I saw the SI cover today:

Is it exciting? Yes! Do I love seeing it? Absolutely.

And wouldn’t it be amazing for what they wrote there, on that cover, to happen again?!

I can’t actually say that because as soon as I saw this image, Stevie Wonder’s “Superstitious” started playing in my head and I covered my eyes, occasionally stealing peeks.

I’m not sure if I can permit myself to read it.  If anyone else wants to read a little more, here’s the preview.

Normally, I’d collect any reference to my beloved team in Sports Illustrated. Now, I’m trying to will it away and shake off the jinx potential these authors have brought upon us.

Maybe not all hockey fans are superstitious, but I am among the many who are.

I wear the same shirt or sweater repeatedly when my teams are on a winning streak and if a game happens to take a turn for the worse, I will promptly change. When that didn’t work for one game, I asked my boyfriend to change. We won.

Last season, I noticed we had grilled hot dogs for dinner for our early playoffs win. Chicago-style Vienna beef with poppy seed buns — it started as a cute theme. We ate a lot of hot dogs for dinner over the next several weeks. I was vacuuming poppy seeds all over the place.

I didn’t talk about the winning streak being a winning streak. I didn’t talk out loud about the Blackhawks winning the C-U-P until the team could actually hoist Lord Stanley’s Cup.

So, you just don’t say or do certain things. And one of those is declaring a team a winner before the first official puck drop of the season.

Carly grew up needing to know more about icing than its deliciousness on cupcakes. She's the lone daughter of four children, with a father who was among the last cut from the Midwest tryouts for the 1980 Miracle on Ice Olympic team. And she knows very little matches the thrill that happens from puck-drop to handshakes. A rink didn’t return to her hometown until she was gone, but she’s been able to see two younger brothers on the ice. She's their feistiest fan. Her other hockey loyalty lies with the Blackhawks--whether it's meant seeing games for $8 with student IDs when the Madhouse didn’t have much of a temper at all, or dancing to Chelsea Dagger at standing room only--there’s something magical about a roaring anthem, the Indianhead sweater, and the Original Six. A former journalist and current editor, she carries a penchant for excitement (and maybe even fighting) with a resume that includes working for Chicago-area newspapers, and television, including The Jerry Springer Show, as well as NBCUniversal in New York. After East Coast living and a return to the Chicago area, the new Mrs. is giving Graceland a go with her Southern Gent, who now shares her adoration of the game, and their rescue dog, Doc Holliday. Other interests include Cubs, Bears, Illini, Crimson Tide, Pumpkin Spice Lattes, baking a mean pineapple upside-down cake, Kate Spade accessories, and a properly coordinated cardigan for every ensemble.


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