Chargers fans plead to keep LT off Madden cover

For many pro athletes, there is nothing like being bestowed the honor of cover athlete for a high-profile sports game. Some fans, however, want their favorite athletes to have nothing to do with box art--particularly that of the popular Madden NFL series. The "Madden curse" is infamous among sports...

For many pro athletes, there is nothing like being bestowed the honor of cover athlete for a high-profile sports game. Some fans, however, want their favorite athletes to have nothing to do with box art--particularly that of the popular Madden NFL series. The "Madden curse" is infamous among sports gamers and pro athletes, with several cases of pros having injury-ridden or statistically awful seasons the year they appear on the cover of a Madden NFL game.

Last year's cover athlete, the formerly durable Shaun Alexander, broke his foot and saw his NFL record for rushing touchdowns broken by San Diego's Ladainian Tomlinson after just one year in the record books. The previous year, Donovan McNabb graced the cover of Madden NFL 06 and fought injuries all season long. In the biggest case for the existence of the curse, Falcons quarterback Michael Vick broke his leg in a preseason game shortly after Madden NFL 2004--with Vick on the cover--hit store shelves.

San Diego Chargers fans are now trying to take matters in their own hands. Their cherished runningback, last year's Most Valuable Player Tomlinson, is one of the leading candidates for the cover of Madden NFL 08, and the fans would like nothing more than to see the honor go to someone else.

One man has started the Web site SaveLTFromMadden.com (and an accompanying MySpace page), complete with a crossed-out mock-up of a Madden NFL 08 cover with Tomlinson, in an attempt to keep curses as far away from the athlete as possible. The site's main point is an online petition directed toward Electronic Arts asking the publishing giant to not put Tomlinson on the cover of Madden NFL 08. As of press time, the petition had 606 signatures.

Chargers fans won't have long to wait to see if LT will be tackled with "the curse." EA will unveil the new Madden NFL 08 cover athlete tomorrow night on Jimmy Kimmel Live!.

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thephoenix365
thephoenix365

i hope LT is nowhere near madden, he's my fantasy keeper!

KN1GHtFr1GHt
KN1GHtFr1GHt

Now I love John Madden and I don't mean any disrespect but do you think if they put him on the front cover he would keel over and die or something? =[

vgjunkey34n8
vgjunkey34n8

you gotta be kiddin me 619. what year is this? well anyway i gotta get going i need to get back to burning witch's and avoiding cracks thus saving the well being of my mothers back. and remember stand clear of black cats and ladders. now you know and knowing is half the battle!!

vgjunkey34n8
vgjunkey34n8

madden curse are you frikkin kiddin me. whats wrong with you 619 really, what year are we in now? well anyway i got some witchs to burn so im out. remember stand clear of black cats and ladders. now you know and knowing is half the battle!! freaks!!

Ernice
Ernice

dumb dumb dumb. should have let him be on it, so that he can prove the curse wrong, well, at least not Vince Young will prove it wrong. cos seriously, there aint no darn curse

lithus
lithus

I'm amazed people are stupid enough to believe in curses. Like Voodoo, it's all in your mind. It only works if you believe it. Fools.

DeltaSpirit
DeltaSpirit

The curse always happens because of John Madden himself. He's worse than Robert Goulet!!!!!!!! (^^Emerald Nuts commercial if you don't get the reference)

jjlilbot
jjlilbot

its kinda hard to beleive but its kind os a coinsedence. evry one dat has been on da cover has faced sim kind of injury or drop in stats

gecko6
gecko6

dont put LT on,he rules and it would suck if he got injured. PS i hope Vince Young has good health insurance sorry titans fans

Guitargamer1
Guitargamer1

I always thought They got injured cuz football has a high risk of injury......now I see they have been trying to hide the truth from us all!

PrimeLazarus
PrimeLazarus

Somini, some people believe and some don't. You aren't a moron to believe in things that sometimes you can't understand or explain. The fact is, there is SOME truth in the Madden "curse" and YOU would be the real moron to ignore that. Coincidence? Most likely. However, I wouldn't go beg to be put on that cover just because I'm not as superstitious (although it would be nice to prove the curse wrong--BUT WHO HAS IN THE LAST 5 YEARS?). Sports are built around a slight degree of superstition and I say if reading something like this makes you sick, just stop reading. Do everyone else a favor and don't regurgitate your negative attitude on here either. In fact why don't you go find a nice obituary to read if all you have to add is bad attitude.

Anthony71B
Anthony71B

F the Chargers! I hope the Bears spank thier a$$es on game 1. But for what its worth, I do have LT on my mock up cover for NFL 2K6. He was better than Chad Johnson.

Bloodhawk_DX
Bloodhawk_DX

How ignorant do you have to be to believe in a "Madden cover curse."? 606 signatures means there are 606 people who are just fools.

djrmc
djrmc

lol that is funny

anarchicgoth
anarchicgoth

man why do people get so crazy over who is on the cover! Seriously! Its a cover! those injuries prolly would have happened anyways.

frogman666
frogman666

heres an Idea call it madden 2007 Death to football videogames and have no one on the cover except madden

jkeefe
jkeefe

Chuckle, well whoever is on the cover, that IS the only way to tell the difference in Madden Football from one year to the next, to the next, to the next. Been basically the same rip off game for years. EA has very little pride in what they do, because they know the masses will buy it, so why waste their time improving it.

jkeefe
jkeefe

Chuckle, well whoever is on the cover, that IS the only way to tell the difference in Madden Football from one year to the next, to the next, to the next. Been basically the same rip off game for years. EA has very little pride in what they do, because they know the masses will buy it, so why waste their time improving it.

RASECUL
RASECUL

How about a putltonmaddencover.com?

sjstor
sjstor

They honestly believe that there is a link between being on a cover of a game and injuries... I hope the mastercheif doesn't suddenly end up on the cover of halo 3..

Evan4prez
Evan4prez

I wish they would put J.P. Losman on the cover of Madden. That way when he gets injured the Bills will get better. Just a thought... prayer... something... oh whats the use the Bills will never be good again. :(

Blood-Of-Night
Blood-Of-Night

curse? maybe its just a COINCIDENCE! If LT is on the cover of course theres a chance he could get hurt, but how would the cover of madden 08 cause that?!

Earth1Superman
Earth1Superman

I hope he's on the cover and he breaks both his legs.

pinebark
pinebark

"People who say the madden curse isnt real are wrong... you simply just dont follow the series, so dont go saying it isnt real when crap mysteriously happens to the athletes when they do appear on the cover. and "thebrazenone" you may think madden sucks, but you probably dont even like or know anything about football, so don't say something sucks with that unfair of an opinion..." It's not that we don't follow the series, it's that we think scientifically and don't believe in curses or specious correlations.

diddyj
diddyj

People who say the madden curse isnt real are wrong... you simply just dont follow the series, so dont go saying it isnt real when crap mysteriously happens to the athletes when they do appear on the cover. and "thebrazenone" you may think madden sucks, but you probably dont even like or know anything about football, so don't say something sucks with that unfair of an opinion...

diddyj
diddyj

People who say the madden curse isnt real are wrong... you simply just dont follow the series, so dont go saying it isnt real when crap mysteriously happens to the athletes when they do appear on the cover. and "thebrazenone" you may think madden sucks, but you probably dont even like or know anything about football, so don't say something sucks with that unfair of an opinion!

Paranizzle
Paranizzle

yeah....vince is on it....which is a bad thing 4 titans fans....T_T....im pissed

WestSideAzn
WestSideAzn

Eh, what is the whole Madden cover curse about? I've never heard about it?

Mstrchiefpwns
Mstrchiefpwns

I wish he would've made it on there. That would've made my year.

Xbox-360-Gamer
Xbox-360-Gamer

lol wow. i don't like him anyway so I'd hate to see him on the cover.

phalluman
phalluman

sucks to be vince young i guess

Juthan
Juthan

EA needs to stop using pro athletes on their covers and just use what EA truly cares about. I present to you, the new EA Madden cover: $

UpbeatShrimp132
UpbeatShrimp132

This is so stupid. Its a myth and is just a coincidence

Ser_Zim
Ser_Zim

Why couldn't it have bin a colt... They need to be hit by the curse.

imnotacrook
imnotacrook

MISSION COMPLETE! Vince Young is the cover-boy.

greendragonslim
greendragonslim

I only have one question, and it may be a stupid one. When does madden 08 come out?

Bpg3D
Bpg3D

Madden already let it slip out, Vince Young will be on the cover.

Jac5232
Jac5232

Heh, if they put T.O. on there I'd pay 50 bucks just for that. Reason why: Madden Curse.

NYJets12
NYJets12

What EA Sports really need to do is take the EA Sports off of NASCAR Racing games and give it back to Papryus. It doesn't really matter who is on the cover becuase the J-E-T-S JETS JETS JETS Are gonna kick everybody's butts anyway.

durrans
durrans

The the cover to VICK Again. He doesn't do anyhting for his team anyway.

texasfight54
texasfight54

Vince young will break the cover curse. I can see it. And you can quote me on that.