Drew Brees, Reggie Wayne, Jared Allen in line for Madden curse

It’s never too early to start thinking about the NFL player(s) who’ll appear on the cover of the next edition of the Madden video game franchise.

We’re still not sure anyone actually plunks down $59.99 plus tax because of the NFL player(s) pictured on the cover, and if they do there are several hundred Nigerian crown princes who surely would like to get their e-mail addresses.

Still, it has become part of the Madden culture, likely due to the perception that a “curse” attaches to the assignment.  (If that’s the case, the curse was only 50-percent effective in 2009; Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald had another solid season and was not hit with a significant injury.  Steelers safety Troy Polamalu, on the other hand, played in only a few games due to multiple knee injuries.)

This year, a trio of players are finalists for the cover, according to ESPN.com:  Saints quarterback Drew Brees, Colts receiver Reggie Wayne, and Vikings defensive end Jared Allen.

Voting opens today right here, and it continues through March 15.

So if the Saints lose on Sunday, you can blame it on the Madden curse.

And if the Colts lose on Sunday, you can blame it on the Madden curse.

And since Allen likely agreed to be a finalist before the Vikings lost to the Saints in the NFC title game, you can blame it on the curse.

And since Brees likely agreed to be a finalist before the NFC title game, a loss by the Saints could have been blamed on the Madden curse.

47 responses to “Drew Brees, Reggie Wayne, Jared Allen in line for Madden curse

  1. We’re still not sure anyone actually plunks down $59.99 plus tax because of the NFL player(s) pictured on the cover, and if they do there are several hundred Nigerian crown princes who surely would like to get their e-mail addresses.
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    Clever

  2. I don’t get it… What is the appeal of that drunk driving, mullet wearing, goofy looking, super-hillbilly Jared Allen?
    Somebody needs to go back to marketing 101.
    Oh yeah I bet he smells too.

  3. I very much doubt it will be Jared Allen on the cover. Sales will drop. One look at that that mullet and everyone will assume it is the 1977 version, not 2010.

  4. BTW, anyone who wants to, and is crazy enough to plunk down $60 now for something that doesn’t come out until August, you can pre-order it and get a $20 gift card.
    http://www.digitaldeals.net/
    Just look down the list. I’m not shilling, btw, just passing along the info to those who might be interested.

  5. HBOilers24 says:
    February 4, 2010 8:53 AM
    hasnt Manning already been on the cover? maybe they dont want repeat covers?
    No… he at one time had a contract with a competing video game company but I am not sure if that is still true although the fact he hasn’t been on Madden makes me think perhaps it is.
    If so, kudos for him for getting paid to not do anything 🙂

  6. Oh please change your mind and put Jamarcus Russell on the cover, he really needs a career ending injury.

  7. People still play that wretched game. Madden Sucks. Most immature crowd in the gamming world by far.

  8. So if someone hits Brees low and late, which results in a broken ankle or destroyed knee, we can blame it on the Madden curse?
    Or do we just blame it on payback for a cheap shot New Orleans defense?

  9. Manning was on the cover of that crap-ass Microsoft football game a few years back. NFL Fever or some nonsense. He’s never been on the cover of Madden.
    I’d like to see Jared Allen on the cover just for the curse. Then maybe that human stain will finally be dealt with properly.

  10. “Ambrose says:
    February 4, 2010 9:06 AM
    I very much doubt it will be Jared Allen on the cover. Sales will drop. One look at that that mullet and everyone will assume it is the 1977 version, not 2010.”
    I would totally play a 1977 version of the game. Or a 1991. Or 1995. Any throwback version with today’s advances would be awesome.
    And I mean a fully-licensed version. Not All-Madden or All-Time Great teams that are comprised entirely of numbers. Full teams from that particular year. Reasonable ratings for the HOFers in those years as compared to their careers at the time.
    Just imagine being able to see the lifelike afros and fumanchus. It’d be awesome.

  11. I, for one, hope it’s Jared Allen. Surely the marketing geniuses at Madden want to increase their sales to the trailer park dwellers and latent homosexuals in purple, who might be adverse to buying tickets to sit in a dump but are quite willing to spend $59.99 to sit in their own dump.

  12. I say they put Florio on the cover because he still doesn’t acknowledge that the curse is legit. Then something would happen to him, like maybe his mother’s basement would flood or he would get his face rearranged by Channing Crowder. Then he would believe. THE MADDEN CURSE IS REAL.

  13. Reasonable says:
    February 4, 2010 9:25 AM
    People still play that wretched game. Madden Sucks. Most immature crowd in the gamming world by far.
    Apparently you haven’t played any of the Call of Duty games online 🙂

  14. If Allen does make the cover, I think he might be only the second defensive player to be plastered on the game. Ray Lewis was on it in 2005, and to my knowledge, he was the only defender so far.

  15. “People still play that wretched game. Madden Sucks. Most immature crowd in the gamming world by far.”
    You know the world is gonna end soon by comments like this. No heterosexual male should feel comfortable even typing this. We are all done for.

  16. Alright Packers fans, we need EVERYBODY to vote for Allen. Maybe then that idiot will get hurt and since most of his sacks came on 2 games people will realize he’s NOT THAT GOOD. Maybe the Madden curse will end his career!!! We can only hope. So get out and vote WI vote for the asshat mullet having futt bucker. Piss of MN your state and football team suck!!! Or is it CHOKE?!! HAHAHAHA

  17. Tazzard says:
    WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA. I wish my Qb had not choked away my season.
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    Seriously, that’s what he said. I couldn’t make this stuff up.

  18. Caldon, were not discussing Manning for the cover because his forehead would take up three quarters of it.

  19. somebody get Tazzard a tampon…because we know that ONE hit cost the Vikes the game right?? Now I know why they wear purple and fat lady @ the opera braids… what a bunch of felaches…

  20. They should put Jerry Jones’ red face on the cover, with MIN 34, DAL 3 illuminated in the background.

  21. # AR12isBetter says: February 4, 2010 10:40 AM
    Alright Packers fans, we need EVERYBODY to vote for Allen. Maybe then that idiot will get hurt and since most of his sacks came on 2 games people will realize he’s NOT THAT GOOD. Maybe the Madden curse will end his career!!! We can only hope. So get out and vote WI vote for the asshat mullet having futt bucker. Piss of MN your state and football team suck!!! Or is it CHOKE?!! HAHAHAHA
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    You scorned little children should consider growing up. Do you need to be changed, some more milk, or do you just want to be held?
    Last i checked Championship game > Wildcard round
    Suck failure

  22. My vote would be for Lady Gaga.
    After all, she and all the aforementioned men share on thing …

  23. DocBG says:
    Last i checked Championship game > Wildcard round
    You’re right, but last time I checked three Superbowl trophies are greater than zero, and add those 4 choke jobs in the Superbowl to 5 more NFC championship losses and you have 9 choke jobs.
    But I think the Jared Allen earned some face time on the cover of Madden. To make it visually interesting, you could have Jared sitting on the toilet bowl in Mpls Int Airport tapping his feet waiting for one of the Viking fans to come along.

  24. As a Vikings fan, I vote for Allen, hopefully it will allow him to get his mojo when is is away from home and not playing the packers and on grass turf.

  25. JimmySmith says: February 4, 2010 12:07 PM But I think the Jared Allen earned some face time on the cover of Madden. To make it visually interesting, you could have Jared sitting on the toilet bowl in Mpls Int Airport tapping his feet waiting for one of the Viking fans to come along.
    Sounds like you are all to familiar with the airport seen Jimmy!

  26. HBOilers24 says:
    February 4, 2010 8:53 AM
    hasnt Manning already been on the cover? maybe they dont want repeat covers?
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    Doesn’t matter. Favre has been on the cover twice. But then again, Favre is an exception in Madden’s world.

  27. @birdtobirdlaw
    If Allen does make the cover, I think he might be only the second defensive player to be plastered on the game. Ray Lewis was on it in 2005, and to my knowledge, he was the only defender so far.
    Troy Palomalu was on the cover of 2010 with Larry Fitzgerald. Troy’s hair tripped him twice and destroyed his knee this past season so the curse got him. Fitz on the other hand didn’t miss a single game and had a relatively productive year.

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