Enough already -- it's over
Yes, another post on the Series. I apologize. I can’t speak for anyone else, but this is my last. I promise. Just read on.
So the Red Sox finally won. Well done. I was sincerely cheering for the Fenway crew. I wanted to see it happen, mostly because the moment had been saturated by hype since the ALCS – if not before – and I am relieved to see an end to it. However, I am tired of this Curse talk. It’s done. It’s over. There was no Curse. As much as we want to believe it because it stimulates our sports folklore libido, it’s just not there.
The verbage, “The Curse of the Bambino” didn’t even appear until after the Buckner debacle in 1986. Before that, while flipping through the pages of history, I simply saw example after example of Red Sox teams deflating into mumbling, bumbling morons at the hands of what became the Yankees’ mystique. It was intimidation: plain and simple, and it’s nobody’s fault but the Sox. The only “curse” was the subconscious – or perhaps conscious – belief that they thought they were going to lose. Psychologically, when you believe you’re going to lose, you’re going to lose.
And Buckner? Lay off. The guy was a dumbass. He made an error. It just happened to be a tragically inopportune error. That’s it.
So go ahead and scoff. Call me retahhded. But here’s your Curse: a history of collapsing under pressure and intimidation from a single team, accented by a couple of dumbasses – Harry Frazee and Bill Buckner. It’s not the Babe’s fault, nor is it the Yankees’. It’s your own. The Curse is a scapegoat. You got beat. Montreal never blamed folklore for the Expos sucking.
If anything, the Curse of recent history is the sale of Steinbrenner’s soul to Satan. It has nothing to do with Boston, except that the Red Sox happened to bear the blunt end of Lucifer’s recent playoff gifts to his indentured servant. In addition, Steinbrenner has played a significant role in bastardizing the integrity of sports, which has become more and more of an oxy moron in recent years (Hello, NHL, or lack thereof). If anything, he’s a Curse to all of sports.
Either way, congratulations on the World Series title. Now shut up about that freakin’ Curse.
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