How many of you believe in spooky, other-worldly happenings
going on today?
believes in psychokinesis, raise my hand).
No? Well tell me, how
many of you at least believe in coincidences?
For you skeptics, consider:
Mark Twain was born and died on the day of two successive Halley's
Comet appearances 75 yrs apart;
A falling baby was saved twice by the same man;
2 brothers were killed while riding the very same moped by
the same taxi driven by the same driver - and even carrying the very same
Louis XVI, previously warned by an astrologer to stay home
on the 21st day of each
month, since that was not his lucky number, ended up being arrested, deposed
and executed by guillotine on the 21st day of each month.*
Well, if that’s not enough for you, get ready for the next
entry into the book of strange coincidences:
The second “Upset of the Century.”
The OSU game on Saturday will be played on the 40th
anniversary of what has been termed: the
upset of the century in ’69.
Then, UM had been a college football power but recently had
fallen on hard times, including, in the past 6 years, a 2-victory season and 3-victory
season (like now)
Michigan was in the process of rebuilding (like now)
The game involved a coach who had recently come to Michigan (like
He was a young coach, in his 40s. (like now)
He was known for his teams’ running attack. (like now)
He had a conditioning program far more rigorous than any the
players had been exposed to before. (like now)
He had many sideline outbursts. (like now)
He had come from outside of Michigan, from a state bordered
by the major tributary of the Mississippi River (like now)
That year, UM had already lost to its other rival, MSU, on
the road. (like now)
The Wolverines had been humiliated the year before in Columbus
OSU was known for its strong defense: (like now)
Nobody gave Michigan a chance: Ohio State was favored by 17
points (about same as this year’s game)
What happened in the actual game?
The Buckeyes had committed an unheard-of seven turnovers on
the day, six interceptions and a fumble, which occurred on the final clinching
play and involved a player named …(what do you think?)
--you guessed it
Wait, it only gets more interesting……
An article once made it widely known that
Pryor was cast in the role of Superman
before he played his first down at Ohio State.
What is not well known, however, is
that Pryor thereby became part of another series of coincidences, later termed the
notorious Superman curse. It’s a curse that’s spelled doom for the
creators and producers of Superman, as
well as many of its costars (Marlon Brando, Mariel Hemingway, Margot Kidder)
and so-called Superman stars George Reeves, who committed
suicide and Christopher Reeve, who became quadriplegic and died from its complications.*
In addition, Marlon Brando’s son,
shortly after a Superman episode, shot and killed the lover of his half-sister,
then claimed the shooting was not a crime.
(like Terrelle Pryor saying: “everybody
Moreover, one of the villain’s in
Superman III became drug addicted, almost died in a fatal accident, then
developed a demyelinating neuromuscular disorder
(Terrelle’s father has a demyelinating
What was the poor villain’s last
Hearing of all these strange coincidences, and fearing that
the Superman curse will lead Terrelle Pryor to a game-ending fumble as occurred
in 1969, OSU coach Jim Tressel this week has been furiously pouring over not
game films but old episodes of Superman.
He has the complete collection, anyway, since he always did kinda like
guys wearing capes and tights.
Recently, however, rumors of a successful exorcism for a
curse had spread far and wide, even to the most backward, primitive, illiterate
societies on the continent..finally…even to Columbus, Ohio. It was then that Tressel learned about how Boston
ended the Curse of the Bambino. Recall
that the Red Sox opened Fenway park on the day the titanic sunk and after the year
the team sold Babe Ruth to the Yankees, had an 85 year spell without a
championship, while the Yankees won 24. Bostonians
who had already suffered flashbacks of the British invasion centuries ago, were
then having flashbacks about a ground ball going through the legs of Bill
Buckner, leading them to blow their Championship hopes in ’86. So, they hired Father Guido Sarducci to
sprinkle holy water on the Green Monster (the gargantuan left field wall) and
exorcise the spirit haunting Fenway park. Father Guido told to Boston Faithful not to
expect immediate results. He was
right. Nothing happened for fifteen
years. Finally, however, the exorcism worked, Boston won a title. The Curse of the Bambino had been vanquished.
Accordingly, in anticipation of a repeat of 1969, Tressell
called Father Guido. He asked him to go
to AA for an exorcism of on the eve of The Game. Father Guido agreed that an exorcism was
badly needed, especially since Goss' halo had been removed from the stadium. Unfortunately, Father Guido told the OSU
faithful that he has a different kind of "prior" engagement. He’s been
asked by ND not only to remove the spirit of Charlie Weiss but also his body. And regrettably, Father Guido’s already paid for his equipment:
24-a foot Ryder truck.
So, it looks like OSU is as doomed as poor Charlie.
Stick a fork in ‘em.
The spirit lives.
All that we need the team to do is to write the next
entry in this remarkable story of coincidences—a W in the record book for 2009.
So remind Pryor that the 21st of the month was not only a bad hair day for Louis XVI, who was arrested, deposed and guillotined on that day. Make Nov 21 a memorable day for TP too.
So Put Pryor on his Posterior!!