Madden NFL 2005 existed in a space where Madden Football was competing with 2K’s ESPN NFL 2K5 and the war was heated. Full disclosure, I am an NFL 2K die hard fan. I spent my entire Freshman year in college Playing NFL 2K5 with my floor in college and genuinely think it’s the best football simulation ever created from top to bottom. But that doesn’t mean Madden wasn’t a banger that year.

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Madden for Playstation 2 that year was a special release. It had a special edition that included extra video features, a Trivia game and some retro play modes. Madden ’05 also introduced the Hit Stick, which is as culturally ubiquitous in football as “He’s on Fire” is in basketball. The game also utilized a really cool radio show element (Tony Bruno) for the franchise mode as well. EA came out swinging in 2005. …


Game collecting has been booming since the pandemic started. Even before the pandemic the retro gaming scene has been on quite the come-up but right now things are pretty wild. One of the weird things that happens with video games is that certain games unexpectedly get pricey. I try to not to spend more than sixty dollars on any game purchase (which makes the new generation’s 70 dollar price tag less than ideal). The thought of buying an old Gameboy Advance game for sixty dollars is perplexing to a lot of people but I look at it the same I look at buying a new game for full price, the experience is worth it. If I put in the time and really enjoy a game regardless of when it’s released, it’s worth the money. The pandemic really got me delving deep into the retro gaming space and I was lucky enough to find some expensive game available to buy in person. …


It’s all in the title. I have literally not felt this way in decades. I wake up in the morning and don’t even care who the Browns play this Sunday because I think we can win. I also know we can lose and still be over .500! I’ve dreamed of this moment for so long. Every once in a while I would secretly pretend I had a Patriots shirt on and pucker my lip, lift my pinkie and wax poetic about how “we’re a good football team but the real season starts in the playoffs” and then spend five minutes bullshitting about my team’s weaknesses that don’t actually exist because the Patriots had Tom Brady and Bill Belichick. NOW I CAN DO THOSE THINGS FOR REAL! Ah, let us think about how the Browns may struggle against the Colts because our best running back is out with an MCL sprain and the Colts Defensive Line is strong. Let me feign worry about how Phillip Rivers still has enough in the tank to tear apart our fragile defensive backfield. But that’s all garbage. We have another RB1 in Kareem Hunt and the guys we brought in from the car dealership ran for hundreds of yards last week too! Baker Mayfield is accurate again! AND OBJ! Colts are in for a beating. If we somehow lose….we are still 3–2. …


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Someday?

I am a Christian. I love the Cleveland Browns. I don’t ask for much. I don’t pray for money. I am not a believer in prosperity gospel…..but every once in a while I do ask God for a Browns win. Well…no. I ask God for the Browns to look respectable. I don’t want to put too much pressure on the Almighty by asking for a Browns victory.

You don’t need to tell me how unimportant professional football is in the grand scheme of life. It’s irrelevant especially during a pandemic and the other unprecedented issues facing our world today . But that’s why I feel like it isn’t a big ask. The Browns are one of the few things in my life that strongly bonds me and my Dad. Some of the best memories in my life involve my father and the Browns. I wish, no, I pray that he gets to see the Browns be good again and I want to be there with him. God can do all things! He is the most mighty and I pray HARD! I pray harder than Myles Garrett hits Quarterbacks with his helmet. I go to church Sunday morning and really try to be good! I kiss my baby and hug my wife. …


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I want people to be able to achieve their dreams. In the United States, a lot of people dream of playing professional football. American Football is unique because there aren’t a lot of avenues to go pro outside of the NFL. The CFL has been a steady pro football league but other options like the AFL, NFL Europe, XFL, USFL, and more have all died. Compared to the options basketball has globally to be played professionally, American football is lagging far behind. That’s why I loved the Arena Football League, it was a league where professional dreams could come true. …


It’s jarring watching a league so steeped in meaningful social justice work fail at such an important component of equality, the hiring process.

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Source: WNBA

Eight out of the twelve head coaches in the WNBA are men. In the head coaching space, these are mediocre men who failed to find success at other levels of coaching. The WNBA doesn’t need to be a golden parachute for failed male coaches nor does it need to be a jumping off point for a career. Derek Fisher is a bad coach. He has been a bad coach at every level. He was a terrible coach for the Knicks and that qualified Fisher to take over one of the most storied franchises in WNBA history. He has no experience coaching women nor any experience successfully coaching anybody. Walt Hopkins went to Harvard, did some coaching while running a business and landed a head coaching job in one of the biggest markets in the League. Hopkins was an assistant coach for a few year, and got a nice player development gig and then a big time coaching job. He shouldn’t be a head coach in the WNBA. …


A lot of discussion has taken place about the length of games recently due to the recent release of the overly long The Last of Us 2 and some choice tweets. As a grown man with two kids and three jobs the time commitment of games is something I grapple with daily. I used to be a die-hard Madden player and would fight in local competitions playing Street Fighter. Now, I can’t commit to the 40 minutes or more needed to complete a game of Madden. I still dabble in fighting games a lot but the learning curve and time investment needed to be competitive is beyond me now. …


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NBA Jam is a legendary basketball game. It has withstood the test of time as we can see now with the hype around the recent release of Arcade 1UP’s NBA Jam Arcade Cabinet. What’s fascinating about NBA Jam is that the console ports were just as influential and ubiquitous as the original arcade game. There is a generation of people who talk about NBA Jam only as the Super Nintendo or Genesis game. As arcade ports from the early 90’s go, the 16-bit ports of NBA Jam were masterful. They captured the spirit of the game and the controls felt great. The 16-bit ports of NBA Jam weren’t perfect though. They were missing some crucial details that made the arcade games so popular and visually appealing. One of those things was sprite scaling. As a player gets closer or further from the “camera” the sprite stays the same size. You lose the illusion of depth on the court without the player sprite changing size as you get closer or further from the screen. …


Some of the most impactful moments of gaming showcasing diversity are in it’s smallest details. There are games and genres that can get away with not deviating from the standard and nobody will really notice. Racing games are my biggest example of these moments and details. In most racing games all you see are the car or a set of hands in holding a steering wheel. Most games just show a pair of white hands holding the wheel. It’s not a big deal and most people don’t notice. It’s the type of thing that if I were to complain about it publicly I would be shouted down for being an SJW or for being mad about something that “doesn’t matter.” It does matter. The normalization of diverse people in different roles is critical to breaking down stereotypes for people of color and people of diverse identities.


There is nothing more dangerous, exciting, and visceral than seeing a player dunk and shatter the backboard. It’s a rare occurrence now because the technology has caught up to the ferocity of the slam but there was a time where Darryl Dawkins could pull the house down on any given night.

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Let’s Reminisce back to a time when Jordan went over seas to ruin some foreign backboards, Shaq forced the NBA to change how the hoops were made, and wearing rec specs was the only safe way to play. …

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James Cosby

My education is in Counseling (M. Ed). I love the Browns, Knicks, Retro Gaming, and Pro Wrestling. I've been a student affairs professional for a decade.

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