The Jinx of Jinxes!

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Poor Eagles. Jinxed again.

I am guessing there is a Patriots fan who works at Sports Illustrated who decided, once again, to throw a jinx our way.

Not only do we have The Curse of William Penn, but now the SI Jinx to double our chances of losing the Super Bowl.

If you are unfamiliar with the Philadelphia Jinx, the William Penn Jinx, its fairly simple. For a very long time there was a gentleman's agreement in Philadelphia that stipulated that no building would exceed the height of City Hall - so that the William Penn statue would grace the skyline unimpeded atop City Hall.

In 1984, Liberty Plaza was the first skyscraper to break that agreement and since then no major sports team in Philadelphia has won any championships (I guess Villanova in 1984 doesn't count, since its a college). Plus, we get a lot of "oh so close moments".

The Flyers made it to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1985, 1987 and 1997. Lost. Lost. Lost.

Phils were there in 1993...but that was the Mitch "Wild Thing" Williams Jinx.

The Sixers were in the NBA finals in 2001, and were swatted by the Lakers.

Then there is the Sports Illustrated Cover Jinx.

The claim is that when someone, or team, is on the cover of Sports Illustrated, there is a "demonstrable misfortune or decline in performance following a cover appearance roughly 37.2 percent of the time."

Also note that this article was written in 2002 and they wanted to put KURT WARNER on the cover. Look at Kurt now, the towel holder for Eli Manning on the Giants. Just the THOUGHT of putting Kurt on the cover jinxed him. Poor Jerimiah Trotter, I liked that guy.

This figures about our luck in Philadelphia. I'm guessing that right now the anti-fans are running under ladders, smashing mirrors and carrying around black cats while wearing Eagles jerseys for the next 2 weeks.

I do have one story about "The Jinx of Jinxes".

A Giants fan & local barfly named Tom lives in town and some of you may know that ruddy faced freak. Great guy, been friends with him for 6 years.

So year in and year out, way back when the Eagles stunk he was always giving me grief. Last season ago we are at Farside watching Eagles vs Giants on October 19, 2003. This was 25 years after the Miracle at the Meadowlands, and the Giants were winning 10-7, with 1:16 left in the game.

Tom walks up to me and says very loudly, in front of other Giant fans, "Well Furey, better luck next year - this game is OVER!"

I turn to him and animately say "Ooooh! You just did it! You just jinxed your team! That is the Jinx of Jinxes!"

I swear to God that is exactly what happened.

I turn back to the screen and watch the punt by the Giants and Westbrook for the Eagles grabs it. He is running that time i'm grabbing Tom by the collar and screaming "Its the Jinx of Jinxes! Its the Jinx of Jinxes!!!!!"


People are howling with anger, mostly Giant fans, and a few objects are thrown in Tom's general direction. The Eagle fans with me and cheering!

70....80....83 TOUCHDOWN!!!!

Tom was white. And speechless. He can't believe this just happened, all he was doing was shaking his head in disbelief. One Giant fan moaned "Tom, you never, ever open your mouth again during a Giants game. You ARE the Jinx of Jinxes."

Yes, Giant fans, you can all blame Tom for their meltdown. Also remember that this game the Eagles were 2-3 while the Giants were 1-3 - this was a big part of the 2003 turnaround in the Eagles season.

If you, like me, want to revisit that glorious punt return...its all right here.

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