I had this entire post nearly finished as the Buffalo Bills were 13 seconds away from defeating the Kansas City Chiefs yesterday. Thirteen seconds!!!! No one can orchestrate an offensive drive to score enough points to win a game IN THIRTEEN SECONDS! Wrong. The Chiefs did. They were able to kick a field goal to tie the game and send it into overtime.
I was going to submit this hypothesis that there’s a State Farm Insurance curse in the NFL, more specifically on Patrick Mahomes and Aaron Rodgers
who both lost on the same playoff weekend but Patrick Mahomes brought his team to victory and sort of spoiled this theory. Nonetheless, here’s what I wrote about the State Farm curse. Realistically speaking, it might still be a valid thought, especially if the Chiefs lose in the next matchup. After all, the Packers (and Rodgers) were thought by some folks to be the team to win the Super Bowl, but they lost unexpectedly in round 2. OK, now here’s the post that would’ve been:
As I watched the Kansas City vs. Buffalo football game, it dawned on me (when I saw a particular commercial on TV) that the NFL might have a new Madden curse. The Madden curse is a superstition that when an NFL player appears on the cover the Madden football video game, the player then fades into obscurity as soon as the next season. I remember it vividly in the 2000s because the player who made the cover was my star running back in fantasy football. I’m talking about Peyton Hillis, running back for the Cleveland Browns. He had a monster season, became the featured player on Madden ’12, then disappeared from relativity (not to mention ruining my fantasy season, what a bum!)
The Madden curse is something that’s hard to deny. But in 2022… is there a State Farm curse?
The commercial I saw (which I referred to earlier) was one starring Patrick Mahomes and Aaron Rodgers. Coincidentally (or not?), Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers lost this weekend, in spite of being the team favored to win against San Francisco. Then a day later Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs lost to the Buffalo Bills. I found it funny that both quarterbacks starring in the ad are now out of the playoffs, especially after quite a bit of chatter about either team making it to the Super Bowl.
State Farm, what do you have to say about this? Perhaps Jake from State Farm can shed some light on what’s going on here.
-Out of the Wilderness