The Madden Curse Strikes Again

The curse is back and you may not necessarily believe in them, but really. Are all these injuries that occur to the Madden NFL Cover Athletes a coincidence? Let’s look at the facts:

Troy Polamalu is on the cover of the latest installment in the Madden NFL series, Madden NFL 10, from EA Sports. Late in the first half, Polamalu left the game with an apparent knee injury. The injury kept him questionable for the second half, and eventually shelved him for the rest of the game.

Then the bad news came: Polamalu was going to be out three to six weeks with a sprained MCL in his knee. This means Polamalu joins the likes of Daunte Culpepper, Michael Vick, Ray Lewis, Donovan McNabb, Shaun Alexander, Vince Young, and Brett Favre. Polamalu shares the cover with Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald, so fantasy owners will have to cross their fingers and hope that the curse does not hit him and the desert. Fitzgerald has prayed that the curse avoids him, and is one of the very first players to actually acknowledge the curse and what it can do.

Many people wonder: why be on the cover? Well, the money is always nice for one, you get more exposure as a player, and these players are going to go about everyday lives. Madden is so popular that it is the only NFL simulation on the market. Nobody has been able to compete with that game for years. It has blown up so big that there are Madden tournaments not just among fans, but the players as well.

If Fitzgerald does end up on the sidelines, maybe it will be time to really start thinking that it’s time to put John Madden back on the cover of the game. At least players stayed healthy and weren’t getting hurt the season after they were on the cover of the game.

But with the exposure and money that comes along with it, how hard is it to resist?

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