The Sports Illustrated curse, whereby the athlete featured on the cover has a bad game or bad luck that week, seems to be fairly intact. The Oct. 11 cover boy was David Price of the Tampa Bay Rays, who promptly lost to the Rangers. The cover also featured Aroldis Chapman of the Reds, who lost their series. The week before featured Braves' reliever Billy Wagner -- and of course the Braves lost the opening series to SF.
Of course I've never done a systematic study of the kind that would have to involve every SI c0ver over a number of years and the game results of the athlete on the cover to see if the curse has some substance or is merely another urban legend. Whatever the truth, it's fun to think about a curse. And sometimes it seems to happen.