Et Tu, SI?

At this very moment, as I sit here writing this blog a long, long way from Comerica Park, the Tigers are attempting to sew up the AL Central title. But I'm worried. Very worried. I mean, there are the usual reasons as I explained the other day but this time there's a much more relevant reason. Comerica Park is on the cover of Sports Illustrated.

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Now, I don't know as though the SI cover jinx applies to ballparks or cities but why would SI even risk it? It's not as though the Detroit (or the state of Michigan for that matter) has anything else going for it. Yeah, the Lions may have finally won and the University of Michigan has eked out some close victories. But that's no reason to be going around messing with curses. That's some potent stuff.

I'm not really a superstitious man. I mean, it's not my fault that my teams do better when I don't watch them. That's just how it is. But the SI cover? That's fact. Just like the Madden cover is fact for the NFL. I don't buy all this "regression from the mean," scientific mumbo-jumbo. I believe what I see and what I see is that Sports Illustrated jinxes people by placing them on the cover.

And when you take all of this to it's (il)logical extreme, does this mean that all the people sitting in the stands when the picture of the park was taken are jinxed, too? Thanks a lot, Sports Illustrated. Just what Detroit needs: more bad luck.

I have an idea, though. I'm inviting you, SI, to come visit Detroit with me. I have a beautiful old building with a very special elevator shaft I'd love to show you. Make sure you dress warm.

-A

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Bill Zeltman is the CEO and co-founder of MTRMedia.com. He writes about a variety of subjects but his passion is writing about the Philadelphia Phillies. Bill has been covering the Phillies for MTR since 2007 and has been a season ticket holder for over 30 years. He has been at many milestone games including Pete Rose breaking the N.L. all time hits record, Steve Carlton becoming the all time strikeout king, many great games in 1983 and 1993, June 8, 1989 when the team overcame a 10 run deficit to beat the Pirates with Steve Jeltz hitting a home run from both sides of the plate. Three games where the Phillies scored 20 or more runs. Kevin Millwood and Roy Halladay's no hitters. The 2008 NL East clinching game, and many great games from 2007 through today.

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