DREW BREES BREAKS HIS OWN LEG BEFORE MADDEN CURSE GETS HIM
April 23 2010
New Orleans, LA – Daunte Culpepper. Marshall Faulk. Michael Vick. Ray Lewis. Donovan McNabb. Shaun Alexander. Vince Young. Troy Polamalu. In their primes any one of these stars would have been a perfect pick to head a team either in the NFL or
in the video game version of the sport. That is the reason they were all chosen to be the cover boys for the most famous football game, Madden, and the reason all of them ultimately ended up injured or had their careers almost utterly destroyed.
‘The Madden Curse’ as it has come to be known is the ongoing correlation between the stars chosen to appear on the cover of that game and who ultimately suffer severe injury in the subsequent season. Though most players routinely reject the notion of a curse associated with the cover slot, the data suggests otherwise. With the announcement that Super Bowl MVP Drew Brees will appear on the cover of the next instalment of the game fans of the New Orleans Saints groaned as they watched their hopes for a repeat disappear. Brees however, realizing how much of a role mysticism plays in the culture of New Orleans, broke his own leg shortly after the announcement hoping to ward away the evil spirits that seem to stalk so many Madden cover boys.
“I can confirm that Drew did indeed break his leg late last night. It is a clean break and the doctors expect that he will be fully healthy by the time camp starts. Drew himself does not believe in the Madden curse but he does respect that fact that others do and wanted to honor that,” said a spokesperson for the New Orleans Saints. “Drew, this team, and the city are intimately intertwined and he wanted to respect that. We all feel that the collective spirit of the city helped to push the team to the Super Bowl and in deference to that, Drew decided to appease whatever power governs that Madden games and go ahead and break his own leg. We now expect a clean run at the championship again.”
Peter Moore, the head of EA Sports, is apparently an Oakland Raiders fan meaning that Brees’ efforts may yet fall on deaf ears.
“Whether it is Moore or some other guy running the label for whatever reason the guy on the cover has never been the favourite and that has result in a lot of injuries. At first glance it would appear that nothing really untoward was going on, from a corporate perspective, but EA does hold quite lot of power over the league, particularly since they signed that exclusivity deal,” said Scrape TV Gaming analyst Graeme Hawthorne. “Eventually I suppose a team that the leadership of EA likes will win the Super Bowl or gain a breakout star but until that happens I’m afraid we will continue to have to deal with this curse over and over again, no matter agent what Drew Brees thinks he has appeased.”
Brees could suffer some complications from a broken leg including blood clots and misaligned healing, something most experts believe likely.
“Frankly, I think that Saint’s fans should just forget about this season. Like last year if it happens it happens but because of this there is no way that you can plan for success. Without Brees there is no way they will be able to win and he is done for,” continued Hawthorne. “There is also the possibility, however remote, that by doing this he might have actually upset whatever spirits oversee the football season making them more likely to inflict something serious on Brees. I guess we will have to wait and see, at least until halfway through the season.”
NFC south competitor Carolina Panthers reported a significant spike in ticket sales following the announcement.
Douglas Havermore, Games Correspondent