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Rob Gronkowski spikes and shatters a Megatron toy (Video)

At this point I’m starting to think EA Sports should just end the Madden cover vote and hand the award to Rob Gronkowski. Whether he is the most deserving or not, it’s become pretty clear that nobody in the NFL wants to be on the cover of Madden ’13 worse than Gronk. In fact, it’s beginning to look like the Patriots tight end has never wanted anything this badly in his life.

Last month we showed you Gronk and his brothers acting like meatheads as a part of Rob’s Madden cover campaign. Gronk has managed to reach the final eight in the voting, where he is now taking on Calvin Johnson. Megatron is one of the most popular players in the NFL, so this could be Gronk’s toughest test yet. Considering he spiked and shattered a Megatron toy he was “playing against” in Madden, I’m guessing Gronk understands the urgency of the situation.

But the best part of all has to be the decorations in Gronk’s lair. Fathead of himself on the wall? Check. Framed No. 87 jersey over in the corner? Check. Completely blank walls aside from those two things? Check.

Video: Rob Gronkowski, brothers campaign for Rob to be on Madden ’13 cover

Rob Gronkowski is a finalist to be on the cover of Madden ’13 this summer. After the season he had, that should surprise no one. Gronk Nation was infectious this past season to say the least. Whether it’s spiking a puck at a minor league hockey game or dancing on a torn up ankle after a Super Bowl loss, Gronk goes hard no matter what he does. He was already the perfect candidate for the cover of one of the best sports games in the world, but this video should put him right over the top. Teammate Wes Welker is a finalist as well, but does he stand a chance with the masterpiece the Gronk brothers put together to campaign for Rob?

“Hard workers at all times. Lets go bro! Doing curls! Busted ankle! Cast on it! It don’t stop me! … Just getting jacked at all times, going crazy. Even check out my brothers!”

How do you compete with that? You don’t. You just don’t. Madden curse? What Madden curse?

Thanks to Barstool Sports for the video

Charity auction allowing winning bidder to be character IN Madden football game

For the price of $10,000, one lucky person may win an auction to become an actual character in the next edition of the Madden NFL video game.

Charity Buzz is currently running an auction that ends Thursday at 4pm EST. The winning bidder will be able to create a character that will be included in the Madden NFL 13 video game.

The winner will be able to choose the character’s name, height, weight, age, skin tone, hair color/length, accessories (visors/wristbands) and college. They will also be able to specify what type of attributes the player will have.

The bidding began at $1,500 but did not meet its reserve price of $9,999.00, so it went back on the auction block. Someone bid $10,000 last Wednesday morning and is the current leader. The proceeds will benefit ACLU of Southern California.

In case you’re unsure how big of a deal having a Madden character is, allow me to explain. Some NFL players use the video game to scout opponents. Others bet mortgage payments on the game. One even threatened to boycott the game because his ratings were too low. Yeah, this is a big deal.

Let’s just hope the winning bidder doesn’t suffer from the infamous Madden Curse.

Giants Beat Patriots in Super Bowl 46 According to Madden Simulation

Since 2004, EA Sports’ Madden NFL game has been used to predict the winner of the Super Bowl. Call it a coincidence if you want, but the game has been surprisingly accurate. The simulation has predicted the correct winner six out of eight times, and even came within a point on either side of picking the exact score at Super Bowl 44.  Last season, the game had the Steelers winning by a score of 24-20.  Giants fans are hoping the simulation is due for a correct year.

The game predicted the Giants will win Super Bowl 46 by a final score of 27-24.  The Giants were leading 24-10 in the fourth quarter before Tom Brady led his offense to 14 unanswered points to tie the game.  However, the Patriots left 1:50 on the clock which was enough time for Eli Manning to set Lawrence Tynes up for a 40-yard game-winner.  According to Madden, the Giants officially own the Patriots.

Obviously the simulation has no bearing on the outcome of the actual game, but it is pretty amazing how realistic the game can be.  It takes real-life statistics and rankings into account, so the outcome is not completely random by any means.  Manning led more fourth-quarter comebacks than any quarterback in the NFL this season, so it is conceivable that the Super Bowl would end on such a drive.  The Patriots defense has also been an issue for Bill Belichick all season, so it is certainly plausible that they would allow 24 point in the first three quarters of the game.

If Madden turns out to be right, Manning will win his second Super Bowl MVP award after throwing for 342 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception.  Hakeem Nicks will also receive serious consideration for the award after his 134 yards and a score.  Rob Gronkowski plays and scores.  Brady throws for 327 yards and three touchdowns, but it’s not enough.

So there you have it.  If you believe in the accuracy of the Madden NFL Super Bowl simulation, just sit back and enjoy the game on Sunday.  You already know the outcome.  The rest of us are excited to see how it turns out.

Torrey Smith Knows All About the Patriots from Playing Madden

If Bill Belichick finds a way to have the New England Patriots removed from the Madden video game series next year, don’t be surprised. As we all know, Belichick is the ultimate man of mystery. When it comes to injury reports and other inside information, he tells absolutely nothing. Once he hears that Ravens receiver Torrey Smith knows all about the Patriots’ offensive ability and knows them all by name because of Madden, he might try to have every remaining copy pulled from the shelves.

“The biggest thing I know about New England is my brother always picks them in Madden,” the rookie speedster said Monday according to Shutdown Corner. “They pretty much always have the best offense for some years in that game. I would be lying to you if I say I did not know their names before we play them. I mean, my brother plays with them all the time. It does not fail.”

We know there are people out there who believe in the Madden curse, but could the game actually have something to provide in the scouting department?  In reality, I don’t think Smith needed a video game to tell him the Patriots have an explosive offense.  Not to mention, New England’s offense doesn’t really concern him.

Smith should be salivating at the fact that the Patriots’ defense has been beatable all season long — especially at the corner position.  Following a Pro Bowl rookie season, cornerback Devin McCourty has been torched all year long on the deep ball.  If Joe Flacco can deliver, the potential for a big play or two should present itself on Sunday afternoon.  Perhaps Madden ’12 has given Smith some ideas about the perfect route to run.

Peyton Hillis now believes in Madden Curse

2011 has been a disastrous season for Peyton Hillis. The Browns running back was slowed by a hamstring injury that caused him to miss five games. He sat out a game at his agent’s urging because he was ill. It was that type of poor attitude that led to an intervention with his teammates.

After having such an awful season, Hillis admitted Thursday that the infamous Madden Curse is real.

“No doubt about it,” Hillis said. “Things haven’t worked to my favor this year. There’s a few things that happened that made me believe in curses. Ain’t no doubt about it.”

Hillis has finally come back and has put together back-to-back weeks of solid production. Now that his free agent value is destroyed, he’s trying to rebuild his image as the fan favorite that helped him land the cover of the Madden Football video game. I say it’s too little too late.

Hillis is clearly influenced by his agent too easily and allowed his personal issues to turn him into a bad teammate. He never was really that great of a player to begin with. Hillis overplayed his hand and is now paying for it. The good news is that he’s finally been humbled again, allowing him to play his best.

Peyton Hillis Wins Madden Cover Vote, is America’s Favorite White Running Back

ESPN announced Wednesday that Cleveland Browns running back Peyton Hillis beat Michael Vick to win the cover of the Madden NFL 12 video game. Even though we covered Hillis’ run to the semis, we didn’t see him emerging from the pack.

Maybe we should have.

It probably didn’t hurt Hillis that Packers fans voted against Aaron Rodgers because they didn’t want him to suffer the curse. But how did Hillis defeat the ever popular Michael Vick? There is only one possible answer: he ran with the white running back mystique.

Cleveland Browns fans are numerous and passionate, but they can’t possibly overpower every other fan base in the NFL. And I don’t believe some sort of Rory Fitzpatrick scheme was at work either. This was about one thing — race. America loves white running backs and this is confirmation. Here’s more on the matter if you’re interested.