The Super Bowl Curse

When something doesn’t go our way for a long period of time, people turn to curses.  There has been the Madden curse, “Friends” curse, and many others.  I have never believed in a curse in my life.  Until now.  It has been 12 years since a team had the opportunity to play in a Super Bowl in there own stadium. In 2002 the Tampa Bay Buccaneers made the playoffs, but lost in the first round.  That same year they hosted the Super bowl.  Since then, not one team has made it to the playoffs, the same year they hosted the Super Bowl.  No team in the history of the NFL has ever played a Super Bowl at home.

This year the Super Bowl is in New York, and many Giant fans thought there was a chance that they could make it.  After all, they had just one the Super Bowl 2 years back, so now that they could do it at home, why not.  The Giants started the 2013-2014 season 0-6, almost definitely ruining any chance they had at a playoff spot.  The Jets play at the same stadium as the Giants, but they are way passed a curse for a reason they wouldn’t be making the Super Bowl.

Two years back, the Indianapolis Colts hosted the Super Bowl and then many thought they could play in it.  Peyton Manning was getting old, and he wanted have more rings then his brother, Eli.  Peyton Manning didn’t play one game that season, and the Indianapolis went 2-14.  From 1966-2011, the Super Bowl host team has a combined record of 249-364-2, including 25 losing seasons. The probability of that many losing seasons is 0.35%.  Last year, the New Orleans Saints hosted the Super Bowl and again were thought to play in the Super Bowl.  But the Saints were rocked by Roger Goodell’s severe punishment from the infamous Bounty Scandal.

The closest teams to hosting a Super Bowl, were the San Francisco 49ers, which played in Stanford Stadium, rather there own Candlestick Park, and the Los Angeles Rams who played Super Bowl XIV in the Rose Bowl, instead of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.  This curse has been brutal to the organization of the San Diego Chargers.  Every time they hosted a Super Bowl, an AFC West rival represented the AFC.

Next year, Arizona hosts the Super Bowl for the second time in less than 10 years.  Arizona looks to be getting better after improving to a 10-6 record from an 5-11 record.  They are hoping to avoid the curse next year, however it will be very hard to avoid something you may not have control over.

-Ian Capell

Twitter Handle: @icapell98

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