It's still more than a month until the release of Madden NFL 11, the latest installment of the video game franchise that America loves to turn to when watching their real football teams becomes too depressing.
But there are slightly depressing developments in the Madden universe for Oakland Raiders fans, as last year's top-rated cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha has dropped to No. 2 in this year's release. The New York Jets' Darrelle Revis is now the top-ranked corner in the football video game.
San Francisco 49ers fans will be pumped to see that they have a No. 1 position player in Madden NFL 11. Patrick Willis is ranked as the game's best middle linebacker, with a score of 99. Willis joins Revis, the Titans' Chris Johnson, the Vikings' Jared Allen, the Colts' Peyton Manning, and cover boy Drew Brees as the only players with the elite 99 ranking.
We know all this because some guy took video of the sneak preview of the game at the E3 Expo and posted this video to the Operation Sports gaming blog.
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And we are so desperate for football that we have spent hours compulsively starting and pausing that YouTube footage, just to compare the speed and strength rankings of Ted Ginn, Jr. and Darius Heyward-Bey.
Joe Kukura is a freelance writer who could swear that Drew Brees is wearing a girdle on the cover of the Madden NFL 11 Wii version.