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The 'curse' of LeBron James continues

Posted on: September 29, 2011 9:38 am
Edited on: September 29, 2011 2:24 pm
By Matt Moore

In August, we had a little fun with the fact that right after LeBron James' Nike brand announced deals with the University of Miami and the Ohio State University, those schools subsequently got nailed for massive violations. Despite the fact that we outright said we weren't serious and we were just goofing, most of our commenters didn't quite get it. They probably won't get this one either. 

Back in April,  James completed a deal with the owners of the Boston Red Sox for representation rights in exchange for a minority share in the Liverpool FC European football club. The Red Sox subsequently got off to a 2-10 start. This after one newspaper thought they were the "Best Team Ever." And after a strong recovery, the Red Sox completed an epic collapse, even in their storied history, losing to the Orioles as the Rays came back to beat the Yankees, eliminating Boston from the playoffs

Someone brought this up on Twitter, to The Big Lead.
@TheBigLead In april lebron deals with the owner of the red sox. sox dominate until the last month, then all makes sense
via Twitter / @DinoNYK: @TheBigLead In april lebro ...

So, just to review.

LeBron has "The Decision."

LeBron's Miami Team blows a 2-1 lead in the Finals.

LeBron announces parnership deal with college teams.

Two of the three teams are rocked by major scandals.

LeBron announces partnership with Fenway Sports Group, the owners of the Boston Red Sox.

The Red Sox suffer a terrible start, then recover, only to fall apart in September like a flan in a cupboard, including an unbelievable stomach punch as Jonathan Papelbon surrenders his first earned run in Camden Yards. Ever.

You're likely familiar with a little thing called "Post hoc, ergo propter hoc." After, therefore, because of it. Another fun one is "correlation does not equal causation." In short, one thing doesn't necessarily cause the thing that came after it. So no, LeBron James isn't cursed, this is just another in a long line of coincidences that occur every day. You can link the Boston collapse to anything you'd like, any event you can contemplate, from the ESPN the Magazine cover to the way the stars are aligned to actual baseball reasons which I'm not aware of because I write a basketball blog. 

So, no, LeBron didn't curse the Red Sox.

We think.


Since: May 6, 2009
Posted on: September 30, 2011 2:33 pm

The 'curse' of LeBron James continues


Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: September 30, 2011 1:06 am

The 'curse' of LeBron James continues

Hold the phone! The third college team that LeBron endorses - is it not University of Kentucky? Coached by a man who had the only vacated final four season for cheating on his team not once, but two different schools? This makes the article so much more amusing. Kentucky fans will not find it that way but mama mea! How long before the curse strikes the final target?

All kidding aside, LeBron has taken a bad rap. Kobe has choked. Shaq has choked. Dwight Howard has choked. Derrick Rose choked. Russell Westbrook choked. and that is just this year! LeBron is still the best basketball player in the league and given the immense challenge of starting from scratch with no money beyond the big three the Heat were really amazing to get to the finals playing three on five. They and Portland were the only two teams to beat the Mavericks two games in their series. So let's lighten up on LeBron and enjoy what he brings to the court.

Since: Jun 22, 2010
Posted on: September 30, 2011 12:54 am

The 'curse' of LeBron James continues

It's just the common denominator... And that's the bottom line!

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: September 29, 2011 3:07 pm

The 'curse' of LeBron James continues

Correlation does not equal cursation.

Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: September 29, 2011 1:25 pm

The 'curse' of LeBron James continues

That was a very interesting article. Quite informative.

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