From the article: "Way back in a magical decade known as the 80s, there were these places called arcades and me and my friends would ride our bikes there in the summer and pump these games full of quarters. The original great sports game was Atari Football. This was that table-top style game where the X's played against the O's and the players were controlled by black rolling balls at either end. By the end of the game, you A) were sweaty B) had black hands and C) had pinched your hands a dozen times in the opening between the ball and the console.
This version was much better than the Atari 2600 football which was basically three on three or four on four football. What made this game both horrible and great was that the entire field was on one screen and you could guide the pass after you threw it. My trademark play was to back all the way into one corner of the end zone and throw a pass to the other end zone that traveled diagonally across the field – probably about 150 yards in the air. It would be somewhat challenging to do in real football, but it was a snap on the Atari."