Video Game Characters That Almost Made You Put Your Controller Through the Wall

Hello all, and welcome back to the Mid-American page. This week I was playing a classic console with a classic game. The deadly combo of NCAA 2006 and the original Xbox is still an amazing one-two punch, and still presents a challenge. I made it to the National Championship with THE Ohio State Buckeyes. Yes, it was not hard making it to the national championship because Troy Smith, Anthony Gonzalez, Ted Ginn Jr., Nick Mangold, and Antonio Pittman. However, when I got to the championship, I was put up against the Texas Longhorns featuring, Vince Young.

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“Now Derek, it is stupid to rage over a game that is twelve years old.” Let me start by saying, no the hell it is not. Vince Young is a God on there and nearly beat me. This experience made me think of my many raging experiences in video games and the athletes who did it and made me feel like these kids (WARNING: STRONG LANGUAGE).

So without further ado, lets get into it.

Michael Jordan: NBA 2k11

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Possibly my favorite 2K ever. The folks at 2K brought in these challenges involving Michael Jordan and to unlock his highly sought after shoes. However, when you were not using Jordan, playing against him was a pain in the ass. Jordan is the GOAT, but he does everything. Wanna hold him under 50? Forget about it. Wanna drive the lane and not get your shit sent to the third row? Forget about it. Wanna bring the ball up the court? Forget about it. Needless to say, they made Jordan definitely look like the GOAT in 2K11.

Michael Vick: Madden 2004

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Man, back-to-back Mikes to start the list. You know the term, “You must have the sliders turned up?” Well, that is what it was like using cover athlete, Michael Vick in Madden 2004. Vick had a cannon for an arm and the speed of a cheetah on crack. Here is a video to show his dominance (do not mind the asshat in the video).

Kobe Bryant: 2K10

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Kobe Bryant. Another guy people could argue to be the GOAT, and for those who do not know sports, merely playing NBA 2K10 would make it believable. Now, I suck ass with Kobe in every 2K, and I do not know why. However, when people used him against me, I was cooked. Kobe hits unbelievable shot after shot, and really makes you want to throw your controller through the TV.

Jason Giambi: MLB The Show 2006 and MLB 2K6

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Since there are no pictures or footage of Giambi on the Show on the internet for some reason, you are just going to have to believe me on this one. Giambi is one of my favorite players of all-time. I remember whenever I received both the Show and 2K for my birthday. I instantly used my team (the Yankees) against my step dad’s team (the Red Sox). Giambi went five for six logging five home runs. This started my obsession with the game. Anytime Giambi gets a fastball, well you can forget about it.

LeBron James: Any 2K ever

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Due to video games getting more realistic, LeBron is not as dominant as he use to be on 2K, but he is still hard to stop. I have used and played against people using LeBron in almost every single game he has been in. It is truly nothing to score a fifty piece with LeBron on these games. You only love him when you are using him, but throwing your TV out the window seems pretty reasonable whenever he is against you.

Tim Tebow: NCAA Football 2010

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I was a huge NCAA Football video game lover, and spent many hours playing this game. Whenever I took my talents online and played, nothing made me more mad than some douche bag using the 2010 Florida Gators and Tim Tebow. You have to have no skill to use him. Just hold down the sprint button and occasionally hit the truck stick or B button and you are going to be competitive. This game started my unfair hatred for Tebow, but now, I think he is a pretty cool guy. Cut to the 2:30 mark for the run down on his skills.

Reggie Bush: NCAA 2006

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I remember playing this game with my friends back in the day, and there was only one rule, nobody could use Ohio State or USC. The Ohio State rule was because we all loved Ohio State, but USC was because of Reggie Bush just being unfair. Bush was another player that required no skill to use.

I could honestly go on and on about players that were unfair to use in sports game, but these few were the ones who stuck out to me, but that concludes the list. As always, thank you for spending a part of your Friday with me and stay tuned for fresh daily content from myself and the rest of the Mid-American crew. If you have not checked out this weeks playlist, do it!

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NBA Trade Deadline Madness

Last week, NBA all-star power forward, Blake Griffin was shipped to the Pistons in exchange for Tobias Harris, a shoe, and a half ate can of beans. This began the most beautiful season for every sports season, the trade deadline. Poor Deandre Jordan must have felt excluded considering he has been in the discussion for trade all season, and now that the only attractive piece is gone; Jordan must feel like this.

Man what a day for the National Basketball League yesterday. What seemed to be a normal day just transpired into complete anarchy after ESPN analyst, Adrian Wojnarowski, dropped a Woj bomb of major proportion.  The deadline madness started with the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cavs have been going into a huge decline since trading all-star guard Kyrie Irving to the Celtics for Isiah Thomas and others. Isiah Thomas only played fifteen games for the Cavs and quickly became a cancer to the team due to his terrible defensive ability and being a gossipy teenager in the locker room. So the Cavs did what any smart team would do, shipped his ass out West. Thomas, teammate Channing Frye, and a 2018 first round pick for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. Can’t help but laugh at this trade coming a day after Thomas stated he did not want to be traded.

I am a huge fan of this trade. Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. are two very athletic players, who I think will seemingly mesh with LeBron and the Cavs with no issue. For the Lakers, they traded two players and cleared up nearly seventy-million dollars in cap space. Yes, that is a shit-ton of money. Enough money to grab two all-stars by the names of Paul George and LeBron James. However, this lineup they have right now with IT will not work and I see him in free agency this summer.

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I thought that would be it for big news. Then, boom! Another Woj bomb.  The Cavs were not done yet. They engaged in a three-way trade with the Jazz and the Kings. The Cavs sent out Iman Shumpert (sad) to the Kings, Derrick Rose (LOL) to the Jazz where he will be waived, and Jae Crowder to the Jazz as well. Jazz and the King’s sent two huge pieces to the Cavs in up and coming shooting guard, Rodney Hood and George Hill. All and all the Jazz got screwed and the Kings are still as irrelevant as ever.

This means the Cavs cleared up a lot of cap space and gave the them a new look. Will this be enough to keep LeBron?

The Cavs also sent LeBron’s best friend, Dwyane Wade, to the Miami Heat, where he truly belongs, and got a second round pick. That caps it for all the moves the Cavs made.

This next trade I was a huge fan of. This trade was the Suns and Magic trade. The Suns obtained Elfrid Peyton for a 2018 second round pick. Elfrid Peyton is an athletic guard with crazy potential who will be paired up with a young team with a very high ceiling.

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The last important trade was a three-way trade between the Knicks, Mavericks, and the Nuggets. The Knicks received Emmanuel Mudiay, the Mavericks received Doug McDermott and a second round pick, and the Nuggets got Devin Harris and a second round pick. This trade is big for the Knicks because they now have two very young and talented guards with extremely high potentials to build around Kristaps Porzingis (given he comes back healthy).

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While I am surprised the Celtics did not make a move other than sign Greg Monroe, I truly do not think any of these moves will effect the playoffs and who will the championship. The Warriors will have a very hard road to the championship, but they are the Warriors and they have four all-stars; thus, they are still going to win. All these trades really did was make each team a little more competitive, but every team cleared up a ton of cap space to make runs at big name players.

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What do you think? Where is LeBron and PG going? Will these signing effect this season? Tell us down in the comments! Thank you once again for joining me on this Friday, and as always stay tuned to myself and the rest of Mid-American crew for fresh daily content.

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Reviews Through a Friend: Cousin Stizz ‘One Night Only’

Hello everybody and thank you once again for joining me on this Friday. This week we have brought back the very popular “Reviews Through a Friend” series. Once again, I got a good one and one I had already listened to. The album I am referring to is Cousin Stizz’s 2017 album, ‘One Night Only’. This album in my opinion did not receive enough love and could have easily been thrown in the discussion for album of the year. Unfortunately, this album would go up against many heavy hitting albums.

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This album has two notable features, Offset and G-Eazy (for all you white girls). Do not let the lack of features fool you. Stizz could have J-Cole’d this thing and the album would still have been amazing. ‘Headlock’ features Offset. This song carries a very heavy, but smooth beat and just three minutes and twenty-two seconds of pure fire.

The second notable feature is with, as previously mentioned, G-Eazy. Despite my hatred for G-Eazy, he may give one of his hardest verses in ‘Neimans Barneys’. Only complaint is that Stizz used a very G-Eazy like beat, but this could be due to the fact that G-Eazy is not very versatile. Despite that, this song is a hit and did not receive the love it deserves.

A lot of you may be wondering, “Who the hell is Cousin Stizz?” I also had the same reaction whenever Mid-American founder, Ian Burns, started playing his music (before the album dropped). However, I quickly picked up and saw how talented this man is. If you are impressed with the first two songs and his abilities; just wait until you hear his single stuff.

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My absolute favorite song on this album is ‘No Ice’. This song carries a very subtle beat, but once again, Stizz bring the heat. Bar after this bar this song has definitely made it all the way to the top of my favorites songs. Not to mention that even the chorus is mind blowing. So mind blowing that it left my girlfriend with her mouth to the ground and all she could say was “Ohhhhhh!”

There is not a song on this album that I do not like. The highlights from this album, besides the ones previously mention, are Lambo, Pull Up, Jo Bros (that is another nod to the white girls. It is the Jonas Brothers), Up to Something, and Paid. All of these songs are fantastic, but the fact that one album can handle this much heat is amazing.

If you have not checked out ‘One Night Only’, you need to. This album is among one of my favorites. As always thank you for spending apart of your Friday with me and stay tuned into the Mid-American crew and myself for fresh daily content.

Album Rating: 8/10

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Top 20 Family Guy Cutaways (Part 2: 10-1)

Hello everybody, and welcome back and thank you for joining me in week two of this segment. Last week I hit up number twenty through eleven of the top twenty Family Guy cutaways. These next ten are the ones that I think are the best of the best. With that being said, let’s dive in!

10: York Peppermint Patty 

9: Shelley Duvall

This one hits home for me. If you are the same age as me (20) you probably had the displeasure of reading and watching “Bernice Bobs Her Hair”. Shelley Duvall, in all honesty, is probably a nice person, but I remember just looking at her and it instantly made me pissed.

8: Donny Most

7: Folgers 

This one is hilarious because it reminds me of the commercials where they pull random people off the street and drink from a “mysterious” cup. The people, then, come to love whatever they are “secretly” drinking. I personally call bullshit.

6: OJ Didn’t Do It

5: Peter Seaworld

4: Little Peter Gets Candy

3: You’re Very Precious to Me

2: Kermit the Frog

1: Peter Forgets How to Sit

This is number one because I think this really represents Family Guy the best. Peter finds himself in a serious situation and pulls out this random flashback. This is how Family Guy keeps you sucked in and laughing for years.

This concludes this two-week segment. Thank you very much for spending a portion of your Friday with me. As always stay tuned into myself and the rest of the Mid-American crew for fresh daily content. Also throwing out another huge shoutout to my buddy, Brandon Mowel, for helping find clips for this list

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Top 20 Family Guy Cutaways (Part 1: 20-11)

Hello everybody and welcome back to the Mid-American page. Today I will be discussing one of the greatest adult TV shows of all-time, Family Guy. Family Guy was created by Seth MacFarlane and debuted on January 31st, 1999. This show is now 300 episodes deep and 16 seasons strong. The best part of Family Guy, in my opinion, is the cutaways. Cutaways are the scenes that have been set up from a punchline and have nothing to do with the storyline. This show has 300 episodes, which by my calculations (which are probably wrong) would take a little over six days to watch every episode, so there are probably a few snubs. Without further ado, let’s dive into it.

20. Russian Cutaway Gag

19. Whale Gun Books

This video is pretty lengthy so to get the gag skip to 4:00 in.

18. Dog People

In today’s society, animals are shoved down our throats (I am also guilty). This cutaway cracks me up because this almost exactly how it feels whenever people just keep talking about their pets.

17. Late to Work on 9/11

While 9/11 is the biggest tragedy to ever happen to this country, I have a dark sense of humor.

16. Peter Plays God with Ants

15. Why Wouldn’t You Look at Me During

14. Old People are Wizards

13. Edward Scissorhands as a Baby Sitter

12. Italians Over Exaggerate

11. Make This Man Well Again!

Sorry that some have something to them and some don’t. They are just funny to me. And that is all for the part one of this series. Think one got snubbed? Let me know down in the comments! Also want to give a big shoutout to my buddy, Brandon Mowel, who helped me compile this list. As always thank you for spending a part of your Friday with me; and as always, stay tuned for fresh daily content every day from myself the rest of the Mid-American crew!

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UCF, Stop. You Are Not National Champs

This year college football saw the most unlikely underdog of all time. The University of Central Florida, located in Orlando, Florida, went 0-12 just two years ago. Then, in 2016 the Knights hired a new head coach by the name of Scott Frost. Frost led the team to a six-win season and a bowl game (which they lost). However, 2017 was something nobody seen coming. The Knights polished off a perfect season and knocked off powerhouse, Auburn. This led to a huge discussion as to why they were not given an opportunity to be in the CFP (College Football Playoffs).

This argument is a very valid one, but the college’s response to this is the dumbest, most asinine thing ever. The Knights are now claiming themselves as the national champions purely on the fact they had a perfect season and beat Auburn. I am sorry UCF, but that doesn’t classify you as champions.

The UCF Knights belong to AAC (American Athletic Conference) which is a “Group of Five” conference. This conference has a few quality teams such as Memphis, USF, Houston, and a few more who usually are good, but fell from our graces. On the UCF side of the conference, only one team had a winning record (USF). Not counting their bowl game or conference championship, their opponents combined record is 71-64 (.525). This does not pass the eye test for the committee to even consider UCF.

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This leads me to my next point of argument, their biggest win is Auburn. Given, that is a huge win; however, that does not dignify the response of calling yourself national champions. Auburn finished out the season 10-4, including beating Alabama (Three losses being Clemson, LSU, Georgia and UCF). Those three losses to me are not that tough. Clemson lost to Syracuse (4-8)….. Syracuse. LSU lost to Mississippi State by 30, to Troy by 3, Georgia (contended for the real national championship) and Alabama (real national champions). Those are some teams that Auburn lost to, but it does not make a case as to why UCF feels so entitled.

This is like the University of Pittsburgh (Pitt) claiming that they should be national champions last year because they were the only ones to beat Clemson. Now Pitt was not an elite team, and even top-ranked teams have off days. Like Bama did this year against Auburn. Just because you beat somebody who beat somebody else does not make you better than them. Football is a game of matchups and strategy, and any team can be beaten any given day. UCF may be doing this because they believe that should have the right to play in the playoffs, but even if they were given the chance, I do not see them winning the championship.

The one thing that this does bring up is the CFP format. Since the CFP was introduced in 2014, there has been an issue with the format and the process in which the teams are selected. There have been many different proposed formats such as a six-team, and an eight-team playoff. I personally believe that the six-team playoff with the top two seeds getting byes. However, one idea I saw came from former WVU standout quarterback, Pat White.

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I 100% agree with this. This brings the excitement back to bowl games and we won’t see as many athletes sitting out in their bowl games. I think the #1 and #2 seeds would not have to play, but past that you have to fight for your spot that the committee sees fit. This gives the people at home what they want and makes it more interesting.

All and all, UCF should have been in the playoffs, but you can’t blame the committee for the snubbing. UCF’s schedule does not pass the eye test for me, and it did not for the committee either. The only shot they have or any other “Group of Five” school has is to schedule tougher games.

Until the format is changed, UCF chillout. You are not national champions, you do not deserve a national championship parade at Disney. However, the real winner is Scott Frost as he has taken over as the head coach at Nebraska. Welcome to the Big Ten buddy!

What is your opinion, is UCF the national champs? Should the format be changed? Let us know in the comments below. Thank you for spending a portion of your time with me on this lovely Friday. Remember to stay tuned in and for fresh new daily content every day from myself and the rest of the Mid-American crew. If you haven’t checked it out yet, give our weekly playlist a listen.

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NFL 1st Team All-Badass (Defense)

Well, ladies and gentlemen, this is the third and final installment of our 1st team all-badass series. I saved defense for last due to the National Football League’s long history of hard-hitting, shit talking, badasses. For this team, I have decided to run the 46 defense in honor of the best defense of all time, the 1985 Chicago Bears, and Buddy Ryan. Without further ado, let’s get this started.

Lineback: Ray Lewis

Ray Lewis could very well be the best player ever whenever it comes to his position. Lewis is truly a freak of nature and has all the things you can not teach a player. Lewis has natural size, strength, speed, and had an amazing ability to sniff out every single play.

Lewis is not just on this list because of his skill. Among all of his skills, Lewis is one of the game’s greatest shit talkers. Lewis also is just intimidating, I mean look at this guy. It would not shock me if somebody told me if he killed a guy…..

Linebacker: Jack Lambert

Jack Lambert was apart of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ illustrious “Steel Curtain”. Lambert was way before my time, but I know some old football lovers are loving this pick. I first heard of Lambert on a throwback game on the NFL network. He was crashing through offensive lines, and bashing heads like it was nothing. They told stories of this man playing tackle football in parking lots, where he would pick concrete out of his skin, and spit blood and teeth out. If that isn’t scary and intimidating then I don’t know what is.

 

The Defensive Line:

Reggie White (RIP)

Reggie White may be the best the defensive linemen the league has ever witnessed. White is the NFL’s sack leader. White terrified quarterbacks and every offense for fifteen seasons in the league but actually started in the American Football League for the Memphis Showboats. White was just fast off the ball and had a nose for the ball. They said there was nobody who could block him, and I agree.

William “The Fridge” Perry

When somebody says “he was larger than life itself,” the Fridge automatically comes to my mind. Perry was a member of the 1985 Bears and that historic defense. Perry stood six foot two inches tall packing 335 pounds. Don’t let this full you, Perry was super athletic and was even used as a running back when he wasn’t terrifying offenses. Perry even has his song and that itself is badass.

Mean Joe Greene

Another member of the “Steel Curtain”. “Mean” Joe Greene came out of nowhere (University of North Texas), all the way to winning four Superbowls. The thing is on the field, Greene was as mean as they came. Off the field, not so much, as demonstrated in this legendary Coca-Cola commercial.

 

Warren Sapp

Let’s face it. Sapp is an animal and everybody argued whose team he would be on Madden whenever we were younger. Sapp was this giant man with a running back’s athleticism. Sapp was incredible to watch and was as mean as they came.

JJ Watt

Watt may not come off as badass off the field, but on it, he is a terror. Watt is another guy who will wear your offense down without breaking a sweat. Watt is a great guy off the field, but I would not want to line up across from him.

 

Ndamukong Suh

Love him or hate him, he is a badass. Suh has terrorized offenses since his rookie year in the league. Suh is regarded as the dirtiest player in the league, but I just call him a competitor. Suh is definitely a joy to watch, and hunting quarterbacks is his thing.

 

Cornerback: Deion “Primetime” Sanders

Sanders is loved by many, but not by me. However, I am not biased and acknowledge he is one hell of a ballplayer and a badass. Sanders blazing quick speed and nose for the ball was good enough for not only the NFL but the MLB as well. Sanders was also a fantastic trash talker, and even at an old age, he was shutting down the young stars.

Champ Bailey

Champ Bailey is one of my all-time favorites. Bailey may be one of the best corners of all-time and shut down wideouts for years and destroyed ball carriers. Aside from his top defensive skills, Bailey was an excellent return man and even better shit talker.

Strong Safety: Troy Polamalu 

One of the very few Steelers I will admit to liking. Polamalu redefined this position. He single handily put a new meaning to the word “strong” for this position. Polamalu was a hard-hitting, snap count guessing, ball hawk.

Strong Safety: Ed Reed

From college to his retirement in the NFL Ed Reed was a badass and one of my favorites. Ed Reed also redefined his position by just being mean and wanting to get his offense on the field as fast as possible. Ed Reed will go down as one of the games best and one of the biggest badasses.

This concludes the NFL All-Badass series. I truly hope you enjoyed these articles and discussions of these teams. As always stay tuned for fresh new daily content from myself and the rest of the Mid-American crew!