5 Things we Waved Goodbye to in the NFL in 2012: The fads, freaks and phenomena we will farewell at seasons end.[caption id="attachment_18442" align="aligncenter" width="431"] Paul Connors / Associated Press[/caption] Whilst the Mayan prediction of an end to the world may have been about as accurate as the prediction of a Chiefs Super Bowl appearance, there were still plenty of things in 2012 that came to an end in the world of the NFL. Be it through sheer luck or survival of the fittest, this season we've had to bid farewell to some of the more famous footballing phenomena. Here are 5 things We Waved Goodbye to in 2012: Tebowmania It's widely recognised that Beatlemania reached it's zenith and begun spiraling back to Earth when the fab four declared themselves to be "bigger than Jesus". Whilst its unlikely that the saintly Tim Tebow would ever draw such comparisons between himself and his personal quarterback coach, for a long time there were a billion or so people out there who were more than willing to do it for him. This time last year Tebow was more famous than Scarlet Johansson's smart phone history, and his move to the big apple in 2012 promised only to swell the cult of the chosen one. Nothing could of course be further from the truth however, and with his total playing appearances being able to fit into your average Super Bowl commercial slot, Tebow ceased to be the headline hogging phenomena and instead morphed into the poor little kid who's coach kept playing his spoilt pain in the ass kid at quarterback instead. The Madden Curse Second only to the Jimmy Hoffa bump in insane NFL conspiracies, the Madden Curse was the video game vex that had football fans everywhere furiously lodging votes for their divisional rivals star player in an effort to have them do their ACL whilst playing Call of Duty. For a while now appearing on the cover of a Madden game was a one way ticket to Slumpsville, yet this was spectacularly stiff-armed into the third row by a record setting Calvin Johnson in 2013. Sure he had a bit of a slow start and scored a few less TDs than expected, but when you consider the only other shining light of the Lions' miserable season was the record of kicker Jason Hanson, then I think it's all time that we once more got down on one knee and ALL HAILED MEGATRON one more time. Michael Vick's Eagles Dynasty When the much hyped Eagles dream team failed to launch in 2011, much merriment was had at the team's expense. But, having finished the year with four Ws, there was reason to believe it may make a belated appearance in 2012. Sadly at the moment Andy Reid starringmud wrestling Favre in a Wranglers commercial appears a lot more likely than any Eagles dynasty The Eagles have slumped to bottom of their division and will be fortunate to tally half the wins they did last year. At the centre of this tornado of terrible is Michael Vick, a man once considered the league's most dangerous QB1, who has suddenly been made to look like something out of the natural History Museumby RG3, Wilson, Newton and Co. Toss in a couple of ongoing injury concerns and it's likely that there's not going to be too much more brotherly love for Vick in Philly as they look to rebuild, and any Dream talk remains purely of the 'pipe' variety Peyton Manning Doubters "Never doubt a champion!" It's a popular catch cry of laminated cheesy demotivational posters in gyms the world over. Whilst this might be a nice sentiment to contemplate whilst you struggle through your third set of glute raises, unfortunately as fans we are constantly being let down by our favourite players, especially the elder superstar returning from injury. Sure it seems as crazy as Jim Harbaugh now, but didn't we all have a few lingering doubts about Peyton Manning's? Could Denver really adapt to a quarterback who knew what he was doing before the snap and wasn't built like a tight end? Aren't necks sort of important to footballers? History will show that any such doubts were expelled almost immediately by the great one, and the only thing faster than Peyton finding his feet at altitude was the return of number #15 jerseys to sports stores all over downtown Denver. Replacement Referees As far as sporting competitions go the NFL is widely regarded as the best run and slickly produced of any in the world. This usual service was interrupted however when perhaps feeling the fans could use some comic relief after the 'Bountgate' scandal, commissioner Goodell decided to replace the league's striking referee's with a group of blokes he found playing hoop-toss and drinking Billy Beer at a local high schools tailgate party. Hilarity ensued, everyone had a couple of good yuks until one night Golden Tate pinched a game off the Packers and Wisconsin threatened to secede from the union unless the real refs were reinstated. The ''Hochuli' symbol was fired up at NFL HQ, The A-listers came to an agreement and the hokiest ring-ins since Shane Falco were sent back to dodging irate Mums at Pop Warner matches. Anything missed ballers?