Glad tidings today for all those who are either heartily sick of the New England Patriots, or who think they are the all-time champs in Got Away With It, or who think Bill Belichick is a humorless son-of-a-bleep who'd run over his own grandmother to win a game, then back up and run over her again:
Did you see who's on the cover of Madden 2017?
Yes, boys and girls, it's Tom Brady, GOAT (maybe) and generally sleazy dude, husband of that supermodel and the guy who drives the getaway car in all those scenarios in which the Patriots either do or don't pull another fast one.
This means he's now squarely in the gunsights of the fabled Madden Curse, which may or may not exist. Certainly it can be documented that the NFL player who winds up on the cover of this NFL video game has been struck with woeful misfortune many more times than once. It's struck the Patriots before -- last year, in fact, when year tight end Rob Gronkowski was the Madden cover boy and then wound up with a season-ending injury.
Of course, the Patriots did go on to win the Super Bowl without him, overcoming an historic 25-point deficit to beat the Falcons. So there's that.
In the meantime, we can all enjoy the angst of Patriots fans -- who, being the paranoid loonies they are, surely think Roger Goodell is behind two Patriots in a row winding up on the cover of Madden.
"Always trying to bring us down!" they must be saying.
Or maybe it's that guy in the Oval Office saying that. I forget.