6 Sports Curses We Guarantee You Weren’t Aware Of

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Cubs are trying to break the Curse of the Billy Goat, but that’s not the only supposed curse in sports. Not by a long shot.

There have also been the Curse of the Bambino, the Curse of Bobby Layne, the Sports Illustrated cover jinx, the “Madden” Curse and countless others.

It’s all quite silly, isn’t it? Anyone can cook up a curse to irrationally justify a team’s losing streak.

Including us.

Here are our six newly invented sports jinxes. We’re obviously not saying any are real, but we are saying they’re no less plausible than any other “curse.”

Mets: The Curse Of Mitch Robbins

City Slickers

Promotional poster for the 1991 movie “City Slickers.” (credit: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios)

The Mets have yet to win a world championship since the character played by Billy Crystal donned a Mets cap in the 1991 film “City Slickers.” The only way out of this might be a “City Slickers III.” Never mind. Thirty more years of losing might be preferable.

Astros: The Lunar Curse

Neil Armstrong moon walk / public domain

Neil Armstrong walks on the moon on July 20, 1969.

The Houston Astros were established in 1962 (originally as the Colt .45s), but their curse can be traced back to when astronaut Neil Armstrong uttered the name of their city during the July 20, 1969, moon walk. Houston, you have a serious problem.

Jazz: The Curse Of The Dumb Name

Utah Jazz's Gordon Hayward

The Utah Jazz’s Gordon Hayward (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Not only is the name the “Utah Jazz” the biggest oxymoron in sports, Salt Lake City, in 1979, stole the team from New Orleans, a city that specializes in voodoo. How did anyone not expect a curse?

Jets: The Curse Of The Furs

Joe Namath

Joe Namath wears a fur coat at Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium on Feb. 2, 2014. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

If simply denying stadium admission to a billy goat earned the Cubs a 70-year curse (at least), what do you suppose the Jets’ sentence is for Joe Namath wearing dead animals on the sidelines? Sure, “Broadway Joe” won a Super Bowl, but that came before he started making his fuzzy fashion statements.

Knicks: The Curse Of Plant & Page

Led Zeppelin with jet

Led Zeppelin poses in front of their private plane in 1973. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The Knicks haven’t won a title since 1973, shortly before Led Zeppelin played three epic sold-out shows at Madison Square Garden. The Knicks have been dazed and confused ever since.

San Diego: The Curse Of Shamu

Shamu and Uma Thurman

Actress Uma Thurman hugs killer whale Shamu at SeaWorld in San Diego in 2009. (Photo by Bob Couey/SeaWorld San Diego via Getty Images)

The last time San Diego won a title in any major pro sport was 1963, when the Chargers won the AFL championship. A year later, SeaWorld San Diego opened. Coincidence? Yeah, probably so. But we’re rolling with this curse theory anyway.


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