The Indianapolis Colts are one of only three teams with two players vying for the cover of the new Madden 15 video game. For those of us who aren’t superstitious, it’s a pretty big honor; for those of us who are (and who might already be a little skittish about facing the Watt and Clowney show twice next fall), it’s a potential nightmare.
The Madden Cover Curse is well documented; players one the cover tend to have season-ending injuries or terrible stats, and then they’re never quite the same. In the past decade, covers have included such faces as Peyton Hillis (remember him?), Vince Young and Shaun Alexander. Last year they wised up and went retro, putting the already-retired Barry Sanders on there, but then at the NFL Draft, there was that ridiculous too-tall microphone incident, so maybe he’s still not safe.
All of the players in consideration for the cover are young, upcoming players like Andrew Luck and T.Y. Hilton, and it’s a testament to the young, fun nature of this Colts team that they have two players in contention. The only other teams with two players in consideration are the Philadelphia Eagles (with Nick Foles and LeSean McCoy) and, surprisingly enough, the Carolina Panthers (I was surprised to see they still had someone on their roster other than Cam Newton, but Luke Kuechly is still there).
It’s great that Luck and Hilton are getting some much-deserved recognition, but the approximately three percent of me that’s superstitious kind of hopes neither of them win. Looking at their opposition, I’d have to say it’s Richard Sherman‘s to lose, but I wouldn’t mind seeing Jimmy Graham or A.J. Green on there either — and not in any malicious way; I like having them on my fantasy team. So far the Colts as a team have avoided the Madden cover (including Peyton Manning), and that’s just fine with me.