Possible X-Men villain to grace cover of Madden 2011
The Madden curse is as real as that growth around Ron Mexico’s genitals, and players for years have proven it. Nevertheless, for a dying rust belt city in Ohio, the offseason is usually their Super Bowl.
Running back Peyton Hillis came out of nowhere last season for the Cleveland Browns, perpetually one of the worst teams in the NFL, to rush for 1,177 yards and 11 rushing TDs for 2010. Throw in the fact that he also caught 61 balls for 477 yards and 2 more TDs and the dude is legit. Finally, he wrestles wild boars, and drags pick up trucks around for fun. Is Peyton Hillis an X-Man? Yes, probably.
Do Magneto’s bidding, Cleveland Plain Dealer:
The Browns have not won a championship in 47 years, so this is a minor victory for the luckless team. However, Hillis now must contend with the legendary “Madden Cover Curse.” Players who appear on the cover of the video game have typically suffered a decline in production the following season, often because of injury.
Hillis, however, laughed at the suggestion of a curse, while EA Sports senior product manager Anthony Stevenson contends the game’s previous bad luck and the troubles experienced by the Browns franchise will cancel each other out.
“If you put the two together, the Browns make the playoffs,” Stevenson said. “I’m going to go ahead and go with that.”
As a native Clevelander I can tell you that will absolutely NOT happen. It’s more likely that I will show up for Maury Povich to take my paternity test sober and willing to peacefully accept the results then Hillis dominating again.
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