Well, the people have spoken. And they love Peyton Hillis--13 million votes later, and Peyton Hillis will be on the cover of Madden 2012. That's it, right? They love Hillis? Or maybe enough of them just hate Michael Vick? Or maybe enough people want to see something positive happen to Cleveland? Or perhaps it's just that everyone's grandpa was a Browns fan, and so it follows through the generations? Or maybe Browns fans are just really really passionate.
Or, of course, perhaps it's just an extension of the curse, and so of course it's a Cleveland player finally. Which curse, you may ask? It could be any number of curses when talking about Cleveland sports history, but in this case, of course, we're talking about the Madden Curse. From Eddie George to Daunte Culpepper to Ray Lewis to Shaun Alexander to Vince Young to LaDanian Tomlinson to Troy Polamalu, injury and misfortune has affected many (but not all) video game cover models.
|Peyton Hillis on the ESPN set with a mockup of a possible Madden cover.|
|Amy Sancetta / Associated Press|
Just don't be ashamed to knock on wood a few times. Like right now. And every time you turn your Xbox on to play Madden this fall.