Does the jinx still count if the team isn't mentioned?
The Sports Illustrated cover is the grandfather of all sports jinxes. Sure, Madden
and Chunky's soup
have claimed their fair share of victims in recent years. But the SI cover has been inducing night terrors for decades. And despite what they might tell you about not believing the hype, any fan worth his or her salt would just prefer their favorite team never grace SI's front pages. Ya know, just in case.
That's where this week's SI comes in. For the first time all season, the Titans are on the cover.
Well, technically, Albert Haynesworth is on the cover. And the article isn't really about the team or their undefeated record; it's about Haynesworth's transformation from face-stomper to potential MVP candidate. But he's wearing a Titans jersey! And, if you buy in to this kind of hokum, that's probably enough reason to believe that not only will the Titans lose to the Bears on Sunday, but Haynesworth will be lost for the season as well.
On account of his spontaneous combustion. Go Titans!
For further reading:
Sports Illustrated did their own investigation into the curse back in 2002