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Kerrigan Vs. Orakpo In Madden Cover Vote

Posted by Brian Tinsman on March 12, 2012 – 2:34 pm

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Since its humble birth in 1988, the EA Madden football franchise has grown rapidly into one of the top grossing sports entities of all time.  Along the way, it has given countless young men and women thumb tendinitis, turning football fans into gamers, and gamers into football fans.

Along the way, it has also cursed nearly every tremendous athlete that has graced the cover of the game box since 1999. EA Sports has repeatedly said that they don’t believe in such things, but has done a number of things to shake up the process in recent years.

In 2010, the company selected two players from the previous Super Bowl to share the cover spotlight.  Both had down years.

So last year, what used to be a unilateral decision on the part of the executives at EA Sports, was finally put to a fan vote with the help of ESPN’s Sports Nation.

For better or for worse, no Redskins player has ever been selected to fill that role.  For the non-superstitious types, you can change that this year by voting one of the two candidates to the top of the list.

But if they regress, it’s all your fault.  Here’s the deal:

EA SPORTS and ESPN announced the return of the award-winning Madden NFLCover Vote campaign, where fans can cast their vote for the next athlete to grace the cover of one of the highest-selling videogame franchises in North America.

Last year, nearly 13 million votes were cast through ESPNSportsNation.com and ESPN mobile in both companies’ most successful cross-platform activation. Tenth-seeded Cleveland Browns running back, Peyton Hillis, trucked through the six week competition all the way to the ultimate end zone – the Madden NFL 12 cover.

This year, the campaign has been expanded to 64 candidates, and voters have between now and March 21 to vote on the first round of the field.  The first round features competitions between teammates, which for the Redskins mean Brian Orakpo vs. Ryan Kerrigan for an outside linebacker bash:

Since one of the Redskins will move ahead to the next round no matter what, it’s okay to vote in this round with a clear conscience.  But if you continue to vote and a Redskins player ends up winning, just beware the consequences of the Madden Curse.

Y’know, if you believe in that stuff.

Updated 3:51 p.m.:

For each of you loyal fans that refused to vote out of allegiance to your players and belief in the curse, Orakpo salutes you:


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12 Responses to “Kerrigan Vs. Orakpo In Madden Cover Vote”

  1. By Charles #HTTR on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    DONT VOTE AT ALL!!!!!!!!!!!! THE MADDEN CURSE IS REAL!!!! AND I AM NOT SUPERSTITOUS, BUT BEING ON A MADDEN COVER AND GETTING INJURED IS A FACT!!!! LETS NOT MAKE RG3’s SEASON ANY HARDER !!!

  2. By Noone Special on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Instead of Brian Orakpo or Ryan Kerrigan, vote to put Sean Taylor on the cover.

  3. By BigRedSpear on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    How about a story on the $36 MILLION CAP HIT WE JUST TOOK!!!

  4. By BigRedSpear on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    and as far as this story goes, I would never want a Redskin on the cover of Madden. More bad than good follows that and while I’m not saying one necessarily follows the other, it’s enough for me.

  5. By dan on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    being on the cover of madden doesn’t mean sh**. best olb tandem. GET EM. #HTTR

  6. By Marcus on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    I believe in the curse, thats why I’m voting for the cowboys.

  7. By Ashley on Mar 13, 2012 | Reply

    Love my skins but no way in hell do I want them on that cover. Thankfully it has only killed my fantasy team… god forbid it hurts my real boys!

  8. By JustAfan21 on Mar 13, 2012 | Reply

    I REALLY believe they should just put Sean Taylor on the cover..He deserves it and that was my favorite player/role model so I actually will be one lobbying 4 that 2 happen one day

  9. By HOGS1 on Mar 14, 2012 | Reply

    Orakpo is the man,and Ryan’s a beast……F Madden Cover…Keep are best 2 defensive players HEALTHY!!!!!

  10. By Dustin on Mar 14, 2012 | Reply

    #taylorforcover, #taylorforcover, #taylorforcover

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