davefmurray

Madison, WI - 04/08/17 - Tecmo Madison XIII: Return of the Mack

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15 hours ago, LincolnHawk said:

Is the lag on the flat-screen because of the hdmi hookup? I'm asking because as you know I have my nes hooked up to a flat screen using component cables and there is no lag at all. 

I lied. I was using a composite hookup not component. I got confused bc Im using component labeled cables. 

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2 hours ago, Tecmo-Mad-Brad said:

Commentators were really good, but I think it would be great to have some players sit in to commentate after they were eliminated through out the night.  Even if its just in a moderate role breaking down a few things or getting asked some questions about what just happened on a particular play. 

 

 

 

Agreed.  The broadcast improved with QBBrowns, Ryan11p, Retro Nate etc on there.  Early on sadly the folks just weren't quite right with some of the information about the game being shared.  As far as energy goes, they definitely brought it.  It's gotta be a tough gig to assimilate everything into a game when you are a traditional sports broadcaster with limited knowledge on the finer points.  The longer they do it, the better they will get.

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Great time as usual.  Always good to see folks, catch up, and booze.

 

Tough group, as all 3 of my games (including Lincoln Hawk) came down to the last minute, the last two came down to the very last play and me tackling (or my drones) the opponent for a game tying/winning TD inside the 5 yard lines.  Crazy.  Ran into Matty V 1st round in the bracket, and a 1Q fumble TD put me in a hole I could never climb out of.  Had the ball down 10-7 in 3Q, but couldn't produce and lost 17-10.  Matty V made a run to 5th place, so can't feel bad about that one.

 

Appreciate Bailey, the Murrays, and everyone else who assisted with the weekend festivities.  I won't beat a dead horse about the venue, but more space is required.  I can echo Noonan's willingness to assist, I'd be glad to help as needed with bracketing, score entry, etc. to assist with some of the dead times we had--I know some (beginning with drops) can't be helped.  Loved that we kept this going and it was such a great time. 

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18 hours ago, bruddog said:

The breakfast stout was super tasty. Forgot to put that into my untapped.

 

No reason you can't do this now...makes you seem like an elite daylight drinker.

Glad we got to continue our annual running into each other after being fingered by the Madison Airport security tradition alive!

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16 hours ago, averagetsbplayer said:

For the 5th consecutive year, I successfully didn't pass out in the Plaza bathroom. I call the tournament a success.

 

As a note, if one of your upcoming wedding photos isn't successfully recreating your avatar, you're doing it wrong.

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Dave, outstanding job to you and your team!  Your running a tournament in Wisconsin from Tampa!, and did one heck of a job, much respect, Can't wait for 2018!

 

Always good seeing everyone and hanging out!

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24 minutes ago, davefmurray said:

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DUDES - what a wild ride. Tecmo Madison XIII was a resounding success. We had a record number of players, in-venue spectators and live stream viewers.

 

First of all, thanks to @sonofpatbeach, holzy11 & the rest of the Tecmo Madison for the trust the put in me pull this off. Secondly, the new ladies of Tecmo killed it. Casey established solid branding and set us up great for the future. Bailey fixed the impossible day of. (Thanks, no shows.) while casting tournament directing wizardry and J.D.'s broadcast is a great skeleton to work off of for the future. Special shout-out to Jimmie, the new voice of Tecmo.

 

I have so many highlights to mention, but want to keep it short. Every one of you who came to play = awesome. If you watched, just as awesome. If you are a live stream viewer, yep, still awesome. The weather was amazing. The Tecmaraderie still is very alive and well. Those who yelled at us and shit posted, we forgive you.

 

We hear you about the venue. It was a blessing and a curse. We had pleenntttyyy of room for the players, some spectators and all the gear. The reality is we did too good of a job marketing in the local area because we had ~140 local spectators from 11am-2pm, which is insane. We were over capacity of the venue and had a billion NES setups at the same time. Once they cleared out, it was smooth sailing, albeit with a lingering mist of manstank aroma. I 100% understand your concern and will tell you unequivocally it will not be at High Noon Saloon for Tecmo XIV. (Whoa, weird. First time typing that.)

 

Scorekeeping is never going to be 100% when you have to rely on some self reporting. In my opinion, we took too long trying to satisfy everyone about the play-in bracket by doing some recounts. If we didn't have perfect weather, a humongous patio and killer food I would have been worried, however, we had all three and everyone had an outstanding time. Thanks for your patience and understanding.

 

The stage and stream took a hit when some equipment was broken from people moving the security barriers to jump on stage to goof off, which sucks because it ruined it for everyone. Drunk + selfish are never a good combo. Next year, the stage and broadcast will be on supreme lockdown. Problem solved!

 

All in all, love you guys. This was great. Thanks for the encouragement for year one.

 

Expect communication. Expect changes. Expect awesome.

 

Dude. Amazing job, and in year 1!  If that is what you brought for year 1, plus the things you learn along the way, the future of Tecmo is extraordinarily bright. Kudos to you Bailey, Casey and the entire crew.  Just down right awesome!

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Thank you Dave and Team I dont beleive anyone could have taking over the worlds largest tecmo tournament and ran it for the first time better than that. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Congratulations once again to joeygats!

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Thanks Dave and congrats Joey!! Dave, I'm so glad to see your spirits are high. You're the man. I told a couple people I wouldn't blame you one second if you had 2nd thoughts moving forward. I'm so thankful for us that you are the way you are and am looking forward to next year already. Even though I'm EXHAUSTED. I can't imagine how you and crew were vertical and functioning on Sunday. A million thanks, seriously. My one regret, is not harassing your wife. I was far too gentlemanly bc of the mayhem. Next year however, tell her to expect the full swayze. You guys are awesome. I legit love you. Full homo.

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On another note, I was asked like a dozen times about my nicknames and handles. There are many to list and many stem from high school. So in case you are wondering I am the following:

 

Just "Diaz"

Shaq Diazel (b-ball)

Dick Vital 

The Big Mexican (bc I'm half Cuban smh)

Cubanrocks/cubanrocket

Diazzhole (Thee-Ass-Hole)

Mattrick Swayze 

and OL' Dirty Tecmo

 

If you missed me... I'm so sorry for your loss lol.

 

 

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27 minutes ago, OL' Dirty Tecmo said:

Thanks Dave and congrats Joey!! Dave, I'm so glad to see your spirits are high. You're the man. I told a couple people I wouldn't blame you one second if you had 2nd thoughts moving forward. I'm so thankful for us that you are the way you are and am looking forward to next year already. Even though I'm EXHAUSTED. I can't imagine how you and crew were vertical and functioning on Sunday. A million thanks, seriously. My one regret, is not harassing your wife. I was far too gentlemanly bc of the mayhem. Next year however, tell her to expect the full swayze. You guys are awesome. I legit love you. Full homo.

 

Dude, heck yea! It is a massive undertaking, but hey man, do it for the love of Tecmo. At no point was I discouraged. Pretty sure I was perma-smile all day.

 

Honestly, the worst part was unloading the truck into the storage unit at 7am Sunday. If Casey and his brother weren't there, I would have died and left it all in the street.

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@davefmurray Thanks to you and the team again for keeping the Tecmo Main Event alive! And thanks to Josh, Chet, and the previous organizers for helping with the transition.

 

Question for ya Dave - I just remembered that there was that "top 12" set of prizes. How are the finishing positions 9-16 determined between the 8 people that got bounced in the round of 16?

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6 hours ago, Tecmo-Mad-Brad said:

Commentators were really good, but I think it would be great to have some players sit in to commentate after they were eliminated through out the night.  Even if its just in a moderate role breaking down a few things or getting asked some questions about what just happened on a particular play. 

 

Here's a writeup from Jimmie. I had spent time with him early and had no idea he was sick. Great guy.

http://thebig1070.iheart.com/onair/jimmie-kaska-36883/retro-esports-a-day-at-the-15725875/

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Jimmies a pro, what a huge honor it was for me to get the opportunity to call a game with him. Thank you jimme, j.d, dave, and bailey for having me up there.

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What's up guys, just wanted to let you know (if someone hasn't talked about this already) that you made the front page of Twitch at one point and had something like 850 viewers. But, I think because the stream went offline and there was some downtime, it dropped off pretty heavily from there. Not sure if you want to/have the time to put more effort into the stream, but seems like there's an online audience for Madison.

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2 hours ago, Knobbe said:

 

Here's a writeup from Jimmie. I had spent time with him early and had no idea he was sick. Great guy.

http://thebig1070.iheart.com/onair/jimmie-kaska-36883/retro-esports-a-day-at-the-15725875/

Great job by someone who had to learn about the game in a short time span... Add in being sick and that is a true pro's pro. 

 

Great emotion on the big plays. 

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Also, what about the raffles?  Are the winners gonna be announced?  Im sure they were on site.

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7 hours ago, Knobbe said:

 

Here's a writeup from Jimmie. I had spent time with him early and had no idea he was sick. Great guy.

http://thebig1070.iheart.com/onair/jimmie-kaska-36883/retro-esports-a-day-at-the-15725875/

 

Great article.  Unfortunately, most of the action I caught on the stream was pre-final 8 before some of the guests came on.  It was an incredibly professional broadcast.  Great work by all.  With this tourney under his belt and reading all the research he put into it, I'm confident Jimmie would be even greater next year.    

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What a weekend! Started on Friday night in the NHL and NBA Jam tourneys. Made the final 8 in NHL before losing to Tim aka The Shield. Me and @DT.made it to the final four in Jam until losing to the eventual champs by an approximate score of 117-3. Thanks to @segathonsovfor running both tourneys, looked like everyone had a great time.

 

As luck would have it, The Shield ended up being in my group for Tecmo as the #2 seed. Excellent player for someone who only started playing Tecmo about a year ago. Our first game, he called Packers-Browns, I took the Packers. Down by 3 late, had two chances for a JJ to Sharpe. First play I waited too long, went out the back of the end zone. Last play, timed it perfectly, but Sharpe didn't jump. Lost 17-14. Made way through the loser's bracket to face The Shield again, but would have to beat him twice. This time he called Giants-Bills, I took the Giants. I managed to fumble the opening kickoff and my first play from scrimmage, but both went out of bounds. After scoring on my first drive, The Shield started at his own ten. I ended up calling his first two plays and getting a safety. Got ball back and a deep JJ to Mark Ingram to go up 16-0. From there, it was a free for all as neither one of us could stop each other. Ended up being 30-28 and I scored a late TD with about 30 seconds left to win 37-28.

 

Our 3rd game was an absolute battle. The Shield called MIN-DET, I took DET as I had some success running the ball against him with the Giants. Threw INTs on my first two possessions (one due to overtap, other due to being dumb), but managed to hold him scoreless until the end of the first half. Shield was going in for the score when he overtapped as well and William White got me a diving INT. 0-0 at half. At this point we had a pretty sizable crowd behind us so the pressure was on. Shield got the ball first and was stuck with a 4th and 3 from his own 30 and he decided to go for it. I rushed the QB and Wade Wilson thankfully threw the ball out of bounds. He held me to a FG though. Next possession, Shield hits an 80 yard JJ to Anthony Carter to go up 7-3. From there I had one of the greatest drives of my life. Mostly used runs by Barry and Peete to methodically work my way down the field and didn't fall into my usual tendency of hoping for a JJ. Finally scored a TD on 3rd and 1 with a Peete sneak. Then survived two JJ attempts to Carter to win and advance 10-7.

 

With my loss though, I was put into the play-in bracket against @VikingMoe. Matchup was Chargers-Broncos, I took Broncos as Butts always seems to screw me over. Was up 10-3 at half, then it all went to sh**. @VikingMoetied it up on his first drive of the 2nd half. I then fumbled the kickoff and he took it back to go up 17-10. Memory is fuzzy from there, but I think I threw an INT on my next drive. Held him to a FG attempt which I blocked, but he picked it up, out-tapped me, and ran it in to go up 24-10. Final of 31-10. Almost prefer to lose this way though as there wasn't much I could do about it.

 

Overall, was a great experience and thanks to everyone who helped out in any way. See you guys next year!

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...continued...

 

I also finally got to meet LONG time vet @bighock4you18 who goes back to the OTFL and early early HSTL days. ACtually met him on Friday and was a cool dude. He was bummed that his life long friend @Nos couldn't make the trip. 

 

GAME DAY

Forgot to mention this but the signage(banners) done by Casey looked super awesome and helped contribute to the professional look of this years tourney. 

 

I rode with @ImFlo and his awesome modified primtime red suit jacket and pants in an Uber.  WAs about an hour until things finally got underway. Spent time chatting up various folks but a lot of time with the big seeds in my region @daboy8821, @Coconuts, @averagetsbplayer, @OL' Dirty Tecmo. I let the other two players in my group play their game first as I wasn't sure where my opponent was. It was pretty clear I wasn't going to have any trouble with either of them. Both super nice guys though and did my best to welcome them.

 

First game the guy calls KC-GIA. Uses the same okoye one back play for run 1,2 so i know this should be a pretty easy game unless he bombs it all game long. The rest of the playbook was respectable.  Not much to say here. Deberg got picked off 3 times. Final was 34-0 with DT blocking an XP. It easily could have been maybe 55-0 if not for a lost fumble by megget, and a super super weird int by Simms on a throw to an open wr in the endzone. Whatever. Dude was super cool. As I did in all the games I apologized for trying to run up the score as it was part of the seeding and he said no worries man. 

 

Next game I win the toss and though about deferring and probably should have and called KC-CHI. He took CHI and had a horrendous playbook. He had one neal play which was the awful pro t run 2 you can dive tackle with even the shittiest bottom lb. Muster was put in iform for the other 3 running plays. Somehow I allow a score on his first drive as bailey catches a fluke bomb and i made a poor poor dive that lets muster rumble free. Ultimately too much okoye and open passes from deberg and it was a 35?-7 final. 

 

Final game was against the same guy as in the KC-GIA game. He wins the toss and defers. I go to my PIT-GB match I had been playing a lot before the tourney and it worked as I hoped. He chose PIT as he "didn't know anything about GB." Bubby threw 5 picks which is pretty much all there is to know in this game. Just grinded out yards and PIT didn't cross midfield I don't think. Final was 31?-0 I think. Again went for a final jj as time expired and apoligized. 

 

Watched the end of diaz and daboy's final games. Diazes game was a bit tight early before diaz took over. Heard of Primetime setting a new record with a 74?-0 beatdown of someone. @QB Browns probably remembers the exact score. @disastamasta142 also had 8 ints vs his opponent in a SD-MIN game. 

 

Upstairs was pretty hot and stuffy and was glad to get out to the patio to get some air. Still upstairs was a better location than some had so definitely no complaints.

 

Then the WAITING game began...if I had a minor nitpick about an otherwise stellar job by all the organizers the tourney it would be this...I think it was 4-5 hrs before my next game. Made the rounds chatting up various folks (VikingMoe, tecmobo,odell, otoole, mort, louis, ryan, duece,etc). Finally got a chance to BRIEFLY talk to  @vogtcd11 and tecmopsycho. Spent a good part of two hours hanging with daboy, old dirty tecmo, discdolo shooting the shit and us wondering every so often when things would start up again.  As Dave mentioned there were group play issues, and it appeared they had to hand enter all the scores again. 

 

Finally brackets are announced and I earn a #1 seed but draw @noonan who i know will be a TOUGH out based on the handful of games I'd played online vs him. Daboys, orenga, and diaz all end up in my side of the bracket and coco ends up by himself in the other half...this is where I say I knew it when the group play would cause some slightly strange bracket play seeding. 

 

We are right near the stage and away from all the fracas but we get the orenga posse next to us. Noonan sarcastically tells them to "shut the fuck up" ha ha. He wins the toss and consults his notes for a bit before settling on a good garbage match GB-CLE. I take CLE fearing QB browns CC potential. But really there is little either team can do on defense. He wins the kickoff toss. Forces a 4th and 2 on my first drive. Luckily my play isn't called...I have a open wr but take the sure first down. Back and forth and I manage to avoid the end of half jj/cc and go into the half up 14-7. The HUGE break of the game comes after a conversion to Ed west i belive who catches and fumbles and I recover. Have a lucky called play catch on 3rd down and end up scoring on the Browns sneak for the two score lead. QB browns to slaughter and friends bail me out of some key situations...as they tend to do in this match...and i hold on for the 28-14 win. Definitely got nearly all the breaks in this one. GG Noonan

 

Coco is knocked out in a TB/Saints(coco) match opening up the bottom half of that bracket. There were some other insane round of 64 matches Mort v Vikingmoe, Tecmopsycho vs matt miller. Former champion tecmopsycho is knocked out by matt miller in I'm sure what was a tight game. 

 

I get Orenga and the posse for my next game. I win the coin toss...orenga lost all 9 tosses that day. I think long and hard about deferring and taking the better of what would likely be some type of passing match or calling one myself. Ultimately I decide to call the match and choose SD-DEN. He predictably takes SD who is the slightly better team in that match with the defense being able to jump pick kubiak or smelway. My every now and then first drive troubles  rear their ugly heads and I'm forced to punt and a 4th and pretty long. Both Smelway and Tolliver had some passes lucky to not be intercepted as well as some very untimely drops. On his first drive he is mixing and matching well and gets inside my 30. SD TE drops what would have been a TD after easily avoiding drones. Thank you tolliver. That drop saves me 4 pts and I hold for the FG. My next drive goes much better and get inside the 5 only to have hump-me fumble with about 1:30-1:00 left in the half it bounces around but it's lost to SD. Sigh. At least I manage to avoid the end of half Vlasic pickle in the ass JJ and its 3-0 at half. 

 

Orenga has a big pass or run at some point and then grinds his way for a 10-0 lead early in the third. Yikes. Not looking good. Luckily humphrey is in good and lean on him as a decoy most of the drive going to heavy pass 4 redgun calls. Eventually he is caught in no mans land on a pass and I get a catch and run for a 30 yd TD. 10-7 phew. Still time is getting low and I know I need to at least hold to a FG or things will be dire. I think I got another untimely drop or maybe a few picked plays and force a punt. Luckily it sails into the endzone and I get to  start from my 20. Humphrey still in good. WR's in bad i think. Lean on shotgun and pass 2 passes for the most part. However he forces a 4th and long that I am forced to go for. I pick pass 2 hoping he went for the run 3 humphrey call. Nope pass 2 is called....I see my Madison run coming to an end. However I get the pass of with smelway at teh right time and 69 rec jackson catches the pass 2  tope diver in double coverage. I get demonstrably excited about this obviously. Finally getting nice blocking on a run 2 or 3 that spring humphrey for the TD 1-2 plays latee.  Thought about going out of bounds or getting tackled to burn more clock but decided to go in for the score rather than risking a fumble or having to settle for a FG. I'm now up 14-10 with about 1:30 to go. 

 

Sadly I have a BAAAAD kickoff that maybe lands on the 5. This lets him get a good return plenty of space from the endzone to have time for a couple JJ shots. He checks his players and Miller is in excellent.... 56ms 81 rec...yikes. First throw ls on the money for a JJ in the endzone but I think Miller doesn't jump or something like that. Time for one more play. He leaves Butts in at RB...not sure why. This eliminates the shotgun play from my choices. I decide to pick the redgun pass 4 thinking maybe he'll go back to it again and giving me a chance to blitz the R& S formation if not.

 

Welp its the R&S formation. I deliberate about taking atwater at FS but he felt like he was in bad earlier so I opt not for that. Not wanting to take away a possible drone covering Miller. I opt for fletcher for the potential pass rush and or double coverage. I start to rush in and see no drones covering WR2 and am forced to rush back as I don't think I could catch up to miller in time after forcing a throw. Definitely nervous now as I've executed many of my own game winning jj's and know tony has great timing on these. He gets plenty of time and the throw has the distance. My hopes get up as it looks to be right on target...they are quickly dashed as the ball sticks into Miller with Fletcher right on him for the game winning td with no time left. Orenga posse goes nuts. I hang my head and turn away before turning back to Tony and congratulating him. 

 

Odds of the CC about 41% due to miller in excellent and me using fletcher. Chance of getting no drones about 18% which would have made the CC chances about 8%. Such is the way of Tecmo. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This should be short:

 

Thanks to everyone for coming. It was great seeing many of you there, sorry if I missed out on greeting you, things were kind of busy. 

 

Thanks to @davefmurray for keeping this thing alive and letting me work on it with him. Thanks to @tecmoaz for throwing together a professional stream presentation under difficult circumstances. Thanks to @Knobbe for doing a bunch of extra stuff to make things easier for everyone. Thanks to Dave's marketing partner Casey who did an amazing job with the marketing and general look of the tournament. Thanks to the new ladies of Tecmo for holding down the registration desk along with Larry, our scorekeeper who tried to keep the reporting straight.  And thanks to the Holzbauers for trusting in the team to make sure their creation was done right by new guys. 

 

On a personal note a thank you to @bruddog, @OL' Dirty Tecmo, @daboy8821, @mort1237, and one other guy (who I didn't know - sorry) who distracted me for a few minutes outside while I was taking a stress break from the seeding process. It helped and made sure that my brain didn't explode. 

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The MVP of the entire tournament might have been @arncoem and his universal remote. Switching TVs from Coax to AV so we could use more Retrons = Legendary.

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11 hours ago, bruddog said:

...He leaves Butts in at RB...not sure why...

 

Heh, if I did that, it was purely by accident. I went to the screen for the sole purpose of putting him at a WR position. I either put him in at WR and then accidentally swapped him back, or I got distracted by Miller's condition and forgot to swap, or snuck it by you :-D 

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