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Oh the terror caused by fan; Coming to terms with being a curse on favorite teams

By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, June 11, 2016
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I take pride in the fact that I willingly accept blame, especially when I’ve caused harm to others.

Richard Greene

Richard Greene

The most notable example was in 2007. When bankers and politicians ran for cover in the financial crisis, I stepped to the forefront, shouldering the blame for crippling the economy. I snatched up one of those handy subprime mortgages, took out student loans and ran up credit card debt to lead the country into ruin.

Sorry about that. Luckily, we recovered from the chaos I created.

But this week I’ve come to the realization that I must once again step up and admit the harm I’ve caused.

I, Richard Greene, am a cursed sports fan.

This did not happen overnight. It’s been years in the making.

I’ve traced it back to June 2011, when I silently brokered a deal for Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks to take down the Miami Heat for the NBA title. Then I dragged my girlfriend, and now wife, on her birthday to an Academy to buy a world championship T-shirt. What is more romantic than standing in front of a sporting goods store at midnight?

Since that magical night, I’ve brought only grief to my local teams.

During game 6 of the World Series in fall 2011, I caused the David Freese’ game-tying triple. I went into the other room to turn on the radio and hear Hall of Fame announcer Eric Nadel make the championship-clinching call, while holding my keys for another trip to Academy.

My presence at a sporting event heightens my powers against my favorite teams or individuals.

Since 2011, my alma mater, UNT, is 1-7 with me in the stands. The one win actually came last year in the midst of a 1-11 season. Somehow, UT-San Antonio couldn’t win even with my help.

At the Byron Nelson this year, I shook up the No. 2 ranked golfer in the world, Jordan Spieth, causing him to struggle in the final round, shooting a 74 to fall from second to 18th.

But my curse on the Rangers is at a whole other level. In the past five seasons, the team is 0-9 with me in the stands. I ended two seasons – the 2012 Wild Card loss to Baltimore and the 2013 tiebreaker loss to Tampa Bay.

This year, I’ve added two losses with the team’s best two pitchers on the mound – Cole Hamels and Yu Darvish.

The latter being this week. I not only ended a five-game winning streak, but also made Darvish and Adrian Beltre leave the game with injuries.

I’m not sure if I need to sacrifice a live chicken, do some chants or broker a deal with Tom Brady to break this curse. But until then, I’ll try to do area sports fans a favor and only cheer from the friendly confines of my couch. Maybe there we will all be safe.

Richard is the Messenger sports editor and traumatized fan of the Texas Rangers, Dallas Cowboys, Dallas Mavericks and all UNT teams.

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