"Sports can bestow curses as carelessly as blessings and the curses stick."
This is a line from Wilfrid Sheed's 1969 essay "Confession of a Sports Nut." As a Cubs fan, who also remembers the woeful summer of 1969, I know a little about curses. Coincidently, I read this essay the day after the Atlanta Falcons' loss in Super Bowl LI. When the Patriots tied the score and put the game into overtime I was thinking to myself, "The Falcons need an 18 minute rain delay to regroup", but there was no divine intervention.