Tag:Madden Curse
Posted on: December 31, 2008 6:19 pm
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BigBluGeekazoid's MADDEN '09 PLAYOFF SIMULATIONS

Hey folks, just a reminder: Post your picks and opinions for my Madden NFL '09 2008 playoffs simulation by Thursday at 6pm. If you'd like to join me, ImJustLazy03, Section_725 & Hoosier Mick... add a comment with your winners for this weekend and any thoughts on specific game planning or other elements you think are important. Simulations will run tomorrow night, winners posted Friday!


Our own 'virtual' predictions for the NFL Playoffs, courtesy of EA SPORTS

... and the "Madden Curse" lives on.                    

For those unfamiliar with the "Madden Curse", it's akin to the Sports Illustrated curse; JM used to be on the cover of every edition up until 1999. EA Sports decided to go with players that year - the first was Garrison Hearst. He made it throught the regular season, but broke his ankle in the divisional round of the playoffs; the injury sidelined him for two years and he was never the same. Favre - despite having already announced his retirement - was inexplicably featured for the first time on the 2009 edition... for a more in-depth look at the curse, visit http://fantom1979.homeip.net/madden
.html

Now that the NFL playoff picture is set and the seedings are locked in, I will put the time I normally spend wasting time to some good use - and all for the selfish sake of justifying my late night escapades with my mistress... a Nintendo Wii. 

I'll be offering up my own version of a crystal ball in the form of some predictions for each round of the the playoffs. This will be for entertainment purposes only (my entertainment) and weekly results will be posted on Fridays. I want to make this an "interactive" endeavor by getting you involved, running through the game simulations and seeing how close we get to the actual outcome of the game.

My reason for doing this quite simple; first, when my wife wakes up at 2:15 am and asks "What the hell are you doing playing that thing? You're working tomorrow and it's two-thirty in the morning!", I will be able to provide a valid response by saying "First of all, It's two-fifteen... Arghh - I wasn't throwing to that guy...  and it's for the blog, honey... go to bed, you look tired".

Unlike simulations posted on "other" sports websites (that's right, Bristol Connecticut - I'm talking to you) there will be a human element to these contests - which means I'll be playing the game. I will have to in order to incorporate the input I'll be asking for from each of you (which I'll explain in detail below). Here are the rules, options and protocol I'll follow for each game I play:

1. I will control the team we as a majority feel will win each game.

2. The difficulty level will be set to "All-Pro" for each game ("All-Madden" would destroy me).

3. Games will consist of four, 7-minute quarters; sudden death overtime if necessary (with no time limit, obviously)

4. Rosters WILL be updated for inactives or players projected to miss the game due to injury (IR, OUT, DOUBTFUL).

5. Technical problems excluded, each matchup will be played ONE time, regardless of the outcome. No "do overs".

6. Wii "All-Play" feature will be turned off.

Here's where YOU come in: Post comments to this blog with your picks; straight up winners only (not against the spread) and no final score predictions. Just the teams you think win that weekend - whichever team gets the most votes is the team I will control for the game. To make this more of an interactive experience for everyone, I invite you to post suggestions as to how teams might approach their opponent on a given week - a heavier rushing game, specific passing attacks, blitzing & defensive alignments etc.  - again, post it all right here and I'll take the most sensible and realistic suggestions into consideration and apply them to the gameplay.

You can post until 5pm Thursday - I'll "collect the data" at that point and simulate the matchups on Thursday night. Results will be posted on Friday - I'll also include individual stats and a short summary of game highlights. Then we'll see how close our results are to the real games over the weekend. 

So start posting - I'll see you on Friday with the WILD CARD results!

 

Posted on: December 29, 2008 8:21 pm
Edited on: December 29, 2008 9:07 pm
 

BigBluGeekazoid's MADDEN '09 PLAYOFF SIMULATIONS

Our own 'virtual' predictions for the NFL Playoffs, courtesy of EA SPORTS

... and the "Madden Curse" lives on.                    

For those unfamiliar with the "Madden Curse", it's akin to the Sports Illustrated curse; JM used to be on the cover of every edition up until 1999. EA Sports decided to go with players that year - the first was Garrison Hearst. He made it throught the regular season, but broke his ankle in the divisional round of the playoffs; the injury sidelined him for two years and he was never the same. Favre - despite having already announced his retirement - was inexplicably featured for the first time on the 2009 edition... for a more in-depth look at the curse, visit http://fantom1979.homeip.net/madden
.html

Now that the NFL playoff picture is set and the seedings are locked in, I will put the time I normally spend wasting time to some good use - and all for the selfish sake of justifying my late night escapades with my mistress... a Nintendo Wii. 

I'll be offering up my own version of a crystal ball in the form of some predictions for each round of the the playoffs. This will be for entertainment purposes only (my entertainment) and weekly results will be posted on Fridays. I want to make this an "interactive" endeavor by getting you involved, running through the game simulations and seeing how close we get to the actual outcome of the game.

My reason for doing this quite simple; first, when my wife wakes up at 2:15 am and asks "What the hell are you doing playing that thing? You're working tomorrow and it's two-thirty in the morning!", I will be able to provide a valid response by saying "First of all, It's two-fifteen... Arghh - I wasn't throwing to that guy...  and it's for the blog, honey... go to bed, you look tired".

Unlike simulations posted on "other" sports websites (that's right, Bristol Connecticut - I'm talking to you) there will be a human element to these contests - which means I'll be playing the game. I will have to in order to incorporate the input I'll be asking for from each of you (which I'll explain in detail below). Here are the rules, options and protocol I'll follow for each game I play:

1. I will control the team we as a majority feel will win each game.

2. The difficulty level will be set to "All-Pro" for each game ("All-Madden" would destroy me).

3. Games will consist of four, 7-minute quarters; sudden death overtime if necessary (with no time limit, obviously)

4. Rosters WILL be updated for inactives or players projected to miss the game due to injury (IR, OUT, DOUBTFUL).

5. Technical problems excluded, each matchup will be played ONE time, regardless of the outcome. No "do overs".

6. Wii "All-Play" feature will be turned off.

Here's where YOU come in: Post comments to this blog with your picks; straight up winners only (not against the spread) and no final score predictions. Just the teams you think win that weekend - whichever team gets the most votes is the team I will control for the game. To make this more of an interactive experience for everyone, I invite you to post suggestions as to how teams might approach their opponent on a given week - a heavier rushing game, specific passing attacks, blitzing & defensive alignments etc.  - again, post it all right here and I'll take the most sensible and realistic suggestions into consideration and apply them to the gameplay.

You can post until 5pm Thursday - I'll "collect the data" at that point and simulate the matchups on Thursday night. Results will be posted on Friday - I'll also include individual stats and a short summary of game highlights. Then we'll see how close our results are to the real games over the weekend. 

So start posting - I'll see you on Friday with the WILD CARD results!

 

 
 
 
 
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