Happy March everyone! With March Madness underway and a lot of brackets already busted, I thought this month would be a great month to feature an NBA2K league for league of the month! Madden is what League Crawler is heaviest in, but we want to make sure everyone knows that we support every sports gaming league out there and as you'll find out in this article, there are some really good things going on in the NBA2K world! I recently met Hector from BGA through Twitter and knew right away that he was a good fit for our monthly feature article. This guy is the real deal. Prompt, smart and focused on his league and brand. They've been around since 2013 so you know these guys are doing something right! They run miltiple leagues and formats on both Xbox1 and PS4 as well as tournaments. What is really exciting about 2K basketball these days is the announcment that the game is teaming up with the real NBA to create E-teams where guys that do the create a player/career feature can join and compete in. That adds a whole new level to how NBA2K leagues do things and what they are reaching for.
Hi guys - recently I have been asked by many League Crawler members how to be "League of the Month". I usually reply that it's not super scientific because it's not. That said, there are certain things I tend to look for when trying to find a trending league to spotlight. Before I get into what I look for, let it be known that I take marginal stock in this whole process and while if it was my league being recognized by this site I do not think it "makes" anything or is more important than it is. My goal with this site is to connect good leagues with good players. League of the Month is an extension of that and is meant to highlight the cool things legit leagues are doing and give them a chance to extend that to some of their members as well. I hope in the future as this site gains popularity and influence that the award will mean even more than it does now but until then, it's my way of saying from one former commish to you - nice work and keep it up. A rising tide raises all ships.
Happy February guys! Wow, what can I say about the year we've had. I was looking back at the year and when I sent out the Newsletter for February of 2016, it went out to about 550 members. A year later it will go out to almost 1,500 members! It's cool to see people using the site and finding value in it. With that, I keep seeing more and more cool leagues showing up all the time! This month's League of the Month, DaDynasty is one of the more active leagues on Twitter and has made a name for themselves quickly. Full disclosure, I'm a big fan of leagues that have their own logo, website, graphics, youtube channel etc. All of that takes time, talent and energy and the best leagues know that the concept of Full Immersion is paramount to the success of a good league.
Happy January guys! We're moving along here at League Crawler and it's already a new year! 2016 was a really great year for us. We officially launched in March of 2014 and it took almost a year and a half to get 100 members. Over the second year and a half, we have grown to approximately 1,350! It's been really cool to meet so many cool people in the community and see all the cool stuff leagues are doing! I want to say thanks for a great 2016 to everyone that has used our site for recruiting, finding leagues, providing feedback and ratings on players, playing in our tournaments and everything else! This is a community site and you are a wonderful community to be a part of! That said - along the way, we've had a chance to feature some really cool leagues in our league of the month articles. This month's league of the month requires a limited amount of introduction because it's commish, johnnyloudpockets has a LOT to say as you might guess from his username.
Greetings! We're two weeks away from Christmas, the Madden app is finally out and I'm writing about yet another great league in the Madden community that deserves recognition for it's ambition, longevity and commitment to its members. Please join me in congratulating XCFL as we recognize them as December's League of the Month. Before I get into the Q&A with Jim, XCFL's commissioner, let me say that I absolutely LOVE several things about this league. I do not however love Jim's NFL team choice. Being a Steeler fan makes me very uncomfortable about you as a person, Jim. Ok - that's all I'll say about that. What I am continually finding impressive and shocking is how long some of the leagues we see in the Madden community have been around. I remember playing in my first league on PS2 and it seemed like such a small community back then - not so apparently. Jim, like me was playing Madden Franchise back then too and like all of us that have been at this for a while, he's learned a lot along the way too.
For the record, the actual Super Bowl is up to like - 50 or something. That speaks of longeveity and the honing of a product that people enjoy playing, watching and being a part of. How about 69 Super Bowls? What would that say to you, Mr. League Crawler League of the Month article reader? I'd say it says a lot of the same things and if you've been playing Madden long enough, you know that kind of record is RARE in this community. As you'll read in the following article, our League of the Month for November is one of the longest running Madden Leagues out there and goes to show that a well run league can survive the test of time, leadership and change in consoles. Before I reveal who it is (officially - yes, I know you saw it in the promo image..) let me take you back to 2001 when these guys started this league. Apple was launching the ipod, George Bush was being sworn in as president, and Wikipedia was just beginning. That's how long OMFL has been doing business and just a part of the reason these guys are our League of the Month!
Happy October everyone! I know that many leagues are still reeling from the fact that there is no CFM Online website or connectivity to Daddy Leagues at the moment but leagues are still rolling! That's a testament to the quality of the leagues out there and the people running them. It also speaks to the ability of these leagues to find great members to join, assimilate, follow rules and become a functioning member of their community. With that said, it's my pleasure to announce the League of the Month for October - Madden Elite Evolution! I've been aware of these guys for a while now and been stalking them on Twitter, etc like my wife does to her friends on Facebook. One of the things I can say right off the cuff in talking with Ryan, their commissioner is - he's the real deal. One of the things I think is difficult in running a league is having the maturity and temperament to see it through.
Happy Madden Season everyone! We skipped League of the Month for August, paid tribute to our tournament winners in July which means, it's time to feature a great league for September! I've gotten to know these guys a little bit over the past few months and I have to say, they seem like a really great group of guys. I had a chance to talk to their commissioner, Phil Tracy (props for having two first names Phil) about what is driving him and his league to stand out in the CFM community so much in such a short time. His answers are below but before you get there I need to let you know how helpful his right hand man has been to me at League Crawler in the past few weeks. As we've grown here at League Crawler there have been some glaring issues that I've been unable or unwilling to fix that he's been kind enough to point out and help me get that much needed feedback to help in the process of enhancing and de-bugging the site.
Last month League Crawler held its second annual Tribute Tournament and it was a huge success. A little history before I get into the details. The idea for this tournament first came last year when we pulled 32 players on PS4, 2 players from 16 leagues and pitted them against each other in a semi-sim tournament for bragging rights. Very cool stuff and SGO's founder won it all! Since then, I heard over and over from our community that another tournament was needed but that we couldn't leave the XBOX kiddos out in the cold again. So, this year we held the tournament but on both systems. That's right, we had two brackets, pulling 56 players from 28 leagues! Talk about a community event! For the record, we had representatives from:
Blind Side, 220 Reloaded, DCA, Madden Nation, Sim Association, Power Sweep, NSFL, Synergy, Madn, Madden Ballers Club, TS4L, PX1, NEFL, MXFL, Rivals and SML.
XCFL Red Zone, Gridiron, EOTP, Red Zone, Madden Scrubs, NSL, Madden Bomber League, Madden Godz, XCFL, SFL and Madden Elite
After a long hiatus from League of the Month, I've decided there's simply too much awesome stuff going on and a lot of guys and league that need recognition for the awesome stuff they are doing in the Sports Gaming community. With that said, it's my pleasure to highlight PX1 Sports as League Crawler's League of the Month for May 2016! Granted, I haven't known these guys very long, but that's one of the coolest things about League Crawler - discovering and sharing what I'm finding out there in the community. There are tons of great leagues doing really cool stuff.
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