|Red Rover, Red Rover, Let Saucy Come Over.
||[Aug. 5th, 2004|07:30 pm]
I open up my inbox today and find messages dating at least until June of 2004 stuck there.
Oh, LiveJournal, that's some nifty bookkeeping you got there, but it's still late. :D
I've become addicted to the art of manipulating the story that unfolds.
Basically, I have discovered that if I simulate certain matchups on the computer, say, for example, UAB vs. Florida State, it is possible for the usual UAB squad to beat the usual Florida State squad. I did just that one night, exiting the program and re-starting the matchup, just to watch UAB pull an algorithm-squeaker win by a couple points.
Speaking of OT wins, they make little sense in the game's box scores. Ever get a 68-66 win in OT? Check the OT scoring. You'll be amazed.
Florida State, of course, is a powerful team in NCAA, for those not in the know. UAB, on the same token, is not.
For this addiction, I have also discovered that I like certain teams in the top 25 polls at the end of the year.
I like my San Diego State up in the 'rate' list. I like my Michigan, Ohio State, Cal, Miami Football U, and a few others.
One thing I never like is going to the recruitment page, watching the top players in the country list "USC, Navy, Air Force" as their top three schools of interest.
I'm sorry . . . I just don't think our Armed Forces squads will ever win the whole thing.
Since they play a run-heavy offense, they usually end up strong in NCAA Football 2005. Also, Air Force and Army play in weak divisions. Navy stands alone, and it is quite easy to schedule games for an independent squad, in order to play into the Top 25. It's the prime reason why Notre Dame always shows up somewhere near, BCS CPUs be damned. It's also why Penn State was so foolish for joining the Big Ten.
So, I personally engineer shitty .500 records for most of the weak division squads. Yet, Navy and Air Force always seem to win. Also, Colorado never seems to get out of trouble with the team violations, so I'm thinking that part of the game has default settings for percentages to recruiting, training, and discipline. Air Force and Navy seem to have "The Right Stuff" every year. Army never does well, however . . . Purdue usually stays a doormat. Notre Dame plays too many Big Ten games to stay strong, so they go into doormat mode.
Pass-heavy offenses don't do that well this year in the NCAA. I remember years past where Louisiana Tech and Hawaii would be in competition with sometimes UCF for every top-notch QB in the off-season.
For what it's worth, the game is a heapin' lot of fun for me. Especially when I keep trying to make those crazy wins, like bouncing a ranked Rutgers with FIU at the end of the year.
Apparently, Collateral is one hell of a good movie. It looked sharp in the previews. I like Tom Cruise when he gets crazy.
Also, Ridley Scott is an amazing human being. I never really realized, until I checked out some extra features on Alien, that Scott pretty much did the blockbuster with literally a tiny lil' budget by today's standards. His vision . . . amazing, to this day.
Also, if it wasn't for Giger, we'd be looking at some strange and unfamiliar version of the aliens. That's very odd to note, Giger's version . . . is normal.
The Alien series has some serious flaws along the way, but so does the Star Wars series. You say Alien Resurrection, I say "Ep 2 love subplot with Anakin and Amidala." Yeah, uh-huh.
For whatever reason, I'm giggling at the phrase . . . ."In space, no one can hear you eat."