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Adrian Peterson Avoids The Madden Curse

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Whew. That was close.

Adrian Peterson had made it all the way to the semifinals in the voting for the cover athlete of EA Sports' insanely popular video game, Madden 12. Fortunately for the believers of the Madden Curse (I count myself in this camp), the nightmare of having AP grace the unlucky cover has come to an end.

Michael Vick received 59% of the vote, beating the Vikings' running back rather handily. The other semifinal was even more of a blowout: Browns running back Peyton Hillis steamrolled his opponent, a no-name quarterback from some irrelevant team, by a margin of 61% to 39%.

Personally, I'm a little torn on who to vote for in the finals. On one hand, you have Peyton "The Avalanche" Hillis (he's white, runs downhill, and you better get the hell out of the way when he gets started). His cult following as a fantasy football sleeper has helped him get this far, and it would be a shame to see him lose that momentum in the finals. On the other hand, voting for Vick would be a great story of redemption as well as a nice little way to make the NFL front office a little uncomfortable. Either way, while it was nice to see our Vikings star get some of the recognition he deserves, it's better to see Hillis and Vick in the finals.

Voting for the finals between Hillis and Vick is available here.