Kicking back with a few video games

RANDY CHEVRIER -- For Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:38 AM ET

There are many ways to build camaraderie on a team.

Some guys go golfing, some go drinking, some bowling, some go paintballing and increasingly, many guys enjoy video games as an opportunity to bond and build friendships within the team.

With the much publicized and anticipated arrival of Halo 3 for the X-Box 360 video game system two weeks ago, I figured I should shed some light on the attraction between athletes and video games.

First off, for those of you not in the know, gone the way of the dodo bird are the Atari, Coleco, and Sega systems.

Athletes are about as particular as with their video game systems as Terrell Owens is with his quarterbacks, and the big guns these days are the Sony Playstation and the X-Box 360.

There is a line drawn in the sand and if you ask most athletes that play video games, they will have chosen a side.

And they will argue ferociously with anyone their system of choice is superior to any other out there. And with systems touching under $900.00 you want to believe your system is the best!

Personally, my system of choice is the X-Box 360 and my game of choice is Halo.

Halo is a futuristic first person shooting game that allows you to play with or against 16 other players in various types of shoot-em-up death matches. The action is fast and the competition is fierce. It is basically like paintball minus the bruises. and you don't have to move from the couch.

On many Friday afternoons before a game you can find myself, Marc Calixte, Cornelius Anthony and a few rookies battling it out in a match of Halo in our meeting rooms. Guys on other teams have even challenged us to a duel.

Player tastes are just as varied when it comes to the games they play as to what systems they play on. There are so many genres of games on the market, but athletes tend to gravitate towards two types. Some guys play the violent shooter games, while others love the various assortments of sports games.

Probably one of the most popular games within the locker room is John Madden Football produced by EA Sports.

On any football team in North America, you will find guys dedicated to one sole cause: Bragging rights in the locker-room to be the best Madden player around!

HITS TO THE HEAD

You're not going to win if you can't get the ball back.

And that's exactly what happened to the Seahawks this weekend. The Pittsburgh Steelers held possession for more than 40 minutes in their 21-0 win over the Seahawks.

I am sitting here watching Monday Night Football.

How many times do you think ESPN can cut to reaction shots of Tony Romo, Terrell Owens, or Jerry Jones? I stopped counting at 27 times, but it happens basically every time Romo throws a pass whether it is complete or not.

It was a good weekend for former CFL running backs in the NFL. Not only did Kenton Keith of the Colts, formerly of the Riders, have 28 carries for 121 yards and two touchdowns. But Washington Redskin and former Blue Bomber Mike Sellars rushed five times for 24 yards and a touchdown and added threereceptions for 36 yards and a TD.


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