Lemme break it down:
There's this guy, Sam, who has a Web site about basketball and who sends out an e-mail with his thoughts about the game. A few issues back, he talked about how awesome the Cavs are. (And how could he not? At the time, they were on a seven-game winning streak.) He also noted that whenever he praises teams in his newsletter, they tend to go into a slump — his own version of the Sports Illustrated cover jinx. So, he told Cavs fans to keep their fingers crossed.
A few days after his words hit my inbox, the Cavs go into a funk. Yes, we're definitely playoff-bound, but I want them to catch the Pistons and take the division title, dang it. So, I e-mailed Sam to thank him for bringing on the bad luck, and he quoted me in the latest edition!
AR JINX HITS CAVS
[I wrote] “Well, it seemed to take a few days, but your jinx on the Cavaliers kicked in. Thanks a lot!”
Dear Amy, sorry. But you are right. Last week, I featured the Cavs and they followed it up by going 1-2, including a loss against a Charlotte team that was without Emeka Okafor, Brevin Knight and Sean May. Even their win against Utah was an “ugly, grind-it-out” affair, according to coach Mike Brown.
The Amico Report has long history of jinxing featured teams -- which are just 3-14 following newsletters this season. Dallas has lost just 11 games all year, and TWO came just a few days after receiving praise from me.
Honestly, I hope to stop writing about this, but it just keeps happening. That said, I will gladly accept money to NOT write about your favorite team. Or better yet, accept money to write about a team you hate.
So, now I have to break out the checkbook and see how much he'll take to write about the Pistons.