Yesterday marked the annual release of EA Sports’ highly successful NCAA Football video game and as someone whose owned every title in the franchise over the years I couldn’t help but pick it up over my lunch break. As soon as I looked at the Irish roster though I was disappointed. Brian Smith, Notre Dame’s leader on defense, was given a rather poor rating and wasn’t even among the best linebackers on the team. Sophomore Darius Fleming and freshman Manti T’eo both out ranked the junior returning starter.
I won’t get too much into the details of the game, but I wasn’t the only one who noticed the low rating for Smith. Brian Smith noticed how slighted he was by EA and took his case to Twitter.
EA sports.. You really think that bad about me? Im like the worst linebacker in the game. i mean damn!!
I think Smith has a valid point too. He’s shown more than enough promise in two years that his rating should be a lot higher. He’s the best linebacker on the team and the emotional leader of the defense and EA makes him the 4th or 5th best linebacker on the Notre Dame team? Come on EA, I know there were some setbacks with the rosters due to that lawsuit Sam Keller brought against you regarding the use of player’s likeness, but even a little homework on the Irish roster would have shown you that Smith is one of the better players on the team.
For all of you gamers out there how have bought, or are planning to buy the game, be prepared for a number of other roster erorrs for Notre Dame. Maurice Crum and David Bruton remain on the Notre Dame roster. Ethan Johnson doesn’t appear anywhere to be found. Only a handful of freshmen are included.
This isn’t the first time EA had some difficulty with the Notre Dame roster either. Last year Asaph Schwapp was one of the most highly rated players on the Irish roster.
Speaking of Twitter, you can now follow UHND on Twitter as well. I’ve been playing around with it a bit and am still trying to get the hang of it, but we’ll be posting some updates there as well now. I’ll also set up the blog so that it automatically posts to Twitter every time we post something here.
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