Everyone knows about the Sports Illustrated cover curse. However, this does not always work, as Sports Illustrated comes out weekly, so the curse often does not work. But EA Sports has created another curse; one that has caused many players to reject the opportunity to appear on the cover of a game.
Let's take a look back at past players on the the covers of NHL and NFL games.
1999: Eric Lindros
2001- Owen Nolan
2002- Mario Lemieux
2003- Jarome Iginla
2004- Dany Heatley
2005- Markus Naslund
2006- Vincent Lecavalier
2007- Alex Ovechkin
2008- Eric Staal
We all know what happened to Eric Lindros with his many concussions. Owen Nolan seemed to disappear off the NHL radar as his play went down greatly after 2001. Mario Lemieux began to be plagued even more by injuries than he ever was in his career. Jarome Iginla, like Nolan, dropped off the radar for a year or so, until his stats came back up to MVP form.
We all remember the problems Heatley had with the accident that killed his good friend and hurt his career. Naslund's stats dropped for good, Lecavalier's stats dropped for a year, and Eric Staal's stats dropped greatly as his team missed two playoff berths in a row after winning the Stanley Cup.
The only one that the curse did not affect was Alex Ovechkin, but come on; he is a superhero on the ice. Nothing can stop him, especially not a stupid little video game.
The past people on the NFL Madden covers have been Dante Culpepper, Michael Vick, Marshall Faulk, Shaun Alexander, Ray Lewis, Donovan McNabb, and Vince Young.
Dante Culpepper's career went down the toilet after that cover year, and he has never regained his star form. Michael Vick never blossomed into the passing star that we thought he would. Oh right, and isn't he in jail, too?
Marshall Faulk's career ended quickly as his stats dropped drastically. Shaun Alexander never again was a star after his MVP season, and was recently released by the Seattle Seahawks.
Ray Lewis has not been the superstar he was since his appearance on the cover; Donovan McNabb suffered a season ending sports hernia, and Vince Young has yet to become a star.
Reports say that Brett Favre will appear on the cover of Madden NFL 2009. He is retired. What on earth can happen to him if his career is already over?
Maybe this EA Sports curse is something that is completely off the wall, and we are all just exaggerating this a bit. Even so, a message to Favre's family: watch out. The curse may be coming to you.