The Show, intentual indeed, too antagonizing to the Christian fans to go be an uncaught oversight. Still surprised to not see more iconography in the NFL, which is way more popular. A lot of military propaganda in both though. Maybe that creates a ritualistic effect; from The Show to The Theater.
Also The Show, unlike Madden NFL, does not select the cover player (and his uni #) every year by vote. And Puig, while newsworthy the year before, was still an strange out of the way choice:
"However he may be considered an odd choice given his divisive nature and inability to act as a strong spokesperson for the product – not to mention his poor performance late in the season that led to him being benched in the Divisional Series loss to the Cardinals. He finished the year .296 with 16 HR and 69 RBI but struck out 8 times in 12 postseason at-bats." http://www.pastapadre.com/2014/12/05/mlb...asiel-puig