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Ever since the NCAA Tournament this year, CBS play-by-play commentator Gus Johnson has become all but a legend. He reached number one on Twitter’s trending topics list, and now adds another impressive accolade to his resume.

He will be replacing Madden 09 and 10 play-by-play man Tom Hammond. Said Ronnie Morales, an audio designer with EA Sports, “Coming out of Madden 10 one of the biggest criticisms was the audio presentation. We felt the game lacked the energy it deserved. Football is a dramatic sport.”

Former Madden men Al Michaels and Pat Summerall had the iconic voices necessary to make the game feel like real life. Johnson will no doubt have the same impact, and eventually the same audio fame.

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The latest cover boy for the Madden franchise, Drew Brees, was on the Late Show with David Letterman to promote the newest EA Sports game, Madden NFL 11.

The show has a “Top Ten” segment, and Brees presented the “top ten new features on Madden.” The list is humorous of course, and certainly doesn’t hold back.

You gotta love the Peyton and TO lines.

This was one of several talk show appearances for Brees since the Saints won the Super Bowl, as the Super Bowl 44 MVP has been on Ellen and Oprah as well.

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Drew Brees of the Saints, Jared Allen of the Vikings, and Reggie Wayne of the Colts were the three finalists for the Madden 2011 cover athlete, and the winner has finally been announced.

Fans were able to vote online to select the winner, picking Drew Brees as the next Madden cover boy, and if you believe in the Madden curse, victim. Many think the reason for the injuries suffered by the players featured on the Madden cover are a result of the curse, but Shaun Alexander, who was featured on the cover in 2007, says that the injuries are just a normal part of the game.

Via NESN.com:

“People forget that 50 percent or 60 percent of the guys get hurt every year,” Alexander said in USA Today. “I tell everybody the same thing like I told Tom Brady and LaDainian Tomlinson. After I won the MVP and got on the cover and LaDainian came out the next year and had a great season and said, ‘I’m not going to get on the cover. I don’t want to get hurt.’ What’s he do? He gets hurt. Tom Brady comes out the next year after LaDainian and is MVP, doesn’t want to be on the cover and what’s he do the first game? He gets hurt. Football is a physical sport and people get hurt.

Although the curse is more than likely a myth, I wouldn’t be surprised to find out that the majority of the people who voted for Brees were Colts fans.

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The newest version of the college football game won’t be available until July 13, 2010, but the cover featuring Tim Tebow has been released.

While he was visiting EA Studios, Tebow was able to play the game early, including the new features. For the first time in the franchise’s history, the game will include authentic playbooks for all 120 FBS teams.

Check out the game’s official website for news, developer’s blogs, and screenshots, among other things.