Fri. Sep 17, 2004
If you talk about a jinx, maybe you can nullify it. I have to try, because this one is just … too … big.
It starts with the long debated Sports Illustrated cover jinx. As SI itself said, “Millions of superstitious readers — and many athletes — believe that an appearance on Sports Illustrated’s cover is the kiss of death.”
Next, consider Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick, who was laid low by the Madden Curse last year (and narrowly avoided the SI Jinx). He’s back this year, and he led the Falcons past one Ancient Curse last weekend.
Over the course of the past decade, the Atlanta Falcons made the sad cross country trip to San Francisco ten times. Ten times they lost, by an average of 20 points. One could forgive them for the apprehension they might have felt last weekend; that they were simply making another trip all the way across the country to get their butt whipped for an eleventh time. But last Sunday, miracle of miracles, they held on to win 21-19 over the 49ers. One curse was lifted. This weekend is their home opener against the St. Louis Rams.
The jinx? It’s been announced that Michael Vick is going to be on the cover of the September 20 issue of Sports Illustrated (Volume 101, Issue 11).
The double jinx? That’s my birthday.
It’s as if someone forecast a Category 5 right up my personal hurricane alley. You might think my reaction is a bit paranoid, but as Pat Conroy once said, “I’ve always found paranoia to be a perfectly defensible position.”
And for a long term fan and witness of many Falcon’s disasters, that is doubly true.