A Curse's Energy
If you understand nothing else about this website, understand this. The following is a brief excerp from The Encyclopedia of Witches and Witchcraft.
Anyone can lay a curse on another person, but it is believed that the authority of the person who lays the curse on increases its potency and makes it more dangerous. Such persons are believed to be priests, priestesses or royalty.
Anyone who lives in Detroit knows that it treats its sports heroes as Royalty. These Heroes fall into two groups.
The first group are Heroes such as Gordie Howe, Al Kaline, Isiah Thomas that are Hall of Famers and are treated like royalty in this town. These heroes are usually not as fan accessible as other "mere mortal" players and generally move on to other positions of responsibility in their respective sport.
The second group is Heroes who the fans can identify with. These heroes generally have low egos and can often be found hanging around with the local folks. What seperates these individuals is that for a moment they do something outstanding and they are immediately made royalty in Detroit. One example of this is Mickey Lolich who wone 3 games in the 1968 World Series while an active member of the National Guard. You could find Mickey for years at a donut shop he owned. Another example is Darren McCarty, who's brutal beating of Claude Lemieux changed the face of a team and was the catalyst for 3 Stanley Cups. Darren frequented many clubs in Detroit and was involved in many Detroit functions including the McCarty Foundation.
Only Bobby Layne falls into both Hero categories. Bobby is a Hall of Famer and anyone living in Michigan at the time could tell you which bars Bobby liked to frequent. Imagine the popularity of this individual in Detroit and then multiply it by the fact his team had just won the NFL Championship the year before. Imagine the outrage of the Detroit Fans when he was traded in 1958.