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Comfort zone

Last night I was checking my email and saw an email that showed the price that I was paying for monthly hosting and remembered that I had bought an Amazon instance (a pre-priced allocation of hours for a virtual server) a few months back but was intimidated by the instructions that I had seen about moving the server from the one we were on (where I was being charged more) to the instance that I was already paying for, and not using.

20 minutes later, I had completely moved the server off of the older, and slower, server and had the new server up and running.

Why do I mention this?  Well, lately I’ve begun to realize that I don’t often like to take as many risks as I probably should be doing at this point in my life.  What is ironical about this is the fact that packed up my entire family and moved them 1,000 miles from where I had spent my entire life, to a place where I only knew one person just one year ago.

Lately, I will see certain tasks that seem a bit complicated and seemingly wince and say “too hard, give up.”

It’s almost as if I feel like I’ve hit my quota for trying hard and think that I should just relax and coast instead.

The sad part is that when I did the server move last night, I felt like an uber-geek that had really accomplished something quite challenging, when in actuality all I had done was a copy of one drive to another.

Similarly, I’ve had some real struggles trying to meet people to spend time with here.  What is funny about that is that my wife is making all kinds of friends at her work, where she had struggled to do that in the past.  So, I’ll extend myself a bit to try and get to know some people and then find that the group that I’m around has nothing in common with me and slowly retreat back.

Eventually I’m sure that I’ll put everything back together and start to meet more people and take on more challenging projects just for the fun of it, but the comfort zone gets more comfortable each and every day that you stay in it. I just have to keep working on the little things to give myself the confidence to get myself out of the box that I’ve started to become way too comfortable in.

Quick Tuesday notes

– Hard to believe that I’ve been in Atlanta for almost a year.  Work has kept me so busy that I hadn’t really thought of how much time had gone by.  Crazy.

– Heading to San Francisco at the end of the month for a conference.  Wonder if there will be any water left when I get there?

– Nice to see that the PES 2016 demo is coming out next week.  I gave FIFA a shot on three separate occasions last year and could never come to enjoy playing it as much as I did PES.

I did see that they are opening up the editing features on the PS4 version so that people can import team logos and such this year, which is a welcome change as well.  There are a few people that spend a tremendous amount of time on the rosters, kits, and logos for the PS3 version, so hopefully that work can be translated to the PS4 version.

– Whew.  Feels good to be posting again.

I have a few other projects that I’ve been looking to start up along with the stuff on the site here (and actually tie into it.)  Just need to make the time to get started on them, because I have so much free time. heh.

Rocket League (Glen)

Let me follow up on what Dan has said.  If you have PS Plus and don’t have this game yet, you really need to download it.  It is a remarkable that it took this long for a soccer game to come out with cars instead of people, because it’s just so simple, yet incredibly fun to play.

Heck, I’m debating picking it up on Steam just to give the developer some extra money for the quality work that they have done.

Highly recommended for all.

We’re not dead… honest

Just a ton of things going on at work and at home.

Pretty sure Dan was going to put a post together at some point soon as well.

So, just to sum up. Alive, but busy.  Hoping to have something more on the site in the next few days.

World Cup 2022, here we come!

Well, that escalated quickly.  Nice to see that Sepp will take responsibility for the fact that he runs a corrupt organization, 4 days after stating that he would never step down.

I guess it helps that when you have a document written to a FIFA executive implicating them in a $10 million bribe.

This isn’t going to bring back all of the people that have lost their lives in Qatar who have started building the stadiums there, but I have a feeling that the tournament there is in serious doubt.  Whether it be the U.S., England, or someone else who already has stadiums built, the 2022 World Cup should be moved and the decision for that should happen very quickly.


As most of my friends would attest, I’m not usually a man of few words.  What I can say for certain is that Marvel’s Daredevil, which was launched on Netflix last Friday, is well worth watching and would have to be some of the best work that Marvel has done so far with a comic book story.

As a person who has not read a great deal of the background for any of the characters in that particular segment of the Marvel universe, I found the back story from each of the characters and villains to be quite compelling and they kept  me coming back for yet another episode no matter how late each evening became when I started watching.

Be warned that there is a good deal more violence in this show than any of the other efforts that Marvel has put forth to this point, but the world that they have created for this character could not, nor should it not be, sterilized for regular television and I am glad that they did not.

At the very least, give the first few episodes a chance.  I do not believe that you will regret it.

Hello again

So, I recognize that it’s been quite a while since I’ve written, and I really don’t have any great reasons for not posting lately, but I’ll try to catch you all up.

In late November, I went back to Wisconsin to finalize the closing of our home and pack up the family and move them all down to Georgia.  After that, we had all of the dealings with the moving and setting up in the new home and shortly after that we had the holidays, then work got incredibly hectic and before I knew it March was on the ol’ desk calendar (not that I have a desk calendar, but it sounded right.)

Whilst all this was going on, I have kept gaming, but I have found it hard to lock in on any specific game for an extended period of time (with the two exceptions being Hyrule Warriors for the Wii U, which was remarkably fun, and playing a Master League with Crystal Palace in Pro Evolution Soccer for the PS4.)   Outside of that, I have gone through quite a few spells where I wonder where my lifetime in gaming is taking me.

I read Dubious Quality and I admire Bill Harris’ passion for the games that he is playing, recommending, and enjoying, but at the same time I can’t even get interested in even the basic concepts of 90% of the games that he describes.  That’s not a slam on Bill by any means, I just can’t understand most of what the majority of gamer’s find appealing at this point.

I look at a game like Dark Souls or Demon’s Souls, or whatever sadistic game is being created next, and just shake my head at the thought of playing where the basic tenant is dying over and over and over again, until the way to play is beaten into you.

I hear about people peeing themselves about VR and all I can think of is all of the people that will buy it and have to try and return it to a Best Buy after sloppily cleaning off vomit stains from the collections of cords.

I see Hololens from Microsoft and laugh when people talk about the unbelievable potential because this is the company that brought Peter Molyneux’s promises of Project Milo and Minority Report, all while giving us “XBOX… CHANGE CHANNEL.  NO!  XBOX… CHANGE CHANNEL, DAMNIT!!!!”

I watch Minecraft sell for 2.5 BILLION dollars and can’t understand for the life of me why in the hell anyone would want to pay $20 to play it on their Xbox, Playstation or PC, let alone even comprehend why a massive company would pay $2.5 billion for the ownership of the property (Except for tax write off purposes, which did partially play into it.)

I hear about people called “Pew-Dee-Pie” or something who just play video games for a living (and not even be really good at it) and wonder why someone like that has a voice in the video game industry

Lastly, I read about a tournament for what is probably my all time favorite video game, Tecmo Super Bowl, and realize that the last thing in the world I would ever want to do is be in the room with 99% of the people that are there playing it.

I guess what I’m saying is that I’m becoming ever-more curmudgeonly and it’s made me a bit more jaded about some of the future of gaming.

Still, I love The Blog for the Sports Gamer.  I’ve been with this site longer than I’ve been with anything on this planet, outside of being married to my wife and to be honest, that’s less to do with me and more to do with her deciding to give up on finding someone better than me (because there are clearly are better fish in the market.)

So, I’m going to do my best to write as much as I can and rant as much as you will tolerate, but get used to things like this because these damn kids just won’t get off my lawn unless I get out there and wave my cane.

WWE2K15 impressions (PS4)

When I was in the 10th grade I got really into WWF wrestling.  Being the pasty, and acne laden, young lad that I was, and seeing that people’s of the female persuasion were avoiding me quite adeptly, I needed something to occupy my time outside of my usual video game passions and so wrestling became that vice.

It was something that really only grabbed my attention for about 5 or 6 months, but I loved every minute of the matches that I caught on Fox 47 every Saturday or via video tape rentals from Woodman’s grocery store.  Along with that, I spent a good deal of time playing Pro Wrestling for the NES and started to find that this a sport/game that could be a tremendous amount of fun to play.

Sadly, not many wrestling games could live up to the greatness of Pro Wrestling for a long time until I found WCW/nWo Revenge for the Nintendo 64 and I became enamored with the sport again for a spell.  Revenge had an absolutely wonderful control system and the matches were tactical and entertaining to play, and the multiplayer on the system was chaotic and exciting every time.

For the last few years, I’ve dabbled with wrestling games trying to find that one that would draw me back again, and while last years WWE2K14 came close due to the vast amount of historical content that you could play through, this years version of the game just doesn’t quite do enough for me either.

In my initial time with the game, there are definitely some fun elements to the game, but there are also some pretty frustrating components that prevent me from saying that this is a game that you should run out and purchase.

Let’s start with the My Career mode.  Once you have designed your wrestler, you are dropped into a tryout for the NXT, and even though I lost my first match I was still signed over the, vastly superior, CPU opponent who thoroughly dominated me in every way.  Once you are signed you are sent to the WWE Performance Center to work on working on your skills, but even though you would think it would be more of a tutorial, they give you almost no feedback about how to get better at the game in these training matches.  A brief explanation is given to the new “chain wrestling” mini-game, but beyond that, you’re kind of thrown into the game play without any real instruction as to how to pull off any specific attacks or special abilities even though certain matches report that they will give you bonuses for aerial attacks and such, but without any way of knowing how to do the special moves you have to press buttons at random until you can try to figure out what you are trying to do.  The game could really use a true training gym feature where you could go against a defenseless CPU to get acclimated to the game controls and button configurations, but perhaps that feature will come up next year.

Along with those issues, there is no in game manual, but there is a “manual” section of the options, which when selected gives you a url for the WWE2K15 website.  I appreciate them saving the paper and not printing out an actual manual along with the game, but having a small menu where it showed you button configurations would have been a nice touch.

As for the good in the game, I have enjoyed playing with the 2K showcase where you have a chance to play through two story arcs from the recent past (CM Punk vs. John Cena and Triple H vs. Shawn Michaels.)  While the story segments are fun and you are rewarded with unlockables by mirroring certain segments of the actual matches, it is disappointing to only have 2 story lines presented with the retail version of the game, and to get more stories, you have to pick up the season pass (which unlocks 3 additional showcase segments.)   Also, if you manage to lose any of the matches in the Showcase, which can easily happen if you’re trying to accomplish all of the unlockables, you are subjected to virtually the same commentary over and over for the matches with very little variation.  Again, the mode is fun, but it has some issues that just prevent it from being great.

Speaking of the commentary, even though the game touts that the commentary has been improved, you will still hear a great deal of the repetition from the Jerry “The King” Lawler and WWE announcer, Michael Cole.  This is something that 2K has struggled with in both their WWE and NBA titles and I’m not sure what they can do to make it feel more organic, but it is definitely not a plus for the game.

If you want to know the best feature of the game, it has to be the customization capabilities that are included.  You can modify almost every single element of the WWE universe, from who holds what championship belts to the complete modification of the broadcast calendar for the next year, and along with that, you can adjust sliders for just about every aspect of the matches as well.  If you struggle with the reversal timing elements, there is a slider for that.  If you think that the AI is too good at reversing foreign object attacks, you can adjust those rates.  Want to make the wrestlers bleed when severely injured? Done!  Nearly every aspect of the game can be customized to your own personal preferences and that is a huge plus.

Along with that there is a very rich character creation suite that allows you to modify everything from the words written on your headwear to the placement of various tattoos on your body.  Different outfits, masks, arm and legwear are all available and allow for you to create a very diverse and different wrestlers, which allows you to really personalize the game to make it feel like it is “your WWE.”

To paraphrase a line from an NBC sitcom intro song, “You take the good, you take the bad, you take them both and then you have WWE2K15.”  This is a game with a balance of good and bad elements, but based on my time, I would only be able to recommend the game as a rental.

Now I just have to wait for the moving truck to get here so I can dig out my copy of WCW/nWo and make Sting’s head bleed.

Quick Wednesday notes

Hello again, all.

– Things are finally proceeding on the family front and, if everything goes to plan, they will be moving down here by the end of the month.

It’s been incredibly hard to be alone for this much time (with some flights home every few weeks) and I’ll be very glad to have the company.  You can only talk to yourself for so long before you start to run out of things to say.

When this process started, I thought it would be like when I was single before my wife and I moved in together, but after living with someone for 18 years, I can safely say that it’s pretty hard to go back to being alone.

Once the family is here, I’ll post a bit more about my last few months, but for now, I’m just trying to not to jinx the house selling process.

– By the end of the week, I should have my thoughts on Football Manager 15 on the site  along with some early impressions of Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 for the PS4.

– It seems like site issues are beginning to stabilize, but we are continuing to see brute force attacks on the site for whatever reason.  Hopefully they will go away in time, but it seems like this is just part of running a WordPress site.

– Lastly, through 20 days I’ve run 71 miles.  The last 20 will be a bit more interesting as I’ve got some pretty good blisters on my feet, some pretty good hip and knee stiffness, and I’ve lost 2 toenails.  Without a doubt this is the most I’ve ever run in such a short period of time, culminating with last week where I ran almost 30 miles in 4 runs.  I have to say that it has been very rewarding and has given me a lot of time to think about my grandfather and because of that, it has all been worth it.


Thursday notes

Just a quick post to let you know that I’m still alive.

Still dealing with some issues with getting our house in Wisconsin sold, but we look to be very close to having the family back together again.

Outside of that, I’ll be posting my impressions of Football Manager 2015, which releases tomorrow, at some point in the next week.

Lastly, the funeral for my grandfather was a difficult time but I thank all of you who sent notes to me for your concern.  I greatly appreciated all of your kind thoughts and words.

Talk to you all again soon.


My grandfather, William J. Haag, passed away at the age of 91 on Tuesday, October 21st.

Bill, as he was known to almost everyone, was a wonderful man and the world is a better place for having had him in it.  I will always remember him as a kind man and a person who was always happy to sit with me (no matter what age I was) and talk about the Brewers.

Over the last few years, I did not spend as much time with him as I would have liked to or should have.  I don’t believe that I am alone in the fact that I have a hard time dealing with age and have a hard time seeing people as they become less and less healthy.  It is selfish of me, but I like to remember people at their best, so it becomes harder for me to spend time with people as they become less healthy in the later years of their lives.  I am sorry that I didn’t see him more in the past few years and months, of that I am certain, but it is something that I have to live with.

Bill was the only grandfather that I knew during my life, as my mother’s father passed away when I was less than a year old and I never got a chance to really know him, so as I was growing up, everything that I knew about what a grandfather should be was because of him, and it’s safe to say that I believe he was teaching me all of the right things about what kind of man to be once you have grandchildren of your own.

Being one of 36 grandchildren is a situation where you would think that you could be easily forgotten, but that was never the case with my grandfather.  Whenever I would see him and my grandmother, they knew what was going on with my family and loved spending time with us.

I never really know what to do when people pass away except to try and celebrate their lives and do something in honor of them.  So, I have decided that one of the things that I will do for (and with) my grandfather is to run 1 mile, over the next 30 days, for every year of his life.  I never ran with my grandfather, in fact I can’t recall ever even played a single sport with him, but now that he is gone, I want to take some time and think of him as much as I can and envision that he is running with me.

Today, I started by running 9+ miles (1 for every decade of his life,) and will keep running for (and with) grandpa for until I run 91 miles for him.  I am certain that grandpa would want me to keep doing the things that make me happy and right now, being out running and thinking of him, definitely does that.

I love you grandpa, and I’ll never forget you.


Friday TV notes

– There have been a few reasons for not being able to post much lately, but I’m holding back on detailing all of them for a few reasons.  I am still alive and kicking though, so there is that.

Today, I’ll focus on the massive amounts of TV watching being done at my new house as I’ve torn through season 1 of The Blacklist, season 1 of True Detective, and wactching the new season of The Flash, Arrow, and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.  (Spoiler free)

The Blacklist took a bit of time to get going, but Spader becomes pretty damn evil about midway though the season and it’s great stuff when he does.  (Season 1 is on Netflix for your binge watching pleasure.)

True Detective was incredible through the first 6 episodes and while the last two became a bit formulaic (in my opinion) and weren’t nearly as good, they were still enough to make for a great season, and the show is well worth tracking down on HBOGO, if you have it (or possibly available via their streaming service in 2015 when that comes online.)

The Flash’s premier episode was pretty damn fun and had a quality setup for the season, but the second episode left a lot to be desired and made Barry come across as a pretty big whiner and wimp.  Hoping for better as the season goes on.

Arrow has started off with a bang with a major character lineup change in the first episode, but I can only hope that this season will have as many geeky easter eggs as they had in last season (who didn’t love the Harley Quinn appearance?)

Lastly, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has been pretty solid picking up from where they left off (post-Hydra) from last year.  I’m still not that bothered by the big-bad that they’ve cooked up for this year, but who knows, maybe he’ll surprise me as the season moves along.

– Your thoughts?  Shows that you’re watching or want to recommend?

Tuesday notes

– Long time, no see.

– A week and a half ago, I closed on our new home in the Atlanta suburbs and have been doing a bit of work on it since then.  Nothing really major needed to be repaired, but it’s been little things like replacing a shower head, fixing a light switch that had a lose connection, removing bidets that were installed on every toilet (seriously, bidets) and getting the place cleaned.  The people really didn’t treat the place with any sort of respect for a property that they owned.  It was as if they thought it was a rental and just used it up until they sold it.

Once we’re done with it, it will look great though, so that’s a good thing.

– The Brewers season went out with a massive whimper as they completely stopped hitting down the stretch.  The pitching held up their end, but they were constantly getting beat 3-2 or 2-1.  Personally, I blame myself for moving away.   At least now I don’t have to feel bad about missing any potential playoff games.

– Excited that the NHL season starts up next week and I will be signing up for NHL Gamecenter again to make sure that I can catch all of the Islanders games.  It’s a bummer that there isn’t an NHL franchise down here in Atlanta any more, but from what I’ve heard from people here, no one ever really cared about the team.

Still, I have options to get to visiting Islanders games if I want to make a drive to get to Carolina, Florida, or Tampa Bay.  (Not that any of those are short drives.)

– Lastly, it is incredible to look at the Premier League table at ANY time of the year and see Crystal Palace ahead of Liverpool.  Dan can give me grief for mentioning it, but it has been great to watch the Eagles play as well as they have over the last few weeks.  From what I have found, the last time that the team was this high in the table was at the end of the season in 1992.  So, there is a bit of a cause for enthusiasm there.

– I’ll be back with a few posts in the next day or so talking about FIFA 15, the PES 15 demo, Destiny, and Edge of Tomorrow.

Sunday notes

– So, I’ve entered year number two of avoiding college and professional football.  After this long, I have to say that it becomes easier and easier each day to skip football.  The people at work seem absolutely flabbergasted that I don’t watch it, but that’s probably because it’s such a huge part of the culture down here in the south.  Some of them seem to be taking it as a personal mission to get me back into the sport and no matter how strongly I tell them that I won’t be following the game, they just won’t listen.  Eventually they’ll have to give up on me though, right?

– If I wanted to be a very superstitious person, I could think that I’m to blame for the Brewers losing 11 of 12 games and completely falling out of the playoff pictures, because of my move to Atlanta.   But even as awesome as I am, I can’t make an entire team stop hitting and make an entire pitching staff fall apart like they have.  At least I’ve been able to keep watching the games via MLB.TV though.  Even though they are losing games, it’s still nice to see Miller Park and Wisconsin.

Even with the division title completely out of contention now, at least I can pull for them to try and crawl back into the Wild Card picture.  That’s what a good fan does, I guess.

– International competition week this early into the Premier League season really stinks.  I know that they are part of the larger world of soccer, but man, it would have been nice to have been able to see some soccer anywhere on TV this weekend.

– Seeing as how we are nearly 11 months from the launch of the Xbox One and Playstation 4, it is astounding to see how badly EA Sports has handled the launch of NHL 15, the first hockey game available for the new generation of consoles.

Polygon has taken a look into the features that have been removed from the previous generation of games and it is nothing short of shocking.  How they can try to justify the removal of all of those game play modes and settings and still try to convince users that it is a worthy purchase is beyond me.

– If anyone is picking up Destiny for the PS4 and hasn’t already added me to their friends list, go ahead and do so.  My PSN user name is Psunami.  I’ll be picking up the game at midnight tomorrow, because I don’t have much else to do, do I?

– Have a great week everyone.

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