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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

NH Register jinx strikes again?

You stay in this business long enough, you get accused of anything.
A number of coaches, jokingly or no, have asked I not write about them for a story or shoot a picture of their captains in more than just basketball...they want to keep flying uder the radar and, maybe they are concerned about being jinxed. Coaches are a supersititous lot.
I'm sure many of you have heard about the Sports Illustrated cover jinx or the Madden jinx for the player pictured on the cover of his football video game every year. In both cases, bad things have happened to people who have been featured.
I like to think we don't jinx people but after the two main teams written about in Tuesday's boys basketball notebook in the NH Register, Cromwell and Ridgefield, lost, you begin to wonder. Now, I thought it was a distinct possibility a good Ridgefield team, ranked eighth in our latest poll, and by some people who comment on our site and other voters, too low at No. 8, could lose to Trinity Catholic, which had been ranked earlier in the season.
But I am surprised Cromwell lost to Amistad Academy at home. Amistad is in its third year as a varsity program based out of New Haven. A Class S school, it is playing almost exclusively on the road. Yet it qualified for the Class S tournament with the win over Cromwell, a solid program with a good coach, ex-Villanova University standout John Pinone.
So kudos to Amistad and hopefully, not too many more teams will be hurt by the so-called "NH Register jinx."

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