'Madden' cover vote up for grabs

It's Cam Newton versus Calvin Johnson for the right to be cursed. ESPN.com Illustration

To keep the mystery alive, we weren’t going to release any updates on the “Madden NFL 13” cover vote finale between Calvin Johnson and Cam Newton until the "SportsNation" unveiling show on Wednesday.

But this is just too good.

Johnson and Newton are neck-and-neck as of Monday morning, with Newton holding a small but vulnerable lead. Johnson led by a decent margin last week, but Newton swung the vote on Friday when he released a video telling fans why he should be on the cover.

Now it appears the vote will go down to the wire.

The "SportsNation" announcement show starts at 5 p.m. on Wednesday on ESPN2, with polls closing at 5:45.

That means each player will get a chance to plead his case live on the air. With the vote so close, what those players say on the show could be the difference between winning and losing.

It’s safe to assume both guys are busy preparing their speeches as we speak.

Head to the official SportsNation “Madden 13” home page and cast your vote to participate in the closest cover vote yet.