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Perhaps the best example of the Madden Curse
Perhaps the best example of the Madden Curse

I’m here instead to raise my concerns about the health, happiness, well-being and possibly mortality of Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald and Pittsburgh Steelers S Troy Polamalu.

They are the new faces of the Madden computer game.

Lets look at the fate of previous Madden stars

09 – Brett Favre QB – was pictured in Packers and Jets uniform but either way he crashed and burned late in the season and left his record setting career on a pretty awful note, hence his flirting with the Vikings.

08 – Vince Young QB – He is now backing up Kerry Collins – yep Kerry Collins. Young is about one cameo apperance from becoming the next Akili Smith

07- Shaun Alexander RB – In 2006 Alexander had his highest number of career fumbles and missed 6 games. His career has gone down quicker than Gillian Tailforth in a Little Chef car park.

06 – Donovan McNabb QB – In 05 McNabb only managed 9 games.

05 – Ray Lewis LB – Anyone for murder charges?

04 – Michael Vick QB – Enough said – 2 years in prison and global hatred from every dog lover

03 – Marshall Faulk RB – Only 10 starts and the first time in 6 years he rushed for under 1,000 yards

02 – Daunte Culpepper QB – 16 starts in 2000, 16 starts in 2002 – but in 2001 when he was on the Madden cover only 11 games.

01 – Eddie George RB – Only Madden cover star to have a MONSTER season – 1,962 combined yards and 16 touchdowns.

I have Fitz in one of my NFL.com fantasy teams so I hope he stays fit.

It is pretty much a guarantee though that Fitz or Polamalw will suffer somewhat and I would put £10 on that both of them will combine to play under 30 games this season between them.

What u guys think – nonsense or curse of the cover?

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My new Twitter homie Superbowl stud WR Larry Fitzgerald

My new Twitter homie Superbowl stud WR Larry Fitzgerald

This Twitter lark is getting crazier by the day.

On Friday I fired off a series of questions to Adam Schefter, the soon to be ESPN NFL top dawg reporter.

On Sunday just gone I went one better, and after various attempts with a range of NFL players to get them to respond to my direct Twitter messages I finally got a superstar response.

And when I say superstar I mean MEGA superstar. Yep I managed to fire off 10 questions that were ALL answered by none other than the best wide receiver in the NFL – Arizona Cardinals #11 Larry Fitzgerald.

To say I was excited when Mr F agreed to answer my questions would be an understatement, and it was only my wife going ‘who is he?’ that kept me from having a full on keg party in our living room.

From his answers I determined that Mr Fitzgerald is quietly confident for the Cardinals again in 2009 and if his worst sin is Vitamin Water then anyone who has (or plans to) draft Mr Fitzgerald in an NFL fantasy team draft has absolutely nothing to worry about.

By sheer coincidence after doing my Twitter interview with Larry Fitzgerald I had an NFL.com fantasy draft.

Yep you guessed it I picked Mr Fitzgerald in the first round (pick #7), I then went on to get Tom Brady in round 2 – so all good.

Here is the twitterview (my new idea where you ask a superstar on Twitter 10 questions and have 10 Twitter responses). I know this is not perfect as you are very limited to short answers but it was a real buzz seeing my Twitter account fill up with responses from a man who scored in the Superbowl under six months ago. 

How else could I be in contact with such an NFL mega star !

Lawrence Vos (LV): NFLFANINENGLAND@Lfitzgerald11 How is training camp going? Are the Cards gonna win it all this time? I hope you have 30 secs to reply it would be superbLarry Fitzgerald

(LF): Lfitzgerald11@NFLFANINENGLAND we will be good again

LV: NFLFANINENGLAND@Lfitzgerald11Thanks Mr F – Can I interview you for my blog when you are available please http://nflfaninengland.word… NFLFANINENGLAND@Lfitzgerald11Would you be willing to do a twitterview with me (I created this idea – 10 questions asked and replied to on twitter) !!!!!

LF: Lfitzgerald11@NFLFANINENGLAND ask away

LV: NFLFANINENGLAND@Lfitzgerald11 1) Do you think Santonio Holmes was actually in bounds for that late Superbowl touchdown?

LF: Lfitzgerald11@NFLFANINENGLAND I don’t talk about the superbowl anymore.sorry man.I look past that game

LV: NFLFANINENGLAND@ Lfitzgerald11 2) Can you break any single season season receiving records in 2009? If so which ones are you targetting?

LF: Lfitzgerald11@NFLFANINENGLAND I’m just targeting making my team better & staying healthy 

LV: NFLFANINENGLAND@Lfitzgerald11 3) How different is your life after you had that incredible playoff run in 2008-2009? Do you now get more endorsement deals?

LF: Lfitzgerald11@NFLFANINENGLAND yes I have more opportunities that were thrown my way after the run

LV: NFLFANINENGLAND@Lfitzgerald11 4) What food or drink are your kryptonite? I know u train hard but what do you treat yourself to?Larry Fitzgerald’s kryptonite !

LF: Lfitzgerald11@NFLFANINENGLAND I’m a huge fan of vitamin water.love it

LV: NFLFANINENGLAND@Lfitzgerald11 5) Regarding Anquan is he 100% staying with you in the desert? How much better does he make you as an NFL receiver?
 
LF: Lfitzgerald11@NFLFANINENGLANDplaying with anquan really helps my game a ton.hes such a threat 2 opposing teams.I dont wanna play without him
 
LV: NFLFANINENGLAND@Lfitzgerald11 6) What is the hardest part of training camp and do you have any special trainers helping you?
 
LF: Lfitzgerald11@NFLFANINENGLANDhardest part of camp is the 3 week gruel of running,cutting,& body aching.u have 2b able 2 give ur all in tough conditions

LV: NFLFANINENGLAND@Lfitzgerald11 7) Are you for or against 18 regular season games? and why?

LF: Lfitzgerald11@NFLFANINENGLANDhaven’t really thought of it yet.im fine with the 16 games for now

LV: NFLFANINENGLAND@Lfitzgerald11 8) Would you be excited or not if the Cardinals were selected to play an NFL game in London in 2010?

LF: Lfitzgerald11@NFLFANINENGLANDI wouldn’t mind it.but im also not gonna jump for joy if we were selected to play there

LV: NFLFANINENGLAND@Lfitzgerald11 9) How much better has Kurt Warner made you? His experience and faith is huge in my estimation

LF: Lfitzgerald11@NFLFANINENGLANDkurt Is one of the smartest qb in the game.he makes me a better player everyday

LV: NFLFANINENGLAND@Lfitzgerald11 10) Final question in mt twitterview – Which Cardinals rookies are showing that they are ready to get gametime in 2009?

LF: WhiteLfitzgerald11@NFLFANINENGLANDbeanie is goin 2b a beast.he is so talented plus hes dropping weight.expect big things from him this year.

LV: NFLFANINENGLAND@Lfitzgerald11Mr F you are a superstar and a class act. Thankyou for taking the time out. I hope to get you now in my nfl.com fantasy draft

LF: Lfitzgerald11@NFLFANINENGLANDno doubt brotha.take care

Anything YOU would have asked Mr Fitzgerald?
Timmy Smith (left) was so under the radar before Superbowl XXII that his blip did not register - 204 rushing yards later he became immortal

Timmy Smith (left) was so under the radar before Superbowl XXII that his blip did not register - 204 rushing yards later he became immortal

We all know that this is a game featuring two previos Superbowl winning quarterbacks (not sure how many times this has happened before  – maybe Superbowl XIII Roger Staubach v Terry Bradshaw) but we all like to root for players that have the potential to make the Superbowl the best game in their entire career that NOBODY would have predicted.

Examples of Superbowl ‘Under the Radar’ players who had amazing Superbowls include…..

  • Timmy Smith the Redskins running back who ran for 204 yards in Superbowl XXII (1988) against the Broncos. What isn’t so well known is that Smith went to prison in 2006 for trying to sell cocaine to an undercover policeman – unreal I know – see here Number 6.
  • Larry Brown the Cowboys cornerback who had two interceptions and an eventual MVP award in Superbowl XXX. What istn’t so well know is that Brown only had 14 career interceptions and has appeared in an episode of Married with Children – as himself.
  • Wide receivers Andre Coleman (San Diego Chargers) and Desmond Howard (Green Bay Packers) remarkably both have recorded 244 combined yards (rushing, receiving, returning) in the Superbowl (in separate games). Coleman’s achievement is even more special as he was a rookie when he took on the 49ers in Superbowl XXIX. Howard who was drafted by the Redskins and was a bust was immortalised forever when he returned a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown against the New England Patriots.

So no pressure there then for some players that will not be household names but could have their names etched in Superbowl granite for the next 43 years.

Here goes then – five players that could have mindblowing games but no-one is talking about them right now…..

  •  Mewelde Moore– Pittsburgh Steelers – running back – If Willie Parker has the bad fortune of getting injured again early in the game (bearing in mind he has missed 5 games this season already) Moore could get his opportunity on a global stage. Moore racked up over 1,100 total yards in 2008 and his versatility in rushing, catching and returning and as an everyman he could have a monster game if fate deals his hand.
  • JJ Arrington– Arizona Cardinals – running back – Arrington actually tops Moore with over 1,350 total yards in 2008. As a kick returner Arrington has taken two kick returns ‘to da house’ in his career, and as miracles do happen what is the odds of him taking one back against the Steelers of all people. He could also find himself unmarked in the red zone and catch a touchdown that may turn the game, just like Tim Hightowed did two weeks ago against the Eagles.
  • Neil Rackers– Arizona Cardinals – kicker – With the Pittsburgh Steelers bringing their #1 ranked defense to Florida the Cardinals could be struggling in the red-zone so we could get to some bizarre situation when it comes down to Rackers having the game of his life with potentially six converted field goals. No kicker will ever get a Superbowl MVP award, but racking up something crazy like 18 points would be unforgettable.
  • Jerheme Urban– Arizona Cardinals – wide receiver – With Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin being salivated over by the American media and Steve Breaston being a new member of the 1,000 yard club Urban, the Cards 4th wideout, could be the straw that breaks the Steelers pass defense. Urban has great hands and is a Wes Welker ‘Lite’. If he is left alone, or seen as an afterthought he could get 8 catches for 100 yards and maybe even a score. It’s unlikely, but we know that any given sunday is a cliche with real bite.
  • Nate Washington– Pittsburgh Steelers – wide receiver – Washington is a pure and simple game breaker. He can get a 70 yard touchdown or be swept away by a lockdown CB. As a 3rd WR he will be overlooked in some situations and get his chance to shine. I know Big Ben likes to throw him a few bones every game – normally monster bombs – this could simply be the stage when he makes two catches for 120 yards and two tds.

Anyone elsoe got any ‘under the radar’ picks for the Superbowl? Please post in the comments section of my blog – I will be facinated to read them……….