August 25, 2014 - August 31, 2014
— EA SPORTS Madden NFL (@EAMaddenNFL) August 27, 2014
Sure Madden 15 has a glitch or two like players being blocked 30 feet into the air and landing in a paralyzed heap or, in the same clip, Sam Bradford being able to drop back on a pass without his knee turning into Swiss cheese. But for every hilarious glitch that pops up over the next few weeks, you have to admire details like this being included in the game. You can literally feel Eli Manning staring at his receiver, pretending to be confused as to why the receiver ran an out instead of over the middle. I bet the Charlie Brown sulk back to the sidelines is as satisfying as a video game can get.
Also, as a follow-up to Smitty’s blog yesterday on “How old is too old to buy Madden?”, I’m one of the guys who downloaded Madden on Xbox One pretty much as soon as I woke up yesterday so here’s my review. The game looks better than it ever has (there are points that it genuinely looks like a TV presentation, it’s incredibly impressive to see in action), actually tries to teach you about recognizing coverages and team tendencies, and they’ve done a lot to try to change gameplay in a non-invasive but more skillful way. But at times the game is geared too heavily to the types who spend their entire lives playing the game. Gone are the days of hit sticking your way to glory, now it’s a more complicated conservative tackle v. aggressive tackle system, and the Connected Career mode made what used to be a blast of turning your favorite team in Franchise Mode into something laborious and often way too in-depth — our Orioles blogger RDT told me yesterday that fans in the game bitched at him on Twitter about the rising cost of sweatshirts. If you’re the obsessive type, I’m sure that’s great, but I just like being able to blast through here and there, make some trades and signings, and call it a day. It’s amazing to see how far Madden has come from its first iterations on Sega and Super Nintendo but it’s just all so much now.
But that’s the trade-off for Manning Faces and Tony Romo blowing my first game as the Cowboys for me by botching a hand-off while running clock in the 4th quarter. What a joy it is to have your real-life rooting interests thrown in your face while relaxing to play a video game, too.
Sean Leon is next out of Toronto, and today the young man dropped off a pair of new tracks after a minute away from the spotlight. Obviously they’re both absolute heaters. Don’t expect to not be hearing about this kid anytime soon.
Happy Humpday, which school does it better???
Rhode Island, we know you all have some amazing smokes, but now it’s time to see which school loves to party more! Is it JWU, Providence, URI, or Brown? We know all of you love to fucking party so let’s see what you can bring to the table! September 12th, The Barstool Blackout returns to Providence to tear the roof off of Lupo’s. You do NOT want to miss this! Tickets are on sale now!!!
What makes college football so special and so much more fun to follow than any other sport, is that more than any other, it’s a sport where history matters. Tradition matters. Demographics matter. Politics matter. So many outside factors influence the enjoyment and consumption of college football, that to root for a team or a conference doesn’t just become about “rooting for clothes” as Jerry Seinfeld memorably and hilariously put it. You root for a tradition, almost a way of life. And despite all these other things that matter, all these outside factors that collude to make your fandom, all that matters is what happens between the lines. Who wins and who loses. Who has the most points by the time the clock strikes zero. The sport itself always wins. The game itself is always king. And that’s why every Saturday there’s at least one moment between the white lines that will mean so much, to so many people. That’s the beauty of college football.
No one exemplifies this better than Alabama-Auburn. Probably the most passionate rivalry in sports (tied with Ohio State-Michigan), and two of the most passionate fanbases in a sport and region that is defined by caring perhaps a littttttle too much about these kind of things. For a state that wouldn’t be considered even in the Top 5 of high school football talent (Florida, California, Texas, Georgia, Ohio all produce more Blue Chip players according to 24/7Sports), a team from the state of Alabama has played for the National Championship every year of the past half-decade. The annual matchup between these two teams has provided two of the greatest games of the modern era (The Chris David Return Game, the Cam Newton Comeback Game). That is remarkable. That is historic. I bring this up and write a long-winded blog highlighting this because as long as Saban and Malzahn are at the helm of these two programs, the struggle between these two titans of the sport will continue to dominate and define college football. Auburn and Alabama might not be in the National Title game every year, but they will continue to be two of the most feared teams, year in and year out, in an era I think will be defined as the State of Alabama Era (much how Florida State and The U defined parts of the 80’s and 90’s). So just enjoy it while it lasts, Roll Tide, and War Damn Eagle. Let’s get a quick projection of each of them.
I’ve long made it clear I think there will be a National Championship rematch between Florida State and Auburn this year. Malzahn is quite simply, a genius, who was able to take one of the worst teams in the SEC and within a year turn it into an offensive juggernaut. All with a fucking defensive back playing at quarterback. Do people not realize how bad Nick Marshall really was last year? Rewatch the BCS National Title; at least three throws could have been made to seal that game that 75% of SEC Quarterbacks make. The two QB gameplan in place now will allow Marshall’s feet to raise the ceiling of the offense while having a better pure thrower in Jeremy Johnson. It will work great. The Front 7 is mostly returning on defense (a must in the SEC) , so the defense should be fairly set. If there’s one Achilles heel to this team, it’d be the secondary though, where most of the replacements are being made. Still like Auburn to make the college football playoff despite not winning the SEC (with one loss to Alabama) then play for the National Championship.
I know I predicted yesterday that Ole Miss has a very, very, very, very good chance to upset Alabama in their matchup this year. Please don’t think that means I don’t tremendous respect for Alabama. I know that they’re returning the 3rd-least amount of starters in the SEC. I know they’re losing their most critical defensive player in HaHa Clinton-Dix. I know AJ McCarron is gone (who I still think was really overrated and a total system guy, but still), and there are a lot of replacements to be at the offensive line. I don’t care. Alabama has proven themselves to a point where there’s no further explanation necessary for picking them to go undefeated other than a shrug and “It’s Alabama”. Do I think they’ll be undefeated? No. I do think they’ll come damn close though. I do think they’ll play in the SEC Championship game. And I do know that there is no team I’d rather face less in a do-or-die playoff game than a Nick Saban’s Tide. I like Alabama to win the SEC this year. (Have I not made my official playoff prediction yet by the way? It’s Alabama-Auburn-Florida State-Ohio State, with Ole Miss being my dark horse contender to replace one of the SEC teams).
Chico State Students Party So Hard Their First Night They Literally Burn Down A Frat House…Then Upload The Snapchat Story to Youtube
CHICO >> An early-morning fire at a fraternity-owned residence has displaced two Chico State University students.
At approximately 3:10 a.m. Friday, a passerby called 9-1-1 to report flames coming from a structure owned by Sigma Chi International Fraternity in the 700 block of West Fourth Street, according to the Chico Fire Department.
The porch was completely in flames when firefighters arrived, said Chico fire apparatus engineer Ken Smith, who was first on scene. Firefighters “hit it hard” and were able to knock down the fire quickly and keep the flames mostly to the exterior of the two-story structure.
The building, which houses two students on the top floor and serves as a meeting area downstairs, sustained significant fire and smoke damage, and some of the fire made its way to the attic, said Chico fire inspector Rick Doane.
“Too turnt up” – Kliff Kingsbury. Only way to describe it. Only way to sum up a party where you go so hard you burn the house down, not figuratively, but literally reduce it to a pile of ashes with flames. Can’t really blame anyone for it either, it’s the first night back at college, you go hard as fuck or you don’t go at all. Shit just happens first week back on campus, can’t hold anyone responsible. Unfortunately I have a feeling the Chico Police Department might not totally see eye to eye with me on that one considering, you know, a giant piece of property was burned to the ground, so uploading the entire Snapchat story to Youtube featuring a bunch of faces and voices might not be the best move. But that’s an adult talking using adult wisdom.
Daily Mail - A 15-year-old boy is to undergo surgery on his exceptionally long neck, which causes him agonising pain.
Fu Wengui, who lives in Beijing, China, suffers from a number of conditions. While the standard number of verbetrae in the neck is 7, Fu has 10, his father Fu Genyou claims. These vertebrae press on the nerves in his neck and make it difficult for him to walk,’ said the 50-year-old.
‘He always causes a stir whenever he goes out.’
Poor fucking kid. Being a teenager is bad enough having to put up with all the shit from everyone else in school. Have one little thing wrong with you and it’s all anybody will talk about just dumping on you constantly. Scoliosis kid, pimple kid, dumb kid, smelly kid, poor kid. Imagine being fucking Giraffe Boy? The dude with a 3 foot long neck and a head way up in the clouds? Brutal. Bully ammo like you read about.
Indie stud Lincoln Jesser drops off his latest single, more of the upbeat, synth heavy, ethereal pop that’s got the LA based artist poised to pop the fuck off. Look out for Lincoln’s debut EP, Modern Colors, due out on September 23.
While you wait for the EP (which you should because it’s fire top to bottom), you can stream all of the available tracks here.