Welcome to Sportsball, where I spend the NFL season trying to figure out how to play Madden and win. It only works sometimes. Catch up on the fun here. Read on to find out why the lead image is a vintage 'NSYNC group shot. Maybe.
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!
Immensely popular and ridiculously lucrative, the Madden NFL series of video games is an entertainment behemoth. It is also forever and inextricably tied to its source material: the real, live version of the sport it simulates. It is the Christopher Reeve of video games, never really discussed on its own merits, but…