Okay, so chance are, if you are reading this blog, you are a fairly dedicated football fan. And that means you have probably heard of the Madden curse. If you haven’t, it is basically a theory that the athlete that is on the cover of Madden does poorly the next year.
The curse has been especially evident over the past 13 years. Drew Brees and Larry Fitzgerald were the only “exceptions” to the rule. Although Brees’s stats didn’t take a major hit after appearing on the cover of the video game, he did throw a career high 22 interceptions and played almost the whole season with a medial collateral ligament sprain. What about Larry Fitz? He took even less of a hit stat-wise than Brees, but he shared the cover with Troy Polamalu, who took a MAJOR hit, missing 11 games on the season.
This year, there are eight players left in the mix for an appearance on the cover. The finalists are Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers, Danny Woodhead, Jamaal Charles, Peyton Hillis, Adrian Peterson, Michael Vick and Patrick Willis.
All of these players are either top fantasy stars (Brees, Rodgers, Peterson, and Willis [in some formats]) or had huge stat-filled seasons (Charles, Hillis, and Vick). The only one that doesn’t fit in either of these categories is Danny Woodhead.
Maybe, the people who are deciding who goes on the cover decided to give fantasy owners a break and use someone who wouldn’t have as much of a drop. As a yearly fantasy owner, I would appreciate this greatly. However, I don’t think that is the truth. I can’t tell you why they chose who they did to be in the finals, but I can tell you that whoever they chose, beware the curse.