Saturday, May 30, 2009

Irish, Buckeyes Ink Long-Term Deal

Week 15 Just Got A Bit More Interesting

Buckeyes, Irish will be a yearly thing for quite some time.

In a stunning move for both schools, the Buckeyes of The Ohio State University have just signed a long-term deal with the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame, a deal that will end each season with a game between perhaps the two most storied programs in the nation.

Perhaps the most interesting thing about this deal is the fact that no one saw it coming. When asked about the deal, Ohio State coach Archie Griffin said, "Well, we just felt it wasn't anybody's business. We want to play the best, and they're the best, or pretty close to it, at least."

Some call the agreement a bit of a swipe at the Buckeyes' traditional rival, the Michigan Wolverines, since Ohio State's decision now places Notre Dame as the final game of the year instead of Michigan, a team that has struggled of late. When asked about it, coach Griffin said this:
The game happens when it happens because we couldn't find any other way to get it done. And anyone who says Michigan is no longer the primary game on our schedule ... well, they just don't know (expletive) about Ohio State football.

Coach Griffin: "Notre Dame is now a part of our season, but Michigan is the season."

While the home and away details have not yet been worked out, the two schools both seem committed to the idea of a long term agreement. For the Buckeyes, this likely means a lighter early schedule to compensate for the tough late schedule, and for the Irish, it probably means getting rid of one of its other Big Ten rivalries. While some believe Michigan State will likely be replaced by the Buckeyes on the Irish schedule, some insiders feel it is time to sever ties with in-state rival Purdue. But there is a strong contingent of Irish faithful who believe none of these games should go, so no one can say right now what will happen. However, we will watch the situation with interest.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Wanna Fight?

Since we have a bit of time to kill while we wait for the release of NCAA 2010, I thought I'd ask if any of you went out and purchased the new UFC game. I picked it up, and I'm having a good time with it so far, so I thought I'd offer you guys the opportunity to punch me in the face - digitally, of course. Good old AG has created a digital version of himself (though I have to admit that even the fattest body style in the game does not do justice to my beer gut) and is welcoming challenges from OFFL members. I'm not going to join any of the fight leagues, since I won't have the time to spend on it, but I thought an occasional beating might do me some good. For those of you considering adding the game to your collection, here's a quick video with some gameplay stuff you might like.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

More Blogger Help - Embedding Videos

This time, we're going to discuss embedding video. I'm going to assume we all know how to get vids up on, and I'm also going to assume that once we have those vids on, we know how to save them on our home systems. The first video below will show you how to post those vids on your blog. The second video will show you how to take a video from online sources like YouTube and embed that video in one of your posts. It may seem a little tricky at first, but trust me, it's much simpler than catching a pass across the middle.

Now, this second video leaves out the customizing options you can use before you copy the code. Here's a pic of what you will see to the right of whatever video you happen to be watching on YouTube.

The button you want to hit is that gear-looking thing to the right of the embed code. That will bring up the options, which include the size of the video, the color of the border (in case you want to match your team colors, for example) and a number of other things. Every time you click an option, the embed code changes to account for that new option. Once you have the look you want, copy the code, and then paste it into your blog.

That's enough for now. More to come in later posts, of course.


Just a Little Hype

I thought it might be fun to post a vid here and there about the upcoming release, so we can see a few of the new features in action. Most of you guys have seen this already (it's been out for a while) but just in case soem of you haven't, I thought I'd put it up here for you.

Keep in mind that each of you is an author here. You may post anything cool you happen to come across. If you have trouble with the format, I can clean it up for you, since I'll have admin access to all posts. You have you own blogs for your team specific stuff, but feel free to use this one to post anything of interest to all.

And to you slackers without blogs ... get 'em up!

Monday, May 4, 2009

Some Blogger Help

Just thought I'd post a few blogger tutorials. I'm sure some of us are more comfortable working in spaces like this one than others, so I'll start with the basics, and then, bit by bit, post stuff we can use to enhance or further customize our team blogs. Hopefully, by the time the season starts, we'll all have blogs we like and can operate easily. The easier they are to use, the more we will use them, and the more we get out of the league as a whole. I'm looking into apps and gadgets we can use to update everything from stats to Heisman races in easy-to-access ways. Hopefully, we can reduce the time it takes to update weekly stats and such to a few minutes, so no one will get bogged down in the process. First things first, though. Here's a quick vid for the guys who haven't started a blog yet.

We'll get to embedding video later. For now, let's just get the blogs up. I need email addresses from everyone, so I can add you as an author on this blog. Then I can add your blog to the list on the upper right portion of this blog page. Here's another vid explaining how to add and manipulate gadgets.

That's it for now. We'll take the next step in a few days.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Year One Vids

Here's a few oldies but goodies from back in the day. You'll love them. You will also hate them. But they sure are funny to look back on now. I had these sitting in an old file I used for the old site. I remember posting the Florida pic on the left as part of one of the early articles I wrote. It used to take me forever to churn that stuff out. Things sure have changed, haven't they?

Here's one of AMP putting the hurt on Trine.

And one of Dat putting the hurt on JC

One of my better efforts.

And here's Dat getting scored on in our first ever user game. FYI, I reached out to Manrilla to see if he might want to come back.

So there's a little nostalgia for you guys. I figured you would like those, since I'm probably the only guys who still has them. I don't have all of them, but I have quite a few.

Marlon Lucky, our first Heisman winner, who caught 76 passes in the final seven games of the year. But I'm not bitter ...