October 30, 2003

It's in the game: CNN ponders the EA Sports cover jinx, a curse that has claimed Michael Vick, Marshall Faulk, Daunte Culpepper, and Eddie George and extends beyond the NFL. As Andrew Tougas writes, "Every year it derails careers, impedes athletes' ascension into superstardom and trounces hopes for playoff contention -- and all one has to do is be featured on the box of an EA Sports video game." Most recent victim: Dany Heatley. Slated for doom: Vince Carter and Carmelo Anthony.

posted by rcade to general at 02:58 PM - 7 comments

Joe Thornton was slated to be on the cover of NHL 2004 until he was arrested for getting between his brother and the police at a bar over the summer. What happened to Heatley was terrible, of course, but I'm glad it wasn't Joe on the cover. Link goes to terrible website, with all sorts of flashie dealies and crap. You've been warned.

posted by Samsonov14 at 03:30 PM on October 30, 2003

I KNOW! I KNOW! - Why'd ya have to jinx my boy Vince?!?! He just dropped 39 all over the Nets and took only about 5 jump shots doing it. I just thought that if we don't talk about it - it might not happen. Take Melo you fiends! Take Melo! Let him be your sacrificial lamb. Incidently, when do we get to see Melo's candy bar: Cabury's Caramelo.... Smooth chocolate surrounds rich, creamy carameloooooooooooooooo..... (is it time to go home yet?)

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 03:33 PM on October 30, 2003

Hasn't Vince already been jinxed though? Was Grant Hill on an EA cover at any point? or does that fall under the Duke jinx...

posted by Bernreuther at 03:41 PM on October 30, 2003

It hasn't nailed Tiger Woods yet, but does a "slump" count?

posted by NoPepper at 04:56 PM on October 30, 2003

Is there not a Campbell's soup one too?

posted by jasonspaceman at 07:53 PM on October 30, 2003

Speaking of the !@#@!#@!#! Duke jinx....

posted by tieguy at 09:06 PM on October 30, 2003

I hope there's a SEGA jinx, just so that Roenick can get his! Montoya was the cover-boy for the EA F1 game, was he jinxed in any way? Other than having to watch Shumacher win yet again? I don't know boxing, futbol, or rugby well enough to see if it applies... let alone identify the cover boys.

posted by mkn at 11:54 PM on October 30, 2003

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