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".