I post this knowing that this post and this post alone will probably end up jinxing the curse and thus, breaking it. Anyway, I submit the following into evidence:
September 21, 2002: JayBower posts the following:
***Keep in mind I have an obvious bias in this debate as an FSU student***
After Boston College controlling the tempo for the first three quarters of play and staying within one touchdown of Miami until the 4th quarter begins, Miami puts up two touchdowns in a row in the forth and starts jumping around with their typical "we're thugs, no one is even near as good as us" attitudes even though Boston College could have beaten them if they hadn't given up and thrown some dumb passes and completely ignoring the fact that freaking TEMPLE held their own against them for until the third quarter last week. Sure they beat Florida but Florida beat themselves just as much as Miami did as they seemed legitimately afraid of the hype that comes with Miami. At the risk of sounding like a bitter FSU student, from what I have seen thus far, Miami is just that, an overhyped team no better than ourselves, Texas or Oklahoma. Miami can carry that attitude of theirs as much as they want, but if they can't back it up convincingly against Temple and BC, then maybe they should be keeping their mouths shut and just playing football.
Sure I know we got off to a rough start against Iowa State and it scared me, but our last three games have just been one sided. The finishing scores may be unconvincing because we normally put our bench in when we get up by a good margin, but the scores when we pulled our starters were 30-7(virginia), 30-0 (Maryland) and Duke (48-3).
Now the world is predicting a blowout by Miami when we go down to the Orange Bowl in 20 days based soley on two average performances against mediocre teams and a win against UF where Rex Grossman should have won the MVP for the Canes. Am I saying we are gonna maul Miami? Of course not, they are a very solid football program, I just don't find them to be as head and shoulders above FSU and Texas as the media is painting them to be. We WILL give Miami the game of their season and who knows, the might just walk out with a W if they get too arrogant.
Florida State CAN win the national championship if several items fall into place. 1)We beat Miami at home. 2)We Destroy UF at our house on Nov 31st. 3)We put up strong showings in defeating Notre Dame, NC State and Georgia Tech. 4)Oklahoma or Texas eliminate themselves when the two teams meet.
It will be a hard battle, but I just get tired of hearing how good Miami is based on nothing but their own statements.
--The following Thursday, FSU rolls into Louisville and loses. He was correct about the Miami game though, FSU gave them the game of their (and the) season, so far.
October 5, 2002: HitTheSnoozeButton posts the following:
Pittsburgh 48 Syracuse 24
And it wasn't even that close. Mark my words, Pitt is going to knock off Miami when the Canes come callin.
-Pittsburgh loses to Notre Dame that weekend. (Not that they couldn't still beat Miami, we'll see.)
October 13, 2002: count olaf posts the following under "no respect for the raiders":
The Raiders are the only undefeated team in the league and no one word about them on my tv- even the SI article is about management, not the squad. I'm in upstate NY, and stuck with regional games of the boring Giants, useless Bills, sad Jets, and (suddenly) the Pats, but this afternoon, none of them have 4:00 games, leaving hope that CBS will show the team with the best record in the league playing the enigma that is the Rams. Who are we getting instead? Division alsorans Kansas City and San Diego
--Later that same day the Raiders lose to Marc Bulger and the St. Louis Rams. After this game I actually point out the curse in this same topic, but it doesn't stop this from happening:
October 15, 2002: Texas Kelly posts the following:
The one singular team that gets *the* least amount of respect these days is Tampa Bay. We're 5-1, a freak play away from being 5-0-1 (the end zone INT against the Saints in the first week), we have the league's top defense (that's evoking comparisons to the 2000 Ravens), and all I ever hear is...
"The Bucs can't score to save their lives!"
"Keyshawn scored today... I bet we don't see that again the rest of the year."
"Gramatica? How can a guy who comes from a family that suffers injuries while celebrating be really good?"
It boils my blood vessels, lemme tell ya.
I hope that people start eating their words after next week, after we've met up with the Eagles, DESTROYED them, and left them for dead...
--Excuse me while I go drop some cash on the Eagles. However, I'm wondering if Texas Kelly is being a little sarcastic here? Not that it matters, all the responses give the curse a good chance to stay alive. Also, I wonder if this works in reverse? Maybe if I write a post about how no one respects the Bengals...they'll win! Nah...See ya Sunday!
Columbus Blue Jackets: Ignite The Night (yeah, the motto sucks, but the team might not!) Blue Jackets Ticket: $17 Blue Jackets Hat: $19 Blue Jackets Program: $2 Seeing Rick Nash score his first NHL goal in his first NHL game: priceless. Ways to run those damn MasterCard commercials into the ground: endless.