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OS Weekly Wrap Up, Getting You Caught Up on Sports Gaming News (May 24 - May 30, 2020)

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OS Weekly Wrap Up, Getting You Caught Up on Sports Gaming News (May 24 - May 30, 2020)

Every Sunday, we will get you caught up on the sports gaming news you might have missed, during the busy week. This includes the latest videos from our content team and featured articles from the staff.

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Prince is back with another look at Super Buckyball Tournament in his latest video. He took us through the guts of the game in the first video, and in this one he does more of that while diving deeper into the surrounding elements.

With updated rosters out for NCAA Football 14 that coincide with the upcoming (hopefully) 2020-21 college football season, we’ve put out preseason Heisman rankings showing off the candidates on the virtual field. We used a recent ESPN article highlighting Vegas odds on players as the baseline for these rankings.

In Coach’s Corner this week, it’s an extension of part one as we continue to look at the best ways to utilize the run from the spread.

Starting today, I’ll be compiling every signature home run swing I can find for current MLB players in MLB The Show 20, and then comparing those swings to the real-life counterpart. I will also include the home run celebrations and trots when available. I’ll be doing a team each day, and we’ll be starting in the NL East with the New York Mets home run swings. There is also going to be a video companion on YouTube where you can see all the swings for each team in one spot.

Brian has begun his reveals of the greatest teams from every MLB franchise to make a World Series. In the cases where a team has not won or made it to a World Series, he makes some exceptions to make it work. In today’s episode, he unveils the NL West.

I started off the NL East with the New York Mets. Why didn’t I start with the World Series champs instead? Well, frankly, the Nationals home run swings are just not as interesting to me. The Nationals have superlative top-end talent, but it’s not really focused in the power department. Plus, Anthony Rendon is now on the Angels. It leaves a rather small pool of players to look at right now — and would be even smaller if we only looked at the top players on the team. So while I suspect Victor Robles and Carter Kieboom could certainly end up here soon enough, we only have one “star” to look at for the Nationals right now.

Coming after the Washington Nationals, the Atlanta Braves are a much more interesting team to grade and analyze. There’s a lot of Braves home run swings to discuss, and there’s also plenty of signature animations here. We also get our first switch hitter who has custom elements from each side of the plate — something most of the other switch hitters in MLB The Show 20 don’t have on home runs.

On the heels of the rather fascinating Atlanta Braves, we have the Philadelphia Phillies home run swings. The Phillies have a large quantity of players to cover, but they’re not as complex to go through as the Braves.

With the Philadelphia Phillies wrapped up, we finish up the NL East with the Miami Marlins. The Marlins home run swings are not very hard to go through because there’s simply not that many to cover. The Marlins are weak in the talent department right now, and that is true for their power hitting as well. That being said, I still have three players to cover here, and so let’s start with Brian Anderson.

Matt is back this week, and we go down memory lane as he takes us through the five worst players to ever make it into EA’s NHL series. I’ll give away one spoiler, they were all in one game: NHLPA ’93.

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Even if you’ve been following the news, this story has probably flown under the radar. Manchester United, one of the biggest sports franchises in the world, is now involved in a legal battle against the makers of Football Manager for unauthorized use of its name throughout the video game franchise.

Was it our fault? Did we expect too much from the re-introduction of online leagues in MLB The Show 20? After all, it’s been a few years now since the developers nixed their online franchise mode entirely, so were we crazy to think that it might remotely resemble what was already in place when it was last in the game? While any online league mode is certainly better than having no online league mode at all, it’s still been a little disappointing to see how its return to the game has been handled in such a simplistic and haphazard way.

With sports mostly being on hiatus, has your desire to play sports games gone down or up, and why do you think that is?

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According to Albert Breer, the owners passed a bill today that would extend Electronic Arts’ exclusive rights through the 2025 season. If Madden reaches certain financial barometers, the deal would extend through the 2026 season.

For the time being, I’m pressing pause on the Hakeem/Kobe cards — especially when I also worry that before I can complete the challenges, a better version of those players will be released in packs or the token market. And why would I think such a thing?

If there is anything else you would like to see in the OS weekly wrap-up, feel free to let us know in this post. Otherwise, we will see you next Sunday.

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