EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA


June 26, 2013

The Willis curse hits Bruins

Message from: Red Sox management

To: David Willis, sportswriter, Eagle-Tribune

If we reach October, STAY AWAY!!!!

To be honest, I don’t blame the Red Sox.

I’ve tried to deny the reality for years, tried to ignore the facts and continue on. But the Bruins’ stunning, devastating loss in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final Monday night cemented what was already clear.

The “Willis Curse” is real.

That’s right, I am bad — make that horrible — luck for Boston professional sports teams playing for titles.

Need proof? The evidence speaks for itself:

In 2010, I covered the Celtics in the NBA Finals. The result, a series loss to the hated Los Angeles Lakers.

In 2012, I was in Indianapolis to cover the Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI. We know how that ended, the Giants walked away champs.

Then there was last night, when a Game 7 seemed a given with the B’s holding a 2-1 lead and Tuukka Rask dominating in net. Moments later, the Chicago Blackhawks were celebrating a Stanley Cup title.

Coincidence? If only.

Two is a fluke, three is a trend.

I would love to pass the blame my editor, Bill Burt, who also covered all three rough losses. But he was also at the first three Super Bowl titles and the two Red Sox world series titles.

No, this one falls on the Curse of Willis and my 0-3 record in championships.

And the Sox aren’t exempt. Whose family loves me? Will Middlebrooks’, who was demoted to triple-A yesterday.

And the scary thing is, all of these losses were heart-breakers.

The Patriots were leading with 57 seconds left in the game when the Giants scored the winning touchdown. The Celtics led the Lakers 3-2 in the series, and led by as many as 13 points in the second half of Game 7 only for the Lakers to storm back.

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