Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 09/29/05 at 08:51 AM ET
The Sports Illustrated jinx doesn't concern Calgary Flames captain Jarome Iginla -- or worry him or perturb him in any meaningful way. The magazine picked the Flames to win the 2006 Stanley Cup on Tuesday, cranking up the pressure on a team that isn't used to dealing with great expectations going into a new National Hockey League season. Such recognition from Sports Illustrated has sometimes been considered the kiss of death for athletes and teams. "Nobody in our dressing room is getting ahead of themselves," Iginla said.
Sidenote from the Toronto Star,
“I didn’t know Sports Illustrated wrote about hockey,” Tie Domi quipped. “Well, I guess this year’s different because we’re underdogs for the first time in a long time. No one’s picking us to win ... no one’s starting a parade in September for us. But that’s good for us and good for our fans because everyone likes an underdog.”
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