A playbook for each defensive back.

9 Oct

Recently I’ve been experimenting with playbooks trying to make run 1, 2 and 4 more effective. What I came up with this. Certain plays are strong against some defenders and weaker against others. So why not have a playbook approach designed for each defensive back. Here is the playbook approach I am experimenting with. Then I am going to expand and experiment to match a playbook against each defense.

Let’s start with DB1. The top cornerback.

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The nice think about the second playbook is it takes out a strong LB1 at the same time.

Feel free to substitute on run 2, run 4 and pass 4 if you are better with different plays.

DB 2 bottom cornerback
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This playbook is weak against lb1. You might want to consider this playbook for teams like SD and NE.

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DB 3 top safety

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Now this is a new thing I am noticing in this playbook. These three motion runs can create blockers that follow the free safety. If you’re not comfortable with the plays try the DB 4 playbook.

DB 4 bottom safety

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I love on run 1 that one blocker will cut back and block the safety if he comes in to early.


Live at Dmen tap Oct 7th

8 Oct

Hey guys. Forgot to update a couple times live as I was busy updating the league. Here are a few notes about my games.

Ind vs Det

Like most league games I’m overpower by the offenses and defense I face. The key is contain, guess plays and luck. In this game I made a nice int but should have not let it go to overtime. It’s hard to have faith in the colts offesne. Which is why I go for it on the 4th down. Lesson learned. Punt the ball folks.

Jets vs Ind

My second game on stream was probably my most important game of the year. The key to winning as the colts is guessing plays early. With that I was able to force an early turnover on downs. Momentum didn’t vanish on me this game. My running and disciplined play call wore down the Jets defense. Securing a win that is key to my season.

PHX vs CLE hardcore

If you want a tip for hardcore tecmo here is one. No pro form runs up the middle. Again key to winning was getting a great start. I withstood a furious comeback and then scored last.

TB vs Minn hardcore

Tecmo is a fun game when everything goes your right. I once was quoted saying “I’ve been waiting all day to try that move”. That move was using DB2 tob ambush r and s sweep right. It’s hit or miss. In this game it was there every time I went for it. Having AC and whiskey Wade in good helps too.

Tecmo Bowl 30th Anniversary Tournament Omaha NE March 31st 2019

7 Oct

Tecmo Bowl turns 30 next year. To celebrate we’re hosting a tournament.
​Saturday March 30th 2019 in Omaha Nebraska.
High stakes double elimination tourney with over $1,000 prize money.
Visit TecmoBowlNES.com for all the details, or fill out contact form below. 
  • Saturday March 30th 2019 @ Bigway Burger
  • $65 entry fee.  100% of fees go towards payouts
  • 1st place also wins a trophy
  • Event begins with 2 game opening round. Results are used to determine seed lines.  Once bracket is seeded, double elimination stage begins
  • The team selection process involves a coin toss, & offers options for both participants
  • A small set of gameplay rules will be observed

  • Hyperkin brand & RetroUSB brand equipment will be used.  Both systems offer HD output with 720 resolution on our HDTVs.
  • Official Tecmo/Nintendo cartridges w/ Eric Dickerson will be used
  • Field size anticipated between 16 & 20 players
  • Payout structure based on number of paid players
  • 2 players attending together will be placed on opposite sides of bracket to ensure they don’t face each other in early rounds
  • As of July 14th, 7 players are registered & paid from 3 different states, along with 2 Canadians.  See TecmoBowlNES.com for complete details.

Live at Dmen tap. Mon Oct 8th 5pm to 11 pm

5 Oct


Ok.  Monday is here.  Stream is rolling.  I might not get much time on it so I wrote a new article on playbooks.


On screen I didn’t get much of a chance to play an even game to test out some of the playbooks I posted.  Off the screen in more even play I was able to use playbooks designed for each DB to my advantage.  Problem is the Colts are so outclassed it’s hard to do meaningful practices when I have to get my league games in.

So in the next couple of weeks hopefully there will be some time to test these playbooks in live action on stream so you can see it’s effectiveness.

Equalizer 2 Chicago IL. 12/8/2018

5 Oct

The Equalizer is a Tecmo Super Bowl Tournament designed to give any player a chance to win it all. Players are put into round robin groups with other players of their skill level. A better record in group play means you will get a higher draft pick for the team you will use for the remainder of the tournament during bracket play. This time around there will only be 4 groups of players, which means everyone gets an additional game. The 49ers are now completely legalized for group play on the tier list. The Equalizer is set to build off the momentum of the 2017 tournament, which resulted in an undefeated Tecmobo going all the way with the Los Angeles Raiders. There is a 20 player maximum for the tournament, so sign up as soon as possible to claim your spot!


Tecmo Super Bowl Tournament – The Equalizer 2

When – Saturday December 8, 2018
Where – Michael Anthony’s Pizzeria – 6434 W. Ogden Ave. Berwyn, IL 60402
Time – Registration at Noon, Kickoff Time 12:30pm
Buy In – $20 – Registration through paypal to retrosportsgamertom@gmail.com


1st Place
– $300 Cash

2nd Place
– $100 Cash

Prizes are guaranteed

MAIN STREAM – https://www.youtube.com/theretrosportsgamer
STREAM 2 – https://www.twitch.tv/retrosportsgamertom


Live at Dmen tap. Mon Oct 1st 2018

2 Oct

Ok it’s almost 5 pm in Chicago and we are about to get some tecmo in
Tom and I should be on stream soon.

DPS and Tom are playing a hardcore matchup while I get a few things ready. Recently I’ve noticed my game on offense is getting stagnate. That’s why today I want to play around with some different playbooks in non hard core games. I will soon be in game one and leave you some observations on that game.

Dal vs jets. DPS takes a win in a sloppy played game. My strategy was to use pro-form plays to force Dan to utilize his running backs. However his defensive backs provided excellent drone coverage negating the advantage I was seeking. Unfamiliarity with the plays led to an early int. I did gain good ground running but needed faster running backs.

On defense I played a great game. I successfully rotated between 3 defensive strategies. The first one was to guess pass and cover with McMillan and Clifton. This led to two user picks.
The second defense was to guess run 3 and rely on drone help on the run and shoot passes. This left to openings on shotgun which Dan exploited for a big gain down the field.

Vs Brian. Houston vs NE

Going into this mismatch I knew I had to cover with lipper one on one with his receivers to have a chance. Using this and a run heavy approach gave me a solid start. Funny how even in excellent Grogan was useless. At half missed a jj attempt to a wide open Cook.

Brian would get the 1 in 500 player 2 onside kick. Then I would bungle onto a wild overtime sequence. Overall this was a good performance for Brian. He has come a long way since a 94-0 drubbing in the hardcore tourney.

Vs Tom Det vs Philly

Chose Detroit to practice more with pro form. What surprised me was being unable to hit deep routes against a slow Philadelphia secondary.
So far the play book is most effective for runs and short passes. All the runs have been hot. However pass 1 and 3 leave a lot to be desired. My next game I plan to use different plays for pass 1 and pass 3. Keep the 4 runs and try it out.

Game 4 league game vs Matt rai vs ind

I was helped tremendously in this game by Bickket going into excellent. With this conditioning change I was able to contain Bo Jackson.

Full Nelson Hardcore GREEN BAY WISCONSIN 10/20/2018

1 Oct

What : Full Nelson Tecmo Super Bowl Hardcore Format Tournament

When : October 20th, 2018, 10:30 AM

Where : Edge VR Arcade 2642 Packerland Dr, Green Bay, WI 54313

Cost : $25 via Paypal to trojan1979@gmail.com, $30 at the door. $5 discount for prepay on or before September 25th.

Format : Swiss followed by single elimination bracket.

Prizes: Payouts to top 4 players will be made in a 50/25/15/10 percentage. Payout is directly tied to number of entrants, and total entry fees collected. Approximately 2/3 of entry fees collected are paid out in prize pools. Example : 40 players prepay before cutoff and pay $20. Rounding to the nearest dollar the prize pool would be $528. 1st $264/2nd $132/3rd $79/4th $53. Additional collectable prizes will be available to win.

Players may also RSVP our Facebook event https://tinyurl.com/tecmofullnelson

Our promotional video can be viewed on Facebook here

or if they prefer Twitter it can be viewed here

Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/Green.Bay.LAN/

Twitter @trojanvoice

email trojan1979@gmail.com


1. Tier list for group play. Winner of coin toss is player 1 and chooses tier. Loser of coin toss chooses team from tier player 1 selected or a lower tier. Winner of coin toss chooses team second from tier originally chosen or lower tier.

No automatic alt text available.

2. We will not keep track of teams used during group play. Choose the team that best suits you in group play under the tier list guidelines.

3. Customizing Playbooks and Lineup Changes. You are allowed to change your selected team’s playbook before each game. Checking the change / substitution screen is allowed during gameplay. Once per quarter for each player is the recommendation.

4. All substitutions of any player in any position is LEGAL.

5. No ties. If a game is tied when regulation concludes, competitors will proceed to OT. All OT’s will be 5-minute sudden death periods. If no one scores in the first OT, the second OT will be only the first quarter in a new game. This process will be repeated until a winner emerges. So that one competitor does not start with the ball in every OT period, the receiving team (i.e. team that gets the ball first) shall alternate beginning with the second OT period.

6. Defensive Lineman Lurching / Nose Tackle Dive / Any D-Lineman Dive is LEGAL.

7. Nintendo Malfunctions: If there is an equipment failure in the first half, games will be replayed from the start. If equipment malfunctions in the 2nd half, only the second half is replayed. In that event, the scores from each half are added together to obtain a final score. If the game was uncompetitive or the equipment malfunctioned due to human error, the tourney organizers reserve the right to declare a winner without replaying any portion of the game.

8. Tournament Disputes: Trojan1979 is the sole tournament referee. If Trojan is participating in the tournament it will be to provide even numbers for Swiss or to fill in should anyone need to drop out mid event. In that case any of the following players will be able to settle disputes, Nelson79, Timpapi, RSG Tom if the dispute involved Trojan.

9. Competitors are allowed to bring their own controller, but it has to be an official Nintendo rectangle controller, official Nintendo dogbone controller, or a Hyperkin, Cirka, Gamerztek, or Old Skool 3rd party controller. We reserve the right to inspect and deny use of any controller for any reason.

10. All systems are either original NES consoles, or top loading clone consoles by Gamerztek, all hooked up via composite connection on CRT screens.

MARQUEE MATCHUP STREAM – https://www.twitch.tv/tgfnretro

This professional live coverage will be voiced and broadcasted by Troy GBLAN, organizer and voice of the GBLAN Online Tecmo Super Bowl Tournament. Troy will be showcasing the best players this tournament has to offer from opening kickoff until the champion is crowned! I encourage everyone to check out tgfnretro on Twitch and follow as they cover Tecmo events all over the country.

THE PLAYER’S STREAM: – https://www.youtube.com/theretrosportsgamer


Have you ever wanted to be a commentator at a Tecmo Tournament? Maybe you just want to cut a wrestling promo Tecmo style? This is your opportunity! This stream will be run by The Retro Sports Gamer teams. The goal of this stream is to capture the natural essence of the tournament and get as many unique players on stream as possible. Want to play on stream? Just ask! We will do our best to broadcast your game next.

Players that register and can’t make the tournament with at least one week notice will be fully refunded.

Dallaire Realty has stepped up as a pizza sponsor, so free pizza is awesome.. Currently the Edge VR Arcade is working on securing a beer license. I’ve been assured that in the unlikely event that this doesn’t happen, we will be able to bring our own and do a beer swap. This worked very well during the NHL94 tournament we ran there back in February.