Thursday, February 10, 2011

On Jinxes

Am I superstitious?  No.  Do I believe in the power of the jinx?  Yes.

How many times have you been watching a close game with your buddies when "Eighteen-pack" Eddie pipes up at the most inopportune time, "We did it baby!"  You know what happens next.  The jinx isn't a lightening bolt from the sports gods smiting you for having idiot friends.  Rather, it is a result of the collective subconscious leaning decidedly, uniformly in favor of a seemingly obvious result.  The jinx is an indicator.  An indication of complacency on the side with the upper hand, the application of an erroneously calculated likelihood of the opposite outcome.