Madden 13 comes out today so it seemed like a fitting day for me to do this blog. Calvin Johnson is on the Cover of this years Madden. Everyone is already talking about when he is going to get hurt, I for one don’t believe in this curse. Let’s take a look at and breakdown every cover athlete. I will call jinx or not.
2012: Cleveland Browns running back Peyton Hillis Hillis was hampered with injuries all year, demanded a trade and at one point was accused of not playing hard by teamates.
Verdict: cover jinx
2011: New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees. Had a strong season individually, but the Saints were upset by the Seahawks in the first round of the playoffs and failed to defend their Super Bowl title.
Verdict: No jinx- Brees had a good year and made the playoffs.
2010: Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu/ Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald. Polamalu only played five games because on lingering knee injures and the Steelers missed the playoffs a year after winning the Super Bowl. Fitzgerald still hada strong season, collecting over 1,000 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns.
Verdict: no jinx- Polamalu is always hurt and Fitz had a very productive year.
2009: Brett Favre. He was traded to the New York Jets after an off-season battle with the Green Bay Packers, following his retirement, then un-retirement. He started strong, but faded down the stretch and the Jets failed to make the playoffs. His final three seasons were inconsistent and he also went through off-the-field issues.
Verdict: no jinx- Favre was not hurt and played pretty well for most of the season.
2008: Tennessee Titans quarterback Vince Young. He led the Titans to their first playoff appearance in four years, but has fallen out of favor with the franchise since that season. The organization plans to cut or trade Young once the lockout is lifted.
Verdict:no jinx- Young still made the playoffs and had a good year.
2007: Seattle Seahawks running back Shaun Alexander. A fractured foot hobbled Alexander, the reigning MVP, throughout the season and he missed six games. His production declined and he never returned to his MVP-form.
Verdict: Madden jinx- he was injured and production slipped.
2006: Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb. He missed seven games during the season after dealing with a sports hernia. He failed to make the Pro-Bowl for the first time in five seasons and has not been invited since. McNabb also battled with wideout Terrell Owens throughout the season.
Verdict: Madden jinx- missed a lot of time and production was down.
2005: Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis. A broken wrist caused him to miss one game during the season, and it was also his first year without an interception.
Verdict: no jinx- only missed one game and still had a good year even without the interception.
2004: Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick. He broke his leg in a pre-season game one day after the game was released and missed 11 games that season. He then had a few off-the-field issues in the years that followed.
Verdict: Madden jinx- Vick missed a lot of time and had off field issues.
2003: St. Louis Rams running back Marshall Faulk. He was hampered by an ankle injury all season, and failed to match his production from previous seasons. His decline started after appearing on the Madden cover and he never rushed for 1,000 yards again.
Verdict: no jinx- Faulk was on the down side of his career when he appeared on the cover and plated through the injury.
2002: Minnesota Vikings quarterback Daunte Culpepper. Struggled all season, and had his season cut short with knee surgery after 11 games. The Vikings were 4-7 at that point.
Verdict: Madden jinx- missed a ton of time and was never the same.
2001: Tennessee Titans running back Eddie George. He had a great season, but fumbled at a clutch point in the playoffs, which led to the top-seeded Titans losing to the Baltimore Ravens in the first round.
Verdict: no jinx- George had a good yearand made the playoffs.
2000: Detroit running back Barry Sanders. He unexpectedly retired one week before training came by sending a fax to the team.
Verdict: Madden jinx- Barry just never showed up.
I don’t believe that a drop in production is a jinx because in order to make the cover you had to have a career year so a down tick in production is expected. Long term injuries are a jinx but short term injuries that you play through are not because you still played through them. I think that people try to find the smallest things to keep this jinx going. For example, Drew Brees getting eliminated from the playoffs. He still made it, didn’t get hurt, and had a good year. Same with Eddie George. If you made the playoffs and were healthy it’s automatically no jinx. I hope this eases some of the Lions fans nerves out there. There is hope for Megatron to make it through this year. Comment and tell me your thoughts on each player.
Thank You for the support,
“The Freak” Tim