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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.

Buffalo Bills’ New Uniforms Leaked in Madden NFL 12 Teaser Video

The Buffalo Bills will unveil new jerseys for the upcoming season and it turns out their new look can be seen in a Madden NFL 12 teaser video. The discovery was made by Chris Trapasso who noticed it while watching the promo video, and it was confirmed by Tim Graham. The Bills’ new unis have an old school feel to them, similar to the throwbacks they have worn recently. Graham has more details on what the uniforms will feature.

“The helmets will be white with the blue charging buffalo and gray facemasks. Jerseys will have broad stripes on the shoulders instead of the sleeve bottom. Pants will be blue or white, the opposite of the jersey. Blue pants will have red-between-white piping. White pants will have red-between-blue piping.

Socks will have blue-and-white striped tops, and players will have the option to wear blue or white shoes as opposed to black. Belts are believed to be gray.”

For a comparison between the new and old uniforms, here’s what they wore last season:

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Aaron Rodgers: Packers Fans Didn’t Want Him to Win the Madden Cover Vote

As we wrote earlier this week, Cleveland Browns running back Peyton Hillis actually beat Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers in the semifinals of the Madden cover vote. Unlike past years when EA Sports selected the player who would appear on the cover of the game, EA decided to create a 32-player tournament and leave the vote to the fans. Rodgers was beat out by Hillis and expressed some disappointment.

He told WKNR in Cleveland Wednesday “I think it definitely would’ve been cool. It was a game that I played as a kid. Not really a game I play anymore, but I played as a kid growing up. I was able to keep up with it through my twitter. I know there were a lot of Green Bay fans that were voting against me because they believe in the so-called Madden curse, but I was following it for sure.”

Rodgers may be somewhat disappointed but Packers fans are not. It’s probably better this way for Rodgers’ longevity. There’s a long history of players appearing on the cover and getting hurt, including Troy Polamalu two seasons ago, and possibly Drew Brees last year.

Aaron, you may have to settle for covergirls instead of cover games for the time being, but that may not even be a bad thing.

Thanks to Deadspin and Sports Radio Interviews for the transcript

Peyton Hillis Riding White Running Back Mystique to Madden Cover Vote Semis

Unlike past years when the cover of the popular John Madden football video game was selected by EA Sports, this year they chose to have the cover determined by a vote. Sports Nation has hosted a 32-player March Madness-style tournament (one athlete per team) to determine who will end up on the cover of the game. They’re down to the semifinals and the four remaining players are Aaron Rodgers, Michael Vick, Adrian Peterson, and Peyton Hillis. Ask yourself one question: which athlete does not belong?

In that group, we have a Super Bowl MVP, the MVP runner up, a four-time Pro Bowler, and a guy who has 1,574 career yards and 17 touchdowns. The guy with the fewest accolades out of that group is by far Peyton Hillis.

Don’t get me wrong, Peyton Hillis was pretty outstanding last year until getting hurt, but he really doesn’t belong with those three just yet. Those other three guys are stars in the game while Hillis has had one good year. And his one good year wasn’t even as good as say, Arian Foster’s one good year. So how did he end up in the semifinals of this tournament?

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Drew Brees Not Worried About the Madden 2011 Curse

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees has been chosen to grace the cover of Madden NFL 2011. Along will taking home the Lombardi Trophy earlier in February, Brees said that being the cover boy is “a great way to cap off an amazing year.”  It certainly is. Brees now has a Super Bowl title and Super Bowl MVP trophy, he’ll be starring in the highly anticipated NFL season opener against the Vikings, and now he’s got a pretty sweet cover on the new Madden game. Of course the first thing that came to my mind when I heard the news was “What about the Madden curse?” But Brees said he’s not worried about any curse on his Twitter page:

Here’s what I have to say about the Madden curse: Destiny is more powerful than a curse. Whatever is meant to be will happen. Faith.

It’s a good attitude to have, but will it be enough? Troy Polamalu succumbed to the Madden Curse most recently while Donovan McNabb, Shaun Alexander and Vince Young all had issues during their cover year. Others, like Larry Fitzgerald played fine during their cover year. I’m hoping that Drew’s good year can keep on course and that he’ll prove the curse is merely a myth.

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Brees on cover of ‘Madden NFL 11′ [AP/ESPN]

Troy Polamalu Has Sprained MCL in Knee, Madden Cover Curse Strikes Again!

madden-cover-polamalu-fitzgeraldIt didn’t even take a full half of football for the Madden Cover Curse to hit its latest victim. Troy Polamalu went down in the first half of the Steelers opener against the Titans after getting his leg caught in an awkward position. Polamalu went out a few minutes before halftime and did not return. After the game, Mike Tomlin confirmed that Polamalu has a sprained MCL adding that the injury usually keeps a player out 3-6 weeks. Now the only question is how long before Larry Fitzgerald gets hurt considering the two players shared the cover.

Michael Vick broke his leg after being on the cover, Shaun Alexander had a foot injury, and last year Brett Favre suffered his torn biceps. Almost indefinitely something bad happens to the cover guy the year he appears on the cover, and usually it’s due to injury. This time around we’ve already seen the same thing. Unfreakingbelievable. Will someone explain to me why EA decided to expand the cover to feature two athletes? Did they want to knock two teams out of contention or did they figure having two guys on there would cancel each other out?

Brace Yourself for the Release of Madden ’09 Video Game on Tuesday

I’m not much of a video gamer these days, and to be fair, I really wasn’t much of one growing up either (Nintendo and Sega were the only systems I owned). That as the case, even I spent a fair amount of time playing the Madden football games back in the day. I used to play it in the 90s on Sega and Super Nintendo with some friends from elementary school, and then later on Playstation while in college. These days I think the game has passed me by — you now can play against opponents online, build ridiculous franchises and players — it’s just incredible what they’ve done with the game. And from the sounds of things, they’re not missing me as one of the customers.

Since the game’s inception in 1989, Madden football has sold over 70 million units raking in a reported $2.4 billion. That’s just silly money. And people (many of you reading this), will be lining up to get a copy of the game for a retail value of $60 when it goes on sale at midnight Tuesday. They’re even throwing a Maddenpalooza party at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena with live music from performers who appear on the game, as well as former NFL players signing autographs. And the game is so popular that a release party drew the likes of Hugh Heffner and his ladies out to celebrate. While the release of the Madden ’09 game is highly anticipated, the big question that has already been proposed by many of you is: will the Madden Cover Curse take its toll on Brett Favre this year? Or has it already worked its mysterious magic?