Breathe Easy, Texan Fans, Arian Foster Saved from the Madden Curse
In general, I think Texan fans are excited for the upcoming 2012 season, but that has more to do with how strong the team looked in 2011 than the collective offseason efforts of the front office. In fact, the offseason has been littered with far more bad news than good, highlighted (or lowlighted, as it were) by the departures of fixtures like DeMeco Ryans, Mario Williams, Eric Winston, Mike Brisiel and Joel Dreessen.
Ask Peyton Hillis about being cover boy.
So when we get a little bid of good news, we should celebrate it. And this week we got some good news!
Running back Arian Foster, whose signing was one of a few bright spots this offseason (the signing of Chris Myers and the addition of Wade Phillips to Twitter being the others), had been chosen as the Texans' representative in the surprisingly enthralling, now-annual bracket-style elimination vote for the cover spot on the Madden video game.
And when I say "openly campaigning," I mean a viral video campaign that included stuffed ducks...
...direct mentions of Tim Tebow (who Foster somewhat miraculously smoked in round one of the vote)....
....and an old school, grass roots, "takin' it to the streets" appeal to the greater Manhattan area...
Foster chased the Madden cover dream despite the overwhelming mountain of evidence that would seem to indicate that cover boy status should come with crutches, a decent therapist or a good attorney. Or in the case of last year's surprise winner, former Browns running back Peyton Hillis, all three.
Foster argued with Texan fans on Twitter (fans who were presumably looking out for his own good and/or making sure their season tickets maintained decent scalp-able value) that superstitions are stupid and that he would be the one to "#ReverseTheCurse."