As I mentioned earlier, cornerback DeAngelo Hall was practicing like a man possessed today.
I had seen the news late last week that Hall’s rankings had taken the biggest drop of any player’s in this year’s edition of Electronic Arts’ wildly successful Madden football videogame, plummeting 25 points from a 93 to a 68. And I had seen Hall’s angry comments about that ratings hit on his Twitter feed.
So it didn’t take a genius to put together the aggressive, enthusiastic display on the practice field with the Twittered frustration, and after practice Hall confirmed my suspicions.
“Ah, I’m feelin’ good, man. We just keep trying to get better, but, yeah, I’m trying to blow off some steam with my Madden rating.”
So I asked the obvious question: had he heard about Ethan Albright’s legendarily horrible Madden rating?
“I heard that,” Hall told me, “but it had kinda been in one in ear out the other. But as the release date gets closer, I’m starting to get a little bit more paranoid, I’m thinking about trying to get my name and likeness pulled off the game entirely. ‘Cause this is bull.”
Well, I suggested, maybe you could write a strongly-worded letter, like (LANGUAGE WARNING!) the one attributed to Ethan?
“I know that letter, but I don’t need that letter. I don’t think that letter’s going to change anybody’s opinion.”
Well, what about EA making in-season improvements to the ranking?
“They do that as the season goes on, so hopefully if I grab ten or twelve [interceptions], and get my respect back, my dignity back … we’ll see.”
By this point it was clear that Hall was legitimately bummed out by this turn of events, and I said so.
“Well, yeah,” he said, and paused. “I’m a little disappointed in the system. Good thing I don’t play the game for Madden ratings.”
Speaking of DeAngelo Hall’s Twitter feed, I also had to ask him about his report that he had met the US ambassador to London — at the private third portion of Santana Moss’s Multi-Phase Birthday Extravaganza, no less. Or, more specifically, I had to ask what he and the ambassador had found to talk about.
“The next [NFL] trip over there,” he said. “He’s trying to do something about that, so” — he shrugged — “shoot. He actually hasn’t been appointed yet, but he said President Obama’s set to appoint him this week, so soon-to-be-appointed.
“But now I got a connection so that whenever I go over there, I can walk around like I’m Michael Jackson with a little bit of security. That’s why I’m always scared to go places like that.”
And that’s the life of DeAngelo Hall as of June 1, 2009: motivated by a video game and hobnobbing with ambassadors at private parties.
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