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Duane Munn

Return of the Low-Budget All-Stars

  • Fantasy Fix
  • Posted by: Duane Munn
  • April 30, 2009, 4:35 PM

They’re baaack! After a super-long vacation, the Low-Budget All-Stars have returned.

They’re not bigger. They might be a little better. But they’ll definitely help you add pop to your fantasy lineup at low, low prices.

For those new to the program, here’s how the LBAS’s work: Every week, I’ll post the best value picks for each position in fantasy baseball.

That’s it!

And if you see any players out there putting up huge numbers at affordable prices, don’t hesitate to shoot me an email!

And now, on to the show…

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Scott Jones

Madden is Back! First Screens and Videos

  • Sports Gamer
  • Posted by: Scott Jones
  • April 30, 2009, 2:39 PM

The motto for this year's Madden: "Fight for every yard." And everything about Madden 2010, right down to the dueling cover athletes, is designed to embrace that motto. That's right, I said "dueling cover athletes." The Cardinals' Larry Fitzgerald and the Steelers' Troy Polamalu, in case you haven't heard, split the box cover this year, looking like two rampaging monsters in an old Godzilla movie poster.
 
As usual, Madden looks to be on track to be nothing short of spectacular. EA is calling this year's version "the most customizable Madden yet," but how that impacts gameplay remains to be seen. EA has also tweaked the game's presentation, making it tougher than ever this year to tell the difference between Madden and a live TV broadcast of an NFL game.
 
Click the video player above to see the game in action and keep reading for the first screens of the new game!
 
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Sarah Braunstein

Question(s) of the Week: Instant Replay


This week’s question: Do you like the use of instant replay in baseball games? Why or why not?

My thoughts are that commissioner Bud Selig was correct in bringing in instant replay to judge fair-or-foul homeruns. But I think that the strike zone is where instant replay is most needed. Between injuries, steroids and suspensions, baseball's only hope is to keep the game as fair as possible. And in fixing the strike zone, they can avoid all arguments.
-Joel, Pennsylvania

I think that instant replay is great because you can't always see everything with your eyes. Yes, there are still some glitches, but it's great to me.
-A Reader from Nebraska

Wait a minute. That’s it?! I guess Dugout Dispatch readers don’t care about instant replay. Luckily, I also asked you all for new baseball video game suggestions and I got some really awesome responses. Here are the best ones:

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Cedric Lewis

More Playoff Disappointment for McGrady

  • Kid Reporter
  • Posted by: Cedric Lewis
  • April 30, 2009, 11:31 AM

Tracy McGrady’s playoff career can be summed up in one word: disappointing.

He is notorious throughout the NBA for having never won a playoff series. For a player who is a seven-time All-Star and a two-time scoring champ, that stat is rather embarrassing.

McGrady’s Houston Rockets are one win away from advancing in the playoffs for the first time since joining the Rockets in 2004. They lead their series against the Blazers 3-2 with Game 6 at the Toyota Center in Houston tonight. So it looks like Tracy McGrady has a good chance of ending this terrible streak of seven consecutive first-round eliminations, right? But wait, there’s one problem...

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Justin Tejada

McFarlane Toys College Football Action Figures

  • GearHead
  • Posted by: Justin Tejada
  • April 30, 2009, 11:19 AM

McFarlane Toys has been making some of the most realistic sports action figures for quite some time now. But the 2009 college football line features a first: Current NFL stars in their NCAA uniforms. The six-inch figures are part of the McFarlane Sports Picks line. The players in the first series include Peyton Manning (Tennessee), Ray Lewis (Miami), Tom Brady (Michigan), JaMarcus Russell (LSU), Adrian Peterson (Oklahoma), and Hines Ward (Georgia). The detail on the figures is amazingly life-like and each player is shown in a signature pose. Whether you're a fan of the school or the player, these toys will be awesome.

The action figures will be in stores in August. See more pictures after the jump.

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Duane Munn

If Rajon Rondo Throws a Punch in the Woods…

  • Hoophead
  • Posted by: Duane Munn
  • April 29, 2009, 4:38 PM

UPDATE: Right after I posted this, someone emailed me with some additional comments. And they were so good, I decided to share. Take it away Mal!

 

"I believe Rajon Rondo, and not Dwight Howard, should have been suspended. Howard threw an elbow during a fight for a rebound. Rondo punched Brad Miller in the face on the game-tying layup. THE GAME-TYING LAYUP! Sounds really, really wrong to me."
-Malachi, Idaho 

And now, back to my regularly-scheduled post...

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Scott Jones

New Racing Game for the Wii is Bot-Tastic

  • Sports Gamer
  • Posted by: Scott Jones
  • April 29, 2009, 4:06 PM

One of the great racing games of all times is ExciteTruck. It was one of the Wii's launch titles, so you probably overlooked it. Also, the name seemed kind of lame. Honestly, ExciteTruck? That was the best you could come up with? Anyway, ExciteTruck gets a sequel--sort of--with ExciteBots: Trick Racing. Instead of brightly colored SUVs, ExciteBots lets you drive around brightly colored robots.
 
If this sounds silly, that's because it is silly. Click to the right to see a trailer for the game and keep reading for my review!
 
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