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Friday, July 25, 2014 – Blog Comments
cincy14fan on July 25, 2014 at 05:35 AM.
Cav's shouldn't go for Love, and I am a huge Cav's fan. At least not the price they are asking for.

Plus the starting five this year will be:
PG Irving
SG Wiggins/Waiters
SF LeBron
PF Thompson/Bennett (with Bennett being healthy and lost weight)
C Varejao

Waiters and Irving really don't get along, although I really like Waiters. Wiggins, while not the best shooter is a way better perimeter defender than Waiters. Which is why its a wash for the SG starting spot.

Same with PF Thompson is turning into a very solid player and Bennett as stated above is looking good in the D-League this summer. Yes I know its the D-League but looks completely different than the player last year.

If the Cav's are smart they will wait until about 3 weeks until the deadline to see if they should trade anyone. If they do I rather them part with Bennett and Waiters (and two first round picks) for Love.

Its all about what the Cav's identity is. If you want a good defense you keep the team the way it is, cause Love isn't the best defender. If you want to see a young exciting cast follow in the leader of LeBron this is the team too keep. Bennett was a flop last year but this year, even if LeBron wasn't here, would be a different person. If Irving could give in and play more defense, and he should since LeBron will take the burden off of him on the offense end to open up easier shots, then then Wiggins, Lebron, and Irving will make up defensively what Love would bring to the table.

They both have a shot to make the finals, odds in vegas already have the Cav's winning it all with Lebron the last time I checked, but with Love you are saying better make all your shots since any rebound will be ours with LeBron, Love, and Varejao there. Sure they will let outside shots go, but rebounding and Love picking for Lebron and rolling out for the three is all you are going to get there.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 – Blog Comments
poulka on July 22, 2014 at 04:01 PM.
@maltliquor23 that is a question I have too. Love's numbers seem to good to be true, which means you pair with some decent talent you easily lose him on the team as an effective factor. Also when look at their team something does not add up. For instance he has all those great numbers, then through in Brewer and Rubio and they cannot make the playoffs. I was Minnesota fan back in the 90's until KG left, and KG was on some pretty weak teams, but they made the playoffs. He carried them by himself, even when they had Anthony Peeler and company. The one season that they made the western conference finals was when they Szerbiak aka Wally World and Spree.
maltliquor23 on July 22, 2014 at 02:06 PM.
The question I truly have: is Love a Great player or a good player on a bad team? Is he collecting boards and buckets because no one else stands out? Will a trade to a contender serve that franchise a case of the Bosh-itis. Where his boards down 2.0 and points down 2.9 were dramatically down. Or more like lebron's in Miami which points were down .9 and boards were up .6 over his time with CLE. Love has been carrying a team just as Bosh was. Lastly is PER 21.3 to 19.4 between Toronto and Miami for bosh when 15 is average.
poulka on July 22, 2014 at 11:51 AM.
A couple of things to add here. One has anyone questioned why Wolves are pushing for so much in return. I can tell you why, they realized what they. Issued out on when KG left. He basically got away without them getting hardly anything back some late first round picks that did not work out.


Second thing people say Love is great, but I beg the differ. Now I say he is good, but how many times has Minnesota made the playoffs while he was there. When KG was there by himself he carried that team to the postseason most years with less that what Love had. Some may say well the west was weaker then, but that is not true. Lakers dynasty was in full effect and the Spurs, Blazers, Jazz, and Mavs were all good teams back then.
poulka on July 22, 2014 at 11:06 AM.
@therealhst Love is good I don't question that, but how will he adjust his game is what I am concerned with. The last 3 years we had the big three. People think it is easy for superstars to adjust their roles for the better of the team. Love has always been the man for wolves, so is it possible for him to adjust.


@maltliquor. You bring the whole thing that have been trying to get people to understand. I don't mind Cavs getting Love, but not at such steep price. When I look back at all sports these trades that involve one player for many in return hardly work out. Like you said giving up all those pieces for one will leave many gaps in this lineup. That's why I said patience they were talking trade before realizing what they got. What did they get someone might ask:

Okay you have a team stocked with former number one picks, not first round, but number ones. Throw in that they already have experience so the learning curve has already started. Then throw in Lebron, so it is this year they get a number one Wiggins, and superstar Lebron, that alone is enough. Like you said they end up with a younger version of the Heat, but will be dynamic because instead of three this team could have potent six. Also consider we did not see the true Cavs last season because of injuries (major ones at that) so they need to wait. That brings my last point you get rid of all those pieces to get Love only to him or Lebron go down, who are you going to fall back on. Great comments guys keep them coming.
Monday, July 21, 2014 – Blog Comments
maltliquor23 on July 21, 2014 at 10:03 PM.
As a Cavs fan, its tough for me to say this. I don't know that you trade for Love until you see what you have half way through the season. If the Twolves get GS to give up Thompson (which I highly doubt) fine. If someone else makes a play fine. Giving up your #1 pick and 2 other first rounders and a future first rounder is not good for for the future or the present. What the Cavs become is a younger version of the heat and then handcuff themselves into mid-level exemptions, and ring chasers on the cheap. Thompson has this year left on his contract plus a qualifying offer for next year. The cavs will have 40 mil in cap space tied up in 2 players (James and Irving). All other contracts are team options. Love's at 7 years puts him at 19 mil a year. Likely a full cap of 64 or 65 mil next year it leaves no money for anything but Vet minimum players. They need to find a floor spacing 4 or run a small line up 1 Irving 2 Waiters 3 Wiggins 4 James 5 Varejao. It allows Thompson and Bennett and Haywood to come off the bench allows 1 3 and 4 to spell and rest separately. With Miller, Dellevadova, and Allen (if he decides not to retire and signs with Cleveland) to stretch the floor. Trading for Love Costs you Wiggins and likely another starter (Thompson and/or Bennett) to move leaving a gap at the 2 and no one to fill it. Lebron is going to Draw attention and get guys open looks.

Alot of what has been said about David Blatt is that he gameplans around his roster and can gameplan for every opponent separately. If this is the case i think he can use Lebron, Waiters, and Irving to drive and dish. What they have is strong enough from 12 to 15 feet to Spread the floor enough to make it work until they see what they have into January.
TheRealHST on July 21, 2014 at 06:37 PM.
Love is not unknown and I am going with what Coach said here:
“There’s absolutely not one second of hesitancy. I’d trade for Kevin Love,” Coach K said. “That’s not saying anything bad about any of the other youngsters. Love’s an All-Star and he’s a double-double guy. But he’s a double-double guy who can spread the court. There aren’t many double-double guys who can spread the floor; he can go inside and outside. There may be a low post player that gets you a double double, but Love, you can do a lot of different things with him….
“I’ve coached him on two teams, and no pun intended, I love Kevin Love,” he said. “You look at LeBron, and you have the best player in the world. He’s 29, I’m not saying he’s at the end of his career, but he’s in the second-half of his career. And in the first half of his career he was becoming a great player. It took time, just like with Andrew Wiggins, it takes time. LeBron is a great player right now, you do not want to waste any year of a great player’s career. Love is close to being that. He’s not as great a player as LeBron, but he’s there. You know who Love is right now.”
poulka on July 21, 2014 at 05:20 PM.
@dukebeatsuncagain I think Love would be good fit for warriors. I think it could happen because warriors are full sg and sf of the same ability.

@therealhst Love is young, but can he adjust his game like Lebron and Wade did. Also keep in mind Wade and Lebron had post season experience before they committed together. Wiggins is unknown, but Love is kind of too because he used to being the man and has not reached playoffs. Good comments. Keep them coming.
TheRealHST on July 21, 2014 at 01:59 PM.
The Cavs should absolutely go after Kevin Love. He is 25 years old and we know he at least brings 25 points and 12 rebounds a game. Wiggins has proven nothing in the NBA. A couple of wow plays in the summer league doesn't top what Love has done.

It's not like Kevin Love is 32. If that was the case then I would agree to leave him be. You can't pass up the chance to get a polished player like Love over a unknown commodity like Wiggins.
dukebeatsuncagain on July 21, 2014 at 07:40 AM.
I really hope the Warriors can put together some package for Love the T'Wolves will accept.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 – Blog Comments
clearkanal on July 15, 2014 at 09:50 AM.
Does it work with PS2 saves?
Monday, July 7, 2014 – Blog Comments
Exactly,Dirk!
Sunday, July 6, 2014 – Blog Comments
Lol at decent fight once or twice a year. There have already been two classic fights in the last few months. Boxing has been putting on more exciting fights than MMA. People just need to look past Mayweather-Pacquaio. Also people don't need to be boxing fans to purchase a boxing game. The game has always sold well just because people love Fight Night. Go on any article for EA UFC and you'll see people inquiring about a new Fight Night.
FN Champion was a really solid game. Hope to see another one soon. MMA has Ronda Rousey, that's all. Boxing due for a comeback (Deontay Wilder a name to remember). Boxing has history, it has the highest paid athletes in any sport (Floyd and Pacquiao), it's one of the all time classic sports, and one of the all time classic video game sports too. No contest.
Saturday, July 5, 2014 – Blog Comments
sticks323 on July 5, 2014 at 08:15 PM.
I couldn't get into GM mode because of the VC. I was using all my VC in Myplayer. I wish GM mode didn't use VC at all. It would be a lot better. In GM mode I like to draft a random team and work from there. I get bored if I pick a regular team.
BizDevConglomerate on July 5, 2014 at 12:30 AM.
True, I play many seasons with many different teams bb plus in 2k the draft classes change so much you have to start over. I rarely play the myplsyer modes. I like the control factor of being a gm, plus I've found that edited rosters do not carry to my player which is wiggidy wiggidy wack.
Friday, July 4, 2014 – Blog Comments
sticks323 on July 4, 2014 at 02:57 PM.
you should max out in at least the 4th season. I would love to play a career mode for 4 seasons. I never play that long
BizDevConglomerate on July 4, 2014 at 12:25 PM.
The option to max out is nice, but can you max out in two life in just one season? The modes need to be better, and not just realistic, but also fun and creative.
Yeah, but the producers were so sure EA UFC was going to do better than Fight Night Champion. They have been saying UFC/MMA is going to bury boxing for over 3 years. Boxing has been having some great fights over the last the last 8 months. People(CASUAL FANS) are look for an explosive heavyweight, Tyson spoiled them.
Undisputed and FN Champion have a strong background in combat sports. THQ was making MMA games on PS1 as was EA with Knockout kings. EA has only made two MMA games total, one at Tiburon and the latest at Canada. I personally think that the exposure that UFC gets compared to what boxing gets is the reason we don't get a new boxing title. There is a UFC event every other week whereas we might get a decent fight from a great boxer once or twice a year if lucky. I stopped watching boxing as much for that fact, better quality fights and more of them.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 – Blog Comments
sticks323 on July 2, 2014 at 10:29 AM.
Can you max out your player in fifa or NBA live in 1 season?
dukebeatsuncagain on July 2, 2014 at 09:35 AM.
FIFA and NBA Live do progression like an RPG, which I think is awesome. No XP or VC, just the better you do in the court/field, the more you progress in the skills used.
Tuesday, July 1, 2014 – Blog Comments
thedudescrew on July 1, 2014 at 03:29 AM.
Awesome man! Thanks for sharing. Great job and i can honestly say i learned something today.
Sunday, June 29, 2014 – Blog Comments
dukebeatsuncagain on June 29, 2014 at 09:59 AM.
Just wondering...what are you trying to get done?
Friday, June 20, 2014 – Blog Comments
TTD71 on June 20, 2014 at 04:16 PM.
Outstanding and depressing at the same time...I know that I am getting old and have been playing video football games my whole life - going all the way back to Atari 2600 and Intellivision in the late 70's...but the progress of football gaming has slowed significantly since 2004 and its really due to the exclusivity deal between EA and the NFL. Since the golden era of video football games of NCAA 2004, NFL2K5 and Madden 2006 (PS2), we really have seen very little to advance the genre - graphics are better and presentation is shinier, but the core experience is as stale as month-old bread.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 – Blog Comments
jaredsmith83 on June 18, 2014 at 09:49 AM.
Yeah throughout the fight was what I was thinking. I didn't quite clear that one up. Just seemed weird to me that wasn't a taunt option like it was before. I guess I should stop comparing the Undisputed games to this now, though. Thanks for reading and responding!
RUFFNREADY on June 18, 2014 at 09:20 AM.
Nice write up smits83; but there was one small (if you want to call it that) argument in your posting; the touching of the gloves, does occur at the beginning in most of my fights, but I haven't seen it throughout the fight, if that's what you were referring to.
cheers
Saturday, June 14, 2014 – Blog Comments
Since EA is all buddy-buddy with microsoft, he should probably be challenging folks within his own factions to make a baseball game.
Friday, June 13, 2014 – Blog Comments
2K Ronnie stated the license is exclusive to EA and has stated several times, no license - no game. So unless 2K changes their stand and makes a generic game, there will be no 2K football game in the next several years.
Thursday, June 12, 2014 – Blog Comments
Please don't tell me you believe that we put a man on the moon. Smh
That moon footage was faked lol
@bigtone I completely agree, however many people thought it took too long to use the cone to scan the defense then hit the desired receiver. My idea tries to eliminate using up all that time with the cone.
The vision cone separated the men from the boys. The vision cone required you to read the defense pre-snap, figure out who you were going to pass to, and required you to look in the direction of the receiver. This also gave the defense a clue as to who was the desired target. Dropping back and being able to look at four receivers at once is completely unrealistic. Watch any NFL game. Many times someone gets wide open, but the QB is not looking in that direction. The vision cone required actual football skills, not just stick skills.
Lol at it being too hard to make a football game in 2014...we put a man on the moon in 1969.
entertaining interview
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 – Blog Comments
Does anyone have a straight answer whether or not ea has the license or is it open? And if not, why wouldnt someone jump in to start making a game even if it took 2yrs to develop? I think it could be easy to make a nice custom football game if someone had the right vision. Take RBI baseball, I think most considered it a fail but it could have been a good game with a different vision. Same goes with a lot of games that would have been classics if they had done a few things different and not cut so many corners. I wouldnt mind having a football game with smaller players similar to Tecmo but better. Even a fictional game with teams from different planets or whatever, mutant esq. Just give me customization, sliders that work, a deep franchise mode, and smooth exciting gameplay and we are good! I dont car about face scans, grass, mut, online, vision cones, sweat, halftime shows, pre game shows, fight for the fumble, mini games, superstar mode, cfm, sidelines, and if everyone in the stands are super mario n luigi! Dont get me wrong it would be nice to have
"living worlds" but not at the expense of basics!
Great minds think alike! I loved the vision cone when it was in so I do think some level of user accountability is sorely needed. I disagree with the throw stick though. It makes sense in basketball since a made shot is 1/2 selection and 1/2 release.

In football I think the success of a throw is more based on decision making, pressure, whether scrambling or set, and the quarterback's natural ability to make accurate throws. The user still has to put the right touch on the throw and lead the receiver. Anything beyond that would be too frustrating IMO, especially if that includes learning each quarterback's release point.
Sorry to say but 2k football is dead! This hiphopper guy makes up some crazy rumors but is funny to watch sometimes. I think, actually I know, football games are to hard to make! Why else would we only have one football game in the year 2014? 10yrs ago what we had like 10 football games lol. I dont think it is just the license crap either! Its just too darn hard!
@sigma I appreciate the feedback. Honestly, in one of my original blogs I had the very same mechanic you just suggested. The triggers are great for allowing the user to keep their fingers in the same place, for the most part and the pressure sensitive nature of the trigger makes a lot of sense when throwing. The reason I have chosen the RS is because accuracy and throw power can both be tied in.

Again I like your ideas and I think we are both on the same page no how we think the passing game should be implemented. I've even considered having the throw stick set up like NBA 2k. Hold down on the RS and release to throw. This would be tied into the QBs signature throw animation. Time his release right and he throws a perfect throw. The degree of how late/early you release the stick too late, the degree on inaccuracy .
I think you have some great ideas. I like the idea of simply using the buttons to select a receiver and RS to throw. A few things I'd change / modify...

Moving your thumb from face buttons to the R-stick is cumbersome and will frustrate a lot of people. Instead I propose using one of the triggers (LT or RT) to throw and use RS and / or LS to lead the receiver. The triggers are perfect for this application.

I think LT is ideal for throwing since RT is already used to sprint. Pull it slightly for a lob or fully for a bullet with lots of leeway in between to lob passes over a LB, for example.

I think this method greatly reduces the finger gymnastics of the OP without diminishing the end goal.

As the OP stated, for Brady / Manning types it would be tap, throw, tap throw with virtually no pause in between needed. For bad QBs it would be tap... wait... throw, tap... wait... throw. The length of the wait would depend on how far apart the receivers are on the field.

If I'm playing DB against a bad QB I know I can cheat towards who ever the QB is looking at because if he changes his focus I have a little bit of time to recover, and I also have hope for an inaccurate throw that might fall right into my lap.

Against Manning/ Brady I can't cheat on anyone because I know the QB can immediately burn my by throwing a quick, accurate pass to any receiver on the field.

The only time you have to wait when using elite QBs is when you change focus from one sideline to the other. To assist the user with letting them know when to throw they could add a subtle vibration or visual cue on the screen to indicate the QB is ready to throw.
Monday, June 9, 2014 – Blog Comments
This blog brings back some good memories! ha
Back in 2005 I played in a Madden 05 tournament for the new Madden 06 (McNabb/vision cone) and we had to beat each other on the new game! It was crazy, tough, but really fun at the same time. Luckily I won and was able to learn the vision cone with my new Madden game! I do remember the vision cone and although it was hard to mess with it was still fun for those that are heavy Madden players or football fanatics when it comes to every detail of the game in real life. These ideas are good and it would be crazy to see some of your new ideas and old ones (vision cone) come back..
Had to add a fellow Denver fan! Go Broncos! #BroncosCountry
Lieutenant Dan on June 9, 2014 at 03:11 PM.
Thanks doc! Signed my acceptance letter today
I like most of these ideas. I think it would be great if the QB had to really set up by looking at the receiver and squaring his body to be able to deliver a accurate pass. It would eliminate those infamous 360 perfect bombs down the field and also depending how you use it be able to either set a defense up by actually looking off safeties or suffer the consequences if you decide to stare down one receiver and deliver the ball.


I think the idea of the QB looking where he's throwing combined with the WR icon being highlighted is a great idea so if I'm user controlling my safety I can try and time a potential pick for those players laser locked on one receiver but at the same time it would be just as thrilling if I gamble and get caught out of position and the QB swivels his head and hits a receiver in the area I just vacated.


As far as the controls I'm a little iffy on them. The amount of time in the pocket and the way madden plays now it would be difficult to pass with the RS. I was a strong supporter in backbreaker before it came out but the application of the RS passing game was horrible. It may work if you could hit the WR button circle, triangle, square, X and then pass with the RS but any kind of toggle other than that is death. If a QB is trying to look a safety off he knows where he is going so he snaps his head to that receiver and throws ie looking at square then hitting circle and RS. He doesn't look at square then X, triangle, R1, L1, then circle.


good ideas thought the passing game could use some umph to it
Sunday, June 8, 2014 – Blog Comments
KingV2k3 on June 8, 2014 at 11:51 PM.
Yes last gen, PS3
StefJoeHalt on June 8, 2014 at 10:16 PM.
So King are these for last gen?
bigdoc85 on June 8, 2014 at 04:06 PM.
Congrats and Best Wishes!
Lieutenant Dan on June 8, 2014 at 01:32 PM.
Thank you, KW!
Kentucky_Wildcat23 on June 8, 2014 at 01:18 PM.
Congrats on the job man! Good Luck as you start it!
Lieutenant Dan on June 8, 2014 at 01:12 PM.
Thanks, DJ; I was hoping you'd be reading

My wife is doing better, thanks! Of course now the dr bills start rolling in..ugggh. Starting a new job at least helps with that.

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