Also, this. Looks like Clay might be Rodgers’ #2 photobomber now that Flynn is gone. I hope Flynn brings the photobombing tradition to Seattle.
I love the Packers with all my heart. Shit, even if they were just professional photo bombers (a league they would surely run the table in), I’d pay attention to them.
Football is back, baby! Bring on the GIF onslaught!
My friend Pete made a comment about halfway through the game that “Eli with hands on head” would be the Giants meme of the season. I had my doubts, but at the end of the game, that image summed up how the Giants played.
Cowboys offensive lineman tackles Boley at like the 2-yard line? “Eli with hands on head”
Tony Romo (who really looks Asian under center) throwing a touchdown pass to Kevin “hold on, let me try to claim him for my fantasy team” Ogletree? “Eli with hands on head”
Eli scores a TD to narrow the deficit to one score then doesn’t get the ball back for the rest of the game? “Eli with hands on head” followed by an “oh man!” Eli-ism utterance.
Note: The GIF might not be working, go here to see it if it’s just a creepy image of Jerry Jones.
It’s somewhat reassuring that my favorite quotations on Facebook still make smile every time I happen to notice them, especially since I haven’t touched them since like 2008.
"Legend has it that the mountain existed on the island before the island existed herself which, if you think about it, is impossible" MS
"Do you really think I would take on an ordinary request such as that?" Professor Layton
EW: So what percentage of Y’s sales success would you attribute to Ampersand, the monkey?
BRIAN K. VAUGHAN: About 80 percent.
"I’ve got a bad feeling about this…" Star Wars
"But of course! You think a minor thing like the end of the world was going to do me in?" FFVI
Victor Cruz is 25 years old, has had one good year in the NFL, and has written an autobiography.
Yes, I shit you not. An autobiography.
I turn 25 in March. I’m prepping my autobiography entitled “Yo Dawg, I’ve Gone To Like 4 E3s: This One Time, My Quote Was On The Cover of Madden…On Wii”
Who am I kidding? He’s on my fantasy team. I hope he does well.
The Amazon description follows…
“It may seem like I came out of the blue. But, my road was long, windy, full of hurdles, and even some dead ends. I lost family. I lost friends. I even lost my way. When I reached what felt like rock bottom, I realized I had a responsibility to everyone who believed in me and to kids, like me, who just needed a chance and something to believe in.”—from the epilogue of Out of the Blue
Victor Cruz, the Super Bowl-winning and record-breaking wide receiver, is best known for his explosive plays and salsa touchdown celebrations. While his meteoric rise in the NFL looked like the result of a magical year, it was actually a lifetime in the making.
Raised in Paterson, New Jersey’s gritty Fourth Ward, Cruz overcame numerous setbacks through hard work, perseverance, and the support of his loving family—from his grandmother who gave him his signature dance moves; to his late father, a former firefighter, who introduced him to football and taught him how to play; to his hard-working, single mother who never let him give up in the face of a challenge. They all helped to keep him on the right path, as did his coaches, but Cruz’s journey was never easy. There were family tragedies, academic struggles, injuries, and more. In this inspiring, never-before-seen account, Cruz pays tribute to the people and places that made him the man he is today, recounts his most defining moments, and illustrates how his hardships ultimately unleashed his impenetrable will to win.
Out of the Blue is a candid and moving reflection of an overlooked and undersized athlete with an uncommon last name in American football that was determined to beat the odds and earn his chance to succeed.
A discussion this weekend and the release of the Ratchet & Clank Collection last week made me finally start A Crack in Time, which is, as expected, fantastic.
Jordy Nelson and Aaron Rodgers at the Kansas City Chiefs Pre-Season Game.
Jordy might as well be saying “lol. I can’t grow that facial hair, man.”
Tomba! Where have you been all my life?
I mean, it’s got a tiny bit of jank, explained away by the fact it’s a PS1 game, but wow, this game is really cool.
Vita purchase justified? Maybe.
I don’t know if I can completely put into words how much Madden, as a video game series, means to me. Any single way this comes out, it’s going to sound like moneyhats for all my love for the Wii version of the game for the past five years. I’ve had a long-standing video-game-journalism-morality-concept of “If I sincerely enjoy a game, I will always let people know if I can.” I’ll usually do it in writing, but sometimes it extends past that. And yes, sometimes that gets me great future coverage and trips to California and Florida, but I stick to my guns. If the game disappoints, I won’t beat around the bush. If the game winds up being shitty, I’ll be clear about it (see: Academy of Champions).
But most of those games (Mushroom Men Wii, Mutant Mudds, Bit.Trip Runner) were all things I discovered while writing for Nintendo World Report. For me, Madden goes much further back. I’ve been playing Madden games in some capacity since like 1993. That means I’ve been playing Madden for like 20 years. That also means that the fact that my writing and critique had an impact on the Wii version of the game is probably the coolest thing that could happen to me outside of actually working on the game (or like, interviewing Tony Hawk waitaminute…).
It started off very honest and sincere. I started at NWR in 2008, and I tried my damnedest to reach out to EA on behalf of the site and get on the EA press bandwagon. It was something that was insurmountable. But, I really wanted a Madden review copy. Things didn’t quite work out that way, though. I wound up buying a copy of Madden NFL 2009 and reviewing it that way. I enjoyed it.
At my first EA NYC press event, which I still don’t really remember how we got invited to it (thanks Nick DiMola!), I chatted with someone on Tiburon about the Wii version of Madden, which was a hands-off demo. This was the big redesign year. Everything I heard was music to my ears. I really wanted to play this game.
At E3 2009, my first E3, I did. It tucked away in the Nintendo booth, and most people ignored it. I went there to chill every now and then and just play the demo over and over again. I ended up talking with a producer at EA, exchanged cards, and successfully landed a review copy for the Wii version that year. (Brief side note: Since then, NWR has had consistent contact with EA. Something that, from what I heard previously, was near impossible to obtain.)
At an EA event right before NBA Jam Wii came out, I ran into the Madden PR rep, who made a comment to me about how “we’ll have to get you down to meet the team” regarding Madden 11 on Wii. That sounded awesome, but I doubt it would actually happen.
In May 2010, right after I graduated college, it happened. I was flown down to Orlando, spent a day talking to the team at Tiburon, seeing all kinds of crazy awesome things. It was one of the greatest gaming-related projects I’ve ever worked on. The thrill of seeing everything related to a Wii game of which its predecessor I sincerely loved was awe-inspiring. Dreaming up and putting into action the feature that followed was even better. Ironically, I wound up scoring Madden NFL 11 the harshest out of the four Madden Wii games I reviewed. My quote is still on the second run of the box art, though. :)
To cap that Madden feature off, my beloved Packers won the Super Bowl that ensuing year.
In 2011, I still had my chance to talk with a Madden developer and see how they really listened to my critiques, as I had a phone interview with the lead designer of Madden 12, which was still a fantastic game. Madden 13 on Wii wound up being almost the same game as the previous edition, but even still, NWR’s Andy Goergen dug it, which was wonderful to see. I now look forward to seeing what the Wii U game turns out to be.
I have a sappy postscript to all this voracious Madden Wii love. If you got this far, cool. I visited my grandma with my dad during the summer of 2011. It was, sadly, the last time I visited my grandma in such a fashion before she died (I still saw her, but at family gatherings and such). I had the opportunity, when we were at a Best Buy entertaining the possibility of getting her a new TV, to show her my quote on the back of the box of Madden 11 on Wii. My grandma was a wonderful person, though she was stubborn as all hell and thought my brother might be gay because he worked at a library. Needless to say, telling her I was real passionate about writing about video games wasn’t a big selling point. Being able to show her that tangible product that said “hey, what you’re doing might not be that important, but some folks actually give a shit about what you say and think” was wonderful.
So yea, Madden on Wii reminds me of grandma in a really weird way. The world is very weird.