The 2018 NFL Season is Here!

The 2018 NFL Season is Here!

iGM Game, Site News
The NFL’s brief off-season is over (the way we see it, football never really stops; it just slows down in May and June)! We’ve had a great year so far here at PowerHouseGM.com, and it’s only getting better with the action starting on the field. Long-time PowerHouse members should notice that, over the past year or so, our site’s performance and reliability has improved by leaps and bounds. That’s due to several changes we made here behind the scenes. First, we brought in a new developer, Marianne, in July of 2017. She’s been a godsend, to put it mildly. One of our biggest problems historically was that our prior developer, talented as he is, had increasingly found it difficult to devote the time that our project needed to really keep…
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2016 NFL Draft 20/20 Hindsight

2016 NFL Draft 20/20 Hindsight

iGM Game, NFL Draft
When you sign up to run a virtual NFL team here on PowerHouseGM.com, you start in the timeline at one week after the most recent Super Bowl. We do this in order to give newcomers lots to do right away and an immediate opportunity to put a thumbprint on their teams. After all, if you start in July, you've already missed the NFL Draft and free agency, and the waiver wire options are pretty lean. (more…)
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2016 NFL Draft Prospects Updated

2016 NFL Draft Prospects Updated

iGM Game, NFL Draft Prospects
With the 2016 all-star games and scouting Combine now behind us, it's full steam ahead through pro days to the 2016 NFL Draft, which begins on Thursday, April 28th. The NFL is unique among all major sports in that you could make a credible argument that the "business season" (don't call it the off-season around these here parts, buster) is every bit as dramatic as the regular season. And that's just fine with us, as in our little corner of the world, this is our favorite time of the year. We have had our 2016 NFL Draft Prospects up on our site since November. We typically start with about 1,000 draft-eligible prospects, then delete a few (more on that in a moment) and add a bunch. No matter how hard…
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PowerHouse Turns 20… Sort of…

PowerHouse Turns 20… Sort of…

iGM Game, Site News
I use Outlook calendar, and sometimes I get reminders that I totally forgot about (I know, that's what reminders are for.) But this was a good one: February 2nd is one of PowerHouse's milestone anniversaries. It was on that date in 1996 when I first had the idea that would eventually become our NFL General Manager simulation. Twenty years ago yesterday. (more…)
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NFL GM Game: PowerHouse is Growing

NFL GM Game: PowerHouse is Growing

iGM Game, Site News
The 2014 NFL season is off to a fast start, and PowerHouse is starting fast as well. We've made a ton of improvements to our site and iGMTM, our NFL General Manager game, and those will only continue throughout the 2014 season and beyond. Here's a glimpse at what we've already done and what we'll be doing in the near future... First, we've made a long overdue change to our site by placing our standard header on all of our pages, both content pages, like this blog posting, and our iGMTM game pages. You can now access the entire site in one way from any page using one menu structure, and you'll see your login status wherever you are. It looks like this: Putting our header on every site page…
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2014 NFL Draft Prospects Uploaded

2014 NFL Draft Prospects Uploaded

Football Scouting, iGM Game
Start Scouting for the 2014 NFL Draft! By Chris Barry, PowerHouseGM.com Hopefully, your iGM team is thinking more about the playoffs right now than the 2014 NFL Draft.  But whether that's the case or not, it's never too early to get started on scouting for next spring! We're happy once again to give you the tools to do your scouting right here on our site.  And, soon, we'll again have a downloadable prospects spreadsheet that you can use on your own if you like. This table will change, probably a lot, over the coming months.  It includes underclassmen who may return to school, and doesn't include others who may opt to come out early.  We'll adjust accordingly as the picture clears up. (more…)
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NFL Draft Prospects | Review of 2013 “Steals”

NFL Draft Prospects | Review of 2013 “Steals”

iGM Game
Updated iGM Draft Restrictions for Steals of the 2013 NFL Draft By Chris Barry, PowerHouseGM.com For fans interested in our site and our iGM game, one of the most enjoyable events of the NFL season is the NFL Draft.  It's like Christmas in April (well, now in May,) as the fates of all 32 teams in the league will twist and turn based on the decisions made on Draft weekend. Every year, we take a look back at the most recent draft after we have had some time to watch the rookies play a bit.  Obviously, we won't know for sure how each player will do over time until years down the road, but we can at least make some observations at this point with respect to some players that…
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NFL GM Simulation | NFL Defensive Schemes

NFL GM Simulation | NFL Defensive Schemes

iGM Game, NFL General Managers, Xs and Os
NFL Defensive Schemes - Beyond 4-3 or 3-4 By Ted Bartlett, ItsAllOverFatMan.com Editor's note:  We first saw this article in an email from Ted Sundquist's TheFootballEducator.com site.  The former Broncos GM has been doing a fine job of pulling together some of the smarter independent NFL content of late, as well as continuing to generate excellent original content. This piece, by Ted Bartlett of ItsAllOverFatMan.com, is one of the most forward-thinking articles we've seen.  It's exactly the kind of thing that appeals to our audience as they participate in our realistic GM simulation, and our cerebral approach to the NFL more generally (we try, anyway.) And, we're very amused by the Ted's site's name.  According to IAOFM's "About" page, their name originated from a 1977 game with the upstart Broncos…
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