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Madden Video Game From 1990 Fetches Ridiculous Price at Auction

Though it is hard to believe, a 1990 copy of John Madden Football has sold for just under $500,000.  The sealed copy of the 32-year-old video game sold for a whopping $480,000 earlier this week.  Making the sale even more intriguing is the fact that the game is playable on Sega Genesis as opposed to Super Nintendo.  The retro Nintendo console outsold Sega’s by a considerable margin back in the 90s, yet it is the Genesis version of the football game that is fetching six-figures.

The Most Expensive Sports Video Game in History

The auction price of $480,000 paid for John Madden Football is the highest ever paid for a sports video game.  Sold by Heritage Auctions, the video game is the first in the series of annual releases of the home console football game.  The winning bidder’s logic in paying nearly half a million dollars for the sealed copy is the fact that it was provided directly from the office of the one and only, late John Madden.  Madden died at the end of 2020 at the age of 85. 

Part of the proceeds from the game’s sale will be donated to a charitable foundation formed in honor of Madden.   To be more specific, the money from the game’s sale will be donated to a good cause to honor the late coach.  The buyer’s price was $66,000.

Madden ’90 is Not the Most Valuable Video Game

Though $480,000 for a sports video game seems absurdly high, it must be noted that it was not the largest ever paid for a video game.  A sealed copy of the legendary Super Mario Brothers video game for the original Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) sold this past August for an incredible $2 million.  It might be quite some time before another video game sells for anywhere near $1 million, let alone $2 million.  

The irony in the eye-popping prices detailed above is the fact that the original copies of Madden, Super Mario Brothers, and other coveted classic video games sold for merely $40 to $70 on the open market when first released.  The stratospheric hike in the games’ value is the result of their rarity and also the fact that they are sealed.

The copy of John Madden Football referenced above is rated as a 9.2 A+, meaning it is nearly perfect in terms of quality, cleanliness, and functionality.  Though there is no guarantee the game will be playable on a Sega Genesis system, the buyer will likely leave the game unsealed to maintain its value.  It is possible the game will increase in value all the more in the years ahead.

The John Madden Football video game series has raked in $7 billion of revenue dating back to its release in the late 80s.  The first edition of the game hit the market in 1988.  A couple of years later and the series was renamed from “John Madden Football” to simply “Madden” in an attempt to reinforce the brand’s cogency.  The football video game series became so popular that the NFL Network devoted an entire show to the game dubbed “Madden NFL Live.”  Only one other sports video game, FIFA Soccer, has surpassed Madden in terms of aggregate historical sales.

Who is the Buyer?

The individual who shelled out nearly half a million dollars for the 1990 copy of Madden has not been identified.  All in all, $5 million of classic and rare video games were sold in the auction that took place this past January.  The names of the other winning bidders have not been revealed in an attempt to preserve their anonymity.

Aside from the sale of Madden ’90 for $480,000, several other notable games were auctioned off for six figures during the bidding war.  As an example, a copy of the first Halo game to hit the Xbox console sold for $108,000.  A copy of Super Mario Bros. from the series’ final production run back in the 80s sold for nearly $189,000.  Furthermore, three sealed Zelda games sold for $150,000.

Classic Games are Likely to Rise in Value

Classic video games appear to be the new classic baseball cards in the sense that they are spiking in value with each passing year.  The rarest of the classic video games are typically opened and in poor condition, making those in perfect condition all the more valuable. 

Games that are first to print are worth that much more due to their limited availability.  Those that are still sealed within the original cardboard box containing the game cartridge and game booklet are also worth a considerable sum of money due to their rarity and the ever-growing interest in retro video games.  The copy of Madden ’90 referenced above could easily soar to $500,000 or more in value in the year ahead.

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Crazy video shows ex-NFL player getting physical with United Airlines worker

Crazy video shows ex-NFL player getting physical with United Airlines worker

A shocking video showing a scuffle between ex- Denver Broncos NFL player Brandon Langley and a United Airlines employee at Newark Airport that occurred last week is in heavy circulation on social media channels.  

The footage starts in the middle of the incident and shows the airline employee shoving Langley, who then strikes the employee several times, sending him reeling. 

The employee then slaps the much larger athlete several times in the face causing Langley to shout, “You saw that s***?” to a bystander before punching the employee and knocking him to the floor, bleeding.

The worker stumbles back on his feet and confronts Langley again causing the football player to respond, “You want some more? He wants some more!” 

You can hear people in the background yelling “Stop!”

It is unclear who threw the first punch, but another video seems to show it was Langley that struck first. 

The fight was believed to have started when Langley used a wheelchair instead of renting a $5 luggage cart to transport his luggage. 

Langley posted about the incident on Twitter on Thursday writing, “y’all ain’t off the hook… worst customer experience in the entirety of my life on Heaven!!!!”

He also posted on Twitter Monday stating that the airline worker struck him first and he was defending himself. 

A United Airlines rep released a statement asserting that the company, “does not tolerate violence of any kind at our airports or on board our planes and we are working with local authorities to further investigate this matter. 

As if that drama wasn’t enough, a singer named Larren Wong claimed to be the man in the video and several outlets identified him as the football player. 

Langley fired back at his impersonator stating, “Struggling artists do anything for pennies,” in a Twitter post that tagged his impersonator. 

The University of Georgia football star was drafted in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft. He made 17 appearances in the NFL before moving to Canada earlier this year. He is now a receiver for the Calgary Stampeders. 

Langley was arrested on Thursday and charged with simple assault.

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Phil Mickelson lost a whopping $40 million gambling in four years

Phil Mickelson lost a whopping $40 Million gambling in four years

Golfer Phil Mickelson is in the news for losing $40 million in less than half a decade.  The golfer lost the massive sum of cash betting on a wide variety of events.  In fact, Mickelson even made 50 wagers in less than half an hour while in the presence of a reporter.  

All the Juicy Details

The details of Mickelson’s gambling losses are explained in a new book hitting store shelves this month.  The book, “Phil: The Rip-Roaring (and Unauthorized) Biography of Golf’s Most Colorful Superstar”, written by sports reporter Alan Shipnuck, gives readers an inside look into golf’s most beloved personality.  

The book delves into how Mickelson spent time gambling while golf writer John Hawkins was in his presence.  Hawkins observed Mickelson wagering in a locker room back in the aughts.  The experience, as recently revealed in an excerpt from the book, details how Mickelson used his phone in front of Shipnuck to place several wagers on college basketball games.  

Hawkins noted that it seemed as though Mickelson was attempting to show off while in his presence, possibly to win his favor as a buddy who would go to bat for him in the media.  Though Hawkins did not put all the details of Mickelson’s wagers in the piece he wrote about the golfer at the time, he is talking about the experience now that Shipnuck’s book is available.

Is Phil Mickelson a Gambling Addict?

Mickelson, also noted for correctly predicting the Baltimore Ravens’ first Super Bowl victory, is likely a gambling addict.  The golfer wagered on the Ravens to win it all that year and made it known to the media yet his losses have clearly surpassed his gains.  

The fact that the public is aware of Mickelson’s $40 million gambling loss in the first half of the 2010s is an indication that the golfer has likely lost even more than he is unwilling to discuss publicly.  Mickelson’s character also took a hit years back when it was revealed he engaged in insider stock trading.

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Video Shows Guardians’ Myles Straw Told Yankees Fans to Hit Him

Video released showing what happened at Yankees game before fans started throwing trash at Guardians’ players

We all saw the aftermath play out on television, as New York Yankees fans were throwing garbage and empty beer cans onto the field after an altercation with the Cleveland Guardians’ outfielder Myles Straw, but everyone was wondering what was said that led up to that bottom. Wonder no more, as a new video has been released showing what went down that Saturday afternoon.

On April 23, tensions started to rise in Yankee Stadium after Isiah Kiner-Falefa hit a double to left to tie the game in the ninth inning. During the play, left fielder Steven Kwan was injured after banging into the wall. Straw then climbed up the left-field wall to confront a fan after the play.

So, what did Straw say to the Yankee fan after he scaled the wall? A new video shared by the New York Post shows Straw telling Yankees fans to “hit me, motherf–ker.” In the video, you can also hear one of the fans yelling “get mad” repeatedly toward Straw and fellow outfielder Oscar Mercado.

The Yankees went on to win the game 5-4 and after the final out, Yankees fans proceeded to throw garbage and debris onto the field and at the Guardians players. An umpire was trying to calm down the scene and was hit by some of the trash being thrown, the New York Post reported.

After the game, Straw told reporters, “Brutal. Worst fan base on the planet.”

Guardians manager Terry Francona also spoke to the media after the game and gave his team’s side of the story. He said, “Myles was kinda sticking up for his teammate. Kid’s out there bleeding, checking him for a concussion. I just think probably emotions got a little out of control. Regardless, I don’t think people can throw stuff at our players on the field. That’s never gonna be OK.”

While the scene got intense, it did calm down pretty quickly. Yankees manager Aaron Boone told reporters, “Obviously there’s no place for throwing stuff on the field. Obviously we certainly don’t want to put anybody in danger. Love the intensity, but can’t be throwing stuff out on the field.”

No word on if the Yankees will be punished or fined by the MLB for the actions of their fans on this ugly Saturday afternoon.

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Albert Pujols Announces Divorce Soon After Wife’s Brain Surgery

Albert Pujols Announces Divorce Soon After Wife’s Brain Surgery

2022 has been a year of continued change for St. Louis Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols. After an 11-year divorce from the redbirds, he made the decision to rejoin them this offseason after spending his career out west. As he’s facing a reunion on the field, he’s facing an unfortunate divorce off of it. Days after his now ex-wife, Deidre, underwent a procedure to remove a brain tumor, Albert made the decision to divorce her citing irreconcilable differences. The two had been married since 2000 and have five children together. The announcement comes just days before he’s slated to begin the final season of his career. In a statement released by his agent, Dan Lozano, Pujols said, “I’ve been asked a lot of questions over the past few days regarding what’s been going on at home and sadly, after 22 years of marriage, I have made the decision to file for divorce from my wife, Deidre.” 

He continued by saying, “I realize this is not the most opportune time with Opening Day approaching and other family events that have recently taken place. These situations are never easy and isn’t something that just happened overnight. As a devout Christian, this is an outcome that I never wanted to see happen. For many long days and nights I prayed, asking the Lord for His guidance.” Later on in the statement, he ended by reaffirming his commitment to raising their children in a loving and safe environment. Since Pujols’ numbers have been steadily declining as his career draws to a close, it’s safe to assume he’s hoping this doesn’t hang over his head to start the season. He finished last season hitting .236 with 17 home runs and split the season with the Dodgers and the Angels.

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Seahawks Star DK Metcalf Reveals his Shocking Diet

Seahawks Star DK Metcalf Reveals his Shocking Diet

If you listen to the Jim Rome radio show, you’ve likely heard mention of DK Metcalf’s unique diet earlier this week.  The sports talk show host went on a lengthy tangent about how Metcalf scarfs down unhealthy food, yet still retains his chiseled physique.  

Metcalf spilled the beans about his unusual approach to food in a recent interview.  If the Seahawks star wide receiver is telling the truth about his diet, one has to wonder how he maintains his God-like frame.  Metcalf revealed his diet while speaking with former NBA great Kevin Garnett on the KG Certified podcast.

Metcalf Indulges in Sweets on the Regular

Michael Jordan was famous for his terrible diet.  The best player to ever hit the hardwood notoriously ate McDonald’s and other fast food on a daily basis.  Metcalf is taking unhealthy eating up a notch, consuming bags of candy every single day without exception.  The wideout eats a single meal per day, downs one cup of coffee every 24 hours, and indulges in candy in between.  

Perhaps the most interesting aspect of Metcalf’s diet is the fact that his lone meal of the day comes late at night after practice and weightlifting sessions have come to an end.  Most nutritionists insist it is best to eat light at night, opting for larger meals in the late morning and early afternoon.

Metcalf’s Dentist is Busy

As noted on the Jim Rome show, Metcalf’s dentist has to love the wide receiver’s choice of food.  If Metcalf is being forthright with the media, he downs multiple bags of Skittles® and gummy candies on a daily basis.  Metcalf can’t go a day without a large cup of coffee which presents even more of an opportunity for his dentist to rake in the cash through procedures and treatments.  

Metcalf doesn’t brew his own coffee at home.  Rather, the massive wideout heads to Starbucks to get fresh coffee.  Stay tuned as there is a good chance one of Metcalf’s teammates outs him for stretching the truth about his unconventional diet.

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