Archive for April, 2013

Oh look, another firing, Minnesota is done

Posted: April 26, 2013 by Wyatt Arndt in Uncategorized


OK, so this is getting tiring. I feel like I am FDR having some fireside chats with the nation every night.

First, let’s get the evidence out of the way:

So yeah, that’s a toe drag. That’s illegal.

Now onto the reasoning for the firing:

Again, maybe you’ll skip this and won’t care, but for those who are curious why I kicked another GM, I might as well explain.

First, I don’t enjoy kicking people. I really don’t. I don’t get some weird Vince McMahon boner of ecstasy every time I kick someone. I’d much rather people get along and solve their differences amicably, and for the most part, you guys do that.

However, there are two places I will kick somebody, lack of respect for the league and its members, and glitch goal toe dragging.

Clarkey, was kicked for lack of respecting the league.

Dickie, is also being kicked for not respecting the league.

In many cases I would have warned Dickie, said “one more toe drag and you’re out” because I always like to give second chances. However, Dickie not only acted poorly against Clarkey in the last two weeks, he also toe dragged the night after the entire Clarkey firing went down.

This to me boggles my mind. You sit back, you watch another GM get into a huge fight over toe drags, and then that very night, you decide to bust out a toe drag? That shows a lack of respect, or a lack of caring. If it’s a lack of respect, goodbye, if it’s a lack of caring, then you probably don’t give a shit if you’re in the league or not.

So that is why I am firing Minnie with no second chance. This is a league, one that was supposed to be fun, and if you go out of your way to be tedious to the league (delaying games for no reason, taking chirping too far), then you will be warned. If you glitch goal, you will be warned once, then tossed if it happens again. (If someone toe drags you, take a video of it. If I have evidence, I will act on it, if I don’t, I won’t be able to do much.)

Simple rule, don’t toe drag. Also, and this isn’t an official rule, but try not to run people from behind on icings all game long? No point of that, try and play with some class if you can.

On top of all of this, however, if you have any questions, or concerns, just DM me or e-mail me. Talk to me like a man. Just straight up explain yourself. I am tired of all the little lies people have spouted on twitter when they get caught doing stuff. We are not in grade two here, just own up to what you’ve done. I guarantee you if you own up to what you’ve done, you’ll be far better off.

Let’s get this league back to being fun, ok? Let’s try and get through one day without a firing? Yes?

Questions, concerns, you know where to find me.




Update on Clarke

Posted: April 25, 2013 by Wyatt Arndt in Uncategorized

OK, so here is the deal, I just want to cover everything since I believe in running an open league.

Last night, as you can see in the post before this, Clarkey had a bit of an argument with many GM’s, including me, and as a result of his aggressive stance he took, I removed him from the league.

The caveat being that if he apologized or at the very least promised to tone down the attitude, then he could come back into the league. Clarkey continued to tweet disparagingly about the league, yet I still wanted to give him a chance to cool down, so I told him to sleep on it.

I woke up this morning and I see a bunch of RT’s from Clarkey, still being argumentative, still arguing about stuff from last night, and that was the final straw for me. I removed Clarkey officially from the league and replaced him.

Clarkey tweeted that he was going to apologize for last night, but here’s the thing, he knew he was on thin ice, yet he still chose to give attitude about everything. The first thing he did in the morning, instead of apologizing, was RT a bunch of stuff about last night’s arguments. That is not the approach to take, you don’t argue again in the morning, then after you get let go, say “oh but I was going to apologize”.

Clarkey was a good GM, he was active, he played his games, I had nothing against him. I liked having him in the league. But people have to remember, I don’t get paid to run this league. Nor do you guys pay to play in this league. There is only so much I can take before it stops being fun and becomes work for me, and last night, it became work for me. Mocking the league openly, well, that was just too much for me. If you don’t like this league and I see you talking about it like that, then I will remove you, simple as that. Why be in this league if you don’t enjoy it?

A couple of points about last night:

– Clarkey was NOT in trouble for the toe drag move. At all. At no point did I threaten him with firing for using it, or threaten with him having to give up points. None of that was happening. The only thing I was doing was clarifying that you should avoid using the toe drag in the slot and then leading into a shot after that. This should have been an easy thing to accept. I find it hard to believe that a team can’t win a game if they have a toe drag leading to a shot removed from them. I don’t think anyone traded for and built a team around guys that could toe drag into the slot and slap the puck. All I wanted to do was avoid future arguments over toe drag situations.

– Rules will change and will be clarified as we play in this league. That’s just the way things work. If your mind gets blown by the idea that rules can change, then this league isn’t for you. I doubt many radical rules will happen (“EVERYONE HAS TO GIVE ME THEIR TOP PLAYERS, LOL!!!”), but it’s just the nature of the beast, sometimes new rules come into play, and sometimes things need to be clarified. Don’t freak out if this happens.

– If you disagree with something in the league, you know where to reach me. Talk to me like a man, send me a civil e-mail, and let’s talk about it. Taking an immature approach with me will not work, let’s just talk it out like two adults and I guarantee you will end up enjoying my responses far more.

So that’s it. I am sorry about the drama, but the lack of respect really pushed me to my tipping point last night, so instead of getting frustrated with the league and shutting it down, I chose to remove one GM. It sucks, I didn’t like doing it, but it was too much.

Let’s get back to arguing over trades, shall we?




Update: Case in point



Clarkey apologizes. Then minutes later makes yet another comment about last night. This is not the way to do things.



Clarkey fired?

Posted: April 25, 2013 by Wyatt Arndt in Uncategorized

So here’s the deal. It’s 1:20 am in the morning, I have to work the next day, but something doesn’t feel right. Something feels off. So I check twitter. And I see a full on argument in full swing.

Long story short, Columbus says Colorado used cheap goals, he posted the three goals, arguments ensued, etc etc.

This is par for the course, and usually I am pretty laid back and take it all in stride. It’s a video game league, tempers flare, shit happens, and if I kicked people for fights that broke out, we’d have nobody left in the league.

Tonight, however, Clarkey was in full on attack mode, swinging left and right at people. So I watched the three goals in question, and I only didn’t like one of them, because of the fact a toe drag was used.

Was the toe drag used to shoot right away into a wrist shot? No. But it was used, in the slot, and a shot followed up very quickly after. This has what we in the business call “bad optics”. The toe drag has been involved in glitching since what, 08? 09? and as a result, it leaves a bad taste in peoples mouths. This is why you should just avoid using the toe drag in this league because even if you use it to dodge people, if you shoot in the slot right after, it will most likely cause a fight.

Here is the toe drag:



Here is the video:

Like I said, it isn’t a textbook toe drag glitch goal, but it’s close enough to not make it worth using. Just don’t use it in the slot.

And that is all I wanted to convey is to not use the toe drag. Then I got attitude, a lot of attitude, and it’s 2:10 am in the morning now, and I writing a blog post about having to fire a GM. This does not please me.

DON’T USE TOE DRAGS IN THE SLOT. Just don’t. If you do toe drag to dangle, just don’t shoot after. This way we avoid all of this anger. That is all I am saying.

I am a reasonable person, if Clarkey wants to apologize in the morning or at the very least say he will stop with the attitude, then he can have his job back. If he doesn’t give a shit, we will have a new GM after the Canucks game.



State of the League

Posted: April 16, 2013 by Wyatt Arndt in Uncategorized


Hey all,

On the heels of the Montreal vs Phoenix football game (14-2) that occurred tonight, I guess it’s time I talk directly about the elephant in the room, that being Phoenix.

Now, when I started this league, I wanted one thing, I wanted it to be fun. This was why in the first league e-mail I sent, I talked about no cheap goals, respecting your fellow GM’s, and most of all, having a good time. I wanted nothing more than a league where people could sit back, get invested in, and have a fun (if aggravating at times) game of hockey with a tight knit group of people.

Do we have arguments? Of course we do. Bros and video games will always lead to arguments. At the end of the day, most people are able to still get their enjoyment out of the league, whether it being DERPED, CLARKED or whatever other hashtag we have going.

This brings us to Phoenix, who is without a doubt the best player in the league, in my humble opinion. To the point where he is a level above everyone in the league.

Now, this is interesting territory. On one hand, you never want to kick someone because they are good. On the other hand, you want the league to remain fun. And this is the balance I have been fighting since the league started, where there is one guy who is leagues ahead of everyone (top 3 in scoring currently, 70 points, 41 points, 41 points, next person has 30 points) who is making the league just not very fun for many people. I have had countless DM’s about this subject and each time I said “no no, let’s just let it go.”

But now it’s gotten to the point where I have to realize my initial credo which was this league should be fun. Right now, a majority of the league is not enjoying themselves, which makes this league kind of shitty.

I could sit back and go my usual route of not getting too involved, but I want people to enjoy themselves, and I know a talent gap when I see one. I think everyone who has played Phoenix knows when he “turns it on” vs when he mails it in. We’ve all gamed a long time, we know when someone is being casual. There is losing a game, and then there is watching someone run circles around you.

That being said, Phoenix, he is an awesome player. Really good at NHL. He is also a genuinely nice guy on twitter and offered to step down in the off-season, but I said no. At this point though I just think the league needs to be balanced a bit better. God knows, leagues fall apart all the time, and who knows how long this one will even last, so I don’t want four seasons of a talent gap and then that’s it. You can choose to believe this or not, but if I ran the table on the league, I would step down the next season. For me the league is more important than one team, as cheesy as that sounds.

If you have a problem with this, by all means, quit in solidarity. I don’t say that in a cocky manner, I just say it in a “if you need to make a stand over it, then that’s your call.” I just want the fighting to stop and for the league to be fun again. If nobody else complained, I would have kept Phoenix on. I know he makes me learn how to play better because he is so good, but I also know that many teams just can’t keep up at all and repeatedly losing with no hope gets them down, and I understand their side of things.

I know it’s a tricky line of  “well do we fire everyone who wins??”, but this is just a call I am going to make, and I am making it. Could I be dead wrong? Of course. Maybe after 5  years of Calgary winning it every year, people can call me out for being a moron, but it’s the call I am going to make. It could hurt the league, it could ruin interest in the league, but it’s my call, and I am making it.

So by all means, feel free to weigh in on this and yell at me or what have you. None of this is done with malice. Phoenix’s name is engraved on a Cup, I am pretty sure that’s about the height of video game awesomeness  so at least he went out on top and will always be a legend in the league.

For those that care, as sad as this sounds, this was a really really hard decision for me. I hated making it, but in the end I just went with the idea of making the league fun for as many people as possible.  I really really truly dislike getting involved in day to day matters of the league, and I don’t envision this happening often, if ever again, so hopefully the league can move forward and have a couple more fun seasons.