If you went to the Cradle of Aviation Museum last Saturday to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, you would have seen more than one “touch-down.” Amidst the backdrop of the Apollo 11 module, sixteen Tecmo warriors faced off last Saturday to claim supremacy on the 8-bit gridiron. It was the fourth year men congregated to celebrate Tecmo Super Bowl at the LI Retro Expo, and it was the third time Matty D came out victorious (2016, 2017, 2019). However, with a new tournament format in place, he had to do it all the way through with the Green Bay Packers.
Sixteen players, ranging from the very new to the seasoned vet, drafted two teams- one AFC and one NFC- to carry them through a single elimination bracket. The new players all drafted first with the veterans drafting in descending order based on tournament experience and success. There were four teams (HOU, RAI, GIA, PHI) drafted twice to fill out the 32 team bracket. If one of a player’s teams was eliminated, they had to battle the rest of the day with their other team. This set up some unique matchups within the conference. The top finishers in this new format were:
1) Matty D
2) Brett F
3) Pat H
Scott S, Danny K, and Bill M all made the quarters. Brett F was the best performing newcomer, so he’ll get free admission to the New York Tecmo Super Bowl Tournament on October 19th.
Special thanks to George, Chris, and Joel at LI Retro allowing us to do this for the past four years. The finals were exciting and the Pat H victory over Matty D in OT was especially nailbiting. Special props to Pat H for taking both his teams (CLE, ATL) to the semi-finals. Also, thanks again to the NHL 94 crew for sharing this experience with us and helping out when we needed it. Special thanks to NHL 94 guru John G for participating in his first Tecmo tournament (!), and John M and Chris M for helping set up and break down.
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