Et Tu, SI?

At this very moment, as I sit here writing this blog a long, long way from Comerica Park, the Tigers are attempting to sew up the AL Central title. But I’m worried. Very worried. I mean, there are the usual reasons as I explained the other day but this time there’s a much more relevant reason. Comerica Park is on the cover of Sports Illustrated.

SI_comerica.jpgNow, I don’t know that the SI cover jinx applies to ballparks or cities but why would SI even risk it? It’s not as though the Detroit (or the state of Michigan for that matter) has anything else going for it. Yeah, the Lions may have finally won and the University of Michigan has eked out some close victories. But that’s no reason to be going around messing with curses. That’s some potent stuff.

I’m not really a superstitious man. I mean, it’s not my fault that my teams do better when I don’t watch them. That’s just how it is. But the SI cover? That’s fact. Just like the Madden cover is fact for the NFL. I don’t buy all this “regression from the mean,” scientific mumbo-jumbo. I believe what I see and what I see is that Sports Illustrated jinxes people by placing them on the cover.

And when you take all of this to its (il)logical extreme, does this mean that all the people sitting in the stands when the picture of the park was taken are jinxed, too? Thanks a lot, Sports Illustrated. Just what Detroit needs: more bad luck.

I have an idea, though. I’m inviting you, SI, to come visit Detroit with me. I have a beautiful old building with a very special elevator shaft I’d love to show you. Make sure you dress warm.




  1. Michael David

    SI cursed the Red Wings, too, by putting them on the cover when they were 2 games up in the Finals, claiming they’re ‘on their way to another Cup’. We know how that turned out. If they want to put Tiger Stadium on the front to honor that…then that’s fine.

  2. crzblue2

    Is that the latest copy? The copy I saw at home has Mariano Rivera. Shh. don’t tell she-fan. Jink or not, that is a nice cover of Tiger Stadium..I mean Comerica Park.
    Oh, and Manny is not the franchise of the Dodgers. That title belongs to the Dynamic Duo of Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp.

  3. Buz

    Jeff.. OMG! My buddy Jim Mauer will be ecstatic to learn this. The White Sox are in town and we’ll see if this one pans out like so many others have. What’s that saying? “The best predictor of future performance is past performance.” Uh. Oh.

    Buz –

  4. Erin Kathleen

    And here I thought Cub fans were the only ones who believed in curses. If it makes you feel any better Allen, Joe Mauer was on the cover of SI, and it doesn’t seem to have hurt him any. Of course, the article was about hitting .400, and he’s obviously not going to do that, so maybe there is something to this SI cover curse after all. At any rate, I wouldn’t count on the Twins to beat the Royals, so go ahead and start celebrating your division title now.

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