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There’s football happening today, in some form. No, it’s not real football. It’s Madden, a shameful attempt at a football simulation game. While the San Francisco Giants are using MLB The Show as a practical tool, per our own Mark Sanchez’s reporting, Kyle Shanahan said last March (in a wildly entertaining interview with close friend and former University of Texas teammate Chris Simms) that he can’t even play Madden because it’s so unrealistic.
“I would get online and I’m playing kids,” Shanahan said. “And there’s a support issue, so I’m bringing my receiver down to crack on him and it’s not working and I have these second-graders talking so bad to me about how, ‘You don’t know anything.’ And I’m just like, ‘Yes I do!'”
I got Madden 20 because it was $5. I may have overpaid pic.twitter.com/UukiXnO3GN
— Jake Hutchinson (@hutchdiesel) March 14, 2020
But hey, it looks nice, has all the player and team licenses, and it’s bringing together some NFL players in an event that will raise money for COVID-19 related charities. The details are as follows. It’s not yet apparent which charities players have chosen:
“NFL’s The Checkdown and EA Madden have partnered up for a EA Madden tournament featuring eight NFL players squaring off in a bracket-style challenge to crown the top Madden player that will work to benefit COVID-19 relief efforts.
The NFL Foundation and EA will make a donation on behalf of each participant to charities supporting COVID-19 relief efforts.
Deebo Samuel will play DeSean Jackson at 5 p.m. PT on April 1, with the semi-final and final taking place on April 2.
Deebo Samuel will be one of eight NFL players to participate in a Madden tournament starting today on Madden's Twitch channel (twitchtv/eamaddennfl) with pro. It's him versus DeSean Jackson at 5 p.m. PT.
5-7 PM ET – Two Semi-final games
8 PM ET – Championship game pic.twitter.com/vv9LLngXke
— Jake Hutchinson (@hutchdiesel) April 1, 2020