Courtesy of Sports Illustrated. Photo by Walter Iooss Jr. for SI.
For the first time, a Sports Illustrated swimsuit model joins athletes for a cover shoot. And they're all Uptons.
PHOTO GALLERY | The cover shoot with the Uptons
Kate Upton met up with Braves players and brothers B.J. and Justin Upton when they were in New York last month playing the Mets. The cover, released Wednesday, is part of a special postseason preview. According to Sports Illustrated, "The three Uptons got along famously, joking throughout the shoot that they were being long-lost cousins."
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The cover shoot was all smiles (beautiful on Kate's part, bemused on the brothers'), but fans are now calling jinx.
There's a long-standing belief being on the cover of Sports Illustrated comes with a run of bad luck. The collection of stories includes injuries and losses that span all sports, ages, and genders. Some of them are just bizarre:
1954: Eddie Matthews is considered the first "jinx victim". The day after he appeared on the cover, he suffered a hand injury. He missed most of the season.
1960: Caine Cone was undefeated in the breast stroke for the previous four years. After her cover, she came in second. Then, she failed to qualify for the Olympic Games.
1962: Race car driver Ricardo Rodriguez was called "Mexico's Young Fireball" on the cover. Later that year, he died in a fiery crash.
1972: Shortly after Jim Ryan made his cover appearance, Olympic officials in Munich misread his entry form. They mistakenly put him in an opening heat of the 1,500 meter with Kenyan runner Kip Keino (the two should not have met until much later in finals). Ryan lost, and ended his amateur career.
1982: After Braves player Dale Murphy graced the cover, the team dropped 14 of 15 games. Murphy was a big part of the losing streak, going just 6 for 31 at bat.
1984: After being called "Man of Steel" on the cover, Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Jack Lambert missed most of the season with a toe turf injury.
2003: Bills defensive tackle Sam Adams makes the cover carrying the ball for a touchdown against the New England Patriots. The Bills didn't beat the Patriots again for eight years.
You can read a full list on Sports Illustrated.
So, is the Upton appearance a jinx? Another superstitious fact could even it out: the last time the Braves won the World Series, we were in the middle of a government shutdown.
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