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  1. 26 points
    So, what the heck, right? Yea, Tecmo Madison (TM) is back from the dead. Well, never really died. After receiving numerous emails, PMs, tweets, and etc from you all, we sat down to discuss where do we go from here. In a nutshell, Chet's and Josh's families + commitments outside of Tecmo have needed more attention and rightfully so. Without being able to give TM the time it deserves and needs, they decided it would be better to walk away then put out a half-baked effort. *Enter davefmurray* I am taking over the overall directing and promoting of the tournament. I have a team of awesome dudes helping out -- @Knobbe, @qb_browns, @tecmoaz & my bud Casey. qb_browns has been the tournament event director for many years and will continue to do so. Your tournament day will be just as smooth (if not smoother) as it has always been. Knobbe is helping out on the tech side. We are going to sync the TM site and T-Borg. Your records, profiles, and stats will be brought into the T-Borg world. TecmoAZ is a stream & broadcast professional in the college sports world. He will help take our media offerings up a few notches. You will see a few more cameras floating around. Casey is an event coordinator and marketing professional in the Tampa area as well as a personal friend of mine. He will be helping me with all higher level decisions and be making sure all of our offerings are top notch. Chet & Josh will still be involved. Josh will still be your MC. The book of LT is not going anywhere. All the familiar faces you've come to know will still be around. There is just a change of hands behind the scenes so we can carry the TM torch. There are lots more updates to come. As we finalize things, we will announce them. For those that want the information first, we have an email list that you can sign up for on TecmoMadison.com. Those on the list will get updates first and will get hit up directly with sign-up info when the time arrives. #TecmoXIII is going to be awesome. Let's celebrate Return of the Mack. -davefmurray Let's all be bros and talk on FB. I made a group for those interested. Join here and let's riff about the greatest tourney on Earth -- https://www.facebook.com/groups/tecmomadison
  2. 25 points
    Manyo will return...but only with 29 upvotes on this post. No more, no less. That works perfectly because there are exactly 29 true believers in HSTL who have been awaiting his return. Let's make this happen. By the way, we hit 29, and some heathen savage upvotes to 30, I will find you and I will force you to watch a Sex and the City marathon. That's the most brutal thing I can think of.
  3. 23 points
    As a person who has run many (albeit smaller) tournaments I was asked if I would help to run this tournament. I reluctantly accepted because the price I had to pay was not being able to compete. However, having been to enough of these run by the Holtzs and now Dave I know the manpower required to run this and knew Dave needed another body and he has done a lot for this community. As an old man who travels for work and has three kids now it's unfortunately not feasible for me to travel to all of your tournaments without being a substandard father and husband. Thus I'm very thankful that we still have Tecmo Madison for my one chance a year to attempt to see and meet the people of this scene/community I've come to know for the last 15+ years. Congratulations to everyone who competed. I'm not going to name names here because I will forget your name and feel bad about it or generally not know about your personal contributions. Thus, thank you to everyone who brought a TV, cart, Nintendo, controller, or other item necessary to run 70+ Tecmo Super Bowl games at once. Thanks to everyone who runs a tourney in your neck of the woods and tells people about Tecmo Madison. Thank you to everyone who was patient as we attempted to run 3 tournaments at once so we could get people more games. Thank you to everyone who came to the storage locker that Dave rents to store a bunch of old-ass CRT TVs. Thanks to everyone that showed up early to help set up or stayed late to help tear down. Thanks to everyone who came up and said hi to me (despite how much I pretend it's certainly hard for me). Thanks to JD for bringing his very expensive equipment into an environment full of large drunk clumsy men and running a top notch video stream. I was absolutely amazed once I had time to raise my head and see that the main stream was being broadcast throughout the bar in addition to be broadcast via Twitch, youtube, and facebook. I personally inadvertently pulled the power on a camera and tripped over a cord. As a true professional, he didn't chew me out...he just rolled with the punches. Thanks to Bailey for putting together the seeds by following everyone's play over the last year which includes having to adjust groups and players on the fly as guys do or do not show up in the middle of 200+ people worth of chaos. Thanks for calmly putting together the brackets in the chaos of having our scoring system software glitch on rolling out the brackets for tourney play. I will let you know if I will thank you and Jimmy for your velvet smooth commentary on the stream when I have the chance to watch the stream. Thank you to Heather, Ms Disasta, and Tucker for helping to run the brackets, the raffle, herd all the cats, and all the dirty work. Your ability to handle issues from the intoxicated is a level of patience I wouldn't be able to hold up for that long. Last but certainly not least, let's get to Dave. Before I get to the platitudes let me get something off my chest. I hear the whispers about the finances of this tournament...and they're the same whispers I heard when the Holtzs ran this thing.....why isn't more money paid out. The answer is not because this tournament is run at some sort of profit....it wasn't then and it isn't now. I know that in addition to his time, that it costs Dave to run this tournament. He's the one who rents a TV locker...rents a u-haul to move those TVs...rents the tables to hold the TVs. He's the one who flew up on his own dime to find a better location for the tourney. He's the same guy who was flying up on his own dime before all of this to just run the stream when the Holtzs ran the tourney. He's the one who organized the money and covered the rest to fly Gats out his first time. He's the guy that has taken the time to attend other people's tourneys. He's the guy who has been contributing to the community for years. He's the guy took the time with your DMs, emails, phone calls, and texts even though this last month he was able to realize his dream of owning his own business and was juggling both. Thank you Dave for making all of this happen.
  4. 18 points

    Joey gats to madison fund

    Ok. I had a long conversation with Joe and we will give this a try. Here is the background. About five or six years ago my own issues with depression nearly got me to kill myself. I nearly threw myself off a large incline in a fit of rage with the people i had gone to for help. I have many issues with ECMC hospital besides that incident. The point was I was antisocial to a T back before I went to my first tourney. The process of breaking myself out of that and suicidal depression wasn't easy. Tecmo helped a lot and playing live helped a lot. Joe is the same age I was and has many of the same problems. Which is why I am convinced. You read his post about how he understands things are wrong. Yet at the same time he has been burnt by people trying to be his friend. A stolen car and stolen money most likely are the tip of the iceberg. He also understands that winning Madison won't change his life. Making better friends of all of us will. Which is why I am asking for people to donate 20 dollars apiece to support his journey and entry to Madison. Your entry buys a bus fair to Cleveland round trip. He will then carpool with my brother in my car to keep costs down. He will split a room with Louis, myself and El Tecmo. Of course he asks that in the time before the tourney he be allowed to play as many games as possible. We will also need to buy a nes controller and a nes adapater so he can practice with tpc games as he gets ready. 40 dollars for entry fee. Also some grub money. all this will run around 450 dollars. Anything more I will pay or he will. In the meantime I have given him some new job goals and life goals to get him out of the low wage trap he has been in. Hoepfully with our encouragement and a bit of luck he can make something good of himself. Anyways if you want to send a 20 dollar share. or more. Please send it via paypal to mort1237@yahoo.com The payback we agreed to was that in the event of 1st place he would pay back all of the sponsor ship money. In any other position we will allow him to keep the winnings to help him out with various life needs he may have. Thank you for your consederation Francis Buennagel PS. This is a serious effort. I expect there to be not one post in a non serious manner. donations recievied xxxxx $50 xxxxx $50 xxxxx $40 xxxxx $20 xxxxx$50 xxxx $50 xxxx $20 xxxx $50 xxxx $20 xxxx $40 xxxx $50 xxxx $20 xxx $20 xxxx $30 total 510 of 510 nes controller 8.95 usb nes adapater 13.75 madison entry fee 40 money order $41 shipping fee $5.8 shirt $5 bus ticket 30.5 money order 61 total 206
  5. 17 points
    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 they 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.
  6. 17 points


    ATL Prime This eagles team doesn't seem as fearsome as some in years past with no real field stretching WR. This team is pretty balanced and Eagles is probably behind the best OL he's ever had. If not for getting the RAI DL I'd say this would be a wasteful pick. The Kinard/Pinkett pick didn't seem to help the team much. I think another offensive weapon would have been the choice there. Still this team should be able to improve upon a 2-14 season to forget. Grade B+ IND Drake Solid team led by the Neal Carrier tandem. This team added more nice defensive pieces with fellow chi DL friends, and SS Gayle. Talley and O'Neal make for a nice LB combo. The only deductions come from the Schroeder and glasgow picks. Schroedy without fast wr's is dangerous. Anthony Miller doesn't quite cut it at 44ms and Glasgow will be a nice low int target for an otherwise studly secondary. This team is bit heavier on D than last year's drake team but will the passing problems rear their ugly head again? Grade B+ BUF Hoff I questioned the Dalton Hilliard pick to go with Montana fearing it would leave the defense in pretty bad shape. But BUF did a pretty good job getting value in later rounds to make for a patchwork defense led by DL Green, CB Odomes, and LB Swilling. Montana Hilliard, Clark should generate plenty of points. Hoff looking to rebound with a much studlier offense. Grade A- NYJ Hock Yet another team in the top five form the AFC East. Bo and Eddie Anderson is a lethal pair to start with. Hock filled out this team nicely with a blocking RB with 44rec, another 50 rec rb. a 44 69 wr and a strong OL. The defense also sports a lot of speed and enough int with cofer, hacket, seale and oliver. The only weak link is 19 ms noodle arm rosenbach. Luckily with Bo he will likely only be taking deep shots and throwing to open guys. Hock goes away from a JJ bombing team so that will be an interesting change. Grade: A K.C Manyo Manyo looking to repeat his title magic with a very similar team. I always feel like Elway is overdrafted when you can get an 81 31 guy rounds later with two notches less of speed but I can't deny the result manyo had and he put together the correct team around elway. Two burn route specialists in duper and graddy and block/catch FB Mack n Jack. Defense will be the two stud approach Byrd and offerdahl with 50int gDB drones and the weak CIN DL and weak LB's. But those two studs should be enough to slow the opposing offense down. Can the champ recapture his magic? Grade: A S.F Bruddog Couldn't pass up a chance to pick Fulcher and his pal James Brooks. The defense was further solidified with nickleback LB Clifton and OL wrecker Bruce Smith. The fearsome threesome. Lake some decent DB pals make the secondary tough one to throw one. The offense is a balanced attack with two 44 69 targets including nocek for extra blocking. 94 hp haddix will be on KR and LB mauling duties. Meanwhile whiskey wade will have time to drink from his flask behind one of the best OL's. SF just miss out on a stud WR and also then a decent 56ms WR that would have made this team exactly what I wanted. But those fast WR misses knock this team down just a peg. It's almost a stone cold lock that this team will finish with more than the 6 wins from last year. Haven't had a RB this fast since season pre retirement ~s17. Grade: A- MIA Kamp Kamp also went with another one of the beastly RB/DB tandems in Haddix Anderson. He was able to snag the last WR stud in flipper anderson which is a massive upgrade for the team. Ironhead adds nice blocking and kick returning duties and Kamp also grabbed a nice OL to run and pass behind with Wilhelm at the helm. Francis, Lock hart and SF DL provide some additional run support although a high HP RB could creat some havoc with a few of the low HP defenders. Look for Kamp to rebound from last season. Grade: A War Machine PIT War Machine gets a real offense to use led by Barry Sanders. He stole Tim Brown from me who will help stretch the field should people load up on Barry and is a good target for Young's 56ps. Carrier and a couple of 81bc backs round out the offense. The defense doesn't have a big int guy but Green, White, Agnew and Vaughn Johnson provide numerous options. The OL and Harbaugh are the only weak links. Expect a big turnaround in the record after controlling the offensively challenged redskins last year. Grade A- Jesus DAL Well Chaos lucked into one of the steals of the draft IMHO getting Sharpe And Harris a few picks before me. The offense is lethal with Bills, Sharpe, Duncan and 44ms sydney plus multiple 38ms backs behind the mammoth MIA OL. Good luck. The defense also has 4 controllable options in cross, harris, collins and holt. Yikes. The division is tough though but I think this squad is enough to push chaos back above .500 Grade: A 10 JP T.B JP lost some big value by not taking the Sharpe/Harris combo and instead opted for Gault. The offense will be very potent with 44MS Carter, Riggs for blocking and brooks and Ernie jones to compliment Browns. PHX OL brings the team down a notch with two 38 HP OL. The 50MS returner is nice but not super useful in an offense this potent. The problem is the defense suffered badly. Ronnie Lippet is going to have to do everything or with freddie joe nunn being used in a pinch with favorable conditions. Grade: B- 11 Gamehigh S.D On to our third straight QB led team with Moon leading the charge. Gamehigh went the super stud WR route grabbing 56 75 81 bc givins. The offense was rounded out nicely with block and catch muster, slaughter and a fenerty being the 44ms back. Like peters the defense suffered pretty badly here. With Mike johnson and NT gerald williams as the only real controllable players. Muster and Wollford were likely overdrafted for how much use they will have. This secondary will probably give up as many passing yards as the offense throws for. Gamehigh outperformed his point differential in wins. Moon to Givins will be worth a few but I think it will be hard to for him to to top last seasons win total. Grade: B- 12 Ziur WAS This team was looking near perfect until zuir decided not to get a 44pc qb for some reason instead going for 38pc walsh and 25ms 38 hoss to play the conditions games. Still Bailey and Rison behind the NO OL will be a tough offense to stop. The defense has 3 controlleable guys with with Stinson, Singletary and Ben Smith but is a bit thin beyond that. Zuir can definitely improve on 6-10 with this squad but a few extra ints from the 38pc qbs may prove costly. Grade A- 13 SirTed DEN Rockin Rodney has two speedy targets in sanders and ingram. Ted got some good value early but this team feels like less than the sum of its parts to me. Without a 56+ RB and a weak OL the run game may not do enough to take pressure of peete and allow the speedsters to run free. Bob, Waymer and Pepper are a nice defensive threesome with some decent good drones in the secondary. Can ted get over the 7-9 hump this season. It's gonna be a close call yet again I think. Grade: B+ 14 Keirre MIN Marino, Allen and Jeffries make for likely the best offense in the league with the triplets. They get a solid OL to work behind and kierre added some nice complimentary piece. 81bc WR stone, 50MS collins, 56hp 56rec holohan and 44ms RB green. The defense is the weak link especially the secondary with 44,44,38,31 int defenders but kerrie at least got tow guys with speed to use in 38 44 31 int lb little and 38 44 38int db washington. But he will likely only need one stop a game with this team. Keirre 3 season record is 24-23 but I think this team will push him above .500 at 9 or 10 wins. Grade: A 15 Dolo GIA If someone actually drafted Dolo a real team who knows what he could do. Dolo COULD of made this offense work but got stuck with the TB OL again. This is O.K when you have an uber back and B combo but its going to stall this offese at timeswith no player greater than 50MS. Otis seemed like a pretty big given the other options on the board as greg jackson is just a drone. Defense is decent with Rod-God and Harvey and some decent drones. TB OL cost him his usual 9 win season last year and I think it might cost him more this year. Grade B- 16 Carnage PHI Regulator has made the draft multiple RB strategy work but I don't think it provided as much value in this draft format. If Carnage can make the two RB playbook work or use Gary at WR then maybe my grade is wrong. If not it left him with holes elsewhere. The WR's and TE Jones have decent hands but are slow which might make Deberg blitzes worthwhile. At least Deberg will be able to stand behind a strong offensive line. The defense is a one man show with Mayhew. Reasons was good value but he's slow so he's a situational use based on play call or conditions. The defensive drones seem below average. I think this team will test Carange's skill. Grade B- 17 Player G.B Yet another multi back plan but two 56ms backs that can both catch works better on offense. The Majik man was pretty good value and he will have at least one speedy player to run under his lobs. RB Keith Byars will likely be the third target as the actual WR's on this team are awful. The PHI OL is a bit of a hit as it has two 38hp guys but they can probably be hidden to minimize the impact. The defense ended up solid with the PHI DL, Banks, and walls and Allen giving the D 4 options and thus a fair amount of speed. Wymon Henderson is a skid mark on an otherwise nice set of drones. K mike Lansford will also likely lose a game this season. Grade B+ 18 Stalltalk HOU Vinny and Rice and Haley. You can stop reading now. The rest of the draft was almost irrelevant after those three picks. Vinny with Rice is death by bomb or death by scramble. 44MS Woodside and 2 other 38ms backs will let Stall play conditions or not be in dire straights if woodside gets injured. Rest of the WR's are weak but if you have rice they shouldn't be getting many throws anyways. OL is one of the weaker ones but again with Vinny's speed and Rice's speed and Vinny's slow passes you don't need to hold the ball for long. Might cause a few issues on runs but this is a team where you don't need a stud OL. Haley, Lee and Williams provide plenty on D. Grade A 19 Grip RAI Probably would have taken the Hill, Childress pick from Grips slot but looks like he wanted a D based squad this year. His defense rivals and may surpass mine with MIN DL, D.Thomas, Spielman, Dick dick and 56int Drone Robinson. Yards should be hard to come by. Catch and KR back Cobb gets a 50MS KR speed meaning the Raiders will likely start with good field position. I''d be surprised if Tolliver gets much work as 19bc 44ms White won't have many people picking run. 31 ps Reich to paige is a ok jj combo. But the random number generator or having to go out of bounds too much with White likely determines this teams outcome. A better kicker might have been nice given this team will likely stall out a fair amount. Grade B+ 20 Jfag CLE There will be a lot of condition watching on this team with 2 44pc qbs and 2 44 ms rbs that can catch and 3 receiving targets very close in value. This is the Vikings revamped. 56 75 AC is the engine of this offense. Meanwhile the backs and QB's get to work behind the mammoth KC OL which makes its own holes sometimes. The Defense is solid with Browner, Millard, and Atwater and Minnfield being high quality drones. MIA K/P gives this team an awesome special teams. Grade: A 21 Ryanp RAM Ryan has gone all the way over to the dark side with Kreig to Ellard a true back and B masterpiece. THe offense was rounded out with the typical 44 ms back and some standard offensive drones that likely won't get too much work. Ryan's tapping ability will help near the goalline where Kreig's 25ps becomes an issue. Nickleback LB Merriweather was a great value pick and greene and Mcdonald give the rams the ability to get a fair number of stops. Greg Davis is a weak kicker but Rams likely won't be kicking two many FG's Grade: A 22 Daboy N.E Daboys can probably make this team greater than the sum of its parts. Boomer Emmitt and Vance are the pats triplets. The rest of the offense is pretty slow with edmunds and jensen getting a lot of work. The OL is also not great with 3 44 HP guys. THe DL is one of the worst but the LB's are solid with dual purpose LB LLoyd and situational use 31 44 mecklenburg. DB's are a pretty rag tag bunch with fast but 44 int Manny Hendrix leading the bunch. It's pretty similar to last year's squad but going from Barry to Emmitand having one less controllable DB is a pretty big downgrade. Grade B 23 Toolie DET I've typically ripped on Okoye up until the last few years where the stats have proven out that his 94 HP does make a him more than a glorified 50MS back. Tapping ability unlocks even more of his value. TD Maker Baker is the field stretcher for this offense to run under millers or pagels lobs. Toolie will likely rotate those Qb's in and out pretty freely depending on conditions or game situation. Marv Cook is the second target and adds some blocking for okoye. The OL is just good enough for this offense though the two 44hp guys might be an issue on occasion. LT and Byrd make for the best 1/2 LB punch in the the league. Watch out. The secondary has one controlleable guy in woodruff and is paired with two other 56 int drones. Kicker Kuric is weak but again I'm not expecting too many FG's. Grade: A 24 Diaz CIN And yet another two RB team but diaz got two DB studs to go along with the mythical Johnny Johnson and Mike Rozier. Diaz likely has the tapping to make the two rb playbook work and he must since neither Rb is an overwhelming WR target. Diaz also went with the double QB combo to play conditions although it left the rest of the offense pretty bare as the other WR targets are close to Pit level which equals not good. At least Diaz wisely grabbed a solid OL with a 44MS returner to work behind. Shane Conlond give some extra run protection for the 1-2 safety punch of lonnie and deion. Diaz should be able to shut down run based attacks well but with two 38 int dbs and his studs topping out at 56int back and b could be a problem. Eddie Murray sucks and Diaz said no kicking is planned so we will leave him out of the draft grade. Diaz can make this work but it wouldn't for most. Grade B 25 Nos N.O The Lott Rathman pick was probably the strangest of the round by far for me. There seemed to be much better value still sitting around. He can be used okay as a kick returner and extra blocker/WR but he only has a 44MS RB to block for behind a middling line. Everett to Meryvn is what will make this offense go. Joyner give nos some up the middle run support and Lott is a force but his 50int leaves something to be desired. Al Del greco is a turd that might cost a game. The team just seems to be missing a piece. Grade B 26 Vikingmoe PHX HSTL champ Moe was the beneficiary of some other picks and Hill and Childress dropped in his lap. He nicely paired this with the last 63ms back Humphrey making this offense a nightmare to try and stop. Moe filled it out with a 44 44 qb a blocking back and a Ol with a 44MS returner. Points should come easily for Moe. The DB's are again a concern with 38 44 44 int dennis smith being the only controllable guy. But coverage LB snow and childress are a formidable 1-2 punch. Special teams are VERY nice with the leahy prokop combo. Moe probably should have sacrificed something else not to get stuck with Grogan on the off chance Eason gets hurt at the wrong time. That prevents the A grade. Grade A- 27 GoNick This team feels like a downgrade from last years team for gonick. Other than Simms its feels like every player is just good enough. Clayton and Barnett make for middling targets and 44 MS Thomas runs behind a decent OL sans one 38HP guy who is hideable. Defense is a one-2 punch with brown who cant cover and McMillian. The DB drones are good with 50 int. Defniitely a grind it out kind of team. Grade B+ 28 Dukesta Reed Thurman are the high horsepower engine for this offense. LVP Aikman gets to stand behind the hoggs. Sherrard and Jackson provide even more speed for the offense. With Duketa's tapping this offense should score plenty. However the DB's are likely the worst in the league. With romo and bennet and his tapping duke can likely shut down the run but when he doesn't pick the right pass its likely back and B central. The extra offense wasn't needed and clock management and playcalling will be vital as dukesta will likely be in a lot of shootouts. Grade: B
  7. 17 points
    Enjoy, and let me know if you have any questions. http://louraguse.com/2016/02/the-fathers-of-tecmo-super-bowl/
  8. 17 points
    Here's a few of my quick thoughts on TecmoXII. Read Psycho's blog if you want a good one. His recap is always great and this year was no exception. Good: Gats winning it & playing lights out all day. "The Kid" & Kyle coming out of nowhere! Sega's Bo-igi Board (full beers only please) Meeting Leif Powers, super nice guy. Hopefully a bunch of you guys got to chat him up. The large number of tight pants & attractive girls around the tourney for once (JimSock's friend's old lady wins, blonde TV gal 2nd, tight pants TV 3rd, pregnant orenga posse member was a serious darkhorse as well) Luke having a 20 minute convo with our cab driver while piss drunk discussing (our fictional 2nd & 3rd place finishes, kids, astrology, college life, & other amazing topics) Wish I had recorded it! Dave hugs (duh) Late night gyros with Luke, Coco, & Beefy (probably saved our lives, no food would have been a bad choice) #BurningMort - just watching the mail now for my July 23, 2016 "save the date" magnet. Casey's breakfast pizza (seriously how can Wiscy have no Casey's? #EPICFAIL) Thankfully we made Dubuque by around 10. Knobbe bringing his "9 incher" so we could play tecmo during the car ride up. It was awesome meeting a bunch of new guys (Flash, Raguse, DT, SuperDuper, Invader, Grip, Laz, probably missing a few) and seeing all the old friends again. Looking over late Friday night, realizing I'm in a room playing Gats while Mort plays Bruddog on the other TV. (Tecmo heaven?) The whole tourney and the way it was always ran through the years. Just an awesome job again everybody that helps out!!! Bad: No sleep friday night Forgetting my "eat shit orenga" bracelet at home Iowa's speed limits from the 1970s Bailey having to leave early & not getting to chat at the Plaza (hope everything's cool now) Knobbe bailing on us and flying home so we couldn't play tecmo on the way back Thinking Flo was short for some reason Super 8 TV being smarter than me My photo/camera bomb of Orenga's ESPN interview that never made air. My ebay ordered Moulds jersey not making it in time (dude says he "lost it", wtf) No Butt Douglas or Lodgefather to watch the Elite 8 games with. Ugly: Cute bartender (aka fancy pants) Friday night after I ask if she was working during the tourney, "yeah, but I heard you guys are kinda smelly" (she's not wrong) Dotdon's intoxication level (love you man, but you were in rare form!) Toolie's playbook vs Mort Lou on Friday night (Chris Pike blows that shitty reverse up everytime!) Sorry I was drunk and giving you so much shit. (not really sorry) Tick "holding" Regulator to 49 points. One of the better tweets of the day! Sega forgetting his Mydol and not going out Saturday night Not getting out of bounds to attempt a FG in the winner's bracket champ game, then losing the OT coin toss & game. (GG Matt) Two non-drinkers and (probable) virgins playing in the finals (maybe its for the best to shut this thing down now) - jk Thanks for the memories and hangovers Madtown!!!!
  9. 17 points
    My brother Mike and I will be making our Tecmo Madison debuts this weekend. Neither of us has ever played in a tournament, so we figured we'd start with the biggest and best. In fact, we've probably played 95 percent of our Tecmo games over the years head-to-head against each other. We are fully prepared for the possibility of going 0-2 and spending the rest of the day cheering on the field, although we are actively hoping to defy the odds and make a surprise run. Either way, this trip is a dream come true. I'm traveling from Erie, PA, and meeting my brother in Chicago before heading to Wisconsin. We will be staying with friends just outside of Madison, so I'm not sure if we'll make the Friday early registration, but we will definitely be there on Saturday. I recently found a letter I wrote to Santa at age 8 asking for "Super Tecmo Bowl or Tecmo Super Bowl" (apparently I wasn't sure on the official name.) Santa came through in the Christmas of '92, and more than 20 years later, my brother and I still spend time over holidays playing our own mini Tecmo tournaments against each other. When I first saw the documentary piece a few years ago, my brother and I joked that we should go someday. Then when I heard this was our last shot, we decided to make it happen. I am a high school English teacher. When I tried to explain to my students why I was not going to be in school on Friday, I got a mix of enthusiasm, support, and "What is Tecmo Super Bowl?" questions. After explaining to a generation of kids who do not know a pre-Madden world of football video games about Tecmo's historical significance and the legend of Tecmo Bo Jackson (he's the reason I am a Raiders fan, after all), they're pretty excited for me. Anyway, I look forward to meeting and competing against others who have grown up with Tecmo like my brother and me. Here's to a fun weekend! We'll see you all soon! Sincerely, Matt Hubert
  10. 17 points

    S33: SiGG Whars

  11. 16 points
    Haha that above picture is awesome. Thanks @davefmurray @QB Browns and company for another fantastic Tecmo Madison experience. It's amazing how year after year the event continues to impress and the talent continues to improve. Congratulations to @joeygats for a third title in a row. That's unfathomable with the randomness of Tecmo and solidifies him as the GOAT. Best Tecmo accomplishment overall. @bigmv54 played the best I've seen in a single game. That's the only time where I can remember feeling I was the inferior player. He also had IMO the single greatest accomplishment in one tournament. He beat all 4 number 1's (Regulator, Mort, Chet, Gats) and dismantled Cocunuts who can be considered top 10 at least. If there is a better accomplishment in one single tournament I would like to hear about it. As to everyone else I talked to and caught up with, great seeing you all and it was a pleasure as usual. It's always a good reset to have that day of being a kid again. Thanks again to everyone involved in the coordination of the event as well as everyone who attended. Take care
  12. 16 points
    Here we go! Here are the first 7 bounties announced for this years tournament. Make sure you have volume turned on. Part 2 (#6 through #1) will be posted same time tomorrow.
  13. 16 points

    New Site Preview!

    There are still some items on my "to do" list for phase two, though I am burning out honestly from the amount of time this baby has been taking up...so am just about ready to call the initial project a wrap. I've been working on ensuring my front end will play nice with the existing back end, and am finally pretty confident that the transition from old to new won't break anything. Though shit can always happen. Brooks has been really helpful, as has hoff. War and Hoff have volunteered to do some testing and I will probably get with them soon with the test site so they can try to locate any bugs before rolling out for public review. Then it's just a matter of finalizing 34, getting the latest data and figuring out how best to make the transition. Though we will sort it out I'm sure. I don't see why it shouldn't be ready before 35. Without further ado, here are a few screen caps using season data (from several weeks ago). I may post some more tomorrow if anyone is interested. These were taken at 1920px...those on lower res screens will get everything in the frame, though will lose the player sidebars. Sorry I know the file size is a bit ridiculous. Yes, some of the old timers may notice the tip of the hat to the old Tecmo Elite site. I decided to keep some of the elements since so many people appreciated the format.
  14. 16 points

    Hats off to the HOFF

    Here we are 8 weeks into the 34th Season of HSTL, and I for one am pretty impressed with the new commish that literally stepped up to solve a problem that at the time really looked to be bleak to say the least. Who would have thought that the anti drama, reasonable deadlines, and strict but fair handling of owners would work.... Crazy right.... in defense of others who have commished (Diaz) less douchebagary seems to be the solution for now. Hoff thanks man for stepping in and running shit like a champ!
  15. 16 points
    (After some more thinking, I thought I'd do a more comprehensive guide to a Madison First Timer. So, this is my advice to the world of rookies) The Comprehensive Guide to Being a Madison Tecmo Rookie Hello. If you're reading this, you're likely signed up for Madison Tecmo XI: Apocalipps Now. Congrats. Many of you have played in this grand championship before, but there are plenty who have not. For those who have not, here are bits and pieces of collected wisdom for anybody making their debut. Before we get to the point by point gibberish, this needs to be said- You're not going to win the tournament. Seriously man. I know you're good and I respect that. But you're not going to win the tournament. But, but, but, but... No. You're not going to win the tournament. I cannot stress this enough. You're not going to win the tournament. On the morning of Tecmo XI, there are probably 225 or so (give or take) of the 256 contests whom you could look in the eyes as they arrive and tell them with a straight face "You have absolutely no shot to win this thing." (And that's not me trash-talking by any stretch. Believe me, I'm very firmly one of those 225 guys on the outside). What I've found in my X number of years in this tourney is that the guys who come in truly believing they'll be crowned champion, despite never having played in Madison (let alone another tourney), tend to be the jerks that everyone remembers. I've always believed that we will never see an unknown or first-timer come in off the street and win this tourney. If you're making your debut and you're psyching yourself up and dreaming of raising the trophy, the faster you get that out of your head, the faster you'll actually enjoy the experience. "The experience" is the key phrase here. Outside of those 20-30 guys who could conceivably win the tourney, the real draw of Madison is the experience of it. Until you see a swarm of 400+ people surrounding 30+ televisions for 12 hours, you can't yet appreciate the electricity or the IMMENSE PRESSURE of playing in these games (this isn't you and Smitty from college drinking a 12er and playing a 7 game series on a Wednesday. Your heart will be pumping from the moment you arrive). For those of us who can't win, there's a list of 7 "Goals" you should follow on March 7: 1) Have fun. There are 256 pretty cool guys (give or take who all love playing the same game that have gathered together. Embrace that. Talk to them. Buy someone a drink, chat about strategy, past tournaments, yadda yadda yadda. The most important thing you should take away from Madison when you wake up on Sunday was "Damn, that was a lot of fun." 2) Pay attention. So, you're a rookie. You're not going to win (have I mentioned that yet?). But that doesn't mean you shouldn't try to walk away from the tournament as a better player. When you're not playing, watch other games. Examine the playbooks people use. Keep a vague tally of matchups you see called that make you go "Hmmm, interesting. I may try that one." See how guys hit hot routes on called plays. Watch some of the better defensive players in the tournament and pay attention to who they use on defense and the angles they use to stop plays. If you liked how some guy played and want to emulate their style, wait until some point in the day when you see them not deep in conversation and then introduce yourself. Tell them you admire their play. Pick their brains, ask questions. Don't get clingy (nobody likes a tagalong), but use those 12 hours of Tecmo to take in as much advice (and booze) as possible. (Notice how the "Goals" haven't yet mentioned anything about your own gameplay?) 3) Win a game. This should be the base goal of every player in the tourney. Win a game. 25% of the field will go 0-2. If you win a game as a rookie, you should walk away from the day feeling proud, regardless of how the rest of your tourney played out. 4) Win 2 games. So you won a game. Nice job. Think about what worked for you in that game and what didn't. Make an adjustment and try to win a 2nd game. I mentioned 25% of the field will go 0-2. Important to note that another 25% will go 1-2. That means if you can win 2 games, you finished ahead of 50% of the field. That's nothing to scoff at for a first timer. It's a huge deal, actually. Walk around with your head held high. 5) Make the bracket. You have to go either 3-0 or 3-1 to make the final 64. Assume that roughly 40-45 of those spots can be written in pen (we all know who they are), so that leaves between 19 and 24 or so spots truly up for grabs. A large bulk of those will be claimed by guys who don't have the capacity to win the whole thing, but have previous Madison experience, so they overcame the intimidation to make the cut. If you can claim one of those last remaining spots as a rookie, you need to be very, very proud of what you accomplished. If you don't make the bracket, who cares. Stick around and watch the games, make friends, enjoy the atmosphere. 6) Win your own "Super Bowl." This goal falls under both Pool Play and Bracket Play. The 225 of us who cannot win the entire tournament have to focus on smaller, step-by-step battles. We won't make the championship, but there's a really good chance you are going to play someone who's in that elite category. That's your Super Bowl. That's the big one. If you can knock a big name out, man, who gives a shit if you win it all at that point, ya know? You ruined so-and-so's day! You're a giant killer! A couple years ago I faced off against Chris Vogt in the opening round of 64. I KNEW that was my Super Bowl. I played that game like a motherfucker and came up 4 pts short. But I felt good afterwards (mostly because Chris is a solid human being and that made for a really fun game), because I got a chance to go heads-up with a big name and I took him to the wire. We all know who some of the big fish are, so no need to name names and start little turf wars about who is "a name" and who isn't. That's not the point. The point is you'll just KNOW when you're about to go up against a monster. That's your Super Bowl. Embrace it. 7) The last and final goal, Don't be a jerk. Tecmo is a Gentleman's Game. This isn't the Madden Nation tour bus on ESPN from a few years ago where guys swing their dicks in each others' faces after scores. Celebrate properly when something good happens, don't flip out when something bad happens. That's Tecmo. We've all been there. Shake hands after the game and move on. Have fun. Both in playing the game and enjoying the surroundings. In past years, the Herd Mentality of the collective group can tell who the jerks are. Don't be one of them. Hopefully this all helps and doesn't come off as too preachy. Just know that, as a rookie, the experience and atmosphere is the biggest thing you'll take away from this. I started playing in this tournament many years ago when I was still a Milwaukee/Chicago guy. I've lived in New York for 3 years and have gone back every single year. Not because I think my name can be etched in the Hall of Champions, but because it's fun as hell. Hopefully you'll walk out of the Badger Bowl on Saturday evening feeling the same way.
  16. 16 points

    Politics, Tecmo-ized

    Because why should we limit the Tecmo treatment to only football? >https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXHPQ7UL5lo
  17. 15 points
    The Ballad of Rodney They told you don't you ever come around here Don't want to see your face, you ain’t no Terry Greer The fire's in their eyes and their veins are filled with beer, So Peete it, just Peete it You better run, you better do what you can Don't want to see the bomb, don't be no Majik man You want to be tough, time to show it to the fans So Peete it, but he’s probably bad… Just Peete it, Peete it No one wants to be defeated Show them the power, the lob of might It doesn't matter if the window’s tight Just Peete it, Peete it Just Peete it, Peete it Just Peete it, Peete it Just Peete it, Peete it They're out to sack you, better juke while you can Don’t drop it off to Barry, are you crazy man? You need to get the first, they're flouting the lurch ban, So Peete it, just Peete it You have to show them that you're really not scared You're playin' with your life, we’re talking ‘bout the Bears, They'll kick you, then they'll beat you, Then they'll tell you “Play Ware” So Peete it, but he’s probably bad... Just Peete it, Peete it, Peete it, Peete it No one wants to be defeated Show them the power, the lob of might, It doesn't matter if the window’s tight Just Peete it, Just Peete it Just Peete it, Just Peete it But he's probably bad...
  18. 15 points
    The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly coming at you...... perspective from a Beautiful (Tecmo) Mind. This post better get 27 likes if you want a playoff preview AFC East New York Jets: Not familiar with the Hock, but his lifetime record of 12-24 leaves me not shocked at his team. Heavy pass threat, and minimal running ability with a 1 1/2 man defense. This is a team that will accidentally win some games because Bills is bound to connect to Monk/Sanders more than a few times. The question is can they hold offenses under 21 to squeak a few W's out? I don't disagree with dirty Tecmo's beard, but I disagree with his draft grade on this team. Draft Grade: C Prediction: 4-12 Buffalo Bills: I've never been a fan of Krieg, but I love the compliment Barry..... Strong Rec help in Clark/Clayton will offset that horrendous PS (is everyone familiar with how useful PS is?) Anyway, minus picked plays, this offense should have no troubles scoring. The defense is..... suspect. The saving grace is the one man wrecking crew named Prime. The whole field can be covered, it's just a matter of if he brings his sticky fingers. Not sure of Hoff's talent, but he has a solid team. Draft Grade: A- Prediction: 8-8 Indianapolis Colts: Another name I'm unfamiliar with, Drake brings a pretty solid team to the table. Running threat with Vinny along with a serviceable RB in Thomas. The crappy OL is forgivable with Testicles mobility. The defense is pretty stout with LT leading the way and 2 usable DB's in Walls/Collins. You have to know how to utilize Vinny in order to make this team successful..... a fast WR would have been the icing on the cake here.... Draft Grade: B+ Prediction: 6-10 (Vinny is a special breed..... it's hard to score inside the 10 with running QB's) Miami Dolphins: KampTuna or TurboTuna leads the Tuna into season 36 with what I would consider an average Joe's squad. No real superstar minus Butts, who will have to carry the load for this offense to put points on the board. The defense will be strong against the run, but struggle against passing teams (hello Bills and Jets) Kamp has improved drastically over the years and has the capability of leading the fins to the playoffs. He will undoubtedly need some luck along the way though. Draft Grade: C+ Prediction: 9-7 New England Patriots: This team is essentially the same as the Dolphins except their stud is on defense instead of offense. A lack of speed on the offense is going to put some pressure on Dukesta to be efficient and minimize mistakes. Points will be few and far between.... on both sides of the ball. The defense is stout boasting a Millard/Browner combo effectively able to stop any offensive combination out there..... This will be a fun team to watch. Draft Grade:B- Prediction: 12-4 AFC Central Pittsburgh Steelers: I see a lot of single digit scoring games in the future of Steel city...... Good land o' liven that offense is wretched and that defense is DYN-O-MITE. The only question is will the defense outscore the offense this year? Seriously, if Ninja can figure out how to move the ball with his discombobulated band of misfit 44 MS players, he could be a real force. The defense led by...... everyone?..... will keep him in contention every game. Draft Grade: C (I'll have what you were smoking when you passed on Eagles/Jackson) Prediction: 5-11 Cincinnati Bengals: That beautiful beard boasts what I consider to be the best team in HSTL this year. That offense will make defenses bend over and grab those ankles all season long. Run it up the middle.... bend over. Throwin it deep..... bend over. Offerdahl/Johnson/Williams are just enough to get the 1 or 2 stops needed each game to get the W. Fuck this team.... thank you for being in the AFC Draft Grade: A+ Prediction: 12-4 Cleveland Browns: Mitchell -> Hill = garbage. OK, we all know how I feel about this type of offense, but it is actually a well put together team. The Mitchell/Hill combo along with 2 44MS RB's gives Jfag some flexibility to what he wants to do on offense. He can grind or pop it deep at any time. The defense again has 2 solid pieces in Byrd/McMillan. Jfag is good enough to make this defense work. Key point of the season will be the 2 games against Cincinnati. I think the Brownies have to sweep the series to win the division. Draft Grade: B+ Prediction: 10-6 Houston Oilers: The AFC Central could easily be considered the most talented division in HSTL. Another well put together team. Stalll built a great offense with a running QB complimented by a decent RB and fast WR. Lethal.... the defense is backed by Francis/Spielman/Fulcher, a perfect combination to nullify any and all offensive threats. The only thing holding this team back is Stalltalk himself. We have seen him go 13-3 and win Superbowls in other leagues, and we have seen him go 5-11 and look like a Tecmo noob. Which version shows this season? Draft Grade: A- Prediction: 8-8 (only cause this division is lit with juice) AFC West Denver Broncos: WOOF.... This team is in rough shape. I would be hard pressed to pick pass on defense. Yes Tim Brown is fast which is nice to create a downfield threat, but Elkins/Strom throwing to him? Leaves a lot to be desired. I would understand the lackluster offense if the defense boasted more than DT/Oliver. They have the potential for creating havoc on offenses, but a great passing team will eat this D up. Draft grade: D Prediction: 5-11 Kansas City Chiefs: For the strong defense this team put together, the offense is quite adequate. A good balance of a fast RB and mixed with the deep JJ threat gives Coco the slight edge over Cincinnati for my AFC favorite right. A Haley/Lake/Waymer combo on defense allows for strategic placement and options on defense. With the tapping advantage over most, running will be difficult. I don't see many teams putting up over 14 on Josh this season. If he can average 20/game, I think you have your #1 seed. Draft Grade: A Prediction: 13-3 Seattle Seahawks: I have to admit that I look through teams one at a time as a write reviews..... HSTL beware.... This team rocks. The Ware/Byner/Clark combo on offense is right up Gonicks's grind out yards mentality. Personally, I have always had difficulty with Gonick's disciplined approach towards offense. Gonick with Ware will make you pull your hair, I know, I have none down the middle of my head (the real reason i quit tecmo 6 months ago. I was always in a division with him). Back to Seattle, even if the offense falters, the defense will pick up the slack. Scary scary defense with I Had Dicks patrolling. Draft grade: A- Prediction: 11-5 Oakland Raiders: I keep waiting to see a terrible team to balance things out...... found one! OK, so the offense is totally workable. Although Young -> Rice is not your typical connection, the speed and REC threat allows for great use of Young's MS. Include 50 MS Craig in the mix and the offense has great potential. Ohhhhhhh but the defense...... it looks like a combination of epsilon semi morons (A Brave New World anyone?) Stinson is workable, but the lack of speed on this defense will be its downfall. Teams with decent running ability should be able to work the Raiders. Question of the year for Oakland: Can they match their opponents score for score to win games? Draft Grade: C- Prediction: 7-9 San Diego Chargers: Oh how glad I am I'm not in this offensive powerhouse division. Eagles/Gray/Jackson is just as bad as Deberg/Jackson/Gault. I don't even care that the defense is sub-par, the Chargers only need 1 stop/game to win. Mecklenburg/Lippett should be good for that. QB Eagles is like art: you create a masterpiece or a disaster. We'll find out if game high is an original Van Gogh or if he belongs in the MOBA (Museum of Bad Art). Draft Grade: B+ Prediction: 8-8 A conference a day keeps the critics away...... To be continued
  19. 15 points
    DISCLAIMER: The numbers next to each player posted below are derived using an SRS iterative method from past tourney results. I used only the last 3 Madison tourney's with the following weightings (10%,30%, 60%) There are no subjective adjustments. They are merely ONE TOOL in evaluating a players past madison performances and relative skill. They can be thought of as the average number of points a player would beat an average Madison participant based on past results. A couple examples of ratings from 3 different players over the last 3 tourneys. low to high (-3.9, 12.3, 16.0) Consistent (14.0,13.8, 12.2) high to low ( 17.2, 13.1, 9.5) But appease the Tecmo Gods and ye may be rewarded with glorious endzone to endzone JJ's. Anger them and feel their fumble wrath destroy your tecmo hopes! Favre Region Group 1- Two-time champion Chet is the powerhouse here. If you are in this group your chance of a Cinderella 64 appearance goes down considerably. Given tourney history I expect a 3-0 performance from Chet who is looking to get back to the final 8 after losing narrowly to daboys in an epic game last year where daboys pulled off one of the jukes of the tourney. Having played Ryan.S online recently he has definitely improved his game from the last go around and has been training hard and the rating number highly likely doesn't do him justice and would be my choice to emerge from the losers bracket as knocking off Chet is a tall task few have been able to do. Ryan is also looking to avenge an epic battle that resulted in a 3pt loss to gripsmoke in OT. Scott S. has made it out of group play two years in a row and will definitely give this group a run for their money. Group 2- Should be a battle between Tecmo veteran O'Delle and another tourney vet David T. (Ashman) for the automatic berth. Odelle looking to get back to the elite 8 like he did in Tecmo X. Meanwhile Ashman lost to a hot Lefty in the round of 32 last year. Group 3- Tourney local Lucas S (Breaker) appears to be the favorite here assuming he's not super rusty. His last Madison appearance was Tecmo X where he made a run to the Elite 8 before losing to mort and bgboud. Ryan K (Hoigarrd) looks to reverse a downward trend of wins in Madison form 3 to 2 to just 1 last year but has mostly been losing close games. Site founder Matt Knobbe has lost in the round of 64 the last two tourney's and will be hoping to improve on that. Group 4- Matt DeGeorge is making his first Madison appearance but is no stranger to tournament play or Tecmo having won multiple northeast tourney titles and will be looking to make his mark on Madison and should be he favorite in this group. Two Jay's phillyopish and birdhas uwl will be his primary competitors. birdhas uwl nearly made the Elite 8 in Tecmo after a one pt win vs skunker in the round of 32 but lost to Jeff B in the round of 16. In Tecmo X his last appearance he failed to make it out of pool play as did the other Jay philyophish. Group 5- Tourney vet Rico (ryan33fulcher) looks to be the favorite of this group that is currently light a player that will assumedly be filled in from the play in tourney on Friday. Whoever earns that spot will definitely have a chance. Leif Powers (Nameless Loser) the creator of likely the most in-depth Tecmo FAQ to date will make his first Madison appearance. I know little of the current state of his gaming skills but he would be my other choice to escape this group given how little I know of the rest of this group. There are 2 other newcomers I know little about. Group 6- Louis brother of Mort has to be the favorite of this group light on players with tourney experience and or positive results. He will be hoping to break through to the round of 16 after losing to two quality players in the round of 32 including last years dreaded SEA/NE matchup loss to Gats. The rest of the group looks like a crapshoot to me but the next best player appears to be Justin L who do not escape group play the last 2 years going 2-2 both years. Group 7 - This group features two primetimes and a grogan. Advantage Primetime? Local tourney vet Troy H (Primetime) looks to be the cream of this group. He had a rough draw in the round of 64 drawing Vogt brother Jimmy V (Lefty) who narrowly missed the elite 8. He's also been eliminated buy Regulator twice in past tourney's so I'm sure he's hoping for some better matchup fortune. The other Primetime (Paul. G) has been trending up (-5.4 to 5.5). He had a very solid tourney last year knocking off Mort in the round of 64 and then losing it what appears to be an OT game vs Skunker. Brian R (Grogan) has also been trending up with each tourney ( -27, 3.7, 9.1). He nearly won his group last year losing by a mere 3 pts to online powerhouse Gats. He ultimatly lost to Louis in the roundof 64 . He should be dangerous with another year of tournmanet experiance under his belt. Group 8 - Local player Justin G (Lamefest) will be making his 5th straight appearance in what looks to be a group with a number of solid if unspectacular players. He will be hoping to turn things around with a number of double digit losses to top players. It should be a close battle for the 2nd spot between two Ben P, Ben B(Rockman) and tourney vet and good guy Kevin C.. I know Rockman has been getting his practice in online so he would could be a darkhorse that wins the whole group.
  20. 15 points
    That's right! A new, kinda crappy show, dedicated to your favorite online activity and all your favorite and least favorite people! I've been kinda daydreaming about doing something like this ever since the league seemed to hit a real low there for a minute. I mentioned it to Player121, and he felt the same way, so we kinda started spit balling an idea, and that idea turned into this show. We wanted to do something to try to bring the fun back into this game, and this league. For me personally, nothing does that better than talking Tecmo. So, that's what we're gonna do. The biggest thing on the agenda for me is getting to know all the little pockets of Tecmo out there. We all know how we got into Tecmo, and HSTL ourselves, but I'm fascinated by how it happened for everyone else. So, a get to know HSTL will be an ongoing feature. I'm hoping to eventually get to a place where I can get "guests" on, we can talk Tecmo in general, and do a better job of being topical to what's actually happening in the league. So, keep in mind that this is the first episode, and hopefully moving forward I'll do a much better job with that. I want "the show" to be a very conversational thing, with very little formality, so to any one potentially interested in coming on, please know that it's a very relaxed thing. I ran into a bunch of production delays putting this all together, hence how late this thing is (the season had only barely started when we recorded - Gats and Regs were both still in) Also, as I'm a complete amateur, I had some problems with my own audio levels in the interview, so sorry about that in advance. I think a lot of the problems had to do with getting the first episode out, and going forward, it shouldn't take me as long. Anyway, listen and I hope you enjoy - and hey, if you're at all interested, hit me up, I'll get you on the show. Let's have some fun! Please feel free to comment and criticize. More than anything, I just want people to be engaged. SirTed >https://soundcloud.com/edward-beresford-949627369/hidden-stats-ep1
  21. 15 points

    S33: SiGG Whars

    He is The One.
  22. 15 points
    What: Tecmo XI: Apocalipps Now When: March 7, 2015. Registration will take place between 9:00 and 9:30 am on Saturday, though we encourage everyone to take advantage of the pre-registration on Friday night at Badger Bowl, from 6-10pm. Tournament will start promptly at 10 am on Saturday. Where: Badger Bowl, 506 East Badger Road, Madison, WI 53713 Tournament Website: http://tecmomadison.com Entry Fee: $40. Includes a tournament t-shirt (size to be selected during registration). Updated Payouts: First Place: $2200 Second Place: $1400 Third Place: $750 Fourth Place: $500 5th - 8th Place: $100 9th - 16th Place: $50 Tournament Rules and Format: This information is available on the Rules tab of the site. The site also includes past tournament results, pictures, competitor profiles, and a preview of this year's tournament. Questions: If you have a question potentially applicable to all competitors (rules, tournament format, etc), please post such below. This is the official tournament thread. If you have an individual question that requires our attention, you can reach us at questions@tecmomadison.com
  23. 14 points
    Here is the original 28 team rom with a bunch of my own customs hacks and tweaks. This will be the basis for a more in-depth rom I am currently working on. I hope you guys like how it plays as there is so much more to come. JBI OG-Style 1.2 Update 6/19/15 >https://youtu.be/xwxin7KwVCQ Custom Hacks: New Attributes Added QBs have 3 new attributes: Ball Control, Evade Blitz, and Clutch Rating Skill Players have 2 new attributes: Body Balance and Clutch Rating Defenders have 2 new attributes: Pass Coverage and Clutch Rating COM QB Pocket Presence & Awareness If under pressure while in the pocket, the QB doesn't just blindly throw the ball as in the original rom. The QB insteads reads where the rush is coming from and moves within the pocket or outside of the pocket. Then the QB reads for either a scramble opportunity or for open receiver downfield. Then the QB decides what to do based upon the defensive pressure and pursuit. The QB can still decide to throw the ball to open receiver without moving within the pocket at all. COM QB can Throw on the Run If under pressure while scrambling, moving within the pocket, or simply rolling out from playaction, the QB can throw the ball while running. The QB awareness works on the run and not just in the pocket so be careful when blitzing the QB!!! COM QB Scrambling based on MS rating The higher the MS rating, chance of scrambling increases COM QB Take Sack Chance based on Evade Blitz (New Attribute) rating While standing still in the pocket, Evade Blitz is checked. Lower the rating, the chance of getting sacked increases. The QB can also spin away from a sack attempt while standing still in the pocket!!! Clutch Rating has effect on certain attributes For QBs it determines if PC & PA gets juiced, For Skill Players it determines if REC gets juiced, For Defenders it determines if INT & Pass Coverage gets juiced Body Balance Rating for Skill Players This determines the chance of spinning out of grapple as well as the COM Skill Player's ability to zig zag downfield. Pass Coverage Rating for Defenders Pass Coverage rating determines defender's ability to force incompletions Shorter, Better Angled Onside Kicks Hold Up or Down while pressing A on the power bar to angle onside kick. COM can do this as well. Directional Punts Hold Up or Down while pressing A on the power bar to directional punt. COM will directional punt as well. Total Control Passing Hack Lead your WR, RB, TEs with the D-pad in while pressing B to pass. You can lead them while they're still running their route and even after the have stopped in place. This give you the ability to throw your receivers open or move them to a bigger passing window. Get creative and throw fade routes (especially if you throw a lob pass) if receiver has a step on defender, comeback routes if defender drops deep, or turn fly routes to IN or OUT routes, etc. Touch Passing Hack Tap B to throw a lob pass, Press B to throw a normal pass, Hold B to throw a bullet pass. Note that a QB pass speed rating will determine how fast the bullet & lob pass is thrown. Cycle Backwards Through Receiving Targets Press Start to cycle backwards. Press A to cycle forwards as you normally would Smarter Passblock CC Command (also adjusted CD, CE, CF Commands) OL can now read if defender is already being blocked. If so, he will look for next available uncovered nearby defender. If no defender is nearby, he will hold his position. No more unnecessary double teams while free defender run right by the OL. Offensive User Moves Press Select (changed from A) for speed burst (will lose control momentarily and lose speed afterwards) Press B to dive for extra yardage (delayed get up, can be grappled during dive attempt) Press Start to do a spin move (will lose some HP, crowd also cheers) Press Select to take a knee while controlling QB behind LOS (does a kneel down animation too) Defensive pursuit angles based on Quickness Will be much harder to juke defenders with high quickness ratings Dive animation timing based on Quickness Defenders with a high quickness rating will dive faster Single Defender JJ Ints based on Pass Coverage (New Attribute) and INT rating If pass coverage is not high enough, defender will whiff more often. If pass coverage is high enough, defender's int rating gets checked. If int rating is high enough defender will intercept the pass, otherwise pass will be deflected. Defensive Jump/Dive for passes based on Pass Coverage (New Attribute) rating Determines if defender is able to do either on a given play Offensive Jump/Dive for passes based on Body Balance (New Attribute) rating Determines if skill player is able to do either on a given play COM better Read and React run support If a COM defender is set to go into M2M coverage, he will read for run play first and break off his coverage assignment if it is a run. The defender will then pursue the ball carrier even if he is yet to pass the LOS. COM dive tackling like SNES TSB I COM will not make as many silly dive attempts while chasing in open field Pass Accuracy Controls whether a pass is on target and gets juiced by same value as Pass Control QB Ball Control (New Attribute) QBs have their own separate ball control rating (APB is back to normal) Punt Returners now use their own ball control Miscellaneous Hacks: Fumble & INT & Punt adjusted for better returns, Multiple new play commands created and implemented, Crowd cheers before the ball is snapped, NT can't lurch, Better stats screen, Halftime stats, and skip to main menu, MAN vs COA changed to COM vs MAN & Home/Away during season (Set Player 2 Controls), and all player ratings have been adjusted for new hacks. Other Hacks: Fix season schedule randomization (bruddog) Weather hack---weather affects gameplay attributes (cxrom) Team Color Playbooks (jstout & drummer) Dedicated Returners using code (jstout) Increased Kickoff Length (jstout) TE Sim Fix (jstout) P2 Conditions Fix (jstout) CPU Find Open Receiver (jstout) (I altered it to my liking) COM Mojo (jstout, cxrom) Avoid Kick Block Fix (bruddog) Randomize Tecmo Music (bruddog) Are you guys up for the challenge? Can you bring it OG-Style? I hope you can cuz there's much more to come later on in the 1.3 update!!!
  24. 14 points
    What: Tecmo XII: There's Something About Barry When: Sat, Feb 20, 2016 Where: Badger Bowl -- Madison, Wisconsin Tournament Website: http://tecmomadison.com Entry Fee: $40. Includes a tournament t-shirt (size to be selected during registration). Prizes: We will have cash payouts for the top 16 finishers, thanks to our sponsor, Retro World Series. These will be announced closer to the tournament date. Start Times: -- Early bird registration for the main event opens on Friday night at 6:30pm at Badger Bowl. This gives you an opportunity to get registration out of the way, drink a lot of beers, catch up with old Tecmo friends, and play some practice games. -- Registration for the 16-man play-in tournament also opens on Friday night at 6:30pm. The play-in tournament will commence at 7pm on Friday night at Badger Bowl. -- Saturday registration for main event will be from 9:00-9:45am. We always start our tournament on time, between 10-10:15 am. That means that if you don't show up until after 9:45am, we're going to give your spot to an alternate. We strongly recommend early bird registration on Friday night because of this. Payouts: First Place: $2400 Second Place: $1500 Third Place: $800 Fourth Place: $500 5th - 8th Place: $100 9th - 16th Place: $50 Maximum Number of participants: 268. The first 252 people who register are guaranteed a spot in Saturday's tournament. Should we get more than 252 people, spots 253+ will be held for a play-in tournament on Friday night at Badger Bowl. Time to be determined. The four best finishers in that play-in tournament will receive the last 4 slots in the tournament. The maximum number of players in that tournament is SIXTEEN, which gives us a maximum number of 268 people in the tournament. Please note that all people who register are still eligible to make their way into the tournament as an alternate, as folks cancel in the weeks leading up to the tournament. We tend to get upwards of 10-15 cancellations or no-shows every year, so even if you are in spot 260 at some point, you may end up in Saturday's event without needing to play on Friday night. If you register for a 252+ spot, and you can't make the Friday tournament for some reason, you still have a chance to make the tournament by checking in on Saturday, and waiting to see if you can fill the spot of a no-show. And even if you lose in the play-in tournament, you can still come back on Saturday morning for the same reason, without paying another entry fee. So, in short, we can accommodate A LOT of people for this tournament, and you shouldn't be discouraged from registering if we cross the 252 threshold. I should note that we sent out a similar update last year, but didn't end up needing the play-in tournament after all of the cancellations. Better safe than sorry, though. Tournament Rules and Format: This information is available on the Rules tab of the site. The site also includes past tournament results, pictures, competitor profiles, and a preview of this year's tournament. Questions: If you have a question potentially applicable to all competitors (rules, tournament format, etc), please post such below. This is the official tournament thread. If you have an individual question that requires our attention, you can reach us at questions@tecmomadison.com
  25. 14 points
    Get ready NFC, it's your turn to show your brilliant and idiotic draft choices! NFC EAST Dallas Cowboys: Jesus sports a high PC/REC combo with a decent rushing threat mixed with the mobility of Kosar..... Used correctly, this offense should be able to sip and dunk there way down the field mixing the running skills of the QB/RB positions. The defense is run stop heavy. This boasts a problem come playoff time as decently high PC QB's are typically present. I like the thinking behind putting this team together, but I don't see it coming together the way Jesus plans. Draft Grade: B Prediction: 7-9 New York Giants: Dolo with the real deal Neal? Yikes....... Not so fast my friend! The rest of this offense is wretched. Like, probably the worst offense in HSTL (did I really just say like?). If you pick pass against this offense..... well you can figure it out from there (or can you? Ginder reference!) Onto what should be a super stacked defense..... Bueller? Bruce? great. Bennet? great. Anyone with interceptions...... anyone..... hello? Dolo is good enough to somehow turn this pile of chocolate cherry diarrhea team into an above average team. Draft Grade: D- (Neal saves an F) Prediction: 9-7 Philadelphia Eagles: OOOOOOOOOK! Great draft sir. Fast mobile QB, Fast RB, decent downfield threat with Collins/Irvin. Well put together offense.... Again minus picked plays, this should be another dip and dunk offense. The greatest difference between stats is a 50ms RB and a 56ms RB IMO. The compliment of Emmit with Ware is great (OK i won't say it again). The defense is not lacking either. Oneal/Byrd is a good 1-2 punch that will allow MattyD to be flexible and play bend don't break defense. The big question with mobile QB teams is always can you score inside the 10? If so, look for a very successful season. If not, well, poopy flavored lollipops for everyone! Draft Grade: A- Prediction: 8-8 Phoenix Cardinals: Another well put together team here. Eff, where are all the shitty ones? Boomer/Rozier/Rison blah blah eff eff eff. 19ms is huge IMO on a QB and Boomer is just the right amount of mobility and PC to make him super dangerous paired with Rison. Good Luck NFC East.... Another offense is used correctly and efficiently, they should have no problem moving the ball and scoring. Rison presents a great option to score in the red zone with JJ and CC capabilities. The one problem I can see if the OL.... 2 38hp ol's is scuuuuurrryyy. The defense is serviceable with multiple LB options and Mcdonald trolling the secondary. They should have multiple stops a game against most offenses. Look for Vmoe to make a run this year. Draft Grade: B Prediction: 10-6 Washington Redskins: Ahhhhh the ugly swan of the NFC East. B-hump.....check. Wilson to.....slaughter? Jordan? ........ Vance Johnson? Errr I'll pass. This offense is a train wreck..... a championship team really requires a balance of running/passing. You're going to run into a defense that is heavy against one or the other and you have to be flexible. That is not this team. The defense isn't much to brag about either with Cofer/White heading this lackluster unit. Don't get me wrong, those 2 alone can be good for defensive stops, but the less than stellar offense will put this unit on the field to much to win a majority of his games. Draft Grade: D Prediction: 4-12 AFC Central Chicago Bears: Oh my god..... this offense..... Jeb's games will be like 28-35. You do know you have to play defense right? I struggle with grading teams that stack heavy on one side of the ball. A great tecmoer could make Manny Hendrix a one man defense with some luck due to his 44 INT, but Jeb? Not so sure....... Points will be score, and stats will be tallied. Who ends up on the winning side will come down to the Tecmo Gods. Draft Grade: C Predictions: 6-10 Detroit Lions: Bad luck to do your own review? Fuck that, I've been spitting in the Tecmo God's face since Madison X....(maybe that's why I've only won once?) Back to the team, I got my main man Tiki Tiki Billy Joe. Would have liked to have a faster WR or at least 2 50ms WR's for burn route threats, but it didn't work out. Brooks is a nice compliment to the high PS. I'm going to struggle if I get in long down situations, so continuously moving the ball for positive yards will be key. The defense provides options with Lloyd/Seale/Rod. Minus those bastards who throw JJ's all game, this defense should have little struggles stopping opposing offenses. Draft Grade: B+ (I would totally give anyone else who drafted this team a worse grade than this. I'm BJT biased) Prediction: 13-3 (Damn you 31 PC in advance) Green Bay Packers: Zuir brings the best weapon to HSLT..... lag. OK, maybe he's past those days, but he still sports the bomb it deep strategy with Everett/Reed combo. Thurman will allow Zuir to keep defenses guessing. Pick pass and thurmal runs it down your throat.....pick run and everette connects with Reed and you pull your hair out. Pick your poison! The defense..... what defense? Ben......Smith...... looks to troll the field to provide......stops? If the pack attack is going to be successful this year they need to post league high type points. Draft Grade: B- Prediction: 8-8 Minnesota Vikings: Kierre brings a common theme offense to HSTL: QB/WR JJ combo with a fast RB to keep balance. Great addition Rathman is for some popcorn power on low HP LB which really helps the run game. Minor note of consequence also is the decently high REC of all offensive player. Could be key in reducing a few INT's throughout the season. Defensively, this unit is serviceable. Mayhew leads the way with Fletcher as run stopping support. Another overall solid team whose success will depend on how Kierre performs himself. Draft Grade: B+ Predictions: 9-7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Suicide king did the right thing in surrounding Joe with high REC targets essentially allowing him to throw to whoever/wherever on the field. Now, let me tell you why this team will go 3-13. No running game, and the defense couldn't stop my balls from dropping. Joe and company will literally have to score every possession to win games.... how often does that happen even with Joe Montana?? This will be your league worst defense. Even a 44ms RB is dangerous to a defense with a 50 max MS defender. The only teams this D will have success against are those who decide to chuck it up every play and let Stinson spin the INT roulette wheel. Draft Grade: D Prediction: 3-13 NFC West Atlanta Falcons: Prime brings a very respectable and balanced offense to HSTL 36. Nothing to flashy, but skill at every position. The weak point is the O line. Running into teams with high DL/LB HP will essentially nullify the running game with 2 44hp and 1 38hp OL's. This should have really been rethought as it could cost the Falcons the season. The defense is extremely solid with the Childless Dick heading it up. Positioned correctly, the duo allows Prime to counter all offensive styles. I'm not sure what it would have cost to draft a better OL, but that seems to be the main hindrance on paper. Draft Grade: B Prediction: 6-10 Los Angeles Rams: Daboy's offense is very unlike what I've seen in the past. The Obrien to Ellard combination is scary for a player of this caliber. Knowing if you pin him to a 3rd and long that he can just go deep and get out of a jam is a less than pleasant thought. Add in 50ms Gary to the mix and trouble is brewing in the now current home of LA. All great players have a weakness, and here is Daboys this season. Max 56 INT. Fools, you better throw on this secondary, cause you ain't runnin'. Daboy always finds a way to win with superior or inferior teams, good or bad match-ups. His offense will overcompensate for a defensive weakness in the secondary. Draft Grade: B+ Prediction: 12-4 New Orleans Saints: Nos and his N.O.S bring a Marino/Sharp connection to the table. I did title this the ugly truth right? This is no playoff team. Yes that is a solid connection, but to many 69 INT DB out there can shut it down. No one is scared of a 44 ms RB when there is passing power like that. To boot, the defense is run heavy, and by run heavy, I mean that's the only thing they have a chance of stopping. Teams like the Rams could throw it deep 100% of the time and win vs this group of leather hands. I don't like it..... This team may resemble the real life saints where 80% of games totals over 50 points. GL NOS..... This is one squad I'm not jealous of! Draft Grade: D Prediction: 5-11 San Fransisco 49ers: I have one question for this team..... why? Moon.....yup. Givens.....yup. Jeffries...... WHY?? It's clear what your entire offensive season will consist of. You didn't need 2 WR's to do it man! You could have picked a solid DB option in which you might have had a chance at stopping Mrs.Plum in the Conservatory with the candlestick. SMH..... Well, at least you get to have fun throwing the ball 100 yards every play..... have to look at the bright side right? Draft Grade: D- Prediction 5-11
  26. 14 points
    Just my own subjective grades of this season's very interesting draft. I'm hoping to finish the remaining 14 teams later today or tomorrow. Atlanta (Prime) Key Picks: QB Eagles, RAI OL/DL QB Eagles has a luxury he’s not used to – a quality offensive line. He’s also got a 44ms RB to make people pay a little bit for picking pass. Mark Jackson is a nice target, but not much else after that and no real field stretcher to make room for the speedy QB. Defense has a secondary of quality drones, but nothing more. Simon Fletcher, Howie Long, and the rest of the Raider DL will have to carry this defense. Offense: B+ Defense: C- Overall: B- Indy (Drake) Key Picks: 12 players from the Chicago Bears That’s right. Anderson, Carrier, Green, Gayle, and the Chicago OL & DL make up the heart of this team. The defense also boasts hidden stat icon, Nesby Glasgow, as well as LBs O’Neal and Talley to complete a formidable unit. The D will have to be impactful because the offense is less imposing aside from Mr. Anderson. Wild Jay’s targets lack elite speed in Anthony Miller and James Lofton, so his PS may be harder to optimize. Backup QB Stan Humphries should expect to see some action this season. Offense: D+ Defense: A+ Overall: B- Buffalo (Hoff) Key Picks: Defending champion Joe Montana, two CC targets Good times ahead for Cool Joe who has nice CC targets in Gary Clark (75rec) and Eric Martin (69rec). Throw in the luxury of a 50ms RB in Hillard and you have an offense that will be stopped less than a handful of times all season (plus they have a 44ms KR for field position). This came at a cost, however, as the defense is shallow on talent. Odomes is controllable in the secondary but has 38int. Swilling is a decent LB option, but Jacob Green may have to be the hero on the DL for this defense. With this offense, one stop is all they should need. Offense: A++ Defense: C- Overall: A- NY Jets (Hock) Key Picks: Bo, blockers for Bo Bo has Tony Paige and a strong Giants OL to run behind, and hopefully he can run effectively because the passing game features Timm (are 2 m’s necessary?) Rosenbach tossing touch passes to Robert Clark…and that’s it. So it’s Bo or bust, but this defense is pretty good. Tremendous speed in the secondary with Anderson, Oliver, and Seale should make up for the Andre Waters pick. Cofer at LB rounds out a pretty good unit. Offense: B- Defense: B+ Overall: B Kansas City (Manyo) Key Picks: Former championship combo of Elway & Butts, DB Byrd, and Sam Graddy??? Manyo goes back to what works for him with Elway, a 63ms RB, and speed at WR. Elway’s 31pc paired with Graddy’s 19rec is bound to produce some frustrating drops (or worse) this season though. Byrd and Offerdahl is all this defense needs (and pretty much all it has). It’ll be interesting to see if Manyo can recreate the magic. Offense: B Defense: B Overall: B (but probably C- for anyone else using them) San Fran (Bruddog) Key Picks: Fulcher, Bruce, more defense, and James Brooks Surprisingly, this looks a lot like Bru’s team makeup from last season except the talent is better across the board. This is very defense heavy with Fulcher, Bruce, Clifton, and other quality drones. However, the offense is much better than last season with 56ms James Brooks and a passing game featuring a 44/44 QB with Toon and Novacek. Bru went 6-10 last season with an elite D and terrible O. I think this defense is even better, and the offense is not only competent, it’s balanced as well. Yikes… Offense: B Defense: A+ Overall: A Miami (Kamphuna) Key Picks: Haddix, Flipper The defense is all Haddix paired with a SF DL that should add pressure. Francis at LB is a decent option when necessary as well. The offense looks a little like a Back-n-B type with Flipper and a 44/44 QB, but 50ms back Gary Anderson helps round things out. Looks a lot like Seattle’s team last season – can Kamp have the same success? Offense: B Defense: B+ Overall: B+ Pittsburg (War Machine) Key Picks: Almost all of them! Holy crap I like this team. Barry Sanders paired with fleet-footed Steve Young and speedy Tim Brown is a nice core on offense. Throw in the nice additions of Kelvin Bryant and Mark Carrier, and you’ve got a pretty deep offense. Defense is nice also with White and Green in the secondary, V. Johnson at LB, and Ray Agnew on the line. It’s hard to find many holes on this squad aside from a couple weak defensive drones and Captain Harbaugh waiting for a Steve Young injury. Offense: A Defense: B+ Overall: A- Dallas (JesusLuvsMe) Key Picks: Reigning LVP QB Bills, Sterling Sharpe Holy crap. There’s no way Jim Kelly is the LVP this season (and yes, I hope I jynx you) with targets like Sharpe (75rec) and Duncan to throw to. The MIA OL will give QB Bills all day to survey the field, and the good fortune of having a 44ms RB fall to Dallas helps round out this offensive nightmare. The D is just okay with Holt at DB, Harris at LB, and decent drones, but the offense should take most of the pressure off of this team. Offense: A+ Defense: C- Overall: B+ Tampa Bay (Justin Peters) Key Picks: QB Browns, Gault, Lippett Interesting that Peters opted for speed at WR in Gault rather than a tasty CC target. Brooks and the feisty Ernie Jones are decent compliments. A 44ms RB helps too, but not enough from keeping people from picking pass all day long. Riggs will make a nice 50ms KR to put this offense in good position. Lippett was a great value pick, but it was also vital to this team’s defense. Lippett is the only real threat here defensively. Offense: B+ Defense: D+ Overall: C+ San Diego (GameHigh) Key Picks: Moon, Givens Warren Moon at pick #11?! Damn that’s sweet. Reuniting him with Earnest Givens? Even sweeter. Add role players Gil Fenerty, Brad Muster, and Rodney Holman and you’re looking pretty good. PIT OL gives Gamehigh a nice KR also. The defense was patched together with Woolford holding down the secondary and LB Mike Johnson up front, but not much else. Moon better be on, because I don’t see a ton of stops coming from this defense. Offense: A Defense: D+ Overall: B- Washington D.C. (Zuir) Key Picks: Bad Moon, the remainder of the Bears’ team not drafted by Drake, and the Hoss?? The rest of the quality Bears’ players landed here in Bailey, Stinson, and Singletary. Very nice. The Rison pick was possibly the latest he was ever drafted due to a poor LB pairing, so that’s nice, too. I just don’t get the QB selection here. You’ve got Rison primed and ready for trip to JJ town, but only land a 44/38 QB and Hoss to battle for the starting job? Well see if Zuir can make it work. Offense: B Defense: B Overall: B Denver (SirTed) Key Picks: Peete, speedy WRs, Waymer, and Bob Really nice looking team here with 31ms QB Peete and two 56ms WRs to stretch the filed in Sanders and Ingram. Throw in compliments like 50ms Roger Craig and TE Steve Jordan, and this offense looks pretty complete. The poor GB OL may cause problems, but Peete is fast enough to evade pressure easily. Defense looks to have what it needs as well with stud DB Waymer, legend Bob Nelson, and beefy LB Pepper Johnson. A lot to like (and fear) with this team. Offense: A- Defense: B+ Overall: A- Minnesota (Keirre) Key Picks: Marino, Marcus Allen, Haywood C’mon…Marino at pick #14? Color me green with envy. And then, wow, 56ms RB Marcus Allen? Oh, man. And What?! Haywood Jefferies/Jeffires and his 75rec gets to catch Dan’s bullets? No fair. What an offense, but oh boy, that defense. The only consistently controllable players are LB David Little and DB Washington. Washington has low 38int, but Little has a nice 31int at LB. Keirre played well last season with a defense that really only had Childress at LB, so perhaps this will be good enough for him in a season that is sure to feature some shootouts. Offense: A+ Defense: F Overall: C+ NY Giants (Dolo) Key Picks: Rod, Ottis, and the TB Offensive Line… Dolo can do great things with a 44/44 QB, a target like John Taylor, and a power RB like Ottis Anderson. Then you put all that behind the TB OL, and you’re not as optimistic. The running game will be inconsistent against high HP teams, so bomb attempts to Taylor may come at a high frequency. The good news is that the defense has Rod Woodson and some quality DB drones. Woodson will need to carry this team on his back and hope for some Dolo magic on offense. Offense: D- Defense: B Overall: C- Philly (Carnage) Key Picks: DeBerg, Mayhew, Brent Jones, and a 1-2 RB punch It’ll be interesting to see what Carnage does with his two 50ms RBs this season in Byner and Gary. DeBerg has only one good target in Brent Jones, so this may be a more run heavy team. Hester and Proehl are decent CC targets however. The defense is anchored by Martin Mayhew and great value pick Gary Reasons. Aside from them and a few quality drones, there isn’t much more support here. Not the team I’d be happy with, but perhaps this suits Carnage’s style. We’ll see. Offense: B Defense: B Overall: B Green Bay (Player) Key Picks: Meggett, Gray, Walls, Reggie, and a little Majik The selection of two 56ms RBs was curious to me, but it does give some playbook flexibility and Player could always move Meggett to WR when needed. That being said, Player needs to move Meggett to WR because the proverbial cupboard is bare in that department. Byars will likely be the TE or other WR. The defense makes more sense with Walls and Eric Allen as nice options in the back end. Reggie White was a nice addition up front, but it came at the cost of Philly’s subpar OL. It’ll be interesting how Player pulls this team together, but maybe a little Majik from the QB will be the glue this team needs. Offense: ?? Defense: B Overall: Incomplete, but I’ll say a C+ for now Houston (StallTalk) Key Picks: Jerry Rice, Vinny Test I’m so jealous of the Rice/Haley pick. So awesome. Jerry got used to catching lob passes from Krieg last season, so he won’t have to adjust much to Vinny’s rainbows. This will be a pass first team that will mix in some runs from 44ms Woodside and 38ms Sammie Smith. The Jets’ OL isn’t great, but Vinny is used to that. The defense has two good options in the secondary with Carl Lee and Jarvis Williams while Haley stops the run up front. Offense: B+ Defense: B Overall: B+ Oakland/LA Raiders (gripsmoke) Key Picks: DT, Paige, two Dick-Dicks and a BJ This is a very interesting team to say the least. The defense will be formidable with Dick-Dick #1, DT, and Doleman. The special teams will be explosive with a 50ms 94hp kick returner. The offense is what’s hard to figure out. Is Lo White to be featured? Paige and Dick-Dick #2 both have 75rec, but are paired with BJ or Marc Wilson at QB? Doesn’t make a lot of sense to me, but gripsmoke is known for being outside the box. Offense: D+ Defense: A Overall: B- Cleveland (JFagundes) Key Picks: All the good Vikings! Viking players Browner, Millard, AC, and Herschel Walker make up the nucleus of this team – so what’s not to love? Bentley and Metcalf are also some nice weapons for the Cleveland offense behind a stout KC OL. This is a well-balanced team with two 44pc QBs to play conditions with as well. Browner and Millard should be able to get the stops they need to be successful. Offense: B+ Defense: B+ Overall: B+ LA/St. Louis Rams (Ryan) Key Picks: Kreig, Ellard, Greene I was surprised Ryan went with the Ellard/Greene pick over Hill/Childress, but perhaps the extra notch of REC was more important to him. Pairing Ellard with Kreig has Back-n-B written all over this offense. The Rams do have a 44ms RB as well as two more 38ms backs, but I have a feeling people will be keying in on defending the pass here. The defense is okay with Tim McDonald and decent drones in the secondary. There are also a couple options at LB with Greene and Merriweather, too. Offense: B+ Defense: B- Overall: B New England (Daboy) Key Picks: Boomer, Emmitt, a pair of TEs, and the HSTL Bowl 34 MVP Greg Lloyd Daboy downgrades from Barry to Emmitt, but upgrades from O’Brien to Esiason. I have a feeling the results will be similar to last season’s successful campaign. Vance “will make ‘em dance” Johnson and the two Miami TEs round out a nice offense. The defense has speed with Hendrix and Lloyd, but is a little thin after that. Offense: A- Defense: C+ Overall: B Detroit (Toolie) Key Picks: LT, Dennis Byrd, a Nightmare, and a Muffin Maker I’m still crushed that Toolie grabbed LT and the Muffin man 3 picks before me. Byrd and LT will make quite the book end LB pairing on defense. The secondary also has Woodruff and some quality drones. Okoye is always a threat and Baker can stretch the field, but who’s gonna be the QB? Miller or Pagel Bites? Neither is an overwhelming option. Offense: C+ Defense: A- Overall: B Cincinnati (Diaz) Key Picks: Deion, Lonnie, and a couple QBs Deion Sanders paired with Rozier made sense, but then Lonnie Young and Johnny Johnson right after? Seems like unnecessary duplication to me. Then there’s the drafting of Ken O’Brien and Andre Ware simply to play conditions. This was a luxury that this team could clearly not afford because the starting WRs have 44ms and 38ms respectively. Diaz better hope that the two-headed monster in the secondary can shut people down and hold a lead, because this offense lacks any come-from-behind ability. The overdrafting of the same positions on 2 occasions has left this team short on every-down talent on the field. Offense: F Defense: B Overall: F- (Okay, maybe just a D+) New Orleans (Nos) Key Picks: Everett, Lott Some parts I get…some I don’t. I get that Ronnie Lott was drafted to play Nos’s infamous DB2 position and wreak all kinds of havoc. I get drafting another 63pc QB just like last season to make the offense go. What I don’t get is why the only target is 50ms/63rec Mervyn Fernandez along with 38ms/56rec Tommy Kane. Also, while I really like Buford McGee (44ms/50rec), he’s gonna be your feature back? One thing this defense is missing from last season’s successful team is another speedy option to control. The Green & Mayhew combo last season gave offenses fits, but besides Lott, the only other borderline impact player on defense is LB Seth Joyner. I see a lot of I-Form playbooks coming your way… Offense: C- Defense: C Overall: C- Phoenix/Arizona (VikingMoe) Key Picks: Humps, Hills, and Mount Grogan… My initial draft plan went out the window by the 2nd round, and then really derailed in the 3rd and 4th rounds. Frustrating, but the Cards landed some nice values. This offense features two 63ms players in WR Drew Hill and RB B-Humps. There’s also plenty of blocking with McKeller, Word, and the NO OL (along with a 44ms KR). Eason (44/44) will need to stay on the field, because the Cards unfortunately won the Steve Grogan sweepstakes. The defense isn’t imposing, but it’s markedly better than last season’s top 5 ranked squad with an upgraded secondary (granted the baseline was low) and two top end LBs in Snow and Childress to take over the roles of Lloyd and Little. No Joe? No problem… Offense: B+ Defense: C+ Overall: B Seattle (GoNick) Key Picks: Simms, a NT playing LB, and Easy-Mac Much like Keith Millard, Cortez Kennedy, and others, Jerome Brown was a DL who plays LB in Tecmo. He’ll anchor a defense along with Erik McMillan at DB. Simms in the 1st round seemed a little early to me, but GoNick got his guy and one of the Mark’s brothers (Clayton) to go with him. It’s hard not to see this team as a downgrade from last season’s squad though. Yes, the QB is better (63pc vs 44pc), but E-Mac < Fulcher, Clayton < Ellard, Brown = O’Neal, and Blair Thomas < Johnny Johnson. GoNick is clearly a talented owner, but it appears he has less to work with overall this season. Offense: B Defense: B- Overall: B- Chicago (Dukesta) Key Picks: Keith Jackson and the Bufallo Bills (minus Jim Kelly) Duke grabs two of the triplets from the Bills in Thurmal and Reed while also landing their best LB in Bennett. The Reed/Bennett pick over AC/Millard surprised me, but seeing how Bennett looks like the only impact defender, maybe the extra speed makes sense…maybe. The offense still looks great with Thurman Thomas running behind the Hogs from WASH paired with the uber fast tapping skills of Duke. Aikman is in the place of Jim Kelly in this otherwise Bills-like offense, but he should fare well with Reed and Jackson to stretch the field and most of the focus on Thurmal. The defense is alarming however – perhaps the worst in the draft. There’s Bennett at LB and drones everywhere else (some of them really bad drones), so the offense will have to win some shootouts. Duke will have to prove the offense truly rules this league. Offense: A Defense: F Overall: C
  27. 14 points

    HSTL: Season 34 Reflections

    What a season! I just wanted to reflect a bit on season 34 of HSTL at least from my own perspective: First of all, Bru had a tremendous new idea for a draft format that made the draft much different from seasons past. It’s always nice to change things up once in a while. Then there was the debate for locking positions. This was a welcome change for me as a hardcore OG guy, but others were less than thrilled. I think it made people think outside their usual DB3/LB4 box, but now I’m sure we’ll be seeing plenty of that again in season 35… I’d just like to highlight some players and owners here. Daboy had a tremendous and historic season with his team, and in particular, Ken O’Brien. No interceptions and the highest QB rating in the league – just incredible. And how about Bo Jackson actually winning the rushing title this season! Congrats to Player for using Bo to his potential. I think that Houston’s early exit in the playoffs overshadowed their stellar season. Stalltalk won 9 of his last 10 games to rip the division title from the Browns. The Oilers also had the #1 ranked defense, led by Deion Sanders who was 1st in tackles and 2nd in INTs (wow!). On the flip side, there’s QB Bills (sorry Ted), who had a disappointing season yet again. His line of 60%, 2250 yds, 16 TDs, 9 INTs, and the 18th ranked QB rating just doesn’t meet the expectations of production from an 81pc QB. I mean, he’s only one notch of MS away from being Joe Montana – what’s the deal here? Ok. A little focus on my own division rivals now. I need to start with Stewart. I don’t think people realize what a great season he had in the league’s toughest division. He finished 9-7 and made the playoffs with one of the hardest schedules (see Bru’s post on this). His QB, DeBerg, was 3rd in the league with 36 passing TDs, and his main defender, Woodson, was 2nd in the league in tackles. He also had the only TE to top 1,000 yards receiving this season in Marv Cook. Stewart’s Rams handed me one of my two losses, and I was fortunate to escape with a season series split with him. Then there’s Bru. Even with his defiantly over-drafted defensive team, he still finished 6-10 with the league’s toughest schedule. He may have made the playoffs if he was in another division with a softer schedule. Thanks once again for your insightful posts and predictions lined with oodles of data – always a great read. Last, but in no way least, there’s Nos. What a beast he and his Saints were this season. He absolutely embarrassed me and shut me down in our first meeting with his incredible defense (2nd ranked). I was fortunate to escape with a comeback win to clinch the division in our 2nd meeting. After an impressive victory in the playoffs versus a QB Eagles (and Toolie) led Lions team, I was not looking forward to facing him a 3rd time. I had to completely change my approach and playbook to counter his defensive style. While I was fortunate to come out on top, each game with Nos’ Saints was an absolute glove-dropping battle. I tip my cap to you sir on an absolutely tremendous season. Just to wrap up the other playoff matchups: Mad props to Dukesta on taking over an 0-2 Gats team to win the Central division with the Bears. Murphy’s Law took over in our playoff game, and while that’s just Tecmo sometimes, you deserved to have a better hand dealt to you in that game. And then, of course, there’s GoNick and his Seahawks. What a great season with Ellard (2nd in receiving only to none other than Jerry Rice) and Fulcher (led the league in INTs). Seattle won a hard fought game over the dangerous Daboy led Patriots to reach the title game. I think many expected a high scoring offensive affair in the championship, but it was quite the opposite. GoNick’s defense with Fulcher was virtually flawless – forcing me to take less than optimal, yet calculated shots down the field. I was merely fortunate enough to catch a couple more breaks than he did in a championship-worthy battle for the title. GoNick was an absolute class act before, during, and after the game – congrats on a great season sir. I’d like you all to know what an absolute honor it was to play in this league this season with all of you. This league is stacked from top to bottom with talented, quality owners. The fact that I found a way (let’s be honest, Joe Montana helped) to win a championship against the best competition that Tecmo has to offer still has me in disbelief and swelling with pride. Thanks to all of you for a great season! Eric/Moe
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    Atlanta Randall Cunningham AKA QB Eagles plus Tenacious D Buffalo Mr. Okoye Popcorn! Getcher popcorn here! This is a fun team Chicago Elite receiver and a pretty solid D Yep, it's a gats team Cincinnati Dan Marino Dan Marino Dan Marino Dan Marino Gault Cleveland Warren Moon will pass Warren Moon will run, as well. A tough team to beat Dallas Jesus loves Dallas But he doesn't love this draft Eddie Anderson?? Denver No Eagles for Rob But he has a sick defense I think it's the flu Detroit Haywood Jeffires? And it's still pronounced Jeffries? It's just like Brett Favre Green Bay Everett to Drew Hill All day long. All season long. All the fucking time Houston Haddix and Darrell Together for the first time And likely the last Indianapolis With these three draft picks Indy has four good players Could go all the way Kansas City This is a young team I mean that literally Steve and Lonnie Young Miami Everything was good 'til the Ken O'Brien pick Sig should be good though Minnesota Boomer and Deion Not super exciting yet Early DL pick? New England Ronnie and Vinnie? Sounds like a New Jersey show That I would not watch New Orleans I just realized New Orleans Saints' acronym is N.O.S. Nice! New York Giants Linebacker boners I hope he keeps drafting them Don't attempt FGs New York Jets Joe plus a defense Wait, this defense kind of sucks Oh well. Pool parties! Oakland We finally pass the fourth man down rule. And I only draft offense... Philadelphia Regulator could draft the entire Colts team and still kick our ass Phoenix The Raiders DL Always taken too early. Lessons never learned Pittsburgh Man, fuck QB Browns He's always running for firsts I want to have him! Los Angeles Rams This team's like my team Except I have Stephone Paige You can keep L.A. San Diego Don and Bo Jackson A deadly combination Fuck this division. Seattle Lions offense, eh? gonick is gonna kill it Fuck this division. San Francisco Jerry Rice returns NFC is reg and brud and 12 sad bastards. Tampa Bay QB Bills needs love. Ottis Anderson can't catch! He can barely run. Washington And last but not least, Our supreme commissioner I ran out of words.
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    1 Rmm1976 DEN QB Eagles 2.28 Rmm1976 DEN Ernest Givins The obvious choice for the #1 overall pick along with a dangerously speedy WR. One question remains. Can they draft enough talent, defensively, to keep every game from becoming a shootout? 2 Gripsmoke RAI Joe Montana 2.27 Gripsmoke RAI Deion/Rade The obvious choice for the #2 overall pick. Coach Grip is great with QBs and this seems like a very good marriage. Montana should have a special season and compete for s32 MVP. Deion is a steal at this point in the draft. Great start for the silver and black 1.3 Louis BUF Dan Marino 2.26 Louis BUF Hendrix/Lockhart This was a controversial choice but if a quick strike passing game is the backbone of your offense, then this HAS to be your pick. While I have QB Bills 3 spots higher in my QB Rankings, there isn’t another consistent QB out there with the same arm strength. Coach B. continues his history of puzzling selection in round 2 or 3. Terrible reach here with Hendrix and Lockhart with Deion on the table and an abundance of 31 RS LBs that could be had in the middle rounds of the draft. 1.4 BradBears CHI QB Bills 2.25 BradBears CHI McMillian/Kelly We’ve seen this script before, BradBears with QB Bills, and the season ended in a 1-14 disaster. Will this year be any different? McMillian is a nice pick up but defense has never been known as Bradbears’ forte. 1.5 Gamehigh S.D Warren Moon 2.24 Gamehigh S.D Stinson / Hampton San Diego couldn't make much happen with the best player in the draft last season. While I like the first 2 picks, I’m taking a wait and see approach because they can ill afford to leave an elite QB without a running game for the second season in a row 1.6 Disasta PHX QB Browns 2.23 Disasta PHX Anthony Carter I love the pairing here especially considering they’ll need an easy way to score points in a division with Carrier, Mayhew, and LT. 1.7 Sega MIA Bo Jackson 2.22 Sega MIA Young / Harvey Tons of speed with their selections but I don’t know if I see anything that will allow the fins to be successful given that historically they are most dangerous with one of the top 3 QBs 1.8 Jfagundes RAM Barry Sanders 2.21 Jfagundes RAM Rodney Peete Barry Sanders was the logical pick at this point. After beasting his way with Okoye, this year he’ll have a true home run threat on every play. Typically drafting Peete in RD2 is a recipe for trouble but coach Fagundes is very efficient with his QBs. 1.9 Player G.B Woodson/Little 2.20 Player G.B Marcus Allen Woodson/Little were the best DB/LB tandem available but 63 INT might not have warranted a top 10 selection. Marcus Allen was a nice get as he was one if the last 56 MS backs. 1.10 Peters T.B Fulcher/Zander 2.19 Peters T.B Ottis Anderson Fulcher at #10 could be thought of as a coup. I didn't like the Ottis Anderson selection, as much, with 56 MS backs still on the board. Still it wasn't a horrible pick. 1.11 Toolie K.C Haddix/Moss 2.18 Toolie K.C Cherry/Thomas Some people might question going defense heavy a bad proposition but in a division with QB eagles, Moon and Montana it’s nice to know you have an elite player who can pressure the passer and an elite Defensive back. If they go offensive heavy for the next 3 rounds they could end up with a very difficult team to beat. 1.12 Diaz CIN Neal Anderson 2.17 Diaz CIN Raiders BU's Neal “the real deal” Anderson can carry the offense given his great combination of speed & hands. Every draft someone over pays for the Raiders backups. I think the Brown/Graddy combo is great when you have an elite QB but when you don’t (as is the case here) Graddy loses quite a bit of effectiveness. 1.13 Dolo GIA Guyton / LT 2.16 Dolo GIA Emmitt Smith Coach Dolo surprised me in round 1 as I thought he’d go QB or RB for sure. LT is the best LB in the draft, it will be interesting to see how often the Giants employ him as a pass rusher vs dropping in coverage. Emmit Smith will surely get the ball a ton in this offense. 1.14 ZiurZiur PIT Jim Everett 2.15 ZiurZiur PIT Willie Anderson I thought this was high for Jim Everette but had PIT waited they would have missed out on a QB. Anderson gives Everette a familiar face to throw to. Passing on a DB may come back to bite the Steelers in the end. 1.15 Regulator NYJ Bobby Humphrey 2.14 Regulator NYJ Allen/Brown I can’t argue with either pick here. Humphrey may not be the receiver Thurman Thomas is but they are close enough in value to choose either one. Allen/Brown is a good in the middle of round 2 but the Jets need to get a higher INT drone as defending with 50 INT DB will be tough come playoff time. 1.16 Dukesta N.E Thurman Thomas 2.13 Dukesta N.E Don Majkowski Continuing the run on RB’s the pats pick up a great utility back in RD 1. I think Majikowski is a 3rd round talent but the run on QBs in round 1 left the Majik Man as the best QB on the board. Going defense here might have been a wiser selection. 1.17 Flo CLE Jerry Rice 2.12 Flo CLE James "Hell" Brooks Jerry Rice is a threat to score on any play with his speed but his 81 rec makes him a touchdown scoring machine. James Brooks is a great complement on the ground and should keep defenses from keying on Rice. The question is will coach Flo get to experience a full season with them as he is notoriously hard to find during any season. 1.18 Manyo WAS Marion Butts 2.11 Manyo WAS Mayhew/Collins Completing the run on 63 MS backs was the redskins. He might be one dimensional due to his lack of hands but he’s still a workhorse. Mayhew should have gone much early, so he was a major steal at this point. 1.19 Stalltalk HOU Waymer/Millen 2.10 Stalltalk HOU David Meggett Waymer/Millen wasn’t a reach but given the fact the Millen is not really a usable defender a better select would have been DB Richard Johnson. Despite his small stature Meggett will be a workhorse for Houston this season. 1.20 Keirre ATL Dave Krieg 2.9 Keirre ATL Walls/Johnson Similar to my thoughts on Marino going 1.3, if Krieg’s your guy then I have no issue with him going this high. His noodle arm might cause issues when the field shrinks but there might not be a better QB suited for deep passing. Walls and Johnson are a good tandem to anchor the defense considering and were the 2nd best duo of DB/LB. 1.21 Nos N.O Johnson/Smith 2.8 Nos N.O Henry Ellard A major find for coach Nos at 1.21 getting a 75 int DB. Henry Ellard is often over looked and I actually rank him as the 2nd best WR behind Rice, so getting him at 2.8 is a good value. The only question is who will throw to him. 1.22 GoNick SEA Vinny Testaverde 2.7 GoNick SEA Byrd/Rolling Seattle fans were excited to see the return of Vinny T and hope he can get them to another Super Bowl. Byrd is another RD 1 talent who slipped into round 2. Byrd will be very busy in a division full of good QBs. 1.23 Psycho IND Williams / Offerdahl 2.6 Psycho IND DET Backups Williams/ Offerdahl was easily the worst pick of round 1 and a major reach. A similar (and arguably better) duo in Walls/Johnson went almost 15 picks later. Detroit backups were a good save. QB Ware had a great season in PIT last season, if he can duplicate that performance Indy will still be in good shape. Indy does get the luxury of building their offense over the next few rounds after getting Williams and Offerdahl early. 1.24 SirTed PHI Lott / Romanowski 2.5 SirTed PHI Andre Rison This is my second worst pick of round 1. Lott is undeniably one of the fastest and hard hitting DBs in the draft but his 50 INT makes him a 2nd rounder at best. Romanowski is an average LB that does little to enhance the value of the duo. Rison is a major talent if you can get him the ball. Though, as of right now, PHI has really put themselves behind the 8 ball in this draft. 1.25 Bruddog S.F Phil Simms 2.4 Bruddog S.F Browner/Studwell Two very steady picks for a very steady player. It looks as if Coach Brudd will not repeat last season’s draft mistake of going too heavy on defense. 1.26 O'Dell DET Boomer Esiason 2.3 O'Dell DET Drew Hill Boomer was one of the few tier 2 QBs remaining and he ended up in a great situation as Coach Odell loves to throw the ball. Drew Hill is a great WR, whose speed should allow the Lions to take advantage of Esiason’s arm strength. 1.27 Hamburgler MIN Okoye 2.2 Hamburgler MIN SF Backups After having success slinging it around with Marino last season, the Vikes looks to have gone in the opposite direction and will run the ball more. I don’t like either pick here. Okoye is a decent pick even though I have all the 56 MS backs ranked higher. I have a bigger problem pairing him with a QB who has low PC (despite Young’s MS). The other backups are all only slightly above average players. I would have liked to see a speedy WR or Elite DB paired with Okoye. 1.28 Gats DAL Deberg 2.1 Gats DAL Carrier/Morrissey Coach gats has work wonders without a good QB all these seasons, so now that he has one, he might be poised to bring home the title. Carrier is by far and away the best selection of round 2. Even though it’s boring, Bringing Carrier back for a 3rd year in a row assures that DAL will rank at the top of the league in defense.
  30. 14 points
    >http://www.twitch.tv/gatstecmoboys/b/500459689 like i said before i have had no type of sunlight since 2010 so dont be disturbed by how pale i am..
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    Just checked the updated Nielsen Ratings on the Madison Tecmo Stream....
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    OL' Dirty Tecmo

    S33: SiGG Whars

    This is probably a bit of premature eDanulation but I'm just so excited, I just can't hide it. I'm so scared. INTRODUCING!!! Marino’s Condition Booster w/ Betta' Blockers We've reached the age where we’ve learned a thing or two. This is the age of knowing what needs to be done. So, why would you let something like lag get in your way? Hi, I’m Dan Marino! I know sometimes you may not feel like you have a good “connection” with others. Well, don’t let lag get you down. I’m here to help. With Dan Marino’s NEW Condition Booster you can become the stud you always knew you could be. You could be more like me! So take control of your gun and simply take 13 pills one hour before playtime, with plenty of alcohol. With every season comes responsibility. Talk to your coach to see if my Condition Booster is right for you. It makes your gun bigger, too!! Go Tigers!
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    S33: SiGG Whars

    Hannah, I think we nailed this Sig.
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    Hello my tecmo bretheren! After taking a hiatus to get my life and career in order I am back and better than ever. I have sincerely missed the fast paced tecmo action and the camaraderie that comes with it. Looking to get back into some league action. Any openings please let me know!
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    Tecmo Psycho

    Tecmo Christmas

    Twas the night before Madison, when in the hotel, all competitors were scrimmaging, including tecmodell. Preparations and play calls were accompanied by beer, in hopes that the Tecmo gods would bring them good cheer. Drunkenness and sore thumbs put the competitors to bed, while visions of JJs danced in their heads. Hungover by morning and riding with Matt, we pull into the venue and settled in to the pool play format. Before festivities began I looked up at the TV, only to see Josh reading from the Book of L.T. Now it is game time and make sure you have a cup, to get you prepared for those perplexing matchups. From screen to screen then what did appear, but a game changing fumble by Mike Rozier. The crowd became enraged with an eruption of cheer, I knew my tournament hopes were swirling this year. More rapid than tapping, the gods they interfered, a quick strike, a cover catch, and the three from mid-field. Survived another pool play and picked up some grub, and then see my bracket path, please hit me with a club. First it's Flo, then one of the Matts, third is Tony, next is Luke, on to Mort, only to face Chet and loathe this great sport. Despite this gauntlet, and despite my odds, this is Tecmo and anything is possible from the gods. Round one I ran on the back of Earnest Byner, I blocked out the noise reminiscent of a jetliner. Round of 32 I rifled the passing speed, how dare you give me the option of B.J. Tolliver or Rodney Peete? Sweet 16 oh how sweet is it, Orenga and your posse, well you can eat shit. Elite 8 is here and this was my day, as I caught some luck against ArtVandalay. The semi-final had a malfunction of the player 1 controller port, but the replay was not magic for the great one called Mort. The final was here and of course it was Chet, line'em up, line'em up and place your bet. I called Houston - San Francisco and he took Montana to Rice, Dick Dick I need you to put them on ice. Tied at 42 and only six seconds remain, the ball at the 48 and then I hear the rain. The rain might you ask with superstar teams, yes the rain hitting the window as I wake up from my dreams. #TecmoChristmas Merry Christmas and/or holiday of your belief to all you Tecmo brethren. I got the Madison itch. Any timeline on registration?
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    For those who have to go through the significant other, and a rigorous conversation, in order to gain access to this trip we all call "Tecmo Heaven," I have a strategic, yet probable, way of convincing them to give you the green light. I've been fortunate to be a part of the last three Madison tournaments, despite my daughter's actual birthday being March 9. She turns 5 the Monday after Tecmo XI. Mind you, this is in the car during a trip with my mom, my fiance, my fiance's niece and my 4-year-old daughter this past Saturday to see Santa Claus at a local mall. Also mind you, I hadn't officially asked for the green light ... yet. Me: "Mom, did you know it is Tecmo Super Bowl's 23rd birthday today?" Mom: "No way?! Are you serious? That means you're getting old. It came out that long ago?" Me: "Yeah. Hard to believe, huh?" Mom: "When is the Madison tournament? Are you going to go again?" Me, looking at my fiance: "It's March 7 this year. They are having another tournament. I'm pretty excited." Fiance, looking at me (and I know it's about to get serious): "Jenna's birthday is the Monday after." Me: "That would be perfect. We can have her birthday party on Sunday, March 1. She'd love to get her presents early. She's still young, and she still may not know the true difference of when her birthday party is, just as long as it is before her actual birthday if her actual birthday falls on a week day. Which in this case, it does." Fiance: "I just don't know how long we can keep having her birthday party that far away from her actual birthday." Me, with a soft tone because others are in the car: "I definitely understand that. I think we can work out the best of both worlds with me enjoying a fun weekend with my brother (Matt), and Jenna getting the 5-year-old birthday experience early this year. I don't want to miss out on an important brother bonding moment like this being the fact that there's been an ongoing fear of it being the final one." Fiance: "We can have Jenna's birthday party on March 1." Have the Tecmo Madison talk with others in the car or in the same room. Odds are, you can control the tempo and conversation. I understand that others have different circumstances. But this is always a hard one for me. But regardless for me, a fourth straight visit, five overall, to Tecmo Madison has been confirmed by the significant other herself. #winning #seeyouinmarch
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    I hit my first ever home run in softball tonight. That is all.
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    I didn't expect it to take this long for my Madison documentary video, but with the editing out of shenanigans (and there are a lot of shenanigans) it is taking a lot longer than expected. So here it goes, a couple of quick takes from Tecmo X. First and foremost I'd like to apologize for my creepy mustache. God made some people to grow great facial hair (Diazz) and I'm not one of them. As Jon (daboy) said, that stache ain't you man! 2.) Listening to the autobiography of Arnold Schwarzenegger for 10 hours on the way to and from Madison is the best way to pass the time. 3.) Room 134 at the Super 8 smelled like home, you guys are awesome. d.) I don't think the band of brothers (Holtzbauers, Buennagels, Vogts, and Millers) will ever be beat in major tourneys, I hope I'm wrong but I doubt it. 5.) My funniest parts of the trip were when we left #134 and Woodshed told the other 10 guys he hoped they all made the Final 4 tomorrow, then the hotel clerk asked where we were going with the TV and we said it was ours, he just said OK and we went on our merry way. 6.) My favorite part of watching the tourney was yelling "RIVERBOAT IT!" on every 4th down, especially between Matt and Chet. Here is a quick preview of what I have so far, Long Live Tecmo! >http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G9EuOCx6B3Q
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    Season 25 ended with the Giants reaching the top of the HSTL mountain with a victory over johny_mx's Chiefs. That team was lead by the legs of Marion Butts and the quickness on D of Lonnie Young. The Season 26 Giants were a totally different squad, as the first few picks were spent on QB Vinny Testaverde, the Raiders combo of DL, 50 ms OL Wilkerson, and WR Sam Graddy, and DB Louis Oliver. The Giants filled out the roster later with the significant adds of Brad Muster and Michael Cofer. The Chargers were led by HSTL red-shirt rookie owner diaz, who despite a decent reputation as a player, got put into the tier that was eligible for the top overall pick. The conversation in the draft lottery thread went something like this: Lucky: diaz shouldn't have had a chance at the #1 pick since he joined mid-season. Randy: i made a judgment call for the good of the league and competitive balance Lucky: Diaz does not come in with a reputation of being a bad player. Randy: when i played him i thought he sucked pretty bad lol So there was disrespect #1 from the commish. The Chargers did land the number one pick and, with the new tandem arrangement, passed over QB Eagles in favor of the super-combo from Pittsburgh of Rod Woodson, Greg Lloyd, Tunch Ilkin, and Tim Worley. After the draft finally returned to SD, they said "to hell" with any offense, and loaded up on defense, taking Darrell Green and the 49ers DL, landing Mike Sherrard, Brian Mitchell, and two solid OL in the process. Another tandem was taken at the end of round 4 (Talley and OL) and then he made his first offensive selection with Albert Bentley. After the draft, the Chargers had 3 38 ms backs and Bentley, who would serve as the team's WR1. WR2 was Keith McKeller who would provide some blocking. Vlasic and Schroeder would split the QB duties. The draft earned diaz a grade of F- from Randy Kiper Jr., which served as motivation for the Chargers all season long. The Giants backed into the playoffs, losing their last three games. They got by coco's Falcons in the Wild Card round, had some good fortune against rob's 49ers in the divisional, and then won a nail-biter against O'Dell's Lions in the NFC Championship, with Vinny sneaking in the winning TD with under a minute to play. The Chargers won the stacked AFC West and earned a bye. They defeated tadaos' Bills 21-17 and daboy's Steelers 14-13 (an instant classic) to reach the Super Bowl. Pre-game, the Giants went with the decision to play Muster at WR2 and insert Ed West at TE to try and combat Rod Woodson's HP. That meant benching Eddie "Money" Brown, who had a TD catch in each of the Giants' playoff wins. Coach Lucky sent Jenny Craig to deliver the news. The Artful Roger told him "Consider Yourself... benched." Game time and the Chargers win the toss. I was hoping to win it to make him stuck with 38ms on his first drive, but no dice. Vinny engineers a pretty good drive. It looked like the Giants would be held to a FG, but Craig fumbled the ball away inside the five yard line, which earned him a strong admonishing from Eddie Brown. Chargers take over and call a great drive, working it down for a Tim Worley TD with just over 2 minutes to go in the half. The kick is intentionally (I think) onsided, which gave the Giants the time it needed. Facing a second and goal from about the 12, the Giants called back-to-back Run 3s and The Roger found the endzone to tie things up with :07 to go in the half. Halftime: no panties, no Tecmo Hot Chick. Chargers receive to start the third, but can't move the ball trough the air. Roby pins the Giants deep, and the Chargers D forces a quick punt. Giants get a bit fortunate on the next Chargers possession, as two passes on called runs net nothing (a bad Schroeder pass is to blame for one). Chargers punt to open the 4th, still 7-7. Giants are determined to move the ball and eat out as much clock as possible. After burning a couple of minutes, Vinny has Graddy streaking in the clear, but he throws short for a completion and Graddy is caught by Rod just inside the 10. After a sack, it's back to Run-3-whoring, but two tries only gets the ball to the 2. Lohmiller kicks the FG to go up 3 with about 1:30 to play. First play Schroeder throws one deep for Bentley that comes up empty. Vlasic comes in for the next play and overthrows Metcalf, which burns out the rest of the remaining time. A Schroeder incompletion (he was in excellent) would have at least given SD another play, and any completion there would have probably meant a SD touchdown, since my man defender (Long) was isolated and diaz is the better tapper. 10 7 The Giants survive a true battle and finish a very unexpected back-to-back championship season. Look out, bruddog! Super Bowl MVP was probably Vinny, who did some good scrambling and managed not to throw a pick, though Marc Logan's 5 receptions for 56 yds were also eye-catching. VGG Matt, and congrats on an excellent season. Winning games with that offense demands precise play. You just about got me in this one. One thing that I lucked out on was that none of your 38ms guys got into good. Did you ever consider putting Bentley in there? The Giants and Chargers take their final bows and the curtain drops on Season 26. On to Season 27!
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    Here's the video highlight reel of the lag-free HSTL Season 25 Super Bowl. There are some extras here and there to watch for. johny_mx vs. LuckyTool. Enjoy!
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    That’s nice, Gats. I’m not sure how your post is at all relevant to that which was being discussed, but your analysis of my Tecmo ability couldn’t mean less to me. I’ve never claimed to be some God. Heck, I barely even play Tecmo anymore and acknowledged, just a few months ago, that Reg would soon overtake me. Of course, some of you online guys are already complete pricks to him for the same reason (becuz he’s good) even though he’s actually a really nice guy. You’d know that if you spent 5 minutes talking to him in person. It’s nice to win these tourneys, yeah, but I’m not on some conquest for world Tecmo domination here. I attend these tournaments because they are a fun and necessary break from reality, a chance to get the competitive juices flowing, and more importantly, a chance to spend time with my brother and friends. You and others have been taking shots at the competition in these tournaments for years, yet still hypocritically follow the stream all day long. I don’t get it, never will get it, and find it shameful. It's pretty hard to criticize fields that contain the best online players (Reg, Daboy, MV) and the best console players, yet you guys find a way to illegitimize these events and their outcomes. And besides, not everyone is there to win. Remember fun? Only one guy won on Saturday, yet everyone would go back in a heartbeat. You’re pissed for 5-10 minutes after you lose and then realize you’re drinking beer while playing a 23 year-old video game. #perspective Speaking of perspective, it occurs to me that I’ve reached an all-time low here. I’m in a message board dispute with a couple clowns I have no interest in ever associating with. There are clearly better ways for me to spend my time. Chris, I apologize for whatever role I played in derailing this thread. We should be celebrating what was another fantastic event. I hope these tournaments continue long after I leave the Tecmo scene.
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    NES TSB Map of Field

    I have been asked to create a tutorial on how to edit the NES TSB field. The editing is simple enough once you know the field layout. You can use my endzone editing guide for more detail on how to do the exact editing it is the same as the endzones except there is only one layer of tiles. Here is an explanation about how the field is layed out. Once again, ask any questions you like, I will answer what I am capable of. Remember, if a 44 year old with no computer programming experience, no hex editing experience and no tile editing experience can learn to do this, so can you. You just have to dive in and learn, all the components are here on this website. I have tried to make these tutorials so that even an inexperienced person like myself can understand them so tell me if you are having problems understanding. NESTSBFieldLayout.xls davefmurray edit: For those without Excel -
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    My favorite goddamn time of the season! Let's get weird.
  45. 12 points

    Final Season of HSRL (1974)

    It is with a somewhat heavy heart that I am announcing this will be the final season of the High Speed Retro League. I have decided I can no longer dedicate the time and brain space to running the league. Given his contributions to the league, I asked War Machine if he would be interested in taking over, but as he is currently running ATA he, understandably, doesn't feel he has the time and resources to take over here as well. I'd offer the job to somebody else, but I think it's doubtful that anyone would have the drive to do it given the current number of vacant teams they'd be inheriting. Some reasons for the decision: I'm looking to use my time on other things and reduce my Tecmo footprint online, we currently have four vacancies and several people staying that I feel are dicey (I would also be leaving the league), keeping a 26-man league going has been a challenge and in 1976 the teams jump to 28, turnover and general commish "problems" have worn me down, and about a week ago I was staring down about five drafts in a row, one which I would have to run. I give mad love to guys who commish leagues and have been doing so for a long time. It's rewarding but definitely a challenge. I want to say thank you to all the people that have helped me get this league off the ground, supported the league through hosting (Knobbe), awesome website and tech (Brooks), Google-doc construction and player face and number entry (War), draft modding (War, hoff, jesus, drake, gats), hype (War, Manyo, drake, hoff), dummy teams, and general advice (kamp). Also a big thank you to all the owners that have made these five seasons a blast, especially the guys who played all five seasons (War, kamp, Duke, brad, jesus, Nos, hock, kweh, GOD). I enjoyed the defensive feel to this ROM and felt it captured a style of years gone by. One less league, hopefully, will mean greater demand for the fine leagues that remain. We've got a good playoff ahead of us to close things out; best of luck to the players that remain. Send us out in style! -Toolie
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    I'm going to break precedent here and reveal that yes, for the 5th year running, Flo was the #1 overall seed. Good luck Group 26! In unrelated news, we're happy to report that there will be an ESPN presence at this tournament. As of now, they're sending only a writer, but hopefully the mothership will course-correct and send a camera crew. Who wouldn't want to see Mort perform cunnilingus on a cartridge again?
  47. 12 points
    Hut ad Infinitum

    Tecmo Cards

    Awhile back I made a handful of TSB football cards and sent them out to players to see if I could get some of them signed. I recently got one back and I thought I'd share. It went against every instinct I have as a Chiefs fan to send a card to a Raider, but Janikowski is one of the best to ever play the game.
  48. 12 points

    S32 AFC East Preview

    Here is a quick breakdown of the owners and teams they drafted for the AFC East season 32 Owner - Loius Team - Buffalo Stud - Dan Marino Dud - RB's Preview - Dan Marino...check.... the rest of the offense...... uhhhh Bueller? Marino can be a one man wrecking crew, there is no doubt there, but he has not been complimented by much with a 44ms RB and a 44/69 WR as his top target. Not only does the offense lack one stud besides Marino, but the defense is SUSUSUSUSUSPECT. When your best player is William White, YIKES! Lou is good enough to make this team work into a playoff team if he wants to really focus. The lack of defensive depth will ultimately be his doom as he is going to have to rely heavily on picking plays to get stops. Prediction - 9-7 with a first round bump in the playoffs. Playoff team offenses will be to much to handle for a slower defense. Owner - Dukesta Team - New England Stud - Thurman Thomas Dud - Defense Preview - One thing I have learned is that Dukesta is getting better. Not even I can outtap him now. Thurmal will make assholes pucker this season, that can be guaranteed. Mixed with a fast QB in Don Won, and this offense boasts one of the best dual threats. NOT SO FAST MY FRIEND! Defense what? Defense who? Mike Merriweather?? New England will have to execute clock management and rely on picked plays this season to win games. This could be the worst defense in the league. Merriweather needs to be perma GOOD for the Pats to have a chance at stopping offenses this year. DC Holt provides extra run support, but this team has no hope vs the likes of 63+ PC QB's Prediction - 7-9 with one of the best offenses and worst defenses in HSTL Owner - Sega Team - Miami Stud - You don't know Dud - LB's Preview - Not sure who graded the teams, but Miami gets better than a C+ in my book. Another dynamic offense in the East boasting Bo with the likes of O'brien -> Monk/Duncan. Points will be scored. As long as Sega can avoid picked plays, there should not be a reason why this offense gets stopped. I think another defensive controllable unit was needed instead of duncan or Monk. This defense is weak, with the likes of Lonnie Young being the only real threat. Miami will wallow in their lack of rushing defense this year, and ultimately it will be their downfall. Prediction - 5-11 as Miami gets to Bo happy and owners catch on Owner - Psycho Team - Colts Stud - QB/RB combo Dud - None Preview - A well built solid team overall for the reigning Madison champ. Another deadly QB/RB combo with Ware/Gray will keep this offense moving if it can avoid picked plays. Psycho was even able to manage a decent speed WR in Paige to fake a deep threat if needed. Packed with movable pieces like slaughter/holman/metcalf, this offense was well thought out. Just like the real life Colts, the defense will tell the tail. The colts boast a potential LB 4 dive through player with 56/56 DB and 63/50 DB. Running will not be easy. Like their real like counterparts though, this team can and will be susceptible to the passing game. Burn routes and flat out JJ's will seemingly work well vs this slower and lower INT D. I think Derrick will and can make it work however. He will have the luxury of picking pass majority of time with his ability to tap, allowing for better coverage and the hope his DB's can hold their own. Prediction - 10-6 with a 2nd round playoff bump Owner - Regulator Team - Jets Stud - B hump Dud - OL Preview - I am extremely pleased with my last 2 drafts with the relative lack of time I have had for both. I essentially have a perfect offense for my abilities. Tiki Tiki Billy Joe compliments 2 semi speedy WR's as well as MVP candidate Bobby Humphrey. Pick wrong on defense vs this offense, and you'll be experiencing a long game. With my ability to scroll through WR's and hit open targets with good accuracy, BJ's PS makes up for his lack of PC. The one hick-up could be the offensive line. With 2 44hp OL, a decent OL/LB HP combo could wreck things in a hurry. The defense will give little to no rushing yards with 2 solid Lb's who will head the 1 and 4 positions. The weakness to this team will be it's pass defense. There is nothing to hold owners back from throwing long balls against a 56 and 50 int backfield. The Jets will have to rely on a little lukc to dodge the long balls this year if it wishes to attempt a 3-peat (pending this years postseason). Prediction - 14-2 SuperBowl win GL AFC EAST!
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    ATL TimBone QB Roger Staubach (25 MS 56 PS 81 PC), S Thompson (63 MS 69 INT) / Phillips , WT Charlie Joiner (50 MS 69 REC), OL Falcons, RB Emerson Boozer (50 MS), CB Scarpeli / Hackbart A- There's not much to dislike about this team. The offense is set with the dual threat Staubach, a go-to WR in Joiner, a 50 MS RB and a great OL. Defense has an elite DB in Billy Thompson. The only weakness here is at LB and perhaps speed at the WR position. BAL TecmoPsycho S Barney (Fulcher clone) / Krakoski, LB Bell (50 RP 63 MS 63 INT) / Caffey, WT Mike Ditka (75 HP 63 REC), BU New York Giants (44/44 QB, 44 MS RB), OL Cowboys, HB Preston Pearson (44 MS) C+ Defensive back Lem Barney is a wrecking ball in the secondary. TecmoPsycho also has a stud LB who can snatch the ball in Bobby Bell. However Ditka was a reach (although a fun sentimental pick). I sense that the offense may struggle in Baltimore with a lack of speed at all the skill positions, thus the C+ rating. Psycho will most likely prove me wrong. BOS BaxterBear QB Roman Gabriel (44 PS 63 PC), LB Bergey (50 RP 56 MS 63 INT) / Rivers, RB Big Bill Brown (44 MS 94 HP), OL Giants, RB Matt Snell (44 MS 94 HP), DL Bears C- Baxter's squad will maul people with a powerful OL and two stout halfbacks sporting 94 HP. QB Gabriel will also be launching some bombs with his low PS and high PC-- but alas, there is no go-to wideout, and the defense lacks standouts beyond stud LB Bill Bergey. BUF BrookstonFowler S Adderly (Haddix with 69 INT) / Bass, RB Marv Hubbard (50 MS 94 HP), S Waters (Everson Walls-ish)/ Moore, WT Rich Caster (Keith Jackson-ish), OL Dolphins, QB Jim Hart (6 MS 44 PS 56 PC) B- With Herb Adderly manning the secondary this defense should get some stops. The offense is well rounded, but it will be interesting to see whether lead-footed QB Hart can guide this squad to many victories in the frozen tundra of Buffalo. CHI BradBears CB Brown (75 INT but 50 MS) / Barnes (75 MS 69 INT), WT Jackie Smith (56 MS 81 HP 69 REC), WT John Mackey (56 MS 63 HP 63 REC), LB Hazeltine (69 HP) / Maguire, DL Chiefs, OL Bengals B I was tempted to rate this team a C, but Brad was able to pick up a 44/44 QB and 44 MS RB later in the draft. Throw that into the mix with a solid defense led by the rangy Erich Barnes-- plus two stud wideouts, and da Bears have few weaknesses in the windy city. CIN Diazzhole QB Bob Griese (50 PS 56 PC), RB Floyd Little (Meggett-ish), LB Hughes (50 RS 56 MS) / Emmanuel, CB Williams (56 MS 63 INT) / Caland, OL Raiders, RB Bobby Anderson (94 HP) C+ This Cincy squad is good everywhere but not great anywhere. I would have rated them a bit higher but the Bobby Anderson selection had me a bit miffed. Regardless, I can see the Bengals making some noise with this well-rounded team. As they have a solid coach in Diaz who will most likely still lead them to the playoffs despite some talent deficiencies. CLE TSBGOD RB Gale Sayers (Neal Anderson-ish), S Grayson / Scott (2 x 69 INT), S Petitbon (69 INT but slow) / Taylor, WT Frank Pitts (Stephen Baker clone), ILB Russell / Hildebran, LB Hansen / Warwick A- TSB GOD should go far with this team. After picking up a 50/50 QB, it's a solid cast across the board with exception of the OL and defensive front. The Browns are especially strong in the secondary, sporting THREE defensive backs with 69 INT. Watch out opposing Qbs, and watch out defenses with Sayers and Pitts coming at you! DAL ChaosConfetti QB Sonny Jorgensen (56 PS 69 PC), S Bryant (56 MS 75 INT) / Saimes, WT Paul Warfield (63 MS 50 REC), RB Altie Taylor (50 MS), S Wright / McCloughan, OL Oilers B- Yet another solid team here. However despite Bobby Bryant's 75 INT, there is not much speed on defense. The offense, on the other hand, has juggernaut potential led by the 3-headed monster of Jorgensen, Warfield and Taylor. Plenty of shootout games may be on the horizon in big D. DEN Tsbrmm QB Bart Starr (63 PS 75 PC), S Farr (Deion clone) / Martha, S Riley (69 INT) / Ellis, WT Don Maynard (44 MS 69 REC), OL Patriots, LB Irons / Statton A- The draft came together in Denver thanks to the addition of two 44 MS RB's late. Combined with Bart Starr and both a possession and speed receiver, the offense should be tough to stop. Throw in speed at all positions on defense and 2 great DBs and the Broncos will look to make some noise this season. DET Odell S Lebeau (63 MS 81 INT) / Taylor, LB Butkus (63 MS 81 HP 50 INT) / Schottenheimer, WT Charlie Sanders (50 MS 56 REC), WT Marlin Briscoe, QB Jack Concannon (6 MS 56 PC), BU Browns (44 MS RB) C+ This is one tough squad to evaluate. There are two absolute monsters on defense in Lebeau and Butkus. But taking a QB or RB early may have suited Odell better, rather than two defensive superstars. The D is going to be tough to score on, but the offense may struggle with the lack of speed or ability to scramble out of the backfield. Should be an interesting year in the Motor city. G.B LuckyTool RB Larry Csonka (Okoye-ish with 100 HP 81 BC), CB Meador (69 MS 69 INT) / Harris, S Parish (63 MS 69 HP 63 INT) / Nelson, QB Bobby Douglass (38 MS 38 PC), OL Bills, DL Rams B Toolie was on his way to a C rating here-- but I really liked the 4th round pick. And with his ability, the scrambling QB Douglass to pair with the freight train Csonka will be really tough to stop. On the other side, the GB uber secondary should get plenty of turnovers. As long as Douglass doesn't throw too many Pagel-esque passes, the Pack should make a run into the playoffs. HOU SuicideKing S Alexander / Owens (69 and 63 INT), WT Fred Biletnikoff (63 MS 63 REC), CB Wehrli / Jeter (63 and 56 INT but slow), RB Tommy Mason (50 MS), OL 49ers, BU Bengals (Namath 75 PS 31 PC) D Kermit Alexander is sure to be a wrecking machine on D for the Oilers. But ninth overall was quite a reach with so many other options available. I sense some sentimental picks on this squad. In fact, the QB is “Broadway” Joe Namath himself! Seriously this team deserves an A+ for fun and nostalgia, but unfortunately that may translate to an F on the field. K.C Noonan RB Leroy Kelly (63 MS 69 BC), S Sharockman / Logan (2 x 63 INT), WT Jerry Smith (50 MS 63 REC), LB Paradee (63 HP) / Porter, BU Broncos (44/44 QB, 2 x 44 MS RB), RB Ed Podolak C- I liked the Leroy Kelly pick, but it's downhill from there for the Chiefs. This is another speed-challenged team defensively. And veteran QB Pete Liske is not much of a threat. With opposing defenses stacking the box against Kelly and the rest of the Broncos RB stable, KC may find themselves working from behind a lot this season; and without much of a deep attack that will be rough going. MIA Moulds33 DL Redskins DL (56 RP 69 MS 81 HP DEMONS), S Howard / Hicks (2 x 63 INT), RB Ken Willard (50 MS 88 HP), QB Billy Kilmer (44 PS 50 PC), WT Gloster Richardson, WT Bob Hayes B- The 'Fins feature the most intriguing pick in the draft, and one of the best-- as they drafted the fearsome Redskins DL early. Combine that with two great DBs and the defense is set, despite a weak LB corp. They've also got a balanced offense with 50 and 44 MS RBs and two 50 MS WRs. But will the passing game be good enough? Tough to say with so many strong defensive backs across the league. I can see this being a .500 type season in Miami. MIN ImFlo QB Len Dawson (63 PS 69 PC), WT Lance Alworth (63 MS 69 REC), S Anderson / Babb (63 and 56 INT), S Volk / Haymond, RB Tom Woodeschick (50 MS), OL Steelers B I'm sensing a pattern here, as the Vikes are another team with a lot of talent on offense but a bit lacking on defense. Especially in terms of speed. The offensive one-two combination of Dawson to Alworth will be deadly. But can they get stops? Coach Flo may be in for a lot of shootouts. N.O Nostalgia QB John Brodie (56 PS 63 PC), S Renfro (75 INT) / Kellerman, WT John Gilliam (Stephen Baker clone), LB Lanier / Otto, RB Jim Nance (44 MS 94 HP), OL Chargers C+ Upon first glance I was really digging this team. Until I realized that there is a serious lack of speed on defense. Mel Renfro and his ballhawking 75 INT should make up for this somewhat. But I'm not sure if the Saints will score more than they give up, with defenses focusing on the passing game and forcing Jim “Nantz” Nance to beat them. NYG Player121xk QB Fran Tarkenton (31 MS 56 PS 81 PC), WT Gail Codgill (63 MS 50 REC), S Atkinson / Wilson (56 MS 56 and 63 INT), RB Carl Garrett (50 MS), S Harris / Mumphord, OL Cardinals D+ Don't get me wrong, this offense will be a handful with the no.1 overall pick “The Mad Scrambler” leading the way. But I had to dock the Giants big-time for the Codgill pick. There were just too many better players on the board in round 2, including better WT options. Defensively the team is lacking in speed comparatively to most others in the league. It could be a long season in the Big Apple! NYJ GoNickMontana S Fischer (69 MS 75 INT) / Hollas, QB Greg Landry (38 MS 44 PC), RB Hoyle Granger (50 MS), WT Warren Wells (Stephen Baker clone), OLB Allen (63 INT) / Gunn, CB Nettles / Jacquess A+ Now this is what I'm talking about! Only GoNick can join the HSRL and put together a similar blueprint that wins him tons of games in other leagues. Pat Fischer is essentially a one-man defense. And the J-E-T-S have also got a controllable 63 INT LB. Plus the offense suits the owner perfectly with a scrambling QB, solid RB, speedy WR and a decent OL picked up later. This team should be on everyone's radar as a top contender! PHI Hamburgler OLB Nitschke (50 RP 56 MS 75 HP 56 INT) / Lewis, LB Buffone (50 RP 56 MS 56 INT) / Andrew, RB Tom Matte (50 MS), QB Frank Ryan (25 MS 44 PC), S Reaves / Johnson, OL Lions D- As beastly as Ray Nitschke is, picking him this early... Not good. And the Buffone pick-- can you say “buffoon”?!? (sorry, couldn't resist). OK so I know Hamby didn't make these picks so I can't “pick” on him. Unfortunately for Philly but fortunately for everyone else, it looks like it will be a long season for the Eagles. Even with the coaches' skill, a .500 finish would be quite an accomplishment. PIT WarMachine QB Johnny Unitas (56 PS 75 PC), WT Charlie Taylor (56 MS 69 REC), CB Wilson (63 MS 69 INT) / Charles, RB MacArthur Lane (50 MS), DL 49ers (56 MS 75 HP and a Bob Nelson-ish guy), LB Edwards / Allen A Certainly one of the top 5 drafts in my opinion. Led by the man/myth/legend himself Johnny Unitas, mix in a great receiver and a good RB and the offense is set. The defense has no glaring weakness either. I expect the Steelers to make some noise and contend with this squad. “Johnny U” should be filling up the stat sheet, and the D making some stops. Most definitely a playoff contender. RAI Storksdaman RB O.J. Simpson (69 MS Barry-ish), CB Wood / Byrd (69 and 63 INT but 50 MS), QB Ken Stabler (81 PS 44 PC), WT Ron Sellers (50 MS 56 REC), CB Stukes / Ramsey, OL Eagles C- The Raidazzz are yet another speed challenged team on D, with two ballhawks that are only 50 MS and thereby uncontrollable. The team is quarterback challenged as well, with a young and erratic Ken “The Snake” Stabler at the helm. Opponents are going to stack the box against “The Juice,” and force Stabler to throw. And with the high PS and low PC, it may be tough to find success. RAM Kamphuna QB Terry Bradshaw (25 MS 56 PS 56 PC), RB Dave Hampton (56 MS), S Lockhart (63 INT “Spider”) / Stovall, DL Vikings (2 x 75 HP but slow), OL Broncos, WT Gary Lewis (Graddy clone) B- Will “Spider” Lockhart be enough on defense? That is the question. While this team is certainly lacking on D otherwise, I really like their first few picks. Terry Bradshaw will move the chains and was a fine selection. This team will score plenty of points-- and I think Spider will do just enough to win more than he loses. S.D Manyo ILB Hendricks (56 RP 56 MS 63 INT) / Guidry, LB Hanburger (50 RP 56 MS) / Jacobs, DL Lions (two speedy beasts with 69 and 75 HP), CB Duncan (69 HP 56 INT) / Davis, DB Green / Atkins, OL Jets C Coach Manyo deserves an A for creativity. But I've never thought of the “all defense” team as anything more than a nice gimmick. The defense will be insane, the offense... Well, he did draft a 44/44 QB late and two 44 MS RBs. Otherwise this rating would have been in the red! If this team makes the playoffs I will eat my words, but I don't think it will happen. S.F JFagundes S Krause (69 MS 81 INT) / Taylor, LB Jordan (50 RP 56 MS 63 INT) / Avery, QB Daryle Lamonica (25 MS 44 PC), RB Donnie Anderson (50 MS), RB Ronnie Bull (44 MS 69 REC 38 BC), OL Browns B Paul Krause is just plain sick. Great pick at 13th overall for coach Jfag. Throw in a top linebacker and the defense is set. That being said, there will be some challenges on offense. Decorated veteran Daryle Lamonica has some wheels but a soft arm. And there are no great WRs to speak of. Speed on offense overall is lacking, so it will be interesting to see if Krause and Jordan can get enough stops to offset such a meager offense. STL Ones11fahzu RB Mercury Morris (63 MS), RB Calvin Hill (56 MS), CB Mcrae / Williams (MIA DB clones), S Bradley (63 INT) / Edgerson, OL Bears, ILB Conners / Stallings B- I'm not completely sold on this team, but I actually think it could work out for coach Ones. The running game is the clear strength with 63 and 56 MS backs. An Aikman clone and additional 44/44 QB were drafted late. Defense is a bit slow comparatively to other squads in the league, but there are several controllable defenders. With the Rams style of play I think they'll work the short passing game, scrambling game, and of course run the ball and play conditions at QB and RB. It will be interesting to see the results. WAS Cubsfan CB Thomas (69 MS 75 INT) / Weger, LB Buoniconti (50 RP 56 MS 63 INT) / Lucci, WT Carrol Dale (Curtis Duncan-ish), RB Mike Garrett (50 MS), WT Ray Chester, CB Rowser / Hart C+ After tacking on a 44/44 QB late, Washington has a pretty solid team. Emmitt Thomas is an absolute fiend on defense, and Nick Buoniconti shores up the LB position. The offense has two good receivers, a solid running back, and... wait, this team has not drafted an OL through the late rounds yet! For that reason I think this ends up a grade lower than it could have been.
  50. 12 points

    HSTL S30: Sig Wars