UFC Has Competition With EA Sports MMA Game

What the AVN Adult Entertainment Expo is for fans of erotica, E3 is for hardcore gamers. Starting today in Los Angeles and going through Thursday, E3 is a virtual cornucopia of excess for the gaming world, with all of the big names making major announcements and rolling out new titles. (And with every company employing scads of scantily-clad “booth workers” to intice horny video game nerds, it’s a lot closer to an adult video convention than you would think.) And while the main headline so far has been the announcement of “Rock Band: Beatles” (complete with a virtual Yoko Ono shrieking at you during the Expert levels), there has also been plenty of news on the sports video gaming front.

EA Sports MMA

For example, GAMASUTRA says that EA Sports (the 700 lb. gorilla of sports video games) is readying an MMA video game for a 2010 release, as a competitor to the UFC-branded game series by THQ. Their press release on “EA Sports MMA” mentions that they plan on having “a vast array of top fighters and fighting styles from around the world,” which seems almost impossible without the UFC brand. They could include fighters like Fedor Emelianenko, Tim Sylvia and Andrei Arlovski, but the names the casual fan knows will be tough to pull off since they are all part of the UFC banner.

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Another Of The Ugly Things Vegas Makes You Do

Nice find by Brian Powell at AWFUL ANNOUNCING and DEADSPIN today - as Powell digs up video of ESPN’s Stu Scott as a weatherman in North Carolina.

Thunder From Down Under John Buccigross

Now if I can only lay my hands on video from John Buccigross’ days with the Thunder From Down Under. (I’m in Vegas folks, work with me.)

The BOSTON GLOBE reports on the New England Patriots’ new “Hall at Patriot Place.”

Among the “most interesting interactive exhibits is ‘The Snow Globe,’ a 16-foot-diameter geodesic dome that surrounds visitors and greets them with a drop temperature as a video is played” of former Patriots Kicker Adam Vinatieri’s tying field goal against the Raiders in the 2002 playoffs.

Adam Vinatieri snow kick

Seems a little elaborate if you ask me. Especially since they could just have Bill Belichick or Al Davis walk in the room to create the exact same effect.

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Colts Announcers Calls Game Losing Adam Vinatieri Field Goal Good

YOUR INDIANAPOLIS COLTS RADIO - THEATRE OF THE BLIND: Bob Lamey (we love that name btw), Colts radio announcer, with the call of Adam Vinatieri’s game-winning field goal against the Chargers Sunday night:

Congrats guys! Phew, that was a close one!

Peyton Manning Cursed By Idiot Kicker in Colts Loss To Chargers

SICK KICK & SIX PICKS IRRITATE INDY IN SAN DIEGO LOSS: An “idiot kicker” has done in Peyton Manning yet again.

Adam Vinatieri

Adam Vinatieri missed a chip-shot 29-yard field goal in the waning moments Sunday night, as the Colts lost to San Diego, 23-21.

Automatic Adam - the same bootsman who knotted two Super Bowl-winning FGs while with New England, sent his potential game-winner wide right.

(Before you ask, Vinatieri played collegiately at South Dakota State, and not Florida State.)

Down 23-7 in the 4th quarter, Manning managed to lead his team back to within 2 points, only to be victimized by Vinatieri.

Peyton Manning Mike Vanderjagt

The botched boot may have had Manning muttering again about his “idiot kicker”. Peyton previously placed the phrase on Mike Vanderjagt, in reaction to the Canadian kicker’s criticisms of him and coach Tony Dungy.

But Mr. Manning was no gridiron genius Sunday night, either, as the Pro Bowler tossed six interceptions in slick conditions at Qualcomm Stadium.

Yet, the Colts can’t feel too discouraged, since the Patriots also didn’t win this week.

Tom Brady & pals were on a bye.

ESPN Commercial Adam Vinateri Cant Get Through Metal Detector With Super Bowl Rings

THEY SHOULD’VE GOTTEN BUD GRANT TO WAND VINATERI: ESPN has a new commercial out that features Adam Vinateri. In the spot, the four-time Super Bowl-winning kicker is unable to get through an ESPN office metal detector because of his four Super Bowl rings.

Almost as exasperated as Vinateri is the man behind him in line: Jim Kelly. Well played, WWL.