So… Wednesday night we saw the lifting of the “Curse of Billy Penn”, with the Phildelphia win in the world series. For those unfamiliar, it was a supposed agreement that no building should be built higher then the statue of William Penn that sits atop City Hall in Philadelphia. Not long after the Sixers won the championship in 1983…a building was constructed that topped Billy. Since then, Philly had not had a championship in a major sport. This of course led to the absurd notion that good old Billy had put a curse upon us.
Well…that is no more…but it had me wondering. Baseball is a really superstitious sport…and I’m aware that there are other “curses” in the sport…like the Bambino, but are there curses or other superstious rituals or ideas in other sports? Is this a purely American thing or are there examples in international sports, like football (soccer)? Are there still unbroken “curses” out there dogging loyal fans and dashing the hopes of cities around the world?