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The race to grace the cover of "Madden 13" has been narrowed down to two of the NFL's brightest stars in Cam Newton and Calvin Johnson.
Weeks of online voting has whittled down the pool of 32 players to a head-to-head between the Panthers quarterback and Lions wide receiver.
Johnson is coming off a stellar season in which the 26-year-old wideout led the league with 1,681 receiving yards. Newton, 22, ranked 10th among NFL quarterbacks last year with 4,051 passing yards, adding another 706 yards rushing.
Voting ends April 25, with the winner appearing on the 24th installment of the EA Sports franchise, which first hit shelves in 1988.
The honor of having your picture on the best-selling game has had its drawbacks through the years, however, with several cover stars having gone on to suffer poor form or injury -- something that has become known as the "Madden Curse."
Johnson, however, is not concerned about the prospect of replacing last year's Madden pick, former Cleveland Browns running back Peyton Hillis, who subsequently had an injury-plagued 2011.
"No, I don't worry about it," Johnson told ESPN.com Tuesday. "All things come to an end."
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Though many former players are suffering from the effects of playing professional football, Lions center Dominic Raiola is not concerned.
If Calvin Johnson winds up winning the Madden cover vote and suffers an injury next season, Lions fans may blame more than just the Madden jinx. Those who are particularly superstitious could take aim at Nate Burleson. Burleson, who claims to be a big Madden fan, admitted to Mlive.com that he believes in the Madden cover curse. Despite that, he says he is still going to vote for...
ALLEN PARK, Mich. Former NFL players are piling on when it comes to lawsuits against the league for the head injuries they sustained during the course of their careers.
Detroit Lions center Dominic Raiola doesnt plan to be part of that litigation one day.
When Im at home in my rocking chair at 40, I dont think Im going to be thinking about suing the NFL, Raiola, 33, said Tuesday...
The 2012 NFL schedule was released Tuesday at 7:00PM. The news surrounding the release was a bit absurd (ESPN had a three-hour special on it), but as expected everyone wants to see how many wins they can foreshadow their favorite team getting.
Here is the Lions preseason and regular season. They will have one primetime preseason games and four regular season primetime tilts. But...
You don’t have to be a hardcore gamer to know of the dreaded Madden curse, which, coincidentally or not, has led to disappointing seasons for many of the stars that have graced the cover of EA Sports’ pride and joy.
Whether or not you buy in to the fable is immaterial; the guys who, you know, actually step out onto the field on Sundays feel the jinx is alive and well.
Detroit Lions center Dominic Raiola says he knew the risk of playing in the NFL.
With that in mind, Raiola told the Detroit Free Press that he would never sue the league for any injury incurred because it is "common knowledge" that it's just part of the game.
"It's worth it. It's totally worth it," Raiola told the newspaper on Tuesday. "This...
Here is a way-too-early, week-by-week prediction breakdown of the Detroit Lions' schedule, released Tuesday night, with the opponents' 2011 records in parenthesis:
SEPTEMBER 9 VS. ST. LOUIS (2-14)
The Rams, who ended the season on a seven-game losing streak, hired a new coach, Jeff Fisher, and signed 10 free agents. Not going to matter here.
Take a look at the Detroit Lions 2012 schedule. Any predictions? With a hand full of primetime games, along with some key home games, this year sure will be fun to watch!
Week 1 – Sept. 9 – vs. St. Louis Rams (1 p.m., FOX)
Week 2 – Sept. 16 – at San Francisco 49ers (8:20 p.m., NBC)
Week 3 – Sept. 23 – at Tennessee Titans (1 p.m., FOX)
Week 4 – Sept...
Detroit Lions center Dominic Raiola says he expects to suffer
from short-term memory loss when his career is over.
General manager Marty Hurney says the Panthers will entertain offers to trade down from the ninth pick in next week's NFL draft, but the team has no interest in moving up.
The Panthers don't have much ammunition to trade up after dealing this year's third-round draft pick to the Chicago Bears last season in exchange for tight end Greg Olsen.
Hurney says because of the...
The NFL will announce official dates for regular season games in about an hour. Here are the five most intriguing games on my list. That means, these are the games I am most likely to buy a ticket to see live, away from the comforts of a friendly sports bar where food and drink prices are much more reasonable.
NFC East games are not on this list because all of those games are intriguing...
It wasn't easy, but Cam has moved onto the final round of the 2013 Madden Cover Bracket. In his closest win of the first four rounds, he took out Patrick Willis with 53% of the vote last week. His next opponent, former Georgia Tech and current Detroit Lions wide receiver, Calvin Johnson, beat out Aaron Rodgers.
If you're all about this Madden Curse and don't want Cam...