Trent Richardson and Ozzie Newsome represent Browns in Madden cover vote

Nobody in Cleveland has forgotten the Peyton Hillis Madden cover vote just yet. In the end, it came down to Hillis and Mike Vick, and I don’t know if Vick is wiping his brow for having avoided the curse just yet either, as he took a pay cut this year to stay with the Chip Kelly iteration of the Eagles.

Well now the EA Sports folks have decided to pit “old school” against “new school” for this year’s Madden Cover showdown. On the left side of the bracket are the old school people, including Jake Delhomme for the Panthers, Chad Johnson for the Bengals (how OLD!) and Ozzie Newsome for the Cleveland Browns.

As beloved as Newsome is as a player, it will be a tough road as a 13th seed going up against Kurt Warner in the first round. Plus, even if he advanced, he faces such “old school” names as Joe Montana, Jerry Rice and even the recently retired Ray Lewis.

On the “new school” side of things, the Browns are repped by Trent Richardson. He’s the seventh seed against the Packers’ long-haired linebacker with Cleveland Browns lineage, Clay Matthews.

Based on Browns fans’ previous experience with the Madden Cover, while I don’t believe in curses, it might be safer to just vote for the Steelers’ receiver Antonio Brown. You know. Just in case.

[Related: Mike Wallace should give the Browns pause]

  • Jaker

    Ray Lewis vs Colin Kaepernick(spell check?) for the finals

  • Robbie S

    I would love the irony of Ozzie Newsome in a Browns jersey on the cover so much.

  • Adam

    Just curious. Is there a reason you never seem to have links to any items you write about? It’s not the first time I’ve noticed this. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not like it’s hard to Google it, but it just seems weird there’s never a link. Maybe I’m just missing something. Anybody else notice this?

  • simond

    here is the link
    http://espn.go.com/sportsnation/feature/madden25cover

    click on the vote button next to each matchup to watch highlights

    for the old school guys, i noticed if they were in one of the first maddens – deion for example is 16-bit madden, ozzie and kurt warner are in the modern looking madden

  • http://waitingfornextyear.com Craig Lyndall

    I always link. This is an exception because my “source” was an email directly to me from the Madden people. :-)

  • MrCleaveland

    You mean they’re not putting Chip Kelly on the cover?

  • Garry_Owen

    Our “old school” should have been Clay Matthews. It would have been fun to see an Old Clay vs. New Clay for the final.
    But considering the whole “curse,” shouldn’t we vote early and often (Cleveland style!) for Ozzie? Won’t that mean that the Ravens’ draft will suck?