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Jarvis "Big Game" Thomas
. You know
him from the Message Boards as Big Game and you also know
him as a captain of DCZ Finest, the defending BSC Champions.
What you may not know, is that he was once ranked the #1
player in the world in Madden (for the 2 people out there
who don't know what that is, it's a highly popular video
game based off of the NFL).
Opinionated with no apologies for it. Read on....
Posted on February 15, 2010
Lao: Big Game, what’s going on man?
Jarvis: Ain't too much man, thanks for having
me. I'm a big fan of the site.
Lao: Where did you grow up?
Jarvis: I grew up in M.D. I lived down in
Bladensburg till I was 7 then I've been living in Upper
Marlboro MD ever since.
Lao: Pick one word that describes you.
Jarvis: Competitor. I always want be the best at
what I do..... if I see you doing something then I'm gonna wanna
do it better than you.
Lao: What do you think of IndaPhatFarm.com?
Jarvis: I think it's great... I was put on to
the website about 2 years ago and ever since then I've been
a crack head coming on here everyday checking on it seeing
Lao: What are your thoughts on our new President after one
year in office?
Jarvis: I think Obama's doing the best with what
was left to him. He's trying his best but we're not gonna
see any results until 3 years into his term because the
world was in complete chaos when he got it. But he can talk
a good game though. If he does half the stuff that he said
he was gonna do, then I'm satisfied.
Lao: People may not be aware, but you are a very skilled
Madden (video game) player. Just how skilled? Well Jason
actually won the Madden Challenge back in 2006.
Jarvis: Well it was a long time coming. I was
ranked 4th in the world in 2005, 12th in the world in 2006
and #1 in the world in 2007 when I won the world tournament,
and 8th in the world in 2008 before retiring. From the day
the game came out I was on it hard. It wasn't even like
preparing for me because I loved the game so much so I would
be on it all the time. When I come
home I would play it till like 6 in the morning. Play
rushing attack before I left the house in the morning.
about plays when I was eating, I mean I was in love lol.
But in all seriousness I was a serious
competitor. I hated to lose so anytime I would throw a
incompletion during a game I would replay that play until I
knew what went wrong or when I should of threw it and it
would be a 20 push up fine (probably why I'm so big now).
When I played online I would record my games and watch it
later, so I was basically watching film on myself to see
what I did wrong and what worked good for me and stuff like
Lao: How did it feel to win?
Jarvis: When I won I was ecstatic. I was in the
zone the whole tournament. coming into the tournament I was
even the front runner they actually had me ranked 7th going
into the tournament. And in all my games except 1 I had to
play a top 10 player. How the format was, it was 32
competitors. they would have State tournaments in like M.D,New York, Philly, Texas, Minnesota, etc.... and they
flew all the winners from the 32 states to Hawaii to compete
in the finals. so in the round of 32 I had a fairly easy
game. but in the round of 16 I had to play the 10th ranked
player, in the 8 I had to play the 4th ranked player, in the
final four I had to play the #1 ranked player and that boy
was tough as hell, and in the finals I played the 3rd ranked
The funny thing is, I won all my games by 3 except
in the finals I won by 32 lol. I won by 3 because I was
playing smart and doing a lot of clock control basically, and
I only had to kick 1 game winning field goal. So I was in
control for the most part of the tournament. Now that I
think about it I never trailed in any game lol.
Lao: What are your future Madden plans?
Jarvis: Well before I retired I did a show
for H.B.O, a show for Pay Per View, commercials on ESPN, and
a show on M.T.V. I was on the
reality show Madden Nation, I was the host of the Madden
07 release party at Time Square, and I did a special
appearance at the NBA all star game 07.
This is the link for the commercial preview to the next episode of the madden nation show.
This is a link to when
I won in Hawaii.
This is the link to a clip of the H.B.O show.
This the link to the Madden release party that
I hosted in New York.
But now that I'm
retired I just do guess appearances at tournaments every now
and then. I can't believe I still have fans.
For the most part I just play for recreation.
But don't get it twisted I will still tune that butt up if you
jump out there lol. But now I just focus on coaching. I
coach a football team in M.D. Whenever we win the state super
bowl I'm gonna move up and start coaching high school.
Lao: What job could you absolutely not do?
Jarvis: The cop that stands in court besides the
judge booth all day.... man I would fall asleep after the
Lao: What’s the first thing you notice about a person?
Jarvis: Personality. I'm a fun and outgoing dude
so if you got a good personality we're gonna click good, but if
your a prick then you'll get treated like one.
Lao: Autobot or Decepticon?
Jarvis: Autobot all day baby. (and I'm a big fan
of comic movies like Spiderman, X-men, Ironman,
Lao: What is the most important thing in life?
Jarvis: Family. trust me, friends come and go
but your family will always have your back and be there for
you. No matter how big the argument or the fight, they will
always be there for you.
Lao: List your Favorites
My first car that I ever bought, a 1997 Ford Taurus when I
was in high school.
My second car that I bought myself when I won the
tournament, an '04 Jaguar.
And the car I plan on getting this year, an '07 Dodge
Anything my mama cooks lol. but I love lasagna
Sports, Sports and more Sports.
D. Countries to visit/re-visit:
I traveled almost the whole world in my madden career, but if
I had to revisit a place I would have to say Hawaii. The
combination of the weather, atmosphere and beautiful people.
It ought to be illegal to have a place so beautiful in the
world. Everyone down there is just so nice and it's never
hotter than 85 and never colder than 60.
Fridays. Anytime to meet up or just going out with family I
go to Friday's. And it's funny cause I've been ordering the
same thing for 9 years now. Friday's shrimp with cheese on
the fries and extra Jack Daniel sauce.... aaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhh love it.
Lao: Name someone you admire and why.
Jarvis: I admire anyone who would do for others
in a situation that no one would help. like the people that
actually went down to Haiti to help, the people that went
down to New Orleans. Someone in school falls and drops all
there books and everyone stares, points and laughs but you
go and help pick up there books. that kind of person.
Lao: Tell us about those skills in the kitchen.
Jarvis: Oh I can get down son, just give me a
pack of instant oatmeal and some hot water and it's on and
poppin lol. Naw I can do a lil something something like
cooking for 2 but not like a thanksgiving dinner lol.
Lao: Alright, now lets talk some Blessan Samuel Classic!
How did it feel to finally win a championship?
Jarvis: Man it felt great. I can't even explain
the feeling. I wasn't just happy for my team mates, I
was more so happy for the fans that came out every year and
stood by us while those chumps from Chicago and Philly stole
Lao: Chicago and Philly have 3 trophies. How long will the
fire burn within you to help lead DC to championships?
Jarvis: The fire is never gonna stop
burning. I've already told my guys what our goals are for the next 3 years. To win 3 straight
titles, so we can have the record for 4
championships and the record for consecutive championships
with 4 straight.
Lao: Many have said that had Chicago been at last year’s
tournament, DC would not have won a title. What are your
Jarvis: First of all by ya'll saying that we
only won because Chicago wasn't there, ya'll are basically
saying that none of ya'll can beat Chicago. And in my
opinion I think Texas was a better team than Chicago with Big
Dave. They had way better athletes and better shooters by
far. But there's always gonna be something to say about us.
They said we won because Chicago wasn't there this year.
When we win next year its gonna be well ya'll only have 2,
you will need 3 to be in the same conversation as Chi town
Then when we win the next year it's gonna be well
ya'll can't say ya'll are the best team because ya'll have
the same number of championships and Chicago and Philly.
That's why I told my team... "fellas it's simple, win 4
straight and shut everyone up". but I love the team that I
have and I wouldn't trade anybody on my team for anyone in
the tournament...(not even DS) lol
Lao: There is a rivalry that exists between DC and Gburg.
Tell us about this rivalry.
Jarvis: It's a great rivalry because we are in
the same State and we practice together. It's like the Mets
and Yankees, but what's funny is, we always beat them 16-4 or
16-5 in practice, but when we play them in the BSC, we can never beat
blow them out. We won by 3 last year and lost the year
before that. But with all the trash talk and physical play
that we do in practices, it always makes for a good game.
Lao: Alright, the year is 2045, you’ve gone a bit gray up
top. In that year, figure skating was added to the lineup.
How competitive will you remain in that sport, in the year
Jarvis: You'll see me out there wit my Speedo's
on doing a sit spin for my D.C nation. lmao
Lao: Lastly, leave us with a parting thought.
Jarvis: Well I gotta say it's been fun. Always
take care of family put God first and live your life with no
regrets. See ya'll at the BSC. (and Chicago please make sure
your there so I don't have to hear these excuse for another
Lao: Appreciate it man. Next up on The Tonight
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