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JT Barrett won’t buy NCAA Football 14 because Michigan player is on the cover

denard-robinsonFormer Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson won the EA Sports fan vote earlier this year to appear on the cover of NCAA Football 14. While the fans clearly felt he was deserving of the honor, the victory may hurt sales among Buckeye nation.

Several Ohio State players have expressed their displeasure over a Michigan player being on the cover of the game, with one incoming freshman even saying he is boycotting the game because of it. Freshman quarterback JT Barrett tweeted the following on Tuesday and insists he is not joking around.

According to The Plain Dealer, Barrett was not alone. Ohio State running back Jordan Hall already wrote on his Twitter that he plans to rip the cover, which he described as “weak,” off the game. Buckeyes wide receiver commit Trey McLaurin also chimed in:

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EA Sports: Aaron Hernandez being removed from video games

Aaron Hernandez PatriotsAaron Hernandez has not yet been convicted of any crime, but that hasn’t stopped endorsers and other companies from cutting ties with him. The latest to scrub Hernandez from existence is video game juggernaut EA Sports.

On Monday, an EA Sports spokesperson told CBSSports.com that the former New England Patriots tight end is being removed from NCAA Football 14 and will not be featured in Madden NFL 25, the latest edition of the popular NFL video game series. The news came after the following photo began making the rounds on Twitter (via @LiterallyLowe), which shows Hernandez being unlocked as a reward in NCAA Football 14:

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“We made a decision to remove Aaron Hernandez from Madden NFL 25 and NCAA Football 14,” the spokesperson said. “Because NCAA Football 14 was finalized prior to our decision, Hernandez’ image still appears in the Nike Skills Trainer. However, he is not in the game, and anyone who unlocks that particular Nike Skills Trainer reward will receive an Alex Smith Ultimate Team player item instead. The image of Hernandez will be removed via a Title Update in the near future.”

Alex Smith instead of Hernandez? Ouch. Well, I guess that wouldn’t be so bad if we’re talking college.

Hernandez being dropped from video games is just the latest example showing how his image continues to crumble. First his jerseys were removed from online Pro shops, then sponsors dropped him, then the Patriots offered a free jersey exchange, and now EA Sports. Does that mean games that still feature Hernandez have become the latest eBay collector’s item? Based on what we saw last week, that wouldn’t be a surprise.

Arnold Palmer on cover of Tiger Woods video game (Picture)

EA Sports has decided to add golfing legend Arnold Palmer to the cover of the latest edition of Tiger Woods’ video game. The cover you see above is for Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14, which still doesn’t have a release date scheduled.

According to EA Sports, Palmer has actually been in the 2005 and 2006 versions of the game, and users will be able to play as him in this version as well.

Keegan Bradley, Bud Cauley, Stacy Lewis and Lexi Thompson are newcomers who will also be in the game.

Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler joined Woods on last year’s cover (in separate covers).

Tiger and Palmer seem to have a strong relationship. Tiger won the Arnold Palmer Invitational four straight times from 2000-2003, back-to-back in 2008 and 2009, and he won there in 2012 for his first tournament win in nearly three years.

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