Those who don’t believe in curses are absolute fools. They’re a staple in sports. Whether you’re dealing with the Curse of the Billy Goat for the Cubs or you’ve cursed yourself by willingly rooting for the Cleveland Browns, curses are all over the map of the sports world. There are few curses as fun and as real as the Madden Curse, but it’s time to officially dethrone it as the worst video game curse. It’s time to embrace the new king of the curses: the NBA 2k Cover Curse.
I already know what you’re thinking. We live in a day and age where everything gets blown out of proportion. It’s a world where you’re either coming out with hot takes or doing everything in your power to let every single person on the planet know how much you hate them. It’s like the sports version of either being a vegan or hating them. Simple coincides are brought up on every single talk show, giving every single person at Fox Sports 1 a base to take turns spouting nonsense until people’s ears bleed out.
Still, it’s something you simply can’t ignore.
There are different variations to a perfect curse recipe. Superstition is a key ingredient and years of proof help give your curse a solid base, but there is no stronger addition to the recipe than negativity. If there’s a way someone is negatively impacted, the word curse can be thrown around like rumors on Twitter. Which is why the 2k cover curse couldn’t be more perfect.
— Josiah Brewster (@JosiahBrewster) August 23, 2017
It has all the nutritious ingredients you need for a full balanced curse!
Four of the past five years, we’ve seen the cover athletes of the hit basketball video change teams. LeBron headed north from South Beach back to Cleveland, Durant hopped on the bandwagon to join Golden State ruining his cover, Paul George got traded to OKC after he was the poster child, and now Kyrie is headed to Boston before the season even started.
Yes, there are a few holes that can easily be fixed. The curse itself does not impact the player immediately as it does in Madden. The player does not have to leave his team immediately, as long as he leaves in the not-so-distant future. As for the 2k16 cover that is conveniently missing, it featured multiple athletes which stopped the curse. No one kicked up a big sh-t storm when Madden did it and Larry Fitzgerald had a solid year while Troy Polamalu continued the curse, so covers with multiple athletes don’t count.
Plus, anytime you can have the people who make the game realize they got f–ked over by this curse, it picks up a bit of legitimacy.
— NBA 2K 2K18 (@NBA2K) August 22, 2017
This curse may be similar to that of Madden in the sense that it has to do with the cover athlete of a video game which is admittedly a pretty significant part, but that’s where the comparisons end. That and the fact that 2k has to take a page out of Madden’s book and change the jersey of the cover athlete just like Madden did when Brett Favre came out of retirement for the Jets.
— GameFly (@GameFly) August 24, 2017
Madden’s curse was about players having horrible seasons the year they’re featured on the cover, while NBA 2k is simply about players leaving situations behind. One is about moving backwards, while the other is moving forwards.
Of course, it’s easy to dismiss the NBA 2k curse because it’s early, but we all got aboard the Madden curse after its fourth year. Once Dante Culpepper messed up his knee and missed numerous games, there were churches built after that f–king curse. Plus, with the Kyrie changing teams before his reign as cover athlete even began, the curse has never been stronger.
Sports fans, it’s time to start hoping your favorite athlete doesn’t end up on the 2K cover. If he does, enjoy him while he lasts, because that man is already packing his bags.