Thursday, April 17, 2014
11:55 AM - April 17, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS.

In some situations there are just no winners, especially when real life squeezes into sports.

Months after the conviction of Jerry Sandusky and harsh criticism for the late Joe Paterno, Minnesota State, Mankato head football coach Todd Hoffner was arrested for what turned out to be an overreaction to videos of his children engaged in horse-play. The coach was fired but has since been reinstated and the school has apologized for wrongfully dismissing Hoffner. All is well, right? Not so fast.

In Hoffner's absence, players Mankato grew fond of interim coach Aaron Keen and are now refusing to practice for their once-former now-current coach in Todd Hoffner.

There's plenty of criticism flying around towards the university administration, the coaches, and now the players as well -- each fighting a no-win situation.

Sound Off: Should Minnesota State, Mankato football players fight to keep their interim coach or accept the return of former coach Todd Hoffner?

Sports Headlines for April 17, 2014

The official trailer for the Playstation 4 version of MLB 14 The Show is now live on the internet for your viewing pleasure. The video shows off several aspects of next-gen, much of it looking incredibly good.

From the official PR out of Sony: "We know there’s a great deal of anticipation to witness the next generation of baseball video games, and we’re proud to unveil the first trailer for MLB 14 The Show on PS4. We've also included a bunch of screenshot captures from the video here.

On display are the completely rebuilt stadiums, the redone lighting engine (check out the self-shadowing at night), vastly more detailed crowds, grass and player hair rendered down to the last blade/strand, and much more. Plus, since all three versions of MLB 14 The Show (PS3, PS4, and PS Vita) support cross save functionality, anyone who already picked up this year’s game will be able to easily carry their progress over to PS4 when it launches."

What do you spot in the trailer that piques your interest?

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Game: MLB 14 The ShowHype Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4Votes: 66 - View All
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
03:13 PM - April 16, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Glenn Wigmore

I approached this retail release of 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil with some apprehension, as I've been having such a good time with the new generation of consoles and FIFA 14. Even with all of the pomp and circumstance added around these World Cup releases, going backwards in tech can seem kind of jarring. I'm happy to report that my initial time with the Xbox 360 version of 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil has been positive, and I feel good about where the gameplay is at.

Read More - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Reviewer Impressions

Game: 2014 FIFA World Cup BrazilReader Score: Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3Votes: 0 - View All
11:01 AM - April 16, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

It's about to be time for both the NBA Playoffs and the Stanley Cup Playoffs to both be running side-by-side. As a sports fan, this is a time of the year where your attention is seemingly divided in several different directions, and we haven't even begun to talk about the NFL draft.

Which playoffs do you prefer during the Spring? Is it the NHL's Stanley Cup Playoffs or the NBA Playoffs?

Sound off by voting in our poll! Comment on why you chose what you chose!

10:52 AM - April 16, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

R.B.I. Baseball 14 is a wonderful trip down nostalgia lane, with classic gameplay straight out of the old console eras. You’ll find a lot to love early on about the game, but if you give it the time of day — you’ll find that the totality of the experience leaves you with little desire to continue playing.

Read More - R.B.I. Baseball 14 Review (360/PS3)

Game: R.B.I. Baseball 14Hype Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 9 - View All
09:16 AM - April 16, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Justin Mikels

When it's all said and done, no one really cares if the NBA champions were a one seed or not. Champs are champs.

But leave no doubt, the fact that the Indiana Pacers have supplanted the defending kings as the top seed in the East isn't something to completely ignored. The NBA playoffs are typically back-and-forth contests where the slightest advantage can make a huge difference especially as we get closer to the Finals.

Of course, many are jumping to conclusions that Miami and Indiana will meet on the doorstep to the Finals from a weak contingency out East, but should assumptions hold true a single win or loss during an 82-game season may be the advantage the Pacers (or someone else?) needs to reach the top.

Sound Off: How much of an advantage is being a No. 1 seed in the NBA playoffs?

Game: NBAReader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: SportsVotes: 1 - View All
09:14 AM - April 16, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Matthew Coe

When I sat down to research and write this article for Operation Sports, I faced a dilemma. I wanted to make this list as comprehensive as any top five list could be, but I've never had the chance to play any iteration of MLB: The Show on PS3. So how does anyone pick only five games from the rich history of video game baseball AND leave out the best console baseball game of the last generation? Well, for me it became about games that I remember loving, and games that are still remembered fondly by my fellow sports gamers. Have a look at my top five greatest console baseball games, The Show excluded, and let me know what you think.

Read More - The Top Five Console Baseball Sims Not Named The Show

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The official MLB 14 The Show roster update for April 14 was released yesterday. Click here to see all of the details.

Registered users can download the offline file here, others can download here.

Game: MLB 14 The ShowHype Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3Votes: 66 - View All
12:38 PM - April 15, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS.

The EA SPORTS™ NHL® 14 Stanley Cup® Playoffs simulation predicts that the Boston Bruins will return to the Stanley Cup Final for the second straight year and prevail as Stanley Cup Champions after defeating the San Jose Sharks in six games. This will mark the first Stanley Cup win for veteran Jarome Iginla, whose last appearance in the Stanley Cup Final was a decade ago with the Calgary Flames. Tuukka Rask, finishing the Playoffs with an outstanding 1.56 GAA, .948 SV% and four shutouts, will win the Conn Smythe Trophy.

For more information on the NHL 14 Stanley Cup Playoffs simulation, visit the NHL 14 blog.

Other notable storylines include:

- In the first round, goalies Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens and Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers will lead their teams to 4-0 game sweeps.

- In the second round, the Chicago Blackhawks’ dreams of a Stanley Cup Championship repeat will come to an end with a heartbreaking Game 7 loss to the young and talented Colorado Avalanche.

- In the Eastern Conference Final, the Bruins and Rangers will once again go head-to-head. The series will go seven games, where Patrice Bergeron will once again be clutch for the Bruins, scoring five minutes into OT.

A simulation is conducted by artificial intelligence or logic of the videogame that uses real-life data from each player. Results are extrapolated by the videogame when two teams match up based on player ratings, line combinations, and include variances such as injuries and hot streaks to give a realistic outcome of a game or series.

Who do you think wins the Stanley Cup this season?

Game: NHL 14Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3Votes: 4 - View All
11:43 AM - April 15, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil is in stores today for PS3 and 360. After you play a few matches, please post your impressions. Read the full press release below.


Fans Can Now Experience All The Fun, Excitement, And Drama Of Football’s Greatest Event

Electronic Arts Inc. today unveiled their most immersive EA SPORTS™ tournament title ever, EA SPORTS™ 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™, now available in stores throughout North America. Complete with 11 Game Modes, 21 new stadiums, 7,469 players, 203 National Teams sanctioned by FIFA®, and one hundred new football animations, EA SPORTS 2014 FIFA World Cup is now available for Xbox 360® games and entertainment system from Microsoft, and for PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system.

Gameplay innovations and new features make EA SPORTS 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil authentic to the tournament experience. All new in-mode training session, adidas® micoach Training allows fans to improve player attributes as the tournament progresses by competing in 18 different drills that can enhance everything from pace to shooting. New Penalty Kicks and Set Piece Tactics change the way the game is played from dead ball situations. Penalty Kicks feel dramatic and rewarding with new save animations, shot tuning, and Goalkeeper Antics, while Set Piece Tactics put fans in control of the runs their teammates take by using the directional pad and choosing one of four preset plays. Other innovations to the franchise’s award-winning* gameplay includes improvements made to passing, dribbling, and player movement that were implemented to showcase the world class talent that will be on display at the 2014 FIFA World Cup™.

“This summer’s tournament in Brazil promises to be one of the most colorful and exciting FIFA World Cups we’ve ever seen,” said Mat Prior, Lead Producer, EA SPORTS 2014 FIFA World Cup. “The game we’ve created will give fans a chance to feel the excitement, drama, and flare of the tournament whether they choose to play offline against friends or online against people from all over the world.”

A new design feature Patriotic Presentation implements newly-rendered 3D crowds, cut scenes from celebrations all over the world, and hundreds of flags and banners to bring the sights and sounds of Brazil directly to fans’ homes. Commentary in nine languages, a new soundtrack with 34 tracks, and EA SPORTS Talk Radio** highlight a fully featured audio package to help shape the theme and narrative of the tournament. EA SPORTS Talk Radio, featuring Ian Darke and Andy Goldstein, or Roger Bennett and Michael Davies (Men in Blazers), is available in Road to the FIFA World Cup™ and Captain your Country, contains over 50 hours of recorded content to stay up to date on all the action.

EA SPORTS Football Club will make it easy for fans of the franchise to continue their experience by making members’ existing XP and Football Club Credits available to use in the catalogue of EA SPORTS 2014 FIFA World Cup. The EA SPORTS Football Club Catalogue will be stocked with new and exciting tournament content like Historic FIFA World Cup™ Kits, new celebrations, adidas® footballs, an EA SPORTS FIFA Classic XI team, an adidas® All-Star team, and many other items. For more information and to buy the game, fans can visit http://www.easports.com/2014-fifa-world-cup/buy.

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Game: 2014 FIFA World Cup BrazilReader Score: Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 0 - View All
11:08 AM - April 15, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

With the NBA playoffs just around the corner, Shady has chimed in with his latest NBA 2K14 montage featuring the 16 teams that will play for the championship.

Who do you have winning it all?

Game: NBA 2K14Reader Score: 6.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS3 / PS4 / Wii U / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 85 - View All
10:25 AM - April 15, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

As of this writing, six of the eight playoff qualifying teams in the NBA's Eastern Conference would not even qualify for the playoffs in the Western Conference. The Phoenix Suns, the ninth ranked team in the Western Conference, would qualify in the East with ten wins to spare.

There have been numerous opinions thrown out on how to fix this seemingly annual occurrence, with everything from full blown realignment to nixing divisions to just taking the top 16 teams from the entire league into the playoffs.

Is it even a problem there is so much disparity between the conferences? Is this a self correcting problem with time?

Sound off with your ideas about how the NBA can increase competitiveness and the fun of the regular and post-season -- or that it should just stay as-is!

Game: NBAReader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: SportsVotes: 1 - View All
09:58 AM - April 15, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Glenn Wigmore

One game that's been on my radar for the last while (thanks to the folks at Giant Bomb and their dedicated community) is Windjammers. This retro future sports game from the Neo Geo arcade system has that intangible element that makes it a competitive gamer's dream, and the gameplay still holds up after all these years. In a time when local co-op games are back in style (and with competitive gaming still being a major force), there could never be a better time to bring back a retro classic like Windjammers.

Read More - Retro Rewind: Windjammers, and Why it Should Come Back

Monday, April 14, 2014

The 2013 college football season has come to an end, as the Florida State Seminoles have been crowned National Champions, but there is still plenty of college football to discuss on Dual Threat! Operation Sports' Dual Threat is a college football podcast hosted by Matt Cahill, a.k.a. Drab T-Shirt, and Robert Bode, producers at 106.7 The Fan in DC, and they discuss everything college football related with an opinionated and fast-paced show!

In the 32nd episode of Dual Threat: Season 2, Drab and Bode discuss Bode's trip to Dallas for the Final Four, the positive trend of big times teams scheduling great non-conference match-ups and which match-ups need to happen, the latest on Johnny Manziel and Jadeveon Clowney's path to the draft, and more! Plus, Drab and Bode finally kick off the voting for their "Dual Threat Road Trip 2014" bracket. Listen and follow the show and guys on Twitter, @DualThreatCFB, @DrabTShirt and @Bode1067, to vote for which game they they will travel to for the 2014 season!

So give Dual Threat a listen! Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/...at/id700583947) or Stitcher (http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/oper...ast?refid=stpr), listen in the embedded player below or click here, and if you are in the DC area tune into CBS Sports Radio 1580-AM or listen on the stream here (http://betaplayer.radio.com/player/the-big-talker-1580/) every Sunday at 8am EST! Follow them here on Twitter (@DualThreatCFB), and be sure to listen in every week this season right here on OperationSports.com! Thanks for listening!

Game: Operation SportsReader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: SportsVotes: 16 - View All
03:14 PM - April 14, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

If you don't want to watch the entire 2-hour MLB 14 The Show PS4 livestream IGN hosted this afternoon and simply want to watch them create a player in Road to the Show, well... here ya go.

Game: MLB 14 The ShowHype Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4Votes: 66 - View All

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