Lots of people play Madden, but not many people tell you what it's like to be completely new at it. I've been doing it for five weeks, and I'm still pretty bad. If you're new, get caught up here. All set? Great. Roll film!
So far, the coolest thing about being a guy who’s not very into sports and giving Madden a go is the countless people who are into sports and Madden and are really eager to talk about it with me. Some do it because they welcome the kind of perspective I bring—I won’t go so far as to say that liking sports is a genetic predisposition, but it’s an easy leap to make. Others find it amusing. I have a little brother that falls into this camp, and he always wants me to play when he’s around because he finds it funny as hell. And then there are people like Sylverfyst that are just plain helpful, quietly following along and dropping tips where appropriate.