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Sherman, fans don’t get their way on Madden cover

Madden

Yes, discussion about the athlete(s) who’ll land on the cover of the Madden game is far more interesting than the game itself.

This year, the discussion took on an expected wrinkle when cornerback Richard Sherman tried to share the honor with the rest of the Legion of Boom.

Despite Sherman’s effort to cajole fans to start a petition and the efforts of those petitioners to round up more than 8,500 signatures, Sherman and Sherman only appears on the cover of this year’s game.

So start the countdown.  Before too long, you’ll be able to buy the latest game of Madden, which likely will look and play just like last year’s version of the game.  Actually, the photo on the cover is a good thing.  It may be the only way to distinguish this year’s version of the game from last year’s.

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92 Responses to “Sherman, fans don’t get their way on Madden cover”
  1. mancave001 says: Jun 24, 2014 3:02 PM

    Does the game yell at you and thump its chest for no reason?

  2. 4thquartermagic says: Jun 24, 2014 3:04 PM

    The game (much like the cover) are overrated, overpriced, and aren’t welcome in my house.

  3. thepftpoet says: Jun 24, 2014 3:06 PM

    #PetitionToRemoveShermanFromTheMaddenCoverBecauseTheSeahawksAreCheaters.

  4. djshnooks says: Jun 24, 2014 3:13 PM

    You clearly have zero clue.

  5. kaprajan says: Jun 24, 2014 3:13 PM

    Why so much hate on Madden? They actually make some really good changes year to year. Been buying since 1998 i love it

  6. pacificnw7722 says: Jun 24, 2014 3:14 PM

    No Legion Of Boom, no product for me.

    Sorry EA Sports!

  7. kepickle says: Jun 24, 2014 3:15 PM

    He’s Right we didn’t want him but if all he’s going y o do is cry about it put Cam Newton on it

  8. dans761 says: Jun 24, 2014 3:16 PM

    No reason?

  9. lofynus says: Jun 24, 2014 3:17 PM

    This year’s version is on PEDs and takes Adderall to mask it.

  10. censorshipstinks says: Jun 24, 2014 3:20 PM

    Top 32 DB if he was called for PI more often. Otherwise top 10.

  11. fumblenuts says: Jun 24, 2014 3:20 PM

    Why is Sherman stiff arming NO ONE on the cover when he plays CB?? DOH!

  12. thestrategyexpert says: Jun 24, 2014 3:21 PM

    I can still cover Cap Boso in Tecmo Bowl better than he can.

  13. seahawksteven777 says: Jun 24, 2014 3:21 PM

    The guy talks trash and it works for him. If that’s the worst thing you can say about the guy is his mouth, then I’d say all is well considering there are guys like Ray Rice, beating their wives, players drinking and driving, or worse. Just saying.

  14. cpitch12 says: Jun 24, 2014 3:26 PM

    As a Pats fan I can honestly say I hope this foolish jinx doesnt continue. Shermans a premier player and you want your team playing the best!!! till someone else is crowned Champs …They are it .Deal with it….

  15. thectrlaltgeek says: Jun 24, 2014 3:28 PM

    Kind of hard for a game to be over rated when it is the only choice we have for a Football Video game of any kind.

  16. rdubluv12 says: Jun 24, 2014 3:34 PM

    Can someone remind me again who exactly got busted for PEDs on the Hawks this last season? To my knowledge it’s been over a full calendar year since Bruce Irvin tested positive before the 2013/14 season even started. But please, keep using that argument to make yourselves feel better at night about how your team sucks and you wish they were as good as Seattle.

  17. ronin36 says: Jun 24, 2014 3:40 PM

    Get rid of the whole ‘curse’ thing… Instead of putting current players on the cover..

    Put the incoming HOF class on the cover.

    And if you *Really* wanted to tweak Madden, make it so you could add one or more of the HOF class (in their prime of course) to the game….

    Heck, year after year, keep adding HOFers, and Madden could become an all-time HOF game.

    Just spit-ballin’

  18. ariani1985 says: Jun 24, 2014 3:40 PM

    if you still play Madden you need to get a job……

    #PED=seaturds….

  19. weepingjebus says: Jun 24, 2014 3:41 PM

    We should have petitioned to make the cover that picture of Peyton Manning calling the owner’s box during the blowout.

  20. scoops1 says: Jun 24, 2014 3:43 PM

    I still play Tecmo Bowl

  21. crapsandviche says: Jun 24, 2014 3:45 PM

    Anyone else excited for a $60 roster update ???? ?

  22. b3nz0z says: Jun 24, 2014 3:50 PM

    oh madden, yeah that’s that glitchy game i used to have.

  23. seatownballers says: Jun 24, 2014 3:51 PM

    The Vikings suck. No player will make that cover for next century

    5-10-1 doesn’t win championships

  24. metalman5150 says: Jun 24, 2014 3:55 PM

    Last year, Madden (game) and DirecTV partnered to offer a limited edition of he game that also came with an online NFL Ticket code. This was the best value for a Madden game that I have ever spent.
    I was able to watch all non-prime football games through a computer of tablet, even better, I could HDMI a laptop to my big screen and enjoy the games sans a bar tab.
    If only I could give my $100 to somebody who will provide me with a working code, this year…..

  25. bucrightoff says: Jun 24, 2014 3:55 PM

    Did you guys know the Vikings are the NFL’s biggest chokers? No NFL team has made more Conference Title Games without a Super Bowl than those losers #Skolosing

  26. gpenpilot says: Jun 24, 2014 3:58 PM

    I prefer Madden 06 on Nintendo GameCube over Madden 25 on Ps3. Better franchise mode, which included training camp.. and it was 10 times faster. I don’t know what it is but the new ones are so slow. Just toggling between menus is a headache.

    NBA 2k14 is a great example of an improving video game series. Madden literally gets worse game play and features every year but getd away with because the marginal improved graphics and updated rosters

  27. myohmeier says: Jun 24, 2014 3:58 PM

    Why not? Considering they now use fan polling to select the cover guy, it seems illogical not to appeal to the fans’ wishes to see the rest of the legion of boom on the cover.

  28. bigdaddystyle says: Jun 24, 2014 3:59 PM

    Fans don’t get their way with Anything. Unless by fans you mean Corporate Sponsors. But those guys pay a lot more than us regular fans.

  29. jchipwood says: Jun 24, 2014 3:59 PM

    Too bad they couldn’t get the LOB on the cover with their PEDs at their feet

  30. beardinals says: Jun 24, 2014 4:00 PM

    Does the cover shoot come with an insurance policy for the season?

  31. drwbrsdmndsnxplntn says: Jun 24, 2014 4:01 PM

    He was just trying to divert the curse.

  32. ducksk says: Jun 24, 2014 4:07 PM

    Really, grown men actually are serious gamers? Wow. Go outside and throw a ball to your kids, or volunteer for something useful. Oops that would conflict with your fantasy league. 3 words. Get a life

  33. trubroncfan07 says: Jun 24, 2014 4:10 PM

    First year I won’t by Madden.

  34. bbk1000 says: Jun 24, 2014 4:11 PM

    I wish they’d put Joe Namath and Suzy Kolber on the cover….I still wouldn’t purchase, but it would give me a good laugh….

  35. decon49 says: Jun 24, 2014 4:12 PM

    It’s not pic of him holding a wr?

  36. rob471773 says: Jun 24, 2014 4:13 PM

    Madden is just an awful excuse for a video game that should be boycotted.

    EA holding the exclusive NFL license is a shame and should be illegal as it makes it impossible for any competition.

    When you remove competition, you get the heaping pile of garbage known as Madden.

    Anyone with a brain knows that 2K sports made the best football video game in history, but their no longer allowed to put out their far superior product.

  37. jrmalo23 says: Jun 24, 2014 4:19 PM

    Seahawk fans should consider themselves lucky that the “Legion of Boom” aren’t on the cover. As everyone knows, the Madden Curse could’ve taken out the entire secondary next year rather than just Sherman.

  38. robdolphins says: Jun 24, 2014 4:26 PM

    Am I lame for thinking that Super Tecmo Bowl still beats Madden?

  39. elway6532 says: Jun 24, 2014 4:27 PM

    If fans got their way Tebow would still be in Denver. And you can damn well bet he wouldn’t have choked like 5head did.

  40. reppster says: Jun 24, 2014 4:27 PM

    Best quote ever. “So start the countdown. Before too long, you’ll be able to buy the latest game of Madden, which likely will look and play just like last year’s version of the game. “

  41. elway6532 says: Jun 24, 2014 4:28 PM

    I would have loved seeing clap-trap Sherwoman try to tackle Tebow. That yapping hairball would have been crushed into a heap of whining hair and sissy gloves.

  42. RussianBreadMaker says: Jun 24, 2014 4:33 PM

    What a joke…fans voted him onto the cover because we want him to be struck by the curse.

  43. rosstuckershair says: Jun 24, 2014 4:35 PM

    The new madden should have a sound bytes of Sherman’s top ten of the most idiotic things he has said. The gracious winning fans and caoches from the Seahawks might like this

  44. notan9ner says: Jun 24, 2014 4:37 PM

    PEDgion of Gloom

  45. juliusanonymous says: Jun 24, 2014 4:40 PM

    You still mad bro?

    #KissTheRing
    #2014WorldChampions

  46. ariani1985 says: Jun 24, 2014 4:46 PM

    Hey 1 good year in 40 aint bad bro!

    #Allhailtecmobowl

  47. cornerstone2001 says: Jun 24, 2014 4:49 PM

    Seadderol Cheathawks will implode……Karma!

  48. cornerstone2001 says: Jun 24, 2014 4:52 PM

    Madden went from the classiest player ever on the cover (Barry Sanders) to the most classLESS
    player ever….Predator-head Sherman

  49. steelcityfinest13 says: Jun 24, 2014 4:54 PM

    I still play 10 yard fight anyway

  50. kylexitron says: Jun 24, 2014 4:57 PM

    Love all the SEA hate.

    Last time I checked world champs.

    Crymore.

  51. rob471773 says: Jun 24, 2014 4:57 PM

    All Pro Football 2K8 > Madden
    ESPN NFL 2K5 > Madden

  52. rob471773 says: Jun 24, 2014 4:59 PM

    ESPN NFL 2K5 mastered concepts 10 years ago that Madden still struggles with or just ignores.

  53. justintuckrule says: Jun 24, 2014 5:10 PM

    Game got dumb years ago when you had a better chance at converting on 4th and 30 than the defense had at stopping you. Almost like real life now.

  54. juliusanonymous says: Jun 24, 2014 5:10 PM

    I love the irony of fans who hate Richard Sherman because he talks trash, then wish injury on him.

    Because that’s classy. Wishing and praying that a person would suffer physical injury and lose their ability to make a living. All over a football game.

    I guess if your team isn’t good enough to beat us, you might as well wish injury on us.

    #MEDIOCRE
    #DontChallengeTheBest
    #OrThatsWhatYouGonnaGet

  55. crush22 says: Jun 24, 2014 5:14 PM

    juliusanonymous says:
    Jun 24, 2014 4:40 PM
    You still mad bro?

    #KissTheRing
    #2014WorldChampions

    You still saying “you mad bro”?
    What are you? 10?

  56. johnodocks says: Jun 24, 2014 5:18 PM

    Should have put Crabtree on the cover with him.

  57. ripster65 says: Jun 24, 2014 5:26 PM

    pacificnw7722 says:
    Jun 24, 2014 3:14 PM

    No Legion Of Boom, no product for me.
    —————-

    tee hee…THAT’LL show ‘em!

  58. kd75 says: Jun 24, 2014 5:40 PM

    There are slight differences. Primarily updated rosters.

    If you are a Browns fan, you can put in Manziel. Player ratings are updated, so Russel Wilson will be much better.

    And two good teams from Madden 13, Falcons and Ravens, will suck in the 14 version.

  59. kmack831 says: Jun 24, 2014 5:50 PM

    Theres plenty of website you can Print your own Fav Madden Cover!!

    I will put my 18mo old with his Kaep Jersey on the Cover… Str8 Ballin!!! Favre The SeaChickens!!!

  60. burm61 says: Jun 24, 2014 5:54 PM

    The Ravens were awful in Madden….

  61. explosionsauce says: Jun 24, 2014 6:03 PM

    Looks like they put Sherman’s signature illegal contact on the cover.

  62. schmitty2 says: Jun 24, 2014 6:06 PM

    ducksk says:Jun 24, 2014 4:07 PM

    Really, grown men actually are serious gamers? Wow. Go outside and throw a ball to your kids, or volunteer for something useful. Oops that would conflict with your fantasy league. 3 words. Get a life

    Says the guy who takes the time to comment about a video game post while at the same time putting down people for playing video games. Maybe it’s YOU who should get a life.

  63. brian1802003 says: Jun 24, 2014 6:13 PM

    Super Tecmo Bowl on the Sega Genesis was the best game ever. The GameDay football games on Playstation was awesome as well. Hope the NFL doesn’t renew the exclusive rights for Madden when the contract is up.

  64. kayakattack says: Jun 24, 2014 6:35 PM

    well we don’t want the entire team cursed

  65. wickedmainah says: Jun 24, 2014 6:39 PM

    I wish 2k would try to make another football game. Sick of Madden being my only choice and sick of paying $60 a year for a rookie update.

  66. mebkyle6 says: Jun 24, 2014 6:57 PM

    Whats bad about the game is playing some random person on-line that has a record of 480 and 25 because he has every possible cheat code he can find plugged in!!….Makes it totally frustrating and unfun for those of us who want to play it like its meant to be played!….NERDS!!

  67. gpenpilot says: Jun 24, 2014 6:58 PM

    On another note about Madden. The roster updates are laughably inaccurate. I remember when the Bucs Davin Joseph was a top 3 guard in the game for like 3 straights years. Hell no.

  68. 12hawksfan1976 says: Jun 24, 2014 7:03 PM

    Another little Seahawks-related post = more freaking out and hyperventilating by Vikings fans.

    Bizarre.

  69. tindeaux says: Jun 24, 2014 7:18 PM

    most players got on the cover of madden ended up jinxed their careers. now it’s time for She-man.

  70. hurricanegrabowski says: Jun 24, 2014 7:25 PM

    If the game was realistic Sherman wouldn’t consistently cover the opposing team’s #1 WR.

  71. 49erstim says: Jun 24, 2014 7:26 PM

    I find it hilarious that a guy that runs a website that will post 20 articles on the SAME STORY will begrudge someone else for, essentially, the same thing. Nobody is forcing anybody to buy the new game. I don’t buy them every year. A few years I’ll grab the new Madden. Maybe I’ll get it this year. Maybe not. Didn’t last year. I’m wondering what leaps and bounds are expected EVERY YEAR?

  72. bigbenh8tr says: Jun 24, 2014 8:39 PM

    Superbowla champs. That is all

  73. bigbenh8tr says: Jun 24, 2014 8:47 PM

    Nfl 2k5 fans give it a rest. Hb dive with Jamal Lewis was good for about 15 ypc and you could break a 50 yd run every 4 plays even against a goaline d

  74. hess97 says: Jun 24, 2014 9:27 PM

    Disappointed not to see him grabbing a jersey or playing bump 30 yards down the field. EA should have done some research for the cover.

  75. badoglick says: Jun 24, 2014 9:41 PM

    It would be one thing if Madden was just a no frills game that lacked features we would like and didn’t offer enough year to year. But the fact of the matter is, the Madden franchise has had a freezing glitch on the franchise mode since 2003 and it’s still an issue. Seriously, 11 freaking years later and it’s not even a competent product. People who buy Madden are tools. Buy an older version if you really need a football fix but don’t continue to allow them to take advantage of you.

  76. larjones64 says: Jun 24, 2014 9:50 PM

    Madden Curse

  77. kgb108 says: Jun 24, 2014 10:03 PM

    Can someone remind me again who exactly got busted for PEDs on the Hawks this last season? To my knowledge it’s been over a full calendar year since Bruce Irvin tested positive before the 2013/14 season even started. But please, keep using that argument to make yourselves feel better at night about how your team sucks and you wish they were as good as Seattle.
    —————-
    I could say the same thing about the Hawk trolls and their Bill Levey comments

  78. footballfan71 says: Jun 24, 2014 10:41 PM

    elway6532 says:
    Jun 24, 2014 4:28 PM

    I would have loved seeing clap-trap Sherwoman try to tackle Tebow. That yapping hairball would have been crushed into a heap of whining hair and sissy gloves.
    ===============================
    Tebow? Seriously? Just funny… Whoa wait – “sissy gloves” — and Manning wears what on his hands?

  79. shutdaup says: Jun 24, 2014 11:32 PM

    How about redesign the cover with sherman holding a WR and cheat Carroll chewing gum in the background. While lynch holds a bag of steroid skittles.

  80. footballfan72 says: Jun 24, 2014 11:32 PM

    BLITZ is a better football game than the garbage EA Madden has put out since 2005. Still playing my ESPN 2K5!

  81. campcouch says: Jun 24, 2014 11:53 PM

    I’ve bought Madden every year since 92. It’s become one of the few wasteful things I do…I guess it a ritual and something to collect. I actually haven’t played one in 5 years. The game would come out and then there’d be a trade or significant signing/injury that wouldn’t be on it. Petty,but at that time I figured it was important. I don’t know what more can be done to it. Pass,run,catch and tackle is all football is. I know it led to a lot of drunken fistfights in the barracks so it’s dear to my video gaming American heart.

  82. furious76 says: Jun 25, 2014 12:09 AM

    The last version of Madden that was worth owning was 2006. Since then it’s just animated action sequences and worse play-ability. The exclusive deal with EA was great for EA and the NFL, and horrible for consumers.

    I don’t purchase Madden anymore. If we all boycotted the game until the exclusive deal was repealed we would actually have innovation in football games instead of the re-skinned roster update of last years buggy garbage.

  83. dawgnme says: Jun 25, 2014 12:22 AM

    Madden = iPhone. Fanboy will stand in line for days just for the chance to buy the same d@mn game (phone) he’s already got at home (in his pocket).

  84. ydousuk says: Jun 25, 2014 1:25 AM

    Game got dumb years ago when you had a better chance at converting on 4th and 30 than the defense had at stopping you. Almost like real life now.
    —————————————————————

    Are you sure it was the games fault for not being able to stop a 4th and 30 play?

  85. channer81 says: Jun 25, 2014 1:47 AM

    ESPN 2k series till I die. Screw the exclusive rights deal..

    That being said, Richard better be glad he’s at the height of his career and producing cause no one is gonna care when his skills will eventually deteriorate, cause no one is going to care when keeps making a huge deal out of some of the tiniest issues. It’s honorable you’re looking out for your teammates but no one is going to care about this cover in 2015.

  86. dstep24 says: Jun 25, 2014 2:05 AM

    You can share rosters now on the latest madden and someone is always uploading an updated file so why should i pay for a glorified roster update, again?

  87. thecoltsfan76 says: Jun 25, 2014 5:27 AM

    I can’t stand the guy, enough to keep me from buying the game. His little tirade during the playoffs was just classless.

  88. omeimontis says: Jun 25, 2014 6:59 AM

    Richard Charmin should share his salary with the Legion of Boop.

  89. eaglesw00t says: Jun 25, 2014 8:03 AM

    I havent bought a single Madden since they bought the exclusive rights.

    NFL2K wasnt perfect, but at least it was an alternative. And there was a reason for the product to get better. 2K improved every year.

    Madden has been stale going on 10 years now. Same product, different wrapper.

  90. realnflmaster says: Jun 25, 2014 8:54 AM

    Madden is the Call of Duty of sports game.

    Overpriced, worthless piece of garbage that chances 2-5% of it’s gameplay and repackages it while charging full retail for essentially the same game with minor adjustments.

  91. s0krat3s says: Jun 25, 2014 8:15 PM

    That’s funny, because for months after the NFC Championship he wanted to take 100% of the credit…

  92. andrewhorning32 says: Jul 11, 2014 3:43 PM

    Madden curse

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