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Have you ever heard of the Sports Illustrated Cover Jinx? It’s a notion that has been floating around for decades, causing players and fans alike to hold their breath with each new cover release. The concept is simple – if a player or team graces the cover of SI, they are doomed to face some sort of misfortune in the near future.
But is it just a silly superstition, or is there actually some truth to the curse? Let’s take a closer look at some of the most notorious cases. Remember Peyton Manning’s cover in November, just three months before he threw that Super Bowl–clinching interception against the New Orleans Saints? And who can forget the infamous “Favre on Fire” cover, only to see the Vikings lose to the Saints in the NFC Championship game two weeks later?
Even Tom Brady, the golden boy of the NFL, wasnt immune – he appeared on the cover of the 2008 SI NFL Preview edition and, wouldn’t you know it, suffered a knee injury in the opening minutes of the Patriots’ first game. So, is the Sports Illustrated Cover Jinx just a harmless bit of fun or a powerful force to be reckoned with? You be the judge.