General NRL General Manager Game - Wheel and Deal to the best team

wizards rage

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Apr 18, 2016
4,801
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Official Raiders GM game overview:

I am about to take you on a jovial journey of my jaw dropping team:

I started with last years Grand finalist line up. I developed it after purchases closed and probably could have sat and tweaked my squad and been unbeatable😉 But where’s the fun in that!!!

So we brought in Richard Fale, the master strategic analyst (who floated the Warriors Tongan team concept), to develop our new strategy. Over some jellybeans, we agreed a concept where we would use a strict limiting recruitment factor (comparable to Fale’s Tongans) and see if we could build the best team possible based around one overarching feature.

We have all heard of moneyballing a team, this is funnelballing where the entire player market was funnelled down to players that only met my criteria.

We considered the easy criteria being players weight; height; a racial based team, etc. But that’s easy - so we went with.... drum roll please... players whose first names started with the letter ‘J’. This was a unique challenge and is the first team in professional sporting history where all recruitment decisions where driven by the players first name!

1- Jordan Rapana 118 nrl - 11 nz
2- Josh mansour 138 - 7 aust
3- Jarrod Croker (gk) 258 nrl
4- Jordan Pereria 21 nrl
5- Jorge Taufua 151 nrl - 9 int.
6- Jack Wighton 3 NSW - 2 Aust.
7- Jake Clifford 21 nrl
8- Josh McGuire 213 nrl - 8 aust
9- Josh Hodgson (c) 244 nrl 22 England
10- Jacob Saifiti 56 nrl - 7 Fiji
11- Joel Thompson 222 nrl
12- John Bateman 2019 Daly m 2nd row
13- Joseph Tapine 100 games - 11 nz

14- Jazz Tevaga 57 nrl - 4 Samoa
15- Jason Bukuya 186 nrl
16- John Asiata 119 nrl - 4 int.
17- Josh Curran 3 nrl, all star

Now this may seem like a crazy recruitment strategy. Insanity! But in an obscure way it is just an extreme parallel to the real life recruitment challenge for the Warriors, where our recruitment is essentially mainly ‘Kiwis’. It showed me dramatically how you can still make a decent team but also highlights how restrictive it is and how you must always compromise when you are confined to a limited part of the player pool.

So it was a personal experiment in a tunnel vision approach to recruitment and the mega challenge of ending up with a half decent team!

Most improved

Now, most improved team is unquantifiable and subjective. I believe it could be best described as developing a strategic goal for a team and seeing how well you execute it. In this respect I have achieved this. My top 17, is a competitive outfit, while all meeting the unbelievable selection criteria that their first names start with J. Bet you didn’t even know there were 17 players with a J name!

- the Wizard of Canberra
 

wrighty

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Great work Wrighty and thank u tahjay as well its been a blast and U two really made it.
One suggestion- maybe make two new threads- one for best line up and one for most improved? Both with polls. I know it may be a bit annoying to posters who didn’t play but the live update one will disappear once the other 2 go up and it’s only another week or so till team naming Tuesday and then the real footy will take over.
Thanks Defence Defence

Thanks for your feedback

Based on your feedback lets go one new thread maybe.
I hear your idea of two threads however there will be four in total which seems selfish of us. More importantly when making a general comment about how the game had gone, the comments will end up scattered and disjointed over both results threads.

How about this. One results discussion thread. One poll in the thread for best team overall.

Most improved team along with the other prizes I named can be an in thread discussion / comments / opinions/ consensus.

How about that? That is my leaning..
 
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PullinTeeth

1st Grade Fringe
Aug 11, 2017
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Official Raiders GM game overview:

I am about to take you on a jovial journey of my jaw dropping team:

I started with last years Grand finalist line up. I developed it after purchases closed and probably could have sat and tweaked my squad and been unbeatable😉 But where’s the fun in that!!!

So we brought in Richard Fale, the master strategic analyst (who floated the Warriors Tongan team concept), to develop our new strategy. Over some jellybeans, we agreed a concept where we would use a strict limiting recruitment factor (comparable to Fale’s Tongans) and see if we could build the best team possible based around one overarching feature.

We have all heard of moneyballing a team, this is funnelballing where the entire player market was funnelled down to players that only met my criteria.

We considered the easy criteria being players weight; height; a racial based team, etc. But that’s easy - so we went with.... drum roll please... players whose first names started with the letter ‘J’. This was a unique challenge and is the first team in professional sporting history where all recruitment decisions where driven by the players first name!

1- Jordan Rapana 118 nrl - 11 nz
2- Josh mansour 138 - 7 aust
3- Jarrod Croker (gk) 258 nrl
4- Jordan Pereria 21 nrl
5- Jorge Taufua 151 nrl - 9 int.
6- Jack Wighton 3 NSW - 2 Aust.
7- Jake Clifford 21 nrl
8- Josh McGuire 213 nrl - 8 aust
9- Josh Hodgson (c) 244 nrl 22 England
10- Jacob Saifiti 56 nrl - 7 Fiji
11- Joel Thompson 222 nrl
12- John Bateman 2019 Daly m 2nd row
13- Joseph Tapine 100 games - 11 nz

14- Jazz Tevaga 57 nrl - 4 Samoa
15- Jason Bukuya 186 nrl
16- John Asiata 119 nrl - 4 int.
17- Josh Curran 3 nrl, all star

Now this may seem like a crazy recruitment strategy. Insanity! But in an obscure way it is just an extreme parallel to the real life recruitment challenge for the Warriors, where our recruitment is essentially mainly ‘Kiwis’. It showed me dramatically how you can still make a decent team but also highlights how restrictive it is and how you must always compromise when you are confined to a limited part of the player pool.

So it was a personal experiment in a tunnel vision approach to recruitment and the mega challenge of ending up with a half decent team!

Most improved

Now, most improved team is unquantifiable and subjective. I believe it could be best described as developing a strategic goal for a team and seeing how well you execute it. In this respect I have achieved this. My top 17, is a competitive outfit, while all meeting the unbelievable selection criteria that their first names start with J. Bet you didn’t even know there were 17 players with a J name!

- the Wizard of Canberra
That's fukin nuts hahaha
 
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wrighty

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Official Raiders GM game overview:

I am about to take you on a jovial journey of my jaw dropping team:

I started with last years Grand finalist line up. I developed it after purchases closed and probably could have sat and tweaked my squad and been unbeatable😉 But where’s the fun in that!!!

So we brought in Richard Fale, the master strategic analyst (who floated the Warriors Tongan team concept), to develop our new strategy. Over some jellybeans, we agreed a concept where we would use a strict limiting recruitment factor (comparable to Fale’s Tongans) and see if we could build the best team possible based around one overarching feature.

We have all heard of moneyballing a team, this is funnelballing where the entire player market was funnelled down to players that only met my criteria.

We considered the easy criteria being players weight; height; a racial based team, etc. But that’s easy - so we went with.... drum roll please... players whose first names started with the letter ‘J’. This was a unique challenge and is the first team in professional sporting history where all recruitment decisions where driven by the players first name!

1- Jordan Rapana 118 nrl - 11 nz
2- Josh mansour 138 - 7 aust
3- Jarrod Croker (gk) 258 nrl
4- Jordan Pereria 21 nrl
5- Jorge Taufua 151 nrl - 9 int.
6- Jack Wighton 3 NSW - 2 Aust.
7- Jake Clifford 21 nrl
8- Josh McGuire 213 nrl - 8 aust
9- Josh Hodgson (c) 244 nrl 22 England
10- Jacob Saifiti 56 nrl - 7 Fiji
11- Joel Thompson 222 nrl
12- John Bateman 2019 Daly m 2nd row
13- Joseph Tapine 100 games - 11 nz

14- Jazz Tevaga 57 nrl - 4 Samoa
15- Jason Bukuya 186 nrl
16- John Asiata 119 nrl - 4 int.
17- Josh Curran 3 nrl, all star

Now this may seem like a crazy recruitment strategy. Insanity! But in an obscure way it is just an extreme parallel to the real life recruitment challenge for the Warriors, where our recruitment is essentially mainly ‘Kiwis’. It showed me dramatically how you can still make a decent team but also highlights how restrictive it is and how you must always compromise when you are confined to a limited part of the player pool.

So it was a personal experiment in a tunnel vision approach to recruitment and the mega challenge of ending up with a half decent team!

Most improved

Now, most improved team is unquantifiable and subjective. I believe it could be best described as developing a strategic goal for a team and seeing how well you execute it. In this respect I have achieved this. My top 17, is a competitive outfit, while all meeting the unbelievable selection criteria that their first names start with J. Bet you didn’t even know there were 17 players with a J name!

- the Wizard of Canberra
Wow - that is a bombshell

You definitely win an award for the most creative team. Will be sure to add a category for that in the voting. Well done. Hilarious.
 
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eudebrito

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May 21, 2013
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Mr Brownstone probably just spinning wheels, but i think my squad only has one out and out hooker in damian cook, could i get Reuben Cotter from you for any of my depth players - maybe Mark Nichols if you just want a boring workmanlike prop
 

wizards rage

1st Grade Fringe
Apr 18, 2016
4,801
Tauranga
Raiders announcement part 2:

On the social side of the game, off the field, the Raiders have performed! We are about to go viral in the marketing department with the Johns, Joshs and Jordan’s smashing out our tik tok and instagram strategy. We have global backers pushing our brand, due to being a sporting/marketing/branding snowball. Our value as a franchise has gone from approx $20m and is now calculated at over $200 million, according to Fale. In future, with our newfound ‘J’ fame, we will be prioritised exhibition matches in the UK and US markets over committing resources into the small time local NRL competition.
In fact our off field KPI improvements as measured by player turnover, global marketability, revenue increase, increased gate takings, increased sponsorship revenue and franchise value, viewership, make the Raiders, clearly the top contender for the most improved team!

On another level, The Raiders had dreams of being the greatest sporting franchise in Australia/Australasia/Southern Hemishere/the world (you will have noted the subtle shifts as the game progressed). We are proud to have achieved a world wide global first with funnelball!

My personal highlights in my short reign as Raiders GM include:

Getting approval for a billion dollar GIO stadium upgrade
Gifting a priceless viking artefact helmet
Playing with Mandy and the cheer squad
Learning to play the Viking horn like a didgeridoo
Gifting the rights to lead the Viking clap at this years GF
Hosting Michael Jordan - his motivational speech and ownership bid
Leading ACT’s inclusion into state of origin for 2021
Instigating a bust up with the Trbovevik brothers at Manly
Setting in motion the Warriors underarm incident
Helping achieve the sports Olympic status and making it a global game.
And the purchase of Brumbies franchise.

So thank you fellow GM’s for a fun week and especially thanks to Wrighty and Tahjay. I will let my mind rest and recover after being in overdrive and hope to recover before the World 13 game!

Wizard of Canberra
 
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wizards rage

1st Grade Fringe
Apr 18, 2016
4,801
Tauranga
Raiders announcement 3:

It is with regret that I step down as GM of the Raiders effective immediately. I can confirm the rumour of embezzlement of club funds and inappropriate interactions with the cheer squad are all true and my position is no longer tenable -

Former friend Scott Morrison is disgusted and has abandoned the Raiders and gone back to the Sharks;

Sir Isaac has lost his biggest customer and must go back to taking cheap from the Broncos and selling high to the Warriors

The Board has decided Cappy wasn’t cutting it and have bought Ricky back in;

It seems like all traces of my influence on the team will be gone once the season resumes.

Wizard Rage!
 
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Defence

Warriors 1st Grader
May 9, 2012
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Official Raiders GM game overview:

I am about to take you on a jovial journey of my jaw dropping team:

I started with last years Grand finalist line up. I developed it after purchases closed and probably could have sat and tweaked my squad and been unbeatable😉 But where’s the fun in that!!!

So we brought in Richard Fale, the master strategic analyst (who floated the Warriors Tongan team concept), to develop our new strategy. Over some jellybeans, we agreed a concept where we would use a strict limiting recruitment factor (comparable to Fale’s Tongans) and see if we could build the best team possible based around one overarching feature.

We have all heard of moneyballing a team, this is funnelballing where the entire player market was funnelled down to players that only met my criteria.

We considered the easy criteria being players weight; height; a racial based team, etc. But that’s easy - so we went with.... drum roll please... players whose first names started with the letter ‘J’. This was a unique challenge and is the first team in professional sporting history where all recruitment decisions where driven by the players first name!

1- Jordan Rapana 118 nrl - 11 nz
2- Josh mansour 138 - 7 aust
3- Jarrod Croker (gk) 258 nrl
4- Jordan Pereria 21 nrl
5- Jorge Taufua 151 nrl - 9 int.
6- Jack Wighton 3 NSW - 2 Aust.
7- Jake Clifford 21 nrl
8- Josh McGuire 213 nrl - 8 aust
9- Josh Hodgson (c) 244 nrl 22 England
10- Jacob Saifiti 56 nrl - 7 Fiji
11- Joel Thompson 222 nrl
12- John Bateman 2019 Daly m 2nd row
13- Joseph Tapine 100 games - 11 nz

14- Jazz Tevaga 57 nrl - 4 Samoa
15- Jason Bukuya 186 nrl
16- John Asiata 119 nrl - 4 int.
17- Josh Curran 3 nrl, all star

Now this may seem like a crazy recruitment strategy. Insanity! But in an obscure way it is just an extreme parallel to the real life recruitment challenge for the Warriors, where our recruitment is essentially mainly ‘Kiwis’. It showed me dramatically how you can still make a decent team but also highlights how restrictive it is and how you must always compromise when you are confined to a limited part of the player pool.

So it was a personal experiment in a tunnel vision approach to recruitment and the mega challenge of ending up with a half decent team!

Most improved

Now, most improved team is unquantifiable and subjective. I believe it could be best described as developing a strategic goal for a team and seeing how well you execute it. In this respect I have achieved this. My top 17, is a competitive outfit, while all meeting the unbelievable selection criteria that their first names start with J. Bet you didn’t even know there were 17 players with a J name!

- the Wizard of Canberra

Fuck dude u just blew my mind💥That is genius- Would never had noticed.
 
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wrighty

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I think wrighty had planned all along to trade Roger Tuivasa-Sheck at the death and done it to keep us all entertained as much as anything so thanks for that too wrighty.

The trade was very neutral for me. My motivating factor was indeed to have a dramatic bidding contest and fun for everyone while also making sure Warriors came out even stevens.

Here was my post trade analysis

Roger Tuivasa-Sheck 12 out of ten replaced by CNK 8 out of ten
Parker 6 out of ten replaced by Scott 8 out of ten
Green 6 out of ten replaced by Walker 8 out of ten

Lost 4 points on the full back gained it back on the other two upgrades. So it was neutral for me. By having all three of you bid at once it ensured at least I got par value. The offers for Roger Tuivasa-Sheck early in the game were just one for one. In the end at least got two resources for him.

My other concern was to make my selection process transparent as possible and to talk through my logic. Even if it was faulty logic. People went to a lot of effort with the bids so wanted to give feedback.
With your Sharks bid regret last night not indicating I was a bit shy on Ramien to give you a chance to counter, but I didn't want to be pushy and knew Ramien was a good offer.

Good times. I was up to 11.50pm last night analysing stats. Did my very best and it was a tough call.
 
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ryno

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May 8, 2012
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Anyone looking for a better fullback upgrade in Anthony Milford?

Would be looking for a comparable half
 

Defence

Warriors 1st Grader
May 9, 2012
6,240
Anyone looking for a better fullback upgrade in Anthony Milford?

Would be looking for a comparable half

Would u consider moylan and Milford comparable?
Btw how would u feel about trading fafita for tamou? They’re bout the same. I know his knees are a bit shot but I just feel like fafita Epitomizes the sharks- esp since gal left.
The team would just feel more sharky with him in it.
 

ryno

1st Grade Fringe
May 8, 2012
2,853
Would u consider moylan and Milford comparable?
Btw how would u feel about trading fafita for tamou? They’re bout the same. I know his knees are a bit shot but I just feel like fafita Epitomizes the sharks- esp since gal left.
The team would just feel more sharky with him in it.

I would say Milford is better and I am wanting more of a half.

And sorry man I love the Fafita move, having Klemmer and him in the same pack is awesome.
 
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