I picked up Madden 20 last Friday and…

…I’ve already turned the NFL upside down.

In franchise mode (which, if you ask me, is the only correct way to play any of the Madden games), I bought the Houston Texans and, through a perfect combination of bad gameplay and marketing incompetence, I drove down the team’s popularity to such an extent that I was able to relocate them to another city.

Las Vegas, San Antonio, and Chicago all put in their bids but there was really only one true contender.

Ladies and gentleman, say hello to the London Monarchs.

Named after the team that called London home during the NFL Europe era, the London Monarchs have already lost one Super Bowl to the Cowboys and are currently 6 games away from ending their second regular season with a perfect, 16-0 record.  Unfortunately, paying J.J. Watt’s early signing bonus has also put the Monarchs about 60 million dollars in the hole.  (Despite being based in London, the Monarchs still use American currency.)  If we don’t win the Super Bowl this season, the Monarchs may soon be under new management.

The Madden games have always been my favorite way to waste time during the final days of summer and the first days of fall.  For all of the criticism that the Madden franchise has gotten, it’s still one of the most addictive games out there.  Madden 20’s franchise mode is a marked improvement over some of the previous editions of the game.  I’ve been playing as an owner and I’ve discovered that setting the perfect ticket price can be just as challenging as calling the perfect pass play.

And now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got a Super Bowl to win.  Someone warn the Americans.  The British are coming for the Lombardi trophy!