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  1. I'm driving up to burning mort and leaving Chicago around 10 am to noon. Depends on when Lou's train arrives.
  2. I talked to a few of you guys at Madison about having a monthly get-together and play Tecmo. I also put it on Meetup as I had a friend use it successfully to gather a lot of traffic for his group. Anyways if you live near Chicago or just want to come we will be having our first Meetup in the first or second week of May. Right now we are shooting for a ride, wed or Thurs night. 6 to 10. Tom has a potential location that we can use and we will confirm an exact date. If your interested and can bring equipment send me an email to Also if you have any questions. Also take a moment to sign up for the group on MeetMe. That will help recruit new people.
  3. When: Tuesday, May 9, 2017 6:30 PM - 11:00 PM Where: Michael Anthony's 6434 Ogden Ave, Berwyn, IL Our first Tecmo super bowl Meetup in the Chicago area. Michael Anthony's has an awesome menu and great prices. The 3 dollar baby pizza is a steal of the deal. This a great local bar with awesome food and amazing prices. Our first Tecmo super bowl Meetup in the Chicago area. Michael Anthony's has an awesome menu and great prices. The 3 dollar baby pizza is a steal of the deal. This is Tom's local bar. So if you come out represent. Buy some great food and tip well. They have plenty of room for up to 30 in a back room. It is 10 mins from the blue line station and near a metra. I can pick you up and drop you off if needed. Format is open Tecmo. We might have a mini tourney part of the night that can have optional prizes. If your serious about coming out, hmu. I need 10 people to show up in order to keep having the bar available to us. This place is nice and could easily host a 30 to 60 person event. Equipment for those new we only use crt TV's for better gameplay. We ideally want 1 system for every two players. Of you can voulenteer equipment please message me. Mort 2 tv 1 system Tom 2 tv 2 systems
  4. We might have to do NBA jam too at these.
  5. I got that weekend off. I'm down for some Tecmo.
  6. New Orleans Saints The Saints went 8-8 in 1990 and made the playoffs as a wild card. They would follow that up with a division win in 1991 going 10-6. Unfortunately Tecmo did not reflect this good time in the Saints history. The Saints have tons of great players but not the standouts to get them out of the bottom end of the teams. Key Players (for entire roster go to QB John Fourcade 13 ms 44 Pc RB Dalton Hilliard 50 MS RB Craig Hayward 94 hp (use as kr) RB Ruben Mayes 44ms RB Gil Fenerty 44ms WR Eric Martin 38 ms 69 REC DL Ronaldo Turnbull 44 rp 50 MS 63 hp DL Jim Wilks 44 rp 50 MS 56 hp LB Pat Swilling 44 rp 50 MS 63 hp LB Vaughn Johnson 44 rp 50 MS 63 hp DB Robert Massey 50 MS 44 hp 56 in DB Brett Maxie 50 MS 44 int Team Strengths: kick off returns, running game, run defense. Team weaknesses: Qb play, slower wr’s pass defense Best matchup Vs. Nyj, gb, cle Other possibilities Vs ari, atl, ne, sea, pitt View the full article
  7. Los Angeles Rams The Rams had great talent on offense in 90 and 91 but did not perform well on the field. Five wins followed by 3 wins. Tecmo was kind to the reflect the talent on offense which makes up for a subpar defense. The best thing about the rams is there offense makes it so they can beat better teams if you play a perfect game Key Players (for entire roster go to QB Jim Everett 13 Ms 56 ps 63 pc RB Cleveland Gary 50 MS 38 bc RB Buford McGee 44 ms 50 rec Wr Willie “Flipper” Anderson 56 ms 75 rec Wr Henry Ellard 56 ms 81 rec LB Kevin Greene 50 rp 56 ms 69 hp lb4 lurch DB Bobby Humphrey 50 MS 56 int DB Vince Newsome 50 MS 56 int Team strength passing, fast wr’s plus good RB core Team weaknesses bad kicker, slow db’s despite the high int. lb4 is just hard to use every down because of sweep plays. Best matchups. Vs Den, Minn, Det, Wash, Tb, Sd, Dal, Mia Other possibilities PHX, PITT, Cin, Oak, Stretching it CHI, KC Watch the video below as we go further in depth on the Rams View the full article
  8. San Francisco 49ers The 49ers went 14-2 in 1990 and lost in the NFC championship to the eventual super bowl champion Giants. The next year they would miss the playoffs with a 10-6 record. The 49ers dominated the 80’s and Tecmo super bowl. They are the best team in the game and almost unstoppable. Don’t call the 49ers in any matchup in tecmo Madison. You never get them and it never works out. Key Players (for entire roster go to QB Joe Montana 19 MS 81 PC RB Roger Craig 50 MS 44 REC RB Tom Rathman 25 MS 94 HP 56 REC WR Jerry Rice 69 MS 81 REC 81 BC WR John Taylor 50 ms 63 REC TE Brent Jones 38 ms 69 HP LB Bill Romanowski 44 RP 50 MS 50 HP LB Matt Millen 50 MS 31 INT LB Charles Haley 50 Rp 56 MS 63 HP can do linebacker 4 lurch Db Ronnie Lott 56 RP 69 MS 50 INT DB Dave Waymer 50 RP 63 MS 69 INT Team strength: Passing. Joe Montana to Jerry Rice is almost unstoppable. Pass defense and a good lb4. Solid players on both sides of the balls besides the stud players. Team weakness: Roger Craig only has 50 ms. Jerry Rice will drop 1 out of 10 balls. Best matchups. Vs NYG, Hou Other possibilities BUF Stretching it KC Watch the video below as we go further in depth on the 49ers. View the full article
  9. Seattle Seahawks The Seahawks went 9-7 in 1990 and just missed the playoffs. The next year they would go 7-9. Unfortunately Tecmo was not to kind to the Seahawks. Despite having a better record than the Chargers they are one of the worst teams in the game. Still Sea vs. NE is a popular call and it is good to be somewhat ready to use them. The Seahwaks are best known in Tecmo for a fictional event involving there QB Dave Krieg and a pro form pass. Key Players (for entire roster go to QB Dave Krieg 25 PS 69 PC 13 MS DL Jacob Green 50 RP 63 MS 56 HP DB Dwayne Harper 50 MS 50 INT DB Nesby Glasgow 50 MS 25 INT Team strength: Passing deep. Team weakness: No one in the skill positions has more than 38 ms, the two best defenders are hard to use. Dave Kriegs’ 25 ps often negates his good pc. Best matchups. Vs NE, GB, IND Other possibilities Cle, NO Stretching it JETS, Watch the video below as we go further in depth on the Seahawks. View the full article
  10. Feel free to send me any questions you have about game play before or after Madison. I will try to answer asap and as best as I can. Mitch Dohm in Madison wants to know how to improve his QB play. Here is my answer: I was asked about improving Qb play today and I wanted to get a little more in depth on the subject. This goes all the way back to my first post. Run the ball with the QB. Now I think it’s time to expand on where you run and why. First of all, your goal in pass play is to create as much separation as possible between the manned defender and the QB and as much separation as possible between your target WR and the manned defender. The first step on any pass play is to identify which receivers are open and which ones are not open. This needs to be done quickly because you need to scramble based on who is open and what route they are running. If everyone is covered by drones, you can drop back and JJ or quickly scramble away from the defender. These are rare moments. Most plays only one receiver is open and in those situations the human defender will cover that receiver. This brings up two scenarios: -The deep wr is open - One of the short button hooks is open If the deep wr is open, scramble to his side of the field. If a short button hook is open, scramble away from the receiver. Now you need to move towards the line of scrimmage and try to go as long as possible without crossing the line. Doing this will exploit an opening. Either a running lane will open, or a pass attempt. Most likely an opportunity to run. The lower your QB PC or the higher the defenders INT will determine what risks you can take. Next consider when there are multiple receivers open: -If both are going deep, scramble to the side of the better receiver. -If both are open short scramble away from the easier wr. -If one is short and one is deep,scramble away from the short route. The longer you can keep your QB by the line of scrimmage the greater your chance to exploit that deep wr. These situations with one short and one deep can often be big plays if you are patient. Another thing that can help you pass is your playbook selection for your passes. There are certain plays the computer is really bad at defending. Example: R AND S pass 2, the normal shotgun in pass 3 and the red gun shotgun in pass 4. If you are good with these plays, you will help your passing game a lot. Even when your opponent guesses pass the cpu will often leave a short and deep route open. The final lesson for learning to to pass better is to recognize burn routes. The cpu isn’t good at covering receivers. Burn routes are possible on almost every route and play, yet the human has limited time to recognize them. The first thing to look for is mismatches on the field: -phi has slow safeties -det has a terrible top CB -den has a terrible top CB Yet even good and above average defenders will give up burn routes at time. I get most of my burn routes on the top CB. I study the movement of the CB and notice that the CB is moving up or standing still. Finally, if you get a mismatch but the CPU covers right at the line of scrimmage, that superior receiver might burn the DB later on in the route. View the full article
  11. San Diego Chargers The Chargers went 6-10 in 1990 winning 6 games for the third year in a row. The next year in 1991 they would only win 4 games. Tecmo made the chargers a far better team than there record. Led by Marion Butte and Gill Byrd they are one of the most popular teams in live competition. Key Players (for entire roster go to QB BJ Tolliver 81 ps 31 Pc QB Mark Vlassic 38 pc RB Marion Butts 63 ms Wr Anthony Miller 44 ms 69 Rec K John Carney 75 KA LB Leslie O’Neal 50 RP, 56 MS, 63 HP DB Sam Seale 44 RP 56 MS 50 INT DB Gill Byrd 50 RP 63 MS 69 INT Team strength Running, balanced defense with plenty of good drones. Team weaknesses bad Qb play, slow wr’s and the best player on defense in a hard to use position Best matchups. Vs Den, Minn, Det, Wash, Rams, TB Other possibilities Dal, Pitt, Mia, Cin Stretching it Rai, Watch the video below as we go further in depth on the Chargers. View the full article
  12. Los Angeles Raiders The Raiders went 12-4 in 1990 and 9-7 in 1991 l, making the playoffs each year. In Tecmo they are led by Bo Jackson. Bo certainly knows Tecmo with his 75 ms. The Raiders have plenty of speed, NFL hall of fame Marcus Allen is the teams backup running back. The Raiders are fast on offense and defense. Key Players (for entire roster go to QB Jay Schroeder 69 ps 31 Pc QB Steve Beuerlein 38 pc RB Bo Jackson 75 ms 81 bc RB Marcus Allen 56 ms Wr Willie Gault 63 ms 56 REC Wr Tim Brown 56 ms 50 REC Wr Mervyn Fernandez 50 MS 63 REC Wr Sam Grady 63 ms 19 REC TE Ethan Horton 44 ms 50 hp 44 REC DL Greg Townsend 50 RP, 56 MS, 63 HP, 31 INT DL Howie Long 50 RP, 56 MS, 69 HP, 31 INT DB L. Washington 56 MS, 38 INT DB Terry McDaniel 56 MS 38 INT DB Eddie Anderson 50 RP, 63 MS, 50 INT Team strength Running, speed in the skill positions, best DL in Tecmo and good speed in defensive backfield. Team weaknesses bad Qb play, low int, slow lb’s. Best matchups. Vs Chi, KC, Cin, Mia, Phi Other possibilities Minn, Det, Hou, Wash, Rams, Sd Stretching it Buf, Pitt, Den Watch the video below as we go further in depth on the Raiders View the full article
  13. Denver Broncos A year after a super bowl appearance the 1990 Broncos went 5-11 and finished in last place. They would bounce back a year later to go 12-4 and win the division. In real life the Broncos were led by John Elway. in tecmo there standout players is Bobby Humphrey. Denver has a nice collection of pieces but a few holes here and there preventing them from being a great team. Key Players (for entire roster go to QB John Elway 25 ms 75 ps 31 pc RB Bobby Humphrey 63 ms 38 rec Wr Vance Johnson 50 MS 56 REC Wr Mark Jackson 44 ms 69 rec K David Treadwell 69 KA 31 AKB LB Karl Mecklenburg 44 RP 50 MS 56 HP LB4 Simon Fletcher 50 RP 56 MS 38 HP DB Dennis Smith 44 RP 56 MS 44 INT Team strength Qb Mobility, running the ball and Simon Fletcher can do the lb 4 lurch. Team weaknesses Qb ball control and pass defense. Best matchups. Vs Dal, Wash, Pitt, Rams, TB, SD Other possibilities Minn, Det, Mia, Ari, Atl Stretching it Jets, Cin, Oak Watch the video below as we go further in depth on the Broncos View the full article
  14. I’m posting a couple videos that I think will help you get better for Madison. First is on Tom and I made last week. It had some play by play anylsis and more. Next up I’ve been following Trojan up in Green Bay for a few weeks. I really like how he is doing analysis with his streaming. It really forces him to admit to mistakes and try to find better strategies. In this game I noticed a lot of improvement compared to a few weeks ago. The main improvement is Trojan is guessing pass more often on defense. Slowly but surely learning to contain runs on his own. Which was something I had mentioned when reviewing an earlier game. I highly recommend you follow him if your training for Madison and are new at this. Watch several of his games and you will get an ideal of what you need to break into the win column at these tournaments. View the full article
  15. Kansas City Chiefs The Chiefs went 11-5 in 90 and 10-6 in 1991. On offense they are lead by a dynamic trio of Steve Deberg, Stephone Paige and Christian Okoye. The defense is led by Derrick Thomas. A legendary player whose life and carrer was cut short by a tragic accident in 2000. A very powerful and balanced team . Unlike the top 4 teams in the game the Chiefs are used often in tourney play. Key Players (for entire roster go to QB Steve Desert 6 MS 63 PC RB Christian Okoye 63 RS 75 RP 50 MS 94 HP 19 rec Wr Stephone Paige 50 MS 75 rec K Nick Lowery 81 KA 81 AKB DL Neil Smith 44 RP 50 MS 63 HP LB Derrick Thomas 56 RP, 63 MS 69 HP LB Percy Snow 50 RP 56 MS 56 HP 31 INT DB Kevin Ross 50 MS 56 INT DB Albert Lewis 50MS 56 MS 50 INT Team strength Passing running, run defense and the best FG kicker in the game Team weaknesses Pass defense and a big talent gap on offense between the big 3 and the rest of the skill position players. Best matchups. Vs Chi, Rai, Cin, Mia, Phi Other possibilities Minn, Det, Buff, Wash, Rams Stretching it NYG, SD Watch the video below as we go further in depth Chiefs View the full article
  16. Tampa Bay Buccaneers The 1990 Buccaners went 6-10 and then went back to there normal performance with a 3-13. The one thing the Bucs had going for them that year was Wayne Haddix. He had seven career interceptions and three TD’s. Which was just enough to make him the best defensive back in Tecmo Super Bowl. The only other notable is Vinny Testaverdeto who would have a long NFL career. Twenty one seasons in the NFL as a QB. Key Players QB Vinny Testaverde 31 Ms 56 Pc RB Gary Anderson 50 MS 50 REC RB Reggie Cobb 94 hp Wr Mark Carrier 44 MS 63 REC Te Ron Hall 38 MS 44 HP 44 REC K Steve Christie 69 KA 75 AKB DB Wayne Haddix 56 RP 75 MS 75 INT Team strength QB mobility, interceptions and Wayne Haddix Team weaknesses bad drones, run defense. Best matchups. Vs Dal, Wash, Pitt, Rams, Den Other possibilities SD, Minn, Det, Mia, Ari, Atl, Stretching it Phi Watch the video below as we go further in depth on the Vikings. View the full article
  17. Minnesota Vikings: The 1990 Vikings went 6-10 and improved to 8-8 in 91. The Vikings squad was very talented but could not get the results on the field. The teams stand out players are safeties Joey Browner and Anthony Carter. The Vikings are a very balanced team. Stud players make them a threat at running, passing, run defense and pass defense. Key Players QB Wade Wilson 13 Ms and 44 PC RB Hershel Walker 44 Ms Wr Anthony Carter 44 RS 56 MS 75 REC Te Steve Jordan 44 MS 63 HP 56 REC DL Chris Coleman 44 RP 50 MS 69 HP 31 INT LB Mark Merriweather 44 RP 50 MS 56 HP 44 INT LB Keith Millard 50 RP 63 MS 69 HP DB Carl Lee 50 RP 63 MS 50 INT DB Joey Browner 50 RP 63 MS 69 INT Team strength receiving, interceptions and good drones. Team weaknesses running back and QB are average. Best matchups. Vs Det, Cin, Wash, Mia, Rams, Sd Other possibilities Den, Rai, Chi, TB, Phi Stretching it Pitt, KC Watch the video below as we go further in depth on the Vikings. View the full article
  18. Green Bay Packers The 1990 Packers went 6-10 and dropped to 4-12 in 91. Thankfully for Packers fans it was the end of a long period of futility between the stand out play of the 60’s and 1993 onward. The teams best player is Sterling Sharpe. One of the best wr’s of the day but his career was cut short by injury. Never forget Sterling Sharpe is always open. His hands skills are so great that he even caught himself upon exiting the womb. Green Bay is an offensive powerhouse on the lower end of the game. Yet they have little on defense. Key Players QB Don Majkowski 25 Ms and 50 PC RB Keith Woodside 44 Ms RB Michael Haddix 94 hp WR Sterling Sharpe 50 ms, 75 rec DL Bob Nelson 69 RP, 38 ms, 56 hp LB Tim Harris 50 RP 50 MS 56 HP DB Jerry Holmes 44 MS 50 int DB Mark Murphy 44 MS 50 int Team strength running the ball, QB mobility, Sterling Sharpe. Team weaknesses lots of bad drones, weak ol and not too many good choices for manned defender. Best matchups. Vs Sea, Cle, No, Nyj Other possibilities Ne, Atl, Ind, Phx Stretching it Pitt Watch the video below as we go further in depth on the Lions. View the full article
  19. Detroit Lions Part of an ongoing project to do a write up each team in Tecmo Thanks to Tom (The Retro Sports Gamer) for doing the videos. Please give me some feedback on the write up and video. Also follow Tom’s channel as we broadcast these live. Next Wednesday we will review Minn and TB if time allows us to do two again. I want to keep the write up short but have the key information. The 1990 Detroit Lions featured in TSB went 6-10 and then won the NFC Central in 1991 with a 12-4 record. They featured Barry Sanders who is in goat conversations for the RB position. Barry is the second best RB in tecmo and it’s hard to stop the Det offense when Barry, Rodney Peete and Mel Gray get in a groove. Key players QB Rodney Peete 31 Ms and 44 PC QB Andre Ware 25 Ms but 38 pc RB Barry Sanders 69 Ms RB Mel Gray 56 Ms WR Richard Johnson 75 rec but only 19 Ms DL Jerry Ball 69 hp LB Michael Cover 50 to 56 Ms, 50 hp LB Chris Spielman 44 rp, 50 ms, 56 HP DB William White 44 rp 56 Ms 56 HP 56 int Team strength running the ball, QB mobility and several usable defenders. Team weaknesses lots of bad drones, weak ol, bad kicker, low QB PC, very little HP in skill positions on offense and slow wr core. Best matchups. Vs Minn, Mia, Rams, Wash, Cin Other possibilities Den, TB, Dal, Phi Stretching it Oak, Chi, Pitt Watch the video below as we go further in depth on the Lions. View the full article
  20. I got a great practice session in today to help get ready for Tecmo Madison. Tom Stahnke is a regular Madison entrant and is also the retro sports game. Follow him on twitter @retrosportsgmer and his YouTube feed has excellent videos of classic video games. Including in-depth Tecmo breakdowns. Watch below for our playbook breakdown today. I ramble a little but there is good tidbits of information. Follow him on YouTube at The Retro Sports Gamer. He is currently breaking down every team in Tecmo. View the full article
  21. As I stated in my last article I am going to do everything I can to help people improve. Thankfully Troy who runs great Tecmo and NHL 94 tourneys has agreed to share some film for review. @trojanvoice is Troy’s twitter. Troy is holding a tourney tomorrow night in Green bay. Games will be streamed in high def if you cannot make it. Now this is a practice game on tpc between two online players. It’s not a title game or epic matchup which makes it perfect to review. My first impression is both players can become much better and quicker than they might have thought possible. I will start with madtwonspliff and his chiefs. It’s always easier to make a breakdown after a loss. The mistakes are easier to see. The playbook was good but had one flaw that helped Miami. There was no significant run play in the same formation as a pass play. R and s Swee right would have made life far more difficult for Miami. That way the defender is thinking about run defense at the snap. It’s a lot easier to defend a play when you know what is coming. If he didn’t like the sweep there are several good passes to match formation with his run plays. Next a little too much DT. There was no point being DT against singlesetback plays. Mia had two runs in the formation and both attacked DT. This would have been a great time to use the safeties to contain the run plays. Finally a bit more decisiveness in the pass game. At times Madtown hesitated. Yet besides that he executed well on offense. He passed and ran for good yardage throughout the game. With a little better timing in the red zone this would have been a much closer game. Now a to Miami they did a lot right. Troy has a very solid game. He is a bit aggressive but with Marino throwing well it’s a good thing. His challenge is to be just as decisive in his decision making with a lesser QB or better opponent. The key to being a great passer is making a quick decision and being right everytime. Troy could also mix up the playbook for more deception by matching formations with pass and run plays. You can tell Troy has an advanced game as he recognizes when his wr has burned a drone. Now his challenge is to take advantage of that with lesser qb’s when mistakes equal turnovers. As a very good player Troy could get better by taking a lesser team in the matchup in a future rematch or in another pick up game where he has the advantage. Yet also take confidence he has the skills and tools to eventually be a top player. Anyways that is what I got. Feel free to watch and make your own comments below. View the full article
  22. It’s about 6 weeks to Tecmo Madison and it’s time to start getting ready. Hopefully you're lucky enough to have a sparring partner or two. Of course you have the blog and online tecmo. Warm up events as well like Detroit’s Tecmo Kumite on Mar 4th. Yet that’s not enough. The problem is what if you hate playing online. Or perhaps your buddy moved 700 or 3000 miles away. Also there are some of us that think online tecmo sucks. Which brings us right back to the problem. How do you improve your game for the big event? I can do two things to help if you want to improve your game. For Madison, for any other tournament or just local bragging rights. If you live around the Chicago area you can practice with me. Just email me at, private message me on the board (mort1237), add me on Facebook or just txt me 7163926900. Now if you live further away I can still help. This can be done by breaking down game film if you have any. I will look at it and go over ways you can improve. Even better if you can record your practice or stream your practice. That way I can offer my advice in real time. Finally if your already a really good player you can help others improve. Depending on your free time or availability. There are tremendous advantages as this can help improve tournament attendance at our other events throughout the year. This is going to eventually be a year round project where I post my break downs on the blog and YouTube. This way it should dramatically increase the film available for training purposes. USB to audio visual hookups are very inexpensive as the above link shows. Also the breakdowns will be posted on the blog to allow others to learn and comment on your game play. View the full article
  23. Bloomington IL right? I'm down if you guys have an open tourney. Will be much more fun than working the hood there going door to door.
  24. All players get a free beer or equivalent credit towards food on me if your not drinking or can't handle your liquor well.