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Maybe they should just start having John Madden on the cover. It's not like he'll ever get injured.

James Walker: Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu leaves game with likely leg injury

Madden curse strikes back, Polamalu suffers knee injury in season opener

I'm not a typical believer in curses, but at what point does this stop becoming a coincidence?

And if I'm a fantasy owner with Larry Fitzgerald, I'd start biting my nails right about now.




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#2 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.53
    Originally posted by It's False
    And if I'm a fantasy owner with Larry Fitzgerald, I'd start biting my nails right about now.


Just my luck, he was my #1 pick in my money league.

On the plus side, I don't think you can do much better to start off the season than the game that aired last night. Maybe it's because I'm a bit biased towards bruising, low scoring games. But I liked it and I hope the NFL continues to put the Steelers-Titans together once a year. That has to be one of the better non-divisional rivialries going on right now.

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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.05
    Originally posted by It's False
    Maybe they should just start having John Madden on the cover. It's not like he'll ever get injured.



It's too much of a coincidence that just about everyone on the cover since he stopped being on it has has something happen to them. I'm afraid, only slightly, that if he goes back on, he'll die. He's getting up there in age.



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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.47
    Originally posted by Zeruel
      Originally posted by It's False
      Maybe they should just start having John Madden on the cover. It's not like he'll ever get injured.



    It's too much of a coincidence that just about everyone on the cover since he stopped being on it has has something happen to them. I'm afraid, only slightly, that if he goes back on, he'll die. He's getting up there in age.


I know (trust) we are all kidding. Shit happens. I wonder what percentage of starters are injured enough to miss a game or games each season or how many games they are injured during their careers? Plus games lost by position.





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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.34
    Originally posted by DrDirt
    Shit happens.


There's something about this phrase coming from DrDirt that makes it really, really AWESOME.



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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.44
    Originally posted by DrDirt
    I know (trust) we are all kidding. Shit happens. I wonder what percentage of starters are injured enough to miss a game or games each season or how many games they are injured during their careers? Plus games lost by position.


The thing about the Madden curse is that its not just starters who are on the cover, but starters who excelled the previous year, meaning they most likely weren't injured that year. After going 16+ games without injury, wouldn't that increase the odds that you'll get injured the following year? How many starters have back-to-back years without incident?



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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.05
    Originally posted by EddieBurkett
    After going 16+ games without injury, wouldn't that increase the odds that you'll get injured the following year? How many starters have back-to-back years without incident?


The curse isn't just injury, it's also poor performance the year they're on the cover. Every single player on the cover (except for Fitzgerald) has been injured or preformed poorly that season.

I don't have a year by year account in front of me, but I'm sure alot will be made out about it this weekend. I'm half tempted to do the research myself.



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Oh believe me, someone's already done it.
http://www.snopes.com/sports/football/maddencurse.asp

The problem is that there's always something negative you could blame on a curse. The most ridiculous is the "curse" that befell Eddie George.


  • 2001:   The 2001 cover of Madden NFL featured Tennessee Titans running back Eddie George, who the previous year had led his team to the Super Bowl (where they came up just short against the St. Louis Rams). Although George enjoyed his best season ever (in terms of yards gained rushing and touchdowns scored) in 2000, he bobbled a pass (that was subsequently intercepted and returned for a touchdown) in the Titans' season-ending Divisional Playoff loss to the Baltimore Ravens.



That's the curse? That he bobbled a pass at one point, and his team ended up losing to the Baltimore Ravens? They make it sound like every person who ends up on the cover could have expected to have passing/rushing/tackling for career bests and be named Super Bowl MVP the following season.
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#9 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.05
    Originally posted by Mr. Boffo


    That's the curse? That he bobbled a pass at one point, and his team ended up losing to the Baltimore Ravens? They make it sound like every person who ends up on the cover could have expected to have passing/rushing/tackling for career bests and be named Super Bowl MVP the following season.


Yeah, that is weak, at best. A better case for the curse is that the next season (2001-2002) his numbers dropped off from rushing 403 times for 1509 yards to 315 times for 939 yards. A drop of 37.7%. Even that is pretty weak. If he rushed for 2000 yards and dropped to 1400, one could argue he still had a great year.

George might be the one exception.



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#10 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.73
    Originally posted by Zeruel
      Originally posted by Mr. Boffo


      That's the curse? That he bobbled a pass at one point, and his team ended up losing to the Baltimore Ravens? They make it sound like every person who ends up on the cover could have expected to have passing/rushing/tackling for career bests and be named Super Bowl MVP the following season.


    Yeah, that is weak, at best. A better case for the curse is that the next season (2001-2002) his numbers dropped off from rushing 403 times for 1509 yards to 315 times for 939 yards. A drop of 37.7%. Even that is pretty weak. If he rushed for 2000 yards and dropped to 1400, one could argue he still had a great year.

    George might be the one exception.


Vince Young only missed one game, in a season that he made the playoffs. That one is also pretty weak. (Now if you want to count everything subsequent as the curse...)



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#11 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.39
    Originally posted by hansen9j
    Vince Young only missed one game, in a season that he made the playoffs. That one is also pretty weak. (Now if you want to count everything subsequent as the curse...)

He only missed one game but if I recall correctly, I believe he had really crappy numbers, with his interceptions far exceeding his TDs.

Favre, McNabb, and Vick are the best examples of the curse IMO. All decently durable quarterbacks that basically start every single game. McNabb and Vick go out with extremely serious injuries. Favre doesn't miss a start of course but has what amounts to the worst injury of his career. He also basically tanked the seasons of two teams, so that might fit in there with the whole curse thing.

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#12 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.63
    Originally posted by Zeruel
      Originally posted by Mr. Boffo


      That's the curse? That he bobbled a pass at one point, and his team ended up losing to the Baltimore Ravens? They make it sound like every person who ends up on the cover could have expected to have passing/rushing/tackling for career bests and be named Super Bowl MVP the following season.


    Yeah, that is weak, at best. A better case for the curse is that the next season (2001-2002) his numbers dropped off from rushing 403 times for 1509 yards to 315 times for 939 yards. A drop of 37.7%. Even that is pretty weak. If he rushed for 2000 yards and dropped to 1400, one could argue he still had a great year.

    George might be the one exception.


It sounds better for curse purposes if you say he never topped 4 yards per carry again after appearing on the Madden cover. Although looking at http://www.nfl.com/players/profile?id=GEO098287 he only ever did that twice in his career, which is kinda surprising (to me anyway).

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