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Tag:Madden '12
Posted on: April 18, 2011 1:06 pm
 

Hillis a surprising finalist in Madden tourney

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Though this would have been unthinkable before last season (and if there wasn’t a lockout right now, I probably wouldn’t have even thought to think about it), Browns RB Peyton Hillis is in the finals of the Madden ’12 cover tournament.

And with the way his fan base is performing, he’ll have an awfully good shot of defeating Eagles QB Michael Vick to win the cover.

Hillis, a No. 10 seed, easily beat Packers QB Aaron Rodgers 61-39 to advance to the finals, and he will face Vick – a No. 3 seed who knocked off Vikings RB Adrian Peterson 59-41.

With the exception of his 51-49 second-round victory against Falcons QB Matt Ryan, Hillis has cruised through the tournament, compiling at least 60 percent of the vote against each of his opponents.

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Posted on: April 4, 2011 2:21 pm
 

Woodhead, Hillis advance in Madden tourney

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Patriots RB Danny Woodhead continued his remarkable run in the Madden ’12 cover vote, but considering he’s matched up against Packers QB Aaron Rodgers in the third round, his streak is probably about to end.

Woodhead, a dark-horse candidate at the beginning of the 16-man tournament, knocked off Giants WR Hakeem Nicks 57 percent-43 percent, but he’ll face a tough candidate in Rogers, who blasted Lions DT Ndamukong Suh 72-28 in the first round and Rams QB Sam Bradford 76-24 in the second round and appears only to be growing stronger.

In the other half of that side of bracket, Browns RB Peyton Hillis – originally a No. 10 seed as compared to Woodhead’s No. 4 – surprisingly edged Falcons QB Matt Ryan 51-49 and will meet Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles.

On the other side of the bracket, 49ers LB Patrick Willis – who upset Steelers WR Hines Ward in the second round – will meet PETA favorite/Eagles QB Michael Vick.

The final quarterfinals matchup between Saints QB Drew Brees and Vikings RB Adrian Peterson might be the most intriguing vote of the third round.

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Posted on: April 3, 2011 8:11 pm
 

John Madden weighs in on Madden '12

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

We’ve already told you that Madden ‘12 will be concussion-conscience, meaning a player who suffers a head injury in your virtual game will be out the rest of the contest.

The NY Times gets a little more in-depth into this issue, writing that the game’s announcers actually will explain to the “viewer” that your player is suffering from a concussion and won’t return to the game.

The paper also quoted John Madden saying the reason for the new feature is to mirror the reality of NFL football and because it’s a good teaching tool.

“Concussions are such a big thing, it has to be a big thing in the video game,” Madden told the Times . “It starts young kids –  they start in video games. I think the osmosis is if you get a concussion, that’s a serious thing and you shouldn’t play. Or leading with the head that you want to eliminate. We want that message to be strong.”

Chris Nowinski – who, as the co-director of the Sports Legacy Institute, has been outspoken about the concussion issue – also is excited.

 “It’s a great approach to teach kids in a way that no one else can reach,” he said. “Considering how hard it is to reach young kids and expose them early, this is brilliant. You’re training kids from the cradle to play sports more safely. If you get a concussion, come out of the game. You can’t unteach that.”

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Category: NFL
Posted on: March 31, 2011 8:47 am
 

PETA wants Vick out of Madden cover tourney

Vick Posted by Josh Katzowitz

With the upcoming release of the next version of EA Sports’ “Madden,” there’s plenty of controversy already brewing.

First, you’ve got the 32-player bracket in which fans can vote for the cover boy that has already led to “upsets” of Bills WR Steve Johnson (by Patriots RB Danny Woodhead) and of Broncos QB Tim Tebow (by a surprising Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles, who dominated Tebow 64 percent-36 percent) in the first-round matchups.

Now, you’ve got the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) who want Eagles QB Michael Vick evicted from the tournament (you know, the whole dogfighting thing).

That, however, won’t stop EA Sports president Peter Moore from putting Vick on the cover if that is the result of the fan vote.

"We believe that Michael Vick, as the runner-up in MVP for the league and the comeback player of the year, deserved his slot," Moore told CNBC.com. “I can tell you we've already received the letters from our good friends at PETA urging us to take him out of the bracket. I'm not here to comment on what he did. I personally believe, and this is personal commentary right now, that Michael served his time. He's had a tremendous season."

Vick also believes he deserves the honor, as he’s taken to his Twitter page to encourage fans to vote for him.

Moore also declared his company was wrong for originally allowing players who suffered concussions on the virtual field to return to the game. That’s why, in Madden ’12, that won’t be an option (my heart breaks for those who have Colts WR Austin Collie on their team).

According to the AP, Moore said “we have an obligation in our industry" to recognize that brain injuries are one of the leading issues of the day.

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