I Remember When...UPDATED: 10/19/2013 - 10:40AM
For what intended to be a short post turned into a short novel once I started reflected on the NDL and the memories I've made over the years.
HOW IT ALL STARTED...
Getting called up to the big leagues and grabbing my first NDL team in NCAA 08. Season 10 - Kent State Golden Flashes with Julian Edelman holding it down...Helluva ride meeting the likes of Weasel & UCWeiser.
Taking my points, jumping in the draft with a chance to get my beloved Hokies. With no rabid fans in sight, I thought I had a shot...Then some guy named "Crowes" swoops them up...My heart was broken. Well if you can't draft'em...then beat'em...Logic being I'll do my part to make sure the incumbent coach doesn't meet their season points with hopes they go back into the draft. My pursuit to get my Hokies began - I will follow "Crowes" or whomever coached my Hokies until the day comes that I can draft'em.
So Season 11 I took the upstart Wake Forest Demon Deacons with Riley Skinner slinging the rock at QB. I didn't realize how magical that kid was and somehow I ran the table, won the division then made it to the ACC Conference Championship where I was slatted to face off against the legend Marino and his Miami Hurricanes. A showdown indeed that never saw the light of day...Schedule conflicts and holiday travel gets in the way - game goes to a coin flip - Miami wins. Wake Forest does however make a solid bowl game, matched up against some guy named Coach Biffy with the Crimson Tide.
Season 12 - If I can't have my favorite team, I might as well go after my 2nd favorite team...The Tennessee Volunteers. Waiting for me would be Erik Ainge's golden arm and the talented freshmen Eric Berry. Everything clicks, Vols roll in the SEC, knocking off Coach Fogtown of Florida along the way. At the time Coach Fog was "the guy to beat" - someone who clearly loved winning with a 15 game win streak in progress. Well, he overlooked my Vols, we pulled off an the upset, then suddenly Coach Fog got "too busy" to play NCAA anymore. He would quickly lose interest then quit the league all together :lol: (you're very welcome NDL)
That season I would sneak past Daw1git in SEC title game where I BLOCKED my first field goal - a rivalry is born. I know he's still salty about that game...
Season capped off with my first NDL Title Game Berth with my first NDL Cup championship to boot. The biggest game that no one ever saw as my shitty Nat 4 connection finally caught up to me when Coach Cnasty and I could never connect...Coin flip decides this one...USC Trojans are your default champs - while I still say I've never lost with Tennessee :)
I love my Vols...but I love my Hokies more...why hasn't that jerk "Crowes" left yet!? Okay fuck it, I'm moving back to the ACC! Better yet, I'm going to join the Coastal Division just to make sure I see the Hokies every season. With the 4th pick, I pull a shocker snatching up B- Georgia Tech where some guy Jonathan Dwyer was setting the conference on fire in real life as we transitioned to NCAA Football 09.
Season 13 Day One Draft
01. shel311 - Oklahoma
02. ICE - Florida
03. carlwayne1 - Texas Tech
04. VTrunNgun - Georgia Tech
05. DrTom - Western Michigan
06. xmgmikej - Tenessee
07. quest4gold - West Virginia
08. fsupenguin - Florida State
09. wj5811 - Purdue
10.Talented3 - Maryland
With hopes that Crowes would just bounce after getting bored, turned into the waiting game...I was having fun with Georgia Tech but I had a sinking feeling he wasn't leaving... I spent 5 seasons (2 game versions) at Georgia Tech hoping to smoke him out - no such luck. The Hokies would have a crummy year in Season 16 so I jumped into the draft naive thinking Crowes would have gotten fired. No such luck again... I would garner the 5th pick then opt to go back to the Yellow Jackets for one more shot..
Season 17 Day One Draft
1. BIGmike - Missouri
2. nole4real - Florida
3. shel311 - USC
4. LytezOut - West Virginia
5. VTrunNgun - Georgia Tech
6. nickwadden - Oklahoma
7.texasfan4444 - Oklahoma State
8. pounddarock - Ohio State
9. Steamrollr22 - Penn State
10. doc1424 - Pittsburgh
Highlights from my Stint at Georgia Tech
Failing to stop VVV en route to his NDL title. I had two shots that season and we let him off the hook! Stupid CJ Spiller and James Davis giving me nightmares still
Getting some revenge later on VVV with a goaline stand to decide a game. It wasn't a championship game, but it still matters...I bet VVV still thinks Spiller got in :P
Epic bowl game against Doc in a win
Epic bowl game against Buckeye in a loss
Time to pack my bags...I've very become irritated waiting for Crowes to leave Virginia Tech. It's been 3 calendar years now. I need to stop obsessing with this guy leaving because at this point Crowes must be squatting there just to spite me. My saltiness was visible on the forums...
While Crowes mocks me...
Commissioner AJ puts me in check...
We enter the draft, grab the 20th spot with hopes of grabbing West Virginia (at the time league rivals of Virginia Tech) or whoring myself out and taking Virginia (division opponent and rival of Virginia Tech)
When it came down to it, WVU was gone at the 12th pick (Coach Seeitsaveit) and I didn't have the guts to take Virginia (simply hated them too much in my core). So i decide to roll with the Iowa Hawkeyes (C+ overall). No particular reason to pick them as I was beginning to wonder what it was like to play in other conferences. Maybe my new mission would be to play in every conference like that guy Nole or something. A season I couldn't have predicted with the Hawkeyes as things clicked, we run the table, go undefeated, win the Big 10, then get our shit kicked in by Shel (before twins). I've never seen someone use verticals so effectively ;)
Then...it FINALLY happened...After 3 versions of NCAA, Crowes left the Hokies! Season 19 is a season I'll never forget as I landed the 3rd spot in the draft with no Hokie fans in front of me. Coach Whit and BigMike - I'm forever in your debt
Season 17 Day One Draft
1. Whit- Florida St
2. BIGmike- Boise St
3. VTrunNgun- Va Tech
4. Talented3- WVU
5. TheRealDray- Georgia
6. vicktim7- Oregon
7. Dawgit- Florida
8. Cnasty- Miami FL
9. nole4real- Miami Oh
10. buckeye76- Buckeyes
And it's been magic ever since...
First game & first win. Takes down Coach Talented and the West Virginia Mountaineers - a rivarly is born
First time I got comfortable then someone humbled me. Coach Steamroller at Georgia Tech - rivalry already born, but now
First & second time I was humbled by Miami - Coach BigMike in Season 20 then Coach JohnnyP in Season 21
First time a fluke play helped me win a game - Coach Champdizzle still salty about this Defensive INT turned into a safety
First time I underestimated someone and they smacked me for it - stars aligned for you Coach Riccio that day
First significant title as the Virginia Tech coach. Season 22 NDL Cup Championship over Coach Biffy and the Crimson Tide
First snow game - sneaking past Coach Matt 90210
First time I cried/misted up a bit...Beating coach Bigred in the Season 23 NDL Championship Game. I then decided I would wear all maroon in championship games ONLY
First time feeling bad about beating a friend. Coach Dcane had me on the ropes and if it wasn't for a fluke internet fallout, resulting in a partial restart, this game and season would have been completely different. I know that game still haunts him...
First (and probably only) time beating BigMike twice in a season
Thanks NDL for all the memories over the years. I'm pumped to finish out this last season of NCAA then create more memories down the line as a broader gaming community.