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Kendall Marshall says he plays hard to get his NBA 2K13 player rating up

Former UNC guard Kendall Marshall was drafted by the Suns with the 13th overall pick back in June. While we have yet to see how his game will translate from college to the NBA, the video game world waits for no one. Like any other rookie on an NBA roster, Marshall will be featured in the popular basketball game NBA 2K13 when it’s released on October. His career has hardly begun, but the game has already provided him with some added motivation.

“I am, definitely worried about (my player rating),” Marshall told Dylan Murphy of DIME Magazine. “In college I played for Twitter followers. I played well so I could get more followers. In the NBA, I gotta get my rating up. That’s all I’m worried about. …. I’m just hoping for a 70. If I can get a 70, I’ll be happy and just build from there. My passing better be at least a 95.”

We’ll assume, of course, that Kendall plays the game first and foremost for his teammates, coaches and fans, and the whole social media and video game thing is just a bonus. But then again, he did say he played Angry birds for 30 minutes to an hour before games at UNC, so video games are clearly a huge part of his life.

Marshall averaged only 7.2 points per game in his two-year career at UNC, but he recorded eight assists per game. He can expect his passer rating to be a lot higher than his shooting, but a 95 for passing may be stretching it. As we have already learned from players like this one, Marshall is not the only NBA player who cares about his NBA 2K rating.

Chest bump to I Am a GM for the story

Chad Johnson had to create himself in Madden video game

Anyone who knows Chad Johnson knows that he is a huge video game guy. In fact, his former wife probably should have known their marriage wasn’t going to last from the moment Chad proposed to her while playing Call of Duty. Most video game guys who like sports play Madden, so obviously Chad is no exception. For the past 11 years, Johnson has had the pleasure of being able to play as himself while playing the game. Now, he no longer has that luxury.

With Madden ’13 having been released on Tuesday, Johnson was recently faced with a cold hard truth while gaming.

Between getting cut by the Dolphins, losing sponsors, going through a divorce and having his VH1 show cancelled, Johnson likely has a lot more on his mind than not being in a video game. He probably should have thought about that before allegedly head-butting his wife, but that’s neither here nor there. To his credit, Chad also told his followers not to feel bad for him a couple hours after tweeting about Madden.

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John Madden does not believe in the Madden cover curse

Whether you believe in curses or not, you have to admit it is strangely coincidental how so many athletes who have appeared on the cover of EA Sports’ “Madden” video game have gotten injured over the years. After an off year in 2011, Peyton Hillis had no choice but to become a believer. Drew Brees may not have missed any actual time, but there were rumors that he played through a couple of significant knee injuries the year he was on the cover of the game.

Unsurprisingly, John Madden himself does not believe in the curse. And if it does exist, he says he is confident Calvin Johnson can put an end to it this season.

“I was on the cover for several years, and I never once even pulled a hamstring,” Madden said while laughing according to the Detroit Free Press. “It’s a violent sport. Injuries are going to happen.

“If there was such a thing (as a curse), you couldn’t ask for a better man to prove that wrong than who we’ve got this year. He might be as close to indestructible as we’ve ever had on the cover. Maybe I shouldn’t say that…that might…I’m not going to talk about that any more.”

Fortunately for Madden, Nate Burleson already said something similar about Megatron a few months back. If you believe in curses and you’re a Johnson fan, you probably aren’t feeling great about him being on the cover of the video game and Burleson and Madden both challenging the curse gods. If Megatron can put together a healthy season given all the things people have said about his presence on the cover, I think it’s safe to say the curse doesn’t exist.

H/T Pro Football Talk

NCAA Football ’13′s portrayal of Kain Colter apparently wasn’t too accurate

Above are two pictures of Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter. As you can tell from the image on the left, the junior QB has a tan complexion and brown hair. On the right is a shot of Colter as he appears in EA Sports’ NCAA Football ’13. He’s apparently dissatisfied with his hair and skin color in the game.

It’s not quite as bad as Colter describes it, but the dude looks Ben Roethlisberger in the game. We can understand why he’s peeved. Let’s just hope they didn’t undercut him when it came to his player rating; the triple-threat player threw for six TDs, rushed for nine, and caught three last season, and we all know how bent players can get if their video game ratings are low.

Big thanks to Adam Kramer of Kegs ‘N Eggs for the video game image

Kevin Durant, Derrick Rose, Blake Griffin share cover of NBA 2K13 (Photo)

NBA All-Stars Kevin Durant, Derrick Rose, and Blake Griffin share the cover of NBA 2K13, which is the latest edition in the video game’s popular series that is due out in October.

The three are considered part of the “new dynasty,” and were chosen because they “represent the NBA well,” according to 2K Sports’ VP of Marketing.

Darren Rovell also points out that the cover choice continues the streak of LeBron James never appearing on the cover of a video game. If there was any time for LeBron to appear on the cover of a game, you would figure it would be after he just won his first title.

Good choices by 2K Sports. Unless knee injuries become problems for Griffin and Rose, the three should be mainstays in the league for the next 10 years.

Madden NFL 13 will reportedly feature Tebowing

The concept of Tebowing may have fizzled out quickly over the past several months, but those who were sitting around waiting for it to come back are in luck. If there is any platform with the power to rescue what was once the most popular fad in sports, it’s the Madden NFL video game series. According to Madden NFL creative director Michael Young, Madden 13 will honor Tim Tebow with his signature move.

“Tebowing is in for #madden13,” Young wrote on his Twitter account Friday.

As of last month, Tebow’s lawyers were battling with the website Tebowing.com over trademark issues. My guess is the creators of Madden have permission to use it or will refrain from calling it “Tebowing” in the game, but you never know. Since the EA Sports people always seem to take authenticity very seriously, they have no choice. Tebow is obviously going to be featured in the game and you can’t show a full game of Tebow without him dropping to a knee on the sidelines before a game or in a prayer circle after it. Real is real.

H/T NFL.com
Photo credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-US PRESSWIRE

Calvin Johnson beats Cam Newton for Madden ’13 cover

Calvin Johnson is getting the recognition and notoriety a player of his caliber deserves, but maybe it’s not the kind he should want.

The Lions receiver won the voting to appear on the Madden ’13 video game cover. He topped Panthers quarterback Cam Newton with 52% of the 651,790 votes cast in the finals.

The voting was done as a 32-player tournament where each NFL team had one representative. Johnson beat Dwayne Bowe 92%-8% in the first round, Arian Foster 73%-27% in the second round, Rob Gronkowski 63%-37% in the third round, Aaron Rodgers 67%-33% in the semifinals, and Newton 52%-48% in the finals.

The announcement was made on ESPN’s “SportsNation” show on Wednesday afternoon, where both finalists said they didn’t believe in the infamous “Madden Curse.” Last year’s cover winner, Peyton Hillis, also said he didn’t believe in the curse, but that was before he had an abysmal season for the Browns, which changed his mind.

Last week, Lions receiver Nate Burleson said he was going to vote for Calvin because he thinks his teammate can break the curse. Lions fans better hope that is the case. Given the history of the cover curse, I would be worried.

Photo Credit: Jerry Lai-US PRESSWIRE