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2012-08-03 20:36

To aid understanding of the love for the red and gold, can you explain the significance of "Sfniner08" , I thought it was because you were born in 1908 :lol:, but apparently it's not, so what is it all about ?

Growing up as a young boy in the state of Washington one would think I would be a Seahawk fan. I lived in a family that didn't watch football so there were no allegiances to worry about. So I ask you, if you had to choose the Dave Krieg led Seahawks at 7-9 in 1989 or the Superbowl bound 49ers of 1989 who would you choose? I chose a winner, and stuck with them. That was towards the end of the Montana era and the beginning of the Young era, Young being jersey number 8.

Right, let's get straight down to the nitty-gritty, I know what's coming next from you, so I'll just put my earplugs in. OK, hearing successfully blocked-up, so ...... What are your views on MOTY ?

I like it the way it is. In the past it didn't make sense to have it in the playoffs as everyone in the playoffs is already pumped up to play. In the regular season though it is not uncommon for a team to rise up and pull off an upset of a perceived better team. The better team may indeed not play at that 100% level. But they are professionals is what I hear from opponents of MOTY, yes but they are also human beings.

Ahhh, now that onslaught is over, a follow-up question to MOTY (difficult to do a follow-up question, as I don't know your answer yet ! .... but I can guess) ..... so, if MOTY is good because it simulates the 'motivational effects' of a head coach, can you answer me this one .............I've heard in the past (from you and others) something along the lines of "I used MOTY against Team A because I thought they were going to use MOTY against me" ..... so how does this fit into the "MOTY is like motivation in real-life" scenario ? ..... because it seems extremely artificial to me.

If you are equating it to coaches motivational effects isn't it plausible, and even likely that in a big game both coaches are giving those kind of motivations?

In fact, a further question .... What do you say to people (like me) who think MOTY is more Poker than Football ? Why do you think MOTY is NOT artificial ?

First, I don't see poker and football as all that different. Perhaps that analogy isn't what you're looking for? As an avid poker player (and pretty darn good) and football watcher I notice the following the same about the two. The mental side of football is huge, there is psychology in it as in poker. In football you are trying to create misdirection to gain advantages, do you not also in poker do the same? In poker you sometimes use your power of chips to force your opponent into a bad play, how is it different in football when you take your "strength" and force your opponent to change their tactics?

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2012-07-19 11:12

You've been here since the very beginning of this game. How has RZA changed since the early days of September 2011 ?

I think the biggest change has just been the development of the economy. When I started, nobody had built out stadiums, so there wasn’t much money in the game. Now, everyone has max stadiums, but pretty small payrolls, so there is lots of money out there. Eventually, I think salaries will reign in available cash.

It’s changed quickly too. At the beginning of last season, I bought one of my best players for ~$45M and it was a really big purchase for the time. Now, he’d probably sell for two or three times that at least.

Which RZA teams/managers would you consider to be your main rivals ? ... and how intense is that rivalry ?

I have a pretty good divisional rivalry with Bellj (Heidelberg Hippos). I beat him in the playoffs last season, but then he beat me twice this season. Playoff game coming up this weekend!

Pete is also in the Galaxy 1.1 league and I seem to play him every season and in the playoffs too. So that’s a pretty big game too.

Of all the currently active NFL players, which 3 players do you rate the most highly ? And why ?

These aren’t necessarily the best players, but the ones that peaked my interest:

1. Wes Welker – this guy just is always open. I find him amazing.
2. RG3 – mark my words, Robert Griffin III will be incredible in the pros too!
3. Troy Polamalu – myself, not having the thickest head of hair, I’m a little envious of his mane. Great player too!

One of the RZA topics that seems to run and run .... for O-linemen, do you consider speed to be relevant ? Do you train speed ? ....... same for O-Linemen with Agility, do you consider it important ? Do you train it ?

Agility – I’ve trained it a little for O-linemen. I’m not sure how much it does. I’ve always been confused by the definition in the manual of agility and then how that resolves with the wording of Pass Blocker special trait.
Speed – I’ve never trained this for an O-linemen. I have considered it in picking positions on the O-line. Not sure it makes any difference though.

This one is primarily "tips for rookies" .... but think of it this way ... If you were to go Bot today, and start from fresh tomorrow .... having been playing this game for some time, which 3 things have you learnt that you would definitely do ? And which 3 things would you definitely not do ? (so, we might be talking .... definitely build the stadium fast, definitely not sell any Draftees .... lol ... it's up to you !)

Do’s
1. Build stadium ASAP.
2. Train PC as fast as possible.
3. Experiment with the playbook and see what works and what doesn’t.
4. Don’t be afraid to change players positions based to strength/speed caps.

Don’t
1. Don’t throw games.
2. Medium/Long passing – just be careful throwing longer passes with a newbie QB.
3. Don’t overspend on a single player transfer. As a newbie, you’re more than a single player away from being a good team. Build your stadium instead.

Not sure if I was a newbie team if I’d sell a talented draftee for big cash and build out my stadium immediately. It might be worth it.
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Thanks a lot for creating this to sh8888, and his "victim" Solana_Steve!

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