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Fans Hope Seahawks RB Alexander Avoids Video Game Jinx

YAKIMA, Wash. - Local video game retailer 'Game Crazy' opens at 12:01 AM Tuesday for the release of the popular football EA Sports video game, 'Madden 07.' This year, the game cover features Seahawks running back Shaun Alexander, and that has Seahawks' fans a little uneasy.

"I just hope the curse doesn't work," says 10-year old Alvin Lara.

Curse? Yes, the Madden video game cover has turned into an urban legend of sorts. The game's manufacturer, EA Sports, started putting players on the cover of the Madden franchise starting 2001.

In 2001, Tennessee Titans running back Eddie George was the first player on the cover of the game. That was the first season George failed to rush for a 1,000 yards. He also had a then-career low 5 touchdowns.

In 2002, Minnesota Vikings quarterback Daunte Culpepper became the poster child for the Madden jinx. That season Culpepper played in just 11 games and threw 19 interceptions. The previous season, Culpepper threw 40 TDs and did not miss a game.

In 2003, EA Sports featured St. Louis Rams running back Marshall Faulk on the cover. The previous season, Faulk amassed more than 2000 total yards and scored 21 touchdowns. After the cover, Faulk's touchdown total dropped to 10, and he had less than 1500 total yards.

In 2004, Atlanta Falcons QB Michael Vick was the new face of the Madden franchise. Vick broke his leg that preseason and missed most of the season.  The previous year, Vick passed for more than 3,000 yards, and ran for more than 700 yards.

Last season, Philadelphia Eagles QB Donovan McNabb turned into the latest victim of the Madden jinx. The previous season McNabb guided Philadelphia to a Super Bowl berth. Philadelphia had reached the NFC Championship game the previous four seasons. Last year, the Eagles missed the playoffs, and McNabb played in only nine games due to injury.

So as video game fans await the latest incarnation of the popular video game, those that are Seahawks' fans cross their fingers while they make their purchase.

"I just hope the Madden curse doesn't happen this year, maybe after the contract is up," says Juan Ramirez "We're trying to get to the Super Bowl this year."

Barring the wrath of the video game gods of course.

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