Madden 2013: Cam Newton Wrong to Not Believe in Madden Curse

Eric BowmanFeatured ColumnistApril 24, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 04:  Cam Newton, Pepsi Rookie of the Year Winner attends NFL Honors in the Pepsi Blue Room at Murat Theatre on February 4, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Pepsi)
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Cam Newton recently released a video calling out his Madden cover vote opponent, Calvin Johnson, but he made one major mistake during his seven-minute rant. 

The Carolina Panthers' QB said he doesn't believe in the Madden Curse, which was a terrible choice of words. It's a real thing, and ignoring it will only come back to haunt him. 

I can't blame Newton for releasing the video, which you can watch below, because it probably will help him win the cover vote (Note: around the three-minute mark is when Newton essentially spits on the Madden Curse).

The winner will be revealed on Wednesday, April 25 on SportsNation at 5 p.m. ET on ESPN2. 

Since the voting is almost over, I'll go ahead and tell you that I did vote for Newton, simply because I want to see him attempt to defy the Madden Curse and he so desperately wants to be on the cover. 

You can tell Newton is very sincere in his video, but choosing to believe the Madden Curse isn't real is a huge mistake from the young QB. 

Multiple players who have graced the cover of the EA Sports video game have gone on to have an injury the following year or a poor statistical season. 

Some haven't been greatly affected by the Madden Curse like others have, but in some form or fashion, it gets just about everyone who puts their mug on the cover. 

Honestly, I hope Newton gets the cover and nothing ends up happening to him. It would be great for the Madden Curse to be deceased, and Newton is quite enthusiastic to beat it. 

If he does win and falls victim to the curse, hopefully it's in the form of a bad season and not an injury. He's a bright, young star of the league and losing him to injury would be extremely sad. 

Unfortunately, the sad truth is that Newton will be at an increased risk for injury because he would be on the cover of Madden. 

Part of me isn't completely sold on the fact Newton doesn't believe in the curse. If you watch the video, you'll notice that Newton's answer of why he doesn't believe in the Madden Curse is pretty weak. 

He doesn't say why it's not real, but more along the lines of why he thinks he can beat it. Claiming that attending OTAs and improving his game is a bit silly, especially since other Madden cover guys have done the same thing only to fall victim to the curse shortly after. 

I commend Newton for reaching out to his fans for votes, but thinking the Madden Curse doesn't exist is simply foolish. 




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