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Do I believe (Sept. 13)? Not anymore! Thank you for invoking the SI cover jinx.
O.K., I'm only going to say this once: Do not dare, under any circumstances, put either the Boston Red Sox--especially the Red Sox--or the Chicago Cubs on your cover in any form until the baseball season is over. There are forces at work here that we humans just don't understand. If last year's League Championship Series catastrophes, which followed closely on your ominous decision to run separate covers, each featuring one of the ill-fated teams (Oct. 13, 2003), weren't proof enough, how do you explain the Sox' dropping two of four to the lowly Mariners as soon as your cover came out (after taking eight of nine from their key wild-card foes). I mean it. Not one mention. Don't make me come down there.
Steve Bratt, Vancouver, Wash.
Sam Leon, Peachtree City, Ga.
Nino Curcio Pittsfield, Mass.
Please do your readers a favor and refrain from printing any of those stupid letters, of which you are sure to receive a countless number, bemoaning how the Red Sox are now jinxed because you put them on the cover. There is no cover jinx. Shut up about it, and cheer for your team.