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NFL Players + TV Commercials = KISS OF DEATH?

Postby latraffic » Wed Dec 03, 2003 12:52 pm

We started with SI cover curse, cool with that. Statistically could be coincidence, etc. Then - whole "Chunky Soup" thing. Strangly, players in those spots underperformed after making the commercials (McNabb, Warner to name two but there are plenty of others). Of course, there is the Madden football game covers -I won't go there. Just think of Mike Vick.

But now we have NFL players doing other spots and it seems to persist that if a player does a TV ad or other endorsement, he sucks the following year. Some examples from this season:

Dominos Pizza commercial - casulties, Rich Gannon, Hovak.
Snickers commercial - Urlacker
Rite Guard - Sapp

What gives here? Any other examples? Why does this happen? Are the endorsement too distracting to the player? Do other players get jealous and tee off on them?
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Postby Redskins Win » Wed Dec 03, 2003 5:37 pm

Chip Lohmiller . . . Mcdonalds "off the stone guy through the uprights"
I forget who else was in the commercial with him but the next season he never was the same.
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Postby VHawk15 » Wed Dec 03, 2003 5:58 pm

With so many football players doing commercials, there are bound to be some players that do commercials that end up having dissapointing seasons. I also wouldn't call McNabb a dissappointment. Sure, he struggled a little early but he's beginning to put up solid fantasy points as well as lead his team to victory.

Of course, the strongest curse is still the Madden Curse. Some of it's recent victims have been Faulk, Culpepper, and Vick.
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Postby deftdelivery » Thu Dec 04, 2003 6:41 pm

VHawk15 wrote:Of course, the strongest curse is still the Madden Curse. Some of it's recent victims have been Faulk, Culpepper, and Vick.


This is the only curse to fear IMO...altho the Campbell's soup has claimed Warner, it hasn't quite claimed McNabb

The Madden curse has been pretty bad - Vick misses over 3/4 of the season, Culpepper is playing sloppier and sloppier, Faulk gets knee injury and shows signs of aging as the Rams offense drops off the map (then came Bulger, but is now starting to throw too many INT's)

Madden, for your next cover, just put Al Michaels on it...it'd be nice to have him die and not have to listen to "bool" instead of "ball"......man that's irritating
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Postby V-unit » Thu Dec 04, 2003 8:19 pm

How bout the Nike commercial with M.VIck and T.Owens.Vick got hurt and T.O. hasnt been playing great.
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Postby joester » Thu Dec 04, 2003 8:24 pm

Chunk Soup also claimed Terrell Davis.............There biggest casualty of all
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Postby T-DIDDY » Fri Dec 05, 2003 9:34 am

What about those horrible commercials with Shockey and the shockwave. I guess being powered by the sun doesn't mean much. As soon as those commercials came out, he went down. That's what he gets for doing such a crappy commercial. At least the Vick/Owens commercial was pretty cool...
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Postby M_Zimm_ffc » Fri Dec 05, 2003 9:57 am

I agree with Hawk. There are so many some are destined to go down. BTW It is Hovan, not Hovak. He may be stinking this year but don't mispell his name please.
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Postby veritasdefender » Fri Dec 05, 2003 12:09 pm

ok...but what about the Peyton Manning Commerical...and the Torry Holt Commercial and why do you think some of the best players in the NFL dont do commercials..ie..McNair, CJ, Harrison, Moss, S Davis, A Green, P Holmes, Brett Favre, S Alexander, but then you have people like Mike Vick who's had 1 good year in his professinal career has like 10 commericals and shockey, who's only played 1 year of Pro Football and noobody likes the guy...he has a commercial....even TO has a commerical..and everybody hates him, exctly what demographic are the going for here??? do they think only smartass, disrespectful thugs wear Nike???? Who knows.
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Postby BrutallyHuge » Fri Dec 05, 2003 3:22 pm

The Madden Curse is legit.

2000: Dorsey Levens - went from 1000+ yards rushing and 573 yards receiving with 10 Total TDs in 1999 to 224 yards and 3TDs in 2000. Battled a pair of knee injuries during 2000, missing most of the preseason as well as the entire second half of the year.

2001: Eddie George - Team went from 13-3 to 7-9. George averaged 3.0 YPC, went from 1509yds and 16 total TDs to 939yds and 5 total TDs.

2002: Daunte Culpepper - League-high 23 INTs and 21 fumbles with a 78 passer rating.

2003: Marshall Faulk - Ankle Injury, stats dropped significantly.

2004: Michael Vick - Broken Leg.

Before they started putting players on there, it was just Madden posing with a headset looking all goofy. The curse for him was that he got fat and became significantly dumber in the following years.
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