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Conan O'Brien Key to Yankees Success

Zeke FuhrmanAnalyst IIIFebruary 19, 2009

The storied New York Yankees have had only 13 losing seasons since they became the New York Yankees back in 1913. They have appeared in 39 World Series, winning 26 of them.

Their most recent success came in the mid-'90s, where they appeared in six World Series in eight years, winning four championships.

They have recorded 16 consecutive winning seasons, and 2008 was the first time they didn't win make the playoffs since 1993.

Coincidentally, or perhaps not, that was the year that Conan O'Brien began to host the Late Show on NBC.

O'Brien was born in Brookline, MA (only 15 minutes from downtown Boston) in 1963, which was also the end of Yogi Berra's playing era in New York. He graduated from Harvard (10 minutes from downtown Boston) in 1985...the end of Yogi Berra's managerial career in New York.

Conan O'Brien is a life-long Red Sox fans, all 6'8" of him. (If you reverse 6'8" to 8'6", you get 86, which is how long the Red Sox went without winning a World Series...I'm running out of eerie connections...)

Since Conan took over Late Night from David Letterman in 1993, the Yankees won 16 consecutive seasons over .500 (1993-2008), won six AL pennants ('96, '98, '99, '00, '01, and '03) and four World Championships ('96, '98-'00).

It was announced in 2004 that Conan would inherit the Tonight Show from Jay Leno...the same year the Red Sox overcame a 3-0 deficit to defeat the Yankees in the ALCS, and would go on to win their first title in since 1918. (O'Brien was the first person to be elected president of the Harvard Lampoon humor newspaper twice since 1918...)

O'Brien's Yankee magic may be steadily decreasing. From 2005-2007, the Yankees have been eliminated in the first round of the playoffs, and they missed the playoffs all together in 2008, the first time since 1993.

The Steinbrenner family must be aware of the Conan Curse, as they spend a quarter of a billion dollars on free agents C.C Sabathia, Mark Teixera, and AJ Burnett.

But it cannot be avoided. With Conan's departure to LA, with him will go the success of the Yankees.

It is time from a new curse to begin.

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