LaDainian Tomlinson is challenging Video Bo as the best running back of my generation. Not familiar with “Video Bo,” you say? Sure you are. Remember Tecmo Super Bowl, the old Nintendo game of 1991 that revolutionized sports games, paving the way for the “Madden NFL” games of the last 10 years? If you do, then you definitely remember the version of Bo Jackson featured on the LA Raiders, an unstoppable force never seen before or since on the playing field, whether it be the physical field or the digital field.
I wouldn’t be the first writer to dedicate a piece to “Video Bo,” (ESPN magazine even ran an editorial about him) but that’s not the point of this blog anyways; my claim is that LT is challenging Video Bo’s hold on best running back of my generation. Okay, okay, I realize that Video Bo is not real, and to some this might seem to disqualify him in this contest; but if you grew up within a couple years of me, this game did a lot to define the sport of football for you. I learned the difference between a touchback and a safety thanks to this game, not to mention how to practice good clock management on that last drive of the fourth quarter; so as far as my memory goes on professional football in the late eighties and early nineties, most players are pretty much defined by how good they were or were not on this Nintendo game.
I have the privilege and honor of hosting Tomlinson on two out of three of my fantasy football teams, (my 20-something version of Tecmo Super Bowl). Tomlinson has done three times this season what I could never get Video Bo to do, and that’s throw for a touchdown. Granted, LT has yet to perfect the knack Video Bo had for making defenders bounce off of him, literally, multiple times in one play. But on Sunday, Tomlinson put such a juke on Ty Law that Law simply sat down in his spot. Tomlinson knocks over Pro Bowl cornerbacks without even touching them; eat your heart out, Video Bo.
So this campaign has yet to be decided, of course, if I could just find a way to get Video Bo AND LT on my fantasy team, I wouldn’t even have to decide . . .