The Madden Curse is real, and anyone who doubts it is just naive and is ignoring the facts.
Fans who choose to vote in the finals of the Madden 2013 cover this week need to keep in mind that the curse has a high possibility of hitting the winner in some fashion or another. Whether it's with a sloppy performance the following year or an injury, those who end up on the cover are most likely doomed.
On Wednesday, April 18, ESPN will reveal the two players fans have voted into the finals.
Aaron Rodgers, Cam Newton, Calvin Johnson and Patrick Willis are the final four options, and I'd be pretty surprised if the two quarterbacks aren't the ones squaring off to grace the cover.
How a fan approaches their vote for the Madden 2013 cover should depend on their favorite team. If they root for the Packers, Panthers, Lions or 49ers, the wise decision would be to vote against the player of their team. If a fan cheers for a team that rivals one of those teams, the best move would then be to vote for the player you typically root against.
In no way am I saying that one should wish ill-will on any of these players. I'm simply pointing out that the Madden Curse is alive and well, and it needs to be taken into consideration when voting for the cover boy.
Personally, I would love for all of the future Madden cover boys to break the curse and never suffer an injury or a terrible statistical season. These are all elite players, and it's great to see them thrive on the big stage, even if it's a guy on a team I root against. After all, I would prefer for my teams to beat their rivals when everyone is at their best, simply because it makes the victory that much sweeter.
The Madden Curse isn't fun, but sadly, it is real, which is why fans must be thinking about that when they place their vote.