Wednesday, November 01, 2006

The SI jinx? Not for St. Louis

We all know about the Sports Illustrated Cover Jinx. Make the cover of the best sports magazine out there? Great, you're season's more fucked than a pornstar.

There's no good explanation why this happens, but there sure seems to be a strong correlation between being on an SI cover and having bad things happen soon after.

But if you're Albert Pujols and the St. Louis Cardinals, bad things aren't happening to you.

As you can see above, Prince Albert graced the cover of the 2006 MLB Preview and it didn't exactly show in his season's stats.

The slugger hit .331, clocked 49 home runs, drove in 137 runs and, oh, the Cardinals won the freakin' World Series, if you hadn't heard.

We're not sure what to make of all this. If you're not superstitious, it probably doesn't mean a damn thing. We are superstitious. Very superstitious when it comes to sports. But if for some strange reason the San Francisco Giants or one of its players is featured on the SI Baseball Preview next year, well, maybe it's not such a bad thing.


Anonymous said...

Pujols missed a month during the season with a torn lat. Jinx still intact?

Zach Landres-Schnur said...

considered that...but he still had a pretty good year and of course the cards won it all.

JMC said...

without the injury he could have hit 74 bombs.

likely? no. possible? yes.