By now you have all heard of the Madden Curse, right? If not, here is a quick reminder… Every year one player is chosen to star on the cover of the Madden video game and each year that player subsequently has an off year. Usually, the player has a season-ending injury or an unusual sub-par performance. either way, the results are not good. Let’s take a look at the players who have been most affected by the Madden Curse.
Madden 2002: Daunte Culpepper
Daunte Culpeper had one of his worst years ever, the same year he was on the Madden 2002 cover. After a ProBowl season, Daunte suffered a knee injury n week 11 and prior to that had bad numbers. This year the Madden Curse caught up to Daunte and the Minnesota Vikings.
Madden 12: Peyton Hillis
Remember when Peyton Hillis was good enough to star on the Madden cover? Yea, me either. Somehow, Peyton Hillis had a good enough year in 2011 that he got the cover and the rest is history. Hillis had a mediocre year, which is about right for a fullback playing halfback on the Browns. He finished with only 587 yds and three TDS. Yea, that’s sounds like all-star numbers to me…
Madden 07: Shaun Alexander
The year prior, Shaun Alexander had one of the best years any running back has ever had in the NFL, 1,800+ yards, and 27 TDs. He followed that up with an injury-riddled Madden cover season and a broken foot. After that foot injury, he was never the same and the Madden Curse had another victim…
Madden 06: Donovan McNabb
Donovan recorded his worst statistical year the same year he was on the cover of Madden, coincidence….. we think not. He spent the entire year bickering with his main receiver Terrell Owens and finished his season with a groin injury in week 9. The Curse strikes again.
Madden 17: Rob Gronkowski
Gronk felt the Madden curse from the jump when he started the season with a hamstring injury, missing the first two weeks. After that Gronk was feeling the flow and playing at a high level but the curse struck again as he had a back injury that ended his season. Cursed form the jump…
Madden 2004: Michael Vick
Before his dog fighting caught up to him, Michael Vick was on top of the sports world until he joined the Madden Cover curse family.
Vick broke his leg in the Preseason and would miss 11 games before he would return to play poorly. The Curse caught up with him and many would say the curse hung around him has his luck just got worse and worse…
Madden 18: Tom Brady
Now Tom Brady is on the cover of the G.O.A.T. (Greatest Of All Time) edition of Madden 18 and his first game out the gates looked horrible. Could the Curse be real? Brady bounced back pretty well in week 2 against the New Orleans Saints, so only time will tell if the curse has affected him as well.
Giants Players Reportedly Hate Head Coach McAdoo
The New York Giants season just keeps getting worse after their horrible start, now a mutiny is starting.
The New York Giants season just keeps getting worse after their horrible start, now a mutiny is starting. The Giants are 1-7 at their midway mark and now there are reports of a mutiny.
The season started off bad with flashy wide receiver O’Dell Beckham Jr. nursing a sore ankle and then losing him for the season a few games in. The team started out 0-5 and only won their first game after HC Ben McAdoo relinquished play-calling duties.
The report by Benjamin Allbright of Mile High Sports claims that a source close to the team said, “the players hate him, no one trusts him and he is only out for himself.” The source went on to say that he’d be “shocked beyond belief if McAdoo returns next season.”
Hate is a strong word, but as stories of a possible Eli Manning benching by McAdoo surface, the teammates start to come together. When someone goes after your quarterback, a football team will rally around their leader and it is obvious who the team respects more.
McAdoo has been on the hot seat since the team’s terrible start and last season’s disappointing finish. After the head coach gave up play-calling responsibilities, the Giants upset the Denver Broncos, so maybe it was his bad play calling or the fact that the team simply does not respect him.
It is difficult to get grown NFL players to respect you as a head coach and it seems to me that McAdoo has lost his locker room.
Usually, a big upset on the road will spark a football team but after that victory, the Giants lost their next two games, both of which were at home, by a combined 75-24…
Let’s face it, the Giants are a ship without a captain and a team with a washed-up quarterback and no healthy wide receivers. Their season is over, they should sit Eli, start his backup and see if he has what it takes to take over the reins.
We all know by now that Ben McAdoo will be coaching elsewhere next season, the only question is does he know?
Its Time to Start Worrying About Andrew Luck
The Colts franchise quarterback and easily one of the brightest young stars in the NFL may have a career-ending shoulder injury, and the doctors are baffled. It’s usually not a good thing when your ailment confuses doctors and keeps them bewildered nine months after your surgery. That is the exact situation Andrew Luck is in, […]
The Colts franchise quarterback and easily one of the brightest young stars in the NFL may have a career-ending shoulder injury, and the doctors are baffled. It’s usually not a good thing when your ailment confuses doctors and keeps them bewildered nine months after your surgery. That is the exact situation Andrew Luck is in, nine months after his shoulder surgery, he still has a mysterious pain that has his doctors completely confused.
Nine months after serious shoulder surgery, Luck threw a football a few times before he was shut down for the season… but this worried his doctors. So, this is where we all start to worry about Andrew Luck and his health. He took a beating last year on a Colts team that was severely undermanned and is now unable to throw a football, which is what he does for a living. Indianapolis has kept any news about Luck secretive and close to the vest, which is understandable.
These shoulder issues are not a new thing, they have been a problem for the star QB for the better part of three years. Finally having surgery was supposed to be the end of his issues, but now Luck has a mysterious pain in his throwing arm that doctors can’t figure out. Yes, the doctors who are the arm and shoulder specialists have no idea why he still has pain.
January of 2017, Luck had surgery on his partially torn labrum, which has a 6-9 month recovery time, but after 5 months, Luck hadn’t even picked up a football. So, what was the holdup? The Colts have been tight-lipped about the whole Luck situation, but signs were good before they placed him on the IR (injured reserve.)
The Colts are 2-6 at the halfway point so why would they rick play Luck in a no-win situation? That is why they finally came to their senses and placed him on the IR, but should we be worried about Luck’s future?
Yes, we should. It’s been over nine months now since his surgery and he can’t even toss a ball around. This injury could be much worse than previously thought and Luck’s career is in complete jeopardy now. This summer will show us all how far he has come from now and if he is any closer to throwing. By now we know that the Indianapolis Colts will keep any information hidden from the public eye, so only time will tell.
If I had to guess, Andrew Luck won’t play football next year either and he may never throw another football in Indianapolis again. Which if I was him I wouldn’t either, I would demand a trade to a team that has interest in protecting their QB. The Colts may have ruined a rising star and one of the best young football prospects the league has seen in a long time.
NFL’s Biggest One-Hit Wonders
When you think of One-Hit Wonders, usually Sir Mix-a-lot and Vanilla Ice come to your mind, but what about NFL one-hit wonders?
When you think of One-Hit Wonders, usually Sir Mix-a-lot and Vanilla Ice come to your mind, but what about NFL one-hit wonders? You see them every year, a player goes nuts and we all assume a new star is born and just as fast as they appear, they are gone. Sometimes it happens because of injuries or sometimes they are just outed as frauds. Let’s dive into the NFL’s biggest one-hit wonders and try and figure out what went wrong.
RG3 – Robert Griffin III – Washington Redskins
When RG3 hit the scene he hit it running faster than anyone else and he seemed destined for greatness until we learned that he had no idea how to slide. He went from NFL Rookie of the Year to playing Madden 2013 and crying alone on his couch. His story is common, a massive knee injury followed by more injuries. Griffin is more suited for the track than a contact sport.
Nick Foles – Quarterback – Philadelphia Eagles
This QB came out of nowhere to put up legendary numbers in Chip Kelly’s innovative offense and all of a sudden he is shipped out of town to football purgatory, a Jeff Fisher team. In just 13 games as the starter in the 2013 season, Foles threw for 2y TDs and only 2 ints. The secret was actually Chip Kelly’s offense, but once the league had enough tape on it, they figured it out and now his offense is like Michael Jackson… dead.
Elbert “Ickey” Woods – Running Back – Cincinnati Bengals
The “Ickey Shuffle” was the best TD dance and a great introduction to a young, flashy player. Too bad his second season started off with an ACL tear and just two years later he was out of the league. What a great rookie year he had thought… He ran for almost 1,100 yards and made the Pro Bowl team.
Peyton Hillis – Running Back – Cleveland Browns
This dude was so good in 2010 that he made the Madden cover the next year, as a fullback. That is incredible enough but he followed up his insane 2010 of 1,200 yards and 11 TDs with the ultimate Madden Curse. He had injuries and salary issues that eventually got him shipped out of Cleveland by 2012 and he was done in the league by 2014…
Vince Young – Quarterback – Tennessee Titans
Yet another Rookie of the Year who flamed out after one spectacular season. He followed up what may have been the greatest performance in a college championship with a huge season for the Titans and then he mentally broke down. He also had Jeff Fisher as his coach, who may be the least inventive head coach I’ve ever seen.
Sadly these players never lived up to the incredible hype they generated with their one hit season. Injuries and pressure can turn any piece of coal into a diamond, so it’s apparent they were just turds, with a fresh polish… Sorry but not sorry for the honesty.
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