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Lorenzo Alexander Goes Super Bowl Shopping

Posted by Matt Terl on February 3, 2009 – 5:13 pm

In my imagination, football players don’t go grocery shopping. They have People who go grocery shopping for them, and if they do have to run into the store themselves, they are immediately swarmed by thousands of rabid autograph-seeking fans.

As has so often been the case since I started working here, my imagination proves to be completely wrong.

Following on the relative success of my trip to help Todd Yoder pick up his kids from daycare, I asked Lorenzo Alexander if I could go grocery shopping with him. I expected it to be a complicated negotiation, something that would require me to hang around at the ready for a last-minute phonecall. Instead he shrugged, said sure, and told me that he and his wife would be making a Costco trip later in the week.

The assigned date arrived, and … well, Alexander and his wife were good company, and their daughter was adorable, but ultimately it was a trip to the bulk warehouse store just like any other. Things were purchased in enormous quantities, shopping lists were amiably ignored, and many samples were consumed.

The video is after the jump, so you can see for yourselves. It reveals such secrets as WHERE Lorenzo Alexander watched the Super Bowl, WHO he hangs out with, and the shocking truth of WHAT vitamin enriched supplement he favors. Read more »

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Madden Football Is Shockingly Accurate

Posted by Matt Terl on February 3, 2009 – 2:09 pm

Last week, I mentioned that Tecmo Super Bowl and Madden 09 had both generated Super Bowl predictions through simulation. Tecmo Super Bowl was, somewhat unsurprisingly, flat-out wrong. The Cardinals didn’t win, the players were NOT two-dimensional and pixelated, and each team had more than eight plays in their playbook.

Madden’s prediction, though … that one was a little closer. A lot closer, actually. Chris Littmann at First Cuts explains:

Score at halftime
Sim: 21-7 Steelers
Real game: 17-7 Steelers

Final score
Sim: 28-24 Steelers
Real game: 27-23

Ben Roethlisberger
Sim: 21/28 for 238 yards
Real game: 21/30 for 256 yards

There are more in the link, include an EXACT prediction of Santonio Holmes’s receiving yards. Between this demonstration of the power of the Madden AI, the recent University of Oregon survey indicating that Madden players are smarter football fans, and the early revelation of some of the features coming up in Madden 10, it’s been a good week for the Madden franchise.

And, actually, the man who helped create the video game franchise has been receiving just about uniformly good reviews for his job covering the Super Bowl. So maybe it’s just been a good week for Madden, full stop. Read more »

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Tuesday, February 3: Colt Brennan Back On The News In Hawaii

Posted by Matt Terl on February 3, 2009 – 10:29 am

Things have been quiet on the Colt Brennan front here. No pineapples showing up in the lobby of Redskins Park, no videos of the trainers, nothing. Even the blog contingent of the Cult of Colt has been pretty quiet for the last little while.

This is probably because Brennan isn’t actually here. Instead, he’s back in Hawai’i, primarily for a bit of a break, but also for tonight’s Evening With Colt Brennan benefit for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.


It looks like tickets are still available, although anyone on the mainland will likely have some difficulty actually getting there before the festivities kick off at 6:00 p.m. Hawai’i time. On the other hand, if you live on the West Coast and have your private jet gassed up and ready to go, you have the opportunity to sit with Miami Dolphins rookie WR Davone Bess, with the proceeds going to a good cause. Read more »

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