BY: NEIL BRASLOW
Much is publicized about two curses in the NFL. The first is the Madden curse. The curse goes that every player that is on the cover of Madden ends up having an awful season. The other is the curse of the Super Bowl participants from the previous season. The two teams that participate in the Super Bowl rarely repeat success the following year, especially over the past 15 years.
The curse I believe needs to be spoken about more is the curse of the Super Bowl host. No NFL team has ever played the Super Bowl on their home field. Take a look back at the previous Super Bowls and the teams that hosted the games:
Super Bowl XXXIV (Atlanta 2000) – Atlanta Falcons finish 5-11 after reaching the
Super Bowl the previous year and losing to the Denver Broncos.
Super Bowl XXXV (Tampa Bay 2001) – Tampa Bay Buccaneers finish 10-6 but get crushed in the Wild Card round by the Philadelphia Eagles.
Super Bowl XXXVI (New Orleans 2002) – New Orleans Saints finish 7-9 after winning their division and a playoff game the previous season.
Super Bowl XXXVII (San Diego 2003) – San Diego Chargers finish 8-8 and miss the playoffs.
Super Bowl XXXVIII (Houston 2004) – Houston Texans finish the season 5-11.
Super Bowl XXXIX (Jacksonville 2005) – Jacksonville Jaguars finish the season 9-7 but miss the playoffs.
Super Bowl XL (Detroit 2006) – Detroit Lions finish the season 5-11.
Super Bowl XLI (Miami 2007) – Miami Dolphins finish 6-10 after going 9-7 the previous season.
Super Bowl XLII (Arizona 2008) – Arizona Cardinals finish 8-8 and fail to make the playoffs.
Super Bowl XLIII (Tampa 2009) – Perhaps the worst of them all. The Bucs were 9-3 heading into the final month of the season and contending for home field advantage throughout the playoffs. Tampa lost their final 4 games to finish the season 9-7 and miss the playoffs completely.
Super Bowl XLIV (Miami 2010) – Miami Dolphins finish 7-9 after winning their division the previous season.
Super Bowl XLV (Dallas 2011) – Dallas Cowboys finish 6-10 after winning their division the previous season.
Super Bowl XLVI (Indianapolis 2012) – Peyton Manning doesn’t play the entire year and the Colts finish 2-14, unbelievably ending Manning’s career with the Colts.
Which brings us to…
Super Bowl XLVII (New Orleans 2013) – Here we go again. Sean Payton suspended for the season and it’s only March. What other catastrophe will happen to the Saints this year? Teams may want to reconsider before bidding for the Super Bowl.
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