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Player Profile - holzy11Name: Chet H.
Handle: holzy11
Known as: Chet
Madison Record: 63-16
Madison Champion: Tecmo VIII, Tecmo IX
Elite 8 Appearances: 3

Chet H. is one of the co-founders of the Madison Tecmo Tournament. Opinion in the community about him is somewhat mixed with those respecting his playing ability and 3 year run as the best player in Tecmo while others seem to dismiss him “just a tapper.” In the years leading up to Chet’s emergence as the dominant force in the tournament scene, his largest handicap was an inability to out tap a single person. It was a giant chink in his armor as a player – one he solved in rather dramatic fashion. This change from a good player with a large flaw to hide/overcome into a dominant force was not an easy one for Chet to make. However, his innate competitiveness allowed him to embrace his role as top dog and he proceeded to go on one of the best runs in live Tecmo history never finishing below second place in any tournament he entered for the best part of 3 years. He has compiled a verified (and completely ludicrous) 166-27 record in all tournament play, the most wins by any one competitor in recorded Tecmo tournament history.

Chet’s playing style is built around his ability to out-tap 99.99% of competitors in Tecmo. In tournament play, Chet will run, run, run, force you to call run, then throw over the top to wide open WRs all over the field. He plays a relatively conservative offense paired with a high-quality defense built around isolating his superior tapping against your ball carrier with no blockers around. Additionally, though they are slightly rusty from non-use, Chet still maintains his entire arsenal of tricks from his non-tapper days allowing him to surprise opponents with dives, patience in the run game allowing blockers to arrive, and the ability to run a short throw passing attack to maintain ball control without running.Watch movie online The Transporter Refueled (2015)

Look, the best analogy for Chet is Nick Saban. He knows he can stop you. He knows he can out tap you. He knows he is more than likely able to out-talent you. He’s going to keep it simple: run, pass to the open receiver, limit turnovers, and win.

Chet is featured throughout the NFL Films doc.

 Name: Matthew Vogt
Handle: bigmv54
Known As: Matt/Matty V
Madison Record: 26-6
Madison Champion: N/A
Elite 8 Appearances: 2

Matt Vogt has the unenviable position of being one of the three best Tecmo players during a time in which the other 2 were apex-level Chet and Kyle “Regulator” Miller, the man to finally dethrone Chet. During the 4-year period when those three were constantly battling for Tecmo supremacy, no other player – literally zero other players – won a tournament in which at least two of those three entered. In most of those tournaments two of those three were playing in the final. The Tecmo played during that time was of such an intense style that it is amazing that all three of them didn’t burn out when it was done. The distance between Matt and the next best Tecmoer was greater than at any point in recorded tournament play and yet the distance between Matt and the Chet/Regulator duopoly seem immense. While Matt’s .791 winning percentage in all tournaments seems low compared to other elite players, of the non-Chet/Regulator players above him, no one is within 30 wins of his total. Being third best in an era in which the two of the 3 all-time tournament greats (Chet, Regulator, Sobhi) were at their peak is nothing to scoff at.  

Matt’s playing style is aggression in its purest form. He runs the ball on offense, seeks out the defender controlled by his opponent, out-taps him, and then runs down the field. His style is built around generating one v one situations, winning them, and then moving down the field. If you can avoid him with your controlled player, hope that your drones surround him, then snipe at him from distance, you can shut him down – but that is a damn hard thing to do to a player of his caliber. That same aggression translates into his defensive work as well, taking the Sobhi theory of defensive backs being the best and only defender to use to its fullest extent, Matt bombs in from the defensive backfield to generate pressure on ball carriers. His defense is designed around pressure of the ball carrier from the secondary to keep a player in bounds and force turnovers. He plays an aggressive game that fits him perfectly: loud, proud, and (usually) victorious.

Barry Switzer is the first coach to come to mind when thinking of a nice analogy. Barry would run a highly aggressive, loud, boisterous defense at Oklahoma while telling you how his offense is “gonna hang half a hundred on ya.” Matt would have fit in perfectly on those 70s and 80s Oklahoma teams, running the option, getting physical with the opponent, punishing players on both sides of the ball. When it’s rolling, you can see the emotional momentum carry Matt along; when it isn’t working, you can see the effect and watch him deflate into defeat.

BigMV’s appearance in the NFL Films doc begins at 9:28

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 Mort - Tecmo Super Bowl ProfessionalName: Francis Buennagel
Handle: Mort
Known as: Mort
Madison Record: 42-10
Madison Champion: Tecmo VI
Elite 8 appearances: 3

With Tecmo Madison 13 approaching closer every day, there’s one contender no one in their right mind is counting out.

He’s Buffalo, New York native Francis Buennagel. The Tecmo world knows him as Mort.

Buennagel has given competitive Tecmo much over the years. His well-documented Madison VI championship in 2010 was a huge promotion for the future of the tournament.

But Mort hasn’t kept the keys to his success a secret. In January 2013 he established Mort’s Tecmo College, a blog where the author talks about Tecmo strategy and his experiences in various Tecmo Super Bowl tournaments.

“The most notable thing I have done is share my playing style and what I have learned,” says Buennagel. “A few tutorials on a blog has played a small part in making the field more challenging and technical about playing the game.”

Buennagel is one of Tecmo’s premier scholars. Yet it would be a mistake to believe his scientific knowledge makes Mort’s play overly systematic.

Asked to describe his own style, Buennagel gave some insight as to why he’s such a wily contender to bring down:

“I adapt each quarter to what my opponent is doing”
“There is nothing I won’t try”
“There is no area of the game I will not try to master”
“I improvise and I create”
“I pride myself on being able to use every player in the game to his fullest capability”

An example which illustrates this last point is a match from Madison VIII in which Buennagel’s Cowboys faced off against the Broncos. Rather than sticking with Dallas’ strong corners, Mort frequently called on the modest skills of LB2 Eugene Lockhart in the face of Denver’s pro set formations. Even the heinously average LB1 Ken Norton saw some action on a couple passing downs.

Mort is a creative genius. It takes a whole lot more than flawless play to take upend him.

What does it take to defeat Mort?

In a word, knock him out early.

“My most memorable [moment] of Tecmo 12 was winning my first game in the elimination rounds. I had lost two close games in round one for the last two years. I knew I just needed one win to get back on track. Sure enough after that game I went all the way to the elite 8,” says the immortal Mort.

Living a busy life, Buennagel says he doesn’t have much time for tournament prep. If truth be told, he doesn’t need it. He knows the game inside and out.

In recent years his preparation has become more mental than physical. The tool he’s added to his belt in recent years is a little thing called “confidence.”

Says Mort, “Now my main prep is to believe instinctively that I will win. That each play will go my way.”

Mort expanded on this notion of confidence in a February 2016 blog post titled, “Visualization.”

“It won’t make up for a lack of skill, a lack of understanding of the game or a lack of experience. Yet what it can do is push you just a little bit ahead of where you are. That way you’re always the best possible version of you.”

Look for Mort to bring his best version of himself to Tecmo Madison 13. If he can get that coveted first elimination round win, look out.

But if you find yourself on April 8th in Madison, getting mowed down by a Tecmo Super Bowl elite such as Mort, don’t be discouraged. Buennagel has some positive words for you.

“Madison has evolved into something that is more than just a tournament. It’s more of a festival that covers the weekend.”

A festival that has no one to thank more than one Francis Buennagel.

Francis Buennagel emerged as the star of the NFL Films documentary on the tournament. He has a cult status among the community along with a small bit of fame in the general public due to the documentary.

Mort’s playing style is built around a blend of run and pass. Of the players who started their Tecmo journey online, he is the first one to fully embrace the pass as a weapon in the game. He embraces a cerebral approach to the game along with an old-school mentality of passing to score, taking a lead, and running to close out the game. He tends to catch more breaks than usual in tournament play, but his offensive game plan is built around not turning the ball over in specific situations – he throws deep at the end of halves or if he sees a 1 v 1 matchup he can safely exploit.

A good analogy is Brian Billick – he learned the game by playing the game constantly, developed a strategy that works for him, then learned where his weak points are and attempted to overcome them via repetition and film study. Like Billick, Mort tends to overthink his competition and occasionally outthinks himself into strange losses.

Mort’s appearance begins at 8:04