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Sports Illustrated Cover Jinx Origin Popular folklore says that if an athlete or team appears on the cover of Sports Illustrated, something negative often happens to the subject shortly thereafter. The alleged SI 'cover jinx' began with this November 18, 1957 issue. It proclaimed the University of Oklahoma's football team--a squad that was riding a fantastic 47-game winning streak--was unbeatable. Guess what happened in their next game? Notre Dame scored a late touchdown to upset Oklahoma 28-21.
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Added: 12th February 2008
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Posted By: Lava1964
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2008-02-14 
With the caption, 'Why Oklahoma is unbeatable,' you're just tempting fate, aren't you?
Posted by: Steve on 2008-02-14 
Just like saying New England is unbeatable!
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2008-02-14 
I've had that happen to me at Scrabble tourneys. My opponent will say, I hear you're one of the favorites to win the event.' Then, of course, I promptly lose to said opponent.
Posted by: eric1957 on 2008-02-14 
How come athletes or teams don't blame Sports Illustrated for them being on the cover when they lose?
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