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"NFL FILMS PRESENTS: Tecmo Bowl" lives up to the hype


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The main story of "NFL FILMS PRESENTS: Tecmo Bowl" revolves around profiling four of the favorites to win the March, 2012 tournament: "Mort", Sobhi, The Vogt Brothers, and tournament co-founder Chet. Sprinkled into the mix is a series of former and current NFL players reminiscing about their days playing Tecmo, including former Tecmo Super Bowl stars Emmitt Smith and Christian Okoye. One of the most famous players from the game, Christian fittingly is the NFL player featured and serves to illustrate just how far NFL video game have grown in popularity over the years. While many current players will actively lobby EA Sports for higher ratings in Madden, Okoye has only a passing knowledge of the game from fans throughout the years than from actually playing it. As you might expect, Bo Jackson makes an appearance on the show though only in the form of "Tecmo Bo." (BTW, the most legendary video game athlete of all time, despite being asked weekly about the game, has claimed never to have played it.)


The overall production is exactly what you would expect from NFL Films, the booming voice of

narrator Robb Webb starting the show"A video game from a bygone era...still alive in the Mid-West....it's Tecmo Super Bowl." It's this classic compelling NFL Films story telling that takes us through the tournament as the favorites are eliminated one by one up to the championship. The group of people I watched the piece with proved that you don't have to know a single thing about Tecmo Super Bowl to find this a fun and entertaining walk through of one of the greatest video football games ever created. The crowd favorite proved to be "Mort" with his genuine enthusiasm in competing in Tecmo tournaments. The Tecmo enthusiast will be impressed by the amount of research and detail that went into this production. Most stories of Tecmo Super Bowl, while glowing tributes, are filled with inaccuracies.


While Tecmo might have missed the mark when trying to re-release the game as Tecmo Bowl Throwback to the X-box and Playstation, NFL Films managed to exceed my expectations in telling the story of an 8-bit football game from 1991. If you've ever played Tecmo Super Bowl before, you're not only going to love this story, you're probably going to try and find that old NES and immediately fire up a game. (Don't worry, you can play this online these days) The show will air

  • 10/22/12 @ 12:30 a.m. EST (ESPN 2)
  • 10/24/12 @ 2:30 p.m. EST (ESPN 2)
  • 10/26/12 @ 4:30 p.m. EST (NFL Network)
  • 10/27/12 @ 1:30 p.m. EST (NFL Network)


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We need to keep pirated streams of this show off the site.

Here is an excerpt from the "electronic letter" I received today.

It has come to our attention that unauthorized videos or video-based media are present on your website or social media presence. We demand that all traces of this media be removed immediately.
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I don't think it was pirated dave,it wasn't a torrent. But whatever it's all good.

Anything that is not sanctioned by NFL Films or its rights holders would be considered pirated or unauthorized, torrent or not.

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