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THE CHUNKY SOUP CURSE: A HISTORY
9/26/2002 3:14:39 PM
Not that I'm hoping for it. Just FYI.
10/2/2002 1:55:20 PM
Terrell Davis is done. Kurt Warner's season may as well be. Yep, that's what I said before -- before Warner was injured last week. In fact, I didn't even think that the Chunky Soup curse could have shown up again -- until the Philly Daily News reminded me about it (second to last item).
Doing ads this year for the acursed soup? A fearless foursome. (You'd have to be fearless, given the curse!) So far, McNabb, Strahah, and Urlacher have avoided injury. But Bettis may be banged up still, has only 105 yards from scrimmage so far, and has lost more fumbles (1) than scored touchdowns (0).
The Curse lives on.
11/17/2002 7:44:33 PM
THE CURSE OF CHUNKY SOUP: Is there one? I'm not so sure there isn't. Terrell is done, Warner is so far a schlub, and ... well, Donovan is a stud. But two out of three isn't all that bad. Brian Urlacher just had an ad where he goes to a kindergarten class w/his mom, and if he has some freakish ACL tear...The Philadelphia Daily News picked up on it and said:
The Chunky curse?Or, rather, keep an eye on your ankle. For the Curse has struck again.
UPDATE: I'm getting a good deal of email about Jerome Bettis and the Curse. I'm going to get to that -- and you can make fun of me -- here. Registration is free and it don't cost nothin' either.
11/19/2002 2:37:51 PM
11/19/2002 5:40:45 PM
First things first, though. The Follower of the Curse -- those who have called, emailed, and linked to me -- by and large believe Jerome Bettis is a victim. I am not one to argue (just a simple messenger), and therefore, conceed his status as victim.
Second: On Urlacher and Strahan: Perhaps soup is a weapon only truly used for defense?
Okay, back to Koy. He's Donovan McNabb's backup, and as such, gets to start. But the curse has some weird, reverberating effect on backups, too. Witness:
1) Terrell Davis gets hurt. His backup, Olandis Gary, also gets hurt. Third string no-name Mike Anderson emerges, scoring 15 TDs, racking up almost 1500 yards, and keeps a starting job (albeit as a fullback). Gary is a special teamer.
2) Kurt Warner goes down. He's replace by Jamie Martin, who contributes to two losses. Martin has a 72.1 QB rating for the year, two TDs, one INT. Marc Bulger, the third string no-name, tosses 12 TDs, 4 INTs, has a QB rating of 106.0 (!), and is undefeated as a starter. He'll likely have a starting job next year, one way or the other.
3) Jerome Bettis gets injured. He misses three weeks and was at half-power last week (4 carries, 6 yards). His designated backup, Chris Fuamatu-Ma'afala, comes into the October 27th game as the starter. He gets eight carries for only 21 yards (his longest being six), tears a pec. Amos Zereoue gets the job and finds the end zone twice in that game and breaks 100 yards on the ground over the next two. He also has a 5 catch, 62 yard game. There are already murmurs of him getting a starting job somewhere.
With McNabb injured, the Eagles will turn toward Koy Detmer, a guy with a career 61.6 QB rating and an incredible -3 yards passing this year. Yes, negative three. Next on the depth chart? A.J. Feeley, a second-year man out of Oregon. Last year, in his one appearance (week 17 versus Tampa Bay), he was 10 for 14 for 174 yards, 2 TDs, one INT. A 114.0 rating. In perhaps prophetic fashion, the Eagles moved Feeley from the practice squad to the active roster on October 9th -- just one week after the Philly Daily News first mentioned the Curse.
If Feeley ends up getting the chance to play and turns out to be the real thing, I'll honestly be scared.
11/25/2002 11:31:34 PM
Detmer just dislocated his shoulder (UPDATE: It was his elbow... I need to go back and do some "Head Shoulders Knees and Toes" reps!) in horrific fashion on Monday Night Football. Not to belittle the injury -- really, that's not at all my intent -- but this is scary.