Video: Tecmo Bowl Version Of Melvin Gordon’s record day


This is too awesome for words to even describe. It has to be seen to be believed. Here you go.

Originally posted on Big Ten Network:

Melvin Gordon’s 408-yard record setting day was one that Big Ten fans will remember for a long time. In fact, it felt like Gordon was playing in a video game at times.


Well, one Wisconsin fan took it to a new level and created a Tecmo Bowl version of what Gordon’s game would have looked like.

Check it out above.

Of course, Gordon’s 408-yard performance broke LaDainian Tomlinson’s former record of 406 rushing yards. The Badgers’ star running back leads the nation with 1,909 rushing yards and 23 touchdowns through 10 games this season.

Gordon and the Badgers take on Iowa at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday in Iowa City.

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Peterson’s Punishment


Sadly, most don’t agree with the ban. No one should abuse their child or spouse, regardless of who that person is or what kind of job they have. Here’s a read from Sports Illustrated’s Peter King.

Originally posted on The MMQB with Peter King:

The NFL’s decision to suspend Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson without pay for the rest of the 2014 season—and perhaps longer—is, at first glance, a stunning and harsh rebuke for a player who already has been taken off the field for nine of 10 Vikings games this season. But after closer review, it should not have been surprising.

The league handed Peterson a six-game ban, minimum, that will cost him $4.14 million. Commissioner Roger Goodell has already said—in modifying the Personal Conduct Policy in August—that he plans to make first violations of the league’s assault, battery or domestic violence statute punishable by a ban of at least six games. So the six-game ban seems hardly coincidental.
The reaction on several fronts to the Peterson ban was swift:

• The NFL Players Association announced it would appeal the verdict, and went further, saying it would also demand a neutral third-party arbitrator…

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MST3K Headed To PBS? American Public Television Offers 4-Episode Package of Classic Shows

Cult classic sci-fi/comedy show Mystery Science Theater 3000 might be returning to television, although this time, it’ll be in a place that you might not expect– PBS.

No, Mike Nelson, Bill Corbett, and Kevin Murphy are not going to humorously critique episodes of Masterpiece Theatre in the style of RiffTrax DVD commentaries, nor are they going to riff on decades-old story arcs of the original Doctor Who series.

Shout! Factory, the current rights-holder and the DVD distributor of MST3K since the 2008 release of the 20th Anniversary Edition box set,  approached American Public Television, offering them the chance to place classic reruns of the former Comedy Central and Sci-Fi Channel program on the lineups of PBS affiliates throughout the nation.

MST3K is among 75 programs being screened by representatives of PBS stations during the annual American Public Television Fall Marketplace, currently ongoing in San Diego, California.

PBS affiliate programmers are being offered a preliminary package consisting of four Comedy Central episodes of the series. All four episodes are Joel Hodgson-era programs. (Sorry, Mike lovers, not this time.)

The programs offered in the package include:

Manos: The Hands of Fate (season four, episode 24, paired with second half of Hired!, a 1940 short training film by Jam Handy Productions for aspiring sales managers at Chevrolet dealerships.) The main feature revolves around a vacationing family becoming lost on a trip and eventually stopping at a lodge ran by Pagans. It’s as strange as it sounds. The episode has been called the best of the series.

Hercules and the Captive Women (season four, episode 12.) This stinker deals with Hercules rescuing an attractive princess– but it’s her mother that becomes attracted to him. She tries– and fails– to drug Hercules before the protagonist rescues the princess at movie’s end.

Gunslinger (season five, episode 11, Hodgson’s next-to-last episode as the star of the show.)  This Harvey Corman-directed film is a woman’s western. Beverly Garland stars as a widow out for revenge after her husband, the marshal of the fictional Texas city known as Oracle, gets killed by a hired assailant, and now she wants to take out him.  Strained continuity and mistakes ahoy!

The Unearthly (season three, episode 20, paired with short film Posture Pals.) Rounding out the trial package of episodes, this Boris Petroff-directed bomb concerns a mad scientist’s attempt to uncover the fountain of youth through the creation of “the 17th gland” and using depressed test subjects with no family to speak of. His experiment backfires when his pupils devolve into hideous monsters.

This package, if enough PBS stations agree to devote broadcast time to it, may yield to subsequent packages of other episodes. It’s not certain that the package will air on TV at the moment.

After the Marketplace ends tomorrow, representatives of the affiliates will vote on the shows that they are most likely to program. The fate of MST3K on PBS will be known within the next month.

If MST3K, which ordinarily has a running time of somewhere in the neighborhood of 94 to 97 minutes without commercials, is voted to air by affiliate programmers, PBS would then have to cut seven to nine minutes of footage from episodes to fit the more constricted running times of public television series.

PBS would be a likely fit for a series like MST3K– and why would it not be? In the past, they’ve aired cult comedy series like Monty Python’s Flying Circus (a show that was edited for PBS itself, but for content, not time) and The Red Green Show, an offbeat Canadian offering.

PBS in primetime hours is a place for fresh, offbeat shows that you would not necessarily find on traditional broadcasters like NBC or CBS. Thus, MST3K would surely fit the bill.

(On a personal note, if PBS does decide to air MST3K, I just might have to donate. It’d be well-worth the tote bag.)

I’m also reminded of the 22nd episode of season eight of MST3K. which featured the made-for-TV movie Overdrawn at the Memory Bank, funded in part by New York City PBS affiliate WNET.

Naturally, the episode’s host segments lampooned the occasional pledge drives found on PBS stations. Pretty funny stuff. Then again, the whole series is like that.

Third Anniversary Post

I can’t believe it’s been three years since I started this WordPress blog.  Time really flies when you’re doing pointless crap having fun. Three years of doing this burden labor of love, and I didn’t think I’d be blogging for very long.

It all started in the middle of November back in 2011, when my professor had my classmates and I in my News Reporting I class create WordPress accounts. We wrote stories about our holiday traditions with family.

After those assignments were completed, I had free rein to decide the fate of this waste of Internet space great blog. I chose to keep on going. What you see here on this site is the amazing result.

All right, enough with the strikethrough sarcasm. Let’s get serious. I’d like to take this opportunity to express my heartfelt thanks to everybody who has stopped by this blog to read, like, share, and comment on, my posts, even the people who left negative comments.

Those negative remarks only added fuel to the fire I have as a writer. They help me arrive at a desired path.

If I made an impact on someone’s life through this blog, and I have, it’s been worth doing. That was especially true in the spring of 2013, when I took to the blog to share my memories of my 8th grade English teacher, Mrs. Wilson.

Without her inspiration, I could not possibly achieve my goal of becoming a journalist. I am truly blessed to call her one of the best teachers I have ever had.

Another thank you goes out to sportscaster Katie Witham, who, like myself, was born to her mother prematurely.  Katie knows, and sees, what kind of true potential I’ve got. She knows how serious my dreams of being a sportscaster are. She is a total inspiration, and I know that she’s very proud of what I’ve done.

Finally, my last round of thanks goes out to somebody from the Youngstown State University English Department, Dr. Mary Beth Earnhardt. I had her as a professor for two courses in previous semesters.

It wasn’t until last March that Dr. Earnhardt, who serves as the adviser for The Jambar, YSU’s twice-weekly student newspaper, offered me a life-changing opportunity.

An opening came up on the sports staff, and, thinking that I’d be the prime candidate for the job, Dr. Earnhardt invited me to fill out an application. Without hesitation, I filled it out.

The next month, I was called into the offices of The Jambar for an interview, which Dr. Earnhardt sat in on.  In the immediate aftermath of the interview, I wasn’t sure if I’d be hired. The Monday after the interview, I checked my student e-mail account. I landed my current position of sports reporter.

Without Dr. Earnhardt, I wouldn’t be employed at this very moment. I offer my utmost thanks to her.

Three years down on this blog. I hope for many more. I know it’s not New Year’s Eve for 51 more days, but what the hell, let’s celebrate like it is!

Video: Nintendo Training Film (1991)

Like the previous item, the following blog post is a re-posted item from my group blog, “jjjdrew.” Please enjoy.

In the early 1990’s, Nintendo of America released a piece of footage that has since become a hilarious source of unintentional comedy throughout the Internet. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, it’s the (in)famous Nintendo of America Customer Service Training Film!

First shown in 1991 to employees of video game retailers, this eight and a half minute video gives workers hints on how to help customers resolve their problems with defective Nintendo products, as depicted in short vignettes.

It’s hard to pinpoint which scene in the video is my favorite, though I am partial to the scene with the father who brings in the sticky console stained with… something, I don’t know what.

It looks like he deliberately spilled motor oil on the Nintendo. Maybe he was sick of his kid playing it.

Can’t forget about the attire of the host of the program, either. Anyone else think “Hi, I’m Troy McClure!” when they first showed him? This is from 1991, but that sweater screams 1987.

The whole film is just crazy and silly. That’s why it’ll always be one of my favorite YouTube clips. Whenever I need a good laugh, I just watch this video. Until next time, be sure to take great care of your Nintendo products.

Nintendo & Beyond: My Journey Through Video Gaming

The following blog post is a re-posted item from my group blog, “jjjdrew.” Please enjoy.

Growing up, my brother and I were certified Nintendo nuts. When Jonathan (my brother) was young, he got a Nintendo Entertainment System for Christmas one year. He really enjoyed playing that NES, and his favorite games ranged from Castlevania to Super Mario Bros. 

I was always astonished at how well he could play, and I’m not just saying that because he’s my brother.

We’re talking about a guy who would rent an NES, Super NES, or Nintendo 64 cart (cartridge) on a Friday night for the weekend and complete the entire game by late Saturday afternoon.

Hell, he once beat the original Donkey Kong Country in an hour and a half, with me as his sole witness for the event.  He was the total package when it came to video games.

He’d have the ins and outs of the game researched before playing it, so he knew what to expect from the cart and when to expect it from the cart. That’s not to say he slipped up every now and then.

I remember one time when he rented the Super NES cart of Alien vs. Predator, only to get a game over screen on the final boss level. The moment was incredibly painful for him, and he let his frustration out by emitting a loud simian yell. To the best of my knowledge, he never attempted a playthrough of that game cart again.

I, on the other hand, was not as lucky when it came to Nintendo games. Most times, I couldn’t even get past the first level of Super Mario Bros. I know, incredibly embarrassing.  How hard can it be to step on a turtle shell or the head of a Koopa?

Sports games were hard for me, too– at least when I first started. Take, for example, Ken Griffey Jr. Presents Major League Baseball. Fun game, very nostalgic cartridge, but I still had no clue as to how to swing the bat.

As a result, many times when I tried to play it at my aunt’s house back in the day, I got numerous swings and misses, followed by my uncle laughing at the subsequent audio clip of “Oh, COME ON!” from the film The Man With One Red Shoe. Thankfully, through the magic of YouTube, that sound clip is forever immortalized in short videos like this one:

As I got older, I got better. Through the years, I was able to watch Jonathan play sports video games and diagnose what I had done wrong. By age 13, I was a whiz at Madden, and I still am to this day. I even play FIFA like a champ, too.

General video games are still somewhat of a challenge for me, and in some cases, even a challenge for Jonathan.

I once bought a GameCube game based on the Nicktoon The Fairly OddParents, and I failed to clear the tutorial stage. Jonathan came home for Thanksgiving that year and tried to play it, and he had the same problems.

So, to wrap this up, I was able to master the video challenges because of watching my brother play. With time, I moved on from Nintendo, and so did he. We both are avid XBOX One players, and we still have game lab sessions every time he comes home.

Game on!

Perfect Films for Halloween

Halloween is tomorrow night. Around this time of year, TV networks, particularly those which are movie-centric, air monthlong marathons of scary movies.

It sort of takes you back to the old days of TV, where late night lineups were filled with all-night marathons of old scary movies, like TNT’s old MonsterVision block with character actor John Bloom portraying that lovable Texan trailer dweller Joe Bob Briggs.

Tomorrow night, after the trick-or-treaters leave your neighborhood, arm yourself with whatever Halloween candy you didn’t give away (and if you’re anything like my family, you’ll be arming yourself with the entire bowl of candy), go through your DVR of AMC FearFest recordings or pop in one of those years-old MonsterVision VHS recordings off of TNT and watch some of these movies:

Halloween (film series): The horror movie series to end all horror movie series began with the original Halloween picture in 1978. Michael Myers, now 21 years old at the time of the first flick of the series, escapes from a psychiatric hospital he had been admitted to years earlier following the 1963 stabbing death of his older sister. His psychiatrist then follows him to prevent  subsequent killings. This series was arguably the catalyst for the slasher film subgenre, as well as the film series that started the career of Jamie Lee Curtis, who also starred in a movie called…

The Fog  (1980:) Fronted by the Halloween producer/director tandem of John Carpenter and Debra Hill, this Adrienne Barbeau-starred film involves everything a horror movie should have, such as things going bump in the night in the small town of Antonio Bay, causing the payphones to all ring at once, among other spooky happenings. It’s got plenty of corpses from mass murders, and strangely (for a horror flick) a celebration honoring the killers. There’s even a decapitation at the very end. Now, isn’t that just lovely?

It’s Alive! (1974, remade in 2008;) Aww, look! A cute little baby! Everyone knows that babies are adorable, except when the little bundle of joy’s a little mutant bundle of joy. Frank and Lenore Davis, played by John Ryan and Sharon Farrell, are ready to welcome their second child into the world. When the baby comes out, Frank and Lenore notice something has gone horribly wrong. The baby’s hideously disfigured, complete with fangs and claws. As soon as it’s born, it takes out the medical team responsible for bringing it into the world just moments earlier. The baby winds up going on a bloodthirsty rampage, destroying everyone in its path and attempts to kill its mother and father after sparing Lenore earlier in the film.

The baby used in It’s Alive! was a fake baby created by makeup artist Rick Baker, who also was a special effects assistant for 1973′s The Exorcist. This movie spawned a sequel called…

It Lives Again! (1978;) Four years after the original film, It Lives Again! follows Frank Davis’s (reprised by John Ryan) mission to help would-be parents of mutant infants after experiencing the anguish of being involved with the death of his own in It’s Alive!. Frank attempts to help Eugene and Jody Scott (played by Fredric Forrest and Kathleen Lloyd) by advising them of the plot to kill their mutant infant, while a rash of mutant births spreads throughout the country.

Friday the 13th Series: Finally, we come to the mother of all scary movie series, Friday the 13th. 12 flicks strong, the movie series chronicles the death and times of Jason Voorhies, who met his demise as a boy after drowning at Camp Crystal Lake due to the unwatchful eyes of two camp counselors who had sex when they should have been monitoring Jason’s activities. In the first film, Jason’s mother, not Jason himself, stalks and murders the people who are readying the camp for its reopening. In Friday the 13th, Part II, Jason comes back to life and continues the killings that his mother started.

After Friday the 13th, Part VI, the series gets too ridiculous, even by horror movie standards. Those of you who stuck it out even through Freddie vs. Jason and the 2009 Michael Bay-produced remake of the original, will be happy to know that another F13 movie will be released in 2015, serving as a sequel to the ’09 reboot. Like its predecessor, released on February 13, 2009 (a Friday), this movie is targeted for a November 13 (also a Friday) release next year.

The common thread with these films is, you guessed it, they appeared on Joe Bob’s MonsterVision at one time or another on TNT. Five of the first six F13 movies were featured on an all-night Halloween MonsterVision marathon 16 years ago. Part IV wasn’t shown in the marathon, but was aired at another time on the program.

These movies will give you a perfect Halloween treat. If you have no trick-or-treat candy left over, improvise. Get some popcorn. Order a pizza. Drink a can of Old Milwaukee Beer like Joe Bob used to. Sure, MonsterVision’s been gone 14 years, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a MonsterVision-style marathon of your own.

Have a happy and safe Halloween. Remember, if you don’t get scared, you’re not having fun.


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