5 Non-Madden Video Game Curses
Controversial drop against the Patriots last week notwithstanding, the Madden Curse hasn't really affected Odell Beckham Jr.
But don't celebrate just yet EA Sports, as another curse may be creeping...
Mere days after it was announced that Ronda Rousey would grace the cover of the company's upcoming game UFC 2, the champion fighter suffered the first loss of her career, falling to Holly Holm in the 2nd round of UFC 193 in Melbourne, Australia.
Rousey isn't the only athlete to be done in by a non-Madden video game. Here, we check out some of the others over the years...
Elliot Sadler, NASCAR 07
When Sadler, two years removed from an appearance in the Chase for the Nextel (now Sprint) Cup, was announced as the cover athlete for NASCAR 07, he was piloting the #38 M&M's Ford for Robert Yates Racing. However, by the time the game was released, Sadler, struggling to stay in the Top 20 in points, had asked for his release and was driving for a new team and car entirely. After the game's release, Sadler never won another Cup race and never finished in the Top 20 in points.
Jeff Gordon, NASCAR 06: Total Team Control
Gordon, a NASCAR legend who will make one more run for a title in tomorrow's Sprint Cup season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, grace the cover of TTC with Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson to emphasize the game's feature of controlling entire race teams. Unfortunately, after the hot start to the 2005 season, Gordon struggled for the rest of the regular season and ended up missing the Chase for the only time in his storied career.
Tom Brady, NFL GameDay 2003
Months after he burst onto the spotlight with his epic Super Bowl XXXVI win over the St. Louis Rams, Brady seemed like a natural choice to appear on a video game cover, and did so for this would-be Madden competitor. But long before the New York Giants were his kryptonite, it was apparently video game covers that did the trick. The 2002 season saw Brady miss the playoff for the only time in his starting career. He also posted the lowest passer rating of his career (both stats not counting the 2008 season, which he mostly missed with an injury).
Dany Heatley, NHL 2004
The cover of EA's hockey game for the 2003-04 season already had an issue when its first choice, Joe Thornton, was arrested for assault charges. He was replaced by the young Atlanta Thrashers superstar coming off a season that saw him tally 41 goals. Tragically, however, Heatlet was involved in tragic car accident weeks before the season started, one that left him severely injured and took the life of teammate Dan Snyder. In addition to being charged with vehicular homicide, Heatley did not play until January. As a result, EA quickly pulled the Heatley cover (thought thousands had already been shipped out) and replaced him with superstar Joe Sakic.
Kevin Garnett, NBA 2K9
Anything was possibleeeeeeeeeeeeee when Kevin Garnett helped Paul Pierce and Ray Allen guide the Boston Celtics to their 2008 NBA Finals victory. The Celtics seemed well on their way to repeating in 2008-09, standing at 44-11 around Valentines Day with Garnett gracing the cover of 2K that year. However, after Garnett suffered a right knee strain in a loss to Utah on February 19, the Celtics struggled afterwards, going 18-9 to close out the regular season. They then needed seven games to get past a young Chicago team before bowing out in the 2nd round in a hard fought series with the Orlando Magic.
Geoff Magliocchetti loves Madden, but misses NCAA Football. Reminisce with him on Twitter @GeoffMags5490
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