Guess who's on the cover of the new Sports Illustrated, which hits newsstands tomorrow?â†µ
That's right, Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro, who got the attention of the national sports folks in New York (read: Eastern Sports Programming Network and SI) by hitting .440/.462/.560 in an 11-game stretch from April 11 through April 23. During that time, Castro hit three doubles, drove in eight runs and stole three bases without being caught.â†µ
Cubs fans were getting a bit worried about Castro on the most recent road trip; he's 4-for-20 with no walks in the five games so far in Arizona and Los Angeles. But the reason is clear now -- the SI cover jinx is so powerful that it managed to affect Castro six days before the cover even hits the newsstands.â†µ
Back in February, after it was clear that the SI cover jinx had cost the Bears the NFC title by featuring Jay Cutler, I asked for Sports Illustrated to stay away from featuring Chicago teams and athletes on its cover. Clearly, they completely ignored me. So I ask again:â†µ
SI, please don't feature Chicago athletes on your cover until after they win championships. Here's another example, from just three weeks ago, further proving my point:â†µ
How's Derrick Rose doing since that appeared? That ankle sprain reared its ugly head again last night. And the Bulls have struggled so far in the playoffs.â†µ
SI, please. No more. Mercy. Leave Chicago alone.