Both athletes and sports fans can be superstitious. Some have rituals before game or during game, or certain things they have to do or say after a big play.
Sometimes, it’s a playful thing, a form of passive support for the team, or a fun activity for everyone gathered around the TV on a Sunday afternoon or in the parking lot tailgating.
But other times, it’s taken much more seriously. After all, where you have superstitions, you also have curses.
Well, we might just need to add crosswords to the list of possible ways to jinx a team or player.
You see, sports fan Evans Clinchy knocked one entry off his bucket list by publishing a crossword with the New York Times, a worthy goal to be sure.
But he’s afraid his entry for 58-Across, KEVIN DURANT, may have jinxed a long-time favorite player and idol. You see, news went out the next day that Mr. Durant fractured his foot and will be out from 6 to 8 weeks.
I highly recommend reading the entire article, which is very funny and offers some hilarious insight into the mind of sports fans everywhere.
And his post does raise an interesting question: have any of the constructors or puzzlers out there jinxed an athlete, an actor, or a celebrity with their puzzles, or worried about doing so? I have a hard time believing Mr. Clinchy is the only one, especially since there are plenty of sports fans in the puzzle constructing community.
Let me know! I’d love to hear your stories.
Better luck with your next puzzle, Mr. Clinchy! And heal up soon, Mr. Durant. Your team, and Mr. Clinchy’s conscience, need you.
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