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PostSubject: Madden curse?   Madden curse? Icon_minitimeSun Sep 13, 2009 11:10 am

with polamalu out for an expected 3 - 6 weeks the madden curse has struck again...

for those who dont know the so called "madden curse" affects the player which is on the cover of the Madden game. The next season they usually play horribly or have something go very wrong for them. examples of this is brett favre last year and michael vick a few years before...

this year it has struck polamalu but will it hit fitzgerald???
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PostSubject: Re: Madden curse?   Madden curse? Icon_minitimeSun Sep 13, 2009 12:09 pm

No, Fitzgerald will be the exception that proves the rule.
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PostSubject: Re: Madden curse?   Madden curse? Icon_minitimeSun Sep 13, 2009 12:30 pm

hmm good thinking, but did something happen to brett favre in 2009?
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PostSubject: Re: Madden curse?   Madden curse? Icon_minitimeSun Sep 13, 2009 12:58 pm

his worst season ever....

and the amount of ints he threw was stupid....
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PostSubject: Re: Madden curse?   Madden curse? Icon_minitimeSun Sep 13, 2009 1:05 pm

i see, thats plausable..well i reckon something has to happen to fitzgerald i think for it to keep going. just a personal opinion, time will tell
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PostSubject: Re: Madden curse?   Madden curse? Icon_minitimeSun Sep 13, 2009 1:11 pm

Fitzgerald is extremely durable. A few of my American friends and I had a discussion about this, and felt the most likely thing to happen would be Warner getting hurt again. But even then, Boldin's numbers would be the first to take a hit there, because Fitz is nigh on unplayable for anyone whose name isn't Nnamdi Asomugha.
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PostSubject: Re: Madden curse?   Madden curse? Icon_minitimeMon Sep 14, 2009 1:54 am

speaking of polamalu, his intercept was maddd!! hope he aint out for long, one of my favourite players
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PostSubject: Re: Madden curse?   Madden curse? Icon_minitimeMon Sep 14, 2009 2:38 am

Fitzgerald had a decent game against 49ers, 1 TD and around 100 yards recieving. Cards beaten by 49ers
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PostSubject: Re: Madden curse?   Madden curse? Icon_minitimeMon Sep 14, 2009 3:02 am

its only one game though.... madden curse can still strike Razz
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PostSubject: Re: Madden curse?   Madden curse? Icon_minitimeMon Sep 14, 2009 1:58 pm

Considering the fact Breaston didn't play and Boldin was obviously underdone, Fitzgerald managed to put up respectable numbers. That has to concern other teams around the league, knowing that when the other two are at full fitness the Cards will spread their secondary thin.
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PostSubject: Re: Madden curse?   Madden curse? Icon_minitimeSat Sep 19, 2009 9:02 am

Spewin that Pola's out, my fav Safety, player like Harrison, Farrior and others will have to lift. Fitzgerald doesn't look like having a grand season with Kurt off form, but He's good when given the chance.
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PostSubject: Re: Madden curse?   Madden curse? Icon_minitimeWed Jun 02, 2010 11:35 pm

sooooo Drew Brees is on this years cover of madden.

what do you predict will happen to him lol
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PostSubject: Re: Madden curse?   Madden curse? Icon_minitimeWed Jun 02, 2010 11:49 pm

First game, he gets his arse sacked and dislocates a shoulder or something.
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PostSubject: Re: Madden curse?   Madden curse? Icon_minitimeThu Jun 03, 2010 2:22 am

i was thinking an elbow haha
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PostSubject: Re: Madden curse?   Madden curse? Icon_minitimeThu Jun 03, 2010 8:28 am

Its funny all the bs that came when Favre got it. They changed the Madden Cruse around starting to say that it was all the 'negativity' with his fall out with the Packers to go to the Jets that was already the curse in action.

I've got a shoulder, Brees out will make a Colts SB win and Peyton MVP certain.
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PostSubject: Re: Madden curse?   Madden curse? Icon_minitimeThu Aug 05, 2010 1:00 am

Michael Fabiano wrote:
If you're an NFL fan or a fantasy football enthusiast, you've likely heard of the dreaded Madden cover curse. Even for those who consider jinxes or hexes to be foolish, it's hard to overlook the fact that whoever has donned the cover of the video game has suffered from an injury or some sort of decrease in overall statistical success.

The curse brings additional interest this season, as fantasy superstar quarterback Drew Brees will appear on the cover of the 2011 version. In an effort to help fantasy leaguers decide if this infamous hex is actually reason enough to pass on Brees in drafts, here's a look back at the stories of former cover athletes.

Garrison Hearst, RB, 49ers (1999): Hearst was the first athlete to be seen on a "Madden" cover (John Madden was on the cover in previous seasons). He rushed for a career-best 1,570 yards and seven touchdowns in the 1998 season, but Hearst would sustain a serious ankle ailment in a postseason loss to the Falcons and wasn't able to return to action until 2001.

Barry Sanders, RB, Lions (2000): Sanders rushed for 1,491 yards in 1998 and was scheduled to be on the cover for 2000, but he decided to retire before the start of the season. Dorsey Levens, who rushed for 1,034 yards and scored 10 total touchdowns in 1999, replaced Sanders in some versions of the cover. He went on to rush for a mere 224 yards and three touchdowns in 2000.

Eddie George, RB, Titans (2001): George seemed to avoid the curse in 2000, as he recorded career bests in both rushing yards (1,509) and total touchdowns (16), but it would victimize him in 2001. The Ohio State product had what was a career-low 939 rushing yards and scored five touchdowns that season. He also averaged a mediocre 876 yards in his final three seasons.

Daunte Culpepper, QB, Vikings (2002): Culpepper earned his appearance on the cover after a 2000 season that saw him record 3,937 passing yards, 470 rushing yards and 40 total touchdowns, but the curse impacted him in 2001. He would miss the final five weeks due to an injured knee and finished that season with 2,612 passing yards, 416 rushing yards and 19 total touchdowns.

Marshall Faulk, RB, Rams (2003): A surefire Hall of Famer, Faulk was a fantasy machine before he donned the 2003 cover. An injured ankle cost him two contests in 2002, and he failed to rush for 1,000 yards for the first time since 1996. Faulk would never again reach the 1,000-yard mark in his career, and his numbers declined in each season after his appearance on the cover.

Michael Vick, QB, Falcons (2004): Even a versatile athlete like Vick couldn't elude the dreaded curse, as he sustained a broken right fibula in a preseason game against the Ravens and was forced to miss the first 11 contests of the regular season. He was able to make five starts down the stretch, but Vick finished with just 585 passing yards, 255 rushing yards and five scores.

Ray Lewis, LB, Ravens (2005): Lewis was the first defensive athlete to be featured on the cover, but he too fell victim to the curse. The All-Pro missed one start in 2004 due to a broken wrist and failed to record an interception for the first time in his career (he had a career-best six interceptions in 2003). He also missed 10 starts due to injuries in 2005.

Donovan McNabb, QB, Eagles (2006): McNabb led the Eagles to Super Bowl XXXIX and was on the cover of the 2006 Madden game. He would go on to sustain a sports hernia in the first week of the 2005 season. He attempted to play despite the ailment, but he would only make nine starts. The curse also seemed to hurt him in 2006, as McNabb missed six weeks with an injured knee.

Shaun Alexander, RB, Seahawks (2007): Alexander had one of the best statistical seasons ever in 2005, posting 1,880 rushing yards and what was a record 28 touchdowns. Alexander, who had missed one start in his previous 64 contests, sustained an injured foot after he was on the cover. He missed six starts in 2006 and failed to rush for 1,000 yards for the first time since 2000.

Vince Young, QB, Titans (2008): Young was considered a breakout candidate in fantasy circles heading into 2007, but instead he had a miserable season. He had more turnovers (20) than touchdowns (12), rushed for 157 fewer yards than he did in his rookie season (despite 10 more carries), and missed his first game ever (high school, college or pro) with a quadriceps ailment.


Brett Favre, QB, Jets (2009): The "Madden curse" appeared to be over heading into 2008, as a retired Favre graced the cover in a Packers uniform. He would eventually return after a trade to the Jets, but his numbers decreased across the board with the Men in Green, due in part to a right biceps injury that was considered part of the reason for his second "retirement."

Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Cardinals/Troy Polamalu, S, Steelers (2010): The Madden cover had two players for the first time ever last year. While Fitzgerald did suffer a knee injury, it didn't keep him out of action. He also finished the season with a career-best 13 touchdowns. However, Polamalu did miss 11 games with an injured knee. The Super Bowl XLII champions failed to make the playoffs without him.

http://www.nfl.com/fantasy/story/09000d5d807f7133/article/much-to-the-chagrin-of-fantasy-owners-brees-on-madden-cover

bit of history for those of you that dont know much about the curse Razz
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