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Remembering the best sports video games of all-time

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Remembering the best sports video games of all-time

Yesterday was National Video Game Day, so CSN posted asking fans what their favorite sports video games were and it brought back all kinds of nostalgia.

Most of the games were older, so let’s jump in the time machine to remember the amazing games from our childhood that we still love to this day.

NHL 94

This was one of the first games I remember really begging my dad for. I was eight years old and I got a Sega for my birthday, but I’m not sure my dad really got the concept of needing the newest and best games to play on the console. This was definitely one of them.

The introduction of the one-timer was an absolute game-changer and I basically scored every goal either this way or doing a wrap-around, which the goalies could never figure out how to save. While fighting was removed from the game, NHL 94 was one of the first games where the gameplay really took over.

Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out

What an experience.

I can’t tell you how many hours I spent as Little Mac on my Nintendo, and later on an emulator at Cheltenham High School on the computers in the library when I was supposed to be doing some sort of project.

The story was tremendous. Running through the streets with Doc and facing the likes of Don Flamenco, King Hippo, Great Tiger, and eventually, Mike Tyson was remarkable.

My mind was absolutely blown last year when this game secret was discovered.

Backyard Baseball

For the simple fact that we were introduced to one of the greatest sports video game characters of all time, Pablo Sanchez.

 

NBA Jam

Nick brings up an interesting point, this game was not only amazing on console, but also in the arcade. I spent the majority of my youth at Challenges Arcade at the Willow Grove Mall (RIP) because my step dad was the manager. I think I had every single birthday there. NBA Jam was one of the best games to play at the arcade, unless you also count Top Skater as a sports game. In addition to its prowess at the arcade, NBA Jam was tremendous for Sega, especially if you used the Bill Clinton cheat code.

Tecmo Bowl and Tecmo Super Bowl

There were a lot of votes for both versions and along with Madden 2004 and Joe Montana’s Sports Talk Football, these are my favorite football games of all time. Sorry to everyone who listed NFL2K5, I just was a Madden guy.

What I loved about the Tecmo Bowl games the most was how absolutely dominant some individual players were. In Tecmo Bowl, the Chicago Bears were almost unfair to use unless you were playing the computer. What Walter Payton could do was absolutely unfair. In Tecmo Super Bowl, Bo Jackson was unstoppable and we were all introduced to QB Eagles, who of course, was the incomparable Randall Cunningham.

Honorable Mention

 

Special mention to these three for successfully executing a scene from Billy Madison.

Watch Eagles roast Jay Ajayi after 71-yard run for getting caught

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Watch Eagles roast Jay Ajayi after 71-yard run for getting caught

It's not everyday you see an Eagles player take the ball and run for 71 yards. So Philadelphia fans understandably went bonkers when Jay Ajayi did just that in the Birds' win over the Cowboys on Sunday.

It's also not that frequent that you see a dude get chased down from behind on such a play.

Sadly, the latter happened to Ajayi and his teammates let him hear it on the sidelines after. The fantastic Inside the NFL gave us an up-close look at the roasting.

You almost feel bad for Ajayi, like Kenjon Barner is laying it on a little too thick.

"You slow as $#@!," one player tells him.

"They're gonna lower my speed on Madden," Ajayi says.

Chip Kelly is going back where he belongs

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Chip Kelly is going back where he belongs

After spending the year out of football, former Eagles coach Chip Kelly is returning to the sideline — and might be aligning with ex-Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman in the process.

According to reports, Kelly is expected to accept a head coaching job at one of two college football programs. The decision is down to Florida and UCLA, and he is rumored to have already turned away other high-profile programs such as Nebraska and Tennessee.

UCLA may be Kelly's most likely landing spot at this point, with alumnus Aikman putting on a "full-court press," says ESPN's Mark Schlabach, and Florida supposedly wanting an answer ASAP.

Wherever Kelly winds up going, that should end his unsuccessful foray into the NFL once and for all. Consider this an obituary of sorts.

The move will cement Kelly as a "college coach," if his pro tenure hadn't accomplished that already. After guiding the Eagles to the playoffs and being named Coach of the Year in his first season, he missed the postseason the next two years and was fired. Kelly got the hook again after one miserable season with the 49ers, bottoming out with a 2-14 record.

There are no shortage of excuses for why Kelly flamed out in the NFL. Lack of talent — specifically under center — was certainly a factor, though his failed stint as the chief talent evaluator in his final season with the Eagles certainly contributed to that.

The simple truth is not everything that works in college translates at the next level, and Kelly never adjusted.

Kelly only turns 54 this week, so a return to the professional ranks years down the road isn't completely out of the question. After his last two trainwreck seasons in the league, it's difficult to imagine what an organization would still see.

Employing schemes that aren't suited to the team's personnel, calling the same 10 to 15 plays every game, eliminating the quarterback's ability to call an audible or even something as small as never using a snap count may work at university. Those concepts are fundamentally opposed to what has been successful in the NFL.

Honestly, it's kind of too bad. The Eagles could use that easy W on the schedule periodically.

Perhaps the Eagles should just be grateful to have survived Kelly's radical changes without overhauling the entire roster again, and somehow coming out better off for everything. After releasing DeSean Jackson, trading away LeSean McCoy, trading for Sam Bradford, and spending huge sums of money on the likes of DeMarco Murray and Byron Maxwell -- to name a few, and all in the span of a year -- the franchise easily could've wound up in the tank.

There's no denying Kelly looked like a genius while at Oregon, racking up 46-7 record and three top-five finishes in four seasons as head coach. Yet like so many college coaches before him, and many bound to come after, he was never destined for sustained success in the NFL.