Wednesday, August 08, 2007

At Least We'll Steamroll Idaho

So sayeth EA Sports anyway...

Brink hits Gibson deep on a PRETTY deep ball. Not sure why the Idaho fans in the stands are cheering, but you get the idea. Hmm, you can almost hear Bob and Jim right now:
"One back and 4 wide receivers in the formation, Brink takes the snap and gives to Tardy, NO, he's going to throw. Sets up, throws the home run ball down the left side, got a man out there it's GIBSON with the catch and HE'S GONE, 30, 20, 10, 5, TOUCHDOWN WASHINGTON STATE!"
Jim: "GO YOU SUMBITCH GO! YEE-HAH!":



Bumpus takes a kickoff to the house. Talk about breakaway speed:

Bob: "Bumpus takes the kick at the 10 yard line, now up the left side, gets a block at the 30 AND LOOK OUT, HE MAY GO! 50, 40, 30, 20, 10, 5, TOUCHDOWN WASHINGTON STATE!"
Jim: "YEEE-HAW! OUR GUY GOT HELD BY ONE OF THEIR GUYS ON THE 40-YARD LINE BOB, I CAN'T BELIEVE THEY LET THAT GO, BUT I'LL TAKE IT!":



More to come this year. I'll sim each WSU game before they play, and report back with full stats. Kind of a different, fun angle to take on the upcoming season.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ugh. I simmed the upcoming season on ps2 and apparently an 0-12 year is approaching. Yep, losses to SDSU (55-21), Idaho (32-31), Stanford (45-13), and USC (81-0, although this one could come true). Oddly, they lost to eventual national champion and undefeated Wisconsin (in the sim) by only 3, 32-29. Go figure. Last year EA spit out a 1-11 year for us, and the year before that had us going, 2-9. In other words, EA is very unreliable. Besides that, I like your idea. Hopefully your console has better luck than mine. It would be nice to hear that a win is approaching before each game.

PS Your Bob and Jim impersonation was spot on. :)

Sedihawk said...

45-13 to Stanford?? 81-0 vs. USC?? WOW. I can't help but laugh at that. We'll see what the XBox 360 version has to say about all that.

Duane said...

The day after I had to drive to three Wal-Marts to find a copy of NCAA '08... my 360 broke.

So, after sending it off to Microsoft to repair, who knows when I'll get it back. I had just sent off for the rosters too!

Did ya'll happen to catch Brackenridge's antics on the new HBO show about the Chiefs' training camp?

Sedihawk said...

Don't feel bad about the 360. I'm on my second one myself. The good news is it sounds like MS has their stuff together with their recent machines, so hopefully you'll get a newer version and things will be fine. I treat mine with kid gloves, and I even have a small fan blowing on it to keep from over-heating! NCAA '08 is a great game and the highlights will be fun to post this year.

Didn't see Brackenridge on HBO, but I read that he was fined for dancing poorly??

Brinkhater said...

Hey kids: Dr. (in training) Brinkhater here...

Most of the SIMS are based on probability models that are like Ken Pomeroy's site for college basketball. So, the results you are seeing represents what the odds say would happen if the teams played like 100 times...

That's the reason why you get variable results....after all, if WSU played Idaho 100 teams, isn't it conceivable that Idaho would win one 32-31????

If Harbaugh's boys beat us 45-13, that would be the pinnacle of poop island, though...no doubt about it..

BTW: My kid has a 360 and MAN does that thing run hot...should I be as concerned as your comments suggest???

Inquiring Brinkhaters want to know

Sedihawk said...

Young Brinkhater has a 360?? That's cool (and I have to admit, I'm surprised). I didn't know you were cool with video games as a parent. I guess it's the generation of kids today though. Video games actually beat out movie theaters in total revenues last year, the first time that's ever happened. Ah, yes, we creep closer and closer to being a society of shut-ins.

The main board on the 360 gets way too hot and they never got the cooling system right, so, it's a design flaw that they are working on right now. The new machines that they are releasing now have a smaller, different main chip, too, which is supposedly much cooler than the current one. So that will help. But MS is taking a $1 billion dollar "bath" based on 360's going belly-up. The good news is that they are taking responsibility for it, admitting the design flaw by eating the $1 billion to replace broken 360's. So, your 360 has a full 2-year warranty, and they usually replace them within a couple of weeks, if not sooner.

Anyway, uh, YEAH, I'd be very concerned about the 360 and the heat. Make damn sure it's in an area with a lot of air flow. If you have it stuck in an entertainment center without much clearance, then it's only a matter of time before it dies. I have good ventilation now. Also, they have things called intercoolers that you can actually snap on to the back of the box and it flows cool air inside of the machine, but I've read mixed reviews on those. Some people say they are great, others believe they broke their 360 because of it! But I know that I never turn mine on without having the mini-fan in place to help move the air. I know it works, as before when I'd open the disc drive and feel the disc after playing for a while, it would be hot to the touch. Now when I'm done, the game is just a little warm, so I know the fan is doing the job internally.

Finally, I never, ever have it on for more than 90 minutes, maybe 2 hours tops, at a time. And then it's off for the day (but it's not a problem as I only play in the morning while I'm on the treadmill...I'm weird like that!).

By the way, I don't know if you've seen the college hoops game for the 360, but it's an amazing game! I played the NCAA's as the Cougs and got us to the elite 8, but we couldn't corral Roy Hibbert and Jeff Green and the dream died in the Meadowlands.

Duane said...

I've also heard you the Intercooler system is bad for the 360. If you go to Amazon and look at the reader reviews for it, most everyone says to not get the Intercooler and that it tore their system up. That's the reason I never grabbed one, but my 360 has been burning up on a number of occassions. Although, there have been a couple of times I've played Oblivion for 6+ hours, which probably didn't help things...

What kind of fan did you get to cool the system? Did you just point it toward the back of the machine and turn it on when you play?

And which college hoops game did you play with the Cougs? NCAA March Madness or the 2K Sports version? If you happen to have the March Madness game, a great feature: you could add someone as a friend on your 360 (let's say me for instance) and once I approve your friend request, you can turn on your basketball game and be able to access any files I may have uploaded for the game. Thus, you would be able to access and download my roster file, which has every name on every team filled in. Thus, you can play with the updated rosters rather than "PG#10" running your offense.

Made the game way more entertaining for me...

Sedihawk said...

Wow, Duane, you are right! Those Amazon customer reviews are brutal. I don't see myself getting an intercooler, ever. The little fan I got is just this small little desk fan that you clamp on to something, and it goes in all different angles. I have it blowing directly on the back of the box, and that seems to work. I mentioned it before but the game disc coming out of the machine is no longer glowing (or at least hot to the touch). Give it a shot, it was only like $10 at Fred Meyer.

And, the NCAA hoops is the 2K brand. I tried the March Madness demo but I just didn't get into it. I'm a 2K college guy and have been for years, so I kind of stick with them. You are right though, using player names is key for these NCAA games!

Sedihawk said...

Meanwhile, WE'VE BEEN RIGHT ALL ALONG on the Sonics! OKC ownership has been lying since the day they took over. One of the owners has now let the cat officially out of the bag:

http://sonicscentral.com/blog/?p=1389

It just gets uglier, and uglier, and uglier....