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MLB Barometer: Risers & Fallers

Derek VanRiper

Derek is the Director of Media for, where he's been a two-time finalist for the FSWA's Baseball Writer of the Year award, and winner of the Best Football Article on the Web (2009) and Best Baseball Article on the Web (2010) awards. Derek also co-hosts RotoWire's shows on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio (XM 87, Sirius 210).

I thought I was good at Tecmo Super Bowl.

Countless hours of my childhood, teenage years, and college afternoons were spent running wild with Bo and Barry, and destroying opposing quarterbacks with LT blowing by every right tackle on the game.

I had played out hundreds of seasons over the years, trying to break my own records by running kickoffs and punts out of bounds inside my own five-yard-line to max out yardage.

In fact, I’m sure there is an old notebook buried somewhere in my parents’ basement commemorating a 3,500-yard season from Cardinals running back Johnny Johnson and a 40-TD season from Lions receiver Robert Clark.

Little did I know, many of the world’s top Tecmo players were annually descending upon my hometown while I finished up my degree at the University of Wisconsin. More importantly, they were playing competitive games online together for years while I was mopping up against the computer and disinterested friends and ro

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