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Say it's not so? A curse on the Mules?

Posted Friday, March 25, 2011, at 3:09 PM

Say it's not so! The Bernie Mules basketball team made it to the finals of the MSHSAA finals once again and last Saturday night the Mules season ended with a loss. Unfortunately for the "Bernie-ans" the Crane Pirates defeated the Bernie Mules, 77-63, at the Mizzou Arena in Columbia, Mo.

I traveled over to watch the game all decked out in my "Bernie Blue" in what I had hoped would be the end of the 2nd place trophies that Bernie has acquired over the years. Now, before you start getting upset, let me clarify something. Coming in 2nd place in the entire state of Missouri is nothing to be ashamed of or think less of, either. Sure, we all would have loved a different outcome, but it didn't happen.

So as I am leaving the arena and walking to my car in the pouring rain, no less, and I start to think to myself. Why can't Bernie seem to get over the hump and place first? What is holding them back? How many times can you say, "It just wasn't our time"? How many times can you blame the coaching staff, or say the kids were just outplayed or they weren't as good as the other team? I'm beginning to believe that maybe there is a curse. Crazy, right? Well, maybe not so crazy.

Over the years many sporting teams and sporting cities have had some superstitious curses. Here are just a few examples of alleged curses. Boston has The Curse of the Bambino. It was a superstition cited as a reason for the failure of the Boston Red Sox baseball team to win the World Series from 1918 to 2004.

The Curse of the Billy Goat refers to a legend commonly cited to explain why the Chicago Cubs Major League Baseball team has not been to the World Series since 1945.

The Buffalo curse is an explanation for Buffalo's failure to win a Super Bowl, Stanley Cup, or, during the residency of the Buffalo Braves, an NBA championship.

Then there is the Cardinals NFL franchise. Allegedly, they are suffering a curse by the fine folks of Pottsville, Pennsylvania for undeservedly claiming the 1925 NFL championship from the Pottsville Maroons who were stripped of their title by the NFL.

Up until 2010, The Curse of Coogan's Bluff had the San Francisco Giants wondering if they would ever win a World Series. It began when the Giants left New York City for San Francisco at the end of their 1957 season. Fans at the Giants' home ballpark, the Polo Grounds (located at a site in Harlem called Coogan's Bluff) declared that the Giants would never win a World Series away from New York. The Giants reached the World Series in 1962, 1989, and 2002, before finally winning in 2010. Coincidence or not, but two of the Series games in San Francisco had very long delays. In the '62 Series, Game 6 was postponed for three days due to heavy rain then Game 3 of the '89 Series was put on hold for ten days due to a massive earthquake.

I don't know if there is a curse in place or not over Bernie or the Bernie Mules, but it does make one wonder. Or at the very least, makes me wonder.



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