The Madden Curse Strikes Again

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The Madden Curse Strikes Again

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The infamous Madden Curse has struck again, sending cover athlete Troy Polamalu of the Pittsburgh Steelers to the inactive list for three to six weeks with an injured knee ligament.

When will these NFL players learn that what money and minimal fame they might earn from being on the cover of Madden NFL isn't worth the cost? Would you really put your body at the risk of serious bodily harm courtesy of the Madden Curse simply for tons and tons of cash? I suppose that's something you say yes to simply by deciding to be a professional football player, so I guess it's not that big of a leap.

Or maybe some NFL players think they can dodge the Madden Curse, the superstition that states that anyone on the cover of a Madden game will suffer some kind of injury or misfortune which will send their careers into a downward spiral. It has happened before, and it happened just now: one of the two players on this year's edition of the game, Troy Polamalu of the Steelers, just injured a ligament in his left knee and will thus be forced onto the sidelines for three to six weeks.

Doesn't sound that bad? Just wait. He'll miss all six weeks and his stats will drop like crazy, everybody will forget about him, and he'll lose his sponsorship deal with Campbell's Chunky Soup. And let's not forget that there's another guy on the cover - Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald - who needs to get his share of the Curse as well. I would just quit while I'm ahead if I were that guy.

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What was the last cover-star on Madden injured?

ThePeiceOfEden:
What was the last cover-star on Madden injured?

It was Brett Favre, remember? I guess he wasn't injured, but that whole "comeback" thing didn't go to well as far as I can remember.

To be honest, i think they deserve it, but thats mostly cause i hate sports stars in general. something is profoundly wrong with getting enough money to feed a small town worth of homeless for chasing after bound pieces of leather or cloth, or hitting them with various objects.

Here's hoping the madden curse stays strong for years to come, hopefully until these people stop posing for it and the game falls into obscurity like any game that is basically a rehash of the same game you bought a year ago should.

wasn't this curse debunked a while ago as a load of crap?

Oh god i was watching this game last night and i thought the same thing, if i were Fitzgeralnd i wouldnt play this season. They should just start putting retired players on the cover. Keane you got a football team? Cos i remember i took you down with my lakers some time back.

Keane Ng:

ThePeiceOfEden:
What was the last cover-star on Madden injured?

It was Brett Favre, remember? I guess he wasn't injured, but that whole "comeback" thing didn't go to well as far as I can remember.

Well, his whole shoulder thing came up on the comeback. Sucks to hear that the curse is still in effect.

xmetatr0nx:
Oh god i was watching this game last night and i thought the same thing, if i were Fitzgeralnd i wouldnt play this season. They should just start putting retired players on the cover. Keane you got a football team? Cos i remember i took you down with my lakers some time back.

I don't really watch football, though I guess I'm a Niners guy by default. Also the Lakers are garbage.

cleverlymadeup:
wasn't this curse debunked a while ago as a load of crap?

I think the idea is that it's not so much a curse as it is just what happens - people playing pro football do tend to get injured one way or another, regardless of whether they're on a game cover or not.

But I believe in the Curse.

Keane Ng:

xmetatr0nx:
Oh god i was watching this game last night and i thought the same thing, if i were Fitzgeralnd i wouldnt play this season. They should just start putting retired players on the cover. Keane you got a football team? Cos i remember i took you down with my lakers some time back.

I don't really watch football, though I guess I'm a Niners guy by default. Also the Lakers are garbage.

The Niners are garbage. The Steelers (Assuming we're talking football) are better than all your shitty Californian teams >:D We'll bring the Steel Curtain down on you, Keane. And then strangle you with the adjuster :D

Snopes on the Madden Curse. It's kinda uncanny, even if it is just superstition.

http://www.snopes.com/sports/football/maddencurse.asp

2000 - Sanders/Levens - Sanders retired, Levens suffered an injury and was cut in 2001.
2001 - Eddie George - Hampered by injuries and suffered from an all time low in yards
2002 - Dante Culpeper - Knee injury, missed the final 5 games of the year and was never the same again.
2003 - Marshal Faulk - Suffered an ankle injury and dropped below 1000 all purpose yards for the first time in 3 years.
2004 - Mike Vick - Fractured Fibula the day after the game came out.
2005 - Ray Lewis - Torn Hamstring
2006 - McNabb - Sports Hernia in first game of the season. Opted for surgery after playing with pain to miss final 7 games.
2007 - Shawn Alexander - Broke his left foot 3 weeks into the season.
2008 - Vince Young - Got off light because he was a rookie. Only missed one game, but it was the first time in his carrier he missed a game due to injury.

It's an interesting thing.

Keane Ng:
Raiders are the best

Oh keane dont be bitter cos Nor Cal teams are the B squads. Then again it could be worse you could be a Raider fan...then i probably wouldnt mess with you, youd end up stabbing me.

JimmyBassatti:

Keane Ng:

xmetatr0nx:
Oh god i was watching this game last night and i thought the same thing, if i were Fitzgeralnd i wouldnt play this season. They should just start putting retired players on the cover. Keane you got a football team? Cos i remember i took you down with my lakers some time back.

I don't really watch football, though I guess I'm a Niners guy by default. Also the Lakers are garbage.

The Niners are garbage. The Steelers (Assuming we're talking football) are better than all your shitty Californian teams >:D We'll bring the Steel Curtain down on you, Keane. And then strangle you with the adjuster :D

Steelers, pfft wait til you guys crumble against the Pats again.

xmetatr0nx:

Keane Ng:
Raiders are the best

Oh keane dont be bitter cos Nor Cal teams are the B squads. Then again it could be worse you could be a Raider fan...then i probably wouldnt mess with you, youd end up stabbing me.

JimmyBassatti:

Keane Ng:

xmetatr0nx:
Oh god i was watching this game last night and i thought the same thing, if i were Fitzgeralnd i wouldnt play this season. They should just start putting retired players on the cover. Keane you got a football team? Cos i remember i took you down with my lakers some time back.

I don't really watch football, though I guess I'm a Niners guy by default. Also the Lakers are garbage.

The Niners are garbage. The Steelers (Assuming we're talking football) are better than all your shitty Californian teams >:D We'll bring the Steel Curtain down on you, Keane. And then strangle you with the adjuster :D

Steelers, pfft wait til you guys crumble against the Pats again.

Dude, we fucking kicked ass last year. We were the underdogs of teh SUPA BOWLZ! WE'RE GONNA GET A SEVENTH THIS YEAR! :D

JimmyBassatti:
Terrible towel

That was last year Bassatti, quit living in the past. Its a whole new season. You guys barely won last night. Talk to me week 15 when you guys are 6-8.

xmetatr0nx:

JimmyBassatti:
Terrible towel

That was last year Bassatti, quit living in the past. Its a whole new season. You guys barely won last night. Talk to me week 15 when you guys are 6-8.

Where I come from, "brah", dems fightin' words >:D
Anyone up for starting an Escapist 2009 Super Bowl Thread, and bet/etc. on who is gonna win? It's not a big surprise, though. Everyone knows them Iron City Boys are gonna take what is ours >:D

JimmyBassatti:

xmetatr0nx:

JimmyBassatti:
Terrible towel

That was last year Bassatti, quit living in the past. Its a whole new season. You guys barely won last night. Talk to me week 15 when you guys are 6-8.

Where I come from, "brah", dems fightin' words >:D
Anyone up for starting an Escapist 2009 Super Bowl Thread, and bet/etc. on who is gonna win? It's not a big surprise, though. Everyone knows them Iron City Boys are gonna take what is ours >:D

What theres like 7 sports fans on the escapist? The rest are resentful people, dont know how successful that would be. Either way its going to be Patriots v. Packers for the superbowl.

xmetatr0nx:

JimmyBassatti:

xmetatr0nx:

JimmyBassatti:
Terrible towel

That was last year Bassatti, quit living in the past. Its a whole new season. You guys barely won last night. Talk to me week 15 when you guys are 6-8.

Where I come from, "brah", dems fightin' words >:D
Anyone up for starting an Escapist 2009 Super Bowl Thread, and bet/etc. on who is gonna win? It's not a big surprise, though. Everyone knows them Iron City Boys are gonna take what is ours >:D

Whats there like 7 sports fans on the escapist? The rest are resentful people, dont know how successful that would be. Either way its going to be Patriots v. Packers for the superbowl.

Yeah right. You seem to have a lot of fate in The Patriots xD
Packers are shit, and won't get close. Patriots will get close, but get their chance nabbed away.

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Holy fuck, it's a Klingon.

lol it happens every time

JimmyBassatti:
Yeah right. You seem to have a lot of fate in The Patriots xD
Packers are shit, and won't get close. Patriots will get close, but get their chance nabbed away.

The pack is my sleeper team, no one else in the NFC comes cloes. Vikings are going to break down like Favre tends to do at the end of the season, who else is there Bears? Broncos? All the south teams are a mess. Also as for the Pats, theyre not my fav but Bradys got something to prove and they always have a super under-rated defense.

Woo my titans lost but we took out their top defensive player and nailed Big Ben a few good times. ... If only we hadn't of gone to the 3 man rush...

Jhereg42:

2008 - Vince Young - Got off light because he was a rookie. Only missed one game, but it was the first time in his carrier he missed a game due to injury.

It's an interesting thing.

Is Vince Young clinically depressed though? Lost his starting job and respect around the league - curse in full effect.

I don't want to see Fitzgerald hurt but I'd settle for a poor percentage season as my team is in the NFC West and he's a beast.

Why don't they take advantage of this? If you got a curse that makes it so whoever you put on the cover of Madden meets misfortune, then your probably the luckiest f*%$ing person on the entire planet.

Vicks conviction for dog fighting: curse or stupidity?

I'm still rooting for the Vikes this year, they never fail to disappoint.

I miss John Randle...

EA must do some kind of voodoo chant before they release they games. Yikes.

GamerLuck:
To be honest, i think they deserve it, but thats mostly cause i hate sports stars in general. something is profoundly wrong with getting enough money to feed a small town worth of homeless for chasing after bound pieces of leather or cloth, or hitting them with various objects.

Here's hoping the madden curse stays strong for years to come, hopefully until these people stop posing for it and the game falls into obscurity like any game that is basically a rehash of the same game you bought a year ago should.

Troy gives so much back to community and is one of the gentlest people on Earth. Do a little research before you go spouting out that people DESERVE to be injured like that. I'm sorry your puny ass got picked on by jocks in high school, but talking like that makes you just as bad. Wishing pain and injury on a person is pathetic.

JimmyBassatti:

xmetatr0nx:

JimmyBassatti:
Terrible towel

That was last year Bassatti, quit living in the past. Its a whole new season. You guys barely won last night. Talk to me week 15 when you guys are 6-8.

Where I come from, "brah", dems fightin' words >:D
Anyone up for starting an Escapist 2009 Super Bowl Thread, and bet/etc. on who is gonna win? It's not a big surprise, though. Everyone knows them Iron City Boys are gonna take what is ours >:D

Also, Vikings. Their only flaw last year was no QB. As much as I hate him, Favre is a decent QB.

CoziestPigeon:

JimmyBassatti:

xmetatr0nx:

JimmyBassatti:
Terrible towel

That was last year Bassatti, quit living in the past. Its a whole new season. You guys barely won last night. Talk to me week 15 when you guys are 6-8.

Where I come from, "brah", dems fightin' words >:D
Anyone up for starting an Escapist 2009 Super Bowl Thread, and bet/etc. on who is gonna win? It's not a big surprise, though. Everyone knows them Iron City Boys are gonna take what is ours >:D

Also, Vikings. Their only flaw last year was no QB. As much as I hate him, Favre is a decent QB.

The Vikes are choke artists. Always have been, always will be. As a Minnesotan, I tried my best to put my faith in them, but they have done nothing but let me down.

sturryz:
Why don't they take advantage of this? If you got a curse that makes it so whoever you put on the cover of Madden meets misfortune, then your probably the luckiest f*%$ing person on the entire planet.

It's like a video game cover Death Note.

xmetatr0nx:

JimmyBassatti:
Yeah right. You seem to have a lot of fate in The Patriots xD
Packers are shit, and won't get close. Patriots will get close, but get their chance nabbed away.

The pack is my sleeper team, no one else in the NFC comes cloes. Vikings are going to break down like Favre tends to do at the end of the season, who else is there Bears? Broncos? All the south teams are a mess. Also as for the Pats, theyre not my fav but Bradys got something to prove and they always have a super under-rated defense.

How about the Giants, Eagles, Redskins, Bears, Vikings, Cowboys, Falcons, Saints, and Panthers (not seeing how the last three are a mess)? I'd take any of them ahead of the Packers. Everyone is hyping up the Pack and Aaron Rodgers because of the pre-season, which makes absolutely no sense. The Lions went 4-0 last season. Just sayin'. I expect Rodgers to decrease in production slightly (which should still make him a top 10 NFL QB), but I'd put money on the fact that Ryan Grant will get 1400+ yards on the ground.

The strangest thing is that I'm actually a Packers fan. I guess I'm just super pessimistic?

PS: Broncos are in the AFC and hilariously awful :)

doesnt fight night have a curse has well? from wat i remember roy jones was on the cover and after that he's been in a downwards spiral since

Keane Ng:

cleverlymadeup:
wasn't this curse debunked a while ago as a load of crap?

I think the idea is that it's not so much a curse as it is just what happens - people playing pro football do tend to get injured one way or another, regardless of whether they're on a game cover or not.

But I believe in the Curse.

it just points out how dangerous football is

xmetatr0nx:

JimmyBassatti:
Yeah right. You seem to have a lot of fate in The Patriots xD
Packers are shit, and won't get close. Patriots will get close, but get their chance nabbed away.

who else is there Bears? Broncos? All the south teams are a mess.

*Throws down gloves*

mjhhiv:
How about the Giants, Eagles, Redskins, Bears, Vikings, Cowboys, Falcons, Saints, and Panthers (not seeing how the last three are a mess)? I'd take any of them ahead of the Packers. Everyone is hyping up the Pack and Aaron Rodgers because of the pre-season, which makes absolutely no sense. The Lions went 4-0 last season. Just sayin'. I expect Rodgers to decrease in production slightly (which should still make him a top 10 NFL QB), but I'd put money on the fact that Ryan Grant will get 1400+ yards on the ground.

The strangest thing is that I'm actually a Packers fan. I guess I'm just super pessimistic?

PS: Broncos are in the AFC and hilariously awful :)

The lions went 4-0 last season? Which lions were you watching, cos the ones the rest of ameirca saw weht 0-16. Falcons will put too much emphasis on their QB to have that amazing rookie season he had, which he probably wont, even so it wasnt enough to go all the way. Michael Turner has lost ground because of the 370 rule, which i think is rather stupid but the stats speak for themselves. I completely forgot about the Skins, they might actually be rather good, im not placing anything down on them yet since they have been so disappointed the last 4 years. Carolina, im still not sold on either, the way Jake Delhomme ended his season last year was terrifying, he still has to prove himself. Finally the saints ive never had much faith in, They have faced decreasing production from its top recievers and Reggie Bush is a complete bust, in my mind. They need a few more consistant parts to really get going.

cleverlymadeup:
wasn't this curse debunked a while ago as a load of crap?

No, that was Tutankhamun's curse.

This...this is something else

Keane Ng:

ThePeiceOfEden:
What was the last cover-star on Madden injured?

It was Brett Favre, remember? I guess he wasn't injured, but that whole "comeback" thing didn't go to well as far as I can remember.

Oh my god I live in Wisconsin and his whole I wanna retire now I dont want to reire now I want to retire now I dont want to retire now I want to retire and now I dont want to retire x50 made me want to smash my head into a wall again and again and again. Especially since EVERYBODY was on his side and it was litterally everywhere. I am so glad they said fuck you we are tired of your shit and gave him to somebody else. Wasnt so bad but then he did it again. when will the man learn.

Sorry I just kinda needed to rant about that.

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