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By Dave Gilmore | August 27, 2012
"Madden NFL 13" EA Sports Xbox 360/PlayStation 3 Score: 3 stars out of 4 The "Madden" series hasn't quite lived up to expectations since eliminating competing NFL franchises in 2005. Still, it is taken for granted how much EA Sports maximizes its exclusive license with the NFL to produce video games that allow fans to come as close as most ever will to an NFL field. The knock on “Madden” is that it's the same year-in and year-out. “Madden NFL 13” absolutely disproves that notion, though “different” doesn't automatically mean “better.” Like it's little brother, “NCAA Football,” this year's edition of “Madden” has fine-tuned its passing game to mirror the throw-happy offenses in the real NFL. Receivers run their routes in a less robotic fashion than previous editions, and as a quarterback, the player has a real opportunity to put the ball where they want.
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By Alison Matas, The Baltimore Sun | April 8, 2013
A federal judge last week threw out a Baltimore security guard's copyright infringement case against National Football League Properties, saying there was no evidence the NFL had licensed the use of the Ravens logo he'd designed to a software company. Frederick E. Bouchat has been credited with designing the Ravens' first logo, known as the "Flying B logo," and is awaiting compensation. In this most recent case, Bouchat claimed he wasn't getting credit for the use of the logo in some Madden NFL video games.
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By KEVIN VAN VALKENBURG | April 18, 2007
Even before it was mercifully put to rest in 2004, I never believed, not for a minute, in the Curse of the Bambino. It was, in my opinion, a lame excuse that people trotted out when they attempted to rationalize or ignore the bad decisions made by countless Boston Red Sox teams. That's true for the Chicago Cubs, as well. Curses, whether they're named after a billy goat or a man wearing headphones and a hoodie named Bartman, are a cop-out. In sports, people choose their own destiny. Nothing is predetermined.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Dave Gilmore | August 27, 2012
"Madden NFL 13" EA Sports Xbox 360/PlayStation 3 Score: 3 stars out of 4 The "Madden" series hasn't quite lived up to expectations since eliminating competing NFL franchises in 2005. Still, it is taken for granted how much EA Sports maximizes its exclusive license with the NFL to produce video games that allow fans to come as close as most ever will to an NFL field. The knock on “Madden” is that it's the same year-in and year-out. “Madden NFL 13” absolutely disproves that notion, though “different” doesn't automatically mean “better.” Like it's little brother, “NCAA Football,” this year's edition of “Madden” has fine-tuned its passing game to mirror the throw-happy offenses in the real NFL. Receivers run their routes in a less robotic fashion than previous editions, and as a quarterback, the player has a real opportunity to put the ball where they want.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 3, 2005
Downloaded singles 1. My Humps, Black Eyed Peas 2. Gold Digger, Kanye West featuring Jamie Foxx 3. Run It! (Remix featuring Juelz Santana), Chris Brown 4. Dance, Dance, Fall Out Boy 5. Photograph, Nickelback[ Courtesy iTunes] Downloaded albums 1.The World is Flat: A Brief History of the 21st Century (abridged nonfiction), Thomas L. Friedman 2. I Am Me, Ashlee Simpson 3. Playing the Angel (bonus video edition), Depeche Mode 4. From Under the Cork Tree, Fall Out Boy 5. Elizabethtown (Music From the Motion Picture)
BUSINESS
By Alison Matas, The Baltimore Sun | April 8, 2013
A federal judge last week threw out a Baltimore security guard's copyright infringement case against National Football League Properties, saying there was no evidence the NFL had licensed the use of the Ravens logo he'd designed to a software company. Frederick E. Bouchat has been credited with designing the Ravens' first logo, known as the "Flying B logo," and is awaiting compensation. In this most recent case, Bouchat claimed he wasn't getting credit for the use of the logo in some Madden NFL video games.
SPORTS
By Matt Vensel | June 15, 2011
After reading about the major upgrades to the new franchise mode on “Madden NFL 2012,” I am pumped to pick up the latest installment of the legendary video game. But if you’re not a huge nerd and/or bad boyfriend like me and you aren’t in the year 2029 in the franchise mode of the 2011 game, check out this video of the Ravens’ pre-game introductions for the new “Madden,” which will be released in late August. They have nailed the details, like the male cheerleaders sprinting out of the tunnel, the Ravens defense being introduced and a more accurate version of Ray Lewis’ pre-game dance.
SPORTS
By Matt Vensel | March 8, 2012
It's time for EA Sports to start its search for its next “Madden NFL” cover boy, and for a third straight year, the video game company is turning to football fans to decide who will be showcased on the box of the next installment of the popular franchise. EA Sports is doing a bracket-style fan vote to whittle down the field from 64 of the NFL's top players to one (unlucky?) cover boy. Two Ravens players, Terrell Suggs and Ray Rice, are vying for the “Madden” cover. But they face each other in the first round, forcing fans to make a tough choice between the team's two brightest stars -- and the overwhelming vote-getters in the Baltimore media's team MVP vote -- during the 2011 season.
SPORTS
By Matt Vensel | March 28, 2011
Ravens running back Ray Rice was one of 32 candidates to become the cover boy for "Madden NFL '12," which will be released in August even if the NFL lockout is still in effect. But in a bracket-style vote to determine the oft-unlucky winner, Rice got knocked off in the first round by Browns running back Peyton Hillis. Hillis dominated his AFC North counterpart in the voting, garnering 62 percent of the 424,059 votes. Rice nearly getting doubled up by Hillis? That was a surprise.
SPORTS
By Jonas Shaffer | April 6, 2012
By month's end, Ray Rice could be the face of one of the most popular video-game franchises in America. So why are some Ravens fans now willing to root against the very same star they cheer on every fall Sunday? Three words, far scarier than any onrushing linebacker and oftentimes just as devastating: The Madden Curse. It's a worthwhile topic for anyone voting for Rice as he takes on Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers in the Madden NFL 13 cover competition. Linebacker Ray Lewis, the 2005 cover boy - a bit of a misnomer, don't you think?
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By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | June 7, 2012
The new Madden NFL won't be out for a few months but judging from the way Ray Lewis acts on the game's trailer, it's safe to say they've sold at least one. In the minute and a half long trailer, released online this week by EA Sports, Lewis lets loose an impassioned stream of dialogue that's part poetry, part prayer. He doesn't mention the game. But that's kind of beside the point. It opens with soft, somber, piano music -- none of that thumping bass that usually introduces anything selling football.
SPORTS
By Jonas Shaffer | April 6, 2012
By month's end, Ray Rice could be the face of one of the most popular video-game franchises in America. So why are some Ravens fans now willing to root against the very same star they cheer on every fall Sunday? Three words, far scarier than any onrushing linebacker and oftentimes just as devastating: The Madden Curse. It's a worthwhile topic for anyone voting for Rice as he takes on Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers in the Madden NFL 13 cover competition. Linebacker Ray Lewis, the 2005 cover boy - a bit of a misnomer, don't you think?
SPORTS
By Matt Vensel | March 8, 2012
It's time for EA Sports to start its search for its next “Madden NFL” cover boy, and for a third straight year, the video game company is turning to football fans to decide who will be showcased on the box of the next installment of the popular franchise. EA Sports is doing a bracket-style fan vote to whittle down the field from 64 of the NFL's top players to one (unlucky?) cover boy. Two Ravens players, Terrell Suggs and Ray Rice, are vying for the “Madden” cover. But they face each other in the first round, forcing fans to make a tough choice between the team's two brightest stars -- and the overwhelming vote-getters in the Baltimore media's team MVP vote -- during the 2011 season.
SPORTS
By Matt Vensel | June 15, 2011
After reading about the major upgrades to the new franchise mode on “Madden NFL 2012,” I am pumped to pick up the latest installment of the legendary video game. But if you’re not a huge nerd and/or bad boyfriend like me and you aren’t in the year 2029 in the franchise mode of the 2011 game, check out this video of the Ravens’ pre-game introductions for the new “Madden,” which will be released in late August. They have nailed the details, like the male cheerleaders sprinting out of the tunnel, the Ravens defense being introduced and a more accurate version of Ray Lewis’ pre-game dance.
SPORTS
By Matt Vensel | March 28, 2011
Ravens running back Ray Rice was one of 32 candidates to become the cover boy for "Madden NFL '12," which will be released in August even if the NFL lockout is still in effect. But in a bracket-style vote to determine the oft-unlucky winner, Rice got knocked off in the first round by Browns running back Peyton Hillis. Hillis dominated his AFC North counterpart in the voting, garnering 62 percent of the 424,059 votes. Rice nearly getting doubled up by Hillis? That was a surprise.
SPORTS
Peter Schmuck | September 3, 2010
                News item: NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has reduced the suspension he levied on quarterback Ben Roethlisberger from six games to four, which means he'll make his regular-season debut against the Cleveland Browns two weeks after the Steelers host the Ravens on Oct. 3.                 My take: Roethlisberger had hoped to convince Goodell to cut the suspension in half, but the commissioner apparently decided...
SPORTS
Peter Schmuck | September 3, 2010
                News item: NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has reduced the suspension he levied on quarterback Ben Roethlisberger from six games to four, which means he'll make his regular-season debut against the Cleveland Browns two weeks after the Steelers host the Ravens on Oct. 3.                 My take: Roethlisberger had hoped to convince Goodell to cut the suspension in half, but the commissioner apparently decided...
FEATURES
By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | June 7, 2012
The new Madden NFL won't be out for a few months but judging from the way Ray Lewis acts on the game's trailer, it's safe to say they've sold at least one. In the minute and a half long trailer, released online this week by EA Sports, Lewis lets loose an impassioned stream of dialogue that's part poetry, part prayer. He doesn't mention the game. But that's kind of beside the point. It opens with soft, somber, piano music -- none of that thumping bass that usually introduces anything selling football.
SPORTS
By KEVIN VAN VALKENBURG | April 18, 2007
Even before it was mercifully put to rest in 2004, I never believed, not for a minute, in the Curse of the Bambino. It was, in my opinion, a lame excuse that people trotted out when they attempted to rationalize or ignore the bad decisions made by countless Boston Red Sox teams. That's true for the Chicago Cubs, as well. Curses, whether they're named after a billy goat or a man wearing headphones and a hoodie named Bartman, are a cop-out. In sports, people choose their own destiny. Nothing is predetermined.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 3, 2005
Downloaded singles 1. My Humps, Black Eyed Peas 2. Gold Digger, Kanye West featuring Jamie Foxx 3. Run It! (Remix featuring Juelz Santana), Chris Brown 4. Dance, Dance, Fall Out Boy 5. Photograph, Nickelback[ Courtesy iTunes] Downloaded albums 1.The World is Flat: A Brief History of the 21st Century (abridged nonfiction), Thomas L. Friedman 2. I Am Me, Ashlee Simpson 3. Playing the Angel (bonus video edition), Depeche Mode 4. From Under the Cork Tree, Fall Out Boy 5. Elizabethtown (Music From the Motion Picture)
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