State of the League Address: Season 1, Week 1 Welcome to TMFL... You know all year we talked about how great it would be if Madden rolled out Online Franchise and all the hardcore members from the Tradition Leagues (there was only 4 leagues for a while) could all pile into one online franchise and slug it out every week with user games. Well, it has happened, we are on the cusp of kicking off what i feel will be THE BEST franchise - anywhere- on the net. I know alot of people say that in there marketing posts on Operation Sports or on EA's site... but how many can truely back it up with 32 dedicated, cooperative and competetive guys burning to play their games every night after the wife pisses them off so bad they lock themselves in their mancaves....? (oops.. maybe thats just me) I think we all realize that we can say that here... like Al Pacino once said in a favorite speech of mine " I think if you look around, your gonna see a guy who will fight for that inch"... This league is what we make of it... treat it with respect, follow the rules, treat each other as colleagues not enemies, this thing could be the best league i've ever been a part of. So on that note... take care of your business... communicate with each other... sometimes things will happen and you will have to miss a game, that's just life in an online Madden league. Just deal. a little housework.. 1. Advances - Hard advances SAT: 12am WED: 12am (these could be 8am the next morning but there is no guarentee either way) 2. Scheduling - You are to define a set game time within 24 hours of the week advance via the forum scheduling threads. This is the only way i know how to track who is responsible for the inability to get the game in so that i can allow the other owner to play the CPU. 3. Gameplay - It is paramount that you respect the intent of the rules and treat your opponent better than you expect to be treated. Nobody wants to play a jackass week in and week out... word will get around and we don't have room for that type of thing on this ship. This isn't NCAA where you only play 3-5 user games a season.. you have 16 of the puppies, make sure your playing with simulation in mind. 4. Forum Activity - I expect all owners to pull their weight in the forums. Game summaries are required to be posted by the winning coach... it doesn't have to be shakespear or the length of a novel... any ole drivel will do..but do it... Loser should reply in good sportsmanship. 5. Issue Resolution - If you have an issue with anything.. do not post about in the forums. PM your conference president... Hellisan for the NFC, NYJuggalo for the AFC.. FLAMING ANOTHER OWNER ON THE BOARD WILL NOT BE TOLERATED .. just don't even go there, PM your leadership team. 6. Quitting - If you get frustrated/angry and pull the plug during a game you are open to expulsion for TF... it's the cardinal sin of any of my online leagues. Finish the game, deal with it afterwards. 7. Website - www.traditionfootball.com/tmfl I will be getting logins for those that have show interest. Also a little tutorial on how to do things in wordpress. Also, if anyone want to right a weekly article or vegas picks or contribute content in any way outside of blogging for your team.. let me know.. i can facilitate that similar to how i will do the power rankings on the front page. I can give you a little section on the site. Anyways... Good luck Kickoff 6pm EST Saturday night.