Thursday, November 17, 2005
The "victims" (clockwise, from top): Culpepper, George,
Vick, Lewis, Faulk, McNabb
Maybe the only people pleased about this are the folks at Sports Illustrated.
Did you hear about the new sports curse? It's out there now -- along with SI's cover jinx and anything having to do with a certain football team that plays in Detroit.
Apparently anyone who has appeared on the cover of any "Madden" video game over the past several years is doomed. That's the latest scuttlebutt, especially in the wake of the Eagles' Donovan McNabb's injury. The list includes Daunte Culpepper, Ray Lewis, Eddie George, Michael Vick and Marshall Faulk. They're all past cover boys, and all have met with injuries of various degrees of seriousness.
Excuse me, but these fellas aren't playing tiddlywinks. Football is a tough, brutally violent game. The aforementioned players are some of the game's top stars, which means they tend to find themselves holding the football a lot. Guys who dance around the gridiron holding footballs get hit a lot, if you haven't noticed. So it makes sense that McNabb, et al would get hurt now and then.
This is really too silly to even talk -- or blog -- about, but it's Thursday and it's a slow news day, so indulge me.
According to AOL's poll on the matter, 35% of voters think John Madden's video game has somehow levied a curse on its featured cover stars. Maybe some of the voters danced around a football field, too -- sans helmet.
Speaking of magazine cover curses, Oprah Winfrey is my heroine. She places herself on the cover of every single issue of her "Oprah" magazine. Narcissistic? Probably. But there's a chick who is anything but cursed, and she proves it every month she appears as her own cover girl.
Then again, she doesn't tote pigskins around amongst hulks.