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    • By joeygats
      i just had a great conversation with dave and suggested that the top online tecmoer for the year should get a free entry into madison, he agreed that it makes sense so said yes 
      how do we decide whos the online tecmoer of the year? simple - whoever has the most league titles, online tournament wins, and championship game appearances
      each league or tournament win isnt gonna be as much as the next. for example - a hstl title is worth the most reward points, it all just depends 
      GTFO - champion = 2 reward points,  runner up = 1 reward points
      WTF -  champion = 8 reward points , runner up = 4 reward points 
      TTL - champion = 8 reward points, runner up = 4 reward points 
      TTLM - champion = 8 reward points, runner up = 4 reward points
      HSTL - champion = 10 reward points, runner up = 5 reward points
      NTGL - champion = 5 reward points, runner up = 2 reward points
      Tecmo 2k - champion = 8 reward points, runner up = 4 reward points
      tournament reward points  - will be based on how many competitors and level  of the competition. example - this year thunderdome - champion = 10 reward points, runner up = 5 reward points
      Any questions or things that need to be changed like the amount of points each league is worth please let me know
      Joeygats = 62 points
      TTL S29 champion (8 points) TTLM S2 champion (8 points) TTL S30 champion (8 points) HSTL S44 champion (10 points) TTL S32 champion (8 points) HSTL S46 champion (10 points) HSTL S47 champion (10 points)  
      Tecmobo = 49 points
      HSTL S42 champion (10 points) 1993 GTFO champion (2 points) 1995 GTFO champion (2 points) 1996 GTFO champion (2 points) 1997 GTFO runner up (1 point) 1999 GTFO champion (2 points) HSTL S45 champion (10 points) 2001 GTFO runner up (1 point) 1991 WTF champion (8 points) 2002 GTFO champion (2 points) 2003 GTFO champion (2 points) 2004 GTFO champion (2 points) 2005 GTFO champion (2 points) 2006 GTFO champion (2 points) 2007 GTFO runner up (1 point)  
      Nos = 28 points
      1989 GTFO champion (2 points) 1990 GTFO champion (2 points) 1991 GTFO champion (2 points) 1992 GTFO champion (2 points) 1993 GTFO runner up (1 point) 1994 GTFO runner up (1 point) 1997 GTFO champion (2 points) 1998 GTFO runner up (1 point) HSTL S45 runner up (5 points) 1999 GTFO runner up (1 point) 2000 GTFO champion (2 points) 2001 GTFO champion (2 points) 2006 GTFO runner up (1 point) TTL S33 runner up (4 points)  
      StallTalk = 20 points  
      2018 Thunderdome champion (10 points) HSTL S43 champion  (10 points)  
      Turbo = 24 points
      1989 WTF runner up (4 points) TTL S29 runner up (4 points) 1990 WTF runner up (4 points) 1991 WTF runner up (4 points) 1992 WTF champion (8 points)  
      War Machine= 15 points 
      HSTL S44 runner up (5 points) HSTL S46 runner up (5 points) HSTL S47 runner up (5 points)  
      Prime = 14 points
      1988 GTFO champion (2 points) HSTL S42 runner up (5 points) 1989 GTFO runner up (1 point) 1991 GTFO runner up (1 point) 1992 GTFO runner up (1 point) 1998 GTFO champion (2 points) 2004 GTFO runner up (1 point) 2005 GTFO runner up (1 point)  
      Purple Haze = 12 points
      1989 WTF champion (8 points) TTL S31 runner up (4 points)
      Red98sethut = 8 points
      TTLM S1 champion (8 points)  
      Flash80 = 8 points
      TTL S31 champion (8 points)  
      DT = 8 points
      1990 WTF champion (8 points)  
      Rico = 5 points
       2018 Thunderdome runner up (5 points)  
      Discdolo = 9 points
      HSTL S43 runner up (5 points) 1992 WTF runner up (4 points)  
      Tecmodell = 4 points
      TTLM S1 runner up (4 points)  
      Justinpeters = 4 points
      TTLM S2 runner up (4 points)  
      Arncoem = 4 points
      TTL S30 runner up (4 points)  
      Randywags = 9 points
      TTL S32 runner up (4 points) 2000 GTFO runner up (1 point) 2002 GTFO runner up (1 point) 2003 GTFO runner up (1 point) 2007 GTFO champion (2 points)  
      Baxter = 3 points
      1988 GTFO runner up (1 point) 1994 GTFO champion (2 points)  
      Adversity = 1 point
      1990 GTFO  runner up (1 point)  
      Qb Lions = 1  point
      1995 GTFO runner up (1 point)  
      Swamp = 1 point
      1996 GTFO runner up (1 point)  
      Darth Rockman = 8 points
      TTL S33 champion (8 points)  
    • By Knobbe
      Mark Clayton Region

      Projected Group Winners

      Group A - Chet H. (holzy11)
      Group B - Sobhi Y. (bestinworld)
      Group C - Matt M. (Ones11fahzu)
      Group D - Joseph N. (nomad)
      Group E - Eric O. (tecmodell42)
      Group F - Erik M. (ARNCOEM)
      Group G- Travis R. (Moulds33)

      Elite 8 Favorites
      Chet H. (holzy11)
      Matt M. (Ones11fahzu)

      Todd D. (imimmortl)
      Jonathan B. (QB_Browns)

      Best Names
      Erik B. (Butt Douglas)
      James K. (Tobin, She Rote)
      Jordan W. (Don't Go Chasin Atwaterfalls)
      Dave M. (Balloneous Assault)
      Jason P. (Marc Vlasic Pickle Defense)

      The Clayton Region seems the most predictable in terms of projected group winners which probably means we'll see some upsets. Defending champion Chet is the biggest favorite to make the Elite 8 and it will be interesting to see who can challenge Matt M and Sobhi Y to make the double elim. While former champ Sohbi is considered one of the greatest Tecmo players ever, Matt gets the nod due to his impressive year of tournament play including last year's Madison Final 4 run. Eric O and Erik M are perennial Top 16 players who are capable of making a deep run. Travis R and Joesph N represent some of the Nebraska talent finally making it's way to Madison.

      Mark Duper Region

      Projected Group Winners

      Group H - Luke C.
      Group I - Jon J. (daboy)
      Group J - Jeff B.
      Group K - James T. (skunkerofbestinworld)
      Group L - Chris V. (vogtcd11)
      Group M - Matt O. (LuckyTool)
      Group N - Adam G. (Garbage)

      Elite 8 Favorites
      Jon J. (daboy)
      Luke C.

      Ryan K. (Hoigaard2)
      Jess S. (Schuk)
      Jay H. (birdhas_uwl)
      Tony J. (Dotdon)
      Justin O.
      Taha Y. (Monkimanmanmonk)

      Best Names
      Corey L. (Hingle McCringleberry)
      Jon S. (RogerCraig'slist)
      Brett Michael S. (Jesus von Fitzenhopper)
      Gabriel J. (Likesbutts)

      Realistically, I have no idea who will make the Elite 8 from the Duper Region. I went with Luke of his showings in Iowa and Nebraska (only
      loss was to Chet) and with feared Jon (Daboys) J who is potentially due for some damage in his second Madison showing. Jeff B, who made the big Elite 8 run last year in dominating fashion and Midwest Tecmo Tournament organizer Chris V are itching to prove they belong among the elite. Hometown Shunker and Garbage are always a threat to go on run. Matt O was one win away from making Mort one of the best players to never win Madison. The one thing this region lacks is clear favorites. Expect major upsets here but be surprised if someone from the Duper Region wins the tournament.

      Ferrell Edmunds Region

      Projected Group Winners
      Group O - Kyle M. (Regulator088)
      Group P - Francis B. (mort)
      Group Q - Seth B. (Virtuoso)
      Group R - Erik J. (rikfenny)
      Group S - Kevin M. (buzzsaw)
      Group T - Tony O. (AverageTSBPlayer)
      Group U - Troy H. (PrimeTime)

      Elite 8 Favorites
      Kyle M. (Regulator088)
      Francis B. (mort)

      John H. (ButtonSpaz)
      Tom B. (8-bit)
      Ed G. (edisaurusrex)

      Best Names
      Luke L. (DutchHammer)
      Brad A. (Rypien Brawler)
      Patrick D. (Anders to the Top)
      Jordan K. (Showtime Loo)
      Barry K. (Brute Farce)

      Potentially the best player never to win at Madison, Kyle (Regulator) was one win away from fulfilling the 10-0 t-shirt he wore last year and is the clear favorite of the Edmonds region to make the Elite 8 and to win the entire tournament. The other clear favorite in the region is Mort, who has won most every tournament of note not featuring Chet. Which local player can knock one of these guys out of the tourney? Seth B., Erik J., and Troy H. are elite lWisconsin players who play online. Their unique play will throw someone for a loop. Tony O. and his entourage is one of the most intimidating plays in all of Madison. While he might not be favored to win his group, Ed G is certainly capable of ruining any of these player's day.

      Jim Jensen Region

      Projected Group Winners
      Group V - Matt V. (bigmv54)
      Group W - Rico R. (ryanr33fulcher)
      Group X - Louis B. (red98sethuthut)
      Group Y - Brent B. (bgboud2)
      Group Z - Derek R. (tecmopsycho)
      Group AA - Josh H. (sonofpatbeach)
      Group BB - AJ B. (adversity)

      Elite 8 Favorites
      Louis B. (red98sethuthut)
      Matt V. (bigmv54)

      Steven M. (Meest)
      Kyle F. (Flo)
      Barry A. (Bob Nelson)
      Lucas S. (Breaker)
      Adam L. (smoolorf)
      Josh H. (Houlie)

      Best Names
      Isaac L. (SEX PANTHER)
      Dan D. (Child of Destiny)
      Brock F. (Brock Lobsters)
      Jake I. (Beef Juice)
      nick t. (The Pecan Sandies)

      Big time tourney player Matt V is the favorite to win the Jensen and he's joined by probably one of the most improved Tecmoers in the last two years, Louis B. Typical favorite and former champion Josh H not only has to battle travelling to his own tournament but also running the mike before every round. If he can get past the distraction monster he is one of Tecmo's elite. Brent B and Derek M are two tapping tournament veterans who play a ton of games and are capable of running with the best. AJ has completely revamped his game from last year and is hungry to prove himself. Speaking of tapping, Kyle F will give Louis all he can handle and has the game to make the Elite 8.

      Thanks to the guys at Tecmomadison.com, especially Tony, for their awesome tourney site that made this breakdown possible.

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    • By Knobbe
      “We try to ensure that brothers and other guys traveling together don't end up in close proximity to one another,” he added. “No one wants to travel a long distance just to encounter one with whom they are familiar.”

      Chet Holzbauer, last year's champion, is the favorite in the Mark Clayton Region. He wouldn’t be mistaken as this year’s overall favorite either.

      He is 42-1 in his last six major Tecmo tournaments.

      "The Mark Clayton Region is stacked," said Tony James, a TecmoIX analyst. "This region is the home to defending Madison champion, and you would have to believe the overall No. 1 seed."

      Along with Chet, there is another Final Four participant from TecmoVIII in Matt Miller in the Mark Clayton Region. Another player in the Clayton region that reached the Elite 8 at TecmoVIII is Jeff B.

      "Getting out of this region will be nothing short of amazing," James said.

      Among three of last year's top eight is “Best in World” Sobhi, who is a former champion and four-time Final Four participant at Madison. He once made the finals three years in a row.

      Eric O'Dell, Detroit Kumite's fearless founder, is a force to be reckoned with, according to James. Alongside him is Louis Buennagel, Francis Buennagel's brother.

      Louis is looking to get out of his sibling's shadow. He’s coming off a finals appearance at the Boneyard Bowl in Cleveland.

      "I've gone this far without even mentioning some other strong players like Erik Merliss, Johnny Bailey and Immortl," James said.

      Like every other region, the Jim Edmunds Region has a lot of power players sprinkled throughout.

      Groups O and P contain two online virtuosos who have proven their ability to back up live play in other tournaments.

      Kyle Miller should plow through Group O with little resistance, much like last year's group play where he only gave up 3 points in all three games, according to TecmoIX analyst Erik Bergstrom.

      Francis Buennagel — also known as Mort — who was featured heavily in the NFL Films documentary, will be the one to watch in Group P. He's the lone participant with Madison experience against virtual unknowns in that group.

      "Whether this helps or hurts him remains to be seen," Bergstrom said of Mort. "It's possible he may have to rely on his lucky cartridge lick sooner than he anticipates."

      Only one participant in Group Q comes with no Madison experience. It may be a wild chase to see who advances from there, Bergstrom noted.

      Could it be Eric D. who shocked the world by beating Sobhi in last year's tournament?

      Perhaps the returning Seth B. is ready to continue his winning ways, going far in TecmoVII. He was absent in last year's bracket.

      In Group R, Erik J. stands as a favorite, and being a Madison native, he's got home field advantage in a group of mainly newcomers.

      Another former Madison champion resides in Group S, Kevin Miller, of Milwaukee. A somewhat early exit last year should have Miller hungry to 'buzzsaw' through his group, according to Bergstrom.

      Group T should prove to give off the most volume out of the Edmunds region, with every participant coming with Madison experience, including Tony Orenga and his cheering faction of followers.

      Group U comes with perhaps the most participants with something to prove, mostly all having wins in tournament play. Troy Hansen is the one to keep an eye on out of this group, with a solid third place in last year's Madison tournament.

      Hansen hit a snag in the Midwest tournament in Ohio afterwards and will most likely be looking to the hallowed grounds of Madison to return to glory.

      Luke Carlberg and Jim Bontempo, the only two-time Madison winner, highlight the Mark Duper Region. Carlberg is 26-2 in his last four major Tecmo tournaments.

      "With the exemption of a hand full of online players, this has to be the greatest assemblage of Tecmo Super Bowl players ever,” Carlberg said. “The competitive skill level is so high that once you get to the field of 56 every game is a dog fight.

      Jon Jones, better known as Daboy, is always a player to look out for every year. He also can make a run in the Duper Region.

      Other notable players in the Mark Duper Region are Chris Vogt, who is fittingly labeled the “Dan Marino of Tecmo,” James T. and Matt O’Toole. Juicer Adam G., better known as Garbage, also has a shot at advancing far in the Duper region.

      The Jim Jensen Region appears to be the least likely group up for the task, said TecmoIX analyst Matt Knobbe.

      While group bye favorites Josh Holzbauer and Matt Vogt have a great shot at making the Elite 8, it's simply been a while since either has been crowned a champion.

      Well known for their online as well as tournament play, Derek Ruble and Brent B. are threats to go on long tournament runs, said Knobbe, who operates TecmoBowl.org.

      With over 30 tournament games under their belt, Madison veterans Rico R., Kyle F. and former champion Peter K. are capable of running the table into the finals if they've worked off their rust.

      The tournament format has changed for the first time since TecmoIII.

      "Rather than dividing participants into groups of four and conducting a round-robin, this year's group play will consist of various 8-man double-elimination tournaments," the Madison website said.

      Group Winners and Group Runners-Up of each double-elimination tournament will advance to a larger “Bracket”.

      The initial rounds in the Bracket will be single-elimination. Double-elimination will be introduced for the Elite Eight Bracket, and the TecmoIX champion will eventually be crowned.

      “Having a double elimination final eight,” Knobbe said, “will possibly be the greatest display of Tecmo Super Bowl talent of this century.”

      Chris Vogt is a national Tecmo Super Bowl writer and can be followed on Twitter @@vogtcd. Matt Knobbe, Erik Bergstrom and Tony James contributed to this story.

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    • By Knobbe
      [caption id=attachment_935" align="aligncenter" width="614" caption="From L-R: Matt Miller, Troy Hansen, Kyle Miller, Chet Holzbauer][/caption]

      Congratulations to your TecmoVIII Champions from the 178 man field in Madison, WI

      Chet Holzbauer

      Kyle Miller

      Troy Hansen

      Matt Miller

      More follow up to come

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    • By Knobbe
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