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Calvin Johnson vs. Cam Newton for Madden cover

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The Madden curse, if there is one, will apply to one of two high-profile NFC players this year.

The contrived bracket-style tournament has been whittled down to Lions receiver Calvin Johnson and Panthers quarterback Cam Newton.

Packers fans surely are rejoicing, given that quarterback Aaron Rodgers once again has escaped the injuries, struggles, and/or outright goofy behavior that occurs after a player lands on the cover of the most popular (in large part because it’s the only) NFL-licensed console video game.

So is there anything to the Madden curse?  As former Ravens coach Brian Billick told PFT Live last week, “I’m not superstitious, but I don’t want my star player anywhere near that thing.”

Voting continues until next Wednesday.  Panthers fans, vote for Johnson.  Lions fans, vote for Newton.

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58 Responses to “Calvin Johnson vs. Cam Newton for Madden cover”
  1. 11wheatd says: Apr 18, 2012 10:40 AM

    Calvin Johnson will be unstoppable in Madden

  2. bearsrulepackdrool says: Apr 18, 2012 10:42 AM

    Go Calvin Johnson!! Next victim of the Madden curse.

  3. mrizzo44 says: Apr 18, 2012 10:43 AM

    Gotta be Cam.

    I’ve got Matt Stafford as my fantasy keeper this year, so I can’t risk an injury to Calvin.

  4. daysend564 says: Apr 18, 2012 10:45 AM

    I was rooting for Brees, to put a dagger right through the Stains heart.

  5. blkcat89 says: Apr 18, 2012 10:46 AM

    Let’s go! Vote for Calvin Johnson.

  6. oswegolion says: Apr 18, 2012 10:48 AM

    Bear fans stink!!!!

  7. bigwigbob says: Apr 18, 2012 10:50 AM

    Please not Cam………He proved me wrong last year, don’t expose him to the curse in year 2.

  8. hatesycophants says: Apr 18, 2012 10:51 AM

    Quote Brian Billick much?

  9. derfshambeaux says: Apr 18, 2012 10:51 AM

    Put Goodell on the cover and see what happens to him next year.

  10. andro26 says: Apr 18, 2012 10:51 AM

    I’m just glad that Gronk didn’t make it this far.

  11. blackheld says: Apr 18, 2012 10:51 AM

    I did.

    Me. Lifelong Lions fan. Calvin Johnson Twitter follower.

    So I went to the Madden website…and voted for…Cam Newton.

    Twelve times.

    I believe Brian Billick. I don’t want Calvin to even THINK about that cover.

  12. ramtoidi says: Apr 18, 2012 10:52 AM

    the vote is tied at 2…

  13. h3min1230 says: Apr 18, 2012 10:52 AM

    Vilma looks to be collecting his own 10 grand in that pic..

  14. mianfr says: Apr 18, 2012 10:55 AM

    Really, really hope the curse doesn’t apply this year.

    These are two of the most talented and, more importantly, if we’re being honest, exciting players in the league, and it would be a shame if either got hurt or underperformed.

  15. westampa says: Apr 18, 2012 10:55 AM

    Hopefully, it’s Cam Newton. I think the Madden Curse is the only way the Bucs will be able to contain him.

  16. galdeano32 says: Apr 18, 2012 10:56 AM

    To be honest I’m a Lions’ fan but i voted for Rodgers on the previous round and I’ll vote for Newton this time, no way i wanna see CJ on the IR this year !!

  17. klunge says: Apr 18, 2012 10:58 AM

    bearsrulepackdrool says:
    Apr 18, 2012 10:42 AM
    Go Calvin Johnson!! Next victim of the Madden curse.
    ————————————————–
    Sorry wishful thinker, it’s Calvin that will be victimizing you & everyone else again this year.

  18. trollhammer20 says: Apr 18, 2012 11:00 AM

    My team plays both the Panthers and the Lions this year, so it’s a win/win situation. Really wanted to see Willis get it, though, because we play SF twice.

  19. willsco16 says: Apr 18, 2012 11:03 AM

    Wow, no mention of Patrick Willis and no 49ers tag

  20. jgedgar70 says: Apr 18, 2012 11:03 AM

    I’ve been saying it for weeks now – if Newton wins, he’s going to destroy his knee on the first snap of training camp and our whole season will be shot to hell. This is the one curse I’m totally on board with.

  21. bearsrulepackdrool says: Apr 18, 2012 11:06 AM

    klunge says:
    Apr 18, 2012 10:58 AM
    bearsrulepackdrool says:
    Apr 18, 2012 10:42 AM
    Go Calvin Johnson!! Next victim of the Madden curse.
    ————————————————–
    Sorry wishful thinker, it’s Calvin that will be victimizing you & everyone else again this year.
    _____________________________

    He victimized us once. That was on that 73-yard touchdown pass in the first game. Next time we won’t be gift wrapping you a playoff spot.

  22. hooks024 says: Apr 18, 2012 11:07 AM

    Curse, shmurse. Curses are excuses made up by red sox fans to explain why their team sucked for 86 years. Go NY! (yankees and giants, that is, not the losers and teboners)

  23. andyb02 says: Apr 18, 2012 11:11 AM

    First we have a Brown on last years cover and now it will probably be a Panther. This cover vote thing is terrible. I think EA should go back to picking it.

  24. greatminnesotasportsmind says: Apr 18, 2012 11:16 AM

    Cam Newton seems right for the Madden curse.

    One year wonder.

    Even the Vikings beat him last year

  25. kidpresentable says: Apr 18, 2012 11:27 AM

    Thank God Rodgers lost. The last time a QB in a Packers uniform appeared on Madden, he ruined his legacy and showed everyone his dong.

  26. nyyjetsknicks says: Apr 18, 2012 11:29 AM

    Stafford is my fantasy keeper. Put Cam on the cover.

  27. 49erstim says: Apr 18, 2012 11:34 AM

    Oh no…. P.Willis lost… Darn! Hey, I’ll agree (just this once with Billick. I don’t believe in curses…. But why chance it?! :-)

    Somebody above mentioned that Billick gets quoted an awful lot on PFT. I agree. Uninteresting stat… Billick and I are tied for how many successful QBs we’ve groomed… Unless you count the aforementioned Madden game in which im up on him 1-0! :-p

  28. simplesimon1 says: Apr 18, 2012 11:40 AM

    I wonder if anybody ever keeps tabs on what happens to those people that don’t win the contest to be on the cover.

    I’ll bet one of the top 4 this year have a bad year, cover or not. It’s not easy to have career years every year. The fact that Calvin Johnson and Cam Newton are this close to being voted to the cover means they had career years last year. So, it’s not a curse if neither of them put up the numbers of last year, it’s simple statistics. Most of the people on the list won’t have as good of numbers this year as they did last year.

    I’m a Lions fan and I say, screw the “curse”, go Calvin Johnson.

  29. 49erstim says: Apr 18, 2012 11:41 AM

    @greatminnesotasportsmind……

    Your horrible team beat a team helmed by a rookie QB? Please tell us more!… C’mon bro, worry about the possibility of your team moving to LA and not about bragging about one of your teams THREE wins. You don’t have to be quiet, but please ADD to the discussion. Please?

  30. supermariojosh says: Apr 18, 2012 11:42 AM

    Packer fan here. I never believed in the Madden curse until they put Favre on the cover. He had freaking retired and then came out of retirement and caused the most gut wrenching divorce in pro football history.

    So all that said, I voted for Calvin Johnson over A-Rodg in the last round :-)

  31. 20lions81 says: Apr 18, 2012 11:43 AM

    If CJ gets the cover he will still dominate this year. He will put the “curse” to rest. Heck the Lions have been “cursed for so long this may come as a gift.

  32. srackis says: Apr 18, 2012 11:51 AM

    Good! My finger is sore from all the votes I logged against Aaron Rodgers! Go Pack Go!

  33. burnzy32 says: Apr 18, 2012 11:52 AM

    How about Cam THROWING to Calvin for the cover?

  34. bjorntorock says: Apr 18, 2012 11:57 AM

    another win for the packers!

  35. boilerup1869 says: Apr 18, 2012 12:11 PM

    MEGATRON

  36. zrb17 says: Apr 18, 2012 12:13 PM

    I think they should consider not putting any current player on the Madden cover.
    The injury curse may not be fact or whatever but it sure happens more often than not.
    How about recently retired all stars or possibly even the last Super Bowl winning head coach.
    Don’t let it be something the players think about. Could always be in there mind…..if your thinkin about gettin hurt your probably gonna get hurt.

  37. mjkelly77 says: Apr 18, 2012 12:16 PM

    There must have been cheeseheads up all night for a whole week voting thousands of times each.

    Let’s go, Detroit!!! Put Cam Newton on the cover.
    Vote early and often.

  38. pilot2011 says: Apr 18, 2012 12:16 PM

    They already work out together in the off-season… Put pro bowl jerseys on them and let them both be on the cover

  39. jimmymcnultysbottleofjameson says: Apr 18, 2012 12:19 PM

    I’ve heard more from Brian Billick on this site in the last 3 weeks than I have living in Baltimore for the last 10 years.

  40. norvturnersneck says: Apr 18, 2012 12:23 PM

    i. e. who will rupture their spleen this year?

  41. shrike3000 says: Apr 18, 2012 12:25 PM

    There is no Madden curse. Brees had a great year when he was on the cover.

  42. hooks024 says: Apr 18, 2012 12:32 PM

    Btw- packers fans- don’t thank god. Thank justin tuck, jpp, and the rest of the big blue wrecking crew for not snapping rodgers neck when we knocked you out of the playoffs. #gogiants #worldchamps

  43. timsmooth says: Apr 18, 2012 12:34 PM

    Madden cover= popularity contest. It should have a Tight End on the cover. Gronkowski or Jimmy Graham or both! It shouldn’t be Newton or Megatron.

  44. johnnyb216 says: Apr 18, 2012 12:57 PM

    Ok, everybody vote for Calvin Johnson now.

  45. savocabol1 says: Apr 18, 2012 1:09 PM

    Can I still vote for Tebow?

  46. shaggytoodle says: Apr 18, 2012 1:18 PM

    Wasn’t the last QB with that won rookie of the year to appear on the cover Vince Young?

    Some people may say he has been cursed ever since.

  47. banjostang says: Apr 18, 2012 1:21 PM

    I love how you put a Saints pic of Vilma, Harper or any Saint tackling someone in every post you can now because you hate the Saints. I remember that you couldn’t be bothered to talk about them during the last few seasons unless it was some butthurt piece about them beating your Favre-it team.
    You are such an enormous tool.

  48. jgedgar70 says: Apr 18, 2012 2:07 PM

    greatminnesotasportsmind says:
    Apr 18, 2012 11:16 AM
    Cam Newton seems right for the Madden curse.

    One year wonder.

    Even the Vikings beat him last year
    _____
    You must not have watched the game. Steve Smith scored the winning TD only to be called for the most non-existent hold in the history of football, and then Mare shanked a 30-yard field goal to give you the 3-point win (and the Panthers are now so confident in Mare that they have signed a CFL kicker to compete with him). It’s not like the Vikes walked into the stadium and dominated anything.

  49. watermelon1 says: Apr 18, 2012 2:29 PM

    NOOOOOO! I enjoy watching
    Both of these guys play! Damn you voters.

  50. kidpresentable says: Apr 18, 2012 2:41 PM

    “There is no Madden curse. Brees had a great year when he was on the cover.”

    Um, Drew Brees had an MCL injury during the season. Also, they lost to the worst playoff team ever. Oh yeah, and they cheated.

  51. michiganhockey11 says: Apr 18, 2012 3:30 PM

    If anyone is powerful enough to break a curse, it’s Megatron.

  52. detroitcityryda says: Apr 18, 2012 4:33 PM

    Cj will win I want to see him on the cover but knowing the curse I’m scared , after the big $ contract I can see the future already , he will be the on it i said it when the voting started .and something will not work out with him this year ,. I hope not !! but I sense it in my third ear that goes up when a sound is made .We need to draft a WR this draft .

  53. dewalt2990 says: Apr 18, 2012 8:15 PM

    If anyone can beat the curse…Megatron can.

  54. dewalt2990 says: Apr 18, 2012 8:15 PM

    but vote for Cam…

  55. rastaraider says: Apr 18, 2012 8:22 PM

    I wanna see Cam on there he is a great kid and player he deserves it
    He is the greatest rookie QB I’ve ever seen

  56. brianbosworthisstonecold says: Apr 18, 2012 9:40 PM

    How about that stupid jumping robot from Fox?

  57. kcemichigan says: Apr 19, 2012 7:18 PM

    I wouldn’t mind seeing Megatron get it for the publicity, but I would rather defer my lions have been cursed long enough!!!! Don’t want to go back…please vote for Cam…lol.

  58. willymucus2007 says: Apr 22, 2012 7:54 PM

    Cam newton nuff said

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