Madden Curse Anybody???

 

The race to grace the cover of “Madden 13” has been narrowed down to two of the NFL’s brightest stars in Cam Newton and Calvin Johnson.Weeks of online voting has whittled down the pool of 32 players to a head-to-head between the Panthers quarterback and Lions wide receiver.

Johnson is coming off a stellar season in which the 26-year-old wideout led the league with 1,681 receiving yards. Newton, 22, ranked 10th among NFL quarterbacks last year with 4,051 passing yards, adding another 706 yards rushing.

Voting ends April 25, with the winner appearing on the 24th installment of the EA Sports franchise, which first hit shelves in 1988.

The honor of having your picture on the best-selling game has had its drawbacks through the years, however, with several cover stars having gone on to suffer poor form or injury — something that has become known as the “Madden Curse.”

Johnson, however, is not concerned about the prospect of replacing last year’s Madden pick, former Cleveland Browns running back Peyton Hillis, who subsequently had an injury-plagued 2011.

“No, I don’t worry about it,” Johnson told ESPN.com Tuesday. “All things come to an end.”

 

Seahawks Season Schedule Released….It Goes Down next Season!!!!

 

Week 1: Sunday, September 9th, at Arizona Cardinals, 1:15 PM PT, FOX

Week 2: Sunday, September 16th, vs. Dallas Cowboys, 1:05 PM PT, FOX

Week 3: Monday, September 24th vs. Green Bay Packers, 5:30 PM PT, ESPN

Week 4: Sunday, September 30th, at St. Louis Rams, 10 AM PT, FOX

Week 5: Sunday, October 7th, at Carolina Panthers, 1:05 PM PT, FOX

Week 6: Sunday, October 14th, vs. New England Patriots, 1:05 PM PT, CBS

Week 7: Thursday, October 18th, at San Francisco 49ers, 5:20 PM PT, NFL Network

Week 8: Sunday, October 28th, at Detroit Lions, 10 AM PT, FOX

Week 9: Sunday, November 4th, vs. Minnesota Vikings, 1:05 PM PT, FOX

Week 10: Sunday, November 11th, vs. New York Jets, 1:05 PM PT, CBS

Week 11: Bye

Week 12: Sunday, November 25th, at Miami Dolphins, 10 AM PT, FOX

Week 13: Sunday, December 2nd, at Chicago Bears, 10 AM PT, FOX

Week 14: Sunday, December 9th, vs. Arizona Cardinals, 1:15 PM PT, FOX

Week 15: Sunday, December 16th, at Buffalo Bills, 1:05 PM PT, FOX

Week 16: Sunday, December 23rd, vs. San Francisco 49ers, 1:15 PM PT, FOX

Week 17: Sunday, December 30th, vs. St. Louis Rams, 1:15 PM PT, FOX

 

Antonio Cromartie ….preparing for a Dozen????

Antonio Cromartie is about to add some depth to his family roster.The wife of the Jets cornerback posted a sonogram photo on Twitter that suggests the pair is expecting twins. That would make it 12 kids for Cromartie, with four from his wife, and eight others with seven different women.

Terricka Cason, who goes under the Twitter handle @iluvTERRICKA, has been receiving congratulations from followers since posting the photo Tuesday. That included one from Jets linebacker Bart Scott’s wife.

“Identical twins run in my Family,” Cason wrote alongside the photo.

“Without the lies i’ll tell u anything u want to kno just ask me.. Ive always been an up front person.. Oh yea we are expecting twins in NOV,” she wrote in another tweet.

Cromartie and Cason recently had a son, Jagger, who joined sister Jurzie. Cromartie has not mentioned the news on his Twitter account, but did wish Jurzie a happy second birthday.

Cromartie has been criticized for his large brood, and that has only grown since he seemed to struggle to remember the names of some of his kids when the Jets were on HBO’s “Hard Knocks” in 2010.

He defended himself after the show’s airing, saying producers had asked him to pause between each name.

The Post reported on Sunday that some of Cromartie’s other baby mamas are interested in doing a reality television show featuring the kids, but Cromartie has balked at the possibility.

Seahawks Intrested in another QB??

 

 

 

 

According to Peter King of SI.com, if Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill falls out of the top ten, the Seattle Seahawks would love to take him, even though they signed Matt Flynn as a free agent.

“At Tannehill’s workout,” one source told King, “[coach] Pete Carroll was giggling like a schoolgirl watching him throw. His attitude was like, ‘What are we even doing here? He’ll never be there for us.’ ”

If the Seahawks ended up landing Tannehill, it would give them two potential franchise quarterbacks and they could let Tannehill sit while Flynn tries to prove himself.

 

Another Mock Draft before the Draft

12. Seattle Seahawks: Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina

Good move by the Seahawks’ quiet re-signing of Red Bryant, one of the most underrated producers in the game, and picking up Jason Jones for one year was a no-lose move. Coples had a monster 2011 season and a solid combine workout. He could play defensive end or rush the passer from the OLB spot. A lot of draftniks have him going in the top 10. He could be a steal at No. 12 for the pass-rush-hungry Seahawks.

 

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McNabb makes “VALID POINTS” against Shanahans

Donovan McNabb took a shot at Redskins coaching tandem Mike and Kyle Shanahan on Thursday, saying their egos would get in the way of star quarterback Robert Griffin III’s success in Washington.McNabb, who endured one of the worst seasons of his career in Washington in 2010, said on ESPN’s “First Take” that Griffin would not be a good fit for the Shanahans, who he believes will not cater to the Heisman winner’s talents.

“A lot of times ego gets too involved when it comes to being in Washington,” said McNabb, who was benched by the Shanahans during his only season in Washington.

The Redskins are expected to select Griffin with the second overall pick in next month’s draft after agreeing to a deal with St. Louis to move up the board for the quarterback out of Baylor.

“Here’s a guy coming out who’s very talented, mobile, strong arm, we’ve already heard he’s intelligent, football mind,” McNabb added. “Are you going to cater the offense around his talent, and what he’s able to do, or are you going to bring the Houston offense with Matt Schaub over to him and have him kind of be embedded in that?”

McNabb was referring to Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan’s time in Houston where he worked with Schaub, who is considered more of a traditional, pocket-style quarterback.

McNabb continued his assault, blasting Mike Shanahan’s track record with NFL quarterbacks in both Washington and Denver.

“We (Redskins) had John Beck, who was 0-4. Rex Grossman: 6-11,” he said.

Jay Cutler, who was his prize possession: 17-20. Jake Plummer, a guy who had success, led them (Broncos) to the AFC Championship against Pittsburgh, as we know, and then benched him the next year, because he wouldn’t do what he wanted him to do. Brian Griese, who was supposed to be the heir apparent to John Elway, hasn’t had a lot of success.”

McNabb went on to say he was “misused” during his year in Washington, in which he started 13 games, throwing for 14 touchdowns and 15 interceptions with a 77.1 passer rating.

The six-time Pro Bowl quarterback added that the clock was ticking on Mike Shanahan, and that if Griffin was unable to flourish under the coach’s tutelage, Shanahan’s time in Washington could be up.

“If this doesn’t work this year, if we don’t see a splash like a Cam Newton splash, this could be it. … How long does he have with RGIII? The seat is hot right now.”