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Saturday, May 26, 2012

Scumdogs

For those of you who have never played Strat-O-Matic football it is essentially a more dorky fantasy football based off of previous seasons instead of the current season.

Strat-O-Matic (the company) does lots of research and comes out with a set of cards every year to represent the NFL teams (they also do this for Baseball - their most popular game - Hockey and Basketball as well).
It is a card and dice based game with a good amount of strategy that keeps the game fun.  There are flaws, but for the most part I really love the game.

I started playing during my college years when the league was a face-to-face league and that version of the game/league was by far my favorite game ever played.  Doing F2F you are able to create rules to suit yourself/league and of course there is the addition of staring down your opponent and trying to out play/coach them.  It's very akin to poker in that regards and I feel that if you are good at poker you actually have a good advantage playing Strat Football as well - it's all about reading people and their tendencies.  Pick up on their tells and you will have an advantage (though you still have to succumb to random chance, the luck of the die and some other things as well).

After moving to Vegas the league ended up becoming a computer league because it was getting too hard for people to travel back and forth to play games (people lived in New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Indiana). So the league evolved for everyone to keep in touch and I dropped out for a few years.

I ended up getting back into the league and my second season back is coming to an end.
The first year, the team I took over for, was pretty crappy and I was in the bottom 3rd.  However through a couple trades and draft picks and the power of Tom Brady my team is currently middle of the road and has a small possibility to squeeze into the last playoff spot (2 games to go).  Next year is going to be pretty bad other than Tom Brady though - but we'll get to that after trades and the draft is over.

Since my entire world revolves around Google, I have been using Google sites to build my teams web page.
I'm hoping to have it complete by the time the next season rolls around.  It's nothing fancy but it will work for what I want to use it for.  I don't think I particularly like Google Sites as my web builder of choice but it made it easy for me to just grab a template and start editing it as I saw fit.
It's probably been a decade since I have played with building a real website and using HTML and all that jazz and I know a ton has changed so I just didn't feel like diving into that and re-learning currently.  I'll probably get to that down the road when I feel like I have more time.

So, feel free to check out my crappy little site and look at the Las Vegas Scumdogs football team.

scumdogs.grrouchie.com

I'm working on a Logo Still - probably same guy that did my grrouchie logo.
I've got the offensive stats updated but nothing defensively yet.
I also do not have anything from the previous year up yet.

I'm hoping to do a post either before or after each game and continue to evolve the scumdogs site to something a bit better.
Either way - have at it.
Tell me what you like, what you don't like and make sure to call me a pansy for using something crappy like Google Sites instead of just using code and designing the bloody thing myself!


11 comments:

  1. Coolio! Tom Terrific rocks.

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    1. He's no Eli Manning, but I'm looking forward to having his 5,000 yard passing card :)

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  2. Brady??? You did get stuck with a lemon team, eh? :) I was going to talk smack about fantasy football being dorky AT ALL, but I won't play it this time around while sports betting, so...

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    1. When I took over the team I did have a few good players - but most were duds.
      My Starting Offense.
      Brady
      Moreno
      Santana Moss

      Going into next year my offense should be good (minus the TE) but my Defense is going to have a lot of holes that I need to plug during the draft.

      Offense
      QB - Brady
      RB - LeGarrette Blount and C.J. Spiller
      WRs - Antonio Brown, Manningham, Moss, (Hoping to draft either A.J. Green or Victor Cruz with my 1st pick).

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  3. I like the picture of our babies you have up there.

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  4. Speaking of which, the darky is sick. He woke me up just know throwing a fit. Of course I'm freaking the fuck out. Call me ,seriously.

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  5. OK, I'll embarrass myself here and say I'm not sure I really get this. I know a teeny bit about fantasy sports leagues because quite a few of my dealer buddies at BSC are into it and I hear them talking about it. But I really don't have a good idea of how it works.

    But I remember Strat-O-Matic from my youth, which was a long, long time ago. There was a competitor of it, at least for baseball, which I believe was called "All Star Baseball" and I had that game and loved it and could almost never find anyone to play it with me. It had round cards that you put in a "spinner" and spun an arrow to find out whether the batter got a hit or an out or whatever.

    I think Strat-O-Matic was similar but I never played that. So if that's how it was played, I'm wondering how you play it long distance on a computer. Is there a computer site that takes all the information from both coaches or managers and then randomly comes up with the result of the play or the at-bat based on statistically likelihood? The computer program replaces the dice?

    As for the Scumdogs site, is that a free google site that is NOT a blogger site? So if it is, do they offer other free sites that are easy to put up that aren't blogs? Or do you pay for that site?

    One more question. It appears that the Asian cheerleaders you have pictured on that site have rather large breasts. Am I right about that? I don't usually notice things like that but for some reason, this time I did.

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    1. Rob, they built their game and "engine " into a computer program complete with the random die rolls and everything.
      So, you chose your players and your plays and the computer gives you the results.

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    2. Also, scumdogs site is built with Google sites. It is free and all I have been doing is modifying a preexisting template they had.
      I'll play with it more before deciding If I want to re-learn HTML or not.

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  6. OMG, I remember the boys in my neighborhood playing Strat-o-Matic baseball on their front porches. I hated it! I wanted them to focus on me, me, ME!!! Yes, it was all about Linda even back then...

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    1. Linda, it's always about the women :)

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