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Madden NFL 18 predicts a 24-20 Super Bowl victory for the New England Patriots over the Philadelphia Eagles, which would give this year’s cover star, Pats quarterback Tom Brady, a sixth world championship ring.

In the EA Sports’ simulation — which essentially is just a CPU-versus-CPU game with current rosters on All-Pro difficulty — New England is trying to salt away the victory when the Eagles’ Malcolm Jennings strips the ball from running back Dion Lewis. Philadelphia, trailing by four, gets the ball back with under 2 minutes left, apparently deep in its own territory.

Quarterback Nick Foles, who took over when starter Carson Wentz was injured in week 14 of the season, gets the Eagles to about midfield. In what appears to be a Hail Mary pass either because it’s fourth down, or because there’s no time for another play, Foles’ heave for Alshon Jeffery is batted away by Patriots defensive back Stefon Gilmore, sealing the 24-20 result. To be perfectly honest, these simulations are just that… fake. But they are really fun to watch.

EA Sports’ simulation, in what may be a bit of marketing scheme, and has called for a dramatic ending in every Super Bowl since videos began accompanying its predictions seven years ago. Here’s what Madden has predicted over that span, with none of them turning out exactly as simulated.

2011: Interception with 20 seconds left, 24-20 final.
2012: Field goal as time expires, 27-24 final.
2013: Interception of a Hail Mary as time expires, 27-24 final.
2014: Snow (in the Super Bowl’s first cold-weather, open-air stadium), overtime and a 31-28 final.
2015: Hail Mary touchdown as time expires, 28-24 final.
2016: Five-yard TD run on the last play from scrimmage, 24-20 final.
2017: Go-ahead touchdown on fourth down with 20 seconds left, 27-24.

Since the simulation began in 2004, Madden NFL is 10-4 picking winners straight up and 9-5 against the point spread. It is 8-6 picking the over/under — with most of that success coming in the video era. Madden NFL is 5-2 in that stretch, with its five hits coming between 2012 and 2016. Amazingly enough, the Madden sim did also predict the 2015 Super Bowl’s final score, a 28-24 New England triumph over Seattle. And the 2015 and 2017 Super Bowls in real life delivered two of the big game’s most thrilling conclusions ever, which were very similar to the dramatic endings in the simulations.

Super Bowl 52 is Sunday, Feb. 4, at 6:30 p.m. ET on NBC. from

CEO & Co-Founder of Springfield Daily. Former financial analyst and project manager, turned online entrepreneur. Eric also owns Interactive Media, a digital marketing and consulting firm located in Downtown Springfield as well as the fitness startup FitTube. Eric received his Masters in Business Administration from Benedictine University, prior to that played college football at Quincy University, and is a Springfield High alumni.

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Illinois DNR taking applications for archery hunting on private land



Illinois’ Department of Natural Resources is getting ready to divvy up more than 18,000 acres of private land in 20 counties for archery deer hunters.

The Illinois Recreational Access Program allows hunters to apply for one of about 120 hunting spots on private land across the state.

DNR spokesman Ed Cross said the idea is to get hunters into the field, even if they don’t have a field of their own.

“We have a lot of hunters who say they don’t have access to hunting ground,” Cross said. “The IRAP program is great way to get folks out there and enjoy as many opportunities throughout the state.”

There are spots available in some of Illinois’ best deer country, including Pike and McDonough counties in western Illinois and Williamson County in southern Illinois.

“This is a very popular program,” Cross said. “For deer season, as an example, more than 120 sites are available through 20 different counties in Illinois. And each year we see more and more folks who are interested in it.”

Cross said applications are due by Aug. 24. Hunters must pick one of Illinois’ two October archery seasons when they apply.

Applications are available on the DNR’s website.

Article by Benjamin Yount, Illinois News Network. For more INN News visit 

To learn more about IRAP, check out the Springfield Daily video here

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Illinois State Fair to Host Inaugural Corn Dog Kickoff Party

Thomas Clatterbuck



The State Fair might still be months away, but the festivities are already gearing up. On June 9th, the Fair will be hosting its inaugural Corn Dog Kickoff. This event will feature live music, fair food, giveaways, and many other activities. Broseph, one of the hottest up-and-coming bands from the Midwest, will also be playing from 12:00 to 2:30 PM.

There is a new 3K walk and 5K run this year. The races will trace through some of the fairgrounds’ most prominent attractions, including the Conservation World and the world’s fastest dirt track. Registration is currently underway and costs $25 per race with a free t-shirt for those who sign up before May 23rd.  100% of the proceeds from the race will benefit the Illinois Fairgrounds Foundation.  Registration can be done online:

The Corn Dog Kickoff Party will be held from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM and is free of charge. The State Fair Box Office will also be open that day from 9 am – 1 pm.  Attendees can purchase tickets to the fair’s Grandstand Summer Concert Series or our exclusive Stage Side pre-concert parties.

The 2018 Illinois State Fair will be from August 9th to 19th. Stay up to date with all the latest news and announcements from the Illinois State Fair by connecting with us via Facebook, Twitterand Instagram.

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Mayor’s Youth Council holds first talent show

Thomas Clatterbuck



Students from around Springfield gathered last night to showcase their musical and artistic talents. Students from Springfield High, Lanphier, Southeast, SHG, Lutheran High, and even nearby Williamsville all came out for the friendly competition. The idea for the program came from the students themselves. They noticed that there is a “siloing” effect, where students only really get a chance to interact with others who attend the same school. This talent show was an opportunity to help build those inter-school connections.

In all, thirteen performers and six visual artists took part in the night’s events. Although music was the most common talent, there were also dancers and a juggler. The students performed in a packed room at the Lincoln Public Library. You can watch the full show in the player.

The Youth Council was one of Mayor Langfelder’s initiatives. These students meet with the mayor to discuss issues impacting them. Not all of the performers were members of the council. Developing today’s youth is valuable not only now, but also in ensuring young people wholeave the area for college want to return in the future.

Kennedy Green, SHG

Colin Gwillim, Lutheran High

Zoey House, Lanphier










Although the competition was a friendly one, three winners were selected from the contestants in the performing and visual arts. Colin Gwillim, Kennedy Green, and Zoey House, placed first, second and third in the visual arts. Colton Schmidt (the juggler) and Gerald Cole (dance) were honorable mentions in the performing arts. Sydney Moore placed third, Walker Dial, placed second, and Wynton Gage placed first. All three are singers.

The timestamps for the performers are:

1:12 – Gerard Cole (Lanphier)
7:35 – Walker Dial (Lutheran High)
10:50 – Sydney Moore (Springfield High)
17:15 – Maria Harmon (SHG)
19:10 – Mika Henderson (Lutheran High)
22:40 – Regina Ivy (Southeast)
27:30 – Nia Tiller, Mia White, & Cody Flesch (Lanphier)
32:30 – O.P. Jones (Southeast)
38:44 – Hannah Garrad (Williamsville)
42:40 – Wynton Gage (Southeast)
48:00 – Colton Schmidt (SHG)
53:37 – Gerard Cole & Wynton Gage

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