Like MacArthur…

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Doing reviews for Gaming Trend has been fun, but it’s certainly taken away from my ability to post here. So I’m trying to establish a routine to where I can do both. I love writing reviews for them, but war games are few and far between while football games are absent altogether. I miss just writing for writing’s sake, so here I am!

I’ve played several games lately I’d like to do some reviews here on. This requires a bit of a rewrite on my part if it’s a game I’ve reviewed for Gaming Trend as I prefer my style here to the style I need to write for them. I also have some reviews of games you won’t find on their site that I have played and would like to discuss.

That said, gaming wise I spent most of the spring playing my mega league in Statis Pro Basketball, but I’ve gotten some 1973 Second Season Replays in. Here’s some recaps:

 

Falcons Blast Inept Saints

If there’s ever a bad side to playing football simulations, it’s when you play a game between two teams with painful to watch offenses. This was the case for much of the game, as Atlanta clung to a 13-3 lead heading into the final quarter. Then, the flood gates opened. Dave Hampton scored from seven yards out, and after a botched kickoff, Ken Mitchell tackled the returner in the end zone for a safety. Set up by a deep Bobby Lee pass to Tom Geredine, Hampton rumbled in from five yards out and within three minutes the Falcons had blown open a 29-3 lead. The misery continued to pile on for the Saints as Archie Manning’s deep pass to Jubilee Dunbar was intercepted by Ray Brown and returned 64 yards for a score. A tipped Manning pass fell into the hands of Jess Phillips for a 42 yard score and slowed the bleeding some, but Manning was sacked in the end zone on the next drive by Tommy Nobis and Mike Lewis, ending the scoring at 36-10. In all, New Orleans managed just 188 yards of offense and Manning ended the game with a disappointing state line, 8 for 22, 136 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Manning was also sacked four times. Atlanta should feel fortunate to come away with such a resounding victory considering they gained only 281 yards themselves.

 

 

 

1973 Replay: Anderson Dissects Broncos in 26-21 Bengal Victory

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Ken Anderson would not let the Cincinnati Bengals lose despite his team’s best efforts to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Anderson was masterful against a strong Denver Broncos defense. He ended the game a stellar 23 for 28 with 292 yards and a touchdown, a five yard pass to Issac Curtis that gave the Bengals a lead they would never relinquish.

But it almost wasn’t to be. It was Denver starting off hot, confusing the Bengals between Floyd Little’s running and Charley Johnson’s smart passing. Little’s five yard scamper gave Denver an early 7-0 lead. After the Bengals’ Essex Johnson tied the game, the Broncos again marched effortlessly down the field scoring on a 14 yard touchdown pass from Johnson to Joe Dawkins.

But then Anderson went to work. First the Bengals closed the gap to 10-14 on a 43 yard Horst Muhlmann field goal. On the ensuing kickoff, Cincinnati scored a safety when Otis Armstrong was tackled in the end zone after having to run back to retrieve a fumble. Anderson would hit Curtis on that five yard throw with just 20 seconds left in the half. Within five minutes, the Broncos’ stunned crowd saw the home team go from leading 14-7 to trailing 19-14 at halftime.

The Bengals kept the pressure up with Anderson driving the Bengals to start the second half before handing off to Johnson for his second touchdown run of the day. Down 26-14, the Broncos finally woke up thanks in art to the Bengals defense. Three times the Bengals defense extended a late Broncos drive due to penalties. In fact, the Bengals were their own worst enemies on the day, drawing 10 penalties to just one against Denver. Denver capped off the penalty plagued drive with another Johnson to Dawkins touchdown pass. With four minutes left, the Broncos kicked off. The Broncos managed to force the Bengals into a third and long only to commit their one penalty at the worst time. This allowed the Bengals to drain more clock. By the time the Broncos got the ball back, only seconds remained and a pressured Johnson’s dump off to Dawkins came up well short of the end zone.

Stats:

Passing:

BENGALS: K. Anderson 23-28 292 1-0; BRONCOS: C. Johnson 15-27192 2-0.

Rushing:

BENGALS: E. Johnson 18-74-2, B. Clark 14-17, L. Elliott 3-16; BRONCOS: Little 11-32-1, J. Dawkins 4-21, O. Ross 2-11, O. Armstrong 1-0, C. Johnson 1-(-1).

Receiving:

BENGALS: I. Curtis 7-101-1, C. Joiner 5-78, B. Clark 5-42, B. Trumpy 4-57, E. Johnson 2-14; BRONCOS: H. Moses 4-41, J. Dawkins 4-37-2, F. Little 3-41, R. Odoms 2-43, J. Simmons 1-17, G. Washington 1-13.

Defense:

BENGALS: Sacks: B. Bergey, R. Berry. Safety: K. Avery

BRONCOS: Sacks: L. Alzado