I’m not a superstitious person. Not at all. Except when it comes to sports.
With the Blue Jays in the playoffs for the first time in 22 years, I’m looking for something, anything, from the realm of the supernatural to keep things alive all the way to the end of the World Series. Rabbits feet, horseshoes, rubbing the heads of bald guys–I’m prepared to do it all. But I’m not sure how to get around the Taylor Swift Curse.
According to ESPN, every time Ms Swift has performed in a team’s ballpark, said team goes into a slump. Here is the evidence:
July 13-14: Swift plays two shows at Nationals Park in Washington. The team then goes into a terminal swoon, going from a favourite to win the World Series to being out of the playoffs. What’s more is that their players started brawling with each other in the dugout. And should we mention how the lights at Nationals Park went out on July 16, forcing the team to suspend their game with the Dodgers?
August 29: Swift plays PetCo Park in San Diego. Although the Padres stunk all season, they’ve been extra stinky since the show with a record of 11-19.
September 9: Swift plays at the home of the Houston Astros, Minute Maid Park. At that point, the Astros had a two-game lead on Texas in the AL West. After Swift played their park, the Astros lost seven of their next ten. They’ll be lucky to win the last AL wildcard spot. This show was supposed to have been held in October but because Houston got off to such a great start, it was decided to move the gig up so that there wouldn’t be any conflicts with playoff games. Uh-oh.
So why am I worried? Guess who has two sold-out shows at Rogers Centre this weekend? Yep.
Break out the crucifixes, voodoo dolls and ropes of garlic. The curse must be counteracted!