Wednesday, August 10, 2005
Page 2 Quickie: August 9, 2005
The Lead Item
Two Words For You:
How many NFL fans care as much about
their virtual performance on a video game as they do
about their actual favorite team?
With today's release of the "06" edition of the
uber-popular "Madden" NFL video game, the question shakes old-school fan
assumptions like a PS2 controller on a Ray Lewis
Forget "the game" as it was known by purists
who think the only thing that matters is the one on
the TV screen on Sundays.
For the remaining 95 percent of fans' idle time during
the fall, NFL fascination is fragmented in two huge
ways: Madden and Fantasy.
I'm waiting for the inevitable poll result when more
fans say they care about their Fantasy team than their
In the meantime, fantasy manifests itself in video
I spent 15 minutes setting up my Madden "Superstar"
mode choosing my parents' DNA to maximize my success.
"Ex-Olympian," are you my mother?
Though gamers compete online and fantasy is rooted in
head-to-head comp with buddies, isolation is the
downside of this "sport-ciological" shift.
Madden lacks the collective cheer with fellow fans
when an actual player from your hometown team does
something on live TV. But fans are evolving without
Virtual is the new reality.
"I didn't feel rusty," Williams said.
Funny, he looked rusty, gaining only 8 yards on
5 carries. Classic exhibition football.
For the Bears, who needs top draftee holdout RB Ced
Benson when 2nd-round WR Mark Bradley (5 rec, 131 yds)
and 4th-round QB Kyle Orton (7/11, 175 yds, TD) were
Now, you have to qualify that, because Orton was going
up against the standard 4th quarter NFL Europe
prospects, but still. Chicago fans will take passing
TDs where they can get 'em.
Mo Rivera: Unprecedented! Who knew he
had never recorded 30 saves in a row before last
night's big win over the ChiSox?
Rockies sweep Marlins in DH: Fish lose to worst
team in NL and lose ground to Houston in NL wild-card
race. McKeon's job in jeopardy?
Cubs have lost 6 straight: Can you hear that?
It's the sound of a "Fire Dusty!" chant in the wind
off Lake Michigan.
Twins lose on walk-off walk: How ironic,
considering all the breathless analysis earlier in the
year about MIN's low walk rate.
"Ban lasted 17 months" is misleading
shorthand. Technically, every NHL player had
been banned for all of last season.
Bertuzzi didn't deserve any credit for "time served"
during the lockout, just like he didn't deserve the
league's amnesty he received yesterday.
New Gallup poll shows Palmeiro only has 46 percent
HOF approval (from 483 fans polled), but trust
110K-plus ESPN.com fans: Only 31 pct think he's
Begs an interesting question:
Should actual Hall voters take fan opinion into
consideration? I think they should, but somehow I
think the sketchy voter pool will corrupt any fan
data to fit their own position.
'05-06 NBA Schedule
TV scheduling is always a decent predictor of
teams on the radar for the upcoming season (or at
least uses hindsight to project forward).
Who's playing on Xmas? Annually, the marquee
game of the regular season. No surprise: Heat-Lakers
Quickie 50/50: GA
When you think of Georgia ...
Hank Aaron, Herschel Walker, 'Nique Wilkins, The
Masters, Michael Vick, Braves "division dynasty," GA
Tech's "Lethal Weapon 3."
Vote Best of Georgia