Originally posted on It's Always Sunny in Detroit  |  Last updated 3/9/12

For the third year in a row, EA Sports is putting it on the fans to see who will be the next victim of the infamous Madden curse.

And this year, they're bringing in an NCAA Tournament bracket format into the equation. In 2011, they asked fans to choose between Drew Brees, Reggie Wayne and Jared Allen. Last year, they had a 32-man tournament which was (how I have no idea) won by Browns running back Peyton Hillis. This year, 64 men have the chance, including Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson and quarterback Matthew Stafford.
Both are coming off tremendous individual seasons leading the Lions to the playoffs for the first time since the 1999-2000 season. The 23-year old Stafford threw for 5,038 yards, connected on 41 touchdowns and was only picked up 16 times. The 26-year old Megatron hauled in 96 balls for 1,681 yards and 16 touchdowns.
In the tournament bracket, the two face each other in the first round. So, who would you pick? Johnson, whose numbers dwarfed his fellow receivers' or Stafford, who was the heart and soul of the team? Do you really want either to be the cover boy?
My "not-so-expert" opinion says that Calvin has the better shot at winning on a national scale, but I'd love to see Stafford on there. It'd be a shock to Lions fans' systems to see a guy who, before this year, several had dubbed "soft" for his two previous season-ending injuries. Sports radio would blow up with "oh no, not again" callers. But, why couldn't Stafford be the guy to break the curse? 

Lions fans should be stuffing the vote on Facebook...but not for either of these guys.  #12 in Green Bay (Aaron Rodgers) would be the guy I'd be rooting for.

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