/agree. I look forward to the early years when I can try to play using the stars of today and players I know. But as a career mode goes on I look for the rewarding feeling of finding that young player to develop early on (I've got George Mourad up to 80 now, he started closer to mid 60's) and alsi the new scouting feature. I scouted a goalie from the Americas in my first year. My Mexican keeper is now my number two and ready to take over for my number one when he retires. That'll be awesome...to have players I scouted (using the scout searches) and those players I grabbed at 18 and developed, in my later years of manager mode! Shortening the mode would be a major setback in my eyes as well. In terms of crashing. I had begun a 2nd career mode with PSG and had this issue happen about midway through the first season. It would lockup after about 71% of the simulation(s) after the game. I think it was about midway through the season. It happened at some point in January 2006 on the career mode calender if that helps. So far my Leyton Orient career mode is going fine. I'm into my third season with that one.