In what’s now a yearly March tradition, EA is letting fans vote to determine which player they’d like to be featured on the cover of Madden ’13 and followed by a vicious, career-crippling plague in the upcoming season. With great power comes great responsibility, and last year was the first time fans were saddled with the daunting task of ruining an innocent man’s life.

Faced with an internal battle between the instinct to vote for their favorite player and the knowledge that they would then be cursing said player and by extension the team they support, fans chose wisely and selected Peyton Hillis. Making Hillis the sacrificial lamb was an easy decision: Cleveland is now immune to the emotions that accompany crushing failure anyway, and he was due to regress swiftly back to the mean after his 1,177 rushing yards in 2010 when he had a combined 397 yards in the previous two seasons.

Hillis then did more than just fall off a cliff lined with jagged rocks after playing in just 10 games due to various injuries, and finishing with 587 yards on a meager 3.6 yards per carry. He also became a lazy jerk.

So good choice, Internet.

Voting to narrow down the initial field of 64 to 32 ends in eight days, and Tim Tebow is the heavily-favored chalk pick to win it all. And it’s not even close.

From, which likely also has odds on my lunch selections for this week:

Tim Tebow (DEN): 5/1
Cam Newton (CAR): 13/2
Rob Gronkowski (NE): 13/2
Victor Cruz (NYG): 12/1
Calvin Johnson (DET): 18/1
Arian Foster (HOU): 18/1
Jason Pierre-Paul (NYG): 20/1
Ray Rice (BAL): 20/1
Clay Matthews (GB): 20/1
Michael Vick (PHI): 25/1
LeSean McCoy (PHI): 25/1
Patrick Willis (SF): 25/1
Jimmy Graham (NO): 30/1
Darrelle Revis (NYJ): 30/1
Chris Johnson (TEN): 30/1
Matt Forte (CHI): 30/1
A.J. Green (CIN): 30/1
Marshawn Lynch (SEA): 30/1
Drew Brees (NO): 30/1
Von Miller (DEN): 30/1
Jared Allen (MIN): 30/1
Andre Johnson (HOU): 35/1
Demarcus Ware (DAL): 35/1
Julio Jones (ATL): 35/1
Maurice Jones-Drew (JAC): 35/1
Matthew Stafford (DET): 40/1
Troy Polamalu (PIT): 40/1
Brandon Marshall (MIA): 40/1
Antonio Gates (SD): 50/1
Ben Roethlisberger (PIT): 50/1
Wes Welker (NE): 50/1
Larry Fitzgerald (ARI): 50/1
Phillip Rivers (SD): 60/1
Terrell Suggs (BAL): 80/1
Percy Harvin (MIN): 80/1
Stevie Johnson (BUF): 100/1
Dwayne Bowe (KC): 100/1
Brian Orakpo (WAS): 100/1
Dwight Freeney (IND): 100/1
Field: 25/1

Now we just need to #FreeTebow, and make sure he’s a starting quarterback somewhere next fall if the Broncos sign Peyton Manning. But it would be pretty awesome/embarrassing to have a backup on the Madden cover for the first time in the game’s history.