Strasburg's Sports Illustrated cover
Stephen Strasburg is on the cover of Sports Illustrated this week, at least for everyone not in the Chicago market. This is, I believe, the first time a member of the Nats has been the primary subject of an SI cover. (UPDATE: Svlurga writes in to say that Ryan Zimmerman appeared on the fold-out portion of this cover. My bad.)
It's also only the second time a D.C. pro athlete has been featured on SI's cover since this blog began in 2006.
In those five years, I believe this is the sixth time a D.C. athlete has been featured, though it's certainly possible I've missed some.
But let's put to lie this notion of an SI cover jinx, at least as far as D.C. athletes are concerned.
Jason Campbell made the cover last summer during training camp, and told Peter King "I am fine now, but there were a couple of times in the off-season I felt like a piece of tissue they were flushing down the toilet."
What happened next? The Redskins went 4-12, and Campbell was traded to Oakland.
The previous D.C. starring role was taken by Georgetown's DaJuan Summers, whose name was misspelled.
What happened next? Second-seeded Georgetown was upset in the second round by Davidson and Stephen Curry.
Blah. Don't forget, though, Roy Hibbert made the SI cover the year the Hoyas went to the Final Four, as did Lamar Butler the year George Mason advanced. So don't panic.
(The sixth recent D.C. SI cover I can think of also starred Hibbert, in the fall of 2006.)
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