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Note: This week's celebration of sloth is a slightly less straightforward (read: completely different) version of a story that PCW ran on the Madden Curse (and legacy) earlier this week. Also, I apologize in advance for anything that may happen to
Of course, Madden NFL Football is a huge game. It's EA's golden goose--no, wait, it's more than that. A little over 20 years ago, John Madden was just a man. A former pro footballer and coach turned color commentator. Then, in 1988, Electronic Arts put him on the cover of its new Apple II football game, and--wham!--just like that,
For the latest edition of the game, big chain stores opened at midnight
Forget "Hallmark Holidays"--Electronic Arts has invented its own testosterone-fueled holiday, leaving a trail of gaming widows in its wake. Hey, you can't blame
Of course, with all this success comes the Madden Curse--the NFL's monkey paw. The tale goes something like this: Since 1999, athletes featured on the cover of the game have taken some lumps--some suffered career-threatening injuries, and one guy flat-out retired. But bad juju? C'mon, football is a rough sport. Getting beat up and sidelined comes with the job. Let's break down the past
1999--Garrison Hearst: After running 1570 yards and
2000--Barry Sanders and Dorsey Levens: Sanders is a living legend.
2001--Eddie George: After averaging 4.1 yards per attempt in 2000 and scoring his cover spot, George saw his
2002--Duante Culpepper: After a strong run in 2000, Culpepper started slipping the following season. By the time he appeared on the game's cover, he was well on his way to a lousy record,
2003--Marshall Faulk: Between 1998 and 2001, Faulk blasted past 1300 rushing yards every season. A force on the field, of course he earned a cover spot. In 2002, an ankle injury sidelined him for a couple of weeks.
2004--Michael Vick: We're not superstitious, but
2005--Ray Lewis: A dominating middle linebacker, Lewis actually managed to ward off the jinx long enough to play 15 games the year he appeared on the Madden box. He notched about 145 tackles that season before breaking his arm and sitting out the rest of the season. He didn't fare as well dodging murder charges. Verdict: Curse Blocked
2006--Donovan McNabb: After
2007--Shaun Alexander: Graduating from his stint on the cover of NCAA Football 2001, Alexander led the
2008--Vince Young: The Titan quarterback is the only true survivor so far. Maybe he covered himself in bubble wrap between games. He not only made it through a whole season intact (except for one game where he injured his quadriceps during the first half), but he also actually improved. In the 2007-2008 season, he led his squad to the playoffs, beating back the Colts. Verdict: Curse Lifted!?!?!
Brett Favre's Gauntlet
2009--Brett Favre: Green Bay's golden boy is next on the hit list. Well, maybe we should say "New York's newest Jet" instead. With Favre wearing Wisconsin's green and yellow on the cover of Madden 09, can the star quarterback breathe easy? I'm betting that he retired, left retirement, and then changed teams just hoping that the dreaded Madden mojo would pass over his house. Verdict: Green Bay Fans, Cursing
So, in honor of an awesome new season of Madden Football (really, this version is probably the best I've played in ages...hats off to EA for not mailing it in this year), I decided to exact a little revenge for Packers fans--and
I did my best to tank Favre's virtual season. Fumbles, interceptions, allowing painful sacks...I intentionally made horrible
By the time the sim season was done, the Jets had fought their way
Better luck next year!
Senior Writer Darren Gladstone geeks out over gadgets, games, and odd uses for humdrum tech. In other words, he's a nerd--and he's okay with that.
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