Just want to take a minute and recognize the thousands who play in online Madden leagues and communities. We're all brothers (and sisters) in arms when it comes to lacing up our virtual cleats and taking the field. Disclaimer... This article focuses on a few franchises our staff and myself have participated in and in no way a knock on the countless others not mentioned. Space only allows for so much.
Instead I will focus on three I've been in for years: G4R Madden, True 32 Sim and Fantasy Madden 281. Each has a multi-commish staff for checks and balances and I like the diversity, structure, discipline and leadership they provide. They run year round (since M'13), stay full and advance on time if not early. Some have tried them and found it not to their liking while others revel in them. All good, people have different perceptions of what a credible league is and I'm not here to judge. Let's jump in shall we and get to what makes these 3 stand out for us.
G4R: It's considered the entry point of the 3. It has guidelines in place to keep the hardcore guys challenged and friendly enough to introduce newcomers to franchise play. With live post game conferences by coach G-Love himself what's not to love? Some call it the most sim of the trio but that term is overused in my opinion. No two people will 'ever' agree on what sim is. Its one of the few lgs that has had a female player since 'M25. Over 1/4 of it's original members since day 1 are still here. A cpl members vow this is the 'only' lg for them.
True 32: Rules are a little more loose than G4R and you 'must' be able to take a beating. In fact many have jumped in this league gung-ho only to leave after a brutal initiation by a fellow opponent. It's not lobby by a long shot but you can let your hair down and air it out more. Consider it a cross between G4R and 281. True 32 is one of my personal faves.
Fantasy 281: Some call this the flagship of the 3 and no mercy is shown whatsoever. With limited rules its a notch short of EA's anything goes Madden Tournaments. Picture MUT in franchise mode where teams are full of superstars, some players 99 overall. League has a 'hot seat' where you must win a minimum amount of games each season to stay onboard. It's a refreshing twist and makes you weigh every game heavily. Of course exception to the rule are staff and contributing members who put in countless hours to help keep lg flowing. Get ya weight up fellas, only thing harder than playing in this lg is trying to get in. Members tend to stick around for the long haul.
Note: Article is not a ranking of leagues nor debate forum for what is and what isn't sim. Only an insane person would go down that road. Adjusting rules and sliders does not make a lg sim, neither does having members who are ex football players. They bring a different approach to the game and though insightful is not a be all end all. Its a topic for another day. In short its a video game and meant to be entertaining sim or otherwise. When it ceases to do so no label on the planet will keep you around. Look for other featured lgs in the future.
It's our inaugural NCAA March Madness tourney contest and takes place on Firefan app (Android, iPhone). Most are members but if not download app and register to play it's free and takes about 5mins. Once on app search for NCAA tourney league G4R Spring Madness or look for G4R Nation. Both will direct you to same place.
Much like the brackets you pre-select teams you think will win. Difference is... we award points for correct answers with underdog selection paying nearly double points. Each round brackets are reset and you have a shot at winning that round but scores still accumulate over entire tourney. So even if you whiff a round you can still come through big by being consistent.
Firefan is our NFL contest app but season over we are expanding to NCAA, MLB, NBA and FIFA. Now is a good time to get it a test drive to gear up for later contests. If any questions please let us know?
Firefan is finally here! Real time sports app that's revolutionizing the gaming world. It covers major sports like NFL, NBA, MLB, FIFA, etc but for this article we will focus on football. How it works?... You download 'Firefan' app on iPhone or Google Play store and type in code: G4Rzone to get in instantly without the long register forms. You will be apart of our G4R Nation group and automatically entered to win prizes and awards for contests. As of this posting it's in last week of beta testing and everything looks like a go. App asks questions like: Who will score first? Will first score be a touchdown or field goal? Which team will get first penalty? Will halfback get over 10 yards this drive?... well you get the gist.
Everyone from all walks of life can jump in, play and be competitive. In fact it's on pace to out perform Candy Crush, Angry Birds and Pokemon Go when they launched! Join up today and you will be able to say 'I was there in the beginning'.
Madden Players of America (MPOA) hosted a Madden Tournament in Baltimore yesterday with players from around the region. Marc Rollins was in attendance to help run the festivities. Competition was fierce and it looked like another successful venture for Mr. Rollins and MPOA members. Look forward to next year's event!
Marcus Glover Sr aka G-Love has been a staple in the G4R camp since foundation of league in '13. He approaches each game with same intensity whether he's 2-8 or 8-2... dude has that 'high motor' attribute that commishs love. He doesn't have any Super Bowl rings but what makes him stand out is his zest for the game, good sportsmanship and everyone's favorite... post game conferences.
He does a mock live post game press conference where he answers questions from reporters and viewers. You can't hear the questions but you have a sense of what's being asked. If viewing vid you can see him respond to comments made in real time. Here is latest!
Everyone loves video games be it Call of Duty, Madden, GTA, Mario Kart or poison of your choice gaming knows no age boundaries. If born in last century you have experienced it at some time and point and have spent numerous hours vegetating on a certain stage or level. While it's cherished in our childhood memories it holds disparaging images for some who continue to play through adulthood. Why? Our motor functions and hand/ eye coordination deteriorates.
I've been playing games for 30+ years and can attest to this first hand. Sad thing is you don't really notice it as it's a gradual process. The font seems smaller and the rules more complicated as you go along. A decade ago I could put in a sports game or first person shooter and be aware of everything on the screen and react instantly. If playing Madden I could spot a blitz a mile away, scan field and dump it off to open receiver before defenders got anywhere near my quarterback. Call of Duty... I could spot a camper and snipe him on first shot without missing a stride. Now I'm getting sacked on a regular basis and walking into ambushes. It's not all downhill on a good day I get in the zone, turn back the hands of time and game with the best of them. Still those days are getting fewer by the year.
So why continue to game when at an disadvantage to the youth? Easy... we are gamers pure and simple. As long as it bring us happiness we will continue to play. The victories are twice as rewarding and it's a way to stick it to father time. Not to mention a little trash talking to guy we just beat half our age.
Teflon Liza aka 'The Don' has been at the forefront of commissioning Madden leagues for years. G4R finally caught up to him for an in depth interview and wanted to shed his wisdom and insight on the Madden community. Like him or not he knows a thing or two about running successful franchises.
Since inception of Madden Connected Careers in Madden '13 (released in Aug 2012) one person had to step up take the reins and manage the volatile personalities of 31 other guys. It was no easy task as commish had to answer and settle all controversies. Over the years EA has eased the burden by allowing multiple commishs to manage disputes. Still on tough decisions it usually comes down to founder of league and that keeps many a commish up late at night. Madden has made many strides to make commissioners jobs easier but it has yet to replace the human touch.
Teflon Liza has experienced all of these obstacles and come through with flying colors. He lays down guidelines at beginning of season and enforces them. If a glitch or snafu comes up outside of rules he addresses it and makes adjustments asap. When a mistake has been made it's easy to jump on the bandwagon of naysayers and rain on his parade. Only the strong and confident march through the rain and persevere. He is humble enough to acknowledge errors and rectify them without retaliation.
Many know his name but few know what makes him tick! Well here is your rare window into one of Madden's most beloved commishs... here we go!
G4R: How long have you been playing Madden?
Teflon: Been playing madden for a long time.. To long to remember.. Didn't play online until ps3..
G4R: As commish of a highly reputable and sought after lg (Fantasy 281) how do you deal with mega ego's?
Teflon: Ego? What's that? Every one has a voice.. I let em speak.. Only way to have a successful league is let everyone feel their voice matters.. Up to a point.. When it becomes a problem.. You cut out the cancer..
G4R: Every lg has dissensions among the ranks how do you cope when guys challenge your decisions? [Ed note. It's funny how 30+ members each have the 'perfect set of lg rules' but yet unable to sustain a lg of their own].
Teflon: I don't see it as a challenge.. I see it as a difference of opinion.. I feel like I've been doing this long enough to know when someone has a good idea for the league and a good idea for themselves.. My track record speaks.. And I'm confident in my decisions..
G4R: How many leagues do you currently commish/ co-commish?
Teflon: Only commish 3 leagues.. Couldn't handle any more..
G4R: What's your fave NFL team and Madden team this yr? 2 part question.
Teflon: Giants and Giants
G4R: We all have lives outside of Madden when not playing what are some of your fave hobbies?
Teflon: Fishing and watching sports.. All sports..
G4R: Fave game other than Madden?
Teflon: 2k (basketball)
G4R: What advice can you give to up and coming or struggling commishs striving to keep a full competitive lg year round?
Teflon: If you have a vision.. Stick to it.. Find those that share your vision and build from there.. Anyone can start a league but it takes your involvement investment and the right mix of users to make a successful league.. Also Showing respect and making sure you (the commish) is also respected.. Don't be afraid of criticism.. As a commish expect it.. Keep yourself level.. Balanced and stay the course..
G4R: 281 has proven to be the premier ship of credible leagues how can guys contact you and lg to be added to this exclusive group of high caliber players?
Teflon: You reach me by Facebook (Teflon Liza) by email email@example.com
G4R: You have direct links to some of EA's developers, if future members want to contact you directly to join lg or request a one-on-one gm how can they go about it... what's your PSN ID?
Teflon: My psn is Teflondon1863
There you have it people a glimpse inside one of Madden's most revered commishs. If you've had the good fortune of playing under one of his lgs you are in an exclusive class. Teflon Liza aka 'The Don' ... the name suits him well.
'Titus Boycott' is an inside joke on one of Madden's most prestigious leagues Fantasy 281. He's been in the mix off/ on for a few years and recently run into internet connection problems. He's on the verge of being booted from league but fighting to save his place. It has cost him a few dropped games and that's taboo in any league. He says problem will be fixed next month but the calamity continues. Dude posts hilarious vids and his fate is a day by day ordeal.
Latest Vid: Mr. 281
The latest edition is finally here! Ratings for this game has been all over the charts from impossible to kick field goals to death of the nano-blitz. One thing's for sure EA has done their homework and brought a more complete package to the table on launch day. Oh did we forget to mention we may have a new cover athlete for G4R?... Ron Baylor!
G4R hasn't had a chance to put game through all of it's paces but early indications show new mechanics and engine. I'm going to go on a limb and say guys/ gals who take the time to do training skills (yes that pesky thing we all overlook each edition) may give them an edge over guys they normally would not have. I've watched a few streamed gms last 48hrs and saw numerous upsets. Guys who couldn't get over the hump are there now. For gang busters who are in the playoffs every year... get use to sitting on the sidelines once in awhile this edition. Most of ya skim over basic mechanics b/c game doesn't vary much year to year. Well that all changes and if ya don't have a solid game plan kiss your playoff streak goodbye.
Back to G4R's potential cover athlete. One of our members, Ron Baylor, picked up game a day ago and is already ranked #21 worldwide. In fact when we started writing this story he was ranked #35. He's beaten numerous online guys even the #1 ranked guy by a score of 31-0. We're glad to have him in our lg and he's even started one of his own, Madden 17 Bully league. His true love is basketball and we see him gracing the cover of a NBA franchise down the road. Article is 2 days behind schedule and he's probably in the top 10 now. Lace em up gents as we dive into a new season! -James
What Is United Games and what are their immediate plans?
United Games is a newly founded phone application gaming company in charge of designing and implementing the first sports application of its kind that allows you to interact with your favorite sports teams in real time as the games happen. This will change the way we all watch our favorite teams play, adding even more excitement.
The game will officially launch this Fall of 2016 with the introduction of two live, interactive sports apps; MLS (Major League Soccer) and the NFL. There are future plans to expand across just about every sport in the world, including major European soccer leagues, the NBA, the NHL, MLB, and even table tennis.
What is the Game and how will it Be Played?
For the first time ever, you’re going to be able to interact with your favorite team(s) game and make in game play calls based on predictions you set!
Does It Cost Money To Play The Game?
The game will be ABSOLUTELY FREE to play. This game isn’t in any way gambling. The game is played with a virtual currency called “tokens”. You can only use the tokens you’ve accumulated to play the game. Like many phone application games on today’s market, including Candy Crush, Angry Birds,
and Pokemon Go, you have a variety of ways to accumulate tokens: 1.)
FREE after watching ads of participating companies. 2.) Through discounted bundles at a time to avoid watching potential ads. 3.) Paying a monthly subscription fee depending upon the number of tokens you elect to buy.
What’s The Incentive for Players to Keep Playing? Since there is no money involved, you might be wondering what the incentive is to try and keep playing the game. For competitive people, the game alone will be worth it for them whether they challenge friends, family members, other community leaders, or just play by themselves.
Another amazing incentive to playing this game will be the opportunity to receive rewards based on lifetime achievement points collected as you play the game; when players reach different benchmarks, the rewards get better. Rewards include, shirts/hats, gift cards, electronics, tickets to various live games, vacation travel, and even a new car. It’s simple, the more you play, the more you’re rewarded for your achievements.
How Can You Play United Games’ Exclusive Game?
Message me or comment "I'm in!" For your personal invitation & unique code!
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