Dealing With the Drop-off Guys, I have a premonition, and an idea. First, the premonition: Each year, leagues like this one start up, get really, really active for a short time, and then fall off after a few months. It happens everywhere. It will happen to us. Better to address it proactively then to wait until we lose good members. Here's a few ideas: 1 - We slow down. Last year, my league advanced twice a week. Yes, the super active guys wanted to move faster, but on the upside: - the busier guys didn't feel like they had to drop - a season felt like a season (it took a while) - big games felt bigger - more time to schedule/play games - less pressure to "get it all done" - more time to recruit (something we seem to struggle at) 2 - We move to a set number of conferences. Three, maybe four. ND would fit in this concept, since they're kind of a like Big Ten team. User interaction builds anticipation, drama, etc. Everybody plays three or four losable games a year, and winning a conference becomes a really big deal, as you'll have to take it from someone other than the CPU. 3 - TDL2 goes bye-bye, or I hand the reigns over to someone who would like to continue the concept, or perhaps build on it. I'd even put in a good word with the guys running the site, help you get your own forums, and I'd keep playing. I think a couple of us could easily take this one if they wanted to, and that way, the chance to play more often doesn't go away for those who want it. 4 - We let a couple of new guys in, and get back to 12 teams. New blood = new excitement, and we have the guys looking to join. 5 - (my favorite) More time for content. I like the story portion of a season as much as I like playing. If we have more time, we can spend more time casually, and relax enough to have a little more fun here in the forums and with the dynasty website. Long story short - We slow down, spend more time playing each other (slower pace, higher competition) and spend more time just hanging out. If it becomes a job, we will all burn out. Seen it a hundred times, and you will see leagues go belly-up very soon. I've even given some thought to leaving my Buckeyes in this setup, and maybe playing them offline, or in another league. It's just a thought, but I'd be willing (without any issues) it it helps create a sense of balance, or if it'll help Goose make the transition to a new system. I've only ever played the Buckeyes in these leagues. I'd be totally cool with something new. Conference Ideas: I think the MWC needs to be involved, since Luchini is a big BYU guy. We could shift conferences around to accomodate any team that is moving to the MWC, like Boise perhaps. Big Ten seems a likely choice. SEC seems a likely choice. ACC seems a likely choice. Big 12 could go, and we don't seem to have any die-hard Pac Ten guys, so they could go as well. Personally, I'd prefer the Big East and/or Pac Ten, since they all play each other every year, and have no championship games, so no unbalanced schedules among members, but having teams we like playing is much more important than this. I could give up my Bucks (actually, with the slider issues, it easier for me to play them offline in my own way), but all I would ask is that I not be required to play against them. I never have, and I never will. So that would mean leaving the Big Ten. Anyway, I think it's time to look into this. We're going to burn out if we keep up this pace. We're not die-hard guys. We're dads. I think we ought to be a little easier on ourselves. Who's with me?