Being a New York Giants football fan, I was very happy to hear that Donovan McNabb, who plays for the Giants biggest nemesis, divisional rival Philadelphia Eagles, will be featured on the Madden 2006 game box…Why? Simple. The Madden Curse. As if losing 3 straight NFC Championship games and one Superbowl isn’t enough, McNabb will now be featured on a box that is cursed. It all started, and quite possibly ended with Ray Lewis.
Four years ago, EASports put Eddie George on the cover of their box. Ray Lewis, the dominating linebacker hit Eddie George in the playoffs of the year he was on the box that sent George injured and carried off the field. He had his worst season to date that year, after being dominant the year before.
The next year, Dante Culpepper saw his picture go up, and then saw his leg get taken out in a game in Chicago which ruined the Vikings season. The super Marshall Faulk fell prey the next year when after being featured on the cover, got hit so hard in one game, he had to miss the next six. The RAMS were bumped out of the playoffs early. Michael Vick was the next year’s victim. After making the cover, he broke his leg against Ray Lewis and the Ravens in the preseason and missed almost the entire season. Ray Lewis last year made the cover, in quite possibly an attempt by EASports to end the curse that he started years ago.
So Ray Lewis was fine last year. Nothing broken, too bad, and had a great year. But is he immune to the Madden 2006 curse being that he initiated it? If so, then Donovan might be out for an injury that has been cooking and waiting to erupt on him for 2 years.