Top Five: Curses Still Looking To Be Broken

Matthew FalkenburyCorrespondent IApril 18, 2009

We have all heard this song and dance before when it comes to sports curses. The Red Sox and Babe Ruth, The White Sox and Shoeless Joe Jackson, The Rangers and 54 Years without a Cup, the KFC Curse in Osaka, Japan with the Hanshin Tigers that was reported earlier this year and of course the Billy Goat curse of the Chicago Cubs.
Its amazing to me how people can think that a Goat, a Gambling Scandal or a plastic statue of "Colonel" Sanders (He wasn't a colonel, but has served this country a ton of fast food) could be the reason why their favorite team has sucked for x number of years.
Well in honor of the Hanshin Tigers at least attempting to reverse the curse of the Colonel and all those other teams trying to break a hex. I now bring you another installment of Top 5: The top remaining curses left in Sports.


5. Buffalo Bills' Comeback Curse

The Buffalo Bills rebounded from a 32-point deficit to defeat the Houston Oilers in a National Football League playoff game on Jan. 3, 1993. Since then, teams based in New York State have lost all championship finals in which they have faced teams from Texas.


4. Curse of Bobby Layne

The Detroit Lions have won four NFL championships, in 1935, 1952, 1953, and 1957, all (except for 1935) led by quarterback Bobby Layne.

In 1958, the Lions traded him to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Rumor has it that when Layne was asked to comment on the trade, he said that the Lions would not win again for 50 years.

Since then, the Lions have won only one playoff game (1991), and have never come close to playing in a Super Bowl. In the 50th anniversary of the trade, the Lions became the first NFL team to finish 0-16 (although not the first to have a win less season).


3. The Curse of Rocky Colavito

A phenomenon that supposedly prevents the Cleveland Indians baseball team from winning, be it the World Series, the American League pennant, reaching postseason play, or even getting into a pennant race.

Its origin is traced back to the unpopular trade of right fielder Rocky Colavito for Harvey Kuenn in 1960. It is a classic example of an urban legend or a scapegoat for the Indians' past failures.


2. The Curse of Keith Hernandez

The New York Mets have collapsed the past two seasons after reaching a point in September where there was only 17 games remaining in the regular season. The number 17 was the Number of Keith Hernandez, a current broadcaster for the Mets, and a number fans think deserves to be retired.

Because the number has not been retired and the Mets collapses have been with 17 games remaining, some fans believe the team is cursed.


1. The Curse of the Billy Goat

A legend commonly cited to explain why the Chicago Cubs Major League Baseball team has not been to the World Series since 1945.

The Billy Goat curse was supposedly placed on the Cubs in 1945 when Billy Goat Tavern owner Billy Sianis was asked to leave a World Series game at the Cubs' home ground of Wrigley Field because his pet goat's odor was bothering other fans.

He was outraged and declared, "Them Cubs, they aren't gonna win no more," which has been interpreted to mean that there would never be another World Series game played at Wrigley Field.

- The Falk