colorado Yeti, who were terrible that season. It was an easy, unremarkable win, where I only got 5 tackles, but recovered a fumble.

Second loss against the Outlaws in the same season, again without chance, as we lost 22 to 10. It put us at 4-3 for the season. A very odd game for me personally, I only got 4 tackles, but had two sacks and a pass defended on top of it!

In week 8, we had a long lead against the Hawks, leading 24-7 even in the third quarter before the Hawks scored three touchdowns in a row to win the game and snatch it away from us. With 9 tackles, a sack and a pass defended, I was fairly happy with this game.

A much needed dominant win followed against the San Jose Sabercats, with the offense coming up big in a 39-7 win. I had 6 tackles, 2 sacks, a pass defended and an interception which gave me another defensive player of the game award.

And another win followed, with a 19-9 win on the road against the Philadelphia Liberty. It was one of the more disappointing games of my career with only four tackles and a sack.

Another one of those incredibly dominant wins, one of the biggest ones in NSFL history, followed with a 40 to 0 shutout of the Colorado Yeti. With 8 tackles and a sack, I felt pretty good about this game in a huge win.

We were really on a roll at this point and had another huge game against the Legion on the road, where we won 52-27. I had three tackles, a tackle for loss and a sack, which seemed slightly disappointing about the tackles at least!

A home game against the Hawks was next and we dominated that game as well, winning 24 to 7 and the defense shut out the Hawks for almost the entire game, with their only touchdown coming with three minutes to go. I had 7 tackles, one sack and one pass defended.

And finally the last game of the season against the San Jose Sabercats, in their home stadium. Both teams had a good season and it was a tight game most of the game, but when we tried to drive for a game winning field goal we threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown. With 6 tackles and nothing else it was an unremarkable game for me.

Nonetheless, the Otters ended up in the playoffs with a 9-5 record and once again we found ourselves facing the Outlaws in the playoffs. On the road again which did not make anyone hopeful, it seemed like a very similar situation as last season.

But this time, we were ready for it! The Otters took an early lead and never really looked back. Bradley Westfield became the hero of the game, scoring all three Otters touchdown, while the defense shut down the ferocious Arizona offense and held them to just 9 points at home. A 27-9 victory on the road against the Outlaws feels like a dream! Personally, I had just 4 tackles, but added 2 sacks and a pass defended and was headed to my first ever final game!

In the other game, the Wraiths beat the Liberty at home and so the Otters would face the Wraiths in the Ultimus final game. In a much closer game than the one before, the Otters again fared better at the start, despite being down 7-0 after the first drive. By the end of the first quarter, it was 17-7 for the Otters though. The second quarter brought just one field goal by each team. The Otters put the game out of reach in the third quarter, making the score 30-13 at one point, though the Wraiths still came within one score. In the end, though, the Otters triumphed 30-23 and won their first ever Ultimus trophy! My final game was not impressive at all, just three tackles and a pass defended, but in this case I was still happy regardless. I had won my first ever title! What a feeling!

My season stats were similar to my rookie year, honestly. I had 93 tackles that year, which was good for 15th in the league and again third among my team. I added three tackles for loss, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery as well. I had one less interception this season, with two and 7 passes defended (also less than in my rookie year). I did best with sacks though where I had 12, only a few behind the league lead and tied for 2nd among Linebackers. All in all, I was very happy with my sophomore season as a player and winning the title was obviously the crowning achievement of that season.

This got kind of long, so I will do part 2 another time where I will describe the next two seasons! Hope this was enjoyable!
Mar 27 2018, 06:36 AM
After recent events, I wanted to take a few moments to give a bit of a backstory and wanted to address everything that has happened.

I joined this league when it was still fairly fresh and was part of the season 3 draft. I had immediately been seen as a pretty decent prospect and was touted in the first round of the draft, where several teams had an interest in me. Most notably there was interest from San Jose (who ended up taking a kicker), Arizona (Er was someone I talked to a long time) and Orange County. In the end I went to Orange County and in the end, I could not have been happier with that. Everything worked out amazingly well in my career.

I spent the first seasons of my career hyperactive, with many posts about statistical analysis and inventing statistics and going to crazy lengths to give people crazy articles. I was so excited by this league. It gave me an outlet for my writing, my interest in math, my sports knowledge and passion. I really could not have been happier.

During my second season, I started a project which I probably spent more than 10 hours on and which sadly never got finished. It was a huge project that included having to go through every boxscore at the time, and more. It included a lot of math and spreadsheets. It was done to invent a statistic for this league that would have created the equivalent of WAR, the baseball statistic, which aims to look at every player on one scale, regardless of position. The project was incredibly time consuming and I loved doing it, but it also cost me a lot of energy and not finishing it was also part of the reason why I ended up going inactive. I could not deliver on such a monumental task that I had set myself and that felt like a failure in some ways.

There were a lot of issues in this league at the time that also made me start to enjoy it less. After a wide range of scandals, I finally felt myself drained and less enthusiastic. Around the same time, the PBE started, and I became very active in it and after a season there I took over the GM position for one of the teams. With that, came even less time and energy for the NSFL. I regret that I did not continue at least earning easy TPE in the NSFL like activity, training, predictions, but you cannot undo what is done.

Even in my bouts of inactivity, I continued looking at boxscores, continued looking at results, but I was never active on the site. The Otters were doing incredibly well and overall so was my player. I had enough TPE at this point to kind of rest on my laurels and continued seeing good results week to week. One championship turned into two and now into three in a row, with my player having done a lot of work to contribute to it. I could not be happier about those titles. We all worked hard on them. I know that Molar and Timeconsumer and others like Teddy and Boss are doing tremendous work on this team and lead them to great success.

For me though, it was not the best scenario for my activity. I would see boxscores and see myself get decent amount of tackles and other stats, would see the team win big, all while I was inactive and doing nothing to add to my player. Why come back and be active? Why try hard or do anything? It was all going great anyway! I kind of lost that drive, that will to be the best, which I very much still had in the PBE especially. To me, it felt like I was no longer the underdog, no longer the one who chased. I lost that drive to compete.

At some point last season, I started to become interested in the NSFL again. I did some of the work again and slowly built my player up further. I felt that itch again. I had inquired how long my contract still was and learned it was another season. I became intrigued by the prospect of being a free agent, of being able to go to a weaker team, an underdog, a team that chases, a team that had something to prove. League parity has become a bigger and bigger personal issue to me, something that I truly wanted to contribute to, not leaving a weak team in free agency to go to the best team, like some others do.

I want to reiterate, I have nothing but joy and happiness about my time with the Otters, nothing but love and respect for the people on that team. I feel very close to Molar especially. Many of the players on that team are awesome people. I share like 4 different locker rooms with Teddy. This was not the case of me wanting to leave because I disliked the team at all and it kind of hurt even to make that decision.

Eventually though, I made my decision. Unlike some others, I also did not want Molar to be blindsided. He had given me a lot of opportunities on this team and I did not want to just announce leaving in free agency after all that, especially not out of nowhere. I am sure some of my experiences from the PBE have shaped that opinion but I did not want this team to suffer because of this. I did what I felt was right, which was to tell Molar my decision and to say hey, I know you would lose me next season so if you feel you can trade me to get some value back, I understand that completely.

He also had given other GMs the opportunity to talk to me, to discuss my activity and plans going forward. I heard from several teams which I am very grateful for. I am sure that my activity level here at times deserved the attention I was getting but I appreciate it nonetheless. Many of the teams in this league are great and I could have seen myself on their teams as well. Purely based on my earlier statement, about wanting to go to maybe one of the weaker teams, I had looked at standings as a gauging of where teams were at. I had looked at the needs of the teams at Linebacker as well and at rosters and people I was friends with or knew from other leagues.

One of the teams that stood out early and stood out most was New Orleans. There was an obvious fit in terms of team strength (with them having had the 2nd worst record in the league), an obvious fit in terms of positional need (even without my activity for a few seasons, my player has a better overall rating than any of their current linebackers) and an obvious fit with people I knew from other leagues.

I want to talk about that a tiny bit more since that was a big factor for me still. I wanted to go to a place where I would continue to be motivated and while the first two factors are huge for that reason, the last is as well. The Otters discord is extremely active and fun to be in, even if I was not always the most active in it. I wanted to go to a place where I could have conversations with people. With that, I want to talk about some of the people that made my mind go towards New Orleans.

Tbone – I had drafted him this prior season in the PBE and we have gotten along well, plus his player kicks ass. Naturally, he was one of the people that stood out to me as someone I could want to be on a team again.

Bovo – I had contacted Bovo ahead of his PBE draft and we had a very interesting good interaction there. I felt like he and I would get along well and I think he had felt similarly.

Beaver – Beaver and I had some very good interactions and he had once given me one of my favorite compliments ever, and I still remember that.
Not to take away from anyone else but those three were the main factor in that sense. And just everything together made me feel like New Orleans was the perfect place to go.

After all though, I had not yet been traded and free agency was still a year away. Would I just go to a different team via trade and then leave in free agency next season? I was unsure about everything and had felt like maybe New Orleans was not trading for me after all, as some time had passed and no news were given.

Then suddenly, yesterday, seemingly out of nowhere it happened. I was traded to New Orleans, my number one destination and I could not be happier. I want to thank Molar again for his tremendous work and friendship and for his understanding of my wishes. I want to thank the Otters organization and teammates. I wish you the best of luck and I am sure you will do well for many seasons to come.

My time in New Orleans starts now and I have many goals. I want to help this team win, I want to improve my own stats, I want to grow TPE wise. I want to be as excited as I was when I joined this league and so far, I can feel that childlike excitement returning. The discord already seems a ton of fun and also slightly ridiculous though I fear I only contributed to that. I am very hyped about every opportunity I have here and hopefully I can show that my decision was a good one. I think this team can achieve a lot, maybe not next season yet, but down the road and I want to be part of this process that can lead the team from the bottom to the top. I want to win a championship again in my career and I think it will feel incredible if it were to happen with this team.

All this being said, yes, I do plan on signing a contract extension in New Orleans, as soon as it is allowed in order to show commitment to this team and to improve further. I want to be here for several seasons at the very least and see where this team can go.

I want to talk a bit more about my player and my goals now. I have obviously seen some success as a linebacker in this league although I would argue that I was never quite at the top yet. I have excelled in several areas of the game but don’t seem to have one that stands out. I am a good overall player I guess. My player rating is already 89 so there is not a ton I can improve on, but I still want to reach my potential. It looks fairly good for me being a pro-bowl player again for I believe the 2nd time in my career, but I am hoping to return there many more seasons to come.

One of my favorite aspects of this league and any sim league for me are the career statistics. I love rankings, leaderboards, etc and so for me, the career leaderboards are one of my favorite things here. Right now, I am not found on any of them for the regular season (I am on a couple playoff top tens). I want to change that for sure and that is a huge goal for my career still. By being active fully again, I am hopeful that my career can go several seasons deep into regression while still being an active starter on a team. I am hoping that I can delay the ultimate decay and continue finding roster spots on teams, even if it is just for a few snaps to add a few more tackles for the leaderboards. I want to especially end up on the top 10 leaderboard for career tackles, which is a huge goal of mine. I also think this move makes it more likely to achieve that. Evok’s player Stone had more than 100 tackles on this team last season and her player was not rated as well as mine is currently so my dream is to be able to top that still next year. Being the main focus on a defense is new for me and hopefully I can live up to that. The middle linebacker has a lot of responsibility but I think I can live up to that task. I also know that in the last two or three seasons, my player was very good for a linebacker in terms of sacks. That also means I may have an outside shot at the top ten in leaderboards for sacks as well.

What these goals mean is that ultimately, my goal is to fight regression as long as I can, despite the couple seasons of inactivity I lost. I will have to really try hard, but ultimately I do think I will be able to fight it, especially if I stay humble and excited for this league. The further we go in this league, the better this will go, I think. I want to achieve a lot!

I mentioned above that I was on two career top ten lists for playoff statistics, which are sacks and tackles. Neither of which, I am in the top seven for, so going from a playoff team to a weaker team is definitely not helping my case there. I am very hopefully that I can help lead this team to playoff appearances in the future and that would also help my own case for those leaderboards.
Seasonal top ten lists will already be very hard to get into. My player is not close to the league leaders in terms of TPE or ratings and some of the top 10 seasons are already amazingly great. To get to the top 10 in tackles in a season, you already need 121, which is insanely high. I also know that my sack count should be fairly high, career wise and going forward again next season too hopefully.

Now, finally let me give a little conclusion. I am very happy that I was traded, but again, I loved my time with the Otters and could not be more grateful for the opportunities I got with them and the titles we won together. I am excited for this new chapter of my career and being able to have a new challenge has revitalized my effort and my excitement for this league and I am hoping to keep that going for as long as possible. This is an incredible league and it gives me an opportunity to live out this cool fantasy we all seem to have in common of what a professional sports career would be like. I guess I had to experience a trade too in order for it all to feel realistic //files.jcink.net/html/emoticons/smile.gif

Thank you for reading!
Nov 20 2017, 05:03 AM
One of the biggest changes of the off-season came in the form of overhauled offensive lines. Teams were now able to buy bots to play on the offensive line and it changed the league dramatically. Some of the best talent in the league now switched positions. We have seen new Quarterbacks, new running backs, new defensive player. Overall, offensive lines have gotten dramatically better, as we have these bots in place now. With all the changes in the league, one player has suffered the most: Superstar Jayce Tuck.

Jayce Tuck has been arguably the best player of the NSFL since the creation of the league. No player has dominated his position as obviously as Jayce Tuck has.

In three seasons, Tuck leads the league with 71 sacks. Sabercats Dan Miller is second on that last with 45. Just look at what a difference that is! Jayce Tuck has two of the three best sack seasons and three of the top ten sack seasons. Last year he destroyed his own record when he got 32 sacks in one season.

So what has Jayce Tuck done since the rules have changed? Well, he has been stifled. He doesn't look like that same dominant player right now and Arizona has suffered a bit through that. After 8 games, Tuck has a disappointing four sacks this season, an output that he had in several games last year. But this year, he is struggling. Right now he is still third in the league in tackles for loss, so he is not completely falling off, but his sacks have been lacking. He also has many less tackles than last year.

So what does this mean? Well, it means offensive lines are doing what they are supposed to now. Will they be forever dominating Defensive Ends? I doubt it. We will see Jayce Tuck strike back eventually. But it is an interesting change. From 32 sacks to less than 10 in a season (at least most likely).

How will he react to this struggle? Will he try even harder to get back to the top? We have only seen him have dominance and success, never struggle and failure.

I personally believe we will see Tuck back soon enough. Maybe even this year in the playoffs. Tuck is still a superstar, no matter what and teams will game-plan against him.

Arizona still leads the league in sacks but the league as a whole is having a much lower pace for sacks. The offensive line changes really are making a huge difference.

So far this year, there have been 6.625 sacks per game (both teams combined), while last year there were 9.410 sacks per game. So basically every game has three sacks less. It is easy to see what a huge difference this rule change made. Overall though, I do think this is a good step for the league and makes the league more competitive and realistic.

One other thing is also clear, if these rules are continued, Jayce Tuck will easily have the all time record for sacks in a season forever. No one will ever even get close to 32 again. And I have a feeling he will still continue to grow his lead on the all time sack list well and once his career is over, he will have an incredible lead on anyone else on that list.

Jayce Tuck is a superstar, no doubt about it. Even with these struggles, I doubt anyone feels differently. I think he will end up with 9 sacks this year, but bounce back next year with 15 sacks and lead the league again.

What are your own predictions?
Nov 2 2017, 06:10 AM
Well, we don't have much else to do, so let us take a look at the first two weeks of pre-season and make completely irrational statements on how we expect the season to go based on those! Sounds fun right?

First off, let's take a look at the completely changed circumstances with Quarterbacks in this league. We saw several guys take their first snaps behind center and we should look at the results of that.

A. Blocksdale is one of the new Quarterbacks, leading the Baltimore Hawks to two wins in the pre-season, one on the road against a decent Sabercats team. He had two impressive performances, with 4 touchdowns and 1 interception in the two games. As said, he lead the team to two victories as well. He seems to have a good connection to C. Christmas, who lead the team in receptions both times and yards once. As far as the Hawks are concerned, they should be happy. Blocksdale looks like the real deal. And despite the team going through massive changes, they won both games. Their former Quarterback S. Kyubee, now on the defensive side, had an interception in both games. Even if he does not continue to be quite so dominant, this seems like a switch that was good all around. Another big change comes at the Running Back position where O. Taylor replaces D. Farlane who had lead the league in Rushing Yards just two seasons ago and was still solid last year. Taylor had 194 yards in two games and two touchdowns.

And speaking of new Quarterbacks, M. Akselsen gave his first two starts behind center as well, though with slightly more mediocre results. In the two games, he had 5 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. If he will turn the ball over this much, that might be an issue. The Wraiths still his bad game decisively, 38 to 10 against the Legion, despite him throwing four picks. After losing Josh Garden this off-season, the Wraiths look for Bailey Cook to step up and dominate the league. He proved his worth in these two games, leading his team in receptions and yards both times, showing a good rapport with Akselsen already. The Wraiths also let E. Kennedy run the ball in these two games, with limited success against the Otters.

While Chris Orosz is not a new Quarterback, he does play for a new team now. Orosz lost both games, though he played a fantastic game on the road against the dominating Arizona Outlaws, where he had 350 yards and two touchdowns, without an interception. Despite having this great game, the Outlaws won on a late Ronaldo field goal. Then the Sabercats lost at home against the Hawks. Go figure?! They also sport a new Running Back in J. Yates, who had solid games.

The Legion are also starting a new Quarterback in W. Stone. While in the first game the Legion could do barely anything on offense, despite the defense getting four interceptions, they managed to win the second game at home against the Yeti. Both teams are not expected to be any good this year, despite the Legion improving in free-agency.

The Outlaws struggled surprisingly, winning against the Sabercats barely and then losing against the Liberty. But don't worry, the Outlaws know exactly what they are doing. With many Offensive Line changes not in the game yet, the Outlaws will still be dominating this year. One thing to consider is this: How happy do you think Dustin Evans and C.A. Chess are right now, after the shocking acquisition of Josh Garden in the off-season? While Josh Garden had 237 yards in the two weeks, Evans and Chess had 175... combined!

That's all I have for now!
Oct 20 2017, 05:00 AM
This was a lot of work compiling the list and comparing the two years, so I again used my brother to help me. Please give @StevenO'Sullivan 50% of the payout!

With the season over, I wanted to look at how the top 10 career leaderboards have changed from season 2 to season 3.

Passing attempts:

M. Boss - 1504 (+3)
C. Orosz - 1502 (-1)
S. Kyubee - 1421 (-1)
E. Hunt - 1200 (+2)
K. Bronko - 1021 (+2)
J. Bercovici - 974 (+2)
L. Noble - 915 (-4)
J. Christ - 854 (-4)
C. Rove - 514 (N/A)
V. Draxel - 444 (-1)

In most quarterback categories we will see a similar trend every year, with active QBs rising up higher and inactive ones falling down. Noble and Christ were the main losers in this season, while Mike Boss jumped up from 4th to 1st.

Passing Completions:

M. Boss - 910 (+2)
C. Orosz - 899 (-1)
S. Kyubee - 838 (-1)
E. Hunt - 675 (+2)
K. Bronko - 581 (+2)
L. Noble - 513 (-2)
J. Bercovici - 499 (+1)
J. Christ - 459 (-3)
C. Rove - 286 (N/A)
V. Draxel - 228 (-1)

Very similar to attempts obviously. We just see very slight differences.

Pass Completion Percentage:

M. Boss - 60.5 (+1)
C. Orosz - 59.9 (-1)
S. Kyubee - 59.0 (-)
K. Bronko - 56.9 (+2)
E. Hunt - 56.2 (-1)
L. Noble - 56.1 (-1)
C. Rove - 55.6 (N/A)
J. Christ - 53.7 (-1)
V. Draxel - 51.4 (-1)
J. Bercovici - 51.2 (-1)

This is an interesting category as it will likely evolve slower over time than others since it is not a quantity based category.

Passing Interceptions:

S. Kyubee - 47 (+1)
M. Boss - 47 (-)
J. Bercovici - 43 (+2)
C. Orosz - 37 (-)
N. Pierno - 35 (N/A)
E. Hunt - 32 (+1)
L. Noble - 28 (-4)
C. Rove - 24 (N/A)
K. Bronko - 23 (-1)
J. Christ - 21 (-4)

Obviously this is not the leaderboard you want to be on, but it will still be interesting to keep an eye on. Nick Pierno had an absolutely horrendous season after being pushed into a starting role he was not ready for. With just one season, he immediately jumped into 5th place and is set to maybe take the lead in this category next year.

Passing Yards:

M. Boss - 10592 (+1)
C. Orosz - 10108 (-1)
S. Kyubee - 9280 (-)
E. Hunt - 7926 (+2)
K. Bronko - 6851 (+2)
J. Bercovici - 5677 (+3)
L. Noble - 5621 (-3)
J. Christ - 5044 (-3)
C. Rove - 3461 (N/A)
V. Draxel - 2858 (-2)

This is obviously one of the crowning leaderboards out there. Boss and Orosz are the first Quarterbacks over 10 thousand yards and Kyubee will be next. This is going to be a category that will be fought over for years to come.

Passing Touchdowns:

C. Orosz - 63 (-)
M. Boss - 62 (+1)
K. Bronko - 50 (+2)
S. Kyubee - 46 (-)
E. Hunt - 44 (+3)
L. Noble - 33 (-4)
J. Bercovici - 30 (+2)
J. Christ - 21 (-2)
C. Rove - 20 (N/A)
V. Draxel - 20 (-3)

Another very important leaderboard and the only one Orosz actually kept his lead in, but barely. We will see a lot of competition in the next few seasons over this top ten!

Passing Rating:

K. Bronko - 84.4 (+1)
C. Orosz - 83.7 (-1)
M. Boss - 82.6 (+1)
E. Hunt - 77.6 (-1)
S. Kyubee - 75.4 (+2)
L. Noble - 73.7 (-1)
V. Draxel - 73.6 (1)
C. Rove - 70.0 (N/A)
J. Christ - 69.4 (-1)
J. Bercovici - 60.9 (-1)

King Bronko with the only category he has the lead for. We have seen some great passer ratings seasons this year, so this might be a challenging list in the next few seasons.

I will skip the longest ______ categories, as it is not really a career accomplishment in my eyes.

Rush Attempts:

B. Nuck - 878 (-)
R. Mackworthy - 839 (+1)
B. Tweed - 832 (+2)
O. Wright - 771 (-2)
J. Durden - 739 (-1)
D. Farlane - 736 (+2)
A. Savea - 538 (+3)
L. Jenkins - 521 (-1)
V. Bowers - 427 (-3)
M. Robinson - 382 (-1)

Farlane makes another big step up, as did Tweed and Savea. Nuck holds his spot at the top still, though with far less of an edge than last year.

Rushing Yards:

B. Nuck - 3303 (-)
B. Tweed - 2976 (+3)
R. Mackworthy - 2934 (-)
O. Wright - 2897 (-2)
J. Durden - 2495 (-1)
D. Farlane - 2381 (+2)
L. Jenkins - 1954 (-1)
A. Savea - 1680 (N/A)
V. Bowers - 1541 (-2)
M. Robinson - 1349 (-1)

Tweed makes a huge step forward in this very important leaderboard. Farlane makes another step forward as well. Savea is a new entry on the list.

Rushing Touchdowns:

O. Wright - 19 (-)
R. Mackworthy - 18 (+2)
B. Nuck - 17 (-1)
J. Durden - 13 (-1)
E. Burnsman - 12 (N/A)
D. Farlane - 11 (+4)
B. Tweed - 11 (-2)
L. Jenkins - 11 (-)
K. O'Connell - 10 (-3)
A. Savea - 10 (N/A)

Omar Wright keeps the lead in this important category, despite a down-year in other categories. Mackworthy and Nuck are both threatening. Rookie Burnsman lead the league with 12 Touchdowns and immediately becomes a threat in this category going forward.

Catches:

R. Phelps - 251 (-)
G. Wright Jr. - 225 (+4)
B. Westfield - 216 (+5)
J. Garden - 211 (-)
B. Cook - 208 (-2)
K. Hendrix - 197 (-1)
S. Weston - 187 (+2)
D. West - 182 (-1)
A. LeClair - 179 (N/A)
B. Bottles - 173 (-)

This category is dominated by the Orange County Otters, with the top three choices being Otter players. LeClair makes a new entry here. There are also two Tight Ends on the list still, though Wright Jr. changed positions now and so this might look very different next year again.

Receiving Yards:

R. Phelps - 3832 (-)
B. Westfield - 3570 (+3)
J. Garden - 3523 (-1)
B. Cook - 3242 (-1)
S. Weston - 3001 (+3)
K. Hendrix - 2894 (-2)
N. Stormblessed - 2712 (+2)
A. LeClair - 2665 (+2)
F. North - 2549 (N/A)
M. Jackson - 2442 (N/A)

Westfield makes a huge jump to give the category to the Otters again. Weston also makes a good jump. North and Jackson are new on the list, replacing D. West and C. Christmas.

Receiving Touchdowns:

B. Westfield - 26 (+2)
J. Garden - 25 (-1)
N. Stormblessed - 23 (-1)
R. Phelps - 19 (+5)
B. Cook - 18 (-)
K. Hendrix - 16 (-2)
A. LeClair - 16 (-)
D. Law - 15 (-2)
S. Weston - 14 (N/A)
C. Chess - 13 (N/A)

Westfield takes the lead here as well, but Garden and Stormblessed are close. Phelps makes a huge jump with an 11 touchdown season. Weston and Chess replace Jackson and Christmas.

Fumbles:

O. Wright - 12 (+3)
D. Farlane - 11 (-)
B. Nuck - 10 (+4)
E. Hunt - 10 (-)
M. Robinson - 9 (-4)
C. Orosz - 7 (-1)
J. Durden - 7 (-1)
B. Tweed - 6 (N/A)
R. Mackworthy - 6 (N/A)
S. Kyubee - 4 (N/A)

Omar Wright sits atop this bad leaderboard. Nuck made a big jump as well. Tweed, Mackworthy and Kyubee are new on the list.

Fumbles Lost:

D. Farlane - 8 (-)
O. Wright - 8 (+1)
E. Hunt - 6 (-1)
B. Nuck - 5 (N/A)
C. Orosz - 4 (+1)
B. Bottles - 4 (+1)
J. Durden - 4 (-3)
M. Robinson - 3 (-3)
B. Tweed - 3 (N/A)
D. Kroetch - 3 (N/A)

Nuck will not be happy about entering this list so highly. Farlane and wright need to work on ball security.

And now we get to the defensive side of the ball:

Interceptions:

I. Rashad - 16 (-)
V. Marmeladov - 14 (+1)
S. Maddox - 14 (+3)
A. Hayden - 13 (+6)
T. Oles - 13 (N/A)
A. Delacour - 12 (+3)
R. Flock - 12 (-5)
P. Carter - 12 (N/A)
D. Speed - 11 (-1)
D. Lavelle - 10 (-6)

Rashad keeps his lead, but it is closer now. Hayden with a huge jump after a seven interception year. Oles jumps into the top ten. Flock is the big loser, despite three more interceptions this year. Lavelle Is another big loser, despite two more interceptions.

Interception Return Yards:

S. Maddox - 331 (-)
D. Speed - 271 (+4)
V. Marmeladov - 268 (+6)
A. Hayden - 266 (-)
R. Flock - 265 (-3)
P. Carter - 244 (N/A)
A. Delacour - 199 (N/A)
D. Verns - 180 (N/A)
J. Williams - 168 (-6)
T. Oles - 159 (N/A)

This is a category that saw a lot of change. Maddox stays at the top, Speed and Marmeladov make huge steps forward. A few new people on the list while others are gone.

Tackles:

A. Selich - 352 (+1)
J. Lee - 348 (-1)
S. Harrison - 315 (+2)
J. Saint - 308 (-1)
I. Bavitz - 307 (+1)
A. Hackett - 305 (-2)
D. Verns - 295 (N/A)
W. Fulton - 280 (N/A)
H. Ernston - 275 (-2)
T. Varga - 268 (N/A)

Tackles is one of the prime categories for defense. Selich is now the leader, Harrison makes a good step forward. Verns and Fulton appear for the first time and make a big jump.

Sacks:

J. Tuck - 71 (-)
D. Miller - 45 (+5)
M. Ramrio - 42 (-1)
H. Ernston - 40 (-1)
F. Wozy - 39 (+1)
J. Saint - 37 (-2)
V. Cox - 33 (N/A)
B. Bjornsson - 31 (N/A)
B. Metas - 30 (+1)
W. Fulton - 30 (N/A)

In what might be the most impressive and surreal lead of any category, Jayce Tuck is ages better than anybody else. His lead is essentially almost an elite season worth of sacks. D. Miller makes a huge jump to get to second place.

Forced Fumbles:

J. Saint - 6 (-)
W. Fulton - 5 (+1)
D. Miller - 5 (N/A)
A. Delacour - 4 (N/A)
F. Wozy - 4 (+3)
M. Ramrio - 4 (N/A)
B. Bjornsson - 4 (-3)
J. Tuck - 4 (-3)
H. Ernston - 4 (-3)
I. Bavitz - 4 (N/A)

Not much to say in this category, this will be more interesting in ten seasons. I will skip Fumbles Recovered, Fumble Return Yards and Defensive Touchdowns for that reason.

Punt Return Yards:

O. Wright - 1025 (+1)
R. Mackworthy - 992 (-1)
S. Weston - 767 (-)
B. Westfield - 760 (+2)
D. Lavelle - 508 (N/A)
A. Delacour - 429 (N/A)
N. Stormblessed - 409 (-2)
A. Hayden - 404 (-4)
B. Tweed - 323 (N/A)
D. West - 298 (-3)

O. Wright is the first player with over 1000 punt return yards. There was less change here than I might have imagined.

Kick Return Yards:

N. Stormblessed - 2337 (-)
O. Wright - 1932 (-)
S. Weston - 1912 (-)
A. Hayden - 1686 (-)
B. Westfield - 1475 (N/A)
L. Jefferson - 1339 (N/A)
J. Garden - 1302 (N/A)
A. LeClair - 1227 (N/A)
L. Novel - 1182 (+1)
R. Phelps - 1171 (N/A)

This Is an interesting category. No change in the top four positions and the rest of the spots is almost completely new.

Field Goals Made:

T. Turkleton - 78 (+1)
A. Booter - 71 (-1)
C. Ronaldo - 64 (+2)
B. Kicksit - 53 (-1)
S. Harris - 41 (+3)
I. Blewitt - 39 (+4)
K. Laces - 38 (-3)
B. Walsh - 29 (+1)
A. Sims - 26 (N/A)
A. Nugent - 25 (-4)

Turkleton is safely at the top. Ronaldo, Harris and Blewitt with some nice gains. Sims is here for the first time.

Extra Points Made:

C. Ronaldo - 82 (+3)
A. Booter - 81 (-)
T. Turkleton - 79 (-)
B. Kicksit - 69 (-3)
S. Harris - 60 (+3)
A. Sims - 55 (N/A)
I. Blewitt - 48 (+1)
B. Walsh - 37 (+2)
K. Laces - 36 (-3)
A. Nugent - 36 (-5)

Cristiano Ronaldo takes the lead in this category already. Harris and Sims made huge jumps.

Punt Average:

C. Ronaldo - 46.8 (+1)
I. Blewitt - 46.0 (+2)
S. Harris - 45.5 (-2)
J. Langdon - 45.4 (-1)
B. Kicksit - 45.3 (-)
A. Booter - 45.2 (+1)
J. Darkapple - 45.2 (-1)
T. Turkleton - 44.6 (+1)
J. Lombardi - 44.1 (N/A)
K. Laces - 43.3 (-)

Ronaldo also has this category lead, but Blewitt made a good jump upwards as well.

Punt Yards:

S. Harris - 14743 (-)
A. Booter - 12327 (-)
C. Ronaldo - 12064 (+1)
I. Blewitt - 10635 (+3)
B. Kicksit - 10058 (+1)
T. Turkleton - 9137 (+3)
A. Nugent - 7376 (-4)
B. Walsh - 6791 (N/A)
K. Laces - 6361 (-4)
J. Darkapple - 5016 (-2)

Harris and Booter still in the lead, Ronaldo, Blewitt, Kicksit and Turkleton all make jumps upwards.

Tackles for Loss:

J. Tuck - 51 (-)
A. Tomlinson - 45 (+3)
B. Crocker - 40 (-1)
F. Wozy - 38 (+2)
B. Blade - 38 (-1)
J. Spearhead - 31 (-3)
D. Dam - 26 (-)
C. Okonkwo - 25 (N/A)
J. Saint - 23 (N/A)
D. Davidson - 22 (N/A)

Tuck has another category here and he will not give it up easily. Tomlinson made a big jump forward though, as did Wozy.

Pancakes:

A. Winchester - 190 (+1)
M. Akselsen - 178 (-1)
T. Pest - 177 (+1)
B. Longshaw - 157 (-1)
J. Floggity - 154 (-)
G. Clegane - 144 (+4)
C. Hamilton - 134 (+2)
S. Jefferspin - 131 (+1)
B. Rodriguez - 125 (-2)
A. Thomas - 122 (N/A)

Winchester takes over the lead. Clegane makes the biggest jump. This category will be fought over hard still.

Sacks Allowed:

A. Bennett - 29 (-)
B. Rodriguez - 27 (-)
T. Tebow - 25 (+7)
A. Thomas - 22 (+1)
B. Longshaw - 21 (N/A)
D. Ferguson - 21 (-)
T. Bullard - 20 (N/A)
V. Sharpei - 19 (N/A)
G. Tech - 19 (-1)
S. Walters - 18 (N/A)

Tebow makes a massive jump as one of the worst offensive linemen, but Bennett and Rodriguez are still at the top. Several new entries for this list as well.

And that concludes this comparison. Hope it was as interesting to you as it was for us!

















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