Friday, January 14, 2011

Season 3 Preparations


Season 2 has come to a close even though we technically did not play all our games.  The final standings as of tonight show Everton (Monarchos159) has been declared the winner.  Congratulations to him as he is an exceptional player. I noticed that tikemhomas left the League so that's why the records show less games played.  Once a player leaves the League, their game results are automatically taken away.  

As the Standings have it, here is how we all faired (Season 3 picks in red):
  1. Monarchos159  (Bolton)
  2. XxRedDevilxX  (Aston Villa)
  3. ChelseaDaz  (Stoke City)
  4. Born2xl  (Chelsea)
  5. bkforyou  (Fulham)
  6. IllhamiD  (Sunderland)
  7. BrooklynZizou  (Liverpool)
  8. im2throwed  (skipped) (assuming he left league)
  9. esomedina  (Manchester City)
  10. atom_25  (Arsenal)
  11. ballgame59  (Tottenham)
  12. Musko82  (Manchester United)
Monarchos159 (picking first), XxRedDevilxX (picking second) and ChelseaDaz (picking third) must pick their Season 3 team from the following list:
  • Aston Villa (tikemhomas left the League so his team gets tossed into the pile)
  • Blackburn
  • Blackpool
  • Bolton
  • Stoke City
  • West Brom
  • Wigan Athletic
  • Wolverhampton
Once those three have picked their teams, the remaining teams will be picked in this order and you may pick any EPL team that has not already been picked (except for Tottenham):
  1. Musko82
  2. atom_25
  3. esomedina
  4. im2throwed
  5. BrooklynZizou
  6. IllhamiD
  7. bkforyou
  8. Born2xl
Ballgame59 will be using Tottenham for Season 3 as he has yet to use his favorite team due to a mix up when picking Season 2 teams.

New for this season, I will be adding a season ending tournament to entice everyone to play and complete the season.  The season ending tournament will hopefully include everyone (depending on how many teams the game limits for the playoffs).  I figure this gives everyone a chance to hoist the silverware in the event some of us just run into a bad period of form and lose a couple big matches or there are connection issues during the season.  The match time will remain the same at 6 minute halves, unless there is overwhelming support to increase the time length.  We will also keep the total times we play agaiinst each other at 2 games.

Due to the way the Leagues are set up on the PS3, I have to re-create the League with the new settings.  Also, I will have to boot everyone and then re-invite you back.  You'll receive instructions via PS3 PM.  Once everyone has picked their team, I will begin this process.

Also, if you know of anyone that wants to join the League, please feel free to invite them.  They will get to pick their teams after we have finished our selections. They will get their picks on a first come, first serve basis based on when they make their initial post in this thread.  I will update our draft list to include their names once they reply here.

So, please respond here with your team of choice per your draft order and include any changes you'd like made.


Monarchos159 is now on the clock...


59 comments:

  1. In case you guys stop looking at the post below here are the Links again for our New FB page. By the By Martin and Leo I made you guys admins of the Page so you can make changes and stuff and set up times for events and all as needed. After all from the looks of it you two are the ones that have spearheaded this League and It would be not cool if I headed the FB page without you guys being a part of it.

    FB EPL Talk Group Page link
    http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/home.php?sk=group_180154755350690&ap=1

    and my Personal FB page link
    http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/profile.php?id=100001013754764

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  2. I would like to take Stoke unless Josh decides to take them. I await his comment if Josh takes them I will select another team

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  3. I will take Aston Villa. Petrov is a BEAST!!!

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  4. Picks so far:

    Monarchos - Bolton
    Red Devil - Aston Villa
    Chelsea Daz - Stoke City

    Now that the top three have picked their teams, everyone else is open to pick whatever team is available.

    Musko82 is on the clock...

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  5. I'll Take Manchester United all though I know Im on the bottom rung there so...I take them unless they get taken before they get to me.

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  6. Sorry so late guys. Man U i will take.

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  7. I will take Liverpool if possible.

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  8. Fellas, we are picking teams in order so please don't stake your claim until you are actually up to pick.

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  9. Gunnar, forgive but what's your PS3 username?

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  10. To be honest: I don't really understand the picking order since Crystian and I are in the last third to pick our team though we played last season with teams rated 4 stars that were not our favorites. I would really appreciate if we can create a more fair picking order where the users who played the 5 and 4,5 stars teams of last season are switch with us in the order so that everyone has the chance to play with their favorites once.

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  11. Is that not how it is set up or am I missing something? The list of teams that Monarchos159, ChelseaDaz and myself are picking from does not consist any of the top 4 sides.

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  12. Actually, I see what you are saying now. It is the order that is the issue. I think that whoever played with the lowest team should pick first, after the three of us picked our teams. I also wish people could start picking their teams in general! I would like to get this league started. It has been over a month since I played a league match.

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  13. The ordering is based on how we finished in the Standings. So, if you sucked in Season 2, you get first crack at picking a better team to hopefully propel you to a better finish. If you are good it is either the product of the team you chose or your impressive skills. Either way, I feel this brings competitive balance.

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  14. With that said, atom_25 has been skipped as it's been days we've been waiting. I have picked Man City. im2throwed has been skipped as he has not commincated in the blog since...forever. BrooklynZizou will get Liverpool as requested.

    The list has been updated to reflect this.

    IllhamiD is now on the clock

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  15. Fair enough. Lets get the picking going so we can start!

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  16. Can anyone get in contact with IllhamiD by tonight to get him opn the blog to pick his team? If no one does/can, I'll PM on the PS3 tonight.

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  17. Are Bent and Makoun going to be on my squad now? How interesting the winter transfer period can be! I think EA updates squads, right? I played an online match last night against AC Milan and noticed Ronaldinho was still there and not on Flamengo. Anyone know how EA works this?

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  18. I think EA releases a patch for the transfers some time in February. This being my first year playing FIFA, I'm not entirely sure but I did read that on the forums.

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  19. Damn, so no Bent for me. Well, slow ass Carew it is!

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  20. I have absolutely no idea what those Squad Updates we constantly have to download do.

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  21. One thing that I might suggest for the future is that we get to pick teams as soon as Martin says go. If 2 or more owners pick the same team, then the owner with the worse record be "awarded" the team. That way, we don't have to wait so long for the next pick. Let's say we give it 3 days to a week for everyone to check in and pick. If an owner does not pick in that time, he sits out the season.

    No owner can have the same team in back to back seasons. Is this a viable option?

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  22. Leo,
    I think this a fair and systematic procedure that makes totally sense. We should consider this option for the next season to streamline the picking process. You have my vote.

    Let the show begin.

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  23. Sure, why not. I just want people to be happy and play games.

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  24. Did anyone get in contact with Ilhami? If not Ill log on right now and send him a PM to tell him to get to the site and pick a team and put it on the blog.

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  25. I have contacted Ilhami via Pm through Soccer fans network and ill shoot him one on the ps3 tonight.

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  26. I sent IlhamiD a message through the PS3 at about 5pm est yesterday with no response yet.

    I did the same with Atom (Adam). He joined our FB site so maybe we can contact him there.

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  27. Sorry for the delay- I'll take Arsenal

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  28. atom_25 has Arsenal now.

    In an effort to expedite the "draft" we're skipping IllhamiD for the moment. bkforyou gets Fulham as requested. That leaves Born2xl (Crystian) with the last pick.

    Also, Crystian, were you going to invite your friends to play? If so, feel free to tell them to visit the site and to send a friend request on the PS3 to me so I can invite them.

    Once Crystian makes his pick, I will reset the League tonight and send out PM's with instructions.

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  29. Hmm Im having trouble deciding this one guys I dont know weather to go with West Ham again or New Castle, Stoke Sunderland or Chelsea. It has been really tough for me but unless you guys dont want me to I will take Chelsea I hate Carlton Cole and wont pick West Ham again even though Barrera is awesome. If I get too many objections for picking Chelsea then I Suppose Stoke City will be my next pick.

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  30. alright Im decided. Im taking freaking Chelsea.

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  31. Cool. Hopefully I can get on tonight go reset the League

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  32. Ok...so we have 10 right now. Are we gonna wait for IllhamiD and anyone else that has been asked to play?

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  33. 11 owners. 20 games. I believe that we can say this is the core of the league. A pretty good group.

    So unless we add someone else, this process took just over 5 days. I say that is fair for next season's "Draft". Especially with the new Facebook page. Those of us who can receive FB alerts on our phones should know when it's your turn. (I still haven't figured out FB.)

    I've played MANY fantasy sports & this is becoming very similar - only YOU can actually control your team further than setting a line up. So I'd say that it is BETTER than any fantasy league that I've been in!

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  34. I agree Leo this is definitely fitting of a "fantasy" type league as far as choosing a team. However the Ultimate version on this would be if leagues were to be able to set up through the Ultimate Team. That to me would be a literal Fantasy League with ultimate control. With the count of 11 owners the games to be played should be up to 22 should it not? and I have another person I am seeing if they are interested in joining out league. So we might have one more to add. Consistent player always see him on lime so we will see if He decides to join our group here. Well hopefully the league gets reset this week and we can start season 3 games this weekend. Good luck to everyone and I'll see you on the Virtual Playing pitch :D

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  35. At first I really liked the Ultimate team but then I would so geared up to play then someone would need a new contract. Or fitness. Or whatever and it really soured me. I like the concept, I just think that there should be a "Transfer window" type feature so that you can concentrate on THAT at that period of time and not in between games.

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  36. well It gets easier to manage when you get better players. I rotate all my players so their Fitness always stays around 85 at the least. And my fresh player come in to give them a one game rest then my main big players come back on And I usually have it set up so I only lose two or three big ones at a time. The Contracts are easy doing the auctions late at night or early in the morning lets you find great ones for cheap.

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  37. Don't forget there's a Club game(s) tonight. Try to make it if ya can.

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  38. I am sorry I didnt make it today guys I got home and had to deal with technical difficulties with my Modem and I just now got it fixed.

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  39. Same here Crystian. Difficulties with Comcast/modem/service. I haven't really been on the last two days or so. Connection goes in and out. Not sure if it's the severe cold we're experiencing in Chicago or I'm finally getting my speeds capped.

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  40. I plan on playing for a bit tonight. Is the league ready to go?

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  41. Not on tonight and pretty packed this weekend but I will try to sign in at some point, just not sure when.

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  42. Im playing a bit tonight too and The league is still not on.

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  43. Give me whatever team is left with a descent G. I didnt leave Its just that I couldnt get any games with the people I needed them with.

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  44. The League is getting reset now!

    Follow instructions in your PMs and join with your picked teams.

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  45. nah, BrokklynZizou picked Liverpool.

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  46. ill be on in a little bit in case anyone wants to get a few league games in

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  47. I think the only other person that it could be is tikemhomas. Unless im2throwed changed his name.
    And who is Byeong on the Facebook page?

    Who are ya. Who are ya. Who are ya.

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