***Update: A reader suggested that I post this article that was first published on June 1st 2009. The UFC Undisputed curse may be real.***
I’m going to be the first one to say if anything happen’s to Forrest Griffin from today until the next UFC game is released, it’s because of the UFC game curse. If you’ve held a controller, then you’re well aware of The Madden Curse. The legend goes (it feels like I should be sitting around a campfire) that whoever appears on the cover of the annual edition of Madden will have not only a lackluster season, but it would be as if God vomited on their universe. The Madden curse exists and it all started in 2000:
2000 – Barry Sanders: Dude, just quit. Done. Never played another down again. He announced his retirement early (He knew what was up)
2001 – Eddie George: He bobbled the most important pass of his life which led to a season-ending loss. After that his career was plagued with injuries and his rushing average went to an all-time low.
2002 – Daunte Culpepper: Had a 4-7 season, suffered a knee injury and missed five games because of it.
2003 – Marshall Faulk: Injured throughout the season, and the rams missed the playoffs finishing with a 7-9 record
2004 – Michael Vick: Suffered a fractured fibula in a pre-season game one day after Madden 2004 hit stores. Dude only played 5 games that season.
2005 – Ray Lewis: After rocking the NFL with interceptions, after Madden 2005 he didnt even get a single interception and suffered a torn hamstring
2006 – Donovan McNabb: Dude suffered a sports hernia injury in the first game of the 2005 season. He tried to play it off but then he was reinjured and missed the last seven games of the season.
2007 – Shaun Alexander: He broke his left foot only three weeks into the season and missed the next six games.
2008 – Vince Young: Hurt his quad in the fifth game of the season making it the first time in his career he couldnt play because of an injury.
2009 – Brett Favre: Do I even have to go into this one?
THQ, why would you put anyone on the cover of any UFC game…ever? Learn from The Madden Curse. Its a very real thing. Griffin is going to tangle with Anderson Silva later this year and if he loses to Silva, or gets injured anytime this year…It’s because of The UFC videogame curse. Remember this article because when it happens (knock on digital wood) I called it.