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VOLUME 11 ISSUE 34 | OCTOBER 15-21, 2015 | YOUR SOURCE FOR SPORTS IN GEORGIA
Time to look great!
Week 9 provides region rivals first opportunity to clench postseason berths. | Pg. 6
A Well Respected Man | Pg. 4
Dan Mathews reflects on the great Steve Spurrier following his retirement.
Tired of Waiting For You | Pg. 9
Kyle Sandy hits up Gwinnett County media day as basketball season quickly approaches.
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In sports, superstition is a fans way of feeling like they have a role in the outcome of a game. There are those people that feel that sitting in the same seat each game will propel their team to victory. Others turn watching their team lose into a season-long reason to use Tivo. These are the fans that believe that if they tape the game and watch it after the outcome has already been decided, then they have done their part in allowing their team to win. Athletes also take superstition seriously. The most common example comes during the postseason. In every major professional sport, the playoff beard seems to hit the lock-er room. Groups of teammates will grow out their beards to extreme lengths until they are eliminated or win a title. Whether it is the NHL, MLB, NFL, or even the NBA thanks to James Harden, this playoff beard signifies the super-
stition living inside these athletes. But why is superstition such a big deal in sports? Often times it has to do with breaking a curse.
BREAKING IT DOWN The word curse is an Old English term that means a formula or charm intended to cause such misfortune to another. Whether you believe in curses or not, there is a long his-tory of the word that comes out in many differ-ent occasions in society. The Presidents of the United States face Tecumsehs Curse, which from 1840-1980 killed seven out of nine presidents elected on years divisible by 20. The 27 Club is a curse that identifies fa-mous musicians who died at the age of 27. This club has claimed upwards of 50 people includ-ing Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Kurt Cobain, and
Amy Whinehouse. And of course there are sports curses. Perhaps the most famous is the Curse of the Billy Goat. Legend has it that the Curse of the Billy Goat started in 1945 when Billy Sianis, the owner of the Billy Goat Tavern in Chicago, was asked to leave Game 3 of the World Series at Wrigley Field because his pet goats smell was bothering fans. Upon his departure, he was outraged and said that the Cubs would never win another World Series title. They went on to lose the series and so began years and years of troubling seasons for the Cubbies. From 1946-1983 the team did not reach the postseason once. Since 1983, they have made it to October only six times, never reaching a World Series. So how do you break this curse? On opening day in both 1984 and 1989, the nephew of Sianis was asked to bring a goat out onto Wrigley Field in an attempt to break the curse. Although the team won the division in those years, they ended without titles. On multiple occasions, fans have placed the head of a butchered goat on the Harry Car-ey statue. Maybe animal sacrifice can help this team. In the end, it did not. If the fans cannot break the curse who can? The team hired Theo Epstein in 2011 as the president of baseball operations. The man that broke the curse of the bambino in Boston was sure to help the Cubs. Prior to the 2015 season,
they hired manager Joe Maddon who took the Tampa Bay Rays to the World Series in 2008. If there was any doubt in Maddon before the sea-son, the team put that to rest quickly. The team has a slew of players under the age of 26 that have not only helped the team but have lifted them. Kris Bryant is on his way to winning NL Rookie of the Year. Kyle Schwarber has 16 home runs in just 69 games, including three in five postseason games. Starlin Castro, Addison Russell, and Javier Baez have manned the middle of the infield throughout the sea-son. And, all-star Anthony Rizzo has been the clubhouse leader. Couple that young talent with the 22-6, 1.77 ERA posted by NL Cy Young candidate Arrieta and they have found their recipe for success. Following the teams 6-4 victory Tuesday over the St. Louis Cardinals, the Cubs did not only advance the National Championship Se-ries. They also propelled themselves one step closer to finally ending the curse. Chicago fans have seen this story many times before, but this season has just felt different. Many times in sports a winning team feels destiny on their side. All it takes is one Cubs team to break the curse. Once the curse is broken, World Series titles will begin to show up on their doorsteps. Just ask the Boston Red Sox about that. Photos courtesy of ComcastSports.net.
TYLER TELLS ALL
BY TYLER ANDREWS | INFO@SCOREATL.COM
BREAKING SPORTS MOST WELL-KNOWN CURSES
I can truly say that today is a sad day. Yes, Steve Spurrier hasnt departed us on this Earth. However, we will no longer be able to see or hear what made him who he is. Whether it was his words, actions, or the looks that he would make on the sidelines, we all had an opinion of the Head Ball Coach. Many hated him and many more loved him. He was the prototypical love em if youre with them or hate em if youre against him type of guy.
THE VISOR Many coaches in football have chosen this hat as their headwear of choice on game days, but none made it iconic like Steve Spurri-er. Much like Tom Landry or Bear Bryant made the fedora famous, Spurrier did the same with a hat half that size. It wasnt so much that Spurrier wore the
visor, as to what he would do with it. On plays or calls that didnt go his way, we would some-times see him throw it to the ground. Other times, we might see him give the visor a huge tug down over his eyes to show his disgust. The visor is so iconic, that they even came out with his own collection of them at South Carolina. I should know, because I bought one on my first trip to cover a game in Columbia.
ONE-LINERS During this time of remembering the ca-reer of Steve Spurrier, you cannot look over what made him different from other coaches. In the age of coach speak, the HBC was a breath of fresh air. He had his way of trolling the rivals. When he was at Florida- it was Georgia, Ten-nessee and Florida State. At South Carolina it was Georgia and Clemson.
Who can forget about his line, you cant spell Citrus, without U-T? He said this in re-gards to Tennessee going to the Citrus Bowl three out of the four years that Peyton Man-ning was the quarterback for the Volunteers. When it came to Georgia, the heavy-weight champion of jabs against the Bulldogs came with this line, I dont know. I sort of al-ways liked playing them that second game be-cause you could always count on them having two or three key players suspended. This upset Georgia fans, but it didnt really upset their head coach Mark Richt. He even admitted