'Madden 13:' It's all yours, Rob Gronkowski

We're not scared of you, Rob Gronkowski. Not here in the Black and Blue division.

Something tells me you wouldn't be quite this tough if you were sitting next to the actual Megatron and not a toy in your latest video campaign to be on the cover of "Madden 13."

But the Fathead is a nice touch. Really.

Most of you know that Gronkowski, the New England Patriots tight end, is the third-round opponent of Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson in bracket-style voting for the cover winner. The winner, announced Wednesday, moves on to the semi-final round.

I don't expect to see Johnson return the favor, via video or otherwise. As we discussed last month, one of Johnson's most admirable traits is his refusal to act like an idiot.

And given the immediate futures of the most recent winners (call it a curse if you like), many Lions fans would be thrilled if Gronkowski wins this tournament. So go right ahead, Rob-o. Go right ahead.