From the AFP via Google:When the city’s Hanshin Tigers won the national championship in 1985, ecstatic fans hurled the fast food icon into a river to honour their team’s bearded US slugger and home run king Randy Bass, saying he resembled the Colonel.
Baseball lore in the western city recalls how the drunken supporters “liberated” the bespectacled figure from a restaurant and threw him from a bridge into the grey waters of the Dotonbori river, hours after their first ever victory.
Since that crazy night the team’s fortunes have sunk as fast as the life-sized statue. The Tigers have failed to sign promising rookies and never won another national championship, in a streak of ill fortune that has become known as “the curse of Colonel Sanders” across baseball-obsessed Japan.
Well, I don’t know about you but I feel like a 6 piece and a biscuit. Its amazing to me how people can think that a Goat, a Gambling Scandal or a plastic statue of “Colonel” Sanders (He wasn’t a colonel, but has served this country alot of fast food) could be the reason why their favorite team has sucked for x number of years. Well in honor of the Hanshin Tigers at least attempting to reverse the curse of the Colonel. I now bring you another installment of Top 5: The top remaining curses left in Sports.
5. Buffalo Bills’ Comeback Curse-The Buffalo Bills rebounded from a 32-point deficit to defeat the Houston Oilers in a National Football League playoff game on January 3, 1993. Since then, teams based in New York State have lost all championship finals in which they have faced teams from Texas.
4. Curse of Bobby Layne– The Detroit Lions have won 4 NFL championships, in 1935, 1952, 1953, and 1957, all (except for 1935) led by quarterback Bobby Layne. In 1958, the Lions traded him to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Rumor has it that when Layne was asked to comment on the trade, he said that the Lions would not win again for 50 years. Since then, the Lions have won only one playoff game (1991), and have never come close to playing in a Super Bowl. In the 50th anniversary of the trade, the Lions became the first NFL team to finish 0-16 (although not the first to have a winless season).
3. The Curse of Rocky Colavito– A phenomenon that supposedly prevents the Cleveland Indians baseball team from winning, be it the World Series, the American League pennant, reaching postseason play, or even getting into a pennant race. Its origin is traced back to the unpopular trade of right fielder Rocky Colavito for Harvey Kuenn in 1960. It is a classic example of an urban legend or a scapegoat for the Indians’ past failures.
2. The Curse of Keith Hernandez– The New York Metshave collapsed the past two seasons after reaching a point in September where there was only 17 games remaining in the regular season. The number 17 was the Number of Keith Hernandez, a current broadcaster for the Mets, and a number fans think deserves to be retired. Because the number has not been retired and the Metscollapses have been with 17 games remaining, some fans believe the team is cursed.
1. The Curse of the Billy Goat- A legend commonly cited to explain why the Chicago Cubs Major League Baseball team has not been to the World Series since 1945. The Billy Goat curse was supposedly placed on the Cubs in 1945 when Billy Goat Tavern owner Billy Sianis was asked to leave a World Series game at the Cubs’ home ground of Wrigley Field because his pet goat’s odor was bothering other fans. He was outraged and declared, “Them Cubs, they aren’t gonna win no more,” which has been interpreted to mean that there would never be another World Series game played at Wrigley Field.
– The Falk