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Updated: Jan. 3, 2007, 4:59 PM ET


Madden Nation Tuesday Nights On ESPN 2
12:00am EST/ 9:00pm PST



There are no gamers quite like Madden gamers. Now in its second season, Madden Nation once again peeks inside the high drama of professional Madden NFL 07 competition as eight professional gamers compete for a $100,000 cash prize.

Each representing an NFL superstar, the gamers begin their journey when they board our bus at EA Sports studios in Orlando. This year the fierce competitors will be paired in teams and forced to support each other or face elimination. All along the 12-city tour, teams will battle each other for the right to stay in the game and make it to the ultimate finale in Times Square.
 


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EPISODE GUIDE

Episode 1:Wed., Dec. 13, 12:00 a.m. ET
(Tue., Dec. 12, 9:00 p.m. PT)
ESPN 2
Episode 2:Wed., Dec. 13, 12:30 a.m. ET
(Tue., Dec. 12, 9:30 p.m. PT)
ESPN 2
Episode Summaries | Aussie's Blog | Weekly Chat


Episode 3:Wed., Dec. 20, 12:30 a.m. ET
(Tue., Dec. 19, 9:30 p.m. PT)
ESPN 2
Episode 4:Wed., Dec. 20, 1:00 a.m. ET
(Tue., Dec. 19, 10:00 p.m. PT)
ESPN 2
Episode Summaries | Aussie's Blog | Weekly Chat


Episode 5:Wed., Dec. 27, 12:00 a.m. ET
(Tue., Dec. 26, 9:00 p.m. PT)
ESPN 2
Episode 6:Wed., Dec. 27, 12:30 a.m. ET
(Tue., Dec. 26, 9:30 p.m. PT)
ESPN 2
Episode Summaries | Weekly Chat


Episode 7:Wed., Jan. 3, 12:00 a.m. ET
(Tue., Jan. 2, 9:00 p.m. PT)
ESPN 2
Episode 8:Wed., Jan., 3, 12:30 a.m. ET
(Tue., Jan., 2, 9:30 p.m. PT)
ESPN 2
Episode Summaries

THE NFL PLAYERS


Willis
McGahee

Michael
Strahan

Antonio
Gates

Reggie
Bush

Vince
Young

Alex
Smith

Edgerrin
James


Carson
Palmer

DeAngelo
Hall

Randy
Moss

Mario
Williams

Clinton
Portis

Joey
Porter
 
THE GAMERS

BILLY WOLF
Nickname: Da Secret
Xbox Gamertag: BigBill21
Age: 19
Represents: Willis McGahee
This Tampa, Florida native is now a student at Florida State University. Billy is far and away the most vocal of all the Madden gamers.

RICHARD THOMAS
Nickname: DJ Rhude
Xbox Gamertag: DJRhudeRT3
Age: 30
Represents: Michael Strahan
This Brooklyn resident likes to play Madden with his hometown NY Giants. DJ Rhude is an architect, DJ, writer for XXL magazine and father to 3 boys.

MICHAEL SOUTHAM
Nickname: Blotto or Aussie
Xbox Gamertag: Blotto Otto
Age: 29
Represents: Antonio Gates
Our first ever international contestant, Michael is from South Australia where he runs Madden planet online. Mike has played Madden since 1993 and his wife refers to herself as "The Madden Widow".

TOMMIE HILL
Nickname: Therapist
Xbox Gamertag: TommyBears
Age: 22
Represents: Reggie Bush
Tommie is currently living in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota after graduating from Grambling State where he played running back for the football team.
 

RICO WILLIAMS
Nickname: Hollywood
Xbox Gamertag: RicoHollywood
Age: 29
Represents: Vince Young
Rico is on tour with the Madden Challenge where he does video updates from each city stop for easports.com. When not on tour, he lives in Wilmington, DE and works for Honey Magazine.

THOMAS TSANDIS
Nickname: UCF Champ
Xbox Gamertag: UCF Champ
Age: 25
Represents: Alex Smith (Tampa Bay)
Thomas is a loan consultant that lives in Orlando, FL. A talented poker player, he has participated in the World Series of Poker.
 

TROY BROWN
Nickname: T-Roy
Xbox Gamertag: ALLWORKNOPLAY
Age: 22
Represents: Edgerrin James
T-roy is a senior at Texas Southern University who is very active on the Madden Challenge circuit. He lives in Houston Texas and is known as a trash talker.
 

DONALD MAZZOLA
Nickname: DJ
Xbox Gamertag: THE DJ LAB
Age: 21
Represents: Carson Palmer
DJ lives in Belleview, WA and flies around the country to participate in the Madden Challenge. Last year he won the Madden Challenge in Nashville. He plans on going back to school to pursue law and political science.

JARVIS THOMAS
Nickname: Young Jarvis
Xbox Gamertag: Hustle247
Age: 18
Represents: DeAngelo Hall
This Upper Marlboro, MD resident won the $100,000 check at the Madden Challenge finals last year in Honolulu. Not only good at Madden, Jarvis has already won a NBA Live event this year.

FREDERICK AMPONSEM
Nickname: Fred Dizzle
Xbox Gamertag: FredDIZ
Age: 22
Represents: Randy Moss
Fred is a loan officer at 1st Principle Mortgage. Now living just outside of DC, Fred is originally from West Africa. Very calm and respectful when not playing madden but is brash when on the sticks.

ROBERT WARREN
Nickname: RJ
Xbox Gamertag: PeteSlash
Age: 18
Represents: Mario Williams
Living in District Heights, MD 18 year old RJ is the youngest member of the Madden cast. He just graduated high school this past spring.
 

MUKALA SIKYALA JR.
Nickname: Coach Muk
Xbox Gamertag: COACHMUK
Age: 28
Represents: Clinton Portis
Muk played college football at the University of Maryland and now lives in Riverdale, MD. He is a psychiatric technician who works with troubled youth when he is not playing Madden.

STEVE WHITE
Nickname: Stevo baby
Xbox Gamertag: SHAAAWTY
Age: 20
Represents: Joey Porter

 
 
Another resident of Maryland, Steve is now in his senior year at Bowie State University majoring in computer graphics. He won the Pittsburgh Madden Challenge last year.

MICHAEL MCANANY
Nickname: Maddog
Xbox Gamertag: MIKEMAC2001
Age: 23
Represents: Vince Young (replaced Rico after he walked off)
Maddog lives up to his name. Often yelling and barking as he plays, his energy is unmatched in the madden Circuit. He was picked as an alternate this year and came on the bus after Rico walked off the show.