Finally got our Week 1 in the books, and I've been pulling a lot of overtime. I haven't been able to figure out any way to get highlights or still shots off my 360, so we'll just be looking at the box score. First though we'll look at the other scores of Week 1. For convenience sake, I'm just leaving them in the order the game put them in.
Conference Prestige Preseason Rankings Determined by Average Rank of the Conference Teams: (since the 2013 Preseason Poll NCAA included in the game is overriding the Strength of the Roster for the Top 25, this will be much more accurate at the bottom than the top, but still, I said I'd include this).Big Ten: 9.3SEC: 10.5ACC: 14.5Pac-12: 19.5Big XII: 48.2CUSA: 50.7Mountain West: 61.3MAC: 77.7Sun Belt: 94.8Six Flags: 95.3Out of curiosity, I decided to calculate the Average Rank of the Independents just to complete the table and it's 83.7. No real surprise as Texas is the only Power five Independent, and for the recruiting itself, the game adjusts to what each Independent Scheduled for that Grade. Now I know I promised the Preseason All-Americans and Heisman Watch, but apparently that's scripted in the game as well. As a Backup QB from Texas A&M is the 'leader' in the Heisman Watch, likely a Johnny Manziel stand in, and Tua's little brother is a Preseason All-American LB despite, you know, being a Quarterback. #Bonkers. Just regular programming flaws I suppose. If they'd have known we'd have to be playing the game this way the past six years they'd have probably included the pick a playoff format in Dynasty Options, *long sigh*. Which you can't say they've never had it before; it was on ancient NCAA Titles in the 90s I've only heard about. NCAA 06 was my first.
I'm going to kill two birds with one stone and list the teams in their Conference Outlook Order, so you can get the games predictions for how these Conferences are going to shake out at the same time.
So I was trying to come up with my best possible 23 man, Manchester United Squad I've seen play on TV. It's a unique history I have with my sports supporter story. As my dad was an American Soldier based in Germany for Bosnia Tours for a few of my toddler years, my first chance to see United was on our British Channels in Germany. Ironically we didn't have any way to watch the Bundesliga, despite living in Germany, but we did go support our local team, VfB GieBen in Germany's Regional Divisions from time to time. I was very lucky getting introduced to Football before Gridiron Football. I love both, but it's an uncommon story for sure. So I was four during 96 to 97, which would've been the season, but being that young sadly I don't really remember that much 'til the Treble Year when we were back home in Oklahoma. So if your wondering where's Eric Cantona, that's the exception I'm making. I must have technically seen him play, but I was too young to remember so he's not in this team. That saves me one tough lineup decision, but there's still plenty tough choices to make. I'm going to use the squad numbers one to 23 and try to use numbers the players wore at some point in their career.
I'll admit you may find it overly dramatic, predictable, and cliche to play on Shakespeare's iconic line, but it's more apt than you may care to admit or realize. Hamlet was contemplating suicide, life, and death. And if concussions are the deciding factor in Football-As-We-Know-Its life or death, then the kickoff is the leading suspect and major culprit. Up until last year I was a stubborn defender of Gridiron Football's most dangerous play, mostly out of pure tradition.
So several years ago I made a FIFA 12 wishlist and put it on my personal Facebook, and since, I've thought about starting commenting (well, venting really) about the current state of sports video games I thought a logical first step might be taking a look at my only other semi-public attempt at this and having a look.