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If Seahawks Lose They Will Have John Madden to Blame

The Seattle vs New England is shaping up to be one of the most anticipated and evenly matched Super Bowl contests in recent history. Las Vegas odds makers have essentially declared the game a tossup and both the general public and the sports media are evenly divided on who will win the game.

Those picking the Seahawks think their defense will be able to rattle Brady just as they rattled Manning in last year’s Super Bowl and Russell Wilson will continue pulling rabbits out of hats. Those picking the Patriots believe that the Seahawks were lucky to get past the Packers and the Patriots are due for another Super Bowl victory. The people picking the Patriots are most likely right, but it is not for any of the reasons they have cited. The reason why the Patriots should be favoured is the John Madden Curse.

It has been well documented that virtually everyone who appears on the cover of Madden video game goes on to experience terrible misfortune and a drop off in performance. Michael Vick is the most famous example, as he actually was sent to jail shortly after appearing on the cover. Peyton Hillis’ career as a starting running back ended almost immediately after appearing on the cover. The 25th anniversary edition of the Madden game, which came out before this season, featured none other than Adrian Peterson on the cover. Who is going to be on the cover of the next edition of the Madden franchise? Richard Sherman.

As great a player as Sherman is, fate has almost certainly conspired to make him have a terrible game in the Super Bowl. There have already been several ominous omens that suggest the Madden curse may be setting in. He is nursing an arm injury that may severely impact his ability to tackle and to pick off the football. His pregnant girlfriend just happens to have a due date right around the date of the Super Bowl, which if it doesn’t cause him to miss the game at least has the potentially to distract him. A couple of days ago, Sherman actually played the Madden video game against Shawn Vereen of the Patriots and lost 14-0. And as if that weren’t enough, EA Sports official Super Bowl simulation had the Patriots beating the Seahawks 28-24. As great as the Seahawks are, it is tough to imagine them beating both the Patriots and the Madden Curse at the same time.

Tiger Woods Deeply Grateful for Deflategate

Earlier this week, the sports world exploded with the shocking story that the New England Patriots were caught using footballs that were deflated below the league mandated minimum PSI. Based on the media coverage, this is the biggest sports story in years, and has become perhaps the most captivating whodunit since “Who Shot J.R.?” And for all the millions of Patriots haters out there delighting in the so-called Deflategate/Ballghazi/Ballgate scandal, the person most thankful for New England’s troubles is not a hater at all; it is a golfer by the name of Tiger Woods.

For a long time, everything that Tiger Woods did was a major sports story, be it slightly altering his swing, hiring someone new to carry his golf clubs for him, or going out on a date with a skier. But this past week, one of the most famous athletes on the planet showed up at a downhill skiing race missing a tooth. Tiger’s agent provided the least believable explanation imaginable for the missing tooth when he claimed that a media member accidentally knocked out the tooth with a video camera.

I should point out that I am not saying that explanation provided by the agent is untrue; I am just saying that it is impossible for most objective observers to believe. How in the name of God could such a famous athlete get his tooth knocked out by a media member’s video camera at a highly public event and there not be any video or pictures of the incident. Keep in mind that this was a media member, who is making a living by reporting newsworthy moments in sports. What would be more newsworthy than a close up video of Tiger’s tooth getting knocked out? Why have no fans tweeted or posted pictures of Tiger and his entourage searching for the tooth in the snow? Why have we not seen any video of Tiger yelling at the offending cameraman?

If this had happened any other time the sports media would be transfixed on Toothgate, but as luck would have it, nobody is all that curious about what happened to the tooth. Tiger could come out and say that Lindsey Vonn knocked it out with her ski pole and it still wouldn’t knock Tom Brady’s deflated balls off the front pages.