You have to set it to 1280x960 before you run the patcher, then you can patch to your desktop resolution (1440x900, right?).
I see you have an X-Fi. You can enable EAX under advanced sound options.
Not sure what the loading screen crash is about. Are you using any mods?
"They should rename the team to the Washington Government Sucks. Put Obama on the helmet. Line the entire walls of the stadium with the actual text of the ACA.
Fix their home team score on the board to the debt clock, they can win every game 17,000,000,000,000 to 24. Losing team gets taxed by the IRS 100%, then droned."