Terrible Knucklehead

September 30, 2007

“Woot!” or… “On The Doomsday Clock 12AM is Nuclear War”

Filed under: funny, Uncategorized, wii — Marcus Ramsey @ 11:40 pm

For those who don’t know, the website woot.com sells stuff. But the catch, or gimmick, to Woot’s site is that they sell one item per day, starting at midnight central time. The items are usually tech type items, such as mice, speakers, monitors, but sometimes the items are completely off the wall like today, where they are selling a pool cleaning device. From time to time Woot hold a “Woot Off” when items are sold as soon as the quantity on hand is sold out, meaning there is no clue when an item will sell out bringing a new item up, and there are always items with small quantities with a very low price.

Woot has to be pretty successful. Why? Because they are branching out! Started with the OG woot.com, now there are three “other” Woot sites. First came Wine Woot! Instead of selling one per day, it is one Wine per week. Sometimes a small sampling of different wines per week. I’m not a drinker, and definately don’t know squat about wine, but the prices seem pretty fair if you’re into the grapes.

Next came Shirt Woot! This is another great idea, sell one t-shirt per day, and the design is made by a person, not a company. They hold design derbies and the winners have their shirts made and sold on the site. All the designs are Woot originals, so you get to get a rare shirt with any purchase. Shirts are always $10, with free shipping.

Then came the new Sellout Woot! When Martin Lawernce made “Rebound” you could call that “selling out.” So when Woot did a calboration with Yahoo is there a better name than “Sellout Woot!” Sellout is new, so it’s hard to tell what they are trying to do there, but the items so far have been usually cheaper than normal Woot’s, but still great items. Recently there was a set of $5 binoculars, as well as a $1 AC to DC adapter.

So why am I posting this? Because I check the Woot’s every night and never buy anything, and the things I try to buy I am always late on. Pisses me off. That’s it.

September 16, 2007

Madden Part III and Week II NFL Picks

Filed under: Fantasy Sports, funny, gaming, hockey, list, NCAA, News, ps3, review, Sparkling Record, Sports, TV — Marcus Ramsey @ 1:16 am

Quick notes here;

Petey texted me telling me OU was kicking ass. It’s true, I’m thrilled, Bradford looks like Jason White on good knees. Look at these numbers…

83.3% Completion Percentage (Best in Nation)
11.8 Yards Per Attempt
11 TD / 1 INT

But let’s face it, if this kid doesn’t beat Texas then this season might not matter. And you thought Yanks and Sox fans were nuts.

Okay so here’s the, maybe, final commentary on Madden 08. I really think the “weapon” system is cool. But it needs tweaking. For instance, if you have good weapons, then you need some kind of “bad weapons.” For instance, Chad Pennington got the accuracy weapon, but he should have some kind of symbol for the fact that he won’t throw more than 30 yards in one pass with any kind of success. So here are my ideas for Madden 09’s new “Strug-a-ling” feature:

Duck Passer – Like the Pennington example, guys who are better in a West Coast style, because anything further than 30 yards quacks its way downfield. Example: Pennington, Vick, and Bledsoe.

Butterfingers – Players who have a hard time with the ball. Example: Ahman Green, old Tiki Barber, Steve McNair

Weak Sauce – Players who have a history of getting hurt. Example: Chad Pennington, Brian Westbrook, Donovan McNabb, Ray Lewis

Stumble out the Gate – The players who never do much until it’s the second half. I think Vince Young and Eli Manning fall into this as guys who seem to come out of the gate so slow and eventually get steam built up and throw 3 TD’s in one quarter.

Timekiller – Why not give a coach a bad quality? How much more interesting would it be if you picked the Chiefs and because Herm Edwards was your coach the clock was blurred out the last two minutes of the game?

Passive – A coach who doesn’t do anything. If a play loses yardage you have to call it again in the next series. If you have a rookie QB you spent millions on you won’t play him even when your other guys obviously stink and the whole town wants to see the rookie.

Good ideas? Maybe not, Week 2 picks…

Carolina (+6.5) over Houston

Atlanta (-10) over Jacksonville (Simmons last chance)

Indy (+7) over Tennessee

San Francisco (-3) over St. Louis

Giants (even) over Green Bay

Buffalo (-9.5) covers Pittsburgh

Cincy (+6.5) over Cleveland

New Orleans (+3.5) over Tampa Bay

Minnesota (-3) over Detroit (There needs to be meetings for those of us who drafted Peterson to get together and pat each other on the back.)

Dallas (+3.5) over Miami

Seattle (+3) over Arizona

Baltimore (+10) over the Jets

Kansas City (-12) covers Chicago

Oakland (-10) covers Denver

San Diego (-3) over New England

Philly (+7) over Washington

September 11, 2007

Madden Part Duex

Filed under: funny, gaming, hockey, MLB, NBA, NCAA, News, ps3, review, Sports, Uniforms — Marcus Ramsey @ 11:03 pm

Okay, I wrote that Madden thing off the top of my head, just bored writing to be honest. So after playing a game here is what I’ve got to say.

Adrian Peterson will NEVER fumble the ball 4 times in one game. I don’t care if he did it on spin moves or juke moves, he never will do that. And when he does a Redskin lineman isn’t going to pick it up and run untouched 60 yards for the TD. These sort of things should never be in a game. And to make it worse, Chester Taylor fumbled twice. I honestly wouldn’t be so angry if the CPU was fumbling the ball as much as I do.

Also of note, what happened to “If it’s in the game, it’s in the game?” From the last game I played…

– Clinton Portis wears his socks low. Looks terrible but he does it almost every game, so then put it in the game.

– Joe Gibbs is one of the two coaches I know of that wear a full set of headphones with mic during the game, opposed the to the normal one ear style most coaches wear. Again, put it in the game.

– Gibbs also ALWAYS wears that cap with the “R” script on it. Put it in.

– Why do the players (still) run right through the walls in the endzone? How hard would that be to fix? It’s not like players in NBA Live just run right out the arena when they are going out of bounds. The hockey guys in NHL 07 seem to be able to stay on the ice. Fix it.

I still can’t give this game a rating, but if I did on emotions it would be a 4 of 10 right now, there’s so much right, and still so much wrong.

September 9, 2007

What Needs Work in Madden 08

Filed under: gaming, list, NCAA, ps3, review, Sports, wii, xbox — Marcus Ramsey @ 12:41 am

After playing two different seasons on Madden 2008 I feel pretty well versed in the game, here are my complaints.

1. Fix the PlayStation 3 version – EA Sports blew it with not making the PS3 version 60 FPS like the Xbox 360. It really does show, and makes 2008 look more like 2007.5. Also, the Sony faithful were what made Madden from about 2001 to 2006 such a huge franchise. You think the Nintendo 64 put Madden as a top seller?

2. Fix the preplay “HUD” – To start, I know you can turn it off. But, I want the game to not show all the options until I press one. I’ll play random against people and if I turn the HUD off I have no clue what the audibles are unless I go set that up (which I hate people that do that) and then memorize what I put. Just have an option to “Turn on when pressed.” Done.

3. Bring Madden back into Madden – Okay, outside of the name on the box where the hell is Madden? One of the great things about Madden (the person, not the game) is he is at the point where he is a characture of himself. He sawed a turducken in half with his bare hands. Madden once greeted, then, President Regean with “Hey how ya doin?” This guy needs to be doing the color work in this game. I guess the ESPN licence kind of screwed that. So then…

4. Take Madden out of Madden – Call the damn game Monday Night Football and get Turico, Kornheiser, and Jaws to do the commentary. Put Tafoya on the sidelines and call it a night. It took 2K Games one year of “so-so” ESPN intergration then they blew it out the water with Boomer, Wingo and even got Mel Kiper in the game! EA Sports can’t even get an ESPN personality at the pregame, as Marshall Faulk does an absolutely horrible job at the pregame.

5. Make more sense on these trophies and rings. I have no clue what trophies I’ve won when the game is over, tell me what I did. I have no clue where the points for the rings are coming from, please tell me where they come from.

6. Get the Unis right – All team captains are wearing a “C” patch this season. Guess how many teams in Madden 08 have this? None. Also, when picking a uni, give a preview before selection, and when picking, let the home team pick first, just like in the (wait for it…) NFL.

7. Fix the Crowd – There are about 5 sprites for the crowd remade to make 80,000 people. Somehow, in NBA2K7 there seems to be about 25 different types of people and they will occasionally get up to get food or go to the bathroom. It’s fucking surreal in that game to see a timeout, the mascot runs out, security walks down the stairs, and it looks like a timeout. Call a timeout on Madden and you cut to a screen that says “TIMEOUT” and you can see the crowd going completely ape shit below like someone yelled “FREE IPHONES FOR EVERYONE THAT JUMPS!”

8. Fix Speeds of Players – Antoine Winfield (cornerback for the Vikings) runs a 4.41 second 40 yard dash. I got caught by Jon Kitna from the Lions and had to do a damned spin move to not get tackled by a quarterback chasing me, a white one at that. Either way, this should not happen.

Do it EA.

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