Not going to come out and call you a Liar... But I will say that EA Season Ticket Holders will also have the game on Fri. I will also be able to tell you guys what you want to know. It's available for download on Fri the 24th.
You may really have it early, it's actually quite possible. I am gonna raise my bullshit flag on you though. You would have to give us something that ONLY someone with the actual game in hand would know.
Every year, somebody somewhere always acts like they really got the game b4 everyone else.... Smh
I review games as well and YES we do get games before the public. If we are given a game pre-release we have to have our review ready by the release day. If we get it on release or post-release we have until 7 days after receipt to review the game. That is the general rule by the PR people, at least if you want to keep receiving copies from that PR department.
I don't have Madden though, but I didn't request to review it either. Another reviewer for our site does have it though, he got it this past Wednesday.