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  1. Alignment for Season 7. We played week 1 recently. San Fran. Denver, Washington, LA, New York, and Minnesota all collected wins.
  2. LOL. Nice run there! Shifty cut back for sure. In our circle of 2 players games, we don't allow the offense to gain yards, when the defense picks the same play as the offense.
  3. I've already discussed this with a buddy in Perry. It's on our to do list!
  4. Great article. Unfortunately, most of the action I caught on the stream was pre-final 8 before some of the guests came on. It was an incredibly professional broadcast. Great work by all. With this tourney under his belt and reading all the research he put into it, I'm confident Jimmie would be even greater next year.
  5. Commentators were really good, but I think it would be great to have some players sit in to commentate after they were eliminated through out the night. Even if its just in a moderate role breaking down a few things or getting asked some questions about what just happened on a particular play.
  6. Video from tourney taken during elimination round with 16 players.
  7. is there any streaming of this today?
  8. Thanks ODT. I was reading a facebook exchange between Mort and Bruddog recently. It was discussed how calling Run 3 or 4 invoked / enabled the best/most coverage by drones on WRs during pass plays. There was some lingo attached to that which I didn't understand, but seemed clear to me the combination of calls between the defense and offense creates some absolute or definite re-occuring defensive reactions. That principle is a staple in our playcalls, when we play OG Tecmo Bowl. Definitely learned something there. I know very little about TSB, and really never play it. I occasionally attend the TSB tourney in Lincoln NE, so every little bit of knowledge I can get here helps!
  9. Mort, what's your record in these games you've put on youtube recently? The few I've watched, your opponent has hung in there, but he hasn't been able to get over the hump and win one. About Elway and his ratings....does that mean he has trouble hitting WRs that are running slants(for example) across the field? As in his accuracy is way off and he throws wild passes off target if his WR isn't running a deep go route, or the WR is completely stationary? The other thing I found interesting was that Mort looked very unimpressive with Green Bay, but that was a methodical offensive approach to control the game. Very interesting to see that approach being used in TSB! I don't know enough about TSB as I only play TB, but I'm starting to see the intricacies being used here by mort. Good stuff. I'm used to seeing bad players trying to chuck it deep all game, but the reward doesn't seem to come often enough.
  10. MIA vs NY. In Season 6 I find myself controlling the Giants. I whoop ass with the Giants and go 10-1-1. With a modified rom we use, we're able to implement ties after 1 qtr of OT. I have the top seed (NY) in my conference, and would be home(Player 1) all the way through Tecmo Bowl 6 with them. While my buddy is smashing his way to the title game with Chicago in the other conference and beating me in those games by 14-17 points, I face Miami with NY in their conference championship game. Chicago went through Cleveland and Seattle to reach Tecmo Bowl 5, and obliterated both of them by double digits. Miami by the way was merely a .500 team and one of the weakest division champs of all time. Back and forth defensive struggle. I take a 3-0 lead into the early 4th qtr. Joe Morris gets a horrendous spot by the ref(CPU) and puts me in a 4th and pixel to go. Totally looked like I should have been given the 1st down. Frustrated, I decide to punt from about my 30. I'm literally just a 1st down or 2 away from sealing this damn game, because time is a factor. Miami takes over around their 20 with about 45-50 seconds to go. Just a little bit too much time for my comfort. The problem in the match-up for NY is that they lack a dominant defender from the middle of the field. Banks and LT have a lot of ground to cover against Marino. I manage to get Miami twice to 4th and short, and both times fail to land a play-pick to end the drive/game. My buddy Nate is playing pretty aggressive here, and is flinging it around. Eventually he gets inside the 10 yardline and I pretty much know it's going to take a miracle to stop him. Marino tosses a TD with about 10 seconds left. During the drive on a couple plays, I switched around between LT and Banks trying to anticipate which WRs would be open, based on the CPU coverage that occurs between my call and his. Each time I was the wrong defender for the situation, so he had easy completions. Just couldn't get into the right defensive call with correct defender. Had I guessed right, I would have really been in good position on a couple of those throws to either get an INT or perhaps scare him off of making the throw, and either taking a sack or him QB running for a short gain....which ultimately would have eaten up valuable clock. Horrible time to have bad luck and get out maneuvered. At this point trailing 6-3 (blocked the pat) I need Phil McKonkey to save the season, but he blows as a return man. I believe he got it out to about 40, but my buddy had a good read on him and there was no way I was taking it to the house. That is how the upset finally went down. When we do a season with the 81 games, it usually takes us about a year to complete it since we don't get together very often. When you lose with your best team in the conference championship game....especially in a major upset, its completely crushing. You've done everything to position yourself with the easiest path possible to the title game and then it all collapses in a few moments. Chicago and Miami were both of his teams in the championship game. He choose to be Chicago, and I got pummel 20-0 in the title game. Singletary is the last guy that you want to go against when you have Miami as Player 2. Match-ups are paramount in Tecmo Bowl. While NY can usually lean on Chicago all game and typically wear them down, Miami is the team/offense that can offer some tough challenges for New York's defense. Miami in hindsight was the perfect team to take down the Giants that day.
  11. Indy vs NY. When a buddy and I play a "2-player Season", we each draft 4 teams, and then the remaining 4 are called Rovers and we take turns controlling them. Randomly put teams into 4 divisions, make a 12 game schedule for each team, and it takes 81 games total to reach the championship. Quite a bit invested in each season. When we reached the Conference title game in Season 5, I had Indy vs his NY. NY had swept 2 games vs Indy that season. Didn;t look good for me that day. Other conference game was Seattle vs Cleveland. If NY won, they would be heavy favorites vs whoever the opponent was. I had won the title in the previous 4 seasons, but he was clearly the favorite to finally win the title with NY. The game trudges on scoreless into the 4th qtr. I'm playing defense out of my mind, but can't get passed the 50 and have to keep punting. Early in the 4th qtr I make up my mind I'm going to take a shot with Indy. On 3rd and long around the 50, I call Indy's Pass 1. The plan is to cycle to Dickerson over the middle and wait, and wait, and wait as long as I can, then switch up and throw deep to Matt Bouza. Hopefully he'll get antsy off screen, and start to cheat up to try and prevent the 1st down pass. If so, I'll hit the bomb over the top for the dagger. Instead he picked my play and I get sacked and have to punt. Really feeling like I missed my chance to land the knockout blow. Game goes to overtime. I get the ball back after a punt and find myself in a similar situation. This time I get the result I want. However instead of making a blind throw deep, I actually catch him cheating up and running back onto the screen. 2 clicks and a throw later, Matt Bouza hauls in the pass and runs in the final 10 yards for the win! BOOM! As a guy who has won 5 Tecmo tournaments in various cities, I can honestly say that game in my basement against my friend was easily the biggest win of my career. I love Indy, and to take down the Giants, controlled by a guy with skills equal to mine, in that fashion was one of the greatest finishes I've been a part of. I went on to defeat Seattle with Indy in Tecmo Bowl 5 and retain the title. However a year later he would return the favor, at the same junction of the season....
  12. For a pretty detailed look at how I rank the teams see this thread. This should give you some context when I break down some of these upsets I 've been a part of....some for the good, and some for the bad. It's not an exact science when it comes to the obviously better team winning. With different levels of playbook effectiveness, coupled with varying sets of player personnel, some teams just have the goods to routinely take it to the better squads...and occasionally win. Sometimes human error also plays a role, and sometimes your opponent just calls a whale of a game to keep one step ahead of whatever you are doing. Here's a few of those upsets. Dallas vs New York. This particular game I was on the good side of. It took a Herculean effort of calls to keep New York at bay with the bad Dallas defense. New York on 2 occasions in the 2nd half reached the Dallas 40 yard line on 4th down. Problem being that is pretty much the extent of their kickers range. Both kicks fell just short. In overtime, Dallas which had been stymied by LT and co all game finally put things together and won with a big TD drive. This game kicked off our 5th season of 2-player Tecmo Bowl. Not a lot at stake as Dallas won 6-0. Dallas vs SF. This game was played about an hours later in week 2. I was San Fran and basically gave the game away on silver platter throwing multiple picks against the slow Dallas defense. Late in the game Dallas was clinging to a 9-3 lead and I was driving. Looking like San Fran would win 10-9, I tossed a bad INT inside the 10. Whats odd is that Dallas had not beaten these teams in about 10 years, but managed to take down both in back to back outings. Dallas started Season 5, 2-0 with 2 mammoth upset wins. Dallas would do what they did best the rest of the way and finish either 3-9 or 4-8 that season. But for that one night, they were on top of the Tecmo world. I guess it was a harbinger of things to come for San Fran though. I struggled mightly that season and lost a few other games against bad teams. Dallas has had numerous close calls vs Chicago. I'd have to guess they have hung tough in a solid 4 or 5 games over the years vs the Bears. The lone time I can recall them beating Chicago, Kick return man Mike Lavette went nuts taking 2 kick returns in Chicago territory. Walker had a banner day, and Dallas snuck out with a 1 point win. That game was played in basically an meaningless post season exhibition, so it didn't amount to any finality for Chicago.
  13. The last 2 teams are really hard to peg in order as they have some distinct similarities. 11. Washington Redskins. The WR run play sinks their offense. It's virtually worthless, and opponents can really sit on pass calls all game. Washington does have one of the best defenses on the game, so they can hang with literally any offense. Both D-ends are solid, and Wilbur Marshall at Top Outside Linebacker is an elite player at his position. Moving the ball is a major problem for them. Doesn't help that Timmy Smith is slow, and his lone run play goes to the bottom, so he can't neutralize all the really good Top D-ends, and Top D-backs out there. Skins have a really good punter, so the defense has plenty of room to work with most every time they take the field. 12. Minnesota Vikings. Minnesota actually one-ups Washington in 1 way. Darren Nelson's run goes to the top so it does neutralize those aforementioned Top D-ends and D-backs. However the opponent can really sit on the pass plays and shut them down. Minnesota has an elite D-end and D-back with Chris Doleman and Joey Browner. While not as diverse as Washington's defense, they can do some serious stuff...for lack of a better term. Minnesota falls short in the punting game, so field position is an issue for them. It's really splitting hairs here to rank them this way, and quite honestly they could certainly be flipped around based on opponent. Regardless that WR run play is Kryptonite for both of them.
  14. Finishing out what we consider the last of the 2nd tier here. 7. Seattle Seahawks. The Seahawks are a fairly well rounded team in most areas, that unfortunately doesn't have many standout players. Steve Largent is their fastest offensive player, but he can be schemed around by defenses. Curt Warner is serviceable, and Dave Krieg has a decent arm. The playbook is decent, but they need Warner to have success on the ground to open up the passing game. Much like Denver they have poor special teams in the punting and kicking department. That field position deficit is always looming. Where Seattle has an edge against most teams is at the Middle Linebacker position. Fredd Young is an absolute elite defender, and Bosworth is decent. Not much else to use though. Young is in my opinion the most efficient defender on the game. Not hard to get maximum impact from him against most any offense. Seattle can hang with the rest of the middle tier squads pretty well, but they are more likely successful from the Player 1 side. Rounding out the rankings are the 3rd tier teams. These teams can certainly give Tier 2 a solid game most every time out, but find themselves at long odds when facing the Super Powers. On a few very rare occasions, Tier 3 has taken down a Super Power. 8. Miami Dolphins. Many years ago the Fins used to be quite a powerful squad. Eventually we locked into a solid approach to slowing down Marino. These days, Marino faces defenses that sit on the shotgun/Pass 3 call most all game. Marino has some small windows to throw into with Pass 1 and Pass 2. It creates a situation where you have to be razor sharp with your decisions or else you can throw a lot of INTs. Further compounding things is the fast middle defenders that really make things hard for Miami. Singletary, Mecklenberg, Young, and Michael Carter(SF) are the biggest hurdles that Miami has to overcome. Miami has a great punter to help with field position. However the defense leaves a lot to be desired. It's just an uphill battle most all game for Miami. A saving grace for Miami comes from teams that don't have a good Top D-end, or middle defender. Indy, Dallas, and LA fit this mold. Surprisingly so, New York's bookend combo of Lawrence Taylor and Carl Banks can have some issues if Miami keeps finding themselves in the right call. LT and Banks have speed, but they can't outrun Marino's passes all the way across the field. With that said, if it's a full 80+ yards to go, chances are likely Miami's luck runs out vs NY. 9. Dallas Cowboys. Dallas doesn't have any defense to work with. What Dallas is able to do is run a pretty decent offense. The trick is to run a solid mix of shotgun and Herschel Walker run plays. When your calls are working, they can move the ball quite well. When it's not they are toast. Dallas' shotgun play has good routes and separation, but its a play you really have to master. When it's open, you need to get 1st down yardage with it every time. Defenses are always trying to key on that and take it away. 10. Los Angeles Raiders. A programmers error in the blocking scheme leaves Bo Jackson susceptible to really struggling if you know the right defender to be. The Top Outside Linebacker is a guy that can wreak havoc vs LA. Especially Carl Banks and Wilbur Marshall. No top WR in LA's formation leaves the TOLB unblocked on Bo's Run 1. Bo can still get decent yardage, especially with a juke and run for 4-6 yards, but the consistent 12, 15, and 20 yard runs are a thing of the past. The defense can sit on pass calls, and then sneak in a few run calls to really bring the hammer down. It took me a good 12-15 games to really master the "LA defense" but now I feel very confident that I can always beat them. LA isn't strong on special teams, and outside of Howie Long, their defense is trash. Long is also the bottom DE, so he's in a bad spot to get exploited by the quick passes to the top WR. To offset some things, you have to abandon being Howie at times, and then you're susceptible to getting the ball run down your throat with a slow defender. Occasionally though, LA can get into a good groove with playcalls on offense, and put up a good fight. Problem being they have to drive that whole field these days. Its an uphill battle for them, even on the good days.
  15. After being involved in countless 2-player games against 3 buddies, here's where I feel the teams stack up. 1. New York Giants. Other teams have more star players. Other teams have a better playbook. Other teams don't have LT and the best punter in the game. Giants really aren't the "best" team, but they are the hardest to beat. That's why they get the top spot. They put you in a game long grind trying to drive the field repeatedly. Eventually Joe Morris does some damage on the ground, the offense starts hitting that Bavaro out route when the opponent has to start calling run, and the Giants pull out the victory. 2. San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers offense requires a lot of precision in some tight spots, but at other times you can really stress your opponent's defense with their firepower. SF has a wrecking ball with Ronnie Lott that's pretty hard to run on. Especially when he's controlled by the CPU. They give the Giants all they want in the H2H battles. San Fran ultimately get's the 2nd spot because NY can consistently squash the life out of the remaining teams...more so than San Fran. 3. Chicago Bears. Chicago has the "most talented team" in the game. Elite RB, an elite defender at every level of the defense, best kick returner, and one of the best kickers. A star player can be found everywhere. Passing playbook is a bit too conservative, especially with McMahon's noodle arm, but they can move the ball against anyone. The Giants and 49ers have some slight advantages over Chicago when the big 3 match-up in those classic "rock, paper, scissors" games. Interestingly enough, Chicago can dominate the rest of the teams more convincingly than NY/SF. Overall these are the 3 "super power" teams, and a clear cut above the rest. Next up is the 2nd tier squads. Honestly there's not a huge separation between the Super Powers, and the next 3-4 teams. However the next group has many, many incremental disadvantages working against them when they face the top 3. It's pretty rare that the top 3 lose to these teams, but it's always a possibility. 4. Indianapolis Colts. If You're saying huh? to this ranking, here's 2 things you probably don't know. Eric Dickerson is a top shelf back, and despite Trudeau's lollipop passes, they have WR routes that feature great spacing. The best spacing of any playbook! To pull that off though, you need to be able to sit in the pocket for a few seconds, guide the opponent's defender away from your primary target, then check down to Bill Brooks standing out in the flat. I've played at minimum 50 games in my day with the Colts. It's not an offense you master overnight, but with time it becomes an offense that steadily eats up 5-7 yards a play! They control the clock, run a lot of snaps, and keep the opposition stuck on defense. For emphasis, I want to remind you again, that if you are an inexperienced player, you will probably struggle with the Colts offense...especially against an actual good player. Indy has the 2nd best punter in the game, so they can play the field position game about as well as the Giants. Their offense when ran well is basically the same as playing against Chicago. Not a lot on defense, but Duane Bickett is the 2nd best bottom outside LB....behind LT. Bickett is pretty good vs the run, and a primary guy used to shut down the passing attack of teams like Seattle, Denver, Minnesota, and Dallas. 5. Cleveland Browns. The Browns have been trending down, and may eventually even lose this spot. About 5 years ago they used to be a lock in the 4th spot. However, Kevin Mack's lack of speed really hurts them. When you take on the Super Powers, we've found you NEED an elite RB. Dickerson is the far better option. The good news for the Browns is that there really isn't a fail safe way to slow down their passing attack, unless you pick the right play. That in itself makes their passing attack formidable. However, against most teams, Mack just isn't able to make enough game breaking runs. As a result, you can keep picking pass plays until you land a few sacks on Bernie and stall the drive. Cleveland has a really good punter though, and kick return man Gerald McNeil is always a threat. Notice a theme here about special teams? Defensively, Cleveland is a nightmare to face. Both DB's have good speed. and they can run a lot of things at you. Especially bunk bed defense which can neutralize any ground game. Bunk Bed: Use either Dixon or Minnefield, and choose the run play to the opposite half of the field. Nullifies both run plays. Other teams don't have 2 really good DB's, so this ploy isn't as effective for them. The saving grace for Cleveland is that they match-up very well against the teams that are ranked below them. Oddly enough they are a VERY difficult match-up for Indy, but as mentioned above, Indy is better suited to face the Super Powers with. Indy has trouble with the Brown's passing attack, and Mack can get his yards against their mediocre defense. Cleveland is a slight favorite when paired H2H vs Indy. 6. Denver Broncos. Denver has a lot of good things going for them, and could eventually overtake the 5th spot. Elway has a strong arm, I like their passing playbook, and Dorsett is just good enough to punish most any defense. Denver run into some issues with weak special teams. Bad punter puts them in a bind from the field position standpoint. Giants punter for example has a 21 yard distance advantage over them. That's a game long disparity. Defensively, Denver has Rulon Jones, who plays the vital top DE position. Mecklenberg at top outside LB is used a lot in our schemes to completely shut down the run vs teams such as CHI, SEA, CLE, IND, and MIA. Very useful guy when we employ the LB run defensive calls, as he's got great speed to patrol the field against the pass. Historically, Denver has given the super powers a slew of tough battles, and is basically a toss up at minimum against everyone else. That's a good resume to have.