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Griffin III’s Loss May Actually Be A Win

Posted by Stephen Czarda on April 11, 2013 – 4:52 pm

Robert Griffin III

Quarterback Robert Griffin III achieved an incredible amount in his first year with the Washington Redskins.

He led the team to its first NFC East title since 1999, was named AP Offensive Rookie of the Year over some of the best playmakers to debut in the league in years, and broke the NFL record for most jerseys sold in a single year.

Griffin III is a winner, we know that much and while No. 10 would never want to come up on the losing end of anything, after not being voted into the Madden 25 cover vote Final Four its safe to say he might be okay with being booted out.

Now that the Burgundy and Gold’s captain has steer cleared of an assignment on the dubious cover, find out just how “bad” the Madden Curse has been through the years.

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Can Griffin III Make More History?

Posted by Stephen Czarda on April 5, 2013 – 5:43 pm


Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III took the NFL by storm last year, revolutionizing the quarterback position and becoming the leader of a franchise that has won three Lombardi Trophies, but had finished at the bottom of the NFC East four times in the last six years.

On April 26, 2012 the Burgundy and Gold called on the Hesiman-winning quarterback to become the next great Redskins signal caller, joining the likes of Sammy Baugh, Sonny Jurgensen, Joe Theismann, and Doug Williams to be under center in the Nation’s Capital. Instantly, he became the biggest star to role into the DMV in years.

Number 10 jerseys can be spotted anywhere and everywhere across the area and after leading the team to its first NFC East Title since 199, he completed his incredible professional debut with an AP Offensive Rookie of the Year award to add to his already crowded trophy case.

With his rookie season in the bag, its time for him and the rest of the Redskins to move forward and bringing home another Super Bowl Trophy is certainly at the top of the team’s goals list this year.

Griffin III has already proven to be a Superman of sorts with the pigskin, but can he be the man to eliminate the infamous “Madden Curse”?

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Fans Excited For Orakpo’s Madden Defeat

Posted by Brian Tinsman on March 29, 2012 – 2:48 pm

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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:

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A Redskins Dilemma In Madden Cover Vote

Posted by Brian Tinsman on March 23, 2012 – 12:21 pm

Last week, I wrote about the EA Sports/Sportsnation Madden bracket to determine the next NFL player that will grace the cover of Madden ’13.  Redskins fans could choose between top Redskins nominees Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan, and see if they might make it through the field of 64 to No. 1.

In that post, I encouraged fans to vote, but reminded them that the Madden Curse is an actual thing, and that fans run the risk of inadvertently dooming their favorite player to injury and soul-crushing failure on the field.  I just pass along the information, you do what you will with it.

As a result, I got torched by commenters and re-tweeters, who accused me of indirectly or deliberately sabotaging the team.  The outcry was candid enough that it caught the attention of Orakpo, who thanked fans for their concerns (it was later retweeted by Kerrigan):

Orakpo was later voted through to the round of 32, earning a 15 seed going up against a No. 2.  The dilemma for superstitious Redskins fans is that that No. 2 seed is Giants receiver Victor Cruz.

Would Redskins fans dare vote for a division opponent in the interests of keeping Orakpo healthy? Would voting for a division opponent guarantee that he gets cursed?

Redskins fans have every right to be careful with their vote, with catastrophic career meltdown on the line.  Here’s a comprehensive review of your options:

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Brian Orakpo And The Paradox Of The Madden Cover Vote

Posted by Matt Terl on March 22, 2011 – 9:44 am

So I have this friend who’s a die-hard Redskins fan — probably a lot like you, if you’re the sort of person who reads this blog regularly — but for the last decade or so he’s been faced with a tricky problem. See, he travels a lot, sometimes for extended periods of time, and sometimes EVEN DURING FOOTBALL SEASON. (I know, it sounds awful to me as well.)

In fact, there have been two years recently where he’s been out of the country for nearly the entire season: 2005 and 2007. And I’m sure I don’t need to tell you that those are the only two times in the last decade that the Redskins made the playoffs — and they were seasons that he didn’t get to follow in nearly the level of detail that he’d like.

Correlation doesn’t necessarily imply causality, of course, but I believe that it’s entirely his fault that the team hasn’t seen the postseason more often — and, by extension, I believe that if he REALLY loved the Redskins as much as he says he does, he’d exile himself FOREVER so the team could become a perennial contender. He disagrees (although he made something of a compromise by moving to the west coast, almost internationally distant from the day-to-day workings of the team) and that’s his right, but now he lives with the guilt of knowing that every single non-playoff season MIGHT be his fault.

Now, thanks to the kind folks at EA Sports and ESPN, the rest of us can face a similar (albeit smaller-scale) version of the same soul-crushing dilemma. Read more »

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