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10-11-2012, 11:24 PM
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Mike Farkas
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Sorry if I wasn't clear (which I evidently was not). I was referring to overall team defense (I often look at things from a coach's perspective, or at least try) not the actual position of defense. Though, I will say that I thought those arbitrary numbers made my players look better at passing glance, to be honest...

With every draft, the group gets smarter (one would hope) but yet the very players that are questioned keep rising (Campbell, Brydge, Traub, Graham, Trapp etc.) as we learn more about them (including some new bios from yours truly, which I hope will aid in future drafts)...whereas, Maxwell, Ellett, Swift, and even forwards like the aforementioned Nilsson, Burns, Henning (the last two being your only really competent defensive forwards), Dornhoefer, etc. seem to be wanted less and less as we learn more and more...interesting, if nothing else.

This line of reasoning - as a rookie - was what actually scared me off of my initial plan of having Seth Martin be my starting goalie...I went with "safer" options instead...had I had known that using arbitrary numbers of a system that invites itself into biases by way of team-constructing competition would be dismissed as a trashy-journalism mothergoosery like so many grocery store gossip scoops (maybe ones that read: "Rick Kehoe: Abducted By Aliens...Yearly!"), I would have taken the chance on Martin after all.

I'll respond to the rest in the morning.

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