Please, No!

June 1st, 2022

Joe isn’t a gamer. So this Madden Curse thing doesn’t resonate with Joe like it does with many readers.

But Joe understands this is very real. And one former NFL scout/ columnist believes the Madden Curse may befall the Bucs.

(Joe’s not against video games. Back in the day, Joe even played a mean Space Invaders, the arcade format.)

Later today, the 2022 version of Madden is set to unveil its cover player. And legend has that whoever is picked will be beset by evil at later this fall.

Bucky Brooks over at decided to pick his five leading candidates to be on the cover of Madden 23. And at No. 5 he has Tom Brady.

There’s plenty of speculation that 2022 could be the seven-time Super Bowl champion’s last season, given that he briefly retired this offseason and already has a $375 million announcing gig lined up for his post-playing career. With that being the case, the Madden cover could commemorate the experience like a Farewell Tour poster. Brady’s unparalleled résumé as the NFL’s ultimate winner nixes any debate about who is the G.O.A.T. in this league. Considering the 23rd-year veteran is also fresh off one of the best statistical seasons of his career — at age 44, no less — Brady should be in the conversation. The biggest thing holding back his candidacy: TB12 just shared the cover with Patrick Mahomes.

Yes Brady shared the cover with Pat Mahomes last year. And really, evil did not befall Brady at all. He led the NFL in passing. However, perhaps the football gods decided to do the hex on Brady’s teammates like V-card forger, topless jumping jacks-exercising, quitting Antonio Brown, Chris Godwin and the injured Bucs corners?

If anything, Brady may have broken the curse last year. Nothing bad happened to him except for that damn Cooper Kupp.

22 Responses to “Please, No!”

  1. Leighroy Says:

    My bet is it’ll be Matt Stafford. I’m not superstitious but I’m a little stitious and maybe the Rams do catch some bad luck!?

  2. Statguy Says:

    It’s going to be John Madden after passing away…

  3. Steven007 Says:

    I don’t believe in curses. If he’s on the cover and we don’t want it all it will be because we didn’t play well enough. End of story.

  4. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I don’t believe in curses…..but the one game I chose to travel to last year was the Saints game…..we were averaging 37 1/2 points a game at home…..I attend and we get shut out.
    Was that a curse?……

  5. Dooley Says:

    I hope they put Aaron Donald on the cover 🙂

  6. D-Rome Says:

    The only person that should be on the cover of the next Madden is John Madden as a tribute. Any other choice would be a disgrace to the game franchise and the NFL.

    The Madden curse is nonsense. Gronk was on the cover in 2017 and the Patriots went to the Super Bowl in 2018. Brady was on the cover in 2018 and the Patriots won the Super Bowl in 2019.

  7. SOEbuc Says:

    Not a gamer. Madden sucks anyway. And I love how they’ve put Brady and the Bucs at number five in every type of ranking. Brady eats that sh!t up like Vaz in the playoffs.

  8. Dooley Says:

    D-Rome, Madden was on the cover of every one of his games dating back to the original all the way up to 2000/2001. What would be dope is putting the OG Fox broadcast duo of Madden AND Pat Summeral on the cover.

  9. Goatfarmer Says:

    Cooper Kupp happened because of inept preparation, tardated game planning, and horrible execution.

  10. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Should be John Madden.

  11. PassingThru Says:

    Props Bonzai, you called it.

  12. Old School Nole Says:

    Tampabaybucfan: Yes, yes it was. 😉

  13. Buc1987 Says:

    TBBF…wow you went to that game last year.

    I’m sorry.

  14. BigMacAttack Says:

    Jameis 22’ 😂

  15. Nicholas Carlson Says:

    Gotta be Josh Allen

  16. Goodbuc'nlife Says:

    Aaron Rodgers will get the honors this year. MVP normally wins you that crown.

  17. GOB Says:

    Dooley I agree. A tribute with Madden and Pat would be apropos.

  18. Thadeus Says:

    I’m betting it’s Antonio Brown

  19. D-Rok Says:

    It’s going to be Madden, along with the words, “Thanks, Coach.”

  20. David Says:

    Then all honestly, it should be Stafford and the Rams, maybe Aaron Donald. If not them then the future- Joe Burrows or Josh Allen

  21. David Says:

    THE MATCH is about to start and Brady is already trash talking. He told Josh Allen “first you went to a college I never heard of and now you’re using a golf ball I never heard of? “
    Will be watching until the Lightning start then time to record.

    GO BOLTS ⚡️ ⚡️ ⚡️

  22. Jack Blood Says:

    Yeah it’s Madden on the cover. We’ll done. Unless you’re a Raiders fan. Oh oh.