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  • johndoe 12:50 pm on June 5, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    NFL 1979: Big Pauly’s Week 1 Recap 

    Tampa Stadium, the old home for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers NFL squad.

    The 60th season in NFL history began at Tampa Stadium, where the Bucs and Lions did battle on a Saturday night of a Labor Day weekend.  The Bucs were 29-9 winners, lead by Doug Williams, who threw 2 TD’s passes and ran another one in.  Lots of buzz amongst the NFL experts that the Bucs could win the NFC Central, quite an accomplishment for just a fourth year team.

    The Dallas media has to wonder what’s happened to the defending NFC Champion Cowboys.  They had a 14-0 lead in St. Louis just three minutes into the game, but could not put the Cardinals away.  They trailed St. Louis 24-21 with a minute and a half left, but a Ron Springs kickoff return got them downfield quickly for a Rafael Septien chip shot field goal tied the game at 24.  One problem: they left 54 seconds of playing time left on the board.  Veteran QB Jim Hart led the Cards down to the Cowboy 29 yard line, and Steve Little hit a FG on the final play of regulation for the stunning upset, 27-24.

    Philadelphia, the miracle team of the 1978 NFL season, got their season off to a good start with a 38-14 trashing of the lowly Giants.  Wilbert  Montgomery rushed for 114 yards and 2 TD’s, and caught passes for another TD and 103.  They actually tried the New Yorkers 14-10 after three quarters before a 28 point barrage in the 4th turned the game around.

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  • johndoe 6:48 pm on June 4, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    NFL 1979: An Introduction 

    New Orleans battles the Eagles in this game from 3rd week of the 1979 season…

    So here’s one of my projects at present: a replay of the 1979 season using Action! PC Football.

    The ’79 season is the first year I religiously followed the NFL at the ripe old age of 8.  The local team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, were really starting to have successes after starting their franchise 0-26 over the 1976 and 1977 seasons.  I was in third grade at Anona Elementary in Largo, Florida, and my dad, a Publix Supermarkets meat cutter, got tickets to go watch a few Bucs games at old Tampa Stadium, affectionately called The Sombrero.  The first game I ever went to was on August 18, 1979 as the Bucs battled the Saints and won 14-7.

    But, enough about me.  Let me go over the ground rules of this project:

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  • johndoe 8:41 am on June 2, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Alex Cole, OOTP Baseball,   

    Spreadsheet Baseball 

    A look at the OOTP Las Vegas 51s, the AAA farm team of the Blue Jays. June 2, 2012.

    During the week, I gained a new addiction, and it is called Out Of The Park Baseball. More specifically, the 13th version of OOTP, as fans refer to it as.

    This is not your father’s baseball video game, nor is it a PS3 or X-Box 360 game decided by good reflexes. Nor is it a game based on superior graphics. It is, basically, an interactive spreadsheet of baseball.

    What can you do with it? It’d probably be better to describe what you can NOT do with it. You can pilot any or even all of the 30 MLB teams, or even pilot a minor league team, one of my favorite things to do.

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