It's Madden day in these United States, which means that avid gamers will be putting the rest of their lives on hold to delve deep into the simulated football world provided by the maestros of EA Sports. Madden 10 doubtlessly offers the most realistic simulation of real football we've ever seen, with enhanced graphics and playbooks and bells and whistles that would make Tom Landry's hat fly clear off his head.
Big deal. What we're all wondering is, how good are the Cowboys in the game?
The answer may not make you smile. EA Sports simulated the entire 2009 season using their new game and the results were not particularly enjoyable for Double J's cyber warriors. The Eagles, pre-Michael Vick version, held onto the division crown by finishing with a 12-4 record. The company didn't release the final record for the Cowboys, but it wasn't good enough to land them a spot in the postseason. The Giants and Panthers nabbed Wild Card spots, and presumably a pixellated Wade Phillips was dumped into the recycle bin shortly after the end of the season.
Individual Cowboys didn't fare much better. They were shut out of any awards, and Jason Witten was the only player to earn enough virtual votes for a spot on the All-Pro team. Also worth noting is that Redskins pass rusher Brian Orakpo was named the Defensive Rookie of the Year, which may have come at the expense of the digital Flozell Adams.
While things will likely be different when you control your own season, it's hard to find much to argue with about the programmer's work based on the earliest returns of the season. The Cowboys got strafed 30-10 last night, and the only touchdown was scored by Witten. If it's in the game, it's in the game.