SB Nation had a good thing going, picking winners of the first round of the NBA Playoffs using awful games like Bill Laimbeer's Combat Basketball and IN THE ZONE '98. But then the Miami-Philadelphia series was simulated using Streets of Rage. Streets of Rage is not a crappy video game.
See the link for the whole thing - with video - but writer Jon Bois' best laugh lines are his "keys to the game" for Oklahoma City and Denver, simulated using Barkley Shut Up and Jam.
• Shut up and jam. • Shut up as well as jam. • Be quiet in addition to jam. • Remain silent, lest jam be delayed or canceled altogether.