October 2011 Archives

Madden NFL: sign of success or inevitable doom?

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In National Football League, there is one superstition that has many players puzzled. The superstition goes, if you become the player who is chosen to be on the cover of the Madden NFL video game, you will soon be cursed and unable to play at the same level ever again. The evidence is clear. After Eddie George appeared on the 2001 cover, the Tennessee Titans lost in the 2001 playoffs and George never averaged 3.3 yards per carry for the rest of his career. Another case that hits close to home is that of former Minnesota Quarterback Daunte Culpepper. In 2000, Culpepper led the Vikings to the playoffs, but after appearing on the Madden 2002 cover, he threw 23 interceptions and broke the record for most fumbles in a season as the Vikings slumped to 5-11. There are several other cases of the "Madden Curse", but there are also times when the curse doesn't seem to occur. Many athletes have made the cover and continued to have great careers. So the question is, are fans experiencing belief perseverance and ignoring the cases where players weren't affected? Or is there an actual Madden curse and these players will soon see their fate? I believe there to be an illusory correlation in the case of the Madden curse. There is no possible way that just because your picture graces the cover of a video game your athletic performance will suffer. The Madden cover should not be seen as a curse, but as a sign of your talent and hard work.


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