Tecmo Players Championship III. April 18, 2020

21 Nov

For the third year in a row the Tecmo Players Championship is being held in Chicago, Illinois. The players championship comes with more games and competition due to its high entry fee. New this year will be a high stakes division 2 for those that feel they are not ready for the upper division.

(Check out the tournament prep series at the end of the article)

For the third year in a row the players championship will be held at dmen tap in Chicago.

Tecmo Players Championship (10 am)

Entry fee 100
Group play games 10
Single elimination bracket best of 3 series.

Matchups can only be played in once in the tournament. Does not matter if your opponent calls it. No lurching or wr/te with running play.

Max 30 players.

Prizes based on 30

1st 1300
2nd 900
3rd 500
4th 300

Prizes based on 15

1st 1000
2nd 500

Register here for the division 1.


After filling out the form please prepay to confirm your spot. Prepaid entries are fully refundable if you can’t make the tournament.

Please note the default send might have been changed to paying for service. Please send as friends and family.

More info and rules.

Division 2 (11 am)

Entry fee 40
Group play games 5
Single elimination best of 3 series.
Matchup can be called once per tournament.
No lurching or wr/te with running play.

Max 20 players. Please note we will use past performance in this tournament and others to determine eligibility for division 2. One player in D2 will win a signed Iron Mike Dikta hologram and picture.

Prizes based on 20

1st 560
2nd 160
3rd 80

Prizes based on 12

1st 400
2nd 80

Register here for division 2.


Once you register I will confirm your registration and email you directions to prepay. You must prepay to secure a spot. If you cannot attend it is fully refundable.

More info and rules.

Players signed up. * Prepaid.

Main Tournament

DPS *. (Dan S.)
Mort * (Francis B)
G. Majik * (Joseph M.)
Hank Da Tank.* (Hank D.)
Gats (Joseph C.)
RSG (Tom C.)

Division 2

Sean C. (Slapshot)

Pete S.* (Pistol Pete)


Tournament prep series.

TPC matchups banned teams

TPC Prep: KC top Matchups

TPC Prep:Browns Matchups

TPC Prep: NO Matchups

Please Subscribe to the Tecmo101 YouTube channel

7 Jul

As of the last four months I have undergone a major effort to make this blog into a video blog on YouTube.  It would help tremendously if you can subscribe to the Tecmo101 YouTube.

Tecmo 101 examples is a playlist that will have my entire video collection of Tecmo super bowl training.


If you have not yet subscribed to the retrosportsgamer YouTube I suggest that as well.


The cool thing is that Tecmo 101 video blog will soon be expanding to other popular retro sports games.  I plan to have videos on nhl94, nba jam, NFL blitz, RBI baseball, original tecmo bowl and more.  As soon as I feel confident in my technique I plan to make training videos.

Tecmo super bowl will always be my main focus but a few key videos on other games are on the way



Tecmo Training Video Series

7 Mar

I’ve decided to revamp and upgrade the blogs ability to teach people how to play tecmo super bowl.  Below will be a series of videos that will help you play tecmo super bowl better.

If the link opens to another blog article it’s a written follow up to the video and the video link will be on that post.

Also any link with the word (old) is from 5 years ago and will be updated eventually.

Futhermore each video and drill is labeled by the skill level expected to make full use of it in gameplay.  Or even to execute it.

We got rookie for basics, intermediate for the mid level stuff and advanced for the hardest to perform techniques.

Introduction Video

NFL films presents tecmo super bowl

Below will be a link to the videos.

Skill level rookie, intermediate, advanced.

Offense videos

QB Progression 2 R&S Pass 2

QB Progression 1 Intermediate

daily training drill rookie

Burn Routes intermediate

QB Scramble Drill rookie

Long Runs rookie

Hot routes (old) intermediate

Hot routes part 2 (old) intermidinte

Defense videos

Guessing run on Defense

Hardcore Tecmo Part 1 (intermediate)

Defend Pro Form Sweeps (intermediate)

Defend r&s sweep R intermediate

Defend R&S Sweep L intermediate

Defend FB power dive & toss sweep R intermediate

Defend R&S Sweep L(old) intermediate

Defend t power dive intermediate

Defend Bad Plays intermediate

Defend Weakside open intermediate

R&S sweep R (old) intermediate

Defend Pitch L Open intermediate

JJ Int drill advanced

LB4 Lurch Old advanced

Special teams.

Blocking field goals(old) rookie

Coordinator series all advanced

R&S z fly

Matchup Series intermediate

TPC Prep: KC top Matchups

TPC Prep: NO Matchups

Tecmo Player Profile’s

28 Feb

These are the some of the people that make up the tecmo community.  Below is each players bio in there own words.  The player are listed in alphabetical order.  Tournament directors, league commissioners and certain notables are listed first.  New players are welcome and encouraged to read this and use this as a chance to introduce yourself.

  Email yours to fbuennagel@gmail.com or post http://tecmoworld.com/viewtopic.php?f=1118&t=47996


1.Name Christopher H.
2.Tecmo handle Tecmo Ninja online for last 8 years?
3. Not really on youtube or twitch
4.Tournaments, Leagues your organize or co organize. CULT (defunct) run and organize get togethers or small tourneys at my restaurant and north east ohio area
5 location Garrettsville Ohio
6. Your best tecmo accomplishments. I’ve had some top 8 and top 4 at midwest and Columbus. I feel like I’m a solid tier 2 player that can compete with the best.
7. Why you would recommend playing at a tecmo super bowl tournament or watching one via live stream. There’s nothing like live tournaments. The comradery is unparalleled. My best friends are ones I’ve met via tecmo. It’s great to hang out with guys my age that share the same passion for retro sports and games.


1. Dan S
2.Tecmo Handle Dan S. 2013 – DPS 2017
3.YouTube/twitch channel YouTube TheRetroSportsGamer
4. Participant Dmen Tap Tecmo League
5. Chicago, IL
6. 3rd place Tecmo Milwaukee 2018 & Bloomington Tecmo XVI 4th place Full Nelson (A Hardcore Tournament). Many more to come.
7. I first learned about Tecmo tournaments from listening to ESPN 1000. I waited a few years before I attended my first Tecmo Madison. I wished I hadn’t. It was such an amazing experience. I’ve met some of my best friends from Tecmo. Now I play every single Monday with them at a bar in Chicago. This is what life is all about.


David Thompson here, my handle is D.T. @TecmoSeattle

I represent the PNW and CFT. If there has been a tournament in Seattle or Portland since 2016 it was probably my doing. If you are looking for Tecmo in the NW, get at me. I also co-ran the legendary Buffalo Bounty IV.

Current #2 ranked player (in a metric I devised) in the PNW. I took the first Seattle Tecmo Honbasho this January. 2015 PNW Champion. Buffalo Bounty III (2015) Champion. 2018 Madison NBA Jam 2 on 2 Co-Champ. 2014 Buffalo The Edge 103.3 CHAMP! 1990 WTF (online) Champion.

I play Tecmo Super Bowl for the love of the game. I am not just a retro gamer. I love and appreciate all the new stuff. Tecmo just still has yet to be beaten. It’s genius is its depth, but also its wackiness. My first tournament was October 2012 in NYC. I had a blast so I kept finding tourneys to go to. Getting to know Mort and Lou and understanding their passion for Tecmo pushed me to want to be one of the best. Getting a chance to battle with them while living in Buffalo and the endless competitions with my buddy Darren from my hometown Bremerton, WA elevated my game to elite status. My trademark is my refusal to run anything resembling a conventional playbook. My favorite Tecmo experience was Madison Caravan 2016.

I love the competition, but the best part about this is hanging with all the characters in the Tecmo Community. Online Tecmo is great, but live tourneys are the best. Mort will always be the GOAT of Tecmo for me due to his contributions to the game, his willingness to travel to events near and far, how often he seemingly gets some random bit of luck to come his way at the perfect moment, and his propensity to drop quotables… him or Gayge

Long Live Tecmo


1.  Derek R.

2.  tecmopsycho or FrozenSith (live 2010-present / online 2010-2016)

3.  YouTube Channel:  https://www.youtube.com/user/tecmopsycho

Twitch Channel:


4. I assist with the Midwest Tecmo Tournament, I created and ran four seasons of Money in the Bank (MIB) – DEFUNCT and created and ran four seasons of Tecmo Team Cup (TTC) – DEFUNCT

5.  Indianapolis, IN

6. Live Championships: Tecmo Madison XI, NYC Tecmo 2015, and Blono Tecmo XIV.  Online Championships: HSTL Season 21 and MIB Season 2. Live Runner-Up: Blono Tecmo XV, Blono Tecmo XVI, Midwest Tecmo VIII, and 2018 Cincinnati Championships.  Seven final four appearances, including three consecutive third place finishes at Midwest Tecmo. Several online league single season records including most INTs, passing yards, rushing yards, receiving yards, and receiving TDs.

7. I would recommend playing in live Tecmo Super Bowl tournaments to meet new people who share a common interest in a nostalgic pastime.  I would attend or watch these tournaments so you can see where you stack up against some of the best in the world. I would encourage people to watch online because it is no different than watching anyone one-on-one sporting event.


Erik Merliss
ARNCO-EM online handle

Online player since 2007 – CT Tecmo event founder
CT Tecmo is always first Saturday of December ( CT Tecmo on Facebook)

Online league championships:
WTF (2x), GTFO (2x), TTL, ESTL, & 4x TCS Bowl champion

Live tournament accomplishments:

CT Tecmo 2 & 3 Champion

NYC 1 Champion (2nd, 3rd, & 4th place finisher as well)

Jersey Cup 2 Champion

Hartford CT Retro Convention 1 Champion

Madison World Championships: 5x Sweet 16

ARNCO- EM Revolutionized the modern tapping game  of Tecmo having gone from below average (10 on the tapping meter) to the fastest after figuring out 2 new techniques on his own.
First the “slide” method while in Madison WI at hotel w/ several Madison contestants present – 10 on meter went to a consistent 17 maxing out at 19.
After mastering the slide technique took it to another level By mastering  in the “claw” method. The Claw method had to be adjusted to work for TSB from the Track & Field as Track & Field holds that controller sideways.
Since arnco-em developed this method has hit 22 & 23s on the tap meter – as well as been accused of using turbo controller, only to show up at live events & showcase the tapping skills in person to clear his name / reputation to the Tecmo community.

Being one that is always willing to assist others & to promote TSB he taught the claw method to fellow players turBO & Tadaos who are both considered the fastest tappers now too w ea hitting 19-20 regularly & occasional 22 & even 23s.

A consistent online winning record in every league he’s involved in & contender at live tournies that’s developed into a threat to take home 1st place at any tournament registers for.

Rivalries w/ Matt DeGeorge, turBO aka Oklahoma BO,/Rob Odonell, tadaos & Brian Rausse at live events continue to put on a show for spectators at each event.


Name: Francis B.
Handle: Mort (2002)
Channels :YouTube RetroSportsgamer
Twitch: RetroSportsgamertom
Dmen tap tecmo league (live league)
Tecmo Players Championship
Buffalo bounty co organize (defunct)
#1TFL(defunct online league also known as ATA, OTFL Pool 4)
Hometown: Chicago IL
Tecmo Accomplishments: winner of tecmo Madison 6. Featured in the NFL films tecmo documentary of tecmo Madison. Most traveled and accomplished live player. Has played in over 100 events and 20 plus tournament crowns.
Why you should play/watch:
Tecmo super bowl tournaments feature a great crowd of gamers who are normal easy going people. You will have great fun at any tecmo event. At the same time the high end players can put on a show worth a few hours viewing on a Saturday evening.


Name= Louis B.
Handle= Red98sethuthut
Tournaments= Co-ran Buffalo Bounty ( defunct )
Hometown= Buffalo Ny
Tecmo Accomplishments: Winner of TundraBowl V ( Tundra Bowl V ) , Columbus Tupa Bowl III, Buffalo Bounty II and i’m forever known as Mort’s bro!!!!,
Why you should play or watch: Tsb, Nhl94 or Nba Jam or whatever retro gaming tournaments feature a great crowd of gamers who i have experienced life long friendships with. No matter your skill level you will have loads fun watching , playing or drinking ( wink wink )
1. Josh A. – retired online (2012-2017), still active live when schedule permits.
2. coconuts
3. No YouTube or Twitch
4. No tourneys organized.
5. Oshkosh, WI
6. Tecmo Madison XI runner up, Tundra Bowl 3 Champ, Tecmo Milwaukee 2 champ, Online – Last WTF:Retro champ, $100 TPC tourney winner, Thunderdome runner up, couple of NTF titles, and a few runner-ups in leagues. Made Elite 8 at Tecmo Madison 3 times out of 6 years.
7. There’s nothing like getting together with random people screaming at the screens cheering. Also – the camaraderie is second to none.
1. Matt O’Toole
2. LuckyTool / Toolie – Online since 2010
3. https://www.twitch.tv/luckytool (and sometimes tecmodetroit)
4. Detroit Tecmo Kumite (w/ Eric O. and Joe M.), High Speed Retro League (defunct), Hillsdale College 28-man league (defunct)
5 Grand Blanc, MI (near Flint)
6. Running the 28-man league in college was insanely fun. Differing skill levels of players made it work. Won HSTL three seasons in a row, ran my own online league for five seasons (w/ help from others such as brookstonfowler), 2nd place in Madison Tecmo VI, two-time Kumite champ.
7. Guys in the Tecmo community are cool and though the competition gets intense it remains friendly. The top players in the community do a good job of reinforcing this and it rubs off on newcomers. Attending live tournaments and participating through watching / communicating on streams gives guys of our generation a chance to enjoy the games that we grew up with and gives younger gamers a chance to experience what gaming used to be like.

1. Tom Stahnke
2. Retro Sports Gamer / allamerican1569
3. Youtube – https://www.youtube.com/theretrosportsgamer
Twitch – https://www.twitch.tv/retrosportsgamertom
4. Hardcore Championship, Equalizer, DMen Tap Tecmo League
5 Chicago, IL
6. Ranked #1 on TPC online in 2010 heading into Tecmo Madison 6. Won 12 of 13 Family Tecmo Tournaments. All in 2018, 4th Place Blono Tecmo, 3rd Place Hardcore Championship, 2nd Place Full Nelson Hardcore, Winning record in group play in first ever Tecmo Players Championship, Won Midwest Tecmo Satellite Tournament.
7. Playing live is incredible. The nostalgia and beer drinking is next level. It’s a great group of guys that want to have a good time while playing the most dynamic sports game of an era. There’s a lot of great reasons to watch a live stream including learning to play the game at an elite level, the excitement of the unexpected to happen in Tecmo, the players while mic’d up can be hilarious, the engagement the live streams provide with the chat, and to hear some insightful commentary from time to time.


1.Troy F(aka Troy GBLAN)
3.twitch.tv/trojan1979, sometimes broadcast on twitch.tv/tgfnretro, Youtube : https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6Qndj … subscriber
4. I run the GBLAN and Edge of 94 WI Tecmo and NHL94 tournaments. I also organize an online Tecmo Super Bowl tournament each Spring, typically April
5 Green Bay, WI
6. I handed Joeygats his first ever Tundra Bowl defeat in 2018. I went 6-5 in group play during the 2018 TPC taking down Nos, Mort, Flo, DPS, Hank, and Toolie in group play.
7. If you like Tecmo Super Bowl, there is an incredible world ahead of you. First comes the shock of realizing that despite your ability against the computer, and your friends back in the day, it’s likely that you will struggle to stay within 2-3 scores of any seasoned player. After the dose of humble pie, comes learning, studying, experimentation, and finally, success. Getting your first win against an opponent of note is as addictive as LT’s cocaine. You will make friends, anticipate the dates for your favorite events, and plan your year around them. Congratulations on your new addiction!


1. Hank D.
2. Hankthetank 2014
5. Green Bay, WI
6. Beating various top level players in tournaments Mort, TecmoBo, Toolie, GreenMajik, DPS, The Gamer, Rico, etc.
7. Tecmo has a very high nostalgic value for many if you enjoyed playing in the past you will likely enjoy playing now if you are new many tournaments are adapting a B league where you don’t have to play the top talent. If you want to eventually become a top player it’s also a great learning experience. Many players including myself enjoy teaching new players the finer points of the game.


Name: Jordan Willis
Handle:Woodshed (2013)
Best accomplishments: Champion Tecmo Cleveland 2018,
Final four appearances at Tecmo Cleveland, Midwest Tecmo and Tupa Bowl, 5th place at Tundra Bowl 2019, 1/2 of the premier Tecmo parody band Imagine Grogans.
Why Tecmo: As much as I love the game, it’s the community that’s been built that keeps me playing. I’ve met some of the best people traveling around and playing tournaments. There’s nothing like sitting in a room with a bunch of middle aged men, drinking beer and playing this almost 30 year old Nintendo game. The description does it no justice, it’s one of those things you have to experience.
1. Kevin S.
2. tadaos – est 2007
3. https://www.twitch.tv/tadaos and https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-V3c3 … 41wgFGfffA
4. HSTL, WTF2, TTL, 2K, CT Tourney, NYC Tourney, other various regional tournaments that I can get to
5. Stratford, CT
6. 2017 New York City & Fishkill NY TSB Tournament Champion
2014 Connecticut Cuban Bowl TSB Tournament Champion
WTF Champion – 2009 Eagles, 2020 Bills
HSTL Season 19, 23 Super Bowl Runner Up
2013 Philadelphia Tournament Runner Up
2013, 2018 NYC Tournament Final Four
2017 Long Island Retro TSB Tournament Final Four
2012 Midwest Tournament Elite 8
2018 Madison Tournament Gold Bracket Round of 32
7. Nothing like the camaraderie of the live tournament! The atmosphere is always amazing, the beer in flowing, and everyone is there to kick back and compete. The pressure is such a different animal than playing online. There’s no pressure playing at home in your man cave but when everyone is watching and the crowd is into it there is nothing like it! The players are usually very friendly and we all share the common bond of being obsessed with a game that’s almost 30 years old now. Online streams are getting better but no one has a more entertaining stream than yours truly so check it out I’m always adding new videos and playing live games w/commentary!
1.Name Pete S.
2.Tecmo handle since Pistolpete 2018
3.YouTube/twitch channel The Retro Sports Gamer(Toms page)
4.Tournaments, Leagues your organize or co organize. NA

5. Location-Hoffman Estates
6. Your best tecmo accomplishments. Winning the Kumite satellite tourney going undefeated. Almost beating Tecmo Psycho. Not losing to Mort yet(2 games played; won with major handicap) Overall, playing competitive in all tourneys so far as a newb.
7. Why you would recommend playing at a tecmo super bowl tournament or watching one via live stream. TSB is simple enough for any beginner, yet complex enough for any seasoned vet, making the replay value unlimited. It never gets old. The tourneys are exciting, challenging, and a place to hang/meet new friends. Not alot of pressure or “bad guys” either- everyone is nice and fair and low key thus far.
Name: Troy E
Handle: NMUFred (2014)
Hometown: Appleton, WI
Tecmo Accomplishments: Top 16 at Tundra Bowl 2018, underdog wins over several top players in various tournaments.
Why you should play/watch: It’s a fun time to play classic games with other people, it’s competitive, but friendly. Fun day to always look forward to, always a tournament in the midwest on the near horizon. Never know what may happen in a game, always expect the unexpected.

Man in Motion

11 Jan

I studied the pass plays with a WR in motion to better understand how that tips the defensive play call before the snap. Similar to real football in tecmo a man in motion might indicate what sort of defense you are facing.

Basically what you are watching for using a man in motion is for a defender to man up in coverage with your motion man. If this occurs before the snap the drone will go into man coverage and follow your man in motion till he stops.

After a lot of snaps I determined that this does not happen when the defender guesses your play. So in conclusion if there is a man in coverage on your motion man then the play is not guessed. If he does not go into coverage then there is a chance the play has been guessed.  Here is

Short videho below.

Understanding Player Ratings

11 Jan

There are some important things to keep in mind when determining how good a player is.   Factors include meaningless stats, false representation of player two conditions and ranking the ratings in the right order.

QB’s  Most important rating PC.  Determines accuracy.  Used in catch, drop and interception calculations.  Minimum PC 44. Several teams high point is 38 and two teams have only 31 pc qb.

Second most important rating MS.  Faster the qb the better.  13 is standard, 6 slow.  Anything above 25 is golden.  All qb’s have a low BC when tackled.  Around 25 or 31.

Last but not least passing speed.  Too much decreases JJ’s and may cause inaccuracy.  Too little passing speed might also decrease accuracy.  Ideally you want between 44-63 ps.

APB only matters as the ball is released and still doesn’t do much.  PA is meaningless.

RB’s MS or maximum speed is the top speed each back can obtain.  The other important ratings are 38 rec and above for good pass catching.  94 hp and above to popcorn weak defenders.  The difference in fumbles between 81 BC and 50 BC is small.

RS higher than 38 is mostly useful in passing game but you might notice high rs and high ms guys to be quicker.  RS is initial speed.

WR, TE  MS is the most important stat.  Having 44 rs or more makes them quicker route runners.  Typically 44 rec is plenty but guys with super high rec 69+ get more JJ’s and coverage catches.

****A catch in tecmo is based on the odds of an equation using the qb pc and wr rec.  The defender value is 0 if wide open.  Otherwise the int of the defender comes into play on coverage passes.  If the qb is well above in pc than the db in int it increases the odds of a coverage catch.  Keep in mind in tecmo low percentage plays happen often so be careful abusing mismatches.*****

OL HP.  The only OL that ms matters for is OL5.  His MS determines kick returner speed.  38 ms and above are the great return teams.

DL HP and RP matter most.  MS is important but not as much since these players are rarely controlled.  For any defender having 56 hp is important to make it unlikely to be popcorned.  Teams with lots of HP seem to contain plays better.

LB MS/RP of 50 or more.  HP being higher helps but you mainly you want speed.  If they have 31 int or higher its a bonus for any non secondary player.

DB.  MS of 56 with RP of 50.  Int of 50 or more.  DB’s need to be faster than LB as you cover more ground with them.  Ideally you want one DB with the same or greater int than the qb’s PC number.  Quickness is meaningless.

****If the DB is four levels above the QB PC number the jj int is guaranteed. You just need to get into position for it.  If three levels there is still a small chance of JJ int.  For this to work you also have to learn to get into position and trick your opponent to throwing it at you.***

Kicker KA.  The more KA the more range.  AKB is meaningless.  the odds of a block kick are 1/5 when the cut screen comes up. 56 KA or more gives nice range.  Keep in mind that great kickers have slow meters and bad kickers have fast kicking meters.  At time this works against you as it takes longer to line up a slow meter.

Keep in mind as player two often there are false conditions that read out one level below where your players are.  So add 6 or 7 to what you see.  Also remember the tecmo scale.


Last but not least find your comfort zones.  For example in general you want a 44 pc qb.  However in many matchups 31 pc Tomzcak does great finding Neal Anderson in the pass game. Figure out what you need to win and what might cause you to lose.


TPC Prep: Browns matchups

11 Jan

Cle vs GB

This is a jj filled fun fest of deep paces and little defense.  It is good to call if you like the fact both QB’s run well.  GB has the edge on offense with Sharon.  But Johnson and Claybourne give the defensive edge to the browns.

Cle vs Pitt

The challenge is to hold down a bad offense with a bad defense.  Then take advantage of deep passes and QB runs.  Being conservative and talk FG and punts is a key factor.

Cle vs Phx

If Pitt defense is too strong for you then downgrade to phx.  Just watch out for Jonny Johnson and Roy Green.  In this matchup the key is to make Phx a passing team and force mistakes.



TPC Prep: NO Matchups

9 Jan

Here is some of the reasoning behind my saints matchups


The JETS biggest weapon on defense is McMillian with 63 int.  Under normal conditions that will keep jj int to a minimum provided you use John Fourcade at QB.  The JETS are very weak at outside line backer.  The most susceptible team to the offset I form plays and Pitch Open L.  Finally the lack of a speedy stud will make it easier to contain the Jets with the saints defense.

NO vs GB

I choose this one over the matchup with Cleveland as there is more opportunities for Heyward to popcorn in the kick return game.  Also QB Browns is much higher in PC.  The lack of any fast players in the secondary should make the saints effective in the passing game.  Meanwhile with no fast DB the potential for Hilliard breaking one is very good.


I choose this matchup despite the much higher tier of Dal since Dal is the kind of team the saints do well against.  The only player above 50 ms is Emmitt.  The qb has 44 pc and the defense does not have a lot of int.  If your a player that doesn’t make a lot of mistakes this is the type of matchup that can frustrate an opponent.  I would much rather face them with the saints than the Phx safeties, Rison+Deion, or Pitt Defense.

TPC Prep: KC top Matchups

8 Jan


To help better prepare for the Players Championship I am making a series about top matchups.  Keep in mind these matchups are only three of many good options.  Also the matchups I choose are based on likely getting the team mentioned in the matchup.  In most tecmo super bowl tournaments one player calls the matchups.  The other player than takes first team choice.  This means it is likely the better team in the matchup will be taken.  Unless the intangibles of the lesser team outweigh the better team.

For KC I choose vs CHI, RAI and CIN.  If you want to play with KC I think these are teams that will be chosen instead of the chiefs.  My reasoning is Mark Carrier, Bo Jackson and David Fulcher.

KC vs CHI.  Chi gives you Neal Anderson and Johnny Bailey.  One should play rb and one should play wr.  Even with a 31 pc Tomzcak this forms a deadly tandem.  Add in the best secondary to slow down Paige.  Lots of hitting power to keep Okoye from popcorning the entire defense.  KC can still take advantage of the lack of speed of the Bears defense and the bad passes low pass control will still cause.

KC vs RAI  Bo Jackson has 75 ms.  Willie Gault is a beast.  However the QB’s are terrible.  Typically the love of Bo Jackson leads people to take the Raiders.  Over time I have found that DT and the front 7 will chop down Bo.  After that just make sure to not let the fast wr’s streak down the field.

KC vs CIN  The love of great DB’s often will have people take Cincinnati.  Fulcher is on an island by himself.  Boomer doesn’t have fast wr’s.  Run the ball well and shut down James Brooks to win this matchup.



TPC3 Matchups: banned teams

3 Jan

I’m going to do several videos designed to help you get ready for the Tecmo Players Championship. Due to the matchup limitations I will try to do three top matchups for each team.

First though I started with the banned teams. NE, IND, SEA, HOU, BUF, NYG and SF have a semi ban. They can’t be matched up against each other. But they can be used against the other teams.

This gives you a way to save some of your better matchup calls. One or two calls with these teams in group play that you feel comfortable with will at the very least save a better matchup. An added bonus if you win the game.

Here are my best bets.

Sea vs Cle
Sea vs GB

Both of these are 45/55 coin tosses that all you need is Kreig to have a good game to win.


Similar concept but the added bonus of Okoye popcorning most of the bills defense. Not to mention if DT and the boys shut down Thurman Thomas

Rai Hou

A challenge to see if you can outrun Warren Moon’s high flying run and shoot offense. The Chicago matchup will give you a great secondary to counter them. The LA matchup will give you a passing game with great wr’s.

Guessing Run On Defense

3 Jan

These videos go over some of the coverage patterns that occur when you guess running plays on defense. The added advantage of guessing run is that it can take key plays out of your opponents play calls. As they might assume you are sitting on those plays. Also it will provide you with better run defense against other runs. The weakness is that you get hardly anything in coverage. These video will make it easier to understand the potential pass coverage options.

the full version of the video is here.


In conclusion the following pattern happens when you guess run and the opponent guesses pass.  If you guess Run 1 or Run 2 you might get one or both cornerbacks in coverage against pass 3 and pass 4.  Plus one of the safeties might move into a position to provide coverage.  Its all random of course.  No guarantee anything occurs.  But there is a chance and it improves your coverage options to defend with a safety or linebacker on these plays.

The reverse is true for run 3 and 4 against pass 1 and pass 2.  You might get one or both cornerbacks in coverage.  Also a safety might drop in coverage.  Yet it doesn’t always happen.

Now when you guess run 1 or 2 against pass 1 or 2 then the cornerbacks will not drop into coverage.  Same for run 3 or run 4 against pass 3 or pass 4.  However there is still a random chance of one safety dropping somewhere in coverage.  It doesn’t mean where the saftey will go will be useful.

The only exception I know of is against Playaction.  A pass 1 in offset I formation.  Against this play only run 4 will get some coverage.  Run 1, 2 and 3 will get you no help.  Except the oddball safety.

What this means is eventually you can use this as a system to guess the play at the line of scrimmage.  A lot of great playbooks used do not have the same formations across the board.  For example often pass 1 and 2 are very different formations from 3 and 4.  This means for example if I was Pitt.  I guess run 1 and I see an R and S formation.  I know now I should be Rod Woodson.  I’m getting no help in coverage and my primary goals are to prevent deep passes plus contain r and s sweep R.

Conversely if I saw redgum shotgun I would pick the strong safety. Woodson might go in coverage on his own plus the bottom cornerback.  My goal at the snap is to prevent a deep pass.  If my two cornerbacks or my FS checks deep I can now take out the short options.   At times if played right you can get as much coverage guessing run plays as you would guessing pass plays.

On a side note I would not overdo it.  Its also good to keep in mind this type of defense is better for some teams than others.  Minnesota plays great under this concept.  So does Pitt, NYJ and other teams with great safeties or LB 2,3.  Its far less effective for teams like Tampa with one great db or teams like the rams with slow defensive backs.

Yet still there are times in every game where you need the ability to guess a run play on defense.  This will make it a little less of a guessing game in the pass coverage options.

Tecmo Players Championship rules and other information.

2 Jan

Division 1.

1. No lurching with dl. A lurch is defined as a dive forward at the snap of the ball. It is also avoiding the offensive line to blitz in t the snap. Except when facing a shotgun. (Any delay of one second, any grapple with ol or initial movement that is straight up, straight down or any direction back makes all future actions as dl legal).

2. WR AND TE cannot run running plays. They can be positioned at rb 1 or rb 2 and have a running play during the game. But you can’t call the play unless it’s an rb. (Any violation of this is a 30 yard penalty and loss of down. Never seen this violated.)

3. Condition check once per quarter and overtime. You may do a fast sub anytime you want without looking at condition.

4. Schedule is determined by random. The field will be set to a round robin and then certain games will be declared a tie. This will occur Thursday or Friday night before the event.

5. Most tie breakers go to head to head. Next tie breaker is point diff. No cap on how much you beat someone by. It all counts.

6. Can only play in a matchup once. Once you play in a matchup you can’t play in it again the entire tournament. Doesn’t matter if you call it or your opponent.

7. Sea , be, ind, nyg, hou, buf and sf cannot be matched up against each other. You can matchup NE vs NO or BUF vs CHI for example. But any matchup like NE vs Sea or NYG vs BUF is banned.

8. Strict game schedule. We have a strict schedule to maintain and you must play games as soon as they are announced. A break is scheduled at 1. It’s not possible to do this many games without this rule.

9. Forfeit. If a player leaves the event early or arrives late the games he misses will be forfeited. 14-0. He will also lose matchups that I will randomly select from this list. Mia/Rams, wash/Minn, dal/Phx, den/Pitt, chi/KC, cin/det, jets/ATL, TB/SD, gb/ Cle, Rai/Phi, NO/ jets, Rai/Chi, SD/Minn, Dal/jets.
The games he plays will count unless he doesn’t come back or show up. Then all the games will be deleted and players will get matchups back.

10. Malfunctions equipment. Issues related to malfunctions will be handled by tournament directors. Ask Francis (Mort) Buennagel or designated assistants. If the reset happens in the first quarter restart the game. If any points are scored ad those to the final score. If after the 1st quarter play the time remaining. Round up or down. Gentlemen’s agreements between players are acceptable as long as they do not delay the event.

11. Keep in mind dmen tap several times has families with minors come in. Also minors are invited to play in this event. Keep this in mind throughout the day.

12. streaming. The retro sports gamer channel will run one stream on bar internet and one on the wifi. Anyone else wishing to stream will be able to do so as long as you provide your own internet connection. You must also ask permission of me.

Division 2.

Different rules are 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

1. No lurching with dl. A lurch is defined as a dive forward at the snap of the ball. It is also avoiding the offensive line to blitz in t the snap. Except when facing a shotgun. (Any delay of one second, any grapple with ol or initial movement that is straight up, straight down or any direction back makes all future actions as dl legal).

2. WR AND TE cannot run running plays. They can be positioned at rb 1 or rb 2 and have a running play during the game. But you can’t call the play unless it’s an rb. (Any violation of this is a 30 yard penalty and loss of down. Never seen this violated.)

3. Condition check once per quarter and overtime. You may do a fast sub anytime you want without looking at condition.

4. Schedule will be determined by groups. 5 games will happen if we have 12 people. Two groups of 6 round robin.

5. Most tie breakers go to head to head. Next tie breaker is point diff. No cap on how much you beat someone by. It all counts.

6. You can only call a matchup once during the event. Unlike d1 you can call matchups that other people called on you.

7. Rule 7 did not apply. Sf vs hou, ne vs ind. It’s all on the table.

8. Strict game schedule. We have a strict schedule to maintain and you must play games by the time limit for the group. You will have more free time then the main bracket. Most likely 11-3 to play 5 games.

9. Forfeit, leaving and no show. Game time decision.

10. 10. Malfunctions equipment. Issues related to malfunctions will be handled by tournament directors. Ask Francis (Mort) Buennagel or designated assistants. If the reset happens in the first quarter restart the game. If any points are scored ad those to the final score. If after the 1st quarter play the time remaining. Gentlemen’s agreements not allowed. Come to me for all game malfunctions. I don’t know the people in this division as well and would like to make sure everything is done right.

11. Keep in mind dmen tap several times has families with minors come in. Also minors are invited to play in this event. Keep this in mind throughout the day.

12. streaming. The retro sports gamer channel will run one stream on bar internet and one on the wifi. Anyone else wishing to stream will be able to do so as long as you provide your own internet connection. You must also ask permission of me.

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Please do not list this event at the website tecmobowl.org in the forums for Tecmo tournaments.  Any questions regarding this policy please contact me at fbuennagel@gmail.com

QB Progression 2. R&S Pass 2

22 Oct

Second video for the QB Progression series. In this I show you what direction to scramble in. The basic rules of thumb is the opposite direction of the open short receiver.

So if wr 2 is open run down and of the tight end is open run up. If both are covered pick your best direction to scramble in.

As a bonus my brother TecmoLou helps to give you a real life example.