Balu the Bare

Gridiron League of America: 2012 Columbus Spirit Update

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13 minutes ago, Balu the Bare said:

Actually, I'm pretty new here myself and am still learning. This project is mostly about practice with inkscape and design and such. If you're looking for tips...I would check out Veras' History of a Professional Football League. Veras does a great job with world-building and creating a sense of history for the league. Also check out hawkfan89's Professional Hockey League; a fictional history. Another good series that does a fantastic job telling stories and giving fans recognizable characters and teams to root for. They both are much more realistic than what I'm doing here, are presented better, and are designed better overall. I'm sure they'd be willing to help out with any questions.

 

...As far advice from me...have some logos and designs ready to go before you start posting and going through seasons and try to be organized. Trying to wing it can lead to problems. Figure out how you're going to be simulating the games, how you'll settle ties, and how you want to tell your league's story and get a little bit ahead before you post your first concepts. That's one thing I wish I had done.

 

Thanks for the info. I'll start next week. 

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52 minutes ago, noleseveryday said:

 

Thanks for the info. I'll start next week. 

Anytime =)

I'm looking forward to what you come up with!

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Bowski    19
10 hours ago, Balu the Bare said:

Three more uniform updates. 

The Gems struggled to find offense in 2010 due mostly to the inconsistent play of QB Amber Dunlap and their young receiving corps. Their lone bright spots were OS Makenzie Warren, who led the league in receptions and targets, and their front line anchored by Jillian Turner and Shannon Dunn. They'll be looking for more potent offensive threats for 2011. 

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The Kentucky Racers had one of the most inexperienced teams in 2010 and both quarterbacks Erin Watson and Destiny Bailey were first year players. It remains to be seen if the team is willing to wait on either of them to develop into solid contributors. They relied heavily on their defense to keep them in games in 2010, but struggled to put points on the board themselves. TE/LB Gracie Harper is better known for her run stopping than blocking or pass catching, and WR/DB Bianca Scalisi is a ball hawk, but was more adept at knocking passes down and led the league in passes dropped by a receiver. 

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Fort Wayne managed to put together a string of wins at the end of the 2010 season, but will lose both of their starting Defensive Specialists, Elizabeth O'Neill and Cailyn Rose, and their emotional leader in Offensive Specialist Courtney Brent to retirement. The Defenders are looking to build on their late 2010 run and give QB Shannon Baird a few more offensive weapons to work with in 2011.

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Those Fort Wayne unis look sharp, I'd say place the "FW" on the helmet straight 

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16 hours ago, Bowski said:

Those Fort Wayne unis look sharp, I'd say place the "FW" on the helmet straight 

I made that change. I'm a little busy today, so I'll post it later =)

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Next up is Memphis. The Blues were wildly inconsistant in 2010, but showed flashes of being a top-tier team. Offensive Specialist Amy Jackson plans to retire after the 2011 season so they may look to replace her with a more potent threat. Their defense is solid and QB Rebecca Calhoun can keep them in every game.

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With QB Kathy Black retiring at the end of the 2010 season, the Spirit are looking to fill some pretty big and talented shoes. Were it not for Naomi Booker in Lexington, Black would have led the league in touchdowns, fewest interceptions, and game winning drives. The current replacement, Tori Boley, doesn't seem to be ready to fill those shoes and even if she were, there's no guarantee the offensive line could keep her upright. Black excelled at getting the ball out of her hands quickly, but was the third most sacked QB in 2010. Defensively, Columbus will have to stop the run better if they have any hope of repeating the success they had in 2010.

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Speaking of Naomi Booker, Lexington needs to find her more weapons if the Fillies want to get back to the Jefferson-Hodge Cup Final. In the second half of the season, teams stopped respecting their ground game and would often play with just two up front. The addition of a solid rushing attack to Booker's talent and excellent receiver corps would make the offense nearly unstoppable. 597a132502d6c_Fillies2011univ1.thumb.png.c63d9cac501127c0b92d94b1c5dd1a75.png

 

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Finally, we have the Gals of Kalamazoo. If the Gals hope to repeat as champions, they'll need to find a more stable identity than they had in 2010. They weren't always dominant defensively, not always overwhelming offensively, but they were exactly what they needed to be when they needed to be. QB Carlie McCall can make the clutch throws she needs to and doesn't turn the ball over much. OL/DL Delonda Cross anchors a defensive and offensive front that is young, athletic, and talented. They'll need to replace FB/LB Lara Terriau who retired soon after Offensive Specialst Kara Lee. Her ability to wear a defensive front down was essential in 2010. 

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I personally prefer Lexingtons Jefferson-Hodge Cup "sleeve" (for lack of a better term) style with the stripes to what they will wear next season. 

 

Also not really sure who to root for...granted I'm also secretly hoping the GLA expands out of the Midwest to the East Coast...more specifically NYC

 

Either way love the series so far!

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b0ss pls    59

Is there going to be an expansion into Reading or Albany?

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On 7/29/2017 at 4:29 PM, New York's Greatest said:

I personally prefer Lexingtons Jefferson-Hodge Cup "sleeve" (for lack of a better term) style with the stripes to what they will wear next season. 

 

Also not really sure who to root for...granted I'm also secretly hoping the GLA expands out of the Midwest to the East Coast...more specifically NYC

 

Either way love the series so far!

Thanks, NYG! 

 

4 hours ago, b0ss pls said:

Is there going to be an expansion into Reading or Albany?

 

I'm including NYG's interest here, too. 

 

One of the problems that I'm having is that I didn't exactly plan to have this last until 2017. I have this habit of starting projects and then never finishing them, so when I started this project I figured I'd get about halfway through the logo design and then quit before finishing. I'd give some explanation about how there wasn't enough interest and the teams folded and then the league folded and that would be the end of it. But then I got to liking this project and now want to see it through until at least the current year so I'm making it up as I go, but I can't really come up with a reason for the GLA to expand that far east after establishing that they want to keep franchises close in order to reduce cost.

 

So, to answer both of you I'll say this: The GLA will not be adding expansion teams to either coast anytime soon. The economics for the league just aren't there and it goes against the incredibly conservative vision of the league's founder. Not everyone will be happy with the cities that will be announced for expansion at the start of the 2012 season so 2013 will be a pretty big year for women's professional indoor/arena football. Stay tuned. 

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So I saw that you use inkscape and I just wanted to know what template you're using because I might be doing football concepts soon.

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1 hour ago, CinnamonRoll21 said:

So I saw that you use inkscape and I just wanted to know what template you're using because I might be doing football concepts soon.

I ended up getting a bunch of them from a google search and settled on the Nike Hypercool NFL template. I don't remember from where, but that was one of the few I found in .svg

I'll be on the lookout for your concepts! 

 

 

edit: It's on these boards from a mattwillcox post from 2013. Here you go.

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2011 GLA Draft Showcase

With no minor league, farm system, or college teams to choose prospective players from the competition committee needed a way to keep teams from securing top talent by over-spending on free agents that other teams wouldn't have a chance to look at or talk to. Their solution was simple. Prospective players sought by a particular team would be invited to showcase their skills along with other prospective players who were not invited, but still wanted a chance to join the league. This camp of sorts would last for two weeks, during that time players would be given lodging, housing, and medical treatment if required, but could not be otherwise compensated for participation. Teams could only acquire players who had participated in that year's draft showcase and could barter draft picks or other players to acquire a particular available prospect. While teams could only invite a maximum of three potential players to the showcase, there was no limit to the total number of prospects allowed to participate.  For 2011, over 250 women from various backgrounds and experience levels would compete for just 24 open draft slots. 

 

2011 Showcase top performers:

Cecilia Murphy, WR/DB, Dayton 

Ryan Nielson, OL/DL, volunteer

Lindsay Hinton, OL/DL, Memphis

Kaya McClain, OS, Kalamazoo

Shaquira Ray, QB, volunteer

Lacey Burton, OS, volunteer

Azariah Parrish, OL/DL, Columbus

Lashaya Bolden, WR/DB, volunteer

Taryn Wallace, QB, Columbus

Jessica Montgomery, TE/DL, Lexington

Jeanette Martin, OS, volunteer

Sierra Lynch, DS, Fort Wayne

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eick74    75

Will teams be allowed to sign players that were not drafted but did attend the draft showcase?

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1 hour ago, eick74 said:

Will teams be allowed to sign players that were not drafted but did attend the draft showcase?

Yes. There is a hard roster cap of 20 active players, but should a player be unable to play due to injury or other reasons they can be deactivated and another player signed and activated to take her place. 

 

Once a deactivated player becomes available the team has a two week period to reduce their roster size to a maximum of 20 players. This can happen at any point in the season.

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For the 2011 draft teams were not permitted to trade players or picks. With their first pick the Hounds addressed their concerns on the front lines with Lindsay Hinton, a proven leader on a championship winning team in the Women's Football Alliance. The Gems loaded up on Offensive Specialists in the hopes of taking some pressure off of (and finding a replacement for aging) OS Makenzie Warren, but Jeanette Martin is unproven and Kaya McClain's age makes her a short-term option. The Spirit were the first to draft a quarterback, choosing a little known Idependant Women's Football League prospect, Shaquira Ray with their first pick. Ray showed all the skills of Lexington's Naomi Booker in the showcase, but also the kind of pinpoint accuracy that is hard to defend against. The big winners, at least on paper, were the Lexington Fillies. Lacey Burton showed a skill for and understanding of the game that  none of the other potential draftees had, but the LFL is viewed with disdain among the owners (and some players) of the GLA. The Fillies needed more offensive weapons, though, and Burton was one the best, if not -the- best prospects. If she can keep her excessive celebrations in check, she could be a force in this league and if she and Booker get along well the rest of the league may be in trouble.

 

 

Round 1        
Pick # Team Player Pos Experience
1 Knoxville Lindsay Hinton OL/DL 2 years - WFA
2 Dayton Jeanette Martin OS None
3 Kentucky Azariah Parrish OL/DL 2 years - WFA
4 Fort Wayne Sierra Lynch DS 3 years - IWFL
5 Memphis Ryan Nielson OL/DL None
6 Columbus Shaquira Ray QB 1 year - IWFL
7 Lexington Lucie Saudek FB/LB 2 years - WSFL
8 Kalamazoo Lashaya Bolden WR/DB 2 years - WSFL
Round 2        
9 Knoxville Jessica Montgomery TE/DL 2 years - WFA
10 Dayton Kaya McClain OS 8 years - IWFL
11 Kentucky Emily Huppert OL/DL 4 years - IWFL
12 Fort Wayne Ellie Merit WR/DB 2 years - WFA
13 Memphis Sarah Paternoster OL/DL None
14 Columbus Lori Tomita WR/LB 5 years - IWFL
15 Lexington Cecilia Murphy WR/DB 2 years - WFA
16 Kalamazoo Zoe Weaver WR/LB None
Round 3        
17 Knoxville Karrie Duran DS None
18 Dayton Deanna Cotton WR/DB 1 year - WSFL
19 Kentucky Taryn Wallace QB 1 year - WSFL
20 Fort Wayne Hazel Kelly-Norris DS None
21 Memphis Mikayla Irwin OS 2 years - IWFL
22 Columbus Rhonda Long OL/DL None
23 Lexington Lacey Burton OS 1 year - LFL
24 Kalamazoo Kim Kirby FB/LB None

 

WFA- Women's Football Alliance

WSFL- Women's Spring Football League

IWFL- Independent Women's Football League

LFL-Lingerie Football League

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2011 Began with a rematch of the Jefferson-Hodge Cup Final with the Fillies travelling to Kalamazoo. The Gals struck first when QB Carlie McCall hit Receiver/Linebacker Sara Baptista for a two yard score, but the Fillies answered right back on a 7 yard run by Lucie Saudek.  Lexington's first round pick would be flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct when she ran into the stands and gave the football to her father. Kalamazoo regained the lead when Mcall found the Gals' first round pick Lashaya Bolden for a 12 yard touchdown and would extend the lead to 14 with a 1 yard one from third round pick Kim Kirby. The Fillies tried to answer quickly, but a forced pass was picked off by Bolden and returned for a touchdown. Lexington's next possession saw QB Naomi Booker throw a perfect ball to Receiver/Safety Grace Murray for a 23 yard score. After adding a field goal, Kalamazoo went into the half leading 31-14. 

During the break, Booker addressed her team. It is not known what was said, or how it was said, but what is known is that the Fillies started out the second half looking every bit the equal of the defending champions. Former Lingerie Football League wideout Lacey Burton would prove to be a reliable deep threat and would catch touchdown passes of 28 and 32 yards to cut the Kalamazoo lead to 3 before the end of the third. Booker and Burton would link up again on a 38 yard touchdown pass to start the 4th and gave Lexington their first lead of the game 35-31. With less than 3 minutes to go, Running Back Lexi Campbell turned what should have been a three yard loss into a 30 yard touchdown runand put the Fillies up 42-31. With Kalamazoo needing a touchdown to stay alive, McCall attempted to scramble to give her receivers more time to get open, but she was hit and fumbled. The ball was recovered by Lexington TE/DE Nancy Dubois and returned for the final score of the game.

Lexington won 49-31 to break their 3 game losing streak against the Gals. Their dominant second half performance carried over and they would go on to win 5 of their next 6 games. At the mid-point of the season they look like solid favorites to return to the Final. Kalamazoo would lose their next game to the visiting Columbus Spirit, but then won their next 5 to sit in second place at 5-2.  Memphis' two losses come to Kalamazoo and Lexington, however in those games they would hold the two high powered offenses to their lowest scoring wins through 7 games. The combination of Specialists Iris Hill and Emily Perry, WR/DB Rose Noir, and WR/LB Christine Saunders earned the nickname "The Queen B's" and are a major factor to their impressive 5-2 start. 

In other news, after losing 5 out of 7 games and setting record lows for attendence,  the league announced that the Kentucky Racers would be relocating for the 2012 season. They also fired head coach  Keith Bailey after a 38-33 loss at Memphis where a combination of time mismanagement and bad personnel decisions (specifically,  replacing QB Taryn Wallace with his daughter, an unproven Destiny Bailey who had missed most of that week's practice) cost his team the win. Assistant Coach Duane Green was named interim coach for the remainder of the 2011 season.

 

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Went to GenCon in Indianapolis and had a great time, but it's time to get back to this! 

 

Kentucky's mid-season coaching change would prove to be fruitless; the team failed to win another game and finished the 2011 season 2-12. Fort Wayne also made a coaching change midway through the season. Managing just one win in seven games after a lackluster 2010 campaign, Buddy Few stepped down after a 47-43 loss to Columbus. Romeo Phillips took the helm and changed the offensive scheme from a balanced rushing grind to a heavy vertical attack that Quarterback Shannon Baird seemed to be waiting for. Together with WR/DB Elaina Harrington and Offensive Specialist Ellie Merit, the trio spearheaded a 6-1 finish that came within a single point of giving Coach Phillips an undefeated start to his head coaching career.   

At the top of the league table, the Columbus Spirit looked to 1st round pick QB Shaquira Ray to after Tori Boley's poor performance to start the season, but it was the Spirit's defense that would ultimately seal victories for them. The Fillies entered week 11 with an 8-3 record and needing just one win in their next three games to secure their spot in the Jefferson-Hodge cup final. It was their race to lose. Unfortunately infighting would cause them to do ecxactly that. Tensions between QB Namoi Booker and Head Choach, Tonell Garner split the locker room and the lack of focus caused them to drop their last three games to finish 4th in the league. It was clear that a change would need to be made soon, but Booker did still manage to win league MVP and former Lingirie Football OS Lacey Burton won Rookie of the Year.

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A three way tie between the Gals, Blues, and Spirit presented a glaring issue with the league's tie-breaker rules. While there were numerous ways to solve ties between two teams, a way to eliminate one team from a group of three could not be found in time for the JHCup. It was then decided that since Kalamazoo were the 2010 champions, they would take on the winner of a play-in game between Memphis and Columbus. Immediately following that decision,  the league announced plans to restructure the league. Until then, there was still football to play. Since Columbus owned the tie-breaker over Memphis, the game would be in Columbus. 

 

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Bowski    19

Well, we got something right for the 2nd half the season here in FW lol

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14 hours ago, Bowski said:

Well, we got something right for the 2nd half the season here in FW lol

Yessir, and hopefully something to build on! The coaching change should be a pretty significant one as Few didn't really adjust to the indoor game all that well and Phillips has embraced the league. It'll be interesting to see what they do for a QB in the near future. Shannon Baird'll be 31 next season and the current backup, Charlotte Pearce, isn't much younger and there's a pretty big drop off in skill level between the two. Baird is rumored to be discussing retirement with her inner circle, but it's just speculation at this point.

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This was an interesting match-up as the teams split the regular season series with the visiting team winning both games. Columbus was one of two teams to score more than 40 points against the Blues' defense  and Queen B's were determined to limit the effectiveness of QB Shaquira Ray and take advantage of the newcomer's mistakes. 

It was the Blues' offense that set the tone as QB Rebecca Calhoun completed 16 of her first 18 passes, including two touchdowns to help give Memphis a 16-0 lead, while the defense pressured Ray into a shaky start. It was a full quarter before she completed her first pass of the game, but it was a 30 yard bomb to a wide open Evie Collins who walked into the endzone with the nearest defender five yards away. After throwing an interception that led to a Memphis field goal, Ray executed a near-perfect one minute drill that ended with a 7 yard touchdown pass to Collins just before halftime. Memphis led 19-14. 

The Spirit adjusted to the Queen B defense and mixed up their play calling enough to start the third that Ray orchestrated a full field drive that ended in a QB Keeper for a 5 yard touchdown. Columbus took their first lead of the game, but it would be short lived. RB/LB Danica Ellis would bulldoze her way to a 3 yard touchdown run on Memphis' next drive to retake the lead, 26-21. Columbus was on the brink of answering right back, but WR/LB Christine Saunders would catch Ray on a blitz and cause her to fumble. The ball was picked up by Specialist Iris Hill and returned for a touchdown to extend Memphis' lead to 33-21 near the end of the third quarter. 

Ray hit TE/DL Rachel Hutnik for an 8 yard touchdown to start the fourth and cut the lead to 5. After the Spirit defense held Memphis to a field goal, Ray brought the offense out to try and possibly tie the game. The drive started off well, but then WR/DB Rose Noir intercepted a pass intended for Specialist Kayla Harper and ran 20 yards for the Queen B's second defensive touchdown of the game. RB/LB Hazel Mills would score on a two yard run after an impressive answering drive, but time would run out and Memphis would take the win 43-35. 

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