Testimonials from Previous Competitors
- Player:Eric O. (tecmodell42)
- Location: Detroit, MI
As the years go by, and we grow older, and older - we have more and more responsibilities that seem to pile upon our plates. The laws of nature would have you think that a 20 year old video game’s importance in our lives declines every passing day as those responsibilities continue to grow.
However, that couldn't be further from reality, as the turnout to the Annual Madison Tecmo Tournament continues to grow every year, and will embark on its 7th annual tournament this upcoming spring.
Tecmo Super Bowl played such an integral part of most of our childhoods, and it's just one of those things that we can never fully allow to diminish from our lives.
The Holzie brothers (Chet and Josh) have done such an absolutely amazing job with the annual event, and I truly believe the popularity and cognizance of Tecmo is far from its peak. I am ecstatic about the fruits that the spring will provide for us, and even more so - the harvests to come.
As full as our plates get, there will always be room for the fruit that is Tecmo Super Bowl. Keep up the great work guys!
- Player:Matt K. (Rod Woodson)
- Location: Lincoln, NE
As a guy who runs a Tecmo website, I have held and attended many Tecmo Super Bowl tournaments over the years. The annual Madison tournament is easily the most well run and most attended tournament I've ever attended. It's competition and attention to detail make it so.
If you could only make it to one Tecmo Super Bowl tournament in your lifetime, this should be it.
- Player:Stratis C. (snc7777777)
- Location: New York
Last minute entry
Two and one is not enough
Every score counts.
- Player:Nick H. (Hubie)
- Location: Iowa
This tournament is a rousing good time. The addition of malted beverages and ripe meat falling off the bone combined with stiff Tecmo competition provides an amazing atmosphere. The level of competition brought to such a familiar game for so many years is unbridled.
It's amazing how organized these tournaments are. Everyone understands the rules and plays by them, like a samurai code from the era of 8-bit. There is a sense of honor in defeating ones enemies in a atmosphere that resembles a simpler time.
Be forewarned, though, that the competition is extremely stiff. Tecmo tournaments simply cannot be run any better or by a nicer group of guys. Even if you only show up to watch, you're guaranteed a fantastic time.
- Player:Kris S. (Sammie Smith)
- Location: Minnesota
The Tourney is awesome, from the introductory ceremony when we get to hear a reading from Lawrence Taylor's Book, to the closing ceremony where the winner gets prize money and a trophy.
There are other random trophies people get for back-up quarterback play, etc. It is well organized with the brackets, tv's, nintendo's, etc. It is super fun and competitive, and everyone in the tourney is a great sportsman about it.
The travel from Minnesota is no biggie. One because it is only 3.5-4 hour trip, and it's March so winter is pretty much over. There are reasonable hotels in the area of the tournament, and I recommend spending the night because Madison is one of the best party towns. I love doing this tournament every year. You get to relive not only the greatest decade of football ever (Mid 80's to Mid 90's), but you are playing the best childhood game ever made: TECMO SUPER BOWL.
- Player:Nick C. (ClevelandTecmo)
- Location: Ohio
When we were all kids and playing Tecmo, we all thought at one point ‘I wonder how I would stack up to the rest of the country in a Tecmo tournament?’ Well if you come to Madison you will have that question answered.
Not only is the Madison tournament the Mecca of Tecmo'ing, it's also well run and very organized. Let's face it, we all value our time, and while we all like Tecmo, if the tournament was poorly run and felt like a disorganized mess, I wouldn't want to come back. However, the Madison tournament is very well run and its organization is superb as the organizers know what they are doing, and can run a great tournament.
From the opening passage from LT's book to kick off the festivities, to the trophy presentation for the Champion and Runner-up, the Madison tournament is a well run machine. If you are on the fence of attending, hop off and attend. Here's the worst case scenario: you end up going 0-3 playing Tecmo against some of the best players in the country, and spend the rest of the day at the bar, talking Tecmo, watching Tecmo, and meeting Tecmo players throughout America. Not bad, not bad at all.
Plus, even if you do go 0-3, it's going to make you want to get home and practice and return again. I went last year, went 2-1 in my group, got into the single elimination tournament and lost to my friend Matt who I drove up to the tournament with. Was it disappointing...sure, but it was completely worth it. I learned from the tournament and the great players, regrouped and won the first ever NE Ohio Tecmo Tournament, and looking forward to coming back to Madison. I really can't recommend the tournament enough, you just have to be there, or you'll regret it. And that's the bottom line.
- Player:Eric R.
- Location: Washington, DC
As someone who has participated in the first six Tecmo Tournaments, it is a must play event for any true Tecmo enthusiast. If the due date of my 1st born was not the same day as the tournament this year, I would happily fly in from D.C. to make a run at the title.
- Player:Rob C.
- Location: Appleton, WI
I heard about the Tecmo Super Bowl Tournament two years ago from a friend of mine from Minneapolis. Being only two hours away from Appleton, I signed up for the tournament. The event far exceeded my expectations. The team running the tournament and the participants involved were competitive, yet friendly. Schedule permitting, I will be back every year and cannot wait to hear the reading from the book of Lawrence Taylor!
A bomb to Beebe
A few juke moves up and town
Beebe spikes the ball.
- Player:Matt O. (LuckyTool)
- Location: Michigan
In college, my friend Nick and I played four games of Tecmo one night and split the series. That launched a league that grew to include 28 people each season. Stronger players drafted last and, due to the wide range of talent among the players, it made for an exciting season and a good mix of teams making the playoffs. At the end of the semester we would do the post-season in one night at someone's house in a huge bash. After we graduated, the league lasted for a couple of more years, but, as happens to all good things, it eventually died.
Fast forward to 2010 when I stumble upon Knobbe's Tecmo Repository. My Tecmo life had just been resurrected! There I learned that a) one could play online, b) kick returner's speed had nothing to do with their attributes, and c) there was to be an 88 man tournament in Madison, Wisconsin in March!!! Not only that, but this was their 6th annual tournament, so I figured that it had to be good. I convinced my friend Nick that we should make a weekend out of it and test our skills against a totally random group of players.
The setup of the tournament seemed to be the most fair way of anything I could imagine: one player picks the match-up, the other player gets to choose his team. This way a player had to be prepared to play with any of the 28 teams (so many people tout that they are unstoppable with S.F. or with Bo Jackson... yeah and so is my grandma... and she's dead), but could never complain that the only reason that they lost is because their team was so much worse than the other. Plus, with three games guaranteed, it wasn't like we would be making the long trek (from Michigan and Ohio) to get bounced in one game. Plus, while in college there were maybe 10 hardcore players among the group, this promised to be a convention of some of the most avid players among the region.
Nick and I registered late so we were put into groups which had to automatically play an extra game if we qualified from group play. I was a little put off by this (I didn't see the need to punish those of us that got into the game late; and some substitutes, who registered later than we did, were put into "normal" groups and avoided this minor penalty), but it was the only thing that day that bothered me about the tournament.
I played in the morning session of games and Nick was scheduled for the afternoon. This meant we had to get up early to drive up from Chicago (where we stayed the previous night), but it was nice since we got to watch each other's games. I won my first two games pretty easily, and then it took overtime to beat the guy who went 0-3 in our group! Nick got through his group at 2-1 (he needed an Eddie Murray 50 yd blocked FG run for TD to win one of his games!) and the fates had the two of us playing each other in the first round of single elimination. We agreed on a CIN-PHI game (which has special meaning in our history) and I was able to win 24-10. Nick had beaten me in our game we played the night before, so I felt fortunate to be moving on.
The Tecmo gods must have been looking favorably on me that day, as I won my next four games without too much drama. I won a NE-SEA match-up by three where my opponent punched one in on the last play, a JET-PHX game that featured a cast of butterfingered Cardinals, a DEN-SD game where I had a 21-0 lead at the half (but had to hold off a good 2nd half comeback) and then a NO-PHX game that began with Ironhead returning the opening kickoff for a TD.
This got me into the finals against Mort from Buffalo, who was the first person I met when we arrived at Badger Bowl. I would lose JET 27- NO 21 in OT in a classic. I was so close to the top of the mountain, but just couldn't grab the prize. But I did grab a sweet trophy. I think it was the Tecmo gods' way of saying to me "Matt, come back next year, you can do it next year..." which of course I am going to do (come back, anyway... this is no win-guarantee)! I was first skeptical about one-day tournaments, as I had an idealized version of the 28-man season that we had run in college, but the Madison tournament was a well-oiled machine. Between the First Family of Tecmo (the Holzy brothers) and their field generals, the tournament ran smoothly and fairly. Knobbe's media coverage and Tony’s posse enhanced the experience.
If you're hardcore about TSB and you think you're the best, then Madison is a great place to test that theory. I found out that I am pretty good, but that there are guys out there perfectly capable of kicking my ass. I've noticed a handful of guys at this tournament and the one in Chicago that appear to be losing at Tecmo for the first time and taking it pretty roughly. My advice is to relax, learn something from losing, and practice to get better for the next one. Study Knobbe's site, play some fresh competition (in person or online), and get your butts to Madison in March for the best damned Tecmo tournament in the country!