It’s a shame, really. The Kansas State Wildcats make all this progress, are ranked No. 1 in the most recent BCS rankings, everything is smiles and sunshine in Manhattan, KS. Then Sports Illustrated just had to use a snapshot of Collin Klein for this week’s edition.
The well-known hex has claimed many victims including Tom Brady in 2008 when the New England Patriots’ quarterback tore both his ACL and MCL, also known in medical terms as the “Ligament Double-Whammy.” Earlier this year, Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton was featured on the cover and later found himself hospitalized with an intestinal illness.
What’s amazing is this black magic seems to be transferrable. As if its powers weren’t strong enough, Sports Illustrated featured a piece about Electronic Arts’ practice of putting athletes on covers of their games over a decade ago. This seems to have spawned yet another jinx.
At this point, Klein may want to make a few phone calls to ensure his mug doesn’t appear on a future copy of NCAA Football 14. On the plus side, former Baylor Bears quarterback and current Washington Redskins starter Robert Griffin III is still mobile. Barry Sanders can walk without the use of a cane, so maybe EA Sports’ voodoo is wearing off.
Then again, maybe it’s just getting stronger and waiting for the most opportune moment to strike.
In any event, a side note for the Heisman trophy candidate: Pete Rose was featured on an August cover of the publication in 1978. Make of that what you will.
Brandon Cavanaugh is a college football columnist for Rant Sports and a member of the Football Writers Association of America. Follow him on Twitter and join in on the conversation.