I certainly do not want to detract from Catfish's awesome article on the top ten reasons why North Carolina will not cut down the nets in April, but I couldn't help noticing the cover of Sports Illustrated this week. This invariably begs the question; Do you beleive in curses? There have been two cover curses in the sports world that have sparked some debate on the topic over the years: The Madden Curse and the SI Cover Curse.
Some say there is no curse, only that those put on the cover have high expectations and therefore when attempting to accomplish the difficult task of a championship, it is easy to say they failed the hype. However, with Hansbrough's "stress reaction" and the reasons Catfish pointed out, maybe the SI cover will be revisited by season's end. Those shins look mighty stressed.
Here is a breakdown of the "Madden Curse". [Randomness Blog]
Great article here from SI where you can click on different decades like the 1990s (lewl Todd Marinovich), and it gives you all the examples from that decade of possible curses. [CNNSI.com]