Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Armchair Quarterback Stats - Tecmo Super Bowl

Last week's post worked pretty well, not too much notable information from the 8-8 season yet (this blog lost a game to the Bears when playing with the Bucccaneers, so it will need to play with the Buccaneers again during the rematch, that's been the only hiccup), so this blog is going to draw up some more Super Tecmo nuggets it discovered while playing a season with each team. This week, statistics on the Quarterbacks:

-Easily the most oft-injured quarterback was Randall Cunningham (QB Eagles), who had 9 injuries and was out a total of 70 quarters. A distant second and third were Don Majkowski with 6 injuries and 46 quarters, and Billy Joe Tolliver with 5 injuries and 49 quarters.

-The only backup quarterback to get injured was Marc Wilson. This was probably because he was the only backup QB to play the whole season. This blog didn't want to suffer through any Steve Grogan games. Grogan, while infinitely better in real life, was somehow worse than his backup Wilson on Super Tecmo Bowl.

-3 QBs returned onside kicks for TDs. Rodney Peete did it when Pun City was controlling him, and Randall Cunningham and Steve Walsh did it for the computer.

Records Set By Pun City:
  • Completions: Dave Krieg, 175
  • Touchdown Passes: Jim Everett and Wade Wilson, 61
  • Fewest Interceptions: John Elway, 1 in 150 attempts
  • Average Yds. Per Attempt: Warren Moon, 24.2
  • Completion Percentage: Jim Kelly, 86.7%
  • QB Rating: Jim Kelly, 292.7
  • Rushing Attempts: Randall Cunningham, 134
  • Rushing Yards: Randall Cunningham, 1603
  • Yards per carry (min 80 carries): Randall Cunningham, 11.9
  • Rushing TDs: Randall Cunningham, 31
  • Points: Randall Cunningham, 186
Records Set By The Computer:
  • Passing Attempts: Don Majkowski, 281
  • Most Interceptions: Don Majkowski and Bernie Kosar, 32
  • Passing Yards: Warren Moon, 4542
  • Fumble Recovery TD: Dan Marino, 1
  • Combined Yards: Warren Moon, 4813

Next time this blog revisits Tecmo Super Bowl, there will likely be a look at the defensive side of the ball. Kickers and Punters might be up as well. For the time being, enjoy this awesomely pun-tastic commercial:


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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Pun City's Tecmo Run: 26 for 28 Titles (Darn Colts and Cardinals)

Pun City just finished its 28th season of Tecmo Super Bowl, taking a turn with each team in the game. Lots of results to report, some interesting, some not. We here at Pun City aren't too keen on the whole "editing" fad, so you get to enjoy the Writer's Cut of the information. Away we go...
  • Overall Record: 420-28-0 (.938) in the regular season, 81-2-0 (.976) in the playoffs, for a total of 501-30-0 (.944) overall.
  • 26 Super Bowl titles, the Colts lost to the 49ers in the Super Bowl, the Cardinals lost to the 49ers in the NFC Title Game.
  • The tie for the most injuries went to John Stephens and David Meggett with 23 each. Stephens, however, was injured a total of 168 quarters (42 games) as compared to Meggett's 140 quarters (35 games).
  • Total injuries in the game for 28 seasons: 1152, for a total of 7665 quarters (1916.25 games)
  • If injuries were completely random and split evenly amongst all teams in the game, the expected amount of injuries this site's teams would have suffered would be 42 for 274 quarters.
  • Pun City would say that the game's internal computer is a jackass though, and as a result this blog's players suffered 112 injuries for 735 quarters.
  • This blog believes this occured for a few reasons. One of the ways the game tries to "even out" the human advantage is to injure key players when humans like this blog win too often or by too wide of a margin.
  • This blog's style of play also probably contributes to the higher incidence of injuries. Pun City will go to the bench without an injury or stay with a hot bench player after the original starter has returned. For this reason (among others), 13 players suffered their only injury while Pun City was controlling them. Within those 13, there were 3 players that suffered their only two injuries while under Pun City's leadership.

Single-Season Records set by Pun City:

  • Carries: Johnny Johnson, 211
  • Rushing Yards: Thurman Thomas, 1989
  • Yards Per Carry (min 80 carries): Thurman Thomas, 13.4
  • Rushing TDs: Johnny Johnson and Marion Butts, 39
  • Yards Per Catch (min 16 catches): Mark Carrier, 54.6
  • Receiving TDs: Sterling Sharpe, 33
  • Kick Return Average (min 16 returns): Dwight Stone, 29.9
  • Kick Return TDs: Dwight Stone, 9
  • Punt Returns: Kendal Smith, 31
  • Punt Return Yards: Kendal Smith, 380
  • Punt Return Average (min 10 returns): Vai Sikahema, 19.5
  • Punt Return TD: Mel Gray, Craig Heyward, Tony Martin, 1
  • Onside Kick Return TDs: Cleveland Gary, 3
  • Points: Marion Butts, 306

Single-Season Records set by the Computer:

  • Receptions: Jerry Rice, 78
  • Kick Returns: Sammy Martin, 90
  • Kick Return Yardage: Gaston Green, 1720
  • Receiving Yards: Jerry Rice, 2117
  • Yards From Scrimmage: Thurman Thomas, 2639
  • All-Purpose Yards: David Meggett, 3207

There's some more analysis to be done actually, this blog hasn't summed totals yet so this blog could have a lot more posts where this came from. In the meantime, another Tecmo project is underway: this blog is attempting to have every team finish 8-8 in the next season by attempting to win every game (only 8 times per team). Hopefully that goes well, through 8 Week 1 games it has been a success. Only 448 to go.


Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Long Beach State, Pepperdine, and USC: Pun City's Top Picks in the LA Area

Pun City is back with a recap of the California trip. (Yeah, very creative, point noted).

Thursday this blog flew from Milwaukee to Memphis to Los Angeles, thinking that a Sports Illustrated would be able to amuse Pun City for the whole trip. The Sports Illustrated lasted roughly until Memphis.

This blog wrongly thought that there were enough articles that Pun City missed, and that these would entertain this site the last leg of the trip. After paging through the whole magazine, there had maybe been one article this blog hadn't read, so it took about 3 air miles to find out this blog wouldn't have much to do the rest of the ride. Adding to the problem was that the seating layout did not lend itself to this blog trying to sleep.

All was not lost, however, as this blog had grabbed a Los Angeles city map in Milwaukee so there was now a chance to study the map. This blog realized that Loyola Marymount, one of the 7 planned college destinations, was right next to LAX, where Pun City was flying in to.

This fact, combined with some last-minute plan changes, led to Pun City heading directly to LMU right after picking up a rental car (Chevy Cobalt, pretty solid, decent amount of leg room). LMU's campus is pretty cool, lots of white mission-style buildings. This blog was able to get into their gym, but a seemingly closed cheerleading practice was in session, so Pun City wasn't really wanting to get yelled at this early in the journey. Not surprisingly, the basketball rims were also off-limits since the cheerleaders were on the court. 0 for 1 on that front. Bookstore was open, however, so this blog got a shirt. 1 for 1 there.

Got some In-N-Out Burger, then visited this blog's friend Becky, who was temporarily displaced to a hotel. We were able to go to some Western Saloon place and get an appetizer and a drink. Shortly after, this blog drove over to friend Josh's place and stayed over there for the night (as would be the case most nights of the trip).

Friday this blog woke to news that Josh would be able to hang out all day, which was a surprise as this blog had expected him to be working all day. This was cool though, since he was alright heading to college campuses for the day, which not everyone would be down with.

The first Friday stop was Cal State-Northridge. Pretty solid campus, smaller but a really good Union and the basketball stadium had palm trees lining the entrance. Also of note was the orange grove at the campus entrance. This blog was able to grab rim (1 for 2) as the gym was empty and the hoop was collapsed. Also cool was the bookstore was open (2 for 2) and this blog got a hat.
Above: Displaying the crazy vertical it takes to hang on the rim at Cal State-Northridge.

Next up was UCLA, which really had a magnificent campus. Tucked into it was Pauley Pavilion, a hoops mecca but not the flashiest building this blog has ever seen. As a side note, having been to Cameron Indoor earlier this year, these two places prove that you can have one of the most breathtaking indoor stadiums without having a flashy exterior.

Pauley was open, and this blog was again able to grab rim (2 for 3), this time it was collapsed again. The bookstore was also open (3 for 3), and this blog got some wristbands.

Above: Pauley Pavilion, set up for Volleyball.

The last campus for Friday was USC, which ended up being this blog's favorite campus. A brand new arena, an abundance of shaded areas, lots of brick buildings and an attractive student body contributed to the high ranking. Pun City and Josh got into the Galen Center (USC's new basketball facility), setting off an alarm in the process. None of the workers even flinched at this, apparently they'd had a lot of false alarms. The arena looked really cool with its 6 windows letting light in, and the brand new floor looked pretty cool too.

Unfortunately, no basketball hoops were in sight, collapsed or otherwise, so this blog went rimless, bringing its total to 2 for 4 through Friday's visits. The bookstore was open (4 for 4), but this blog isn't a huge USC fan and didn't see any huge bargains that necessitated a purchase.

Friday night this blog went to the Angels-Twins game with Becky and company, and Angels Stadium, the game, and the postgame fireworks were all pretty awesome.

Saturday this blog was able to check out UC-Irvine, Cal State-Fullerton, and Long Beach State on its own. Irvine's gym was closed, so no rim there (2 for 5); however their bookstore was open (5 for 5), and this blog got a shirt. Irvine has a good campus, almost reminiscent of North Carolina's, with rolling hills and a lot of sunshine.

Cal State-Fullerton, on the other hand, was another story. While the gym was open and this blog was able to grab a collapsed rim again (3 for 6), the bookstore, visitor information booth, and practically everything else was closed up, leaving this blog 5 for 6 in the bookstore department. The fact that most of the state-run university was closed on a Saturday combined with an unshaded, small, fairly lame campus earned Fullerton the distinction of worst campus on the trip.

This blog went to Long Beach State without a lot of expectations. Josh had said that it was a pretty dull campus, and the place does look dull from one street. Looks were rather deceiving, however. Once on campus, Long Beach State is pretty impressive. Their student union has a pool in the middle of it, their basketball stadium is a giant blue pyramid, and there's tons of green spaces, shade, and some fountains here and there. The pyramid was hosting an AAU tournament, so unfortunately no rim grabbing (3 for 7), but the bookstore was open (6 for 7), and this blog picked up a t-shirt.

Above: Yet another reason why Long Beach State is awesome.

Saturday night this blog went with Becky to Dave and Buster's, and after struggling for a while found its niche at a trivia game. Sunday morning both Becky and Josh expressed interest in heading to Malibu to see Pepperdine's campus. This was cool, since Pun City wasn't expecting to get in an 8th campus on this trip. While the bookstore wasn't open on a Sunday (understandable), their basketball court was open, and this blog grabbed rim on a fully-extended hoop for the first time on the trip. This left Pun City 6 for 8 on bookstores and 4 for 8 on rims grabbed. Not too shabby.

By the way, Pepperdine's campus deserves special mention as perhaps the most picturesque campus in America, just amazing views of the Pacific and not far from a state park that has some amazing mountains. All this combined with a near-Olympic-sized (if not Olympic-sized) pool and a fantastic tennis facility. Oh, plus the basketball court is brand new and all of their facilities look to be very well-maintained.

So there you have it, big ups to pretty much everyone but Fullerton, Irvine could open up their basketball court but that's about their only knock, and Long Beach is really underrated. So let that be a lesson to you.

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Wednesday, August 08, 2007

We're Number One! For High-Stepping Pizzas!

Pun City checked out Google today, and this blog is proud to announce that it is now #1 on the charts for all of the following searches:

1. high-stepping pizza
2. "high-stepping pizza"
3. high-stepping pizzas
4. "high-stepping pizzas"

(Feel free to check for yourself)

Thanks to the readership, Google, and any formulas and programmers that made this day possible. Pun City pledges to continue being the web's leading source for all of your high-stepping pizza needs, and for any high-stepping pizzas you might also need information on.

Here's a cool link:

And above is a picture of a pizza that would probably leave you high-stepping away.

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Tuesday, August 07, 2007

A LAX Effort

Alright, this blog is copping out a little tonight due to a long late tennis match and an upcoming trip. Did someone say upcoming trip? Whoa, wouldn't everyone like to know the proposed itinerary of said trip? Yes? Awesome!

Thursday - Flying to Los Angeles via Memphis. Because Memphis is on the way to LA from Milwaukee, right? Anyway, getting into LA around 5:00 and driving to Friend #1's place. Hopefully some In-N-Out or Jack In The Box that night.

Friday - For most of the day, need to entertain Pun City's self. This blog ideally would like to get to Loyola Marymount, USC, UCLA, and Cal State-Northridge. The impetus is on this blog to finish as many schools as possible by around 5:00 since Pun City and friends are going to the Angels-Twins game that night at 7:00 and would like to get there early to check out Angels Stadium.

Saturday - Pun City starts the day with Friend #1, but Friend #1 then has a wedding that afternoon/evening to get to. It would be cool to get to UC-Irvine and Cal State-Fullerton at some point on Saturday. For the afternoon/evening, the plan is to get to Friend #2's place and then head to Dave & Buster's. This blog's never been, but it sounds pretty fun. Staying the night at Friend #2's.

Sunday - Open day. Could go to San Diego, also maybe Malibu, or just chill in LA and get to a mall or something. Any schools this blog hasn't cleaned up already would be a nice addition here. Or if this blog is in San Diego or Malibu, getting to the University of San Diego, San Diego State, and Pepperdine would be cool. Long Beach State would be a nice spot to visit at some point, although...

Monday - Getting to the home of the Dirtbags would be a good pickup here. Not flying out until 12:15, so this blog doesn't think it'd be too much to ask, especially considering Long Beach isn't ridiculously far from LAX. Flying through Minneapolis this time, a little closer to a direct flight as compared to the Milwaukee-Memphis-LA flight.

That's all this blog's got for now, gotta get some rest before another big showdown/throwdown tomorrow night.

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