That’s It, Houshmandzadeh Boycotting Madden ‘10

ESPN may be boycotting the Ben Roethlisberger story, but it’s all over this breaking news: Former Cincinnati Bengals & current Seattle Seahawks receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh (“championship!”) is boycotting “Madden ‘10″ because, he says, his rating is too low. (Terrorists throw up hands in disgust, say it’s just not worth hating us anymore).

TJ Houshmandzadeh

Houshmandzadeh (“championship!”) appeared on Colin Schrutebag’s show on Monday and waxed eloquently on a variety of subjects, including the fact that Seahawks coach Jim Mora invited Houshmandzadeh to climb Mount Rainier with him. But the most head-scratchingly funny moment came when he discussed the Madden ‘10 video game:

“I understand I averaged 10 yards a catch, but it’s the offense, not me. I’m not playing Madden no more until they get my rating right. … I used to be the best in the world at Madden. I’m going to miss not playing it, but until they do me right, I’m not playing it any more.”

Madden ranked Houshmandzadeh as the sixth-best receiver in the NFC, behind Larry Fitzgerald (99), Steve Smith (97), Anquan Boldin (94), Roddy White (93) and Calvin Johnson (92). Houshmandzadeh was at 91. I’m not sure what Houshmandzadeh wants. Madden ranked him 95 or higher in catching, injury, stamina, toughness, catch in traffic and route-running. Some of his lower marks were in strength and elusiveness.

I’m no Madden expert, so I defer to Rhyno_12thMan on the ESPN message board:

The great thing is that Madden allows you to EDIT the players in the main menu to suit your liking. I almost always go through each and every team and have at least a half a dozen players on each team I significantly change the ratings to what I believe they should be. It’s the great thing about the game. SO who cares about what rating a guy with Star Trek and Harry Potter figures on his desk makes for madden. We know these players better then they do, so just change them to your liking.

Houshmandzadeh: “You can do that?”