Vick in Madden cover final

It's Michael Vick vs. Peyton Hillis in the final of the Madden 12 cover competition.

Yes, really.

It's the Eagles quarterback and ex-dogfighting impresario against the Browns running back no one outside Cleveland has heard of.


Should Michael Vick be on the cover of the Madden 12 video game?

I think it's fair to say Vick will be crowned in nine days -- voting on ends on April 27 -- and will become the first player to grace the Madden cover for the second time.

Vick ousted Vikings running back Adrian Peterson in the semifinals, while Hillis beat out Packers quarterback and Super Bowl MVP Aaron Rodgers in the other semi.

There has already been some protest over the chances of Vick winning this otherwise innocuous competition. Now he's one nationwide vote from re-energizing both sides of the debate over the lightning rod quarterback. It'll be interesting to see which side can influence the voting more.

Stay tuned.


Thanks to the readers that reminded me of the Madden curse. Maybe the anti-Vick faction will try and reverse jinx Vick by voting for him.

Vick was on the cover of Madden 2004 and went on to break his leg in the preseason and miss the first 12 games of the season as the Falcons went 5-11. There are many other examples of the Curse, including Donovan McNabb tearing his ACL in 2006 after he was on the cover.