Saturday, September 5, 2009

Is There an Jinx?

Remember the Sports Illustrated cover jinx? Here's how powerful it was: when it was just a rumor that a win in the ECAC Championship and undefeated season for the Hamilton College basketball team my senior year would get us a split cover with UNLV, a reserve guard for SUNY Potsdam comes off the bench and starts making 3-pointers from everywhere. We kept cutting their lead to 1 but could never catch them. Sayonara, perfect season. I don't know if people are still talking about that jinx, because I haven't subscribed to SI in a very very long time, but it puts the Mostly Harmless Jinx to shame.

Well, is giving Ai Miyazato some serious love--a web page devoted entirely to her achievements this season. And through 27 holes at the Canadian Women's Open, Ai-sama was poised to make a run at the leaders, -5 for the tournament after a bogey-free 33 to start her round on the back. But then she bogeyed the 1st hole...and the 2nd...and the 3rd. Do you know how long it's been since she's ridden the bogey train for 3 entire holes? I'll tell you: it was the 1st round of the Women's British Open.

I'm going to try to find a silver lining in this. Ai-sama bounced back for her 2nd straight 69 in Alberta. She's only 5 shots off the pace heading into moving day today. And she did manage to put herself in contention on the back 9 on a Sunday in Lancashire. So gambare, Ai-sama! If anyone can overcome an jinx, you can!

[Update 1 (1:12 am): Brian Heard goes all-out in his Seon Hwa Lee profile. Psst, When the Stone Buddha finally gets win #5, you'd better bust out a page for her!]

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