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.