Posted at 5:54 PM on March 29, 2007 by Bob Collins (5 Comments)
MANY IMPORTANT ITEMS FOR YOU
(1) OK, enough about you. Here's the audio of the thing Morning Edition is doing with me on Friday morning. I haven't listened to it yet, but I'm sure it's brilliant.
(2) Still noodling on changes I'd like to see for next year. I was talking about some of these with Mike Simpkins today. Among them:
a. Automatic transactions at any time.
b. Ability to create "leagues," including closed leagues for teachers, or companies etc.
c. Ability to create a league even after the legislature starts.
d. More blogs -- or something -- from managers.
e. Additional focus on legislation and interviews with lawmakers (that's from Mike).
f. Larger team rosters including a "bench" player. All players on a team don't accumulate points (for instance, you can't be benched and accumulate points), making it possible to work trades with other teams.
g. Higher point values for Floor Session Palooza days.
h. Your ideas here (or in "comments)
The Senate is working Saturday and then everyone is taking off for the Easter (aka "spring") break. So rather than mess around with splitting the weekend in half, I'm going to wait to do the free agent draft until Monday.
What does this mean? Listen up , Gold League, the Maroon folks are eating your lunch. It means you have plenty of time over the next few days to take a look at your squad and get some competitive legislators on there to improve your chances. We're only halfway through the season and the big points are just coming up now. So look over the free agent list (which is being updated now ). And then submit the form to claim a free agent and drop a lawmaker.
Been following the MFL through session, and it was an unexpected treat to hear your broadcast this AM. I can't watch from the sidelines next year -- I want in!
Posted by Jen G | March 30, 2007 8:40 AM
Is it just me or does the escalation of points from BF through to possible override seem a little arbitrary? So, if a committee hearing on a filed bill were more or less automatic, maybe the points for BH or even CP could be somewhat less than they are now, while if the big hurdle for most bills were, say, passage in the other chamber, then there should be more points for an OC. Just more ideas for more work for our esteemed Commissioner ...
Posted by Doug Gray | March 30, 2007 1:10 PM
I especially like the idea of having larger teams. Lots of good possibilities in the list for 'next year.'
Posted by Nancy G | March 30, 2007 10:28 PM
For next year were you going to differentiate on points between the author of legislation and co authors of legislation? That way legislators that tack their names onto "anything that moves" as you put it earlier wouldn't score an obscene amount of points.
By the way, I used MFL in a class presentation and they loved it. I think you may get a ton more manager applicants next year!
Posted by Jen | April 1, 2007 2:06 PM
Larger teams, including a "bench," might also promote trades. My understanding is that under the current system one must drop/trade a number of active players for the exact same number of free agents and/or players from another team, which then become your active roster.
With a bench one might, say, trade two (or more) active or bench players for one player from another team and pick up one (or more) player(s) from free agency; the team receiving two players would have to drop one (or more) player(s) to the free agent pool.
More work for Our Commissioner but also possibly more trading and, thus, more fun.
Posted by Doug Gray | April 9, 2007 5:07 PM