One hazard of living in the Pacific Northwest is that your early spring softball practices are often rained out. Today’s alternate plan? A little 2012 MLS action.
I’ve reached Matchday 7 of my 2012 MLS replay, playing nearly every game on the entire schedule. This is game #64, the final game of this Matchday, a replay of the 4/22/2012 match that was won 4-1 by DC United in real life on the strength of a Chris Pontius hat-trick.
For those of you familiar with Classic Soccer, you may notice a few customized game components on my table. The scoresheet (downloadable here) is my creation, as is the “Cheat Sheet” that you see on the far right. The game board that you see on the center of the table was not my original creation, but you may notice that I use it in my own way.
Because I found that calculating defense rating for each zone each time I moved the ball was slowing me down, I came up with the solution you see in the pic. What I do is pre-calculate each team’s defense adjustment for each zone and then write that down on the pitch. I use that masking tape because it’s easier than re-printing the pitch each time. A white board would probably be easiest.
2012 MLS replay underway on my tabletop. Game = Classic Soccer: DC United v NY Red Bulls pic.twitter.com/SMPreGbIHk
— Paul Dylan (@heyblue) March 14, 2015