Who will be Mr. Madden?
Confession... I'm hooked on Madden! There I said it...
The Madden cover is finally down to four finalist which include both Vick and Rodgers!
Here's the problem: They call it the Madden Curse but I'm saved so I don't believe in a curse of any kind. I do believe in falling on bad times and I truly believe that starts with winning the Madden cover. lmao
The final four are: Aaron Rodgers, Peyton Hillis, Michael Vick adn Adrian Peterson. I agree with every selection of than Peterson. I can't believe you nuts voted Peterson over Drew Brees. You should be ashamed!
Anywho, voting continues and will wrap up this weekend. I hope Rodgers wins it to be honest. Vick doesn't need the "curse" or "hard times" that come along with winning the cover. I'm just saying...
You can vote here: http://espn.go.com/sportsnation/feature/madden2012cover
More on the Madden Curse for those that may not know what it is- via Wikipedia
Before 1999 the Madden NFL series primarily featured John Madden on its cover. (Please tell me you know who that is) In 1999, EA selected Garrison Hearst to appear on the cover and has since featured one of the NFLs best on every cover. Now trust be being on the cover is an honor (kind of like being on the Wheaties box) but there is a "jinx" that comes along with the honor of appearing on the video game box. The jinx includes a decline in performance or injury.
- After Eddie George won the cover in 2001, George never averaged more than 3.3 yards per carry for the rest of his career.
- Duante Culpepper appeared on the Madden 2002 cover and then he threw 23 interceptions as the Vikings slumped to a 5–11 record. He also broke the record for most fumbles in a single season. While his career looked to be back on track in 2004 with a career season, he blew out both knees in 2005 and 2006 and never resembled the player he was at the start of the decade.
- Marshall Faulk appeared on the 2003 cover, and his career severely declined afterwards. He did not register another 1,000 yard rushing season and his yards per carry average dropped from a consistent 5.4 over the previous three years to 4.5 in 2002 and 4.0 in 2003 and 2004. He started 21 out of a possible 32 games from 2002–2003 as knee injuries got the better of him. He underwent reconstructive knee surgery in 2005 and retired that same year.
- After appearing on the cover in 2004, Michael Vick broke his leg in pre-season and missed the first 12 games, with the Atlanta Falcons going 5–11.
- Ray Lewis, 2005 cover athlete and middle linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens, had his season cut short in week 15 with a wrist injury. It was also Lewis' first season without an interception.
- In 2006, Phiadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb tore the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and meniscus in his right knee while jumping out of bounds in a game versus the Titans ending his season. McNabb also suffered a sports hernia in the first game of the season.
- Shaun Alexander was featured on the cover of in 2007 and sustained a foot injury that caused him to miss six starts. As a result, Alexander’s rushing statistics were substantially less than those from the previous season, and he never returned to true form Alexander himself has asked, “Do you want to be hurt and on the cover, or just hurt?"
- Madden 08 cover featured Vince Young of the Tennessee Titans. Young missed one game of the 2007 season due to a minor injury, but for the rest of the season was roughly even with his 2006 performance. When Young appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live to officially announce that he would appear on the cover of Madden NFL 2008, he derided allegations of becoming the curse’s next victim, and stated, “I've done prayed about it and we're gonna go home and try to get to the playoffs and try to get to the Super Bowl. We'll see what happens."
- Brett Favre appeared on the cover of Madden NFL 2009 as a Green Bay Packer, under the impression that Favre was retired. However, shortly after the decision, Favre came back out of retirement and was traded to the New York Jets, which prompted EA to release a new cover online. Though he did not miss any games, he led the league in interceptions throwing 22. He later admitted to suffering a torn biceps injury, which Favre says may have affected his gameplay during the final five games of his first and only season with the New York Jets, who missed the playoffs at 9–7 after starting the season 8–3.Favre threw 2 touchdowns and 9 interceptions in the last 5 games of the season.
- On September 10, 2009, Larry Fitzgerald, wide receiver for the Arizona Cardinals and strong believer in the curse, and safety Troy Polamalu of the Pittsburgh Steelers, were both featured on the cover of Madden NFL 10. Polamalu sprained his MCL in the first half of the season opener and missed the next four games. After returning, Polamalu played in three more games before injuring his posterior cruciate ligament on November 14, 2009 against Cincinnati, and missed more games as a result. Fitzgerald, on the other hand, started all 16 regular season and both playoff games for the Cardinals. He did not attend the pro bowl due to a rib injury, leaving Steve Smith of the New York Giants, to take his spot in the 2010 Pro Bowl. He recorded 97 receptions (third-most of his NFL career), 1,092 yards (fourth-most), and a career-high 13 touchdowns.
- On January 8 Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints lost to the Seattle Seahawks in the fist round of the playoffs. The Seahawks were eight seeded and were the first team with a 7-9 record to make the playoffs. The score was 36-41 Seahawks.
So there you have it! Judge for yourself. There is something to what folks are saying about the cover and the curse.