History TemptingFate / Sports

6th Feb '16 11:10:18 AM nombretomado
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* AustralianRulesFootball: Speaking at the 2010 Grand Final Breakfast, following the hung parliament in that year's election, Prime Minister Julia Gillard said, "Please, we cannot have a draw!". Guess what happened?
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* AustralianRulesFootball: UsefulNotes/AustralianRulesFootball: Speaking at the 2010 Grand Final Breakfast, following the hung parliament in that year's election, Prime Minister Julia Gillard said, "Please, we cannot have a draw!". Guess what happened?
26th Sep '15 4:18:14 PM nombretomado
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* In the 2008 OlympicGames, the French men's swimming team was the favorite to win the 4x100 freestyle relay and they bragged about how they would crush the US team, their main competition. Cue Jason Lezak miraculously overcoming a full-body length deficit in the last 25 meters against Alain Bernard, who had entered the race as the world record holder at 100m[[note]]Australia's leadoff swimmer broke that record on the opening leg[[/note]], to edge the French out for gold.
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* In the 2008 OlympicGames, UsefulNotes/OlympicGames, the French men's swimming team was the favorite to win the 4x100 freestyle relay and they bragged about how they would crush the US team, their main competition. Cue Jason Lezak miraculously overcoming a full-body length deficit in the last 25 meters against Alain Bernard, who had entered the race as the world record holder at 100m[[note]]Australia's leadoff swimmer broke that record on the opening leg[[/note]], to edge the French out for gold.
27th May '15 10:23:03 PM darkknight109
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* In hockey, goaltenders have a reputation for being rather superstitious. Accordingly, if a goalie has a shutout going, it is considered to be extremely poor form (and, of course, tempting fate) for them, or even a teammate or commentator, to reference that fact, to the point where most hockey players, commentators, and even fans won't say the word "shutout" until the game is over.
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* In hockey, goaltenders have a reputation for being rather superstitious. Accordingly, if a goalie has a shutout going, it is considered to be extremely poor form (and, of course, tempting fate) for them, or even a teammate or commentator, to reference that fact, to the point where most hockey players, commentators, and even fans won't say the word "shutout" until the game is over.over. * Hockey has a slew of playoff superstitions and defying them is often seen as courting disaster. Players (and some fans) often stop shaving during the playoffs in order to grow a playoff beard; shaving one is seen to invite disaster. Similarly, the Stanley Cup is considered to be a "jealous trophy", and touching any other trophy will ensure that you lose in the finals; accordingly, many team captains do not accept or handle the Prince of Wales Trophy or the Clarence S. Campbell Bowl (awarded to the Stanley Cup finalists from the Eastern and Western conferences respectively) after winning them in the conference finals. * Alexandre Daigle is an infamous case in hockey circles. Drafted first overall by the Ottawa Senators in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft, he was interviewed afterwards and commented that he was very glad he was taken first, because "Nobody remembers number two." The second overall pick in the 1993 draft was Chris Pronger, who would go on to become a superstar defenceman and win multiple Olympic gold medals with Team Canada, as well as a Stanley Cup with the Anaheim Ducks. Daigle managed 51 points over three seasons and is generally considered to be one of the biggest draft busts in NHL history.
27th May '15 10:10:35 PM darkknight109
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* At the start of overtime in a 2003 playoff game between the Seattle Seahawks, and the Green Bay Packers, the Seahawks won the coin toss. Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck famously said, "We want the ball, and we're going to score." Hasselbeck proceeded to throw an interception that was returned for the game-winning touchdown.
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* At the start of overtime in a 2003 playoff game between the Seattle Seahawks, and the Green Bay Packers, the Seahawks won the coin toss. Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck famously said, "We want the ball, and we're going to score." Hasselbeck proceeded to throw an interception that was returned for the game-winning touchdown.touchdown. * In hockey, goaltenders have a reputation for being rather superstitious. Accordingly, if a goalie has a shutout going, it is considered to be extremely poor form (and, of course, tempting fate) for them, or even a teammate or commentator, to reference that fact, to the point where most hockey players, commentators, and even fans won't say the word "shutout" until the game is over.
20th May '15 7:30:47 PM nombretomado
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* In Britain, this sort of thing is sometimes known as the Murray Walker Curse, after the FormulaOne commentator who had a reputation for observing that a particular driver's victory was inevitable mere moments before their car suffered some catastrophic failure that put them out of the race. Frequently led to commentary along the lines of "Unless I'm very much mistaken... I ''am'' very much mistaken!"
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* In Britain, this sort of thing is sometimes known as the Murray Walker Curse, after the FormulaOne UsefulNotes/FormulaOne commentator who had a reputation for observing that a particular driver's victory was inevitable mere moments before their car suffered some catastrophic failure that put them out of the race. Frequently led to commentary along the lines of "Unless I'm very much mistaken... I ''am'' very much mistaken!"
2nd Nov '14 2:09:11 PM CompletelyNormalGuy
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* College Football: In 2010, the University of Florida's Gators had been enjoying a string of success, earning two national championships in the past 4 years and having a 6-year winning streak against their in-state arch rivals, the Florida State Seminoles. To play up the achievement, a group of Gator fans erected [[http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/twocents/content/could-get-ugly this obnoxious billboard sign]] outside of Tallahassee, Florida (the location of FSU's campus) to taunt the Seminoles for their woes. Guess who would win the [[http://espn.go.com/ncf/recap?gameId=303310052 very next rivalry game]] between the two teams?
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* College Football: In 2010, the University of Florida's Gators had been enjoying a string of success, earning two national championships in the past 4 years and having a 6-year winning streak against their in-state arch rivals, the Florida State Seminoles. To play up the achievement, a group of Gator fans erected [[http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/twocents/content/could-get-ugly this obnoxious billboard sign]] outside of Tallahassee, Florida (the location of FSU's campus) to taunt the Seminoles for their woes. Guess who would win the [[http://espn.go.com/ncf/recap?gameId=303310052 very next rivalry game]] between the two teams?teams? * At the start of overtime in a 2003 playoff game between the Seattle Seahawks, and the Green Bay Packers, the Seahawks won the coin toss. Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck famously said, "We want the ball, and we're going to score." Hasselbeck proceeded to throw an interception that was returned for the game-winning touchdown.
9th Jul '14 5:59:30 AM SeptimusHeap
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* Soccer: Brazilian team Cruzeiro was in the CopaLibertadores final against Estudiantes, a team which they met in group stage. First game of the finals, a draw in Argentina. Second and final game is at home, a draw gives the title, the game during the group stage ended 3-0. So, the team president did a reunion to discuss the player's prizes, and the supporters went mad, making "Champion" ribbons -- one even started paying the ticket to Dubai, where the FIFA Club World Cup would occur! In the actual game, Cruzeiro scored first, but Estudiantes went on to win 2-1.
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* Soccer: Brazilian team Cruzeiro was in the CopaLibertadores UsefulNotes/CopaLibertadores final against Estudiantes, a team which they met in group stage. First game of the finals, a draw in Argentina. Second and final game is at home, a draw gives the title, the game during the group stage ended 3-0. So, the team president did a reunion to discuss the player's prizes, and the supporters went mad, making "Champion" ribbons -- one even started paying the ticket to Dubai, where the FIFA Club World Cup would occur! In the actual game, Cruzeiro scored first, but Estudiantes went on to win 2-1.
30th Jun '14 11:27:00 PM bt8257
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* Baseball: On August 12, 1951, with his Brooklyn Dodgers sitting comfortably on a 12-game lead in the NL standings over the rival New York Giants and having just completed a three-game sweep of the latter team, manager Chuck Dressen happily if ungrammatically declared, "The Giants is dead!" By the time the season ended on September 30, the Giants had tied Brooklyn in the standings, forcing a three-game playoff series which ended in Bobby Thomson's immortal "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shot_Heard_%27Round_the_World_(baseball) Shot Heard 'Round the World]]" to give the Giants the pennant.
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* Baseball: On August 12, 1951, with his Brooklyn Dodgers sitting comfortably on a 12-game 13-game lead in the NL standings over the rival New York Giants and having just completed a three-game sweep of the latter team, manager Chuck Dressen happily if ungrammatically declared, "The Giants is dead!" By the time the season ended on September 30, the Giants had tied Brooklyn in the standings, forcing a three-game playoff series which ended in Bobby Thomson's immortal "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shot_Heard_%27Round_the_World_(baseball) Shot Heard 'Round the World]]" to give the Giants the pennant.

** In Game 6 of 2003 NLCS, The Chicago Cubs had a lead with 6 outs to go until they went to their first World series in over 50 years. Celebrity guest BernieMac was called up to sing the traditional "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" during the seventh-inning stretch. Instead of singing "root, root, root for the Cubbies" like singers usually do, he sang "root, root, root, for the champions"... and sure enough, the Cubs lost the game and the following game to fall short of the World Series. (Of course, this was also the Bartman game.)
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** In Game 6 of the 2003 NLCS, The Chicago Cubs had a lead with 6 outs to go left until they went to their first World series in over 50 years.Series since 1945. Celebrity guest BernieMac was called up to sing the traditional "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" during the seventh-inning stretch. Instead of singing "root, root, root for the Cubbies" like singers usually do, he sang "root, root, root, for the champions"... and sure enough, the Cubs lost the game and the following game to fall short of the World Series. (Of course, this was also the Bartman game.)
26th May '14 6:29:17 PM KYCubbie
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* In the 2008 OlympicGames, the French men's swimming team was the favorite to win the 4x100 freestyle relay and they bragged about how they would crush the US team, their main competition. Cue Jason Lezak miraculously overcoming a full-body length deficit in the last 25 meters against Alain Bernard, who had entered the race as the world record holder at 100m[[note]]Australia's leadoff swimmer broke that record on the opening leg[[/note]]. to edge the French out for gold.
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* In the 2008 OlympicGames, the French men's swimming team was the favorite to win the 4x100 freestyle relay and they bragged about how they would crush the US team, their main competition. Cue Jason Lezak miraculously overcoming a full-body length deficit in the last 25 meters against Alain Bernard, who had entered the race as the world record holder at 100m[[note]]Australia's leadoff swimmer broke that record on the opening leg[[/note]]. leg[[/note]], to edge the French out for gold.
26th May '14 6:28:31 PM KYCubbie
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Corrected some spellings, and added context to Lezak's relay leg.
* In the 2008 OlympicGames, the French men's swimming team was the favorite to win the 4x100 freestyle relay and they bragged about how they would crush the US team, their main competition. Cue Jason Lezack miraculously overcoming a full-body length deficit in the last 25 meters to edge the French out for gold. * Before Super Bowl XLII, New York Giants player Plaxico Burress told the media his team would beat the perfect season New England Patriots by a score of 23-17. When the media told Patriots QB Tom Brady this during an interview, he laughed at the prediction. During the Super Bowl, Tom Brady, who had his best career season scoring 50 touchdowns, was mostly stopped by the Giants defense, resulting in them only scoring 14 points and losing the game that mattered the most. Since then, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots [[NeverLiveItDown haven't livid it down.]] Especially, since they would lose the Super Bowl to the New York Giants again four years later.
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* In the 2008 OlympicGames, the French men's swimming team was the favorite to win the 4x100 freestyle relay and they bragged about how they would crush the US team, their main competition. Cue Jason Lezack Lezak miraculously overcoming a full-body length deficit in the last 25 meters against Alain Bernard, who had entered the race as the world record holder at 100m[[note]]Australia's leadoff swimmer broke that record on the opening leg[[/note]]. to edge the French out for gold. * Before Super Bowl XLII, New York Giants player Plaxico Burress told the media his team would beat the perfect season New England Patriots by a score of 23-17. When the media told Patriots QB Tom Brady this during an interview, he laughed at the prediction. During the Super Bowl, Tom Brady, who had his best career season scoring 50 touchdowns, was mostly stopped by the Giants defense, resulting in them only scoring 14 points and losing the game that mattered the most. Since then, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots [[NeverLiveItDown haven't livid lived it down.]] Especially, since they would lose the Super Bowl to the New York Giants again four years later.

* During his prime, heavyweight boxing champion, Mike Tyson, defended his title against a no-named journeyman fighter named Buster Douglas in Tokyo Japan. Before the fight, it was heavily reported that Mike Tyson didn't take Douglas seriously as an opponent and spent most of his time before the fight partying and sleeping with different call-girls every night. During the championship fight, Buster Douglas knocked out Mike Tyson in one of the biggest upsets in sports history. * During the 2012 NBA Eastern Conference playoffs, the Indiana Pacers were ahead of the Miami Heat 2 games to 1. With both Lebron James and Dwayne Wade playing poorly, it seemed like the Pacers would advance to the Conference Finals. However, star player Lance Stephenson decided to mock Lebron James by making a choke sign. Guess what happened next? Yup, the Heat came back to win the series and the team eventually won the NBA Championship. * During a MotoGP race,the late Marco Simoncelli takes the lead of the race in Jerez,and starts to pull ahead from the rest of the field.And then comes probably [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIq4Z34U0KA the most amazing 'Commentator's Curse' ever]] from main commentator Toby Moody. -->'''Moody''': Marco Simoncelli leads this Grand Prix and is leading it brilliantly.[Simoncelli starts to slide] Oh NO! NO! [Simoncelli crashes] OHHHH! Simoncelli crashes,he nearly held it,and Lorenzo leads the Grand Prix!
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* During his prime, heavyweight boxing champion, Mike Tyson, defended his title against a no-named journeyman fighter named Buster Douglas in Tokyo Japan. UsefulNotes/{{Tokyo}}. Before the fight, it was heavily reported that Mike Tyson didn't take Douglas seriously as an opponent and spent most of his time before the fight partying and sleeping with different call-girls every night. During the championship fight, Buster Douglas knocked out Mike Tyson in one of the biggest upsets in sports history. * During the 2012 NBA Eastern Conference playoffs, the Indiana Pacers were ahead of the Miami Heat 2 games to 1. With both Lebron [=LeBron=] James and Dwayne Dwyane Wade playing poorly, it seemed like the Pacers would advance to the Conference Finals. However, star player Lance Stephenson decided to mock Lebron James [=LeBron=] by making a choke sign. Guess what happened next? Yup, the Heat came back to win the series and the team eventually won the NBA Championship. * During a MotoGP race,the race, the late Marco Simoncelli takes the lead of the race in Jerez,and Jerez, and starts to pull ahead from the rest of the field.field. And then comes probably [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIq4Z34U0KA the most amazing 'Commentator's Curse' ever]] from main commentator Toby Moody. -->'''Moody''': Marco Simoncelli leads this Grand Prix and is leading it brilliantly.[Simoncelli starts to slide] Oh NO! NO! [Simoncelli crashes] OHHHH! Simoncelli crashes,he nearly held it,and it, and Lorenzo leads the Grand Prix!

-->'''Moody''': Simoncelli,what have you done? [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone What have I said?]] -->'''Co-Commentator''':Wonderful commentator's curse,Toby!
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-->'''Moody''': Simoncelli,what Simoncelli, what have you done? [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone What have I said?]] -->'''Co-Commentator''':Wonderful commentator's curse,Toby!curse, Toby!
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