Shannon Stacey

Madden-ing Days

When the husband tossed a copy of Madden 08 (football) for PS3 into the mess of things going under the Christmas tree, I might have rolled my eyes and called him an idiot. Maybe.

See, the boys aren’t really sports savvy. They’re both history buffs and enjoy games like Civil War and Blazing Angels, plus they love racing games. The Short Kid, in particular, is rather gifted when it comes to the Need for Speed franchise. But they have no sports games, and that’s no accident. So not only is Madden 08 very technical and quite complicated when it comes to using the controller, but neither kid knows jack about football.

Friday afternoon, while the husband was off snowmobiling, the kids decided to give football a try. An afternoon of unintentional hilarity ensued, and I’m here to share a few snippets of conversation:

Tall Kid: OMG, I caught it! I have to run! How do I make him run?
Short Kid: I tackled you! I don’t know how, but I tackled you!

Short Kid: I sacked you! (*does a bizarre victory dance*) Hey Mom, what does sacked mean?

Tall Kid: Why are my own guys trying to hit me?
Me: Because you’re running toward the wrong endzone, dumbass.

Both kids, off and on throughout the afternoon: Mom, what a WR? Mom, what’s an FB? Mom, what’s HB stand for? Mom, what’s the line of scrimmage?

Oh, and probably two hours into the gameplaying: Mom, what’s a down? :eyebrow:

Their very first game went into overtime when BOTH teams were tied with EIGHT points each. Yes, I’ll let you football fans dwell on the improbability of that score, but for the record, the New England Patriots (TK) beat the Indianapolis Colts (SK) in overtime.

5 comments to “Madden-ing Days”

  1. Michelle B
      · December 29th, 2008 at 1:24 am · Link

    :lol: Too funny! That had me LOL’ing and my family wondering why I was laughing. Thanks for sharing

  2. Jaci Burton
      · December 29th, 2008 at 10:01 am · Link


    Soon enough they’ll be experts….and learn the lingo.

    Still..funny as hell. You should have caught it on video to embarrass them with in their later years. Heh.

  3. Annmarie
      · December 29th, 2008 at 10:29 am · Link

    I agree with Jaci. Next time video it. Then share it with me. K? :lol:

  4. Lori
      · December 29th, 2008 at 5:44 pm · Link

    LMAO! The only thing that gets played more than Madden in my house ever over the last 8 years or so is Guitar Hero, which just found its way into my house this holiday season.

  5. Kelly
      · December 29th, 2008 at 6:52 pm · Link

    Sounds like my son…never cared for sports games. But put in any war RPG or racing game and look out.

    He really got into the guitar hero and rock band before he went off to college (and didn’t take it with him)…I’m so sick of guitar hero and rock band…I know he’s played it 24-7 since he’s been home for the holidays.

    We got him some new games for the Wii and PS3. At one point hoping he would stop with the other I tempted to let him open one early.

    You guessed it, he’s downstairs now playing rock band with his best bud… :doh:

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