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Yatta!
04-24-2008, 08:57 AM
Not sure if this is the right forum but anyway.

EA sports will unveil who is on the cover of Madden 09 on Friday. So who will it be? Will the curse strike again?

As a Packers fan, I think Adrian Peterson would be a great choice ;)

bigbluedefense
04-24-2008, 09:00 AM
I pray that its not Eli Manning like its rumored to be.

NY+Giants=NYG
04-24-2008, 09:02 AM
put Peyton or Brady on it.

bigbluedefense
04-24-2008, 09:03 AM
Tony Romo! he'd be a good fit :)

The Great Jonathan Vilma
04-24-2008, 09:10 AM
I expect Tom Brady

skinzzfan25
04-24-2008, 09:12 AM
I want Romo :)

WMD
04-24-2008, 09:13 AM
I'm expecting Eli.

bigbluedefense
04-24-2008, 09:14 AM
honestly though, from a business point of view Id assume Romo would be the best choice, he's the most marketable guy.

did you see Eli Manning's citizen ecko watch commercials? Come oooon. He's as marketable as Pacman Jones for a United Way commercial.

bigbluedefense
04-24-2008, 09:18 AM
I'm expecting Eli.

noooooooooo :(

BeerBaron
04-24-2008, 09:25 AM
ive heard eli as well, sorry bbd

M.O.T.H.
04-24-2008, 09:38 AM
Eli Manning?

That guy that was last in the NFC in completion percentage and tied for the league lead in interceptions? eww. :)

bigbluedefense
04-24-2008, 10:05 AM
If Eli is on the cover, I think im going to cry.

Turtlepower
04-24-2008, 10:07 AM
My guess is AD. Unless the cover already came out, that is who I believe it should be.

Also BBD, how do you not have the video of LT taking out Theisman in your sig. Best video ever!!!

bigbluedefense
04-24-2008, 10:09 AM
My guess is AD. Unless the cover already came out, that is who I believe it should be.

Also BBD, how do you not have the video of LT taking out Theisman in your sig. Best video ever!!!

Legend hooked me up with this sig, i didnt make it haha. I love it though. If I knew how to make gifs, id make a sick LT sig.

Anyone but Eli. Thats all I ask. I don't ask for much. Wtf Eli! Peyton go to his house and smack some sense into him.

Thunder&Lightning
04-24-2008, 10:14 AM
Ill put my money on Adrian Peterson

YAYareaRB
04-24-2008, 10:18 AM
I'm expecting a defensive player.

Turtlepower
04-24-2008, 10:23 AM
Are there any new features they are adding? When Ray Lewis was on the cover, they added the hit-stick, so that might help.

proshoota25
04-24-2008, 10:25 AM
as a sign of respect, they should put sean taylor on the cover, i think that would be absolutely amazing. theres a facebook page on it http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=7622191974 the cover they made looks absolutely sickk

bigbluedefense
04-24-2008, 10:25 AM
they need to add more pass rushing moves for the dline/linebackers.

spin moves, arm over etc. unless they already did and i just don't know about it. i don't play it anymore. not in over a year id say. i really hated 08, i thought it was terrible.

FloridaFootball
04-24-2008, 10:26 AM
I kind of wish sean taylor would be on the cover even though i know it wont happen..

dc22
04-24-2008, 10:30 AM
lets put favre on the cover :P

LonghornsLegend
04-24-2008, 10:32 AM
VY didn't really have a "madden curse" type year being on the cover, he struggled but that was expected as a young QB...You could tell people were reaching for something to happen because the man would tweak a hamstring and people would scream MADDEN CURSE, so it doesn't really matter how small the injury or mistake, its always because of the MADDEN CURSE.

BNad
04-24-2008, 10:36 AM
A 9 TD 17 INT season isn't going to make people that believe in the Madden Curse think it's gone.

The only new thing I've heard they're adding to this Madden is end zone dances. So uh, TO on the front? :p

M.O.T.H.
04-24-2008, 10:36 AM
Yup, endzone dances...what a terrible idea.

T-RICH49
04-24-2008, 10:38 AM
the good news for me is the Chiefs suck so bad Madden will want noone on the cover :)

M.O.T.H.
04-24-2008, 10:40 AM
This is what it's all about right here.

http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l256/The_Hybrid_2006/mymadden09coveralexsmith.png

tylerb929
04-24-2008, 10:40 AM
put Peyton or Brady on it.

http://www.gamestop.com/common/images/lbox/D001187b.jpg

Peyton can't be on the cover, he was on the cover of NFL Fever in 2002, 2003, and 2004.

tylerb929
04-24-2008, 10:42 AM
What's the new feature this year? Its always had something to do with that. Like the vision cone was the year of McNabb, the Run to Day Light was Shaun Alexander, the Hit Stick was the year of Ray Lewis....... is there any new features this year?

the decider13
04-24-2008, 10:42 AM
Why would they put Alex Smith on the cover?? I dont think they would sell a lot of copies of that. Only possible 49er is Willis IMO.

But I really doubt any 49er, all my money is on AD.

bigbluedefense
04-24-2008, 10:44 AM
endzone celebrations? seriously, thats the best they could do?

i want the vision cones back. am i the only one who hated 08? i thought it sucked.

M.O.T.H.
04-24-2008, 10:46 AM
Why would they put Alex Smith on the cover?? I dont think they would sell a lot of copies of that. Only possible 49er is Willis IMO.

But I really doubt any 49er, all my money is on AD.

Twas a joke...they obviously wouldnt put Alex on the cover.

M.O.T.H.
04-24-2008, 10:47 AM
endzone celebrations? seriously, thats the best they could do?

i want the vision cones back. am i the only one who hated 08? i thought it sucked.

nope...almost everyone I know hated 08. Lots of Madden bashing goes on in the NCAA 08 thread. It was a terrible game.

You can manually use vision cone.

BNad
04-24-2008, 10:47 AM
endzone celebrations? seriously, thats the best they could do?

i want the vision cones back. am i the only one who hated 08? i thought it sucked.

Personally I loved my seasons that I played every game and won the NFL MVP with 40+ interceptions. And had 20+ INTs with Eric Wright... 7 for TDs.

Who needs football true to life? :p

ESimsfan87
04-24-2008, 10:49 AM
My vote goes to Adrian Peterson... He's one of the hottest names right now on a team many will predict to go far esp. with the recent addition of Jared Allen. Plus, you can also see a silhouette of the player on the webpage at espnvideogames.com

In all honesty, it looks like AD giving a stiff arm.

Brothgar
04-24-2008, 10:50 AM
I'm hopeing AP and hope that Madden Curse sets in.

ESimsfan87
04-24-2008, 10:51 AM
I kinda wish they would do a sort of throw back cover. This is supposedly the 20th year of Madden. With that pose i think it would totally b.a. if it turned out to be Bo Jackson.

bigbluedefense
04-24-2008, 10:56 AM
i read somewhere, i remember someone had the idea of putting aids or cancer on the cover lmaoo.

Vikes99ej
04-24-2008, 11:03 AM
Why don't they just put John Madden on the cover?

bigbluedefense
04-24-2008, 11:04 AM
Why don't they just put John Madden on the cover?

marketing. money. "buzz"

all play into selling more games.

its a business first and foremost.

Turtlepower
04-24-2008, 11:13 AM
Why don't they just put John Madden on the cover?

They used to, but as BBD says, the cover sells more with players.

Vikes99ej
04-24-2008, 11:20 AM
marketing. money. "buzz"

all play into selling more games.

its a business first and foremost.

I know that, but no one would care if he got injured.

Gridiron
04-24-2008, 11:23 AM
I always make my own custom cover anyway.

David Harris will man the front this year.

Crazy_Chris
04-24-2008, 11:26 AM
http://assets.espn.go.com/media/videogames/photo/2008/0421/madden_countdown_412x232.jpg

I'm not so sure that looks like AD, arms look a bit small looks a bit more tall and lanky too. I'm thinking Randy Moss, but I could be wrong.

Vikes99ej
04-24-2008, 11:32 AM
Looks like Randy Moss to me, unless it's just some generic silhouette.

Forenci
04-24-2008, 11:37 AM
honestly though, from a business point of view Id assume Romo would be the best choice, he's the most marketable guy.

did you see Eli Manning's citizen ecko watch commercials? Come oooon. He's as marketable as Pacman Jones for a United Way commercial.

Lol, I think those citizen eco commercials were more just poor writing and execution (it wasn't a nationally televised commercial) than anything else.

Eli is actually a really well spoken and charismatic guy that plays in the biggest market in the NFL. It would make sense if it was him.

Also, I do not believe in the Madden Curse. It's football. Injuries happen. Eli is a very durable QB so I'm not worried about him going out due to injury.

DWilliams2IndyColts
04-24-2008, 11:37 AM
Chad Johnson anyone?

Crazy_Chris
04-24-2008, 11:39 AM
http://a.abcnews.com/images/Sports/NYOL59503032328_ms.jpg

Obviously not the exact picture but its pretty damn close

katnip
04-24-2008, 11:42 AM
http://www.ebgames.com/Catalog/ProductDetails.aspx?product_id=9809

I'm guessing Brian Westbrook or Antonio Cromartie.

Crazy_Chris
04-24-2008, 11:46 AM
different picture on that one ^^

http://www.ebgames.com/common/images/lbox/270175b.jpg

It says for display purposes only so I'm thinking this one is a generic sillouette

katnip
04-24-2008, 11:48 AM
Oh, ok. Didn't see the real one. Didn't AD mostly juke people out their shoes then stiff arm? Or run over them. I'm hoping my favorite rb isn't the cover boy.

tylerb929
04-24-2008, 11:49 AM
I know that, but no one would care if he got injured.

John Madden already got an illness from the first couple times he was on the cover, he got some crazy brain parasites that eat away at his ability to put words together logically and not be able to point out the totally obvious.

Crazy_Chris
04-24-2008, 11:52 AM
I think it comes down to AD and Randy Moss they make the most sense AD obviously has all the hype right now coming off an amazing year. Randy just broke had an all time great year for a WR and broke Jerry's single season TD recieving record.

http://a.abcnews.com/images/Sports/NYOL59503032328_ms.jpg

http://assets.espn.go.com/media/videogames/photo/2008/0421/madden_countdown_412x232.jpg

http://a1360.g.akamaitech.net/7/1360/32585/0/content.catalog.video.msn.com/ft/share0/d91f/0/7517632_1.jpg

It's close im starting to think AD again because it kinda looks like you can see his knee brace in the sillouette.

BeerBaron
04-24-2008, 12:03 PM
nah, the blank picture is just a space filler.

it could be Peterson (where the **** did "AD" come from? his initials are AP AP AP A followed by a P)

but i still have a good feeling that its going to be eli. I'm almost sure of it

katnip
04-24-2008, 12:04 PM
His nickname throughout college has been "All Day".

BeerBaron
04-24-2008, 12:06 PM
His nickname throughout college has been "All Day".

ah. that makes more sense now. i was like "who wants to be called by the first 2 letters of your first name?"

so its an abbreviation of his nickname......ok

M.O.T.H.
04-24-2008, 12:13 PM
I dont think those are silhouettes of the actual player...those have been out forever and many still think it's Eli.

DeathbyStat
04-24-2008, 12:14 PM
David Tyree

keylime_5
04-24-2008, 12:15 PM
I'm pretty sure they want to put a QB on the cover every other year and put a non QB on the cover in between. Vince Young was on it last year, I think Peterson or Tomlinson or maybe a defender this year.

M.O.T.H.
04-24-2008, 12:18 PM
I asked this in another thread but, i might as well ask in here also.

The 360 went w/ Mcfadden as the cover guy.
The PS3 went w/ Ryan as the cover guy.

Is Madden going to have different cover guys?

PoopSandwich
04-24-2008, 12:18 PM
I think they should put Favre or Taylor on it...

Of current players though, Peterson makes alot of sense.

rockio42
04-24-2008, 12:19 PM
I'm pretty sure they want to put a QB on the cover every other year and put a non QB on the cover in between. Vince Young was on it last year, I think Peterson or Tomlinson or maybe a defender this year.

Antonio Cromartie, they havent re-worked the pass-defending game

Except for last year the cover has reflected the position where they changed something in the game play

Ray Lewis - Hit Stick
McNabb - Passing Cone
Shaun - Truck Stick

djp
04-24-2008, 12:25 PM
My darkhorse is Champ Bailey.

katnip
04-24-2008, 12:25 PM
Antonio Cromartie, they havent re-worked the pass-defending game

Except for last year the cover has reflected the position where they changed something in the game play

Ray Lewis - Hit Stick
McNabb - Passing Cone
Shaun - Truck Stick

Thats who I think its going to be.

Burns336
04-24-2008, 01:08 PM
Cromartie was ridiculously overrated in last years game after the final roster updates. His OVR never got too high, but they increased everything that mattered and decreased all of the junk attributes to make it look ok and I had to deal with him shutting down T.O. 1 on 1 ALL GAME against my roommate.

No safety help, nothing. Just 1 on 1 shut down, unless I wanted to run a 6 yard crossing route or something lame. Can't beat him on the go, curls are almost always intercepted... maybe I could complete a few outs or posts, but never any bombs.

M.O.T.H.
04-24-2008, 01:09 PM
Cromartie was ridiculously overrated in last years game after the final roster updates. His OVR never got too high, but they increased everything that mattered and decreased all of the junk attributes to make it look ok and I had to deal with him shutting down T.O. 1 on 1 ALL GAME against my roommate.

No safety help, nothing. Just 1 on 1 shut down, unless I wanted to run a 6 yard crossing route or something lame. Can't beat him on the go, curls are almost always intercepted... maybe I could complete a few outs or posts, but never any bombs.

Romo was way too fast also...I dont remember the final number but, it was like 85 speed or a little lower.

Modano
04-24-2008, 01:13 PM
I hate EA sports... Too bad we can't try to predict who will be the player on the NFL 2K9 cover :(

Young Legend
04-24-2008, 01:15 PM
EA is not gonna put another second year player on the cover.

BNad
04-24-2008, 01:28 PM
I only want Cromartie on the cover if he's doing this:

http://i2.chargers.com/assets/206/36930_600w600h.jpg

49ersfan_87
04-24-2008, 01:31 PM
This is what it's all about right here.

http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l256/The_Hybrid_2006/mymadden09coveralexsmith.png

You'll all be eating crow when he's on it in 2010...oh yes

Anyways as long as it isnt Clements or Willis, the only possible 49ers that could make it....ill be happy.

CC.SD
04-24-2008, 01:57 PM
I only want Cromartie on the cover if he's doing this:

http://i2.chargers.com/assets/206/36930_600w600h.jpg

That cover would be awesome.

LT got chosen last year, and although he turned it down, he still ended up getting hurt. Is there no avoiding the curse?

brat316
04-24-2008, 02:00 PM
They need to put a D player on there do something to help make the D better. You know what they should do put NFL 2k8 on the Madden Cover.

Gay Ork Wang
04-24-2008, 02:01 PM
i hope its brady :/

asmitty45
04-24-2008, 02:08 PM
Moss, but my vote is for Kitna

Bengals1690
04-24-2008, 02:09 PM
I think its gonna be ELi. Bring on the Hefty Lefty!

Go_Eagles77
04-24-2008, 02:09 PM
For some reason I really think it's Chad Johnson, not only does the silhouette look like him, he is the poster boy of TD celebrations. Also you know he wouldn't turn it down. They could've offered it to him before all the trade stuff started happening.

Eaglez.Fan
04-24-2008, 02:23 PM
But what happens if he gets traded. There not going to put him in a Bengals uniform if he's on Washington.

Gay Ork Wang
04-24-2008, 02:38 PM
its so stupid to make a game and make the newest feature Celebrations...

Go_Eagles77
04-24-2008, 02:46 PM
Yeah really, and hopefully not even everyone will do them. If I see Brian Westbrook doing a river dance I'll flip.

katnip
04-24-2008, 02:50 PM
Its Brett Favre.

rep me now please.

roidrunner
04-24-2008, 02:51 PM
i hope its peyton, just because of the manning curse so Farve's continous starts streak can stay intact, cause payton is the closest active QB to breaking it.

katnip
04-24-2008, 02:51 PM
Trust me. Its Favre.

Meta4
04-24-2008, 02:58 PM
It looks like Favre.

http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/ic/blogs/outofbounds/index.shtml

Crazy_Chris
04-24-2008, 03:05 PM
Hmm didn't know he was going to be on Letterman that seals it for me I would be suprised if his Letterman interview was just a coincidence.

TheBuffaloBills
04-24-2008, 03:07 PM
Ehhhh.... If it is Farve, then they just want to stop the madden curse probably....

roidrunner
04-24-2008, 03:07 PM
now watch farve come down with cancer or something like that. that way the curse is continued

Gay Ork Wang
04-24-2008, 03:09 PM
well he never was on the cover and he was on of the best ever so it would be nice

Meta4
04-24-2008, 03:09 PM
now watch farve come down with cancer or something like that. that way the curse is continued

That was a bit harsh.

roidrunner
04-24-2008, 03:10 PM
well it cant be a football injury, so i had to move to life. atleast i did not heart attack or gun shooting.

mqtirishfan
04-24-2008, 03:20 PM
well it cant be a football injury, so i had to move to life. atleast i did not heart attack or gun shooting.

As if cancer is somehow better than a heart attack.

princefielder28
04-24-2008, 03:21 PM
It looks like Favre.

http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/ic/blogs/outofbounds/index.shtml

I was gonna post this morning that I thought it would be Favre but didn't think people here would take it seriously

roidrunner
04-24-2008, 03:23 PM
As if cancer is somehow better than a heart attack.

well they can cure cancer.

mqtirishfan
04-24-2008, 03:26 PM
For the record, the speculation is based on the fact Brett Favre will be on TV tonight. It's certainly not a great indicator.

Staubach12
04-24-2008, 03:30 PM
As far as I'm concerned, it's a three horse race: AD, Randy and CJ.

Crazy_Chris
04-24-2008, 03:34 PM
For the record, the speculation is based on the fact Brett Favre will be on TV tonight. It's certainly not a great indicator.

It's a pretty good indicator guests usually apear on those shows to promote their next big thing. In this case it would be Favre promoting Madden 2009. I'm sure he will start by talking about his career the decision to retire all that. Then right before the interview is done a question along the lines of so whats next for Brett Favre? will be asked and he will say make the madden announcement.

TitleTown088
04-24-2008, 03:45 PM
http://www.pastapadre.com/

This also says it's Favre. Basically the same stuff as the other link though.

Meta4
04-24-2008, 03:53 PM
and another

http://www.jsonline.com/watch/?watch=1&date=4/24/2008&id=38822

NY+Giants=NYG
04-24-2008, 04:00 PM
Another..

http://awfulannouncing.blogspot.com/2008/04/your-cover-athlete-for-madden-2009-is.html

BeerBaron
04-24-2008, 04:06 PM
yep, favre:

http://blogs.jsonline.com/packers/archive/2008/04/24/favre-on-cover-of-madden-nfl-09.aspx

Aftermath
04-24-2008, 04:12 PM
Ill put my money on Adrian Peterson

You just lost your money, try again.

Skibow
04-24-2008, 04:16 PM
As long as Devin Hester never gets on the cover, I'm happy.

Rjspartan
04-24-2008, 04:19 PM
tyree's superbowl catch

TigerBait45
04-24-2008, 04:20 PM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v282/tigerbait/rexy.jpg

This is the only correct choice.

keylime_5
04-24-2008, 04:29 PM
I love the choice of Favre. There's a minimal chance that the Madden curse hits him (unless something bad happens to him in nonfootball life I guess) and since there's no way they'll be able to use Favre as cover boy in the future they do it now. It doesn't hurt that he is the most popular NFL player as of today either.

Geo
04-24-2008, 04:42 PM
Yeah, Favre is going to injure himself doing something around the house.

Madden Curse > iron man streak

neko4
04-24-2008, 04:43 PM
david tyree, since he's getting a book too!

Edit: didnt see where they announced favre, i wonder what this means to game changes? maybe an expansion of career mode or something?

BeerBaron
04-24-2008, 04:49 PM
maybe the curse will just whack the packers...

...which i would enjoy as a bears fan, lol

holt_bruce81
04-24-2008, 04:50 PM
I think it's Brett Favre

It makes perfect sense.

Boston
04-24-2008, 04:50 PM
david tyree, since he's getting a book too!

Edit: didnt see where they announced favre, i wonder what this means to game changes? maybe an expansion of career mode or something?

I don't know, God mode......

neko4
04-24-2008, 04:52 PM
I don't know, God mode......
lol
god mode wont be good enough. there should be god mode and then favre mode

holt_bruce81
04-24-2008, 04:54 PM
Yep, it's Brett......

http://www.pastapadre.com/

DragonFireKai
04-24-2008, 05:16 PM
I love the choice of Favre. There's a minimal chance that the Madden curse hits him (unless something bad happens to him in nonfootball life I guess) and since there's no way they'll be able to use Favre as cover boy in the future they do it now. It doesn't hurt that he is the most popular NFL player as of today either.

"There has been a terrible tragedy at the Favre Familly Thanksgiving game!"

BNad
04-24-2008, 05:48 PM
Aaron Rodgers just can't get him out of his life. Maybe they'll even put Favre in as QB1. :p

Vikes99ej
04-24-2008, 05:58 PM
Time for the custom cover.

Boston
04-24-2008, 06:14 PM
Time for the custom cover.

Why...? Brett Favre's on it this year...

neko4
04-24-2008, 06:19 PM
Guys like Romo and Eli can always be on the cover next year or in later years, so this makes sense to me

Chief49er
04-24-2008, 06:39 PM
#4

Favre

The Legend
04-24-2008, 06:42 PM
Favre would be a smart maybe will end the curse lol

mqtirishfan
04-24-2008, 06:51 PM
Time for the custom cover.

I think you're confusing T. Jackson with Favre. ;)

Ness
04-24-2008, 07:28 PM
Brett Favre was a great player, but I don't think he should have been the cover boy.

Boston
04-24-2008, 07:30 PM
Favre would be a smart maybe will end the curse lol

If by breaking the curse, you mean snapping Favre's iron man streak, then yes, I'm sure this move will break the curse. :)

Smokey Joe
04-24-2008, 08:04 PM
I've heard rumors about Hester, and it'd be cool to have a Bear on it... but history would not be in Devin's favor if he was on it.

LonghornsLegend
04-24-2008, 08:48 PM
So Brett Favre on the cover, with the new feature TD celebrations? Ok, I guess.


At least its not Romo, and that's all that really mattered.


The money question is how many people rejected the cover before they asked Favre, If I were a betting man, I'd put money on him not being their few choices for the cover, until they were rejected by a few guys.

mqtirishfan
04-24-2008, 09:14 PM
So Brett Favre on the cover, with the new feature TD celebrations? Ok, I guess.



I severely doubt TD celebrations are the big feature, considering the production team has been keeping silent about their big features, and they already told us about the celebrations as just a simple improvement, along with improved weather. These are in no way the major features.

Bosanac01
04-24-2008, 10:20 PM
They are reporting it was a toss up between Favre and Chad Johnson.

rockio42
04-24-2008, 11:30 PM
YAY BRETT!!!!!!!!! Its official

TitleTown088
04-24-2008, 11:38 PM
It's Brett. What a damn stud.

neko4
04-24-2008, 11:38 PM
awesome-o!

hopefuly the madden curse will end here

neko4
04-24-2008, 11:38 PM
It's Brett. What a damn stud.
more like stud-muffin! :)

rockio42
04-24-2008, 11:41 PM
more like stud-muffin! :)

HELL YAH!!

TitleTown088
04-24-2008, 11:43 PM
http://i31.tinypic.com/28tc0a9.jpg

Now that's sexy!

I don't even have an Xbox and I'm going to buy that ****.

GB12
04-24-2008, 11:49 PM
I've been hold off so long trying to avoid buying a 360, but now I have a giant urge to go out and buy just so I can have the best version of that.

LonghornsLegend
04-25-2008, 12:13 AM
I just realized that John Madden's favorite person in the world is going to be on the cover of his game, Oh what joy this brings to John.

leroyisgod
04-25-2008, 12:19 AM
Let's go for Eli Manning or any other Giant.

The Legend
04-25-2008, 04:39 AM
cant wait for the game i wonder if he will be in the game lol
i bet madden is tell him not to offically retire so he can put him in it

Finlayson56
04-25-2008, 06:30 AM
has any one ever noticed that all the madden coverboys are black and 4 are qbs (culpepper,vick,McNabbe,Young)so y bets on David Garrard

Ness
04-25-2008, 07:50 AM
has any one ever noticed that all the madden coverboys are black and 4 are qbs (culpepper,vick,McNabbe,Young)so y bets on David Garrard

Over 3/4 of the players in the NFL are black. And quarterback is a popular position. Not that surprising.

regoob2
04-25-2008, 07:54 AM
Is Favre official??

Eagles own the NFC East
04-25-2008, 08:26 AM
This proves John Madden's love for Farve isn't no ****...

bigbluedefense
04-25-2008, 09:27 AM
YESSSSSSSSSSS! ITS NOT ELI!


noooooooooooooooooooice.

Thank God.

PoopSandwich
04-25-2008, 10:20 AM
I think they should put Favre or Taylor on it...

Of current players though, Peterson makes alot of sense.

Hey I got something right.

umphrey
04-25-2008, 11:25 AM
Brett Favre: So agile he even evaded the "Madden Curse." (http://www.gamespot.com/news/6189866.html?action=convert&om_clk=latestnews&tag=latestnews;title;0)

http://image.com.com/gamespot/images/2008/114/maddenfavre09826_screen.jpg

Stoopid512
04-25-2008, 11:32 AM
lets put favre on the cover :P

Good call from the first page of the thread!

Vikings4ever
04-25-2008, 11:33 AM
The Madden Curse is unbeatable.

Favre will lose his hands in a lawnmower accident.

Stoopid512
04-25-2008, 11:33 AM
I can see the Brushback or the onion doing an article of how the downfall in humanity can be blamed on the madden curse being brought into the civilian world by putting a retired player on the cover...

I hope Brett doesn't fall off his tractor...

gsorace
04-25-2008, 01:20 PM
The Madden curse has been broken time and time again, people just keep adding criteria to keep the curse alive. Those people suck.

Breaker
04-25-2008, 01:27 PM
The Madden curse has been broken time and time again, people just keep adding criteria to keep the curse alive. Those people suck.

People can give you edvidences as to why they think the Madden curse is real, can you give reasons to why you think it isn't?

Basileus777
04-25-2008, 01:28 PM
I guess Brett is gonna have a divorce sometime in the fall.

Breaker
04-25-2008, 01:29 PM
has any one ever noticed that all the madden coverboys are black and 4 are qbs (culpepper,vick,McNabbe,Young)so y bets on David Garrard

Maybe this will reverse the curse, thus giving Farve good luck this season. Too bad he isn't playing.:D

VoteLynnSwan
04-25-2008, 02:20 PM
having a retired player on it is almost as bad as having Jared Zabransky on NCAA 08 or Desmond Howard on NCAA 06.

fenikz
04-25-2008, 02:22 PM
having a retired player on it is almost as bad as having Jared Zabransky on NCAA 08 or Desmond Howard on NCAA 06.

what was wrong with Zabransky, he was part of one of the greatest plays in NCAA history

Dam8610
04-25-2008, 02:25 PM
I think this is their attempt to get rid of the cover stigma. Maybe it'll work.

CC.SD
04-25-2008, 02:31 PM
Brett is an amazing choice. Bad ass. and there's also an outside shot it breaks the curse, which would of course be the greatest accomplishment of Favre's legendary career.

PS does this mean he'll be a secret character? Like MJ in the NBA Jam games. That would be totally awesome. Maybe if A-Rod gets hurt, he appears out of the mist and snow like a glorious warrior king of olden times.

nfrillman
04-25-2008, 02:37 PM
I think this is their attempt to get rid of the cover stigma. Maybe it'll work.

I don't know. I could see this as the worst curse in cover history. The previous season he sets many career passing stats and goes to the NFC Championship, and the next year he gets replaced by an unproven QB and doesn't even play a freakin down.

asmitty45
04-25-2008, 02:39 PM
Thats tight, I love the fact that Favre is on the cover.

It's maddens way of breaking the curse, genius move.

Dam8610
04-25-2008, 02:41 PM
In related news, John Madden disappeared into the restroom of the Madden bus with his prerelase copy of Madden NFL 2009 yesterday, and hasn't come out since.

gsorace
04-25-2008, 04:28 PM
People can give you edvidences as to why they think the Madden curse is real, can you give reasons to why you think it isn't?

Are you a moron?

hugegmenfan
04-25-2008, 04:32 PM
Its a nice tribute and a way to break all the stigma that surrounds the cover boy

its a good choice

CC.SD
04-25-2008, 04:43 PM
Brett Favre: So agile he even evaded the "Madden Curse." (http://www.gamespot.com/news/6189866.html?action=convert&om_clk=latestnews&tag=latestnews;title;0)

http://image.com.com/gamespot/images/2008/114/maddenfavre09826_screen.jpg

I just have to add that this cover turns me on.

regoob2
04-25-2008, 04:48 PM
I don't really care who's on it, maybe they should try making it not suck.

Dam8610
04-25-2008, 05:07 PM
I don't really care who's on it, maybe they should try making it not suck.

They already did that though.

bigbluedefense
04-25-2008, 05:10 PM
They already did that though.

hopefully. 08 sucked donkey balls.

regoob2
04-25-2008, 06:05 PM
They already did that though.What did they change?

Thunder&Lightning
04-25-2008, 06:55 PM
terrible marketing by easports... Younger kids dont see Farve as an icon older people to the young look for adrian peterson or ladainian tomlinson... favre is old news. Say he comes back he wont even be a packer...

GB12
04-25-2008, 06:59 PM
terrible marketing by easports... Younger kids dont see Farve as an icon older people to the young look for adrian peterson or ladainian tomlinson... favre is old news...
What? You're acting like Favre retired 20 years ago

mqtirishfan
04-25-2008, 07:11 PM
terrible marketing by easports... Younger kids dont see Farve as an icon older people to the young look for adrian peterson or ladainian tomlinson... favre is old news. Say he comes back he wont even be a packer...

Favre's season was possibly the 2nd biggest story in the entire NFL last year.

Bucs_Rule
04-25-2008, 09:01 PM
They improved the gang tackling, but I still see alot of times a back carrying a defender for 5 yards while 4 defenders stand by and wait until he breaks the tackle to do anything. If your going to focus on improving any area you should do a very good job on it.

Without any competition it doens't seem like they have any motivation to work hard at it.

brat316
04-25-2008, 09:16 PM
And stop taking away **** that is good, like the Old franchise was so good in 06. The new Franchise is like madden 03

Bengalsrocket
04-25-2008, 09:19 PM
And stop taking away **** that is good, like the Old franchise was so good in 06. The new Franchise is like madden 03

Yes, its like every time they have a good idea it goes away the next year lol

Byrd430
04-25-2008, 09:58 PM
I think this was a CLASSY move by EA Sports. Why not celebrate the tremendous career of Favre. What's more is he had so much FUN playing the game. I think it was a great move.

Unfortunately, I foresee an accident involving Favre. He will be hospitalized at some point during the season. The madden curse SHALL LIVE ON!!!

mqtirishfan
04-25-2008, 10:07 PM
It's amazing how people seem to think they already know anything about Madden '09 and its improvements from last year.

EA has been silent on many of its new features, but today they've finally started talking. A very big new feature is the online franchise with up to 32 players.

Boston
04-25-2008, 10:24 PM
I just have to add that this cover turns me on.

I haven't bought a Madden game since 06, but I'll buy this one just so I can see that cover every time I open the game.

brat316
04-25-2008, 10:24 PM
Ohh Really, online franchise nice. How about game play...???


Reminds me of Brett Favre's NFL qb club 1998 had it for the 64.

mqtirishfan
04-25-2008, 10:27 PM
Ohh Really, online franchise nice. How about game play...???


Reminds me of Brett Favre's NFL qb club 1998 had it for the 64.

Sorry, I kind of mistyped. I meant online leagues, but it's an online league that has trades, drafts, etc. Almost a franchise.

As for everything else, here's the list that just came out:

* Level the playing field: An all-new Adaptive Difficulty Engine assesses your proficiency in the core skills areas of football, then tailors the experience to match your playing style. An innovative, all-new virtual Training Center allows you to fine-tune your game in a holographic environment, while EA SPORTS BackTrack provides customized feedback, giving you a chance to learn from your mistakes. Then, take what you've learned and run the play again with EA SPORTS Rewind.

* Beyond broadcast presentation: Set your sights on the Vince Lombardi Trophy in an all-new network television-style broadcast as Cris Collinsworth and Tom Hammond call the action from the booth. A more immersive and visually stunning presentation package also includes a new Options OnDemand Picture-in-Picture playcall window giving you access to a wealth of stats, customized tips, and in-game options, all at your fingertips without having to pause the game.

* Online leagues 2.0: Make a run for the postseason for the first time online. Featuring trades and statistical tracking for online leagues, up to 32 teams can battle it out using all-new flex scheduling.

* New look and feel: With an enhanced graphics engine and new player models, linemen battle in the trenches with more bulky physiques, while backs and receivers fly around the field with a more sleek and slimmer look. Featuring the most realistic-looking grass and field turf ever in a sports game, new weather and stadium lighting effects, and active exterior stadium views, Madden NFL 09 is hands down the best looking sports game ever made!

* Most authentic gameplay ever: Built from the ground up, an all-new Total Control Animation System allows for instantaneous combo moves while bringing new aspects to the game, including missed field goal returns, bobble catches, wrap-up/break-out tackles, user controlled celebrations, and more.

mqtirishfan
04-25-2008, 10:33 PM
GameTap: What features are you most excited to finally showoff in Madden 09?

Phil Frazier: There are three really big things this year that I'm really excited about. The first is actually a collection of features that we call Real Football Intelligence. That's the theme for this year's product. Part one of that is a feature that looks really cool and that's a holographic training environment. In this mode, you choose to go to the holographic training center and you have a bunch of training drills for you to practice. You can do things like work on pocket presence, you can work on receiver timing, focus on defense. I believe we have a total of 12 different drills that you can try. The mode looks really nice -- the players are holographs, you're in a holographic stadium -- it's pretty cool looking. And coming out of that mode, we actually assess your Madden skills, giving you a Madden IQ. Obviously, you want to do as good as possible in those drills, and from your Madden IQ, we actually set your game skills, so if you have a high score, we're going to make the game really challenging for you. So the folks that are really hardcore with the game are going to get a really challenging experience right out of the gate. Those who aren't so good, we'll adjust the game accordingly so the game is still fun for them, just not quite as hard. This is what we call Adaptive AI, setting the game up to be played on your level. It's one of the first sports experiences where the game actually adapts to you without having to adjust the game yourself.

The last part of the Real Football Intelligence feature set is something we call the EA Sports Backtrack. This is our chance to give you feedback as you play our game. What good is letting you practice these drills if we're not going to give you feedback along the way. As you're playing the game, when the game recognizes that you're doing something improperly, we're going to break the moment down for you. It's a higher, nicer version of instant replay with the graphics laced on the field. We actually showcase guys with colors and arrows -- very cool. So if you take a sack for example, when there was a receiver wide open in the field, we're going to tell you that. We're even going to show you why he was wide open and how he ran into the space between the zones. And for those who have a high Madden IQ, we even add another layer of information where we break down the actual plays that were used, the hot routes that were called, and we show you on a statistical basis how successful that play typically is versus that defense. And the nice thing with backtrack, we don't want to just tell you what you did wrong. We're actually letting you rewind a play now. We call it EA Sports Rewind, and by just hitting a button, that situation actually rewinds and you're able to try the situation again, and hopefully take the game's advice. That's the big feature.

Outside of Real Football Intelligence, the next thing that really has me excited are the visuals. I believe this is the biggest graphical improvement we've ever had year-to-year in Madden. You could argue that the jump from PS1 to PS2 was a pretty big jump, but Madden 09 looks absolutely stunning. All new lighting models, all new player models -- we actually went in and did full body scans of real athletes. We have shadows over the field, we have field goal nets, and footprints in the snow. We actually have snow. Last year, the rain and particle effects were so expensive that we couldn't put too many on the screen at the same time without impacting the framerate, but this year we've actually upgraded our particle system and we can have lots and lots of snowflakes. The field is covered in snow. There are shoveled lines on the field. Then lumped in with these visuals, we have all new presentation. We're going back to broadcast. We've used the radio guy ever since next-gen came out, and I think at first people were okay with it, but we received a lot of feedback from fans and media that said this guy's got to go. We've got Tom Hammond and Cris Collinsworth as our play-by-play and color guys. We didn't have any in-game stat banners in next-gen at all, but we have a lot of them now. After every play almost, we have banners animating in like you see on broadcast, and I'm pretty sure a lot of our fans will appreciate this level of polish and presentation.

GameTap: How are online leagues going to be implemented in Madden 09?

Phil Frazier: For the first time ever in Madden, you'll be able to get together with 32 of your friends and participate in a league where you can play through a schedule, play through the playoffs, play your own Super Bowl. There's draft support, there's trade support, and we actually implemented flex scheduling in the online leagues. We've had tournaments before online, but the problem with tournaments is that having more than two or three people together at the same time to complete a series of games is very, very challenging. So with flex scheduling, you can actually play your games in any order. It's more like a round-robin style. We did this because it's online and we wanted to make sure people can actually play through their seasons. If you and I are scheduled to meet in Week 10 but we're both online today, we can just play our Week 10 game now. I know there are possible issues or questions about what happens to the rosters if you get injured, but we're not worrying about that right now. We wanted to set up a system where leagues would actually get used and are very user-friendly in terms of the coordination required. It's all server based. There are no files to manage. There's no data whatsoever being saved on your box.

GameTap: With the online leagues, are gamers going to be able to make trades online using their computer or is it all through the game system?

Phil Frazier: You'll do it through the game. Everything is done through the product itself. Web support is a big factor and we definitely want you to be able to go to the Web and take a look at league statistics, but a lot of the interaction will have to take place using the product itself.

GameTap: Favre is on the cover, but not currently in the league. How are you going to incorporate him into the game?

Phil Frazier: Favre isn't on the Packers roster…at this point, but if that was to change we could always add him back in the game using a roster update. Brett will be the starting quarterback of our NFL Greats team. You'll be able to play as him on the team and you'll also be able to bring him into franchise mode because those players are available in franchise. So if you want to sign him to your Packers roster as part of your franchise, that's all you. If you don't want to have to admit the fact that he's officially retired, you can live the dream through our game.

GameTap: Last year saw the addition of player weapons. Are there any new weapons in the game or anything included to enhance the old ones?

Phil Frazier: Weapons are back in the game. People liked the fact that you could easily identify who are the go-to guys on your team. It's back and there will be new players in each category. Players who might have been weapons last year aren't necessarily weapons this year. As far as new weapons, I think a lot of the weapons have stayed the same, it's more about switching out the players and making sure the guys who had breakout seasons last year are rewarded by becoming an official Madden weapon.

GameTap: Have there been any enhancements to the game's franchise or owner mode?

Phil Frazier: The big thing we did with franchise, and it's a really big one, is that we completely re-did our simulation engine within franchise. The simulation is what drives the games you play, the statistics, the offseason, whether or not players get traded, and last year we received a lot of feedback that our simulations weren't perfect. The simulated statistics -- we had too many running backs over 2,000 -- so now the results you'll see in Madden 09 will be much more realistic. Now when you go to make trades or go through the various functions in the game, it should be a much more realistic experience. We've also added a rivalry mode so when you play a rivalry game, we really up the intensity. Graphically, rivalry games look different. The colors of the game are a little more dark or colorful, and on top of that, rivalry games are going to be a little harder. Even if you have the two worst teams playing against each other, when they're rivals, they still bring their A-game and it's special. We want you to have that same feeling when you're playing Madden, so if you're playing a rivalry game in your season, it's going to feel special. We even use specific cameras in rivalry games that you won't see anywhere else. For example, if your running back has a breakaway run, the camera will zoom in on the player to help heighten that intensity.

GameTap: Celebrations have also been given an overhaul with hot spots in the end zone. How is that going to work?

Phil Frazier: When you cross the line of scrimmage, we leave you in control of the player. Typically in Madden, when the play is dead, we give control over to the AI, but now when you score a touchdown, you still have control and if you run to one of the hot spots and hit the Y button on the 360 or the triangle button on the PS3, he'll do a celebration depending on where you are. So if you're under the goal post, he might dunk the ball or if you run to the hot spot by the wall and you're in a stadium that supports it, you can do the Lambeau leap. Hit the button and jump up in the crowd. You won't be able to do anything that would draw a penalty in the NFL, but that doesn't mean that you can't have a little fun.

GameTap: What other AI tweaks have been made to the gameplay?

Phil Frazier: Everything. The biggest thing in gameplay is something we call Total Control Animation. The game is much more responsive now and you don't need to wait for animations to completely play out before starting a new animation. Now you can string together jukes or do a double juke or a triple juke as you come up on a guy. You can also now do animations while you're involved in a wrap. That's something we've never been able to do in Madden before. In the old days, once a tackle animations started, you were done. The game determined whether or not that tackle was successful. But now, once a tackle starts, you still have a window where you can hit spin and try to break out of the tackle. The play lasts longer now as a result giving you an added level of control.

Other things of note: Smart routes are back, we have formation subs, you can return field goals this year. Just all around Madden you're going to see improvements.

GameTap: What's the one new animation you've seen in the game that has blown you away?

Phil Frazier: The biggest thing is bobble catches. We had a lot of drops in the game last year and it's no fun when you drop a pass. We're going to turn a lot of those drops into bobbles. It's definitely cool when you see the ball hit a guy's hands then it goes flying into the air and then he goes and tries to make that catch. It looks really cool the first time you see it because you think he's going to drop it but then he turns around and makes the catch.

GameTap: What about the PlayStation 3 version? Are we finally going to see a Madden that's equal on the 360 and PS3?

Phil Frazier: They are equal, and they're both running at 60 frames-per-second this year. An interesting thing to point out is not only are they both running at 60 fps, but we've also made a huge leap in terms of graphics. It was definitely a struggle. We had to go back and rebuild assets. We had to rebuild stadiums and players so they were a little more economical in terms of how much memory they took and how much space they took, but we finally found a way to get to 60 fps on both and the game looks better than ever. We're proud of that and I think our fans on PS3 this year should have no reason to feel disappointed.



Interview link: http://www.gametap.com/articles/gamefeatur...erview-04252008 (http://www.gametap.com/articles/gamefeatures/madden_nfl_09_interview-04252008)

Aftermath
04-25-2008, 11:15 PM
Interview link: http://www.gametap.com/articles/gamefeatur...erview-04252008 (http://www.gametap.com/articles/gamefeatures/madden_nfl_09_interview-04252008)

Wow. The Holographic center or w.e sounds amazing.

brat316
04-25-2008, 11:25 PM
Wow sounds like I might buy this madden