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Two Quarterbacks, One Eyebrow: Madden Brokers a Ridiculous Bet

EA Sports managed to goad Madden NFL pitchmen Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson into making one incredibly ridiculous bet when their teams meet next week: The loser will shave off an eyebrow. Not in the game, either, in real life.


In fact, some unibrow options notwithstanding, players can't be given a single eyebrow in Madden NFL 25. Faces are not editable at the eyebrow level. That doesn't necessarily mean there can't be some in-game consequence of this bet in the roster update following the game.

Donny Moore, the game's "ratings czar" mused that the loser might get a +1 boost to his Toughness attribute after the game. "Anyone man enough to shave an eyebrow makes you a tough dude in my book," Moore told Kotaku. I think he was joking. Think. Madden has made incremental, largely cosmetic changes in ratings as a nod to weird goings-on before.


Either way, the half-Gephardt that Kaepernick or Wilson will end up sporting will be the NFL's boldest look since barefoot kicking. We'll keep our eyes peeled in the days after the game to make sure the loser lives up to his end of the bargain.

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I hate games where my rooting interest is muddled. On the one hand, I live in Seattle, and Pioneer Square/SODO will be ELECTRIC when the game comes to CenturyLink Field. I'm wearing a hat with a Seahawks logo as I type this.

On the other hand, I went to college with Colin Kaepernick at Nevada.

I resolve this in my head by rooting for a Seahawks win and a huge fantasy-numbers game from Kap.