This blog’s steady descent into the pathetic(ker)
I’m now through the off-seasons of both my Wisconsin Dynasty and Packers Franchise. The “major” new additions (Spring Game – NCAA – and College All Star Game, Rookie Scouting – Madden) are fun and welcome, but too much of both modes is unchanged.
Since I played about ten (virtual) years worth of football on the 2006 games, it’s strange being awfully familiar with the first draft class imported from NCAA (I’d guess that 60-70% of the rookies were the same as the second draft class from last year). The class following the second season will probably end up being about 50% the same as the third class from last year. The discrepancy is a matter of players leaving early (either in real life or in the game) and readjusted player ratings between NCAA 2006 and 2007. The benefit of this familiarity is, obviously, knowing who’ll pan out and who to avoid. I won’t bore any of the two readers of this blog with a recap of my picks, or the entire draft (either of which I could do as a result of my ridiculous, basically pointless archiving*), however: somehow, Adrian Peterson (OU) fell all the way to the 27th pick of the first round, which is remarkable. I drafted him in the top 10 last year (he left school early), and he ended up becoming, by far, the best running back of his class. Also, the virtual draft crowd seems to be in a much better mood. Of my eight picks, six were cheered and none were booed, and I still got a ‘D’ draft grade.
At any rate, I feel pretty good going into the second seasons in these games. The Packers team is loaded with some quality young players. The tipping point will be Rodgers’s play. (Favre ended up retiring after all. He broke Marino’s career touchdown record and finished second in passing yards and interceptions.)
* I realize it’s an awful control group, but whenever I think that I go way, way overboard managing my fake football games, I take a look at the Dynasty/Franchise Reports in the Madden Mania forums and realize that there are at least a few people out there that are much worse off than I am….