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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.)

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 15, 2010; 11:39 AM ET
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Uh his arm's gonna fall off or something.

Posted by: didnik | June 15, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

get him on the next plane to Birmingham.

Posted by: Section406 | June 15, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Can't forget the 1969 cover with Ted Williams as Senators manager.

Guess I gotta break down and buy a copy of SI.

Posted by: KenNat | June 15, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Calm down, folks. Does anyone remember Karl Spooner? Here's hoping the kid is for real. Baseball needs him.

Posted by: Denny_98 | June 15, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

didn't Portis also get a cover 2 years ago? Right before the wheels fell off Zorn's hot start...

Posted by: JCL125 | June 15, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Funny thing about Zim on that SI cover fold out. If you go to to buy the Zim cover, you CAN'T!

So, Dan, I think you are technically right since Zim folded in.

Posted by: dmacman88 | June 15, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Does Bryce Harper, last year, count?

Posted by: KidTJ | June 15, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

SI cover?!?! Nooooooooooooooooo !!!!

Posted by: VaBroker | June 15, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Strasburg on the SI cover??!?

Awwww, $&*^!!!!!

There goes his career.

Maybe Boras can sue Time-Warner for damages.

Posted by: angelos_peter | June 15, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

So Strasburg on the cover and not the Stanley Cup Champions? What does that tell you about the NHL? I love the NHL and it makes me angry that the Champions dont get proper, this could be wrong if they were on the cover last week.

Posted by: dank32 | June 15, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

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