Coach Jello to ride off into the sunset Some of you have seen the post asking to replace someone from our league and have been wondering who it is. Well, it's me. This'll be my final season in the Experience. I just haven't been feeling online dynasty this year. I only joined 1 this time around (as opposed to 3 last year) and I just couldn't get into it like I could last year. I think a lot of blame goes to dynasty wire. It's a freakin' awesome thing for non-TF leagues, but it seems to have taken a lot away from what we have here in TF. The main thing that I like about ODs over offline dynasties is the interaction with the other members. At the beginning of last year, this league was head and shoulders above all others in this respect IMO. For those who don't know (there's a lot of new guys compared to the beginning of last year) we started out with everyone keeping a blog and it was AWESOME! (Here's mine from last year as an example). I had a blast keeping the blog and would make weekly highlight videos and enjoyed making the videos and keeping the blog as much as playing the game. That was too much extra work for most so we went away from that around January and just used the TF forums, but we still had some good content there and it was fun to read. I'm not really feeling that this year. There are other reasons why I'm leaving that are more "general OD vs. offline" reasons. The sliders are a big part of it and I don't like not having control of them. When you have 12 different guys with different playing styles and different skill levels, it's impossible to set the sliders correctly for everyone and I've never been in an OD (this one included) where the sliders were set correctly for me. In last year's E-League I never lost a single CPU game out of roughly 68 CPU games. This year, with a mediocre starting team I've only lost 1 CPU game (I've already lost 12 of 54 in my offline dynasty). I think Dru summed up my feelings of the sliders perfectly. I was talking shit about the Michigan/Texas game and he said that the game wasn't that important to him as the game he was looking forward to the most was the Oklahoma St game. I think that's a serious problem as the game he SHOULD be looking forward to is the Oklahoma game, but the sliders are easy enough that he probably is more worried about Oklahoma St than Oklahoma, despite the fact that Oklahoma is a big rival and a much better team. If you're more worried about a user controlled mediocre team than a CPU controlled excellent team (they've been in the NC game in 3 of 4 years in my offline dynasty) then I think that means there's a problem with the sliders. I'm also really not liking some of the stats that have been put up so far and this is again due to the sliders. In my offline dynasty if the stats are getting out of hand one way or the other, I'm able to fix it. If another user is putting up 6000 passing yards and 3000 rushing yards, there's nothing I can do about that. Other things that I don't like having out of my control are things like: Not being able to change my CPU opponents' uniforms. It's a small thing and wouldn't make me quit, but it's still nice in my offline. Not being able to fix the horrible CPU depth charts. In my offline I can keep them from playing a QB @ TE or a safety @ DT. This is huge for me. Not being able to fix CPU personnel. I can change CPU recruiting priorities to try to get scrambling QBs @ places like GT or Florida. If they still recruit pocket passers, I can then change their playbook so they don't try to run tons of options with their 60 SPD QB. This is really, really huge for me. My biggest problem is the pace. It really, really sucks to play and recruit and then have to wait 3 days to be able to play again. "I just had a huge win in front of 12 recruits! How many did I sign? Well, I guess I'll find out in 3 days." To give you an idea of what's a good pace for me, I started my offline dynasty after patch #2, so 1 month ago and I've already begun season 5 (54 games). Because of all of this, I'm done with ODs as I can't think of any good reasons to play in an OD as opposed to playing my offline dynasty so I'm just going to see how far I can go with my Wolverines offline. With the changes made to recruiting this year, I think that offline mode is almost perfect (outside of shitty depth charts). I'd like to thank you guys for putting up with me for this long and especially want to give a shout out to the long time E-league guys and most especially want to give a shout out to JC. We had a great rivaly going and I always looked forward to our games. Now I just need to figure out how to be the fucking Spartans as I went 1-1 against you and I'm 2-2 against them so far in my offline dynasty. Good luck everyone and have fun!