Curse of the Chicago Bears

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Ever since athletics became one of the most loved events in the world, people have found any excuse for explaining losing streaks. The Curse of the Bambino was a superstition evolving from the failure of the Boston Red Sox baseball team to win the World Series in the 86-year period from 1918 to 2004. Many of these “curses” have ended in the 2000’s; however, we as a generation might be witnessing a whole new birth of curses.

One potential curse in particular that could be breaking the surface would be one on the chicago bears. Chicago has been known to not have the best luck when it comes to sports teams. One curse that was cast over a chicago sports team was “The Curse of the Billy Goat”. In 1945, a man known as William Sianis brought his pet Billy Goat to every home game at Wrigley Field. In game 4 of the world series, Billy’s goat (murphy) was not allowed into the ballpark because of its stench. Billy left after talking to the owners after telling them that the cubs “don’t win no more”. The curse lasted 71 years, from 1945 to 2016 when we the cubs finally made it to the world series and won.

Could it be possible that a curse is making its way into chicago’s football team? The Chicago Bears have not won a superbowl since 1985 and haven’t made an appearance in the superbowl since 2007 ultimately losing anyways. Many sport fans would be reluctant to call the Bears “bad luck” a curse already, but there is much evidence supporting that this might be the case. Since 1985 the bears have won just six playoff games out of 17 which comes out to about a .353 winning percentage for those games. Before 1985 the Bears had a well respected winning percentage in the playoffs of .579. This is nearly a 25% drop in there win loss ratio which is pretty significant. After all of this data many people would assume that the Bears just have bad luck in general. This is not the case. The bears have a very impressive franchise win record of 58%.

Evidence for the presence of a curse is still a little unsupported, however; watching the Bears in the playoffs could be all the proof you need. As for the 2018 season, the Bears came a field goal short of winning the game. Maybe the football Gods put an extra gust of wind to make the ball bounce off the field goal, or maybe the Bears just have some REALLY bad luck.

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