March Madness, NFL Style: DeMarcus Ware a Madden Cover Boy?

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While in the midst of a lockout, the NFL owners and players these days can't even agree on what they disagree on. What to do for a football junkie?

I know, let's have a March Madness-style tournament, the winner of which gets as his prize: The cover of the Madden 2012 video game.

Wait, what? Isn't that more of a jinx than an honor?

Nevertheless, Dallas Cowboys' linebacker DeMarcus Ware is among 32 players -- seeded 1 through 16, in two groups -- vying for next year's cover. Voting is being conducted by ESPN, with the winner announced on some show called SportsNation. Balloting for the first round ends Sunday with the eventual champion announced during the NFL Draft April 27. Two thoughts:

1. Kinda genius. I'm into it.

2. Looks to me like EA Sports has pegged Ware as so much Virginia Commonwealth. He's a huuuuge underdog in the first round against, yep, Michael Vick.

For some reason they didn't break the groups into conferences, but into...who knows?

GROUP 1

1 Philip Rivers, Chargers vs. 16 Darren McFadden, Raiders

2 Hines Ward, Steelers vs. 15 Carlos Dunlap, Bengals

3 Michael Vick, Eagles vs. 14 DeMarcus Ware, Cowboys 

4 Drew Brees, Saints vs. 13 Josh Freeman, Buccaneers

5 Mark Sanchez, Jets vs. 12 Jake Long, Dolphins

6 Andre Johnson, Texans vs.11 Chris Johnson, Titans

7 Patrick Willis, 49ers vs.10 The 12th Man, Seahawks

8 Julius Peppers, Bears vs. 9 Adrian Peterson, Vikings

Breakdown: Tough matchup for Ware in that Vick is alarmingly popular. I'm also betting on Sanchez, though how great would it be for a Bengal named Dunlap to grace the sacred space? Also, The 12th Man is stupid.

GROUP 2

1 Aaron Rodgers, Packers vs. 16 Ndamukong Suh, Lions

2 Matt Ryan, Falcons vs. 15 Jordan Gross, Panthers

3 Maurice Jones-Drew, Jaguars vs.14 Dwight Freeny, Colts

4 Danny Woodhead, Patriots vs. 13 Steve Johnson, Bills

5 Hakeem Nicks, Giants vs. 12 Brian Orakpo, Redskins

6 Jamaal Charles, Chiefs vs. 11 Tim Tebow, Broncos

7 Ray Rice, Ravens vs.10 Peyton Hillis, Browns

8 Sam Bradford, Rams vs.9 Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals

Breakdown: The first ever 16 over 1 upset in Suh over Rodgers. Seriously, I wouldn't be shocked if Tebow's followers pushed him to win this bracket.

Projected Final Four: Suh vs. Tebow; Vick vs. Sanchez.

Projected Title Tilt: Vick over Tebow. Or, if you like, Dog over God.


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antiarmen
antiarmen

I listened to Bob & Dan today playing old vintage Hardline. Man, Greggo & Rhyner were perfect together! Those were such fun shows! Lennon and McCartney had nothing on this pair. If they only hadn't made the mistake of bringing in Corby "Yoko Ono" Davidson!

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

Corby didn't put the pepsi up Greggo's nose; Corbs was better as a yuck monkey but I can tolerate him over too much Armen/Sybil. I hate to bag on those two because I know RW loves them so much, but your show should be about your personalities. I don't give an F about what Armen and Sybs think, unless she's in a bikini, I don't need to hear her.

P1Steven
P1Steven

Hardline would still be together if Greggo wouldnt have had a serious drug problem.. Corby never made Greggo do dope....

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

RW, you should still be listening..Fake Craig Way is 4000 percent better than RAGE, #wishgreggohadntoflunkedout

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

RW, you should be listening to the top ranked radio show in universe right now..#yallcan'tdothis

P1Steven
P1Steven

Well everyone has their likes & dislikes. I enjoy Madden & the Madden curse is pretty compelling.

Fail Flash!
Fail Flash!

Looks like Richie is already calling it a day. He probably already has Whitt's end ready and is done for the week. Way to earn a paycheck Richie. You wonder why the ratings for Rage are shitty? Laziness and lack of effort like this is the exact reason. Scruffy,Davy,Mishon,Webb and TheRealDirty put more effort in their comments than you do in this blog and your radio show combined. If this is alll the material you have for today then Rage is gonna be painful. Next week why don't you actually try. You might be suprised by the responses and the genuine pride you can feel by doing an honest days work. If not then you should seriously consider turning over this blog to someone who can actually do the job.

I nominate Scruffy!

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

thank you for the nomination. We all know I couldn't carry a blog, how do you not mention Kergo? He has more time than all of us. Please nominate him for City of Ate. The comments are really getting critical of RW. If you want to step up, at least have something personal to talk to RW with like Twitter. When you're anon on here, it's real easy. In other words, there isn't anything I put on here that I wouldn't say to my buddy RW or stand behind.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

Thanks for the props sir, RW only gets kicked in the nuts for sucking..suggestion for the lil Medjia man, try not to suck so bad..and more Merton..sure Merton makes you look like a hack RW, but we appreciate a well written and researched article from time to time.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Appreciate the nomination, but we all know Kergo's blog would be filled with excellence.

Richie Whitt
Richie Whitt

Actually I was finishing up a 5,000-word cover story on the Rangers and working on a breaking news blog. You can call me a lot of things, but when you use the word "lazy" it makes me giggle.

linefourguy
linefourguy

Richie is a dyslexic atheist, he doesn't believe in dog.

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

This is so Ben and Skinnish. This is also what got them knocked off 105.3

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

You realize two sports are currently active and one is about to kick off in a week, right?

The sign of a mediocre to bad sportsy writer/host is someone who milks the NFL to death even when the creek's bed is dry.

You haven't figured out by now your crowd is very baseball-oriented?

Richie Whitt
Richie Whitt

Every day I irritate you is a good day.

Baldy(No,not Ritchie!)
Baldy(No,not Ritchie!)

Haha Ritchie,you might be the biggest doucher I've ever seen but i can't help but liking you some times......

kergo
kergo

Richie, you seem real angry today. What's going on buddy?

Davy Crockett
Davy Crockett

League ID: 179971Password: tardline

Join us kergs.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

Kergs, get in on the baseball league..draft is Sunday night..check out the info on the Frank Frank post..Davy set it up..Merton signed up too..we need somebody to take all the highly overrated Bosox and Yanks

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Your percentage contribution to my daily irritation is 1.5. In other words, barely a blip. Coincidentally, that's 105.3's evening drive rating.

I'll consider the olive branch to now be yanked.

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

Scruffy, you have to admit, that was a good comeback by him. Can't we all just get along? Stay hard.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

You're welcome. Too bad there aren't many more.

Mishon
Mishon

I think it was your twitter comment yesterday that got him angry at you. RW is sensitive about his twitter.

Richie Whitt
Richie Whitt

I'll just say this again in closing to you personally: Thanks for reading and listening. Every. Single. Day.

Richie's ratings success
Richie's ratings success

I believe all employees of the Fail have been ordered by management to spend as much time as possible talking about football and the Cowboys as a way of kissing Jerry's ass or massaging his prostate. After losing the Rangers they can't afford to lose anything thing else that brings in better ratings than their own programming.

Richie Whitt
Richie Whitt

YOU believe that huh? Fascinating. Based on what exactly?

McDoom
McDoom

Something I'm honestly curious about: can EA and the NFL publish and sell a game that includes the players likenesses now that the NFLPA has decertified and effectively does not exist?

Eh, let's talk about non-existent cover jinxes and bait for comments with Vick and Tebow instead.

Davy Crockett
Davy Crockett

I don't think they can. Saw a story on the news last night talking about how Jason Witten is now known as "Professional Football Player" instead of "Dallas Cowboys Tight End".

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

that's like referring to you as Davy Crockett the great frontiersman instead of Davy Crockett the great defender of the Alamo

Davy Crockett
Davy Crockett

If we were to rank my nicknames:

1. 'The Lion of the West'2. 'Alamo Defender'3. 'King of the Wild Frontier'4. 'Buckskin Buccaneer'

On a side note, all this stuff that Chuck Norris does? I was doing it in the 1800's. And doing it better.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

RW, you actually spent time on the drivel? or was it just Copy and Paste? tripple meh

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

did we lose RBS for you? I guess it makes sense, or I'm finally catching on from Bradford, to Romo, to Webb. Well played.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

Scottsmerkin suggested it was time for brokenshoulder 3.0, thanks for noticing!

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