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Should You Believe in the Sports Illustrated Cover Curse?

October 24, 2016

I know it’s hard to believe but back before the World Wide Web, we used to huddle to read our favorite magazines, one of which was Sports Illustrated.
When I found out that one of my favorite teams or athletes were on the cover, I ran to my corner store, (I really did run, too young for a car) to pick up SI. Then I heard about the Sports Illustrated cover curse.

Earlier this year, the New York Times did a great recap of the curse and several sports moments that took a turn after the cover came out. The article includes Pete Rose’s chase for the DiMaggio’s ending after he appeared on the cover. Tom Brady hits the 2008 Sports Illustrated cover for their NFL preview. In week 1, he tears up his MCL and ACL for the first and only major injury in his NFL career. This is a terrific article that dives into the curse. You can read it here.

Here are a few of the most recent curses that I’ve noticed.

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Covers courtesy of Sports Illustrated

After beating the Rangers in a thrilling five game series in 2015 this cover hit the day after. The Blue Jays got hit themselves immediately by the Kansas City Royals who went on to become World Champions.

How about the Houston Astros to start this baseball season? Sports Illustrated not only put them on the cover, they sped up their rebuilding and said that the Astros will win the World Series.

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I think the Cubs and Indians would disagree with this prediction as I write this. The Astros failed to make the playoffs and were a huge disappointment to many. They started 7-17 and played catch up the rest of the way finishing just above .500 with 84 wins.

That brings us to the latest cover and if you are an Oklahoma City Thunder fan, you are not going to like this.

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Hopefully Russell Westbrook stays healthy but if something happens, you know the fingers would be pointing towards this cover.

The flip side is that Sports Illustrated has put out thousands of covers over the years where nothing has happened. That said, no one remembers the Michael Jordan misses at the buzzer, only the numerous game winning shots. Thus is the case here with the SI cover. That said, I’m a superstitious guy so if I was an athlete, I’d stay away.

One thing that athletes aren’t superstitious about is wearing our Awesome Sports Logos t-shirts. Check out pitcher Derek Holland looking good in our Cocksville Blockers awesome t-shirt.

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Here is former pitcher Mike Bacsik looking good in several of our t-shirts.

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Three time Super Bowl Champion Ted Johnson had some fun with me wearing our El Paso Luchadores t-shirt. Thank goodness we had his size.

You certainly don’t need to be an athlete to wear our t-shirts. In fact, all of us arm chair Quarterbacks look good. Grab yourself some awesome and remember, we offer even more savings with our t-shirt of the month club.

Thanks as always for reading!

Gavin Spittle
Founder/Logo Lover/T-shirt Fanatic

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