Open Invitation: NFL 2k5 Tournament

Salutations.

As a test of the settings for the next season of the GWJFL, I have created a 16-team tournament named GWJFL3t. Teams are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you are already familiar with a team and want to evaluate the new settings, you are encouraged to select that team for the tournament but, in the "pro-fun" spirit of this tournament, it is not a requirement.

The next league will not begin until GWJFL 2005 is finished (at least with the regular season) but, if they are well received, I will run these tournanments in lieu of a second league. Optionally, instead of a large (e.g. 16-team, 16-week) league accompanied by the occassional tournament, I may run two smaller (8-team, 8-week) leagues so that the time commitments are less significant. This thread is not for the discussion of the future league options that I just mentioned. I will create a separate thread for that purpose at a more appropriate time.

Please feel free to send any requests, suggestions, comments or concerns about any aspect of the GWJFL to me via PM.

-Grumpicus

Name: GWJFL3t
Password: stan
Difficulty: All Pro
Quarter Length: 6 minutes
Injuries: On
Trading: Off (This is only for the tournament, trading will be on in the leagues.)
Player EQ: On
Challenges: On
Random Weather: Off

Lock&Load, it won''t let me respond to your PM. It says ""No such user exists."" I suspect that it''s caused by the ampersand in your name.

For L&L and others, you sign up for the tournament via the in-game XBox Live interface. Search for the league/tournament name and then use the password to join. I''ll try to remember to post detailed instructions later when I''m actually able to walk through the process.

Since I seem to have a low ""Join League"" ability score, I''ll say how even I managed to join the tournament. I couldn''t figure out a way to do it from the computer (which is funny, because the computer is the only way I could join the GWJFL3 league). In the actual game interface on the XBox, there''s some option along the lines of ""Join Tournament."" Once in that screen, you will see a long list of tournaments you aren''t interested in. I believe you can hit the black button to search for a league. Type in GWJFL, hit the Enter button on their fake keyboard, and it should come up. Click on it, pick your team, enter the password (or some order like that) and you''re all set.

Lock&Load, it won''t let me respond to your PM. It says ""No such user exists."" I suspect that it''s caused by the ampersand in your name.

Hmmmm... the ""&"" hasn''t been a problem so far. Maybe this Internet thing is broken... just my expert opinion.

Thanks for the info Poppinfresh, I''ll sign up later tonight.

I''m in!

I''m not going to join this tourney as the wife already thinks I play too much football on the XBox as it is. But I just wanted to let you know I do like the idea of tournaments instead of a second league.

Just as a heads-up, if we don''t make it to 16 teams, I''ll have to cut it back to 8 so the first 8 that get in (there are currently 7)... I can throw up a quick 4-team tourney for the the next 4 as consolation but that hardly seems worth it. Regardless, I expect/hope to have 16...

Stric, do you play more often than your two leage games per week or is that already too much? Just curious.

Stric, do you play more often than your two leage games per week or is that already too much? Just curious.

I mostly play just the two league games per week. The problem is they usually fall right around 7pm PST to compromise on timezone differences, and that just happens to be right about when the wife gets home from work. So the fact that I have to basically ignore her for about an hour when she gets home twice a week doesn''t really sit too well. If I could schedule all of my games for more around 9-10pm PST I would have no problem playing every day, but alas these east coast folks don''t really seem to be all that keen on staying up until 1am.

Don''t look at me. I stay up late to play Stric!

Signed up as the Panthers.

can I have the Bills

"Stric9" wrote:
stuff about timezone differences

sheeawt, I''m staying up late tonight to play with ya

Signed up as the Panthers.

Bah! At least I know they''re in good hands.

Oh well, time to learn a new team... took the Ravens.

"Stric9" wrote:
I''m not going to join this tourney as the wife already thinks I play too much football on the XBox as it is. But I just wanted to let you know I do like the idea of tournaments instead of a second league.

No worries, Stric. As can be deduced from the tour name, the primary ""customer"" is the player who didn''t make the playoffs of GWJFL3 and yet may still want to keep playing. I know we added at least a few players as replacements who are pretty good and have good attitudes but took over their teams too late to salvage the season. I''m not sure I''d play a third league if 2k5 didn''t make me (ok, yeah, I probably would). Additionally, maybe some people who decided that an 8+ week commitment wasn''t for them might come back to try to make a run that, at most, would only last 4 weeks (Opti, JMJ, etc.).

Edit:

"frankiemumbles" wrote:
can I have the Bills

If you sign up and grab them before someone else does.

We''re currently sitting at 8 teams so I''m hopeful that we''ll make it to 16 and not have cut anyone and go to an 8-team format.

I will be signing up with the Packers or Colts or Packers or Colts tonight..

I think the colts have been claimed.

"Highlander" wrote:
I think the colts have been claimed.

Yessir! I''m a glutton for punishment, so I continue to play as them.

Dropped from the tourney - Lock & Load the Panthers are yours for the taking.

"SpyNavy" wrote:
Dropped from the tourney - Lock & Load the Panthers are yours for the taking.

Awww.. why on why did ya leave spy? Some of us liked losing to you

6 more teams needed. If you have any friends who might be interested, let them know. If they''re not yet a GWJ member, all they have to do is register in order to be eligible and welcome. Thanks.

P.S. The following 85+ rated (pre- depth chart optimization) teams are still available:
Bills
Broncos
Chargers (90)
Falcons (90)
Jaguars
Jets
Redskins
Steelers (95!)
Vikings

Freed up Panthers for LnL - took Steelers (my original choice in the GWJFL 2005 league). I am surprised Pigpen hasnt come along and grabbed the Falcons.

I''ll grab the Viqueens when I get back from my trip. I assume this has to be done by logging into Xbox Live?

Freed up Panthers for LnL - took Steelers (my original choice in the GWJFL 2005 league).

Wow! Thanks SpyNavy! The Panthers are pretty much are the only team I''ve ever played so that will be a huge help for me. Thanks again and glad to see your still in the tourney.

"firesloth" wrote:
I''ll grab the Viqueens when I get back from my trip. I assume this has to be done by logging into Xbox Live?

1) Little late for that. I''ve had the Vikes for a couple of days.

2) Yeah - through XBL.

I figured as much plus I wanted to learn the Steelers whom I have tried to play in the last couple of leagues :).

Hmmm...it might be a blessing that the Vikes are gone.

"SpyNavy" wrote:
I figured as much plus I wanted to learn the Steelers whom I have tried to play in the last couple of leagues :).

You''re welcome.

Invitation Posted: Mar 30, 2005 - 12:01 PM
Signup Deadline: April 6, 2005 - 12:01 PM

If we don''t have the last 6 teams by noon (CDT) on Wednesday, I guess I''m going to have to scale the tournament back to 8 teams. I''d hate to have to cut people but if they haven''t signed up after a week, they''re probably not going to. Thanks.

Note: If you plan on signing up but can''t get to your Xbox by the deadline (e.g. you''re traveling this week), send me a PM and I''ll at least include you in the headcount for purposes of deciding if we need to scale back or not. Thanks.

If you need anyone and it comes to it, I''ll volunteer to be cut Grumps.

Yeah, I''ll volunteer for cutting as well.

Let''s not open the floodgates just yet. Go recruit some more players instead.