San Jose, Costa Rica – April 24, 2006 – WagerWeb.com, one of the largest sports betting sites on the Internet, posted odds this past weekend for sports fans to bet on whether or not the star of the new Madden NFL 2007 video game cover, Shaun Alexander, will be “cursed” for the upcoming football season. Alexander’s total rushing yards have increased each of the last three years (1435, 1696 and 1880). Now, Wagerweb.com challenges bettors to predict whether or not Alexander will rush for more or less than 1750 yards this season.
“So far, bettors are picking the under,” says Dave Johnson, CEO of WagerWeb.com. He adds, “The curse is recognized because football stars featured on the cover of this video game have injured themselves or produced below average numbers the following season. 1750 yards is by no means a bad year, however, the 2006 league MVP Alexander is consistent and should be able to reach this total, unless the curse takes hold.”
After being featured on the cover of Madden, Eddie George failed to rush for 1000 yards; Daunte Culpepper missed four games to injury and Minnesota finished with their worst record in years; Marshall Faulk suffered his least productive season as a member of the St. Louis Rams; Michael Vick missed 11 games because of injury; Ray Lewis had an off year, and did not record an interception for the first time in his career; and Donavan McNabb missed five game because of injury and suffered through a team-crippling feud with receiver Terrell Owens
The payout for Alexander being either over or under 1750 total rushing yards is –110 ($11 bet wins $10). Wagerweb.com is known for posting odds that center around the controversies of the sports world. The site reported significant betting action recently with odds posted for the Duke DNA results outcome, as well as which player or staff member from the Dallas Cowboys will have the first confrontation with Terrell Owens in the 2006-2007 NFL season.