Brett Hundley graces the cover of this week's Sports Illustrated. Here is further background. As Sports Illustrated notes, Hundley's cover photo is available on a regional basis. So does that mean there are three other Heisman candidates, so the jinx gets spread around? Nope. The other regional covers are aimed at NFL fantasy football fans, with three different NFL stars.
In case you think the Sports Illustrated jinx is completely overblown, here is a reason to be concerned. Click on this link and cry. The most recent example of the curse is probably Luis Suarez gracing the cover June 24, right before he decided to take matters into his own hands (or more accurately his teeth) in Uruguay's game against Italy in the World Cup.
On the other hand, this person has been on the cover more times than any other athlete, and things turned out okay for him.
There are plenty of urban myths. Before yesterday, we thought that Pauley Pavilion's floor would be dry, at least as long as Dan Guerrero did not spill coffee on the court while dunking his donuts. So things have a way of turning out differently than we expected.
For those who fear the SI cover jinx will explode in our face, here are some UCLA notables who have been on the list over the years- Rafer Johnson, Gail Goodrich, Arthur Ashe, Gary Beban, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bill Walton, John Wooden.
So hats off to Brett. Let the spotlight shine bright. We can overcome all obstacles on the way to the National Championship Game. Now can somebody make sure there are no puddles he can slip on when he makes his way to Spaulding for practice?