Other Sport Team Curses
Detroit fans do not sit back idly and let the world go by, when they see something that they don't like they are very vocal about it. When Ernie Harwell was forced into retirement by the Detroit Tigers , the fans erupted with anger which included bumper stickers, t-shirts, and in some cases billboards. The fans even boycotted the Tigers owner's pizza empire (Dominos).
Result-The Tigers did not have a winning season for over a decade.
The point here is that the fans outrage is the source of power of the curse. Legend has it that Bobby is responsible for the curse but fact of the matter is that Bobby was just the catalyst and only set up the parameters of the curse (50 years).
Boston Red Sox Bambino Curse
This curse lasted over 80 years! It was started when the Red Sox traded Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees in 1920. At the time, Ruth was baseball's greatest slugger and had helped the Red Sox win a World Series in 1918. But in 1920, the owner of the Sox, needed some money to pay for his Broadway musical, so he traded Ruth to the New York Yankees for $125,000 and the Curse of the Bambino was born. Since then, the New York Yankees have won 26 World Series titles, and the Red Sox have won none, losing in very strange ways (Remember this joke-what does Michael Jackson and Bill Buckner have in common? Both wear a glove for no apparent reason). But in 2004, the Red Sox would win the World Series (after defeating the Yankees, a key player in this curse). Please note the parallels to the Bobby Layne curse, Bobby was traded to Pittsburgh who never won a championship either, but would go on to produce what many consider the greatest team of all time. Both players were hall of famers and both had recently won championships for their respective teams.
New York Rangers Fiery Curse
In 1940, the Rangers won their third Stanley Cup. Legend has it that later that season, the Rangers finished paying off their mortgage at Madison Square Gardens and celebrated by burning the mortgage papers in the Stanley Cup. Lord Stanley must have taken offense at this because the rangers would not win their fourth cup till 1994, 54 years later. After winning in 1994, rumor has it that Mark Messier used the cup as a urinal so not surprisingly the Rangers have not won since (or probably ever again if I know my curses).
Chicago Cubs Billy Goat Curse
This curse is still alive and well. In 1945, a tavern owner named Sianis wanted to bring his pet goat with him into Wrigley Field for Game 4 of the World Series. Stadium Officials said the goat needed a bath and told Sianis he had to leave. As he was leaving, Sianis said to the team officials the infamous line, "Cubs, they not gonna win anymore". The Cubs lost the 1945 World Series to our Tigers and haven't made it to a World Series since.