Maybe I'm a little biased because the game heavily involves Troy Polamalu and the Steelers, but this newly-released intro for Madden 2010 is awesome. It's really just a collection of badass plays by both the Steelers safety and the former Pitt Panthers WR set to some epic musical score. And honestly, do you need anything else for a football video game?
The game doesn't come out until August 14th, but EA Sports has been good about releasing screenshots, videos, interviews and gameplay teases at intervals that will keep you captivated right up until the game hits the shelves.
And the intro was very well done. I don't think I've ever gotten chills from a video game opening before. Well...maybe Super Dodge Ball on NES, but that's about it.
These two guys are the best of buddies.
How unexpected/awesome was that Heath Miller extension? [OFTOT]
The grossest tattoo of all time. [Homework 4 Dummies]
About Ocho Cinco's Ustream show. [Intentional Foul]
Sam Bradford autographs newborns. [No Guts, No Glory]
The best villains of the 2000s. Props to having Mr. Glass on there. [Fansided]
The Big Unit is creaky and Wang sucks. [FantasyPros911]
Here's Santonio's latest commercial for the NFL's Fantasy Files. In it, he shows how he practices his tiptoe catches.
I drafted Santonio in the second round last year, and he mostly underperformed. Now...he did most of his work after the fantasy season ended and the real life playoffs began, so I can't hate too much. Whatever...yes I can.
Dude...where were you in the first 10-12 weeks of the '08 season? I think I rallied to a 4th or 5th place finish in a league of 8. Your Super Bowl MVP can't save you from those facts, jerk.
Longtime Penguins goalie Tom Barrasso will be inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame. John LeClair gets a nod as well, but his tenure in Pittsburgh is highlighted by the time he crashed into Geno and injured Malkin's shoulder during the preseason, causing the future Conn Smythe winner to miss the first month or so of his Calder-winning rookie campaign.
So we'll mostly applaud Tommy here.
Barrasso famously helped the Pens win their first two Cups in '91 and '92. And he was with the team up until the onset of this decade, which is nuts, considering he won the Calder himself back in '84. He also picked up the Vezina as the top goaltender that year.
He still holds the record for most points by a goaltender with 48. They were all assists. Lemieux would've "buried it."
All I can say is congrats, and thanks for all the success you helped bring to the Pens, Tom. Whenever your name was brought up during your time in the 'Burgh, the response I'd mostly get was "that guy is an asshole." I'm not entirely sure why, so I'll clarify for them, and from here on out, will refer to you as "Stanley Cup Winner and Hall of Fame Asshole, Tom Barrasso."
Thanks to Mitch for these. Sure, they aren't real miniature horses...they're My Little Ponies all suited up to look like video game characters. These ones up top are from Gears of War. The ones below are from The Legend of Zelda.
I've featured My Little Predator before, so it's all good.
OFTOT is coming back full time. FOOTBALL IS ALMOST HERE. [OFTOT]
Mark Buehrle is still making history. [Babes Love Baseball]
Top 5 Penguins goal celebrations. [The Pensblog]
Brett Favre is the best fantasy football performer ever. [Sharapova's Thigh]
10 reasons why the Steelers won't sign Vick. [Mondesi's House]
A minor leaguer with a great Michael Jackson tribute. [With Leather]
Coincidence that Bloomberg made me consider Vick as a Steeler just this morning?
eBay is foreign to me. I've never ordered anything from it, and rarely even remember that it exists. But today, my buddy Mike mentioned that there's some guy on eBay selling some LeBron James scrapbooks on the website for $250k. That got me to searching for the Steelers, Penguins and that one baseball team.
Right near the top of my search for the Steelers was some guy selling a1979 Super Bowl ring with the name LAMBERT on it. The price was $700, so it couldn't be the real deal. Turns out it's a replica, complete with cubic zirconias and whatnot. Still, if you're a hardcore Steelers fan that wants to feel like his 70s idols (and you have 7 bills laying around), this might be a fantastic score.
But the image in the picture startled me upon a second look. There, right behind the rings, was a giant Virginia Tech helmet...VT being the school where Vick got his start, and his athletic exploits there still probably garner him a certain level of notoriety and fame.
Is this some way of foreshadowing? What other connection exists between the Steelers and the Hokies? Is Michael Vick the mostly-forgotten black quarterback who's going to come to the Steelers and get a ring in 2010 before leaving for a possible starting job elsewhere next year? 'Cos I think Byron Leftwich can give Mike some pointers.
Who does Bloomberg think they are? Or for that matter...what is this renegade betting service?
After Michael Vick got a conditional reinstatement to the NFL, Bloomberg reported on the commisioner's decision. Then, right at the very end of the clip, they sneak in a little nugget that some betting service has the Steelers or Patriots with the best odds of signing Vick.
This doesn't mean our Steelers will land the troubled former QB...just that Vegas really likes the stability our franchise offers. And as much as I hate the Patriots, they have been able to get the most out of high-risk/high-reward type players, so it's natural that New England and Pittsburgh would be atop anyone's list of successful front offices.
But I thought we needed less distractions following up a Super Bowl this time around. Looks like we traded in a motorcycle accident and the end of a longtime coach's tenure for shady assault charges and Ron Mexico? Dennis Dixon has to be at least comparable to anything the Steelers could expect out of Vick.
But would you, my fellow fans, even want Vick in Black and Gold? Sure he's talented, but he's also been out of the game for 2 seasons. Then again, I was the guy pushing for the Steelers to sign Daunte Culpepper over Byron Leftwich last season, so my opinion on this should pretty much carry no weight.
Tomlin did support Vick back in March.
It's been awhile since I had a picture of a mini horse and a bonafide babe. So while the little critter gets mad props for smiling at the camera, the lady definitely gets a...
Tim Lincecum struck out 15 Buccos. [Paneech]
And an ump took an amazing catch away from Delwyn Young. [Detroit 4 Lyfe]
At least we scored some runs, though. [WHYGAVS?]
A Florida Panthers executive tried to hit on a Fox News anchor. [The World of Isaac]
Some sweet hockey jerseys. [Pucks and Pitchforks]
Bad news for the Bears and Charles Tillman. [Midway Illustrated]
I don't typically give you readers advice on a steady basis. However, when one of my friends, who happens to be a big-time football blogger and Steelers fan, writes a book, I will advise you to purchase it immediately.
For those youngins out there, a book is like a blog with a front and back cover. And better sentence structure.
My buddy Mike Tunison, better known as Christmas Ape of the inimitable KSK and the excellent DC Steeler Nation (who was spotted at Penguins-Mecca-bar Foley's in NYC for the Stanley Cup clincher) recently wrote The Football Fan's Manifesto. It'll be available on August 18th, but you can pre-order now.
Mike stresses that the book looks at the game of football through an adult point of view. Because when mouse-voiced Troy Polamalu calls the NFL a "pansy league," you need something like this book to level the playing field. I'd like to see if Roger Goodell somehow lays Mike out with a 4-game suspension for violating the league rules or some shit.
Enjoy the promotional video, which was shot with a budget of somewhere around 2 bucks and a stick of bubble gum. And then go pre-order the book, or get it chucked at your face.