This post is sponsored by EA Sports NCAA Football 2011.
Astute readers of this blog have probably noticed a certain theme to much of the content posted here over the last week. The "Where I Come From" series has been sponsored by EA Sports and promoted across the entire mighty entity that is the SB Nation blogging network and, despite our usual resistance to any idea that we didn't come up with, it's been a lot of fun to write about the suggested topics (and to read your comments on them).
But, now we come to the slightly weird part, which is mentioning today's release of the NCAA Football 20011 game itself. We don't have much perspective to share because we've never actually played any version of it: as celebrity bloggers we're usually out hitting the clubs with Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian rather than sitting at home playing video games.
However, we have been asked to share the following statement from our sponsor:
When you go to a particular school or grow up around college football, you are more than just a fan. It’s who you are. We thought we could leverage this pride in your roots and show that "where you come from" is more than just a statement about geography. By positioning NCAA Football 11 as a game that understands this pride and is authentic to these traditions, the takeaway should be that anything that is in college football is in NCAA Football 11.
And this doesn’t just include game play (though that’s a huge part of it). It’s rivals and mascots; it’s legends and stories. It’s those things that are at the very fabric of the game itself. Of course the game is great this year as well. With authentic entrances, mascots and specific offenses for each team, the term “where I come from” takes on a much larger meaning. While playing NCAA Football 11 is ultimately a great sports sim, it should also give you a sense of the pride and emotion one has for being a fan of a team they will never not be a part of.
Feel free to call us sellouts in the comments section. We'll return to subverting the dominant paradigm soon.