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Should Pokes be wary of 'cover jinx'?

When it was revealed that quarterback Mason Rudolph was going to be featured on one of the four regional covers for Sports Illustrated's annual college football issue, you could understand if Oklahoma State fans would have bittersweet sentiments about it.

Sure, it is a thrill to have an athlete from your school grace the cover of one of the top sports publication in the country. However, for seemingly as long as the magazine has been in circulation, there have been conspiracy theories about a supposed "SI cover jinx".

The legend goes that if someone appears on the cover, they are liable to have bad luck in the near future. Once a player appears on the cover, it is assumed they have arrived. More attention is brought upon them, supposedly distracting them from the next week of work.

The first man to grace the cover of the publication was Milwaukee Braves third baseman Eddie Mathews, whose team subsequently had their nine-game winning streak snapped. Mathews would miss time later in the season due to a broken bone in his hand.

Since that time, there have been plenty of examples of players, coaches and entire teams being "jinxed" by the cover. The state of Oklahoma is no stranger to the supposed bad juju of SI.

One of the first examples of the so-called curse occurred in 1957 when Clendon Thomas and Bud Wilkinson's Oklahoma football team were deemed "unbeatable" on the Nov. 18 cover. Apparently Notre Dame did not subscribe to SI, and the Irish snapped the Sooners' 47-game win streak that week.

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