Raidel “Joke” Brito has won this year’s Madden Bowl, along with its $65,000 reward, by not running a single pass play or even putting a recognised quarterback on the field.
As USA Today reports, a salary cap draft structure was used in EA’s flagship tournament for players to build their rosters, but instead of going big on playmakers, Brito splashed out on a dominant defense and overpowering offensive line, neglecting the sport’s most important position completely.
As a result he lined up with Washington Redskins punter Tress Way under center and shut out his opponent 17-0 in the Madden Bowl as he ran, and ran, and ran his way to victory.
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While it’s too early to say if this win will signal a new long-term tactic in the professional Madden arena, it’s sure that the bizarre manner of Brito’s victory will go down in the history books.
Given EA’s pursuit of a perfect simulation of the game, it’s unlikely the developers will be hugely pleased that someone’s won a major tournament in such an unlikely way. We’ve contacted EA Sports to get the studio’s take on Joke’s victory, and whether it could even make changes to the game to stop it from happening in future.
One person that won’t be hoping this is becomes a regular occurrence is Kansas City Chief’s QB Patrick Mahomes, who features in the announcement trailer for Madden 21.
Simon Cardy is a Jets fan who up until recently has been used to supporting a team without a recognised QB. Ask him about his suffering on Twitter.