Random Thoughts: The end of the Jinx?
daCoach
Purple Reign Toomler
Posted Feb 6, 2006
Coach Roy


The Pittsburgh Steelers, with Northwestern Alum Trai Essex won Super Bowl XL, beating the Seattle Seahawks and breaking the NU Wildcat Jinx, right? Coach Roy looks at the official book for the game, and thinks that the "Curse of the Wildcats" is still on -- Technically...

Lets see, if you want to get technical...
and heaven knows the NFL is nothing but technical...

The halftime show was the Rolling Stones, and as Mick Jagger pointed out, they technically could have sung "Satisfaction" at Super Bowl I.

And lets face it, Seattle's Matt Hasselback got a first quarter TD on that pass to Darrell Jackson, but Jackson pushed off the defender, and was called for Offensive Pass Interference. Maybe a technicality...

Another "technicality" are the NFL's roster rules, where teams can only have a certain number of players on their "active" roster for a game.

The World Champion Steelers had 8 players who were not active for Super Bowl XL - one was Northwestern alum Trai Essex. He's listed in the official game book as being inactive. He was there all week, but "technically" he couldn't, and didn't play in the Super Bowl.

Over on the other side, playing for the Seattle Seahawks, was another alumnus, Linebacker Kevin Bentley. He did play in the Super Bowl, no technicalities at all -- he was even flagged for a bad block, that I didn't think was bad, but again it was "technically" a penalty, but I digress.

So, the Seahawks did have a Northwestern alum playing in Super Bowl XL and they lost.

Back on January 24th, I jokingly referred to the "NU Wildcat Super Bowl Curse."  I'm not trying to take anything away from Trai Essex, but technically, the NU Wildcat "effect" is still there after 40 years.

No team with a Northwestern Wildcat Alumnus on the roster has ever won a Super Bowl.

Awww what the heck -- wait til next year.
-- da Coach

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