NFC South avoids 'Madden Curse'

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

There is good news and more good news in this item sent to us by Daniel Cox.

The NFC South, a division that seems to thrive on playing the old "no respect'' card isn't getting any respect when it comes to the cover of 2010 Madden NFL video game by EA Sports. The nine finalists for the cover can be found here.

That's fine. Guys like Drew Brees, Steve Smith, DeAngelo Williams and Matt Ryan and their fans can take the perceived slight and run with it.

But the better news might be that the NFC South is avoiding the dreaded "Madden Curse.'' As Cox details, the guys who have graced box cover throughout history have met with some strange luck. That's especially true in the case of Atlanta's Michael Vick who was on the cover in 2004 and promptly broke his leg in a preseason game.

In related news, Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said he'd be happy to trade the rights to Vick for a couple of Ryan (Matt, not Nolan) rookie cards. Still no takers.