When it comes to NFL and NBA franchise popularity among sports video game players, Al Davis said it best.
"Just win, baby."
A Page 2 survey -- for pretentiousness' sake, call it a study -- comparing the most and least-played teams in "Madden NFL 11" and "NBA 2K11" to their real-life counterparts reveals the following:
• Sports gamers love winners. Of the 20 most-played teams in both games, 15 have winning records in real life.
• Gamers love teams that can help them win even more. While the majority of the most-played teams have top 10 in-game overall squad ratings, none of the least-played teams crack the ratings top 10.
• Real-life loser teams are popular under the following conditions: (a) They sport top 10 in-game ratings, such as Dallas and Minnesota in "Madden NFL 11"; (b) they feature rookie sensation John Wall, like Washington in "NBA 2K11"; (c) they have New York's population behind them (the Knicks). Conclusion? A Knicks team with a top 10 in-game rating featuring Wall might break the Internet.