The Curse of Bobby Layne
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Other Sport Team Curses

Red Wings and Tigers

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.

It could be argued that the McCarty fight ended another notorious curse. In the 50's the Red Wings had arguably the greatest team of all time, yet for some mysterious reason the team was broken up after winning what would be their last championship for over 40 years. Fans were outraged by this and the team floundered for decades in a similar fashion as the Lions. 2 years before McCarty's fight the Wings made it to the Stanley Cup, they were heavily favored but lost to Claude Lemieux and the New Jersey Devils in 4 games. The year before the fight the Wings set the record for most victories in a season but again lost to a Claude Lemieux team in the playoffs.

Is it possible the McCarty/Lemieux fight caused such a good feeling in Detroit that the furor caused from the team breakup up in the 50's was forgiven?
Did McCarty stop the 42 year Red wing Curse?
My autographed McCarty/Lemieux Fight Picture

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).

Other City Curses

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.