By Mike Gordan
The Unlucky 13 as the title implies are the 13 teams that to this day have yet to win a Super Bowl--four of which have never even played in the Super Bowl. As a reference, here are the Unlucky 13:
Los Angeles Chargers
And of these 13 teams with the most unfortunate of fates, which of them will be the first to hoist the Lombardi Trophy? Me, personally? I'm gonna be bold on this one and select....
The Tennessee Titans
2016 saw the Titans make some incredible strides, having defeated the Green Bay Packers, Detroit Lions, and Kansas City Chiefs--all playoff teams--as well as toppling the defending Super Bowl champion Broncos. I think should the Patriots go south within a year or two, either the Titans or the Raiders will step up and reach the Super Bowl. Some would also include the Steelers too--who may be looking at their last shot at cementing a Super Bowl dynasty of their very own (only the Giants also have a realistic shot at a Super Bowl dynasty) before Big Ben retires. So perhaps give the Titans a year or two--or maybe they'll just have a Cinderella story for the ages this year--and maybe we'll see them hoisting the Lombardi Trophy at last.
The Houston Texans are pretty close as well, though I think their championship window is shrinking. If they can't get any consistent quarterback play, and they don't get it done this year, they might not be able to get it done at all.
As for the NFC, I'm struggling to figure out who out of that pool could possibly win their first Lombardi Trophy either this year or in the near future because the NFC doesn't have a consistent champion, especially not among them. Maybe the Panthers? Some would say the Falcons as well, but given the way that they lost the Super Bowl last time, I'm gonna say they wind up missing the playoffs instead. Maybe the Eagles, but I'm seeing a more Peyton Manning-type QB in Carson Wentz rather than a Big Ben or Tom Brady-type of career. At least he has a stellar defense behind him. But I have to theorize that for as long as the Eagle fanbase continues to be so unabashedly unhinged, the Eagles will continue to suffer.
And the Arizona Cardinals, I'm gonna predict, will have their very last shot at Super Bowl glory this year. If they don't get it done, both Carson Palmer and/or Larry Fitzgerald will retire, and the Cardinals will enter the bargain basement for quite a long time.
So what do you guys think? Or is there an optimistic Cleveland Browns fan that have high hopes that a Super Bowl dynasty might be on the horizon? No mocking. But please explain why and discuss in a civil manner.
In just under 1 hour (9:30pm est on 4/18/2016) the Tecmo Legacy League will be live streaming it's 1981 Super Bowl game.
Coach Spectre (me) and the Los Angeles Rams
Coach Cheapcatch and the Pittsburgh Steelers
Check it out
What: 2015 Midwest Tecmo Super Bowl Tournament (8th Annual)
When: Saturday, July 18, 2015
Where: Rick's Tavern & Grille, 5955 Boymel Drive, Fairfield, Ohio 45014
Buy-In: $35; includes a tournament T-shirt; Yuengling and Miller Lite prizes and giveaways; 1991 NFL memorabilia
Registration is NOW OPEN: http://mwtecmo.com/purchase-tournament-entry/
Special Guest: Tecmo and Former Bengals star David Fulcher
Live Stream: http://mwtecmo.com/watch/
Prizes: Top performers will take home cash and trophies
New features added to the tournament this year:
1.) Whoever throws for the most passing yards with Boomer Esiason will win a prize.
2.) Whoever returns an interception for a touchdown manning David Fulcher will win a prize.
3.) The "first out" single elimination tournament. Players to be eliminated in the early stages of the main event will participate in a single elimination tournament for a prize.
4.) The 3rd Annual Women's Tecmo Super Bowl Tournament will be formatted using predetermined matchups for each round. Information can be found here: http://mwtecmo.com/womens-tournament/
5.) Ickey Shuffle dance contest. Winner will receive a ridiculous prize of some sort.
We will once again be holding a raffle that will include multiple neat items. Last year we were gracious enough to acquire two tickets to the Hall of the Fame Game. All raffle proceeds will be donated to the David Fulcher Foundation for awareness and a cure of multiple sclerosis.
If you have any questions regarding Midwest Tecmo, please drop us an email at [email protected]
We look forward to another GREAT time in Greater Cincinnati!
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Posted below are my 3D voxel recreations of Super Bowl XLVIII, in the 8-bit TSB style, that I've been doing much tinkering with lately. I would really appreciate any input regarding the tweaks I've made to the original sprites to make things more resemble Sunday's game, or just anybody's general impressions of what I did right and what I did wrong with these.
Some of the blatant alterations that I'd appreciate critique on:
- all the logos were altered to be more relevant to this SB
- how I went about doing the spectators and the tunnel area
- changing the colors of the goal post and first-down marker
- adding goal line pylons
- where I placed each "score area" and how I executed them
I'm not sure that I didn't alter some things a little too much; I'm kind of on the fence with several aspects. I figured tecmobowl.org would be the best place to show these works-in-progress to receive knowledgeable opinions. Thank you in advance to anyone who responds - Justin
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