Browns Fans and Hillis Defeat Rodgers in Madden Cover Competition

Cleveland Browns fans don’t believe in any curses.  Or at least you would have to assume as much as they propelled Peyton Hillis to another victory in the ESPN tourney to crown a new cover star for EA Sports’ biggest franchise game.  Peyton Hillis put up some gaudy statistics winning 61% of the vote with over 548,000 votes cast.

Meanwhile, across the brackets, Michael Vick beat Adrian Peterson with 59% of the vote.  The interesting thing though is that there were just over 379,000 votes cast in that competition.  If you round those numbers off, that means Michael Vick got 223,610 votes while Peyton Hillis got 334,280.  Obviously the finals matchup could turn out wildly different, but given those results, Hillis would have gotten a 60-40 victory over Michael Vick.

Every time I talk about this, a few of you come out of the woodwork talking about the Madden Curse.  I will call you “cursers.”  There is no curse. The NFL is a dangerous place and there is no proof that players on the cover of Madden get hurt any more than any other players in the league.  For every “cursed” player you bring up, there are others that went unscathed.

Even if Peyton Hillis winds up winning this thing with our support and gets hurt, there is still no proof.  An NFL running back getting hurt in a given season is no more a curse than pointing to a snowshower in April in Cleveland.  It is unpleasant, but it happens sometimes.  We’re tough enough to deal with it.  So buy a shovel and vote early and often for Peyton Hillis as he goes against Michael Vick.

A win for Hillis is truly a win for Cleveland Browns fans.  It shows the world just how passionate we are about our team.  This goes beyond a great player like Peyton Hillis.  He is just a vehicle for us to show off and show up all the other NFL fans in the nation.  I don’t see any Steelers in the finals. Do you?

ESPN Madden Cover Tourney Finals

For more on why there is no such thing as the Madden Curse, read at Kotaku

  • smrtazz


  • I was thinking more along the lines of 9/11 truthers or Kennedy conspiracy theorists…

  • how to turn off cookies in google chrome so you can vote as many times as you can click:

    Options -> Under the hood -> Content Settings -> Manage Exceptions -> Type in “” -> Action “block”

  • He was already hurt this last season. That should suffice to preemptively count for any “curse” purposes.

    Just vote!

  • Mark

    No curses? Tell that to Frowns.

  • mgbode

    the curse for Madden this year is the lockout.
    feel free to vote Hillis as uninhibited as he is running over LBs.

  • Jo

    Never thought I would see WFNY link to Kotaku 😛

  • Even if there is a curse, could it really get any worse for the Browns? God forbid they go 4-12 next season instead of 5-11.

  • It is rather ironic. Peyton Hillis vs Michael Vick for the Madden 12 cover. The Dawg Pound’s favorite son vs. a convicted felon who killed dogs. Shouldn’t be any question who wins this, right? Karma…

    This is a great testament to the connection Browns fans have made with Peyton Hillis. Hillis embodies the persona of Northeast Ohio: work hard, overcome naysayers and obstacles, fight for every last yard you can get. Gotta love Hillis!

  • BuckeyeDawg

    It is my theory that the Madden curse would cancel out any existing curse that the Browns already possess…if you believe in that sort of thing.

  • mgbode

    @BuckeyeDawg – is that sort of like crossing the streams in Ghostbusters?

  • Lars

    Maybe the curse lords will be appeased by the Hillis sacrifice and allow the Indians to sneak in a title?

  • humboldt

    If a curse (Madden) is applied to a franchise that is already ostensibly cursed (Browns), will it — through magical alchemy — ultimately undue the original curse?

    What I’m trying to ask is: can you triple stamp a double stamp?

  • I cannot see the powers that be allowing a 5-11 Cleveland Browns fullback making the cover of Madden 2012.

  • I think the “powers that be” would prefer somebody from the 5-11 Browns over a convicted felon.

  • Grif_E

    @Mike Mayer
    Don’t you see, Vick has been redeemed (Dungy and others said so, so it must be true) and all sins are forgiven because he came back and did well last year. If any of that dog killing stuff really mattered now he would have done poorly right? God I love sports media story building.


  • RoversRugby

    I’ve seen a lot of AFC North fans voting Hillis up just to see an AFCN player represent. Gotta love the solidarity even among our enemies.

  • Ben

    A Hillis cover and Tribe playoff games this fall! This is great.

  • Shamrock

    Is this as good as it gets? Hillis verse Vick huh, well I don’t know guess we’ll have to see.

  • Nicko

    Vote Hillis on every computer you have.
    Send an email to 10+ friends to do the same.
    Tweet to vote for Hillis on Twitter.
    Update your Facebook status to vote for Hillis.
    Come on Browns fans!

  • I hope the satisfaction of seeing a player in a Cleveland Browns uniform on the cover of a video game is worth the inevitable wrath of the football gods for darying to defy them.

    Peyton’s blood is on your hands.

  • Vorax

    @mgbode too funny
    @DocZeus-Think about what Tyler Durden said about god. Apply that to football god. We might as well pray to the Football Goat’s Head.



  • Where. Is. Berth. Cirt.

  • BuckeyeDawg

    @mgbode – I guess you could look at it that way.

    “There is definitely a very slim chance that we’ll survive…”

  • Stinkfist

    Is this contest for real? I’ve been voting, but I am not sold on its legitimacy

  • Vorax

    Many Shuvs and Zuuls knew what it was like to be roasted in the depths of the Slor that day, I can tell you.

  • Vagabond

    Here come the Browns, the number one Browns!
    Onward to victory, here come the Browns!
    Here come the Browns, the number one Browns!
    The pride of Cleveland, Cleveland Browns!!

    /my kingdom to the person that can help me find that song in it’s entirety.

  • Patron

    He looks to skinny in the game

  • Patron

    too skinny*

    he’s a big guy.. c’mon animators

  • mgbode

    @Vagabond – I always preferred:

    but, your choice is still good too:

  • DocZeus

    I feel like Cassandra.

  • TampaBrett

    No way Vick wins. EA will have PETA all over them if he does.

  • Hans

    @Everyone: Repost of my procedure from to multiple voting.

    1. Go to the vote website here: after you copy the link address (highlight it and press ctrl+c)
    2. Vote for Peyton Hillis.
    3. Go to your browser’s menu, it will have an option to Delete Private Data/Delete Browsing History/Delete Caches or something like that. Menu in Opera, Tools in Internet Explorer. Not sure about Firefox, but it -is- there. Make sure you delete all browsing history.
    4. Click on the address bar to enter a website address and paste (Ctrl+v). Press Enter.
    5. Repeat steps 2-4 until you have voted a minimum of 13 times.
    6. Repeat steps 1-5 every day this week to contribute your 101 or more votes. GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO BROWNS!

  • Hans

    Edit: for Mozilla Firefox users, go to Tools>Clear Recent History. Select to clear Everything (to be sure) and click the Details button to drop down and ensure everything is being deleted.

    Complete deletion is not necessary to make the vote website not recognize your pc when you go there again, but I’m not sure what protocols it uses to check up on you. Either way, deleting everything makes sure.

    You can also bookmark the ESPN voting site instead of copy/pasting the link if you prefer and use the bookmark to navigate rapidly. But I found good ol’ ctrl+v was the best way for me to chip in about 500 of the 550,000 votes.

  • Dennison

    Reverse the Curse, Vote Hillis!

    I am the Keymaster, are you the Gatekeeper?!

  • b

    Do you think all this actually makes Brady Quinn feel better? To be traded for a backup fullback and a late round pick must have been kind of insulting. Now he can say he was traded straight up for a Madden cover finalist and all-american football hero Peyton Hillis

  • Vagabond

    Thank you. I’ve been looking for this for a long time. I can’t believe all of my youtube searches never returned this.

  • Vorax

    also @mgbode-seriously, awesome. thanks for the links.

  • mgbode

    @V’s – No worries. Happy to help. I just wish I had been the one to create those.

  • Hans

    If anyone can break the Madden Curse, it’s the guy who Chuck Norris checks under his bed for before he goes to wait at night.