Auburn’s Chris Davis, making his return heard ’round the world, is on the cover of this week’s Sports Illustrated.
Missouri fans hope that means the magazine’s famous jinx will visit the other Tigers in Saturday’s SEC Championship game.
Sports Illustrated cover jinx for Auburn?.. pic.twitter.com/xFz2FR4xvh
— Mizzou Nation (@Mizzou2SEC) December 5, 2013
SEC proponents might want to take note that Ohio State QB Braxton Miller is on a regional SI cover, just in time for the Big Ten title game.
The SEC has won seven consecutive national titles, but might need Michigan State to defeat the second-ranked Buckeyes to have a shot at another. With Florida State sitting at No. 1 and a huge favorite in the ACC title game against Duke, the SEC needs either No. 3 Auburn, No. 4 Alabama or No. 5 Missouri to jump Ohio State in the final BCS Standings.
SI takes the myth of the cover jinx so seriously, it crunched the numbers in January 2002.
We made the following broad findings: Of the 2,456 covers SI had run, 913 featured a person who, or team that, suffered some verifiable misfortune that conformed to our definition—a Jinx rate of 37.2%. The majority of those instances (52.7%) were bad losses or lousy performances by a team, followed by declines in individual performance (44.6%), bad loss or lousy performance by an individual (25.2%), postseason failure (13.4%), injury or death (11.8%) and blunder or bad play (4.6%).
More recently, Baltimore QB Joe Flacco beat the cover curse when the Ravens knocked off New England in the AFC Championship game last winter. Last spring, the Chicago Blackhawks were the first NHL team to make a SI national cover since 2010 and they went onto to win the Stanley Cup in June.
Auburn has enjoyed miraculous plays to win its past two games.
Certainly the Tigers won’t let a little thing like the jinx to stop them now.
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