Yeah, you read that right. Even though I’m a fan of Mr. Colbert and a member of his “nation” I want to give him something of a bitch slap for incorrectly displaying the American Flag on Thursday night’s episode of his coverage of the Winter Olympics. Yep, he (well his set dresser), hung the US flag wrong for one of the segments of his show:
The curse, or jinx, of a sports figure after their appearance on the cover of the Sports Illustrated doesn’t _always_ happen. Micheal Jordan was featured on SI’s cover more than three dozen times. Micheal turned out well, as it turns out.
But starting more than 50 years ago, remarkable coincidences started happening, beginning with an outstanding player or team appearing on the cover of the Sports Illustrated only to have something unfortunate happen a short time later. It’s what’s known at the Sports Illustrated curse, or jinx.[Wikipedia] (“Curse” implies a longer lasting effect which doesn’t really seem to apply here, but the term is a colloquialism)
U.S. Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn, who has been dominant on the World Cup circuit this season and is favored to win two gold medals in the upcoming Vancouver Winter Olympics, injured her right shin in a training run a week ago, and her chances of medaling – or even racing – in the Games are in jeopardy.
“When I tried my boot on, I was just standing in the hotel room barley flexing forward, and it was excruciatingly painful,” Vonn said of her recent injury on NBC’s “Today” show Wednesday morning. “I’ve got to try to ski downhill at 70-80 mph with a lot of forces pushed up against my shin, and I don’t honestly know if I’ll be able to do it,” she added of her ability to compete in the Vancouver Games.
Vonn called the injury a “deep muscle bruise. I have a contusion, so the muscle is bleeding. It’s really deep inside the muscle.”
She was told by her doctor that it could be a “couple of weeks” before the muscle is completely healed.
Is it a jinx? Hey, I’m not a believer in such things, and yet I have to acknowledge the coincidence. Things in this world are never random in a random way. We seek patterns in all things, and it’s easy to see patterns in random occurrences. Faces in pancakes, animals in cloud shapes.
But yes, if I was somehow featured on the cover of SI, I’d buy a rabbit’s foot. Ah hell, the whole rabbit.
I will sometimes watch the NBC Universal sports channel, and when the USA ski champ Lindsey Vonn was featured, I knew this was coming.
And so it has
And I knew this was coming, too
Vonn is first a GREAT athlete, but she also represents norm of feminine attractiveness. The combination of athleticism and attractiveness make Vonn the likely poster girl of the US Olympic Team, and the media hasn’t disappointed in constructed her as such.
Not to be left out, Sports Illustrated is featuring Vonn on their Feb. 8, 2010 cover. For those of you who follow SI Covers, know that female athletes are RARELY featured on the cover.
Over the last 60 years researchers have shown that about 4% of all SI covers have portrayed women.
When females are featured on the cover of SI, they are more likely than not to be in sexualized poses and not in action-and the most recent Vonn cover is no exception.