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The Curse is Broken

Will DeMilt, Staff Writer

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Growing up, I believed heavily in superstition. I believed that walking under a ladder was bad luck, just like breaking a mirror. As I grew older I was immersed in a culture that valued superstition just as much as I did. I was introduced to new superstitions which eventually evolved into stories about curses, the most notable curse being the Madden Curse. When a player appears on the cover of Madden, historically, their career begins a steep downfall riddled with run-ins with the law or injuries that limit their playing time. It was a proven fact that these players met their demise when they were on the cover of Madden, it was almost a deathwish. Another curse that I was recently made aware of was the Sports Illustrated curse. Much like the Madden Curse, if one were to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated, it was nothing but bad news to follow. With a recent World Series win from the Astros I was quick to investigate the Sports Illustrated curse.

Three years ago, the Houston Astros appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated with a segment saying, “Your 2017 World Series Champs.” Now typically, writers put people or teams on the cover of a magazine when they are at a pinnacle in their career. For example Pete Rose when he had his long hitting streak. Or recently when J.J. Watt and David Johnson appeared on the cover for the 2017 NFL Preview. Obviously these two players did something right to earn their position on the cover. Pete Rose, J.J. Watt and David Johnson all have something in common with each other that differs from the Astros. More recently, in 2017, Sports Illustrated placed the Los Angeles Dodgers on the cover with the title, “Best. Team. Ever?” The rest is history, they lost 17 out their next 22 and proceeded to lose to the Astros in the World Series. These teams and people were placed on the cover during a high point in their career. Following this honor, Pete Rose’s’ hit streak ended and J.J. Watt and David Johnson are both injured and out for the remainder of the season. As for the Astros, they were the face of the Sports Illustrated magazine when they were struggling with a 70 win 92 loss season. Things were not looking good for the Astros. On November 1st 2017, the Astros did what was thought to be impossible and won the first World Series in the club’s history.  

What makes the Astros win so special? Prior to their win over the Los Angeles Dodgers, prior to the 2017, 2016, 2015 and 2014 etc. season, the Houston Astros were the biggest joke of a team in the MLB. They were terrible in MLB the Show and they were terrible to watch attempt to win games. By winning this series, the Astros not only cemented a place in history but they could possible have ended the curse. Hypothetically speaking, this could be the curse to end all curses. If the Astros continue to do well in following seasons than being on the cover of Sports Illustrated will no longer be a death sentence but a celebratory depiction of the success of an athlete or a team. The Houston Astros may have one the World Series but they influenced something out of their command (the curse) and as a sports fan I believe that we should commend them for their work.

As I said before I believe in curses, I believe that being on the cover of Madden is a death sentence. However, the Astros proved me and many others wrong, they beat the curse. By beating the curse the Astros not only instilled confidence in fans who were doubtful of their win but showed that curses can and are meant to be broken.

Picture from Sports Illustrated

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