I'm not sure what is going on with me, but I think I've been pretty run down recently. Friday night I stayed in because I wasn't feeling all that well, but I was also bored. I decided to check out the Virtual Console on the Wii Online Channel. I found that I could download Tecmo Bowl from the original Nintendo system. I immediately picked "Chicago" and got to playing.
This version is a little worse because it no longer has a NFLPA license. It still has the old school numbers, but no names attached. Luckily, my knowledge told me that #18 was Mike Tomczak and #35 was Neal Anderson. I was still a solid player, but it took me a second to recall the old strategies. After a few games, I realized that Tecmo Bowl was still a lot of fun, if not a little easier than I remember it. That is, until I was forced to face "Los Angeles."
The Raiders are such a tough team on this game. I decided that I would pick Bo Jackson's running play every time and allow them either Marcus Allen or both of their pass plays. The first time I played the Raiders, Bo Jackson scored 3 TIMES. 3 TIMES! It didn't matter that I picked his play, this guy was just that dominant. It was amazing. Rarely have I seen athletic feats of such as Bo Jackson's performance on Tecmo Bowl.
Luckily, in our rematch (I obviously lost the first game) Bo Jackson was mostly contained and "Chicago" was triumphant. I finished off "Indianapolis" in the final game on Saturday morning. What a lame story of me playing an old video game!
The only thing worth mentioning on Saturday is that I finally got around to watching the movie "Zombieland." Not a bad little movie! I was fully entertained at Woody Harrelson being a fully capable zombie killer. The celebrity cameo in the middle of the movie is surely one of the best cameos I've seen in a long time. I won't spoil it in case you haven't seen it.
On Sunday, I went over to my friend John's house to watch the Bears game and the Red Zone Channel. Once again, I was quite entertained by the Red Zone channel action. It has to be the best channel ever created.
Bears/Vikings - I agree that the Cutler made a few bad throws and that one of his two interceptions were completely his fault (the INT he threw in the end zone.) However, I was pleased for the most part with the Bears performance. They moved the ball with their run game much more than other games, and could've easily let the dysfunctional Vikings steal a game at Soldier Field, so I am happy to see the Bears at 6-3. They have A LOT to work out if they want to be considered legit, but they are in a much better situation than other improving teams that have already dug themselves massive holes (49ers.)
49ers/Rams - Speaking of the Niners, how in the heck are they still involved in the division race? They are now 3-6, 1-1 in the division, 4 division games left and 2 games back of the Seahawks. It's not a preferable situation for them, but am I crazy to think that Troy Smith looks great under center and that a division run is still possible for them? The key for them is to work on eliminating dumb holding penalties and I actually think they could get back in the NFC West race. Every week is huge though.
The Raiders - They have a bye week and things still go right for them! The Broncos pounded Chiefs behind a stellar performance from Kyle Orton. I'm glad to see him statistically doing well in Denver, but it does make the Bears' trade for Cutler look pretty bad. Anyway, the Chiefs dropped to 5-4 and are now tied with the Raiders for the division league. What a terrible division. The Chargers are the best team by far, but they are inexplicably 4-5, meanwhile the Broncos are impossible to figure out and the Raiders and Chiefs sit at the top of the division. Both AFC and NFC West divisions are embarrassing.
The Walking Dead - This show is ridiculous. This episode wasn't the most exciting all the way through, but Rick and three others going back to Atlanta after Rick realizes his family is alive ups the stakes quite a bit. They were just reunited and now his running right back into the haven of zombies! The guns should be worth it and of course they need to extend the tension on the whole Rick/Lori/Shane love triangle. If you haven't started watching, what is wrong with you? Get on it!