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Will Ravens' Flacco be hurt by Sports Illustrated cover?
Will Ravens' Flacco be hurt by Sports Illustrated cover?

The Baltimore Ravens proved last week that they could beat not just the Denver Broncos but the Las Vegas oddsmakers who had predicted their defeat. But can they now beat the Sports Illustrated jinx? The magazine — whose prestigious cover image is perceived to carry a curse — features Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco in the eastern regional issue dated Jan. 21, just as the team heads to the AFC championship against the New England Patriots. That should send chills through the superstitious, given how often an athlete or team gracing SI's cover goes on to suffer some mishap in the wake of the glory. Flacco laughs off the so-called jinx, which the magazine itself once took...

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