A Cry for Help to EA Sports
It is noon on a Wednesday and you’ve just wrapped up another season in your Madden dynasty. You’re frustrated because you missed the playoffs by one game and now have to wait a week until another Super Bowl Champion has been crowned and next season can begin. Next season can’t come soon enough. You lost four games by less than one score, you know your weakness is at middle linebacker (MLB) and you’ve identified who you will take in the draft. Tomorrow, the commissioner releases the offseason schedule so you know when you can draft your prized MLB and add depth through free agency (FA).
When the schedule comes out you immediately look at the date and time of the draft and feel your heart sink as the draft is scheduled to take place during your mom’s birthday dinner. Your only hope is changing the time, so you throw out a quick message to the league about a change of schedule and soon realize that it’s never going to work. Getting thirty-two people available at one time is damn near impossible. Ten other people are in the same boat as you – plans already scheduled that can’t be broken. There goes your MLB…
Most people have experienced this sort of agony and heartache. Three seasons ago I finished with 9 wins and won a tough NFC North division but got bounced in the first round of the playoffs. On the horizon was season 2021. The big Kahuna. The 2021 season was going to decide our draft order for Madden 17. Then it happened to me. The draft AND free agency were going to happen while I was out of town with my wife visiting her family. I had three choices:
A) Cry myself to sleep each night.
B) Take my PS4, set it up on their only TV that permanently has her father perched in front of it and destroy a healthy relationship with an in-law.
C) Tell my wife I need some time away from her to figure things out (whatever that means) and she should make the trip by herself.
As I cried myself to sleep, surrounded by tissues (and lotion), I knew everyone was improving their team and mine was getting worse. I nodded off to sleep thinking, “There has to be a better way…there has to be a better way…”
There is a better way and the answer is simple. Why not make the draft available remotely via cell phones, PC’s or even an app for the iPad? We have the capability to sit on opposite sides of the country and play video games against other humans yet we can’t figure out how to let someone pick a player for their team on draft night. I’ve done a fantasy football draft from my phone before. How much harder can it be for a Playstation game? This is what we ask EASPORTS. All the men, women, and children that have missed a draft or free agency because of life, ask that you correct this. Bring a smile to little Jimmy’s face when he knows he can draft from his Bar Mitza, and let the Bishop praise Jesus as he selects his future quarterback (QB) while giving a sermon on how great life is.
I know what you’re wondering. “How did it work out Hamiltop? What happened in 2021?” 2021 was much like the draft and free agency folks. I spent many nights crying myself to sleep surrounded by tissues (and lotion) wondering what might have been if I could have been there that night.