Or at least that is what EA Sports wants us to believe. Remember how excited I was when the NFL free agency season began? I was already getting my supplies ready to stalk Albert Haynesworth. While most of you, once we realized that it was only a 4 year/48 million dollar deal, believed that it was a good move for the Skins, you frowned at the other signing that day. The signing being the re-signing of CB DeAngelo Hall...for 6 years...and potentially 55 million dollars.
I defended that deal, if you remember. He was a different player after he was CUT BY THE RAIDERS after 8 games. Hall came back to his hometown and played extremely well in his brief time with the Redskins. He seemed to have a better attitude. He was actually doing things that his secondary brethren rarely did by catching easy interceptions (Carlos Rogers has the worst hands that I've ever seen) thrown by the three shitty QB's in the NFC East. But maybe I don't know as much as I think that I do (not likely). Why do I say this?
Because no player in the history of the Madden video game franchise has ever been downgraded as much as DeAngelo Hall. In the '09 version, he had an overall rating of 93. That's pretty damn good. In the upcoming '10 version of the game, Hall is down to a 68. SIXTY EIGHT! In one short year, Hall's ability and skill set has lessened by 25 fucking points! Let me ask you this: when you play Madden in the franchise mode and it's time to sign free agents, would you even think about signing a cornerback with a 68 rating? Of course not! But then again, you aren't a fetus face like Vinny Cerrato! And it bothers DeAngelo, too...
"Ah, I’m feelin’ good, man. We just keep trying to get better, but, yeah, I’m trying to blow off some steam with my Madden rating. I’m thinking about trying to get my name and likeness pulled off the game entirely. ‘Cause this is bull.”
Maybe this is a good thing though. Everyone needs some sort of chip on their shoulder. Maybe D. Hall will be playing like a stud this season just to stick it up the Asian asses of the dorks that program the Madden games? Or maybe this is just wishful thinking and I'm the last person in the world to realize that DeAngelo Hall sucks. And that is entirely possible.
The bottom line is that the genius of Dan Snyder just gave 23 million in guaranteed money to a guy who is a 68 in Madden. Fuck. Me.