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  1. 2 points
    The NFL season is a finally upon us and numerous NFL fans are starting to ask themselves how they can keep up with the league if they finally get rid of their pay-TV provider. Cord cutting is all the rage these days thanks to people being sick and tired of paying for a bunch of channels they will never watch because well, LOLSUCKSTOBEYOU. People are leaving cable and satellite companies in droves and the entire TV industry is changing monumentally at a frantic pace. NFL fans however have a trickier proposition since TV lights limits you on being able to watch every second of NFL action as it happens. So go into this knowing that if you will find many roads you can take depending on your budget. So which way to go? Well, that's all entirely up to you depending on your needs. What I am going to try and do is give you options depending on what you want out of cord-cutting and the NFL, especially when it comes to watching LIVE games. No budget: Hop to bars and restaurants with the TV on. Drink water until they kick you out or they tell you water is not free. Rinse and repeat, hoping to catch some of the game. You'll also be at the mercy what's on the TV. Some places might let you ask to change the channel, but those are few and far between plus you'll also be limited to whatever they can get on. Try the dark underworld of illegal streams with their wack-a-mole ad experience, shoddy streams that buffer and freeze at all the wrong times, and the chance of having your PC or device infected with a virus that makes Ebola tremble. HIGHLY INADVISABLE. MacGyver it, literally cut the cord!: +/- $2.00 a month: Verizon Wireless ($1.99/month) - In addition to your regular bill, subscribers can watch locally televised games for free with the NFL app. They can also add the NFL Redzone for $1.99 a month. No ESPN so no Monday Night Football unless you pay elsewhere. +/- $40 (one time): Mohu Leaf - Remember rabbit ears? Well this is the 21st century's answer to them. Buying one of these will give you access to all your local TV channels. So you'll be able to see any games aired locally on whatever channels you can pull in. No Monday Night Football though and no NFL Network. Also no extra options like DVR or on-demand, you are stuck to watching live content. The link will take you to their product page with the antennas being listed from least to most expensive. The average price is about $40.00 for their mid-line which should be more than enough for urban settings. Anyone out in the sticks might need to shell a bit more. Here's a great write-up on them for people to check out. This pretty much is a good first step to cord cutting and a great one time investment. +/- $40 a Month: HuluTV ($39.99/month) - For this price you get ESPN along with select markets carrying your local ABC, NBC, FOX and CBS affiliates. Please note however that not all markets carry all local channels so check their website for channel availability. You get 50 hours of Cloud DVR for this price. You can also upgrade to 200 hours of Clud DVR for For $15.00 more. Due to streaming rights mobile devices can't watch NFL games live. If you go Hulu and want to watch NFL games on the big screen you'll need to HDMI that computer to the TV then full screen the browser streaming the video. Mobile bad, PC ok? Seems to be the rule for now across the board when it comes to these streaming services. Playstation Vue ($39.99/month) - For $39.999 the Access package gets you the local affiliate channels and ESPN. For $44.99 you can upgrade to their Core package which includes NFL Network. Anyone with the Core service or higher can also ass on their Sports package for an additional $10 a month which includes the NFL Redzone channel. They offer unlimited Cloud DVR but recordings will only save for 28 days. YouTubeTV ($35.00/month) - For a couple dollars less you'll pretty much get the same deal as above...with one HUGE exception. YouTube has cloud DVR but it's completely unlimited and it's included in it's $35.00 cost. Save as many shows and events as you want as long as it shows on one of the channels YouTubeTV carries. Directv Now ($35.00/month) - You get local channels, you get ESPN. No NFL Network (yet) so you'll only be able to get the Thursday Night games that are going to be simulcast on CBS and NBC until they come to an agreement. They also don't have DVR available yet but are apparently BETA testing a service. Fubo.tv ($34.99/month) - Same deal as above when it comes to local channels, it's subject to availability. Other than the broadcast channels you'll also get the NFL Network. For $8.99 more an month you can add their Sports Plus package which adds the NFL Redzone. The ONLY thing not making Fubo.tv a layup is that as of now they don't carry ESPN so no Monday Night Football. They do offer 30 hours of DVR time with their initial offer and recently announced they are running a special where new accounts get the first two months at $19.99. Sling.tv ($19.99/month) - You get all the local channels (check availability in your area) except for CBS. You'll have to pay $24.99 for the package that includes the NFL Network. There's a catch though....if you want NFL network AND ESPN you'll have to pay $39.98 a month for their Blue + Orange package. And for an additional $10.00 a month you can add their Sports Extra Package which includes the NFL Redzone channel. For $5.00 more you can also add their Cloud DVR service which will give you 50 hours of storage. They are also running an offer where if you pay for two or three months in advance you can get a free HD antenna so you can pick up local channels. + $60 a Month: NFL Sunday Ticket ($69.00/month) - The NFL is finally offering their NFL Sunday Ticket package to people without a DirecTV account (and not DirecTV Now). For the base price you get every out of market NFL game on Sundays. For $94.99 you can add the NFL Redzone channel and for $50 more you can add NFL GamePass. NFL GamePass ($99.00/month) - This deal is for NFL Fans who don't have to watch live games to be happy. On-demand replays of all NFL games, live home and away audio and all NFL games going back to 2009 in their archives. There are many different options for NFL Fans to get their fix. Once you figure out what you want and your budget you can fine tune your choices to meet your needs. So how many out there have chosen to cut the cord with cable? And what did you end up with? Feel free to comment below on your choices or any ideas on any other solutions for cord-cutting NFL fans to get their fix!
  2. 2 points

    Turn off injuries in SKP mode

    It's not just on and off. This was just an easy way to turn them off. The values you listed aren't the actual injury chance values. There are 3 different injury checks the game does in sim mode 1. Check injury on SIM KR. Chance = 0.28% per tackle on return 2. Check injury on SIM PR. Chance = 0.28% per tackle on return 3. Check injury on SIM tackle Chance= 0.13% per tackle ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- $3B= Rand_Num_1 $3C= Rand_Num_2 $03C1= PLAYER_INJ_STATUS ; 0= false, 1 = true The code is as follows for kick and punt returns: ; IS PLAYER INJURED? = (1-0.93) * (1-0.96) = ~0.028 = 0.28% LDA Rand_Num_1 ; load random 1 CMP #$11 ; is random >= 17 Chance = [1 - (17/256)] =93% BCS @Loop1 ; NO->CHECK FOR PR FUMBLE LDA Rand_Num_2 ; load random 2 CMP #$0A ; is random >= 10 Chance = [1 - (10/256)] =96% BCS @Loop1 ; NO->CHECK FOR PR FUMBLE INC PLAYER_INJ_STATUS ; SET PLAYER INJURED = TRUE THe code is the same for normal SIM plays but the CMP $0A is CMP 0.05 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- So search in the code for SIM PR/KR INJURY CHECK: A5 3B C9 11 B0 09 A5 3C C9 0A B0 03 SIM NORMAL INJURY CHECK A5 3B C9 11 B0 09 A5 3C C9 05 B0 03 Do the math as indicated above to figure out what to change those values to what you want.
  3. 2 points

    HSTL S41 Draft

    Art Monk fo bo
  4. 1 point

    Team matchup sheet for new players

    This a matchup spreadsheet that attempts to provide a rating and matchup analysis for any two teams chose EXCEL SHEET: team_tiers_OG_3.xlsx Google Sheets: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1w0sntWyYUWOZ0xVncnGATONP57lnqFUZuIhDgYoh2Z8/edit#gid=626874606 OFFENSE QB RUN = Rating given based on QB's max speed. Fast QB's are tough to stop without a LB to help spy. They can often grind out first downs as you are forced to choose between going after the QB or leaving a man open. RUN = Rating given based on RB's max speed. Special exception given to Okoye's 94HP which makes him as dangerous as 63MS player vs weak HP secondaries. PASS = Rating given to teams passing game QB + WRS *************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************** DEFENSE F5Pop = Bonus pts given if the DL HP vs Ol HP differential is enough for the DL to break through the OL instantly making running and passing tougher. Double points if it comes from the interior. LB = Grade given to entire unit based on all ratings but HP DB = Grade given to entire unit based on all ratings but HP *************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************** SPECIAL JJ Mismatch = If one team has a player whose int rating is at least 3 skill notches (example 69 int vs 50 pc) they will have a 50% chance of jumping to intercept the pass if they are in the right place. If its 4 notches or greater they will have a 100% chance of jumping to intercept the pass if they are in the right place. 1 bonus pt given for a 3 notch difference. 2 Bonus pts given for a 4 or more notch difference. 94 HP Blocker = Putting a 94 HP blocker at TE vs a 44HP or less bottom LB (50 HP differential) can help greatly as on one of the best runs in the game(Run 3 R&S sweep down) the LB will get popped giving you an extra blocker in the way allowing you to get some extra yards. 1 pt given for this mismatch. *************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************** OTHER LB4 = Having a good player at this position helps defeat a number of runs fairly easily by diving right after the snap at the RB or by grappling the blocker immediately and then outtapping the RB. 1 pt given for a good player here. RCB/FS = These are good positions to have for stopping run plays and not being in the way of power running plays to the bottom. 1 pt given for a good player here. The can also provide coverage vs the best WR's as the best WR is often put at the top of the screen. DL use = This has a number of conditional checks but if a team has no LBs and/or they are playing a bad QB selecting a DL can be useful to help maximize your coverage. Especially if you know a pass is coming (aka shotgun). Especially useful vs the redgun and weak QB's if you have no LB's to use. DB vs run = in somewhat opposite fashion a penalty is given if your best DB is at bottom CB or SS or if your only good player is at CB as a good run game can really neutralize the effectiveness of using that player by running all of their runs to the bottom. Penalty ranges from -1 to -2 depending on the strength of the run game of the team faced. Special exception in CIN vs DET matchup with Fulcher being able to popcorn everyone on DET. KR = 1 pt given to the return game of PIT and 2 to NO since they can put a 94HP returner there. *************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************** OFF= Off total score DEF= DEF total score OTH = other total score SP= special total score. *************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************** SPECIAL INFORMATION Coverage catch tables of best qb and best wr vs (19int lb,best db and worst Db have been provided so you can see how much of a mismatch you are at there). These percentages only apply when the WR doesn't jump or dive and there is only one defender covering. *****A defender may appear to be in coverage but if the game doesn't determine him to be in on the play when the pass is 1/4 of the way he will have no effect on the outcome of the pass***** OL vs front 5 HP matchup ***************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************
  5. 1 point

    Sim test USA

    Gojiphen (11.1) is rockin' systems, in Detroit, MICHIGAN ==>> He's gotten 7 out of the first 8 games right - to move into 1st Place (out of 4 big league ROM SIMuli) - so far: 9/7, 8:30pmET ----- n.e<K.C 9/10, 1pmET -------- chi<ATL 9/10, 4:05pmET --- LAR>ind 9/10, 4:25pmET --- g.b<SEA 9/10, 8:30pmET --- DAL>nyg 9/11, 7:10pmET --- MIN>n.o 9/11, 10:20pmET - DEN>lac --------------------------------------------- 9/14, 8:25pmET --- cin<HOU . . . Rolling tally, after that is, Tecmonster & SBlueman - tied at 6-2 apiece - followed by T-Borg (4-4) By the way, @gojiphen malor, you've GOT to listen to this album... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dlYkKZsXGl0 (Brought to you by Godzilla Verses.)
  6. 1 point
    Great post, Blueman. I love when people post useful information. I live in New York, so a digital antenna works great for me. As a whole, if you're in decent radius of a digital antenna signal (which you can check online) the quality is amazing. I wouldn't even know it wasn't cable. I highly recommend this route for those not obsessed to see every possible game. Also, if you 'go in with someone else' on cable, activating Roku channels is a breeze, and the stream is solid. I haven't had cable proper in years and years, and I don't miss a second of it. There are so many access points to content now.
  7. 1 point

    Turn off injuries in SKP mode

    6502 opcodes.txt "EA" is "no operation". it is an opcode for the NES processor chip. it's like a "blank" byte of code that does nothing. hackers use it to blank out sections of code/computations sometimes. EE, C1, 03 are actual 6502 opcodes doing something to memory or some logic stuff.
  8. 1 point

    Team matchup sheet for new players

    Thanks to whoever added the faq to the google sheets but you had a bit of a spelling error
  9. 1 point
    At least I drove my a$$ all the way up to Seattle to attend it.
  10. 1 point
    My family watches the local games using an antenna (so the FOX, CBS, and then the sunday night game on NBC), and use a relative's subscription to access ESPN to watch monday night games. But if you don't care for the monday night games, then just having an antenna seems to work just fine for us.
  11. 1 point
    Casual T

    HSTL S41 Draft

    Detroit selects Richard Johnson WR
  12. 1 point

    HSTL S41 Draft

    Philly oline- cant do Tampa. I just cant.
  13. 1 point

    John Alt: Tecmo’s Strongest Man

    Tecmo fans are familiar with The Nigerian Nightmare. What about the German Tank[1]? Give Christian Okoye a few pixels of open field and it’s a quick trip to popcorn city. But even Okoye can’t make popcorn in a cold pan. For Kansas City, it’s Left Tackle John Alt, born in Stuttgart, Germany, who preheats the popcorn. With 81 Hitting Power, John Alt is Tecmo’s Strongest Lineman. Outside a handful of power running backs, whose strength stats are inflated to balance gameplay, Alt is TSB’s strongest player, period. Lawrence Taylor, for all his speed and tenacity, has only 75 HP. Reggie White? Alt can handle “the Reverend” with one hand tied behind his back. John Alt is an irresistible force against TSB’s otherwise unstoppable defenders. If it wasn’t for his criminally low 19 Maximum Speed (more on that later), Alt would be an 8-bit god. Though born in Germany, John Alt grew up in Columbia Heights, Minnesota. In High School, Alt garnered All-State honors as a Tight End and Punter/Kicker[2]. Highly-recruited, Alt decided to play TE for the University of Iowa. He caught only one pass his freshman season for a grand total of 13 yards. The summer before his sophomore season, Alt bulked up from 230 to 270 pounds. It quickly became clear John was better suited to moving defenders than moving the chains. Alt found his home on the interior line, playing blindside tackle. In 1983, Alt earned All-Big Ten and Second Team All-America honors for his offensive line play. How intimidating was John Alt? Before the 1982 Peach Bowl, a would-be robber confronted John on the streets of Atlanta, gun in hand. Although details are sparse, apparently the assailant saw the 6-foot-7, 275-pound Alt and thought better of his decision. According to Iowa Coach Hayden Fry, “There wasn’t a fight or anything.[3]” Kansas City selected John Alt with the 21st overall pick of the the 1984 NFL Draft. KC, after selecting DT Bill Maas at 5, traded back into the first round by shipping All Pro CB Gary Green to the Los Angeles Rams in exchange for LA’s 21st and 134th picks[4]. Alt was the third offensive tackle selected in 1984, after Dean Steinkuhler (Houston, No.2 overall) and TSB legend Ron Solt (Indianapolis, No.19 overall). He outshone both. It’s interesting that Ron Solt and John Alt went so closely together in the NFL Draft. Solt, as we know, jumped out of the gate swinging. He was named to the AP’s All-Rookie team in 1984. He earned a trip to the Pro Bowl in 1987. Alt, on the other hand, stumbled. He shuffled around KC’s offensive line his rookie season. Knee and back injuries hindered his performance. Some threw around the “b” word when talking about John Alt: “Bust.” Except where Solt began to fizzle out, John Alt was just getting started. After the 1985-86 NFL season, John opted for surgery to fix his back. Reporters, certain he’d miss the entire ‘86 season, grumbled over another futile season for the first round pick. They’d traded an All-Pro CB to get Alt and received only injuries in return. John, though, knew better. Possessing a tenacious work ethic, Alt rehabbed with a mission and returned by week 10. A three game win streak to close the season, including victories against the Broncos and Raiders, helped the Chiefs secure a slot in the AFC playoffs. In 1987, with Alt clearing paths for a rookie RB named Christian Okoye, KC’s total rushing jumped from 1,400 to 1,800 yards. By 1989, that number ballooned to over 2,200. Opponents threw their best defenders against Alt, only to see them flattened to earth. In September of 1990, Alt’s Chiefs traveled to Minnesota for a game against his hometown Vikings. One of the big stories that week was Minnesota signing (now Hall of Fame) defensive end Chris Doleman to a 1-year, $1.6 Million dollar contract. With 36 members of Alt’s family in the stands and hundreds more watching across Minnesota, he squared off against Doleman snap after snap after snap. Minnesota’s highly-touted (and highly-paid) defender finished the game with 1 tackle, zero pressures, zero sacks, zero deflections and zero forced fumbles. Alt attributed his success against Doleman to film study and “a lot of prayers.” Certainly his hulking frame and unstoppable work ethic didn’t hurt. Image Courtesy of the Trading Card DatabaseIn fact, John Alt was so integral to Kansas City’s offense that he may be responsible for Joe Montana’s retirement. In an attempt to finally make the Super Bowl, KC brought in Hall of Fame QB Joe Montana prior to the 1994 season. KC coach Marty Schottenheimer figured even an aging Montana could shine behind his Pro-Bowl Left Tackle. What Schottenheimer didn’t know was John Alt’s surgically repaired back wouldn’t make it through the 1994 season. Alt struggled through 14 of Kansas City’s 17 games. With Alt diminished, Joe Montana became a sitting duck. Buffalo LB Bruce Smith nearly took off Montana’s head in a week 9 game against the Bills. “The loss of John Alt…was a major setback,” Schottenheimer said. “I changed [our] pass protection [to keep Joe Montana from getting] the devil knocked out of him.[5]” KC finished the season 9-7 and lost yet again in the opening round of the playoffs. Joe Montana, his body beaten, retired. Alt returned to form in 1995. Even without Montana, KC went 13-3 and won the AFC West. A disastrous performance from KC placekicker Lin Elliott in the Divisional Playoff, however, handed the underdog Colts a 10-7 win. Who knows what Joe Montana could have done with a healthy John Alt protecting his blindside. Nagged by lingering neck, back and knee injuries, John Alt hung up his cleats for good in July of 1997. Coach Schottenheimer was effusive at Alt’s press conference: “As a coach, it’s very, very important that you can rely on an individual’s ability to play to a certain level all the time… I have never been around a player who I believe was more committed…than John Alt. He was the standard bearer for [Kansas City] football.[6]” Hall of Fame LB Derrick Thomas, speaking after Schottenheimer, offered the highest praise he could: “In eight seasons I’ve faced almost every tackle in the National Football League, and I’ve beaten them all,” Thomas said. “But in eight years of practice and scrimmage, I can only remember beating John Alt once. I think that is the highest compliment I can pay John.” TSB backs up Thomas’ praise. Altering the game data to put an All-Alt KC Offensive Line vs. an All-Thomas Defense (in this case, the Broncos) shows the German-born Tackle buying insane pocket time for his QB even against an invading DT army. Alt buys his QB over 10 (10!) seconds against an army of DTsWhy exactly TSB programmers gave John 19 Max Speed is a mystery. Despite lingering back and knee injuries, Alt started every game between 1989 and 1993. There are exactly zero news articles (in English, anyhow) citing Alt’s slowness. On the contrary, Alt was a Defensive End and Tight End through high school and college; we know he was faster than the average lineman. We can only assume TSB programmers heard about his injuries, his back surgery, and guessed Alt must have the foot speed of a drowsy sloth. Even with his criminally low foot speed, Kansas City’s John Alt manages to be one of the better offensive linemen in Tecmo Super Bowl. His Herculean strength cuts double-wide lanes for the Nigerian Nightmare. Tecmo Super Bowl manages to catch John Alt at his absolute best: a gifted man of supreme ethic, pushing around elite athletes like children’s toys. NOTES: [1] I will readily admit this is a terrible nickname. Alt wasn’t a nickname kind of guy and this is the best I could come up with. [2] Yes, you read that correctly, TSB’s most BA OL player started as a kicker. [3] Philadelphia Inquirer; Philadelphia, Pa. 09 Jan 1983: E.2. [4] This turned out to be a pretty good deal for KC; though Green continued at a high level, he played only two more seasons before retiring. [5] “Pro Bono.” Whitlock, Jason. The Sporting News; St. Louis. Nov 6, 1995: 30. [6] “Alt Retires.” Doug Tucker, Associated Press. 22 July 1997. The post John Alt: Tecmo’s Strongest Man appeared first on TECMO BOWLERS. View the full article
  14. 1 point

    Beyond the Stats: Ron Solt

    I think Batman once said, “You either retire a Tecmo Legend, or play long enough to become Steve Grogan.” Something like that. I may be misquoting slightly. The point is, not every NFLer became Bo Jackson. But even the unspectacular, the Jessie Clarks and Steve Grogans, have stories worth telling. Consider the following statements, both made about the same TSB player: “[He is] as good on the field as anybody around and an outstanding citizen.”[1] And: “He has been a disappointment… He had to give up steroids…and hasn’t been the same player since.”[2] Batman was right. You either retire as Lawrence Taylor or play until you’re TSB’s worst offensive lineman, Ron Solt. Our conversations on QB Eagles and Jim McMahon have mentioned Solt, but his story is too rich, too emblematic of 1980’s NFL football, to relegate the big man to a footnote. TSB’s Ron Solt is an All-Star in twilight, struggling for one more day in the sun. His Max Speed is glacial. Solths zip past. A 38 Hitting Power means most plays see Solt end up as popcorn. This wasn’t always the story, though. As a prep player at Coughlin High in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, Ron Solt possessed elite ability and a fire to match. A 1980 expose by the Baltimore Sun practically swoons over the teenage Solt. Early news articles dwell on Solt’s chiseled face, his barrel-chested physique and dark hair[3]. They also describe a big, tenacious offensive lineman, prized by colleges such as Michigan, Southern California, Maryland and Penn State. Born in Baltimore but raised in Pennsylvania, Solt ultimately chose to attend college at his native Maryland, eschewing his hometown Nittany Lions as a middle-finger to JoPa’s crew. “It seemed like [Penn State recruiter Jimmy Williams] felt like he would doing be me a big favor by giving me a scholarship.” Solt said. “I won’t even make an official visit. I might drive down for an unofficial visit just to satisfy myself.[4]” Fueled by the perceived slight, Solt became a gym-rat at Maryland. He bulked up. He gained coaches’ praise for his work ethic[5]. By 1983 Solt anchored Maryland’s o-line, buying QB Boomer Esiason all the time in the world. The Terrapins bowled through their ACC schedule, undefeated in conference play heading into a Nov. 11 game against Clemson. Clemson won the National Title in 1981. However, in 1982, the NCAA levied a 2-year TV and Bowl ban against Clemson for “major recruiting violations.[6]” Facing a team with literally nothing to lose, given the task of blocking Clemson’s William “The Refrigerator” Perry, Ron Solt remained all smiles and bombast: “Heck, I can bench press 410 pounds, so I ought to be alright.” The Terps got blasted, 52-27. The Refrigerator kept Boomer Esiason off-kilter all day. Maryland lost 3 of their final 4 games, including a 23-30 Loss to Tennessee in the Citrus Bowl. Still, Solt earned praise. He was a finalist for the Outland Trophy, awarded to College Football’s best interior lineman. He earned invites to the NCAA’s All-Star showcases. Draft gurus projected him in the first round, some saying Solt would land in the top 5. In a draft infamous for its preponderance of busts–now-anonymous names like Dean Steinkuhler and Mossy Cade litter the top selections–Ron Solt was drafted 19th overall by the Indianapolis Colts. The Eagles, Solt’s TSB squad, strongly considered nabbing him at #4, but instead took Penn State WR Kenny Jackson. Again, a lot of swings and misses in 1984. The draft’s best players, Solt’s Maryland teammate Boomer Esiason and East Carolina RB Earnest Byner, were selected in the second and tenth rounds, respectively[7]. Like Solt’s jump from high school to college, his climb from college to the pros proved turbulent. Colts owner Jim Irsay had a miserly reputation and Solt wasn’t one to quietly accept pittances. Irsay, having just moved the team from Baltimore to Indianapolis, hemmed and hawed over his rookies’ contracts. Remember, this is in the relative dark ages of NFL/Labor relations. There were no strict rules governing draft pick compensation. Leonard Coleman, Indy’s #8 overall pick, opted to play in the fledgling USFL rather than sign Irsay’s lowball contract. It was the Penn State snub all over again. Solt held out for a contract commensurate to his worth. Irsay refused to budge. The battle drug well into the preseason. In the end, the Colts’ laughable preseason performance scared Irsay into abruptly upping his offer. Solt signed a three-year $1.8M contract, just in time for the 1984 season. Some said missing his first NFL camp would hinder Solt’s rookie campaign. Ron Solt, though, loved proving his critics wrong. In contrast to those drafted around him, Solt lived up to the hype in Indy. By season’s end he was named a top rookie. The next two years saw continual improvement. Solt only missed a single game of his initial contract. By 1987, with Solt clearing paths for Eric Dickerson, the Colts were a force in the AFC. They finished 9-6 and won the AFC East. For his performance, Solt was named to the 1987 AFC Pro-Bowl squad. Those who prefer their Tecmo 8-on-8 may remember Indianapolis’ potent rushing attack in the original Tecmo Bowl. This is in no small part owed to Ron Solt. Solt is Tecmo Bowl’s 2nd-best O lineman. Similar to TSB, Tecmo Bowl uses Max Speed, Rushing Speed, Rushing Power and Hitting Power to rate its linemen. Solt scores 7/1/3/90, a close second to MIA Center Dwight Stephenson’s 8/1/3/92[8]. The question then, is what the hell turned a Tecmo Bowl beast into a TSB joke? Solt’s rookie contract ended after his Pro-Bowl year. Naturally, he asked Colts’ owner Jim Irsay for Pro-Bowl money. Irsay, of course, said no. A 10-week back-and-forth ensued between Solt’s camp and Irsay. In late August of 1988, Solt relented and signed a 5-year, $2.6M contract. Not only was this $400k under Solt’s ask, but the Colts also refused to insure Solt should he be injured during play. ”Essentially, they told me if I go out and break my neck, they’re going to turn their back on me, which is what I’d expect from this team,” Solt said[9]. Solt only signed Irsay’s lowball offer after Irsay promised not to trade Solt. He owned acreage near Indianapolis and dreamed of building a ranch. He’d integrated into the local community, investing in a number of local businesses. He wanted his career to begin and end with the Indianapolis Colts. Promised that the Colts would not ship him away, Solt re-signed with Indy. Irsay traded Ron Solt to the Eagles less than a week later. Eagles Coach Buddy Ryan expressed excitement at the prospect of Solt blocking for Eagles QB Randall Cunningham: “[Ron Solt] is a young guy who has only been in the league a short while, and I think he’ll come in and really put us over the top.[10]” Solt, however, had other ideas. Lied to and traded away from his home, he arrived in Philadelphia demanding fair-market value for an All-Pro Guard. “The only reason I did [Irsay’s] deal was to stay in Indianapolis and I’m not going to go to Philadelphia with the contract I have right now,” Solt said. “Either they’re going to have to make it right and make it an offer that I can’t resist or I’m not going.[11]” Solt held out until the middle of October. The Eagles, desperate to improve their run game, caved in and upped Solt’s 5-year contract to $3.6M. Some would say Solt stuck to his guns and got his fair value. Others said he fleeced a desperate Eagles team. True, Ron Solt missed only one game in 4 years. However, he battled knee injury almost from the very start. The one game he missed came at the end of the 1986 season, when the Colts–”the bastards,” in Solt’s words–placed him on Injured Reserve to prevent him from playing and further injuring his knees. He often took numbing injections to keep him upright. He racked up offseason surgeries. Tempers flared during Solt’s month-long holdout in Philadelphia, causing some to question his health and physical ability. As if predicting the future, Solt played only a few quarters for Philly in 1988 before being placed on the Injured Reserve list. It only got worse from there. As part of a new Collective Bargaining Agreement between owners and the Players’ Union, the NFL instituted a one-time steroid test prior to the 1989 season. Ron Solt tested positive. He appealed the test, claiming he’d only used doctor-prescribed steroids to recover from a knee surgery. He provided NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle a complete itinerary of his doctor visits and a log of his prescriptions. Rozelle wouldn’t be swayed. Solt was the biggest name on the list of positive tests, and the Commissioner needed to prove his point. Ron Solt was suspended for one preseason and three regular season games in 1989. When he finally returned to action, he seemed a shadow of his former self. Word leaked that he’d also tested positive for steroids with the Colts (an accusation vociferously denied by Solt and never corroborated). Many wondered if his outstanding play had been owed to steroids all along. In Indianapolis, Solt had been surrounded by talent. He spoke of playing alongside fellow Pro-Bowl lineman Ray Donaldson, how they would often switch their blocking schemes on the fly with little more than a shared look. In Indianapolis, Solt had RB Eric Dickerson carving up defenses and breaking ankles downfield. In Philadelphia, Ron Solt was the talent. Philly’s o-line was a collection of replacement-level players. The mutual disappointment culminated during the Eagles’ 1990 Wild Card matchup against Washington. Eagles’ coach Buddy Ryan benched Solt following a 1st-quarter sack of QB Randall Cunningham (despite video evidence Solt had been pushed off his block by the Eagles’ fullback). The Eagles led 6-0 when Solt was removed. Washington went on to score 20 unanswered and won 20-6. Tecmo programmers’ last image of Solt wasn’t a block, but of a dejected man sitting on the bench while his team floundered. Offensive line performance is difficult to distill into bytes of hexadecimal. Often, a team’s running game is used to judge its o-line. In the 1989 Wild Card game, Randall Cunningham led all Philly rushers, scrambling for 80 yards. The rest of the Eagles only managed 68 yards on 21 carries. Regardless of fault, Ron Solt ended up being odd man out on one of the NFL’s worst offensive lines. You can see the logic behind TSB’s rating: if Solt was bad enough to be benched on a famously bad offensive line, it would go to follow that he has to be the worst o-lineman in the league, right? It’s certainly not fair, but, then again, very little is. Solt would return to his Colts, signing as a Plan-B free agent[12] in March of 1992. In Solt’s absence, Irsay had run a promising Indianapolis team into the ground. He infamously mismanaged and then traded Eric Dickerson to the LA Rams for little more than magic beans. Solt joined a team which had finished the previous season 1-15. The offensive line was a revolving door of injury and spot-starters. Solt was glad to be back in Indy[13], but the magic was gone. Ron Solt struggled through 12 games in 1992 before his body again gave out. The Colts placed Solt on Injured Reserve in mid-December, ending his NFL career. Years of accumulated injuries forced him to retire after the 1992 season. Ron Solt never played another professional snap. Ron Solt was was a player of grit and intensity. Unquenchable fire fueled him through college. As a top-flight pro, it kept him burning even when his body told him to stop. He had no qualms about calling BS on owners and teammates. When NFL/Labor negotiations went south in the late 80’s, Solt tried to organize a second player’s union. His intensity was a blessing and a curse. Ron Solt, now watching his own sons navigate a life through football, still lives with the scars of his past. Ron brought a class action suit against the NFL in 2012 regarding concussion care[14].By his own admission, he deals with forgetfulness. Some days the clouds over his mind refuse to part. The aches and pains of years in the trenches linger. Ron Solt’s NFL career is a story of two digital snapshots. On one cartridge, he’s a beast among men, able to throw aside the best in the world. In the next cartridge, Ron Solt’s avatar is thrown like a doll. Solt’s is a case of the sequel not surpassing its original and a bitter end overshadowing the dizzying heights of a career. Notes: [1] “Recruiting: Maryland Takes Football on Off-Season Road Tour.” Free, Bill. The Sun [Baltimore, MD] 06 Jan 1980: C1 [2] “Lining up to Tackle Unfinished Business: Ron Solt is Still Bitter Over his Benching in the Eagles’ Playoff Loss to the Washington Redskins.” Bowden, Mark. Philadelphia Inquirer [Philadelphia, Pa] 16 June 1991: G.1. [3] An amusing picture, unfortunately not included here due to copyright concerns, shows young Ron Solt lounging in a bitchin’ white leisure suit which must have driven the ladies WILD [4] Free. ibid. [5] “Terps’ Solt just keeps improving.” Free, Bill. The Sun [Baltimore, MD]; Nov 11, 1983: E2 [6] http://www.nytimes.com/1982/11/23/sports/severe-sanctions-levied-on-clemson.html [7] The 1984 NFL Draft is also notable for producing zero hall of fame players [8] Its also important to note Solt’s teammate Ray Donaldson gets an identical score, making Tecmo Bowl Indy’s offensive lines among the game’s best. [9] http://www.nytimes.com/1988/09/29/sports/sports-people-colts-sign-solt.html [10] http://www.upi.com/Archives/1988/10/04/The-Philadelphia-Eagles-Tuesday-acquired-offensive-guard-Ron-Solt/3449591940800/ [11] http://articles.mcall.com/1988-10-05/sports/2670005_1_ron-solt-future-draft-jim-irsay [12] The NFL’s free agency system as collectively bargained in 1989 used a 2-tier system, allowing teams to protect their biggest stars but requiring them to make available lesser players–Plan B players–for free agency. [13] http://www.nytimes.com/1992/03/06/sports/sports-people-pro-football-solt-signs-with-colts.html [14] http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/7479705/more-retired-players-bring-concussion-lawsuit-vs-nfl-pennsylvania The post Beyond the Stats: Ron Solt appeared first on TECMO BOWLERS. View the full article
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    NFL 2017-2018 Season Discussion

    Marvin Lewis' playoff meltdown at the hands of Vontaze Burfict and Adam Jones was his swan song, he just didn't know it yet. (Or maybe he does?)
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    WEEK 2 Predictions

    I was pretty sure Houston would win. Then I tried to use logic (Hou injuries, Watson 1st start, etc.) and changed my pick to Cincy 1 minute before gametime. Always go with your gut.
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    gojiphen malor

    WEEK 2 Predictions

    Thursday, 9/14 8:25pmE.T. Houston @ Cincinnati Sunday, 9/17 1:00pmE.T. Buffalo @ Carolina Chicago @ Tampa Bay Minnesota @ Pittsburgh Arizona @ Indianapolis New England @ New Orleans Cleveland @ Baltimore Philadelphia @ Kansas City Tennessee @ Jacksonville 4:05pmE.T. NYJets @ Oakland Miami @ LAChargers 4:25pmE.T. Dallas @ Denver San Francisco @ Seattle Washington @ LARams 8:30pmE.T. Green Bay @ Atlanta Monday, 9/18 8:30pmE.T. Detroit @ NYGiants
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    WEEK 2 Predictions

    Thursday, 9/14 8:25pmE.T. Houston @ Cincinnati Sunday, 9/17 1:00pmE.T. Buffalo @ Carolina Chicago @ Tampa Bay Minnesota @ Pittsburgh Arizona @ Indianapolis New England @ New Orleans Cleveland @ Baltimore Philadelphia @ Kansas City Tennessee @ Jacksonville 4:05pmE.T. NYJets @ Oakland Miami @ LAChargers 4:25pmE.T. Dallas @ Denver San Francisco @ Seattle Washington @ LARams 8:30pmE.T. Green Bay @ Atlanta Monday, 9/18 8:30pmE.T. Detroit @ NYGiants
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    Bad Player, Good Team: Jim McMahon

    Who is Philadelphia’s worst starter? Easy: Ron Solt[1]. Ron Solt is terrible. Ron Solt wins the booby prize as Tecmo Super Bowl’s worst offensive lineman. Only two stats count for TSB’s big ‘n’ uglies: Max Speed and Hitting Power. Solt, a one-time All-Star at the end of his career by 1991, scores a 19 and 38, respectively. For comparison, teammate Harper Le Bel[2], TSB’s worst TE, hits harder than Solt. Only a handful of backup QBs–among them BAMF Steve Grogan–run slower. On the other hand, how often does a player really notice Solt? The Eagles entire O-line is a bag of hot garbage (assuming that bag is made of swiss cheese). Ron Heller, the Eagles’ best lineman ranks 112 out of 140. So really, Solt isn’t so bad. Plus, most people playing with Phillly are too busy breaking land speed records with QB Eagles to notice that all their O-linemen have collapsed and died. The real stinker for the TSB Eagles is QB2 Jim McMahon. Forget that McMahon is TSB’s 5th-worst quarterback. McMahon is TSB’s reminder that life is short and cruel. You’re playing a season, racking up literal miles with QB Eagles, and then — BAM! The screen goes black for a quarter second longer than it usually does. Your stomach drops. That damn music plays. “Not Randall,” you say, “Not Randall.” But then there he is, slung between those beefy male nurses: “Injured! QB Eagles.” Might as well burn your cart and buy a new one. Without QB Eagles, Tecmo Super Bowl just ain’t as “super.” This isn’t to rag on McMahon. He was a Pro-Bowler. He played 15 years in the NFL. He won a Super Bowl with the ‘85 Bears. Even as an aging veteran in Philadelphia, McMahon still had juice in the tank. When Randall “QB Eagles” Cunningham blew out his knee in Week 1 of 1991, McMahon stepped in and led Philadelphia to a 10-6 mark. If not for a stacked NFC and a series of tiebreakers, McMahon’s Eagles would have made the playoffs[3]. McMahon is Philly’s achilles not due to his bizarrely low stats (more on that in a bit), but because he is the anti-QB Eagles. Most TSB squads have a QB2 with similar skills but lower stats. If Phil Simms goes down during the Giants’ season, at least Jeff Hofstetler can still throw the ball reasonably well. Philadelphia, though, is another story. The Eagles aren’t built on pocket passing. The Eagles thrive on QB Eagles’ ability to break plays and make things happen both with his arm and his feet. With most teams, the drop from QB1 to QB2 is like going from a Corvette to a Datsun; both will get you there. Going from QB Eagles to McMahon, though, is like totaling Doc Brown’s Delorean and replacing it with a ham sandwich. McMahon’s depressed stats magnify the o-line’s deficiency and completely kill the Eagles’ offense. Wait. What? McMahon gets a 6 for Max Speed? He’s one of the few players slower than Ron Solt? McMahon had a history with injury, yes, but a 6 MS, 38 Pass Control and 38 Avoid Pass Block seem cruel. He scores at or near the bottom in every statistical category. As subsequent NFL seasons would show, however, Jim McMahon was a capable signal caller. His Eagles went 10-6 in 1991. In 1993, the Minnesota Vikings went 8-3 with McMahon under center. Sure, his accuracy and total yardage never came close to the likes of Montana and Marino, but for TSB to say Cody Carlson and Jack Trudeau are better QBs is insane. Why all the Jim McMahon hate from Tecmo? The answer is San Diego[4]. Jim McMahon was a character. His off-field flash and joie de vivre never gelled with Coach Mike Ditka’s button-down Bears. Prior to the 1989 season, Ditka dealt McMahon to the Chargers for a conditional draft pick[5]. The Chargers were near rock-bottom of the complete rebuild which would eventually see them in Super Bowl XXIX. But as the TSB Chargers show, 1990 was a rough year in San Diego. With limited offensive weapons, McMahon and the Chargers struggled. McMahon’s oft-abrasive quirks, tolerable when a team is winning, became the Chargers’ scorn. Even though the Chargers lost 4 of McMahon’s starts by a combined 11 points, the front office and coaching staff, exhausted by his antics, benched McMahon in favor of rookie Billie Joe Tolliver for the season’s final 4 games. When the Chargers campaign came to a merciful 6-10 end, the team gave McMahon an outright release. McMahon signed with the Eagles in time to make TSB’s roster cuts. TSB programmers took his stats, depressed by a horrible San Diego team, and simply plugged them into the Eagles’ QB2 slot. The rest, unfortunately, is Bad Tecmo Player history. McMahon should be a capable TSB backup. Instead, haunted by a bad year in San Diego, he is the Tecmo Eagles’ version of a punch in the groin. NOTES: [1] With DB Andre Waters a close 2nd. [2] According to Pro-Football-Reference.com, “The Fresh Prince of Le Bel Air” had one catch for 9 yards and a single 1-yard run in 10 NFL seasons. Still better than me. [3] Side note, 1991 was the first post-season with 3 Wild Cards. [4] Stay classy, San Diego. [5] Eventually a 2nd-Rounder the Bears used to snag LB Ron Cox. The post Bad Player, Good Team: Jim McMahon appeared first on TECMO BOWLERS. View the full article