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keef
02-05-2010, 11:51 AM
http://videogames.yahoo.com/events/plugged-in/nfl-players-learning-lessons-from-madden/1387412

supermanhr9
02-05-2010, 12:24 PM
NFL players learning lessons from Madden
by Ben Silverman


Buzz up!



Playing the game makes you better at the Game.
With its realistic take on NFL football, EA's hit Madden series turns gamers into virtual NFL players.

Just imagine, then, what it might do for actual pros.

An article in the new issue of Wired points out that tons of current players, many of whom grew up playing video games, use Madden as a sort of training tool, giving them an edge over their non-gaming forbears.

The piece centers on Denver Bronco's wide receiver Brandon Stokley, who made headlines last year after using an old Madden technique during a real game: instead of running in for an easy touchdown, he ran down the length of the entire goal line to stay in bounds, burning precious time off the clock to ensure that it was a game-winner.

Stokley later said that he had pulled that trick “probably hundreds of times” in Madden.

Other athletes tell Wired author Chris Sullentrop that playing Madden has given contemporary players a football education at a much earlier age than former stars.

"Back when I was playing football, we didn’t realize what a near or a far formation was, we didn’t really understand what trips meant, we didn’t understand what cover 2, cover 3, and cover zero meant," said Tim Grunhard, an ex All-Pro center for the Kansas City Chiefs. But for current players, Madden "just seemed to help out. The kids understood where the counterplay or power play was going to open up. Or the middle linebacker lining up for a blitz — where the gaps were going to open up.”

Madden maker EA Sports has gone to great lengths to connect the dots between Madden and real players. Pros line up to play the game during Super Bowl weekends, which is also when EA hosts the finals of their annual Madden Challenge event. EA even commissioned a study to determine how playing Madden might affect the football mind. The result? Those who play Madden have higher football IQs (though of course that's a bit loaded, as avid Madden fans are likely bigger NFL geeks than average fans to begin with).

supermanhr9
02-05-2010, 12:25 PM
Stokeley has serisouly gone from one of my more hated competitors to one of my most loved broncos. He's great. Wish he would see more actuon these days.

HorseHead
02-05-2010, 12:39 PM
Now if Stokley could somehow disable the penalty mode on the Broncs...

watermock
02-05-2010, 12:45 PM
We only need one Brandon.

Pony Boy
02-05-2010, 12:55 PM
I think Stokley could be on the trading block, he is a great player but the future is with Eddie Royal at slot receiver. I think we could get a 5th from Houston for Stokley.
That will really fire up the McD haters but I think Stokley's played his last game as a Bronco.

Pick Six
02-05-2010, 02:02 PM
We only need one Brandon.

Alright. Brandon Lloyd, it is...:P

gyldenlove
02-05-2010, 02:16 PM
Stokeley has serisouly gone from one of my more hated competitors to one of my most loved broncos. He's great. Wish he would see more actuon these days.

The problem with Stokley is that he is a fighter who plays damn hard and damn smart. There is no way not to respect a dude who does that.

I think the ultimate wide reciever would have Calvin Johnsons freak body and athleticism and Stokleys personality, ability to run routes, catch balls and work ethic and football smarts. He would essentially be a bigger, faster Jerry Rice.

watermock
02-05-2010, 02:18 PM
You do realize we are going to give away our #1 reciever, right?

TheElusiveKyleOrton
02-05-2010, 03:00 PM
You do realize we are going to give away our #1 reciever, right?

Can you ever NOT hijack a thread? Sweet christ, you are such a little bitch.

Good article, and an interesting take. I can certainly see how Madden could improve one's football IQ. The realism of on-the-field situations is absolutely incredible.

DenverBrit
02-05-2010, 04:31 PM
Can you ever NOT hijack a thread? Sweet christ, you are such a little b****.

Good article, and an interesting take. I can certainly see how Madden could improve one's football IQ. The realism of on-the-field situations is absolutely incredible.


As far as Mock's concerned, the Mane is just one big, endless thread. 8')

~Crash~
02-05-2010, 09:04 PM
Can you ever NOT hijack a thread? Sweet christ, you are such a little b****.

Good article, and an interesting take. I can certainly see how Madden could improve one's football IQ. The realism of on-the-field situations is absolutely incredible.

hijack yep you quite good at it .

ZONA
02-06-2010, 02:05 AM
I think Stokley could be on the trading block, he is a great player but the future is with Eddie Royal at slot receiver. I think we could get a 5th from Houston for Stokley.
That will really fire up the McD haters but I think Stokley's played his last game as a Bronco.

I don't know about a 5th for Stokes. He turns 34 this summer. I know I wouldn't trade a 5th for him. He's not the most durable guy.

Florida_Bronco
02-06-2010, 03:03 AM
I think Stokley could be on the trading block, he is a great player but the future is with Eddie Royal at slot receiver. I think we could get a 5th from Houston for Stokley.
That will really fire up the McD haters but I think Stokley's played his last game as a Bronco.

Stokley would have little if any trade value at this stage and there is no real logic to dumping him. He's a valuable veteran who can play almost all of the receiver positions.

TheElusiveKyleOrton
02-06-2010, 12:49 PM
hijack yep you quite good at it .

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