As a sports fan, video gamer, and member of the EA SPORTS Game Changers program, I think about sports more often than just about anything else in a given day. One aspect of sports that I’ve always loved–since I was old enough to get my hands on the local newspaper’s Sports page as a kid–has been the statistical breakdown and analysis of a box score. Though I will reveal some level of quirkiness in my personality by saying this, I fondly remember clipping particularly meaningful box scores and keeping them in three-ring binders along with plastic sheets housing trading cards for the MLB, NHL, and NFL.
This love of statistics has continued on with me to adulthood, and I am excited to announce a new blog project which will hopefully allow me to accomplish a few goals I’ve overlooked for too long now:
- Get back to writing, everyday if possible.
- Start getting my video gaming skills honed in multiple sports games instead of focusing too intently on just one.
- Get more practice saving image and video highlights, as well as creating statistical images.
This project will be known as STAT BOX STORIES, mainly because the preferred title–Box Scores–has already been utilized in an ingenious series of sports gaming blogs on Kotaku.com written by Owen Good; indeed, that series of blog entries in many ways was a necessity in terms of inspiration for my own blog plans to come to fruition.
Every Monday through Thursday, I will share the game statistics–as well as the story beyond the stats–for games played in NCAA Football 12, Madden NFL 12, NHL 12, and FIFA 12. On Fridays, a vote will be posted where anybody following along with the progress of the blog can make their voice heard for an upcoming match-up in one of those titles.
In the interest of getting the blog series started off on the right foot, I’ve tried to hit on some of the bigger rivalries or important upcoming games in each sport for the first week of planned installments. Here’s what we’re looking at for the week beginning Monday, October 31st:
LSU Tigers at Alabama Crimson Tide
Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers
Boston Bruins at Montreal Canadiens
Manchester City hosts Manchester United
I hope that you’ll join me this Monday for the Halloween start to STAT BOX STORIES, and see how I do when I take control of the virtual LSU Tigers heading into Bryant-Denny Stadium for a prime-time SEC match-up against the Crimson Tide of Alabama!