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Old 11-10-2005, 01:01 AM   #1
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Talking Polamalu's good deed may avoid jinx

Good deed could help Polamalu avert SI cover jinx

By Joe Bendel
TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Thursday, November 10, 2005


Steelers strong safety Troy Polamalu graces the cover of Sports Illustrated this week with the headline, "Crunch Time ... NFL Midseason Report." He is also the focus of an article entitled "Mane Man."
This could be dangerous territory for Polamalu. The dreaded SI cover jinx looms over those who make their way onto the magazine's cover.

But Polamalu might have good karma surrounding him for two reasons: He performed a kind deed yesterday; and he's never heard of the SI cover jinx.

"Thanks for telling me about it, though," he said.

As for the good deed, Polamalu surprised cornerback Bryant McFadden by giving the rookie cornerback the ball Polamalu had originally kept for himself after returning a touchdown 77 yards for a touchdown Sunday against the Green Bay Packers.

McFadden set up Polamalu's touchdown by hitting Packers quarterback Brett Favre on a blitz and forcing a fumble, then laying the key block downfield that sprung Polamalu for the score.

McFadden, typically a big talker, was speechless when Polamalu greeted him with the gift yesterday morning.

"That was a shocker," McFadden said. "I didn't expect him to do that, and I'm going to get it painted and put the date of the game and what happened. I'll try to set up some memorabilia for the future. I appreciate what he did."

In 2002, Alexander Wolff researched the "jinx" and found that a player's or team's performance dipped 37.2 percent of the time after gracing the SI cover.

Polamalu, though, did not seem daunted.

"I don't think it matters to anybody who reads those things," he said.
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Old 11-10-2005, 01:33 AM   #2
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Great of Troy to give McFadden the ball. For a rookie that has to be a thrill for him. Props to Troy for that.
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Old 11-10-2005, 06:28 AM   #3
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Wow, way to go troy that is awesome..
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Old 11-10-2005, 06:40 AM   #4
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Troy definitely is a nice guy. I hope McFadden picks up on Troy's generosity and drops that reputation of being a loudmouth.
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Old 11-10-2005, 06:59 AM   #5
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Default Re: Polamalu's good deed may avoid jinx

Here is Troy's reaction in the P-G to being on the cover of SI

"Safety Troy Polamalu said being on the cover of Sports Illustrated this week means little to him. 'No, I have a lot of pictures at home.'"

Troy is the anti-T.O.
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Old 11-10-2005, 07:45 AM   #6
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Troy does seem to be a class act, and maybe this will teach Mcfadden a thing or two, but I like loud mouth db`s, get the wr all flustered. McFadden keep talkin, just back it up.
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Old 11-10-2005, 07:56 AM   #7
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That's a leader inspiring his squad. You can bet that when Troy's out there calling plays and making decisions for the secondary that McFadden won't second guess him. (not that he had before, but it's important to reinforce these things from time to time).

While it IS nice, it's also a smart thing to do.
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I think McFadden is gonna be a big time player
Ide like to see him in the game more often
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Wow, what a nice gesture by Troy... he is one of the few "good guys" left in the NFL.
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If you can back up your loud mouth trash talking personality on the field with your play making ability..go for it !! But if you cant, then humble yourself till you do.
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