With 192 days left before the Alabama Crimson Tide kick off their 2013 season, there is still plenty of time for more salacious off-the-field scandals, but in the meantime, Bama fans and video gamers alike have something else to look forward to this summer.
Although former star running back Eddie Lacy won’t be able to participate at the NFL combine because of a strained hamstring, he is one of four players still in contention to grace the cover of EA Sports NCAA Football ’14.
The other candidates for the cover are Michigan Wolverines running back Denard Robinson, Texas A&M Aggies wide receiver Ryan Swope and Oregon Ducks running back Kenjon Barner. In my mind, Robinson and Lacy stand the best chance to get the spot simply because how EA Sports has chosen to run the contest–democracy.
The winner is determined by fan votes, which favors both Robinson and Lacy because of the strong alumni organizations and national coverage their schools command. On the other hand, Alabama has already had two players on the cover–Shaun Alexander (2001) and Mark Ingram (2011)–so maybe Michigan fans will want to stop this trend and see their most recent hero immortalized in video game history. Wolverine fans and college football fans in general got to know Robinson much better after his appearance on the BTN hit show “The Journey” 2012: Big Ten Football. I think that factor will help his vote count in the end.
If the executives at EA Sports were making the decision, I would say hands down Lacy. From a marketing standpoint what team represents dominance in college football better than Alabama and Lacy? When that Alabama crowd starts the chants of “Roll Tide,” even Yankees like me want to join in.
But maybe Alabama doesn’t deserve the cover. I mean, they’ve got everything else. Do they really need another reason to boast and brag? I like how EA Sports is running the contest. Let the fans decide. It’s in the game.
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