August 1, 2007

I would not describe myself as a superstitious fellow. I don’t believe in the the 7 years of bad luck from breaking a mirror, walking under a ladder, something about a black cat…I don’t pay attention to any of it. But at a certain point, some phenomenas go beyond superstition…and step into the world of undeniable fact. I am talking of course…about the Madden Curse.

For those of you who may not be aware, the Madden Curse comes from the popular Madden video game series from EA Sports. Until 2001, John Madden put his ugly mug on the cover of every Madden title, not unlike Oprah does with her magazine (don’t get my started on that). Finally somebody stopped the insanity, and decided that it would be a good idea to have a different star player adorn the cover each year. The myth suggests that a player’s appearance on the cover, will be shortly followed by a curse (either injury, or poor performance). Sounds ridiculous right? Well look at the facts sucka….

note: Madden is released prior to the regular NFL season. For example Madden 2007 is actually released in the late summer of 2006.

2001: Eddie George is the first player to appear by himself on the cover of a Madden title. That year, he loses a fumble that costs the Titans the AFC Championship game. A toe injury plagues Eddie the entire following season.

2002: Daunte Culpepper appears on the cover, and plays 11 games of what was turning out to be a poor season(13 int, 14 td passes). He was not able to play through the rest of the season due to a problematic back injury.

2003: Marshall Faulk missed several games due to an ankle injury, after appearing on the cover. Although he had a productive season (for what he was able to play), he would never again break 1,000 yards.

2004: Michael Vick fractures his right fibula in a pre-season game, and was not able to play until the final five games of the season. Now look where he is.

2005: Baltimore’s Ray Lewis appears on the cover of Madden, and breaks his wrist that same season.

2006: Donovan McNabb appears on the 2005 Madden cover. In the 2004/2005 season opener he suffers a sports hernia…but continues to play. In game 11 of the same season, he suffers a groin injury and his season is ended early. McNabb is also cursed off the field that year, via an ongoing feud with former teammate Terrell Owens.

2007: Shaun Alexander misses six games due to a broken foot the same year that he appears on the Madden 07 cover. Also, the author of this blog is foolish enough to draft the Seattle running back in fantasy football. Thanks allot Shaun.

What does all of this mean? My theory is that John Madden has cursed these players for steeling his spotlight, with the hopes that EA will eventually put him back on the cover. Well the curse could stop here, due to the fact that there was a “Hall of Fame Edition” of Madden 2007 released with such a cover. Will this satisfy the monster, or will the carnage continue? I guess we will find out this year, as Vince Young has been announced as the cover boy for Madden 08.


3 Responses to “Maddening”

  1. thefullbug Says:

    Great post. Love the blog, man!

  2. […] 1st, 2007 I told myself that I was going to slow down on the sports topics after my Madden Curse entry. Although sports are a major interest of mine, I don’t want teh.awful to be a sports […]

  3. Patrick Says:

    Wow, you replied in August and it wasn’t until today that I see the response had not been approved. I lose. Glad you enjoy the blog, hopefully you are still reading.

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