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Irish fans not worried about Sports Illustrated 'Cover Curse'

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The number one Irish are on the cover of the brand new Sports Illustrated.


That leaves some asking, is that an honor, or a curse?

What exactly is the 'Cover Curse?' Some says any time a team or player is on the cover of Sports Illustrated, something bad happens.

For instance, just last week, the quarterback for Kansas State was on the cover and the team lost.

But fans, and those who can see the future say the same thing won't happen to Notre Dame.

Barbara the Gray Witch isn't worried about Notre Dame's matchup with USC this Saturday.

She says they're not only going to win this week, but they'll take the National Championship game too.

And Barbara should know, she says she may have had a little hand in the team's winning streak.

"There was over 50 witches that conjured and gave Notre Dame a Golden year and wished them and blessed them and gave them the best," says Barbara the Gray Witch.

So far, so good, and Irish fans say they're excited about the Sports Illustrated cover.

"Wow, it's really cool. Wow, I'm proud to be called an Irish," says Notre Dame student, Maggie Guzman.

Fans we talked with are pretty confident USC will go down this week.

In fact, they say the "cover curse" has already been proven wrong this year!

Manti Teo was on the cover in October, the next game he lead the team in tackles.

But, the Irish were on the cover in '93, then just one week later, they lost to Boston College.

Curse or no curse, one thing's for sure, Irish fans are proud of their team and will no doubt be rooting them on to a victory in Los Angeles.

"I believe in our team and I believe God's gonna help them and we're gonna get to the championship," says Notre Dame student, Andrew Jensen.

Here are a few more examples of the Sports Illustrated curse:

The very first cover featured Braves Third Baseman Eddie Matthews.

The team ended a winning streak and Matthews eventually broke his hand.

In 1957, the Cover Read "Why Oklahoma is Unbeatable."    

Well guess what happened, The Irish beat the Sooners the very next game.

The same story played out in 1977, The Texas Longhorns were featured on the cover.

They lost their next game to Notre Dame in the Cotton Bowl.

Finally in June of 2012 Sports Illustrated had The Rangers Josh Hamilton on the cover, he was hospitalized four days later with an intestinal virus.

But again, there are many more examples of athletes achieving great things after being on the cover.

Plus math experts call the curse an example of confirmation bias, meaning that people who believe in the curse seek out and favor examples that support their belief in the curse.

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