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Jinx
November 10, 2003
Statisticians and fatalists know that everybody has to lose some timeā€”but why does it happen so often for a team the week after it's touted on the cover of SI?
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November 10, 2003

Jinx

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OREGON (2003)
After upsetting Michigan, the Ducks were 4-0, ranked 10th. Lost next 3 games.

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The so-called SI jinx is just a confluence of probability and superstition, but there have been a few chilling coincidences over the years

JILL KINMONT (1955)
Paralyzed in a skiing accident the week her cover was on the stands. Where the jinx began?

PAT O'CONNOR (1958)
Featured in our Indy 500 Preview; he was killed in a 15-car pileup on the race's first lap.

LAURENCE OWEN (1961)
The U.S. skating team perished in a plane crash two days after this cover date.

RICARDO RODRIGUEZ (1962)
Dies in a fiery crash eight months after SI calls him MEXICO'S YOUNG FIREBALL.

JOHNNY PODRES (1956)
A hasty Sportsman sub after Bill Woodward Jr. was accidentally killed by his wife.

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