Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Madden Curse

Now that Madden 07 cover athlete Shaun Alexander has sustained a left foot fracture, sidelining the Seahawk star for at least two weeks (might miss vikes game), comes renewed speculation about the existence of a 'Madden curse.'

Here's a history of the curse:
  • 2000 - Barry Sanders abruptly retires before training camp
  • 2000 - Dorsey Levens is cut by Green Bay the following season
  • 2001 - Eddie George enjoys career year, until costly turnover leads to Titan's playoff exit
  • 2002 - Daunte Culpepper leads team to dismal 4–7 record before season-ending knee injury
  • 2003 - Marshall Faulk suffers ankle injury; career diminishes thereafter
  • 2004 - Michael Vick fractures right fibula in preseason game, just one day after Madden is released; sidelined for season
  • 2005 - Ray Lewis fails to post a single interception (after grabbing 6 the previous year), and injury forces him to miss the final game of the season; the Ravens also fail to make the playoffs after winning the division in the 2003–2004 season
  • 2006- Donovan McNabb suffers sports hernia in first game and undergoes season-ending surgery in November; T.O. feud escalates; Eagles finish 6–10 after reaching Super Bowl in 2005–2006 season
  • 2007 - Shaun Alexander fractures left foot in Week 3 ...
I hope they don't put T. Jack on the cover next year.