On the lighter side of blogs, I now turn to the critical question, "does the Madden Curse really exist?" The answer to this is an unequivocal "yes". For those who are not familiar with the curse, here is a brief explanation. The player to be featured on the cover of Madden will suffer a drop in performance the year of the cover. His career will usually never be the same. To prove that it exists, let's go through the numbers of all of the Madden cover players since 2001, the first year the game featured a player rather than John Madden.
George had his best season in terms of yards and touchdowns, but bobbled a pass in the Divisional playoffs that was then intercepted, run back for a td, and the Titans lost. His next season began the downfall of George.
Following a good rookie season, Culpepper struggled, and suffered a knee injury, missing the last 5 games of the season.
Faulk dropped his rushing total under 1000 following four straight 1300 yard seasons. He was plagued by an ankle injury.
Vick breaks his leg in the preseason, missing almost the entire season.
Lewis failed to get a single interception following a season with 6. He missed the last game with an injury, and then missed much of the rest of the next season with a hamstring injury.
McNabb said he didn't believe in the curse at the start of the season. He suffered a sports hernia in the first game of the season, and missed the final 7 games.
Alexander broke his foot and missed 6 weeks. He has never been the same.
Young mostly escaped unscathed, but in the next year had a spiritual crisis that kept him from playing in 13 games. He has not played in a regular season game since.
Favre retired. The curse was so powerful that it brought him back from retirement. Twice. He only had a subaverage year, not the worst of his career, but not good.
Polamalu has only played in one game so far after injuring his knee.
Fitzgerald seems to be having a decent year so far, but just wait.
So, in recap, 6 out of the 11 had atrocious years, 3 had subaverage years, and 2 have the verdict still out as their season is not over. It's real.
Source-http://www.snopes.com/sports/football/maddencurse.asp, espn.com, and my brain.