Personally I wasn't ever too big on sports games BUT I was a huge fan of games like NFL Blitz, NBA Jam, Ready 2 Rumble, SSX, etc. I miss those unrealistic sports titles. 😥
Did you ever play NHL Hitz 2002-2003 or Pro from Midway? Really fantastic Ice Hockey game in the vein of unrealistic but just focused so much on fun. There was 3 of them during the PS2/GC/Xbox era, available on all 3 systems.
Fancy hearing me on an amateur podcast with friends gushing over one of my favourite games? https://youtu.be/1I7JfMMxhf8