The single biggest and most infuriating development of 21st century sports came on December 12, 2004 when EA received exclusive rights to make NFL video games. It was a move initiated by the "No Fun League" that crushed the very essence of sport, competition. Several years into the move EA still had the balls to promote themselves as the No. 1 selling NFL video game.

Now what does that mean for the virtual gridironers of this era? Sure, you don't have to stare at the visual diarrhea that was ColecoVision, Atari or whatever; but if you don't like Madden's career mode or find the game growing stale after a decade well, you're completely S.O.L., unless of course you want to get back at them in some small way.