Plugged In

Madden Curse 1, Steelers 0

OK, so the Steelers won last night’s NFL season-opener 13-10 over the Titans in overtime. Big deal. The real winner was the Madden Curse, which annually inflicts untold pain and suffering on that year’s “Madden NFL” cover athlete.

The Curse wasted little time in claiming its first victim as Steelers safety Troy Polamalu, who shared the cover with Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald, suffered a knee injury against the Titans and is expected to miss 3-to-6 weeks. Ouch. I can only imagine what the Curse has in store for Fitzgerald.