Maybe all the hype leading up to the hotly-anticipated game between the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish made my hands sweaty. Maybe I wasn’t ready to bump the difficulty up from “Varsity” to “All-American.” Maybe I ran one too many WR screens, trying desperately to beat a heavy Georgia Tech pass rush. All I know is that virtual Brady Quinn on my Xbox 360
got planted. A lot. Like six times. And he threw a late pick with Tech up 22-21 to seal the victory for the Yellow Jackets.
What does this mean? I couldn’t lead NCAA 2007, #2-ranked Notre Dame past NCAA 2007 #25-ranked Georgia Tech. I once finished the original Contra in under an hour with one guy. I beat Halo on legendary. I even beat Goonies 2 for the NES. And I won the National Championship with the Irish in my first season of NCAA 2007 on “Varsity.”
Is this an omen? Is Notre Dame in trouble on Saturday? Or did I lose because I kept making Darius Walker run into his own blockers? Because I can never remember whether “Y” audibles into a halfback draw or a post pattern? Because every time I try to control Tom Zbikowski, I run him horribly out of position and allow a big completion? Because, with the new kicking meter implemented in NCAA 2007, I missed a 23-yard field goal?
I do know that I’m trying again, damnit. I will soundly beat Georgia Tech in my pixelated fantasy world before the real teams go to battle Saturday. I owe it to Irish fans everywhere. And God knows I owe it to virtual Brady Quinn.