Football Manager Offers What Other Video Games Do Not: Real Life

Football Manager Offers What Other Video Games Do Not: Real Life

In the past four years, I’ve spent too much time playing Football Manager. The time I should have spent studying or socializing has instead been directed into the 13x7 screen of my laptop. See, Football Manager is more than a video game or an e-sports company. Football Manager is a cult, and I am a zealous follower. 

I was urged to write this article after attempting to explain to a group of ignorant, American video game players that Football Manager soars far above Fortnite, Counter-Strike,  or Origin’s new Fortnite rip-off, Apex Legends. For full disclosure, I must admit, I’ve never really played any of these games. However, I don’t need to. I have Football Manager – and, for the foreseeable future – I’m set. Here are three reasons why Football Manager is the greatest sports video game since gaming was created to give pathetic, unathletic fans an outlet for their stifled dreams of professional athletic greatness. 

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Does Anyone Know Who The Hell Mike Trout Is?

Does Anyone Know Who The Hell Mike Trout Is?

On Tuesday, ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported that the Los Angeles Angels were closing in on a 12-year contract extension worth $430 million with outfielder Mike Trout. This reported contract would be the largest such deal not just in baseball history, but in the history of professional sports. For the century and a half that professional sports have dominated popular culture as the most constantly exciting and refreshing source of entertainment available, no person has made as much money as the center-fielder for the Angels is about to make. And, to be honest, it’s a bargain. Mike Trout has the potential to end his career as the best baseball player in the history of the sport, even if, at age 27, he has played only three playoff games. 

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The Greatest Teams in Football History - Week Ten: Ajax (1965-1973)

The Greatest Teams in Football History - Week Ten: Ajax (1965-1973)

In the history of football, great sides have been defined by a series of factors. Tactics, style, and legacy combine to create legendary squads. Great players lifting European Cups and World Cups, coaches riding the shoulders of their disciples, and shirtless players with tears of victory running down their faces, these are the hallmarks of greatness. Throughout this series of articles, such images have adorned articles on the great national teams such as France and Spain, as well as the greatest club teams throughout the decades like Real Madrid, AC Milan, and Barcelona. To crown one team as the greatest, however, you must attempt to find a combination of the qualities that establish greatness. Not only must the team have been successful on paper, but they must also have created a style of play that, though imitated, has never been repeated. In all of the leagues in Europe, throughout every national team in the world, only one side can raise its hand, confident that it checks every box. That team was Ajax Amsterdam, 1965-1973. 

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Each Case for the Top Four Race

Each Case for the Top Four Race

Currently, the race for Champions League Football in the Premier League resembles one of those twisted and creepy advertisements that occur between innings at baseball games in which different sausage brands, sodas, or baseball helmets race across the jumbotron. One competitor takes a resounding lead before they trip, allowing the following racers to overtake them. Ultimately, the race ends in a photo-finish in which neither the strongest or weakest wins. Instead, the surprising third place sausage or Coke can storms to victory as the clock winds down. It’s a rather pathetic analogy, but I challenge anyone to find a more fitting parallel to the hellish madness of the top 4 race.

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The Greatest Teams in Football History - Week Nine: Brazil (1970)

The Greatest Teams in Football History - Week Nine: Brazil (1970)

The Brazilian National Team of 1970 is the greatest international football team in the history of the game. In any facet of play, they dominated. They had a front five of the best footballers to ever step on the pitch. They had a midfield and defense that had as much skill on the ball as any players that would come after them. And they had a nation of millions of fans who loved – who lived – every single dribble, pass, and shot right beside them. Combining these historical elements, Brazil became one of those rare teams whose legacy was recognized while they were still playing. 

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