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February 25, 2010

The Madden Curse

Filed under: Uncategorized — jenna732 @ 5:36 pm

Just wondering how many people out there have football superstitions–and in particular, who believes in the “Madden Curse”

I thought it was all a bunch of nonsense–until one of my favorite players and arguably one of the best players in the NFL succumbed to it this season. Yes, Troy Polamalu. I suppose it could be all jut coincidence, but it does seem like a creepy trend…

Another thing I’ve noticed is that a lot of these players who are “cursed” the year they grace the cover seem to come back better than ever in following seasons (ie Brett Favre).



  1. Actually Brett Favre was having a good year when he was on the cover, then there were issues about his shoulder and the Jets tanked. I am definitely a believer in the Madden Curse. Vince Young went crazy. Shaun Alexander got injured and never really recovered. McNabb got hurt as well. Ray Lewis played all year in 2005, but he fought injuries. Michael Vick broke his leg in 2004 and was out all year. Marshall Faulk hit the running back wall. Culpepper had his worst year of his career to date in 2002. Eddie George; see Faulk, Marshall.

    It’s as true as gravity. I feel bad for whoever is going to be on the cover next year.

    Comment by jaymarshburn — February 25, 2010 @ 6:45 pm | Reply

  2. I really try not to be superstitious but it’s hard to question it with what’s happened to all of the players listed. I’m usually shocked by who decides to be on it due to the history. Putting 2 players is even worse since it doubles the curse! Hopefully soon the cover player wins the Super Bowl, but until then we can only wonder…

    Comment by jbassman — February 26, 2010 @ 6:57 pm | Reply

  3. I always try and stay away from drafting the player on the cover in my fantasy football leagues. I don’t really know if the curse is real or not but it’s better to be safe than sorry.

    Comment by robbieshiver — February 28, 2010 @ 10:29 pm | Reply

  4. I don’t believe in the curse. I had Larry Fitzgerald on the fantasy team this year and he was just fine. Guys like Eddie George and Shawn Alexander were both nearly thirty when they were on the cover, which is normally when running backs start to fade anyway.

    McNabb has been hurt at least a few games nearly every season, Vick’s injury was more flukish than anything else, and Polamalu was bound to get hurt sooner or later the way he plays.

    Culpepper, I believe, was more a beneficiary of Randy Moss in his prime rather than being an elite quarterback. And Vince Young was just a special case.

    The point is, it’s easy to point to a curse, but generally there’s a logical explanation as to why the cover seems to be cursed. Believe me, living on the north side of Chicago (i.e. where the Cubs play), I hear about curses all the time. Yes, Bartman is the latest on the list of people/animals/whatever that have “cursed” the Cubs, but what people forget to mention is that the Cubs still choked away that game, and THEN blew game 7. Blaming a curse is just simpler.

    Comment by joeyheld — March 1, 2010 @ 11:28 pm | Reply

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