With all the news about scheduling, recruiting, coaching and stadium updates, it’s pretty simple for something to get lost in the mix.
It’s easy to forget that the UMass football team is going to be in a video game for the first time since 2005.
Way back then EA Sports had 70 I-AA teams, and clever gamers could put UMass in whatever conference (Big East) they wanted. Of course, the team was stuck in video game McGuirk, which was almost as bad as regular McGuirk, but I think I remember virtual indoor plumbing.
After that the NCAA Football series dropped I-AA teams, and fans of UMass were stuck playing with their “other” favorite team (Colorado for me). A few years later, Internet-savvy fans gained the ability to upload their version of UMass. This was kind of cool, but it just wasn’t the same. Also, some UMass fans created such ridiculous teams (See: Kyle Havens with 99 Speed) that the game wasn’t that much fun.
Now UMass is back, and my goodness they are going to be horrendous. By all accounts, the Minutemen are going to be the absolute worst team in the game at a dismal 60 overall. So, much like in real life, UMass is going to take some lumps. I’ll take it though – I’d rather play with a bad UMass than a good Colorado any day.
There have been some spoilers out there already, so shield your eyes if you want to find out for yourself: the team is playing in UMass Stadium, there is no Fight Mass, the game gives a shout-out to the Power and Class, and the Minutemen have the Aquafresh stripe on their helmet (damnit).
I’m going to get the game tomorrow and see the rest for myself. I’m debating whether to start a franchise or become a UMass legend in Road to Glory.
Either way, I’m just glad I have the option.