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  1. _DEBERG

    Who's the 1st NFLer you became cognizant of?

    This guy Being born on the Gulf Coast, Favre was pretty much our one and only major sports celebrity down here. His hometown of Hattiesburg was just some hours away from where I was born. My family passed on the tradition of Saints fandom onto me. Unfortunately, I got into football at the tail end of the Dome Patrol and had not really witnessed their awesomeness up front or all the playoff games they lost thanks to Bobby Hebert being an awful QB. Besides my Saints, I truly loved watching Favre play. His prime with the Packers was a lot of fun and he used to beat the 49ers regularly, whom I hated with a burning passion as a kid cause twice a year they would demolish the Saints.
  2. _DEBERG

    NFL 2018-2019 Season Discussion

    Hardy Nickerson is on the Bucs coaching staff. He is infamous for being one of the few good players on the Bucs defense in the Tecmo games.
  3. _DEBERG

    Is this worth buying?

    Can't believe it's been 6 years since I first bought this game. I've played so much of it, it's not only become my favorite Tecmo, it's pretty much the only one I play anymore! Definitely my favorite football game ever. I feel like I've been playing it for a lifetime just from knowing so much about it. I really hope other people play it in the future, cause I feel like the only person in the world who loves this game LOL. I really hope some day in the future I can get into editing/hacking and make my own custom ROM. I want to do the 1989, 1990 and 1991 seasons as something of a prequel to TSB II. The only gameplay mechanic I would want to alter is the COM going for 2 point conversions often. I'd completely cut 2 point conversions out to be accurate on the seasons they're based on.
  4. _DEBERG

    The 1992 Season - My Ratings

    That's a hilarious story. Something about Aikman that has always got me with Tecmo is that he's one of the hardest QBs to intercept despite his TD/INT numbers being dramatically lower compared to the other hard to pick off QBs. I can count on my hand just how many interceptions I've got off him in any game. Picking off Aikman, Young, Moon and Marino feels like an achievement.
  5. _DEBERG


    Yes, that's one of the reasons I absolutely love TSB 2. The CPU tends to play you tougher as a season drags on if you are undefeated or just have a single loss. I think the CPU gets "juiced" if your team is undefeated. The one flaw though is the CPU calling 2 point conversions after almost every touchdown, even only being down 7-0 early in a game, however I've learned that the CPU tends to stop this late in a season. If I ever get into hacking and editing the game, this is the one thing I want to fix more than anything.
  6. _DEBERG

    To the guy that plays tsb2 alot

    Yes, definitely. Fumbles happen more regularly in TSB 2 than the other versions, or so it seems. It's the one version of Tecmo where anything can go wrong at any time like the COM calling your play and forcing a fumble, or just a tipped ball getting intercepted. I think I am the only person in the world who loves TSB 2 and a lot of it has to do with the increased difficulty. The COM can really bite you in the ass if you get lazy with play calling or run the wrong defensive scheme. I had a season one time where Barry Sanders fumbled 6 times in a matter of 3 games. That is my most memorable one, Sanders turned into a fumble machine that year for some odd reason. I've also had it happen with Jerry Rice from time to time (he can fumble often in the 1992 season) and Michael Irvin a few times. The fumbles tend to happen often if the COM calls your play right or when the player is getting gang-tackled by 3-5 players.
  7. _DEBERG

    Hard Mode

    TSB II is much harder than the official games if that's you're thing, but do know still has a dumbass COM AI who elects to go for a 2 point conversion often.
  8. https://www.footballoutsiders.com/dvoa-ratings/2008/1995-dvoa-ratings-and-commentary I came across this excellent article from Football Outsiders breaking down DVOA rankings for the 1995 season and after reading over it a second time, I got to thinking about TSB 3. Some of these ratings reflect into the game. Tecmo has always amazed me over the years with how accurate they estimated a number of players in rankings and team behaviors. Of course, they could never get a season completely accurate in a simulation run, they usually are close with player rankings and such. When it comes to the perennial playoff teams of the early to mid 90's which the old games cover (Dallas, SF, GB, Pittsburgh, KC, Houston, Buffalo), Tecmo's simulation runs and overall game behavior usually are on the money. Off topic from Tecmo; Interesting note here; between 1994 to about 1998, the NFC was basically a triangle between the Niners, Cowboys and Packers. The playoffs came down to them avoiding one team and getting matched with another; the Packers owned the 49ers, the Cowboys owned the Packers and the 49ers owned the Cowboys. This bit that talks about the Niners don't mention how the Packers thoroughly dominated them. GB was always the thorn in their side during this time span, meanwhile Green Bay had their own problem with Dallas. IMO I've always felt the 1995 NFC playoffs were determined out of the match up seedings between these three teams. Dallas got to avoid the 49ers while they got GB in the NFC title game whom they owned. Change around the teams in the NFCCG and there's a way all 3 of them could've made the SB just from the triangle of how they stomped each other down in this time. Couple notes here - It's so easy to breeze through TSB 3 with the Chiefs or Steelers. They both dominate the AFC pretty handily without much competition. The Chiefs rank higher in DVOA for 1995, which I think makes a lot of sense with how they finished 13-3 were the #1 seed that year. Tecmo also gets this right; in almost every simulation I run of TSB 3, the Chiefs always win 11 or more games and rank in the top 5 on defense through the year. I would argue that this is the best version of the Chiefs in any of the SNES Tecmo games. Their offense may not be as good as previous versions,, but their defense is much superior than any of the 3 versions on TSB 2. When your offense is struggling, you can just sit back and run nickel formations to prevent big passing plays and grind the opposing offenses to a halt. I'd say Tecmo also gets this right with the Colts. Even if you switch in Jim Harbaugh during the season, the Colts are awful in this game. I've never had a simulation where they actually make the playoffs. The one time I did put them in the playoffs myself, they got crushed in every simulation I ran. Funny enough, against the Steelers, Chargers and Chiefs whom all wiped the floor with them in the game despite underachieving vs them in the real world. I got Indy to the SB one time running multiple simulations on Save states and Dallas beat them into the ground. All the teams in the NFC Central are pretty good in TSB 3. I've seen it mentioned on here over the years how the Bears really aren't a bad team in TSB 3 and it's mostly their schedule that can be tough. The Bears even rank in the top 10 of DVOA on this article, proving that the people on here who like the Bears were definitely onto something. Their offense is even ranked in the top 5 of Offense DVOA. They're not a bad team by any means. I like to mess around with the Bucs in these games cause they usually make the game very challenging due to how bad they are (yet have a favorable playbook in every game), but this game is the one exception where Tampa Bay can be pretty good. The Bucs defense is vastly improved over the previous versions in TSB 2. The offense also has play makers in Alvin Harper and Rudy Harris. The divisional games of the NFC Central in TSB 3 are so unpredictable at times. If you're just simulating the season, you never know what's going to happen in this division. Only with the Packers have I ever stomped through all games and despite that, the Bears usually give me issues in one game through the year and Barry Sanders can run all over you. If you switch in some substitutions on the Bucs defense (put Warren Sapp in), the Bucs can also be a threatening opponent. When shifting the roster around on defense with Tampa Bay, their defense can be threatening even if you are playing the CPU. I've had games where the Bucs front just annihilate my QBs and games where their secondary has tore me up, even getting interceptions off Troy Aikman and Steve Young. I've simulated the Bucs many times and they usually don't make the playoffs due to an inept offense. One time I did put them in the playoffs and they had some crazy simulations vs Dallas and Detroit where they forced a ton of turnovers on both of them. Some of the AFC East teams do have easy schedules, especially Buffalo and Miami. I've always seen one or the other reach the playoffs in a simulated season. Miami is usually the winner of the AFC East in my simulations. It's hilarious in this article they bring up the Jets, whom we all know on this forum is the worst team in all of TSB 3. I could write essays with stories of my times playing as the Jets and all the crazy stuff that has occurred with them. They are the only team I have ever lost multiple games from hail mary attempts on. The Jets have the worst playbook in the whole game, even worse than the Cardinals and it makes them challenging to use as you try to work around all the playbook. I've always held the Patriots as an underrated team in TSB 3. Football Outsiders brings up the tough schedule they had which is also a statement to be made for this game. The Pats are a good team but their schedule can kill them in simulations. In the 1994 season of TSB 2, the Pats are one of the better AFC teams but in that game they have a much easier schedule that can get them to a 12-4 record. This pretty much reflects TSB 3 in a way with how you can carve up teams with wide receivers you never dreamed was possible. It's a shame Isaac Bruce isn't in the game. This is the one Tecmo game that managed to get Michael Irvin's speed right. It's always bugged me in TSB 1 and 2 how Irvin is slower than Alvin Harper. Irvin still catches most passes thrown to him in those games, but he can't burn the player as badly as he can in TSB 3 where he's got the speed. Some of my favorite Tecmo receivers I've had monster seasons with in this game - Irving Fryar (Dolphins), Robert Brooks (Packers), Bert Emanuel (Falcons), Alvin Harper (Bucs), Michael Haynes (Saints), Jake Reed (Vikings) Even the CPU as the Jets using Yarbough can rack up a 1,000+ yard season. (Often fooling the player into thinking Yarbaugh is some amazing receiver) Some final notes on DVOA - The Falcons rank 5th overall in DVOA and they're another team like the Patriots whom I've felt was underrated in TSB 3. I've had some great luck with the Falcons over the years and they usually do well in simulations often making the playoffs. Their defense is surprisingly really good and can be a challenge to play against. The only problem I tend to have with them is that Jeff George is their QB who can be absolutely amazing one game and then a dumpster fire the next week. Minnesota and Detroit both rank ahead of Green Bay in DVOA. I find this surprising cause I tend to believe the Packers are one of the best teams in TSB 3, but this might just be my confirmation bias showing and being a huge fan of Brett Favre. In the last few years, I've began to finally see the weaknesses all around with GB in this game, despite them having some great play makers on both offense and defense. I used to argue they were a top 5 team on defense and only in the last few years I've come to realize it and admit that their defense isn't one of the best units in this game. Denver ranks at #10 on overall DVOA and #4 on offense. I almost want to call them an underrated team, simply due to how improved they are in TSB 3 compared to the previous game. All 3 versions of the Broncos in TSB 2 are mediocre teams that live and die off the arm of John Elway. He gets injured very often in 1992 and 1994 simulations. I've grown to really love the Broncos offenses in these games and had Tecmo continued to make these kind of games after 1995, it would've been interesting to see them with Shanahan's style of playbook and with Terrell Davis and Rod Smith on offense. The Cardinals rank lower than the Jets in DVOA. At least the Cards are more manageable in the game with a few playmakers but what really helps them is having a better playbook than the Jets. Both teams have arguably the worst playbooks in the whole game, but the Cardinals are manageable. It helps that they can run the ball better for sure.
  9. _DEBERG

    NFL 2018-2019 Season Discussion

    This video from December of last year is probably the best breakdown I've ever seen of the expansion Browns and how terrible they've been historically.
  10. _DEBERG

    Winning a SB with every team

    Thanks for the kind words! I always keep the original playbooks cause I feel if you change them, the teams become completely different. The teams with crappy playbooks like the Cardinals and Vikings make for a challenge and it made me start using teams differently. I love using Tampa Bay in these games cause despite being a trash team, their playbook helps and they can be a descent team off that. The Saints defense is amazing in all the Tecmo games. TSB 2 has their peak with the 1992 roster that had the full Dome Patrol and even in this game, they are a top 5 team just off defense alone. I can never get them to the SB though cause Wade Wilson is a terrible QB and as much as I loved Dalton Hilliard growing up, he was never the same after his knee injury and Tecmo accounts for his lack of speed after that. The TSB 2 Saints are doomed for the same reason with having Bobby Hebert at QB (Hebert is surprisingly really good with the Falcons in 1993 and 1994 modes of TSB 2 but it may be because the Falcons offense is loaded with solid receivers and can rack up yardage and points)
  11. _DEBERG

    NFL 2018-2019 Season Discussion

    Now that the schedules have been released, we all have a better outlook on predictions. Ingram's suspension for the Saints makes those first 4 games a bit harder, unless Kamara makes us completely forget about him all together. I won't complain if that happens cause it took Ingram until the last two years to finally start living up to all that hype and the trade to get him in the 2011 draft. Kamara is the first Saints player in a few years that makes me want to run out and spend a ridiculous amount of money on a new jersey. Funny note, did you know the Saints are 4-1 all time vs the new Browns? That's right, since 1999 the Browns have posted a winning record vs the Saints. Of those games include the gut wrenching Tim Couch hail mary in '99, the beat down game in 2010 and the Brian Hoyer last minute drive hail mary in 2014. The Saints lone win vs the expansion Browns is from 2006 which was Drew Brees' first game in a Saints uniform. I can almost guarantee us fucking around and losing to the Browns in week 2 while everyone is hyping us up as a SB team. It would be the most Saints thing ever.
  12. _DEBERG

    Winning a SB with every team

    I play a season similar to that where I pick all the teams every week during the season, constantly switching them. I try to follow the winners in the real life 1992 season with my picks to try and see how close I can replicate the real results.
  13. That's what makes it so amazing though. It's the only Tecmo game with jacked up difficulty to make it challenging. If you're struggling with TSB 2, I'd recommend trying TSB 3. The difficulty is much lower and it can help you master the plays better.
  14. _DEBERG

    Top-Ten Favorite NFL Teams

    #1. 2009 New Orleans Saints - obvious reasons. I never thought I'd live to see the team make the Super Bowl, let alone win it. Nothing will ever top that season for me. #2. 1991-1992 New Orleans Saints - I put these two teams together cause it was the peak of the Jim Mora coached Dome Patrol defenses. Growing up a Saints fan, back in those days it was all defense while the offense did just enough to win. The real sin of this franchise is wasting the primes of Rickey Jackson, Pat Swilling and Sam Mills by never winning a playoff game together. One more thing, if you were a fan back then, I promise that you hated the 49ers more than anything cause playing in the same division as them while they were a dominant juggernaut, losing to them was painful (and hence why the 2011 playoff loss stings the way it does. It brings back all those awful memories of Montana and then Steve Young ripping our hearts out). I hope Sam Mills finally gets his due and is inducted into the Hall of Fame. I strongly believe that had this team won at least a few playoff games, then he'd already be in there. #3. 90's Brett Favre Green Bay Packers - Favre was local hero to my area and thus many of us grew up rooting for him. My favorite Packers teams are the 1995, 1996, 1997 and 1999 ones. I hold the 1995 team dear to my heart cause they were something of an underdog that surprised us all. Had they not ran into Dallas in the NFC Title game, they probably reach the SB and repeat back to back for '95 and '96. Younger fans today may poke fun at Favre for all the INTs he threw late in his career, but back in 1995 he deserved that MVP. These Packers teams had a lot of memorable play makers on them like Sterling Sharpe, Robert Brooks, Mark Chmura, Reggie White, LeRoy Butler, and Edgar Bennett. I mentioned the 1999 Packers because despite a disappoint season, that was one year Favre had a bunch of thrilling comeback wins. #4. Bernie Kosar and Marty Schottenheimer Cleveland Browns - I've always had a soft spot for Cleveland teams cause they struggle and are have been historically known as losers. I can relate to that since my favorite team used to always be known as epic losers and I was so happy for them when LeBron delivered the championship a few years ago. 1986 and 1987 is undoubtedly the peak for Browns in the modern era, as they were one John Elway led drive and an Earnest Byner fumble away from reaching the SB. These Browns teams were a lot of fun and I feel bad for Byner cause looking at his numbers and the 1991 season he had in Washington, he don't deserve to be remembered as a fumbler. #5. 1991 Washington Redskins - The only dominant juggernaut on this list of mine. I could write pages arguing that this Redskins teams is a top 3 all time Super Bowl winning team and I'd probably pick them as the greatest team of the modern era. Watching their old games and going through them, it's amazing how thoroughly they dominated their opponents, many of whom were playoff teams that they stomped all over. Their defense was hard hitting and the offense had one of the best o-lines ever and the 3 receiver attack. In the SB, they could've easily run the score up badly on Buffalo similar to how Dallas did, if they didn't take their foot off the gas in the 4th quarter. #6. 1990 New York Giants - I feel this team is underrated historically and don't get the credit they deserve all because of Scott Norwood missing that field goal in the SB. This Giants team was dominating all through the regular season with a #1 ranked defense and it was the last hurrah for LT and Parcells' Giants teams. If not for them, the 49ers most likely have a 3-peat. The regular season game between the Niners and Giants is a classic and then the SB was quite possibly the best SB ever. Beyond the Norwood missed field goal, the Giants ran the clock so badly on the Bills and played up to disrupting their high tempo fast offense. The Bills still could've won and that's what makes that SB so magical to go back and re-watch over and over. #7. 2010 New Orleans Saints - You may be wondering why I choose this team over 2011, and the reason is simple; the 2011 Saints were doomed going into the playoffs and many fans just don't want to accept that they would've lost the SB that year. I never felt confident about the 2011 team since they had a bottom 4 ranked pass defense and before they even played the 49ers, they let Stafford carve them up (if they beat the 49ers, I have no doubt Eli carves them and/or Brady carves them up in the SB). The 2010 Saints are a weird story cause they were one Garrett Hartley missed field goal vs Atlanta from being 12-4 and would've had the #1 seed. This team meant a lot to me cause of the comeback wins and how Brees just got it done with game winning drives. The one against the 49ers is my favorite but there's also the Dallas game, Cincy (in the snow) and the Falcons game that all had a big game winning drive. #8. 1992-1995 Pittsburgh Steelers - This is an odd selection for me, and part of it is influenced by using the Steelers so heavily in TSB 2 and 3. It's amazing what these Steelers teams achieved in the 90's with less of an offense compared to the modern Super Bowl winning Steelers. They don't have a great quarterback and the offense did just enough to win while the defense was the driving force. Watching their old games is pretty amazing. They owned the Run-N-Shoot Oilers and were the one team who could make that offensive scheme look useless when they played them, forcing Moon to have some of his worst career games. Their secondary was amazing in those years and even Tecmo knows Neil O'Donnell is going to doom them with INTs. #9. 2006 San Diego Chargers - It's really a shame and a sin to see the Chargers leave for L.A. and yet they still have never won a SB. I feel this team probably wins it all if they don't stumble into all the bad luck they had vs the Patriots in the playoffs. This was Marty Schottenheimer's best team and Marlon McCree became the new Earnest Byner. This Chargers team was fun to watch and fans are probably still angry about McCree's fumble since this was their best team of the last decade and they could've won it all that year. #10. 2000 New Orleans Saints - The one Saints team who won a playoff game. Back in the day, that one playoff win was like a SB to me. After seeing all those heart breaking playoff losses with the Mora teams, I didn't care just as long as I got to see them finally win a playoff game and they did. It's funny looking back cause this Saints team had over 60+ sacks for the season with a peak La'Roi Glover and still had Sammy Knight in the secondary. There was a time when we thought Haslett was going to be a great coach and Aaron Brooks looked like a descent QB those first few years.
  15. _DEBERG

    The most TDs w/ no INTs?

    Everett to Flipper Anderson and Henry Ellard, all day long.... It's a shame he's only ever remembered for the incident with Jim Rome. Everett was a good quarterback who probably would've been amazing had he been on better teams.