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Madden Curse for Peyton Hillis? Nah, Just Another Year in the NFL: Fan’s Look
Peyton Hillis has been ruled out of another game for the Cleveland Browns.
Combine that fact with his porous performance thus far this year, fan's are shouting "Madden curse!" left and right. Before we talk more about it, let me explain the curse to those that may be unfamiliar. Come, gather 'round.
Ever since the Madden video game franchise decided to start gracing its cover with a player who had performed exceptionally well the previous year, an interesting pattern has developed: that player has either been injured or seen a significant drop in production the following year. Without fail, this has been the case. There have been years that have been worse than others but I can't remember a year when this wasn't the case.
Enter Peyton Hillis here in 2011. Combining his poor production, getting injured, and having some general strife with the team, he is a flawless victory for the supposed curse. While it is an interesting little caveat, are we really supposed to believe there is some supernatural curse dooming these players?
No, but it's sure the more fun explanation.
I'd like to offer a few logical arguments to explain this supposed phenomena. First, the NFL is an ultra-competitive league and is chalked full of players that are the best in the world. Consequently, it is exceedingly difficult to succeed year in and year out. When you really look at it, the players that are dominant for multiple years (in a row, no less) are exceptionally rare. That fact lets us see the chances start out slim for that player to duplicate his success.
The other part of the curse are the injuries. As far as Madden cover boys go, they all are players that are central to the game and subsequently are the center of attention for a significant percentage of the game: quarterbacks, running backs. It's just simple probability: they're on the field more, they have more chance of getting injured. When you look at the chances of these players beating the odds on both injuries and statistical downturn, you see just how difficult it is for the "Madden curse" not to take hold. I'm bordering on saying it's a self-fulfilling prophecy if you really take it apart.
I may be arguing in opposition to the supposed "curse," but I still didn't draft Peyton Hillis in my fantasy league.
Brian is a lifelong NFL fan —specifically of the Chicago Bears, having lived in Illinois his entire life and having followed the National Football League throughout.
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