I’ve been very lucky in the sense that I’ve only had one game that the CPU had to take over. But when I looked at that game I noticed that the lineup the CPU used wasn’t the same as the one I would normally use.
However there is a way to make sure that if the PC take over your game, they will at least use a lineup approved by you
Step 1 Save a lineup:
When you play a game and get to the LINEUP check out the section in the upper right
that area is where lineups can be saved. Once you have a lineup you want to save hit the SAVE button
Once you hit “Save” a popup menu will appear. Type in the name you wish to use for said lineup
The nice thing about saving such a lineup is it becomes permanently available to you on the drop down list before each game.
OK once you’ve made your lineup now you have to save it for the PC
Step 2 Set it as a default lineup
Now that we have a lineup saved you need to tell the system this is the lineup you want in a given situation. This involves a few step. First go to your team’s home page:
Just below the standings is a button that says “Select Manager Profile” click on it.
This will take you to the 1st page of the manager profile section which is lineups. To see the saved lineups you have available click on Saved Lineups:
Now choose the situation you want your saved lineup to be used in. As you can see here Seattle has a lineup to use VS LHP. You can also choose what the system does in case one of the players in the saved lineup is not available. Either plug in another player in that spot or set preferences for various lineup spots if you want the PC to totally rebuild the lineup if someone is out.
When you’re finished hit save and viola the CPU has your lineup ready to roll with if needed
There are as you can see many other categories you can set for your team when the CPU is in charge but I’ll let you explore those yourselves
Captain Disko:I guess there’s nothing left for it [rears back and hits Harvey who’s been threatening them]
Harvey:You HIT me
Captain Disko: Now you just lie there and think about it
The mass looting of stores in broad daylight has spread from San Francisco.
At least two Minneapolis-area Best Buy stores are the latest victims in a flash mob that ransacked the premises, providing a possible alternative meaning to the supply chain crisis and the associated empty shelves.
Similar dystopian looting unfortunately occurred in San Francisco, Los Angles, and other lawless areas controlled by pandering, soft-on-crime Democrats on the traditional big shopping day known as Black Friday and before.
The effect of this is going to be far beyond the actual insurance loss, it’s going to mean that normal shoppers are not going to feel safe in such places.
As the Bay Area grapples with a wave of seemingly organized smash and grab robberies this weekend, policing and journalism analysts are cautioning against the use of the term looting…To some, the distinction may be small, but Lorenzo Boyd, PhD, Professor of Criminal Justice & Community Policing at the University of New Haven, and a retired veteran police officer, emphasized that words matter.
Because not calling it looting will make it all better.
How does this stop? Well being Sicilian the first thing that came to mind was this scene from Godfather three (which is not as bad as everyone said it was, it just wasn’t an all time great picture like the first two but I digress) where two assassins come to kill Vincent (Andy Garcia) and take Grace(Bridget Fonda) hostage:
Now the lesson here isn’t to start shooting these guys which while it would be effective in stopping it in it’s tracks and appeal to the Sicilian in me also would offend my Catholic sensibilities so I can’t advocate that, but the lesson is there has to be consequences for these actions.
Put simply until the cost for looting is prohibitive there is no incentive for people to stop doing it. Sort of like stealing elections, as long as people think they can get away with it they will do it.
When Democrats treat looters as harshly as they are treating those still being held in the Jan 6th protests it will stop.
And it’s in the best interest of people for this to stop because if the authorities decide to let this go eventually the people will turn to Vincent’s solution and it won’t turn pretty.
A while back I wrote about the relative measures of success for Brady and Belichick in their new positions. As Brady has already won a superbowl we can safely state that he has met the goals without re-iterating them.
As for the Patriots and Belichick I graded the Pats on the following scale based on the pre-Brady years:
Any year that the New England Patriots post Brady:
Have a winning record: should be considered OK
Win 11 games: should be considered a success
Win their division: should be considered a big success
Make the playoffs: should considered a huge success.
Win a playoff game: should be considered an spectacular success
Go to the Superbowl: should be considered an extraordinary success
Win a Superbowl: should be considered a Miracle
Now there are those who consider that a fair amount of Tom Brady’s success in general and the Patriots success in particular should be given to Coach Bill Belichick who some consider the greatest coach in Football history. For those of you who consider this the case let’s make a slight adjustment.
Any year the New England Patriots Under Belichick post Brady
Win a Superbowl, it’s an extraordinary success
Go to the Superbowl it’s a spectacular success
Win a playoff game it’s a Huge success
Make the playoffs, it’s a big success
Win their division, it’s a success
Win at least 11 games, it’s an OK season
Win less than 11 games…fire the bum!
These are reasonable expectations. I suspect that Patriots fans after two decades of winning will not be as generous as me with their expectations.
This makes the Bill Belichick Era going into today’s game a 24-34 as the coach of the New England Patriots in games not started by Tom Brady and in the three seasons that he coached the team sans Brady he made the playoffs….nearly once.
My expectations scale was “fire the bum” if he failed to win at least 11 but given the Covid situation that while effecting all teams hit his team hard I’d give him another season’s leeway, particularly if he can manage to make .500. If not I think we can safely say that the question of Bill vs Tom in terms of credit has been answered conclusively.
Well the Patriots are now 8-4 , in first place in their division and while not a lock for the playoffs yet looking pretty good with Rookie Mac Jones at the helm. Under standard Patriots scale it’s already an OK season and the Pats only have to go 3-2 the rest of the way to qualify for OK status under my Belichick scale.
Belichick has done this with a Rookie QB who had four other QB’s picked ahead of him.
It may be early to say this but I think we must conclude that Brady + Belichick were the perfect storm of the best in their professions coming together and that neither one negates the greatness of the other.
But there are still a few games to play so let’s see…
There have been some issues with games missed against opponents so I thought I should republish the rules on playing (particularly since the old blog is having issues)
Playing games and rescheduling
Real life always takes precedence over games and on occasion players will miss games or might be in a situation where they have to leave the league either temporarily or permanently
If the scheduled game time comes and your opponent is not there you are encouraged to give him 5 or 10 minutes to show up. If he does not show up or contact you by the 2nd 5 min wait period it is acceptable for you to being play
If a player is unable to play a series at the allotted date and time he is encouraged to contact his opponent & reschedule before the scheduled game time. If it is not possible to reschedule said player should put his team on auto for that series so his opponent can get the games in so as not to force an autoplay with the system taking both teams.
If due to illness or some other cause a player has to leave the league for a few weeks he is encouraged to find a replacement player to take over on a temp basis, if that is not possible he should put the team on autoplay until such time as he recovers.
If a player has to permanently leave the league and does not provide a replacement his team will go on autoplay and I will attempt to find a replacement manager.
REMEMBER IF YOUR TEAM IS ON AUTOPLAY AND YOUR OPPONENT REQUESTS A RESCHEDULE THE RESCHEDULE WILL AUTOMATICALLY TAKE PLACE AND IF SAID RESCHEDULE REQUEST IS FOR “NOW” THE GAME WILL BE PLAYED.
Also be aware that unlike the pervious version of the game if you are playing against the computer it does not say “computer manager” it has the name of the owner of the team so your opponent might not know you aren’t there. (some folks just don’t like to use the chat).
If your team is on Auto Pilot that means that if a game is played the computer will take over as manager.
Be aware that you can set auto pilot for a single series so if you have to be away, or if work is particularly busy or even if you just don’t like the guy you are supposed to play that week you can check off the box and once the series is complete auto pilot will shut off.
On your team’s screen there is a Manager settings page that allows you to set how the pc manages when you are on Autoplay. You can set a default lineup vs lefties and righties, set up a rotation (and decide if a pitcher can go on short rest, when relievers come in. who your closers and setup people are, how aggressive to steal or run or take a base, pinch hitting and the lot.
You can set as little or as much as you want to set.
Even if like me you don’t plan on playing any auto games, things happen so if you want your team run the way you want it, make sure you check these settings.
Here is the current waivers list:
Aaron Tommie Taken Montreal Early Waivers Round 2 Pick 2
Adair Jerry Taken Chicago White Sox Early Waivers Round 2 pick 1
Blefray Curt Taken NY Mets Early waivers round 1
Cannizzaro Chris Taken by Washington Early waivers round 1
Fairey Jim (Claimed by White Sox pending till 12/1/21 at 1 AM)
Gabrielson Len (Taken Pittsburgh early waivers round 2)
Hutton Tom (Claimed by Pittsburgh acquired by Chicago by counter claim)
Jeter Johnny (Claimed by New York Yankees / Highlanders)
Oyler Ray (PIcked Round 3 Cincinnati early waivers)
Shannon Mike (picked round 4 early waivers SF Giants)
Barber Steve (Taken Chicago W Sox early waivers wk 1 1st pick)
George Brunet LHP SEA (Released by NYY to make room for Johnny Jeter)
Ross Gary (Taken Pittsburgh early waivers round 3)
Sembera Carroll (Taken White Sox Early Waives Round 4)
Severinsen Al (Picked White Sox Early Wavers round 3 pick 1)
Talbot Fred (Taken NY Mets early waivers round 3)
Wynne Billy (Taken NY Mets early waivers round 2)
Update: Was asked about the keeper rules so here is an update on that which I sent out by email to the person who asked:
Here is the system fyi number of keepers is in addition to any rookies who are having their 1st dynasty card in 1970 with your franchise:
World series winner 4 players
World series runner up 5 players
non-world series Division winners 6 players
Non division winning teams with the best & 2nd best record 7 players
Non division winning teams with the 3rd and 4th best records 8 players
Non division winning teams with the 5th and 6th best records 9 players
Non division winning teams with the 7th and 8th best record 10 players
Teams with the 3rd and 4th worst records 11 players
Teams with the worst and 2nd worst record 12 players
Note 1: this is the max not counting rookies that a team can keep a team may voluntarily keep less.
Note 2: This is after any expansion draft. If there is an expansion draft said draft takes place before rosters are reduced by these figures
Note 3: Rookies who have new cards in 1970 are automatically protected from an expansion draft.
Today is day two of seven straight days where I’m working during our busy season which begins Black Friday.
In the morning I figured I’d take a look at Amazon for things to pick up and asked the wife about a few things and it suddenly hit me.
I’ve reached the age where I need nothing.
I’ve got my home, I’ve got may family. I keep up with my bills as best I can, but there really isn’t anything that I’ve got to have.
Yeah occasionally I pick up a movie on Amazon when it drops to $5 (the latest being the Ghost and Mrs. Muir) and yeah I like my Dynasty baseball but when it comes down to it, there is no thing I really am dying to have and if I need something I just pick it up.
Do I have as much as a lot of others? No. Am I likely going to be a lot more than what I am? Unlikely. But I’ve got my wife, my sons and God willing there will be grandchildren before I die.
All those things I don’t have don’t matter, I’m content, where I am.
It strikes me that this is a state that people have wished to reach for all of the time they have existed.
You have to feel a bit bad for the Detroit Lions. They always play on Thanksgiving and they always lose on Thanksgiving and this year they lead for the entire 4th quarter until the final second of the game.
How does a team stay that bad for that long?
The Baseball hall of fame didn’t vote anyone in. Bonds and Clements lost out because of steroids’ and Curt Schilling the top vote getter lost out for being conservative.
The irony of course is that both Bonds and Clemens had HOF careers before the allegedly started juicing. As for Curt is is the type of pitcher that wins you championships but sports writers are notoriously on the left so they’ll leave him out without a question.
I have two simple Hall of Fame tests either one in my opinion qualifies or disqualifies a person, when they conflict I can go either way.
If you have to think if a person belongs in the Hall of Fame, then they don’t belong.
The single best test if a person belongs in the HOF is if you were afraid of (vs your team) or wanted him there(when on your team)at bat, pitching or fielding with the game on the line.
By rule two all of them belong in, by rule on Bonds and Clemens certainly do
Was talking to a friend who hates the Lebron stuff. He no longer follows basketball and blames it’s fall not on LeBron but on Jordan.
He says that Jordan changed the game to the degree that everyone wants to be him but they don’t seem to have his nature. It’s all about themselves.
Basketball has become a most selfish sport.
Here in New England there is a serious case of Big Mac fever. The Patriots’ five game winning streak has gone to people’s heads. It’s easy to forget that all five games where against weaker teams, in fact on one station five weeks ago one of the hosts specifically noted that these last five weeks were a chance for the team to climb back into the mix.
Now people are seriously talking superbowl again.
The NFL would love it but I wouldn’t put a whole lot of money on that myself.
Finally I’ve very proud of the international Tennis organization who is not standing still when it comes to Peng Shuai and China.
Many other organizations, such as the NBA and the IOC would have folded, they did not.
Cowardice is contagious but so is courage. That’s what they’re so afraid of.
This year is the 400th anniversary of the 1st Thanksgiving whereby the pilgrims gave thanks for their situation.
Our friends on the left consider this a disaster, because they don’t realize that the only reason they are not peasants under a feudal lord are because of these folks.
Perhaps if they were aware of the actual history of Thanksgiving they might think differently but I doubt it however because I’m an eternal optimist here is Rush Limbaugh explaining it.
I am very thankful those folks came here.
During this first year of the Biden Administration I find that I miss Rush a lot. While Tucker Carlson has done yeoman work and Dan Bongino, Clay Travis and others have done well they are not Rush.
What Rush Limbaugh did for this country can’t be overstated. He did more to stop the left and inspire the right for a generation than any other person in America.
I thank God that we had Rush for as long as we did.
When I heard about Lebron James getting fans ejected from Indiana for taunting him all I could think of is Bill Russell and Hank Aaron.
It is impossible to imagine Russell or Aaron doing such a thing.
Perhaps LeBron should give thanks that he’s playing in an era where he’s paid enough to be so rich he can buy a part of a franchise (Boston Red Sox) rather than whining about the fans who make the wealth of all these folks possible.
The best line belongs to Steven Miller
There have been some really foolish takes from people but very few are as foolish as this one.
While I’m embarrassed to have someone as unserious as Elizabeth Warren representing me in the senate I’m thankful that she puts her ignorance out on display in full view of the people so that they can’t pretend to be unaware.
Finally this is the busy season at my work. While I will be relaxing today I will be on the next seven or eight days. Some people are still working today (a voluntary five hour shift) and those folks will have worked 13 straight days.
Many people going to Mass weekly and even many who go daily are aware that these indulgences are available and quite a few might already be doing prayers and devotions that carry an indulgences but because they are not declaring their desire and/or intention to earn these indulgences they are not obtained.
The idea is that if you are a daily mass person you can make it a point to earn an indulgence each day for a different departed soul (or multiple souls if you earn multiple indulgences). A weekly mass person can earn indulgences for at least one person a week or if a family unit goes they can cover some of the daily folk that they might miss.
On a local level my goal is to earn an indulgence for every person who has ever died in my parish, particularly those who have been dead for a while and have been forgotten. If you decide to adopt this idea as your own for your own community you can do the same.
Each day on the calendar looks like this:
I will be making such calendars available each month. The one for June which is being used by WQPH 89.3 FM is here and below. For those unsure of the rules on earning an indulgence the 2nd page of the Calendar has the complete norms on indulgences I am repeating it here for those who which to have them handy online:
Indulgence Norms and notes
Communion on the day of an indulgence. This can be applied to any amount of indulgences that day.
Confession within 20 days of the day of an indulgence. Applies to all indulgences during that period
Prayers for the intentions of the Holy Father (an Our Father, Hail Mary or any appropriate prayer) once per day of indulgence.
To earn an indulgence you must be in a state of grace (no unconfessed mortal sin) at the time of the indulgenced act.
Indulgences can only be applied to the dead or to the person earning the indulgence. They can not be applied to any other living person.
For a PLENARY indulgence you must have NO attachment to sin. If such an attachment exists the indulgence earned is only partial.
A plenary indulgence can only be earned one a day (expect if death is imminent), there is no limits to partial indulgences daily.
An indulgence attached to a feast day is still valid if the feast day is transferred lawfully.
A specific day’s indulgence requiring a visit to a particular church or oratory can be made from noon the previous day to midnight on the actual day.
No unbaptized person nor any Christian who is currently under the penalty of excommunication may earn an indulgence.
You must ACTIVELY seek and or state your intention to obtain an indulgence for the act or prayer that carries it to be valid.
Prayers & Acts that carry an indulgence (Partial list) All indulgences partial unless BOLD UNDERLINED
The Actiones Nostras, Act of faith hope and Love, Any Devout Mental Prayer, Adsumus, Adoro te Devote, Prayer to St. Joseph, Prayer of Thanksgiving, The Angelus, Domine Deus Omnipotens, Spiritual Communion, The Apostles Creed, Angels Dei, The Niceane Creed, The office for the dead, Any approved Litanies, Psalm 130, Iesu Dulcissime Redemptor, Ave Maria Stella, Maria Mater Gratiae, Exaudi Nos, O Sacrum Convivium, Prayer for the Pope, Prayer for the Dead, Psalm 51, Sub tuum praesidium, Prayer for Benefactors, Angel of God Prayer, Te Deum, Public Novenas for Pentecost Christmas or the Feast or the Immaculate Conception, Tantum Ergo, Prayer for Vocations, The Sign of the Cross, Sancta Maria Succurre Miseris, The Magnificat, Vista Quaesumus Domine, Act of Contrition (expect during Sacramental Confession), Prayer to St Michael, Chaplet of St Michael, Come Holy Spirit, Prayer before a CrucifixPlenary if done after communion Friday in Lent, Five decades of the Rosary Plenary if done in a family, religious community or Pious association, The Stations of the Cross Moving from Station to Station (unless physically unable to do so)
Actionsthat carry an indulgence
Making a Pious invocation raising your mind to god while performing the duties of life
Devoting yourself or your goods in compassionate service to your brothers in need
Voluntarily abstaining from something that is licit & pleasing in the spirit of penitence
Adoration of the blessed Sacrament Plenary if done for a half hour or more
Reading the scriptures Plenary if done for a half hour or more
Teaching Christian Doctrine
Visiting a church on All Souls day (Nov 2)
Going on a religious retreat for 3 or more days
Use a blessed religious object Plenary if blessed by a Pope & used on the Feast of Sts Peter & Paul
Visiting a Parish Church on the Feast day of its Saint(s) or on Aug 2nd (say Our Father & Creed)
Attending the 1st Mass of a newly ordained priest or his jubilee mass (25th 50th or 60th anniversary)
Visiting a cemetery and praying for the dead (Plenary if done from Nov 1st through Nov 8th)