Depending on what you read and who you believe, there seems to be progress in the NFL labor talks. With an agreement needed by the 14th of July for a full season schedule to take place time is not on everyone’s side. So where are we? Continue reading NFL Lockout Update
Welcome to my new sports column, 100 Words Or Else by me Craig Cook aka zombie71. I am a gigantic Dallas Cowboys & Washington Wizards fan. In my blogs you will here varying opinions on sports, life, TV or whatever comes to my mind. Without further ado here is my blog.
In sports as in life we face obstacles, in sports the obstacles are often referred to as “the hump”. In this bloggers opinion, the Dallas Mavericks are about to clear the hump, more specifically their All-Star forward Dirk Nasty. Dirk Nowitzki usually & unjustly in my opinion, has been all to commonly referred to as soft, “can’t win/never win the big one”, “playoff choker”, etc.; all of this for a career All-Star, 1st ballot Hall of Fame Player. This is the Mavericks year, its Dirk’s year, they won’t have a better chance than now. The Lakers & Spurs, their old nemesis are gone, with whispers of D12 on his way in the future to help Kobe. Continue reading “The Hump”
Jon Robinson over at ESPN, recently had an Q & A interview with the developers of Madden 12 at EA Day. Here is some of what they had to say:
Jon Robinson: What’s the first thing people are going to notice about the new tackling system in the game?
Phil Frazier: First thing people notice when they pickup “Madden” or “NCAA” this year is that our hits have visual impacts. It’s because you see our players carry their speed through the point of contact. In past games, once they were two-to-three yards away from contact, you would literally get sucked into a tackle animation and that tackle animation was at a speed that was recorded in our motion-capture studio, and sometimes that speed was slower than what your guy on the field was running. Then on the defensive side, one of my personal frustrations has always been trying to rush as a defensive end. I always felt like I had to run away from a blocker if I didn’t want to get caught in an animation. Now I feel like I can take a better angle if I’m taking an outside rush, and I don’t feel like I’m just going to get sucked into a block. This enables me to take more realistic angles and gives me a better shot at getting to the quarterback. Continue reading Madden 12 Gameplay Q&A (ESPN)
Jon Robinson had an interview with Patrick Peterson, Rookie CB of the Arizona Cardinals & the highest rated rookie in Madden NFL 12. Robinson known as a video game football nut since Bo Jackson in Tecmo bowl had this to say in his blog & interview over at the “mothership”:
I’ve been obsessed with cornerbacks ever since I first saw Lester Hayes dip his hands in a bucket of Stickum.
And growing up in the Bay Area, I’ve seen some greats run by me backwards, from a young Ronnie Lott to Mike Haynes to even a season of Deion Sanders.
Next in line to go “primetime” is the Cardinals first-round pick, Patrick Peterson. With P-Squared, we’re talking ball hawking, blanket coverage, and the type of return skills that make you think back to the days of Deion dripping in jewelry.
But I’m not the only one high on Peterson, as “Madden NFL 12” ratings guru Donny Moore has informed me that Arizona’s electrifying corner will be the highest-rated rookie in the game with an 82 overall, including 97 speed, 96 agility, 93 acceleration, 93 jumping, 77 catching (highest for any rookie CB), and 91 return. In terms of his defensive skill set, Peterson clocks in with 89 man coverage, 82 zone coverage, and 90 press.
Not bad for a kid who grew up gaming, dreaming of the day when he’d finally see his face in the “Madden” franchise.
“When I was a kid, my grandmother bought me and my brother every game that came out for PlayStation,” he told me at a recent EA Sports event showcasing “NCAA Football 12.” “We had like 72 games in our room, and we’d just play everything. My favorite was ‘Grand Theft Auto,’ but then my grandmother banned us from playing that game once she found out what was going on. So we’d play games like ‘Madden’ at home, but then sneak over to a friend’s house to play ‘GTA.’
“I have the PlayStation 1, PlayStation 2, and the PlayStation 3, and when Sony comes out with another system, I’ll get that one too. I guess I’m just a PlayStation kind of guy.”
MINNEAPOLIS — The court-ordered mediation between the NFL and its locked-out players ended early Tuesday afternoon but the league’s lead negotiator said progress is continuing to be made in mediation.
“I’ve said it many times the only way we’re going to get this accomplished is face-to-face dialogue and really digging into the issues and I think we had a good step in that direction today. And I hope that we’ll continue, confident it’s going to continue and we’ll be back early next month to continue that process.
”— Jeff Pash, NFL’s lead negotiator
The sides will resume talks June 7 just days after a June 3 hearing in a federal appeals court regarding a lower court’s ruling that temporarily lifted the lockout. Continue reading NFL’s Jeff Pash: Progress made in talks (ESPN)