A blast from the past

Posted: 19th November 2012 by Aaron Hagen in Uncategorized
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No, I won’t try to outdo the great Les Knutson and write a traditional “Blast from the Past.”

But I did have my own moment where I was in touch with my past.

And that was through a Nintendo.

Yes, in a world where we have all sorts of technology at our finger tips, I sat down and played old-school Nintendo.

And it was amazing.

CJ Nelson had somehow found three consoles, two controllers and a wealth of games. A few people came together and played some of our favorite games from years past.

We played some I had never heard of before — like dodge ball — and we played some classics.

Who could forget Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? Or Tecmo Super Bowl?

My personal favorite was the latter. Who couldn’t love a game where you could do this?

It was far ahead of its time as far as sports games go. Offensively, you had a few running plays and a few passing plays. If your opponent picked the same play, you “blitzed”.

These days, you have multiple formations with variations off those formations and an extensive list of plays to choose from. Defensively, you have all kinds of looks to give the offense. There are audibles and hurry-up offenses.

There was no need for that in Tecmo Super Bowl.

Of course, I love the game for another reason. It was one of the last football games the Buffalo Bills were actually good. Since then, they have struggled on the field — and in the virtual world.

On this night, after winning with the Bills, I decided to mix it up.

That was a horrible idea.

I chose the Lions, thinking it would be fun to play with Barry Sanders.

I was facing Jared Rademacher and the Falcons, and I got it handed to me.

Normally, losing like this would have made me frustrated, but instead, I was having too much fun to worry about it.

I’m sure he’ll never let me forget that game, but that’s OK, it was too enjoyable to have a little blast from the past.