St. Louis Jinxes Itself

Opinion editorial by WBZ NewsRadio political analyst Jon Keller

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — A few years ago, as yet another Boston sports team was on the verge of winning the title, I asked a top city official what the plans were for the victory parade. 

“I don’t even want to talk to you about that off the record,” he said. “Don’t you know it’s bad luck?”

Yes, I know. I got hammered on Twitter once for just speculating that the home team had a series well in hand.

And now, the editors of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch know it too. 

They have got to be praying the Blues pull it out on Wednesday after they committed the ultimate sports faux pas by publishing ads and a letter from the Blues owner congratulating the team for its Stanley Cup “victory” before Sunday night’s potentially-clinching sixth game.

A Bruins win in the 7th game would immediately elevate that gaffe to the pantheon of all-time sports jinxes, right up there with the Lakers hoisting thousands of balloons with “World Champion Lakers” printed on them to the ceiling of their arena to celebrate their 1969 Game 7 victory over the Celtics, a bit of arrogance that helped fuel the Celtics’ win.

You say you don’t believe jinxes are real? 

How about curses? 

Like the Curse of the Bambino that kept the Red Sox winless for 86 years, or the Curse of William Penn, that has to do more with the curse Philadelphia fans represent than the record of their teams.

It’s bad enough when a news organization accidentally publishes an obituary before the subject has passed. 

But this St. Louis debacle is genuine fake news. 

And if the Blues can’t make it retroactively true, that paper will be choking on its words for a long time to come.

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