28 Feb

I hope everyone had fun at tecmo Madison last weekend.  It was a great time and congratulations to the champion Joeygats.  I was just happy to be able to play tecmo and get away from work.  Even better though was finishing in 7th when I really have played 12 games since the last Buffalo tournament I was in last April.  The cool thing is I finished 7th out of 250+ and it was in large part thanks to visualization.

I’m sure your all wondering what I mean by that and its not what you think.  I didn’t find some new way to analysis the game.  Nor did I find some new trick or match-up issue.  Yet I still wanted to win and be better than I was the last two tecmo Madison’s when I got upset in the first round.

At the same time I work 10 hours a day and 6 to 7 days a week in sells.  I moved to Columbus Ohio in May and then to Chicago Il in October.  That meant I would not have time to practice, to figure out interesting little quirks in the game or anything else I did in the past.

Then I made the assumption that everyone would be a little bit better than the year before. Yet very few would be far superior than the same version of themselves that had come to Tecmo 11.  Even more I assumed the experienced players might be hitting a plateau.  I sure was and I think the results of Tecmo 12 back me up.  That’s because we have pretty much gone as far as we can on understanding the game play and match ups.

The answer didn’t hit me until a sales meeting at work.  In sales we always mention positive thinking.  If you have not heard of Zig Ziglar and Eric Thomas I strongly advise you to google them right now.  It was in that meeting my boss told us to visualize writing a deal before you knock the door.  Visualize the customer turning around to go get there gas and electric bill.  Picture in your mind that you will hook the customer when they are searching for the bill.  It sounds corny as hell but it works.

What hit me on the head is that we aren’t as good at tecmo super bowl as some of us might think.  A lot of us are getting older and more set in there ways.  Every year past 30 our abilities are waning.  I know my reactions aren’t as good as the 25 year old Francis Buennagel.  I don’t tap as fast anymore and my finger strokes are less reliable.  I don’t pick up things as quickly as I did in the past and I am more nervous.  Yet at the same time I’m more experienced so I know I would whoop the 25 year old me any day of the week.

Now after that meeting I had the solution how I could always be the best version of me.  If my receivers where always open I would not have to be nervous about throwing the ball or my fingers being a bit less reliable.  So I pictured them wide open before the play call.  I saw myself scoring a touchdown then I instinctively made it happen.

Each game I pictured myself winning and each time I lost I still thought I would win.  Each time I had the ball on the way to tie or win.  It didn’t matter if I fell behind in a game anymore.  All I did was picture that I was going to get an interception or fumble.  Then my game play on defense adjusted.  Next thing I know it happened.

Now you might say well that’s all luck but we all know this game is about putting the odds in your favor.  In my sweet 16 game DT was up 7-3 with the ball.  He knows my game play inside and out.  Plus he had a crazy playbook to take advantage of Wayne Haddix.  He had all the tangible advantages.

The second I pictured DT turning the ball over my defense sharpened up despite the odds against me.  It didn’t matter if every run play 1 to 5 drones came after Haddix.  I knew I would get them to go after other drones.  I began to contain the plays that stumped me the first drive.  I began to get more tackles in bounds.  This lead to a pass and a bad throw by his qb.  I got an int.  Next play I visualized a td then ran for 50 yards for a score.

Now I know everyone is thinking I’m just lucky.  If that pass had been thrown right its caught and his drive continues.  Later he fumbled on a run and that’s luck too.  Yet at the same time I knew my defense was pushing him into places he did not want to be in.  He was going for more yards on a run because I was containing much better than expected.  I seemed to be always in the right place.  Because I knew I would avoid his drones no matter what.  It all became very easy for me because I was being very positive and focused.

Now if you think its all nonsense I can’t blame you.  Yet if you are willing to believe in this simple method it will work.  It won’t make up for a lack of skill, a lack of understanding of the game or a lack of experience.  Yet what it can do is push you just a little bit ahead of where you are.  That way your always the best possible version of you.

All you do is this.  At the coin toss picture yourself at the final scene with more points than your opponent.  Heck picture it 35 to 7.  You got to believe in it so hard it hurts.  Picture that you will win the coin toss and be on defense.  Your drones are everywhere in his face.  You know when he is running and passing.  On third down you will guess his play and he will loss ten yards.

When you get the ball your receivers are wide open when you pick a pass.  You run the ball in circles around his drones.  You have perfect blocking and the man player slipped on his controller.  Then see yourself in that end zone.  If you visualize it then it will happen.

Then make adjustments to your positive thinking.  When he scores you have to tell yourself it will not happen again.  He ran all over me that drive but this time I will contain him every play till he fumbles.  This time his receivers will be covered.  One will look open deep but I will get there at the last second and pick it off.  If he goes for a field goal know you will block it.

When you lose a game tell yourself it will not happen again.  Visualize how you will improve.  Don”t gripe over some bad luck.  If there is a game you lost in the past with 4 fumbles forget it right now.  You can’t afford to think negative.  Your going to be out of bounds with a first down in hands from now on.  So that will never happen again.  Just visualize it and it will happen.

Eliminate all your negative thoughts.  If your not the fastest tapper then believe the drones will always help you or you will guess right.  If you stay positive enough it will happen.  If your opponent is a master of long JJ’s just chuckle to yourself.  Picture that he will waste his time on four incomplete passes.  Make sure you get back on D with a great defender and it will happen.

Now visualize that positive result every moment in life outside of tecmo.  No matter how hard things get just stay with that positive thought.  That’s all you will ever need to be successful.  You won’t always win but you will always bounce back higher than last time.




21 Jan

What: Buffalo Bounty III For A Few Dollars Moore 5/16/2015
When:  May 16th 5/16/2015
Where:  Slick Willies Billiard Hall 2316 Niagara Falls BLVD Tonawanda NY 14150 716-743-8233

Time:     10am Registration 11am Kickoff NOTE: BAR ONLY ACCEPTS CASH ONLY


#BuffaloBountyII Video Highlight

7 May

Check out the awesome highlight film made by Lou Raguse.

Also here is the link to the title games


Top 20 Results

15 Apr

20 pitt/den
19 chi/cin
18 phx/dal
12 min/mia
8 sd/minn
7 chi/kc
6 buf/hou
5 phi/rai
4 min/det
2 mia/kc
1 minn/wash

Thanks to Josh, Lou, James and Jimmy.
This is the aggregate top 20. The winner was detremined by number of matchups they had in this top 20.

1. Josh 15
2. Lou 13
3. Jimmy 12
4. mort 6
5. james 5

Congradulations Josh and it seems I owe you twenty. Maybe perhaps to enter Or Madison next year. Let me know when your about to go to a tourney bro and I will send you the prize money.

Buffalo Tecmo (Friday Night Tecmo)

30 Mar

Check out the webpage for the local Buffalo players.  After the success of last Friday night I am hoping the website will help us build momentum and keep a good thing rolling.  I can’t begin to describe of forming your own group in your area to play once a month.  If you want some ideals on forming a group feel free to ask me.

Top 20 Matchups In TSB (This is a contest read below)

15 Mar

Last year for the Buffalo Bounty tournament I introduced the match-up card system.  This year I want to make this system work better.  The basic goal of the match-up cards was to take away the disadvantage of choosing match-ups.  It was also designed to remove some of the headache of picking match-ups.  Those two goals where achieved however, new problems became apparent.

The variety of match-ups used is the only way to make a system like this fair.  However, some match-ups are more attractive to the eye than other match-ups.   Yet no match-up used was so unfair that it should be removed.  As I had early posted it stuck to this list.

I had hoped a large variety of match-ups would be fair however not all match ups are as even as other.  You could say that is a list of playable match-ups that could be called.  It does not mean they should be called.  A lot of the controversy revolved around the Dal vs. Rams match-up.  Which is a tough game.  Yet one Dallas should be able to do well in on offense.  I am a firm believer that to be a true champion a player should face some adversity at least once on his way to a title.

In the title match I intentionally choose this match-up as the Rams had been winning it all day.  I wanted to show that Dallas could win the game.  Furthermore due to some sort of quirk of luck Jason Palazzo had the amazing luck of not only getting this match-up but also getting the Rams each time.  Keep in mind each match-up is on two cards.  On one card Rams is player 1 and the other the Rams are player 2.

Although I did win the game I did not think that win solved the problem.  It merely proved that the game could be won by Dallas.  Yet when looking back at the cards there where too many cards that are on the edge of a fair match-up.  Then I came up with a solution.  If I knew the top twenty match-ups in TSB I could add additional cards on those match-ups.  It would make it more likely that a game was played on a closer match-up.  However it would also not take away the challenge of being at a minor disadvantage.  I still feel quite strongly that facing adversity (not the online player although he is quite tough online or live) is a test of a true champion that should be out there.


Anyways what I need is your list of the top twenty match-ups in Tecmo Super Bowl.  You can explain if you want to or not.  You can submit them in a comment on this blog, the post for this topic on or email them to me at  This will be a contest.  The person that submits a list that is closest to the aggregate list will win the prize.  The prize will be one free entry into the Buffalo Bounty Tournament being held in Cheektowaga, NY in May. (If you can’t make it I will hold it for a future tourney for those I consider in range. For those out of range of my tourney I will put $20 bucks to another event for you.)

Your entry should look like this.  A list of match-ups 1-20.

For example.
Your name and online handle or email address
your general location. (City or State you live in)
1. Dal vs phx
2. sd vs minn
…………….(the other 16 in order)
19. Nyj vs Ari
20. Dal vs Den

Bonus. Should we ban Montana and Rice to make SF a viable team in tourneys.  If so name three teams you would match-up the Young to Taylor 49ers with.  Best choices will win in event of a tie.
Any comments you would like to make about your selections put below the list. Maybe even reasons why you did not include certain matchups. Please number them. Don’t put the same match-up down twice. Even if you already paid for the tourney you can still win. There is a bonus question for tie breaker.

This contest will run from now to Sat April the 12th at midnight eastern time. One entry per player. Below I have a few choice selections to give you an ideal or two.

Phx vs Dal

This has been a title match up in several tourneys I have played in. Phoenix just seems to have the right combination of players to produce an even game with Dallas.


A matchup of great running backs. One side gets a mobile qb and the other one has Gill Byrd.


Another great match-up. Both sides have great defenses. Passing attack of AC up against the running of Butts.

KC vs Chi

This match-up features two strong defenses. KC is more balanced on defense yet Chicago has got the big offensive weapons.

Mia vs KC

Miami seems to have a magic formula for coverage catches that can put them on the same level as KC. At the same time the Mia defense is well designed to go against Deberg to Paige.


It might be more of a toilet bowl but it is a pretty fair match-up call. This one comes down to garbage a lot

Pitt vs Dal

Defense versus offense in this match-up. If you can get anything out of the Pitt offense you will probably win. Yet at times you can get nothing out of that sorry group.

NYj vs NO

The championship game of Tecmo 6. The Saints running game and special teams are well designed to challenge a good NYJ defense. On the other side of the coin the Saints D has a lot of options.

Bills VS Hou, Bills Vs Giants, Giants vs Houston

If you want to bust out the top teams all of these matchups are viable.

OAk vs CIn, Oak vs Chi, Cin vs Chi

Another triangle of good matchups. Lots of running in these. Lots of defense as well.

Wash vs Minn, Wash vs TB, wash vs rams, rams vs tb

A series of great mid level passing games.

Den vs Dal, Den vs Sd, Den vs Pitt, Den vs TB, Den vs, Wash, DEN vs det

If your good with Denver these are for you.

Cle vs Pitt, Cle vs Atl, Cle vs ari, cle vs dal, cle vs tb, gb vs cle

Its all about what can QB Browns do for you.

Gb vs No, cin vs det, nyj vs ari, atl vs jets, chi vs phi, ne vs (sea or Ind), mia vs cin,

best of the rest.

Last minute Madison Prep.

2 Mar

The Mecca of Tecmo is approaching again and Tecmo101 has some quick tips to get ready for tecmo X.  Perhaps this is your first tournament or first Madison.  Maybe you have gone several years and want to advance beyond group.  Or if you just like to improve your game hopefully these quick tips can help.  Also if you are strapped for time I would suggest the Quick Tip at the bottom.  It contains a real simple plan anyone could execute and if you got lucky you could have a nice run in the tourney at even the beginner level.

Have fun.  I think any tournament is a great time but Madison is at a whole different level.  Regardless of where you place in the end make sure to enjoy each and every minute of it.  If you can make it on Friday there should be plenty of pregame action.  Ideally you should have someone or a group of people to play with on a semi regular basis.  Yet if you don’t there should be tecmo at Badger Bowl starting at 6.  More tecmo at a certain Super 8 hotel yours truly and many others will be rocking out all night.  You will have a leg up on the competition if you can get into some of these games.  If you don’t know anyone introduce yourself to Lou or myself when I arrive late that night and we will try to include you in the pre game festivities.

The greatest thing that can help you on Saturday as mentioned above is a good practice partner.  Next there are several previous articles on this blog that can explain some of the basics.  Here is a list of past articles to read if you want to bone up this week.

If your at the beginning these are very basics I wrote when I started the blog last year.

If you want something a little more advanced here are some more recent articles.

Now if you want to take this reading to the next level I would suggest watching some game film.  The Tecmo Super Bowl Tourney Database has videos from three recent Tecmo tourneys.  I would concentrate on video from Detroit Tecmo Kumite.

When you watch these games look for the games with the more established players versus newer players.  This will give you a very good visual on why certain games get out of control.  Yes some players are more skilled.  Yet at the same time better knowledge would have helped the newer player.  Watch the match-up selections, the playbooks and defensive mismatches with a DB dominating a QB.  This can help give you a very good ideal on what not to do.  Improving your chances.

Lets keep talking about improving your chances.  Everyone wants to win but not everyone can.  Yet many people would be satisfied to do well or better than they have before.  The above articles can help and watching a couple of the games on the database.  Research the people listed in your group on  Many of them have film on there games on my database or elsewhere on youtube.  Check out the twitch feed for the Midwest tourney or search youtube.

The Quick Tip

My last suggestion is if you play a player that many are predicting for the elite 8 or further is to not let that intimidate you in the slightest.  Even the best players can’t control luck.  Worse come to worse take this simple tip.  Get a good QB and a good playbook.

Some suggested match-ups if you have to call the match-up are Buf vs NYG, Buf vs hou, kc vs phi, tb vs rams, mia vs rams, wash vs rams, cle vs atl, cle vs pitt, nyj vs no, sea vs ind.  If he calls the playbook look at team data and pick the better qb if possible.  If not then look at each teams DB’s.  Take the team with the better DB’s.

For your playbook at run 2 call the pro form up the middle run, pass 3 the shotgun x drive.  Every other play use a run and shoot play.  Run 4 would be the qb sneak that goes up the middle.  A very under valued play great at getting two or three yards.

Finally for game play your goal is to pass the ball.  Take the yards given on short passes and runs to mix it up.  Make sure you get out of bounds every chance you get.  Then anytime you feel there is a chance at an open deep pass or a mismatch go for it.   Throw in a few qb sneak yards when everyone is covered and you will have a good result.  On defense guess pass and just contain as best you can.  Make sure you have plenty of help each time you make a tackle and hope for a fumble or int.  I can’t guarantee a win but I feel if you make this basic plan your strategy that you will challenge anyone you play provided you get that good qb.

With that being said good luck at Madison.