It's that time of the year again, when the world gets to find out who will be gracing the cover of the new Madden NFL video game. While it may be an exciting prospect to have your favorite player as the poster boy for one of the most famous video game franchises, it has also caused plenty of fear the last few years. The Reason? The Madden Curse.
You've likely heard of the curse before, but just to recap it basically means that if you're unlucky enough to be on the cover, then you will either have an awful statistical year, get hurt, or fail magnificently at some point during the season. While that may sound crazy to most people, there is strangely a significant amount of evidence to back it up. In some form or another, whether it was the year they appeared on the cover, or the year after, every single player with the exception of Larry Fitzgerald from last year (he and Troy Polamalu split cover, Polamalu got hurt), has experienced either an injury, statistical off-year, or some form of an epic fail at some point in the season. (Favre led Jets to 1-4 record to close season and missed playoffs)
However, things may be different this year. That's because the Madden franchise let the cover boy be chosen in a different way for the 2011 version of the game. They let the fans vote on who would get the honor, and not surprisingly, the fans voted for Drew Brees. Coming off a great season in which he led his team to a Super Bowl title it's interesting to wonder if Brees won the fan vote because people really like him, or if they're hoping the curse strikes again, ensuring the Saints won't repeat as league champs. I'd have to say it's because fans really like him, because let's face it, he is an extremely likable player. Not to mention, with all the bad luck that New Orleans has seen in the last decade, I've got a feeling that Brees and the Saints have just too much good karma going for them at this point. Which means Brees will be the one to break the Madden Curse mold.
If he's not, I guess it could always be interesting how Missouri alum Chase Daniel would fare as an NFL starter. But let's just hope it doesn't come to that.