King Curse placed on Packers

Sports Illustrated's Peter King continues to make predictions despite past failures, seemingly embracing the role. Vikings fans are the ones embracing his latest prediction – the Packers winning the Super Bowl – in anticipation of another failed prognostication.

Over the years, there has been something of an urban legend about a player being on the cover of Sports Illustrated. Known as the cover jinx, the bad history associated with being anointed as a star by the magazine has been known to backfire on the honored player.

In recent years, however, the cover jinx has been replaced by the "King Curse" – the selection by SI writer Peter King to win the Super Bowl. In recent years, it has truly been a kiss of death. What makes the curse good news for the Vikings? King has hooked his 2010 prediction wagon to the Green Bay Packers.

While many teams would be happy to have a major national publication predicting them to bring home the Lombardi Trophy, the recent track record of the coveted spot has been one that more teams would prefer to avoid than embrace.

In 2009, King picked another NFC North team – the Chicago Bears – to win the Super Bowl. In 2008, Dallas got the nod. The year before that, he picked New Orleans. None of those three won the Super Bowl that year. None of them made it to the Super Bowl that year. None of them even made the playoffs. Packers fans, be afraid…be very afraid.

King is predicting that the Packers and Chargers will play in the big game, which should have both Green Bay and San Diego wondering why they were selected. Will the King Curse turn around this year? There's a lot to like about both the Packers and Chargers, but Vikings fans are hoping the curse will extend one more season.


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  • The Vikings signed rookie tight end Mickey Shuler Monday. The seventh-rounder signed a four-year deal worth $1.85 million with a $63,000 signing bonus.

  • The Vikings have five remaining draft picks to sign, including their top four picks and sixth-rounder Joe Webb – the only sixth-round draft pick that has yet to sign.

  • Talks apparently haven't even begun with top pick Chris Cook, who is said to still be waiting for a contract offer from the Vikings, according to Pro Football Weekly.

  • Head coach Brad Childress told the Star Tribune he expects E.J. Henderson to be active when training camp begins Friday. The same likely won't be true for Cedric Griffin, who tore his ACL during the NFC Championship Game. He is expected to start camp on the physically-unable-to-perform (PUP) list. Henderson still needs medical clearance, but could be part of the "active PUP" list – allowed to work out on his own and attend meetings, but not practice. As such, he would count against the 80-man roster limit. Meanwhile, if Griffin starts training camp on the PUP list, he doesn't count against the roster limit.

  • Just a reminder to local Vikings fans and those spread out around the country that single-game tickets go on sale tomorrow. Tickets will become available at the Vikings box office at the Metrodome starting at 9 a.m. Central time, with tickets going on sale at 10 a.m. Wednesday via Ticketmaster.

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