I have no idea how old this article is from Boston.com (it seems to be from sometime during the NCAA Tournament this year), but it was an attempt to break down the greatest sports video games of all time into four brackets - NCAA style - to produce a champion. And in my mind, it's a poorly bracketed tournament. The champ was NHL '94 by the way.
Anyway, here are the games that were featured.
Left side, from top to bottom: Tiger Woods Golf, Duck Hunt, Double Dribble, Karate Champ, Mike Tyson's Punch-Out, NBA Live, MVP Baseball, Blades of Steel.
Right side, from top to bottom: Madden, Atari Bowling (WTF?), Excitebike, Tecmo Bowl, RBI Baseball, Fight Night, RC Pro Am, NHL '94.
Although I'm no hockey fan, I loved NHL '94, but I'm not sure it's the best sports game ever. I also take umbrage with some of the selections. Golden Tee, Super Dodge Ball, Fifa World Cup 98 and Tony Hawk's Pro Skater are just a few games that could easily replace some of the questionable choices on this list - like Atari Bowling, Tiger Woods Golf and Karate Champ. And is it just me, or aren't some of these brackets seriously weak? I mean Tiger Woods Golf, Duck Hunt, Double Dribble and Karate Champ? That's a horrible bracket. Plus, they threw two iconic games, RBI Baseball and NHL '94, into the same bracket. Those are two #1 seeds in my book. It's also rough that they put Tecmo Bowl and Madden in the same bracket.
Their Final Four is decent with the exception of Double Dribble. RBI Baseball should be there instead.
So I'm going to redo this with what we've got on the current board. My Final Four now looks like this. RBI Baseball v. Mike Tyson's Punch-Out and Tecmo Bowl v. NHL '94.
My Final would be Mike Tyson's Punch-Out v. Tecmo Bowl.
Champion: Mike Tyson's Punch-Out.
If you don't agree with me, whatever, I could care less. But why get mad when you can play video games? We managed to track down links for some of the games on the list that you can play directly online. Enjoy staying inside and remaining pasty white.
Mike Tyson's Punch-Out
Blades of Steel
RC Pro Am