Redskins fans have rightfully earned the reputation as some of the most-loyal in all of sports, showing constant Washington patriotism. So it’s not everyday that Redskins Nation rallies to gleefully crush one of their players in a national contest.
But they did it in the best interests of that player, Brian Orakpo, who made it to the round of 32 in the Madden ’13 Cover Bracket, before getting smoked by Victor Cruz. Although Orakpo won’t have the exposure of the Madden cover, fans realize that he’ll continue his dominance only if he stays healthy.
Evidently, Redskins Nation isn’t in the mood to tempt the Madden Curse, with the mere suggestion sending fans into a tizzy. Here is a sampling of blog comments from the stories:
There was reverse psychology:
By Marcus on:
I believe in the curse, that’s why I’m voting for the cowboys.
A bit of divine intervention:
Love my skins but no way in h*ll do I want them on that cover. Thankfully it has only killed my fantasy team… god forbid it hurts my real boys!
And a sticky caps lock key:
By Charles #HTTR:
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 !!!
The Twitter (@Redskins) responses to the story were even more graphic in their feelings about the vote, as well as my heritage. I’ll spare your eyes of the horror.
The good news is that Redskins fans rocked the reverse vote and crushed Orakpo in the bracket. According to KC Clyburn of Redskins101.com, Orakpo was outvoted by Victor Cruz by a landslide tally of 82-18 percent.
I can’t remember the last time I saw such a lopsided election result in a legitimate, democratic election. The only answer is that Redskins fans blew Orakpo out, in order to spare him of a Madden-esque fate.
In related news, Cruz is one step closer to Madden infamy, which sounds like a win-win. In the next round, Cruz takes on fellow New Yorker and Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis. Go Cruz.
With no more horses in the race, which remaining players would you most like to see have a Madden-esque year?
Tags: Brian Orakpo, Darelle Revis, madden, Madden 13, madden curse, Victor Cruz, washington redskins
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