Carolina Panthers Cam Newton: Why the Madden Curse Is Bogus

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Carolina Panthers Cam Newton: Why the Madden Curse Is Bogus
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Cam Newton is one of four finalist for the Madden NFL 13 cover. Is that a good or bad thing?

A couple days ago, I woke tired and not ready to go to work.  I ended up putting on a pair of socks that did not match.  Did I have a bad day?  Nope.  It actually wasn't a bad day at all.  Likewise, I'm pretty sure at some point in my life I've walked under a ladder, broken a mirror and failed to forward chain emails, and still turned out okay.

The Madden curse seems to be more serious for some us die-hard NFL fans than my examples about wearing socks that don't match, walking under a ladder, breaking a mirror or failing to forward a chain letter and/or email.  The superstition becomes even more serious if Cam Newton ends up on the cover of Madden NFL 13.

Newton has some tough competition though; Patrick Willis, Aaron Rodgers and Calvin Johnson are among the final four.  If you kept up with last football season, saying that these other players were impressive is an understatement.  

Along with Newton, if any of these other finalists get chosen to be on the cover of Madden NFL 13, the player chosen is in great risk of having a bad season (according the history of the curse).  

At this point, there is no guarantee that Newton will be on the cover of Madden 13.  But if he is, I intend to persuade Panther fans that we have nothing to worry about.  I believe that the Madden curse is a subject that is a matter of coincidence, suspect to exaggeration and easily applicable to players with questionable personalities and who make bad decisions.

To note: I know that this topic, to some of you, seems ridiculous to even talk about.  But as I looked into it and started writing about it, I began to think about how interesting it is because it gives us another opportunity to decide what counts as a disastrous or successful season for Newton. This will be a topic that’ll be discussed in the last slide.  In the next slides, let's discuss why I think this Madden curse is kind of bogus. 

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