Originally Posted by chad72
This pattern matching thread of mine, I started it before the season, the results are not too far fetched now, are they? Based on this, it will be a Colts/Chargers vs Vikings/Packers SuperBowl. We will see.
I was this close to having a Colts-Vikings SB like predicted, damn you Favre and your fumbling mates.:)
Leave it to New Orleans' fans to look at curses and blah, blah. Here is an interesting one that has withstood the test of time:
It is called the “Tampa Bay Curse’’ and it goes something like this:
No team has ever lost to Tampa Bay during the regular season and gone on to win the Super Bowl that same season.
It has held true from the Buccaneers’ inception in 1976 through the 2008 season and 2009 playoffs.
Here’s how the “Tampa Curse’’ unfolds:
*-denotes a playoff team
1977: NO, St. Louis Cardinals
1978: Min*, Atl*, KC, Chi, Buf
1979: Det, Baltimore Colts, GB, Chi*, Min, Det, NYG, KC, LA Rams* (Rams lost Super Bowl XIV)
1980: Cin, LA Rams*, SF, NYG, GB
1981: Min, St. Louis Cardinals, Det, GB, Chi, NO, Atl
1982: NO, Buf, Det*, Chi, Mia* (Dolphins lost Super Bowl XVII)
1983: Min, Houston Oilers
1984: Det, GB, Min, NYG*, Atl, NYJ
1985: St. Louis Cardinals, Det
1986: Det, Buf
1987: Atl, Det, GB, Min* (Vikings lost NFC Championship)
1988: GB, Det, Buf* (Bills lost AFC Championship)
1989: GB, NO, Chi, Phx
1990: Det, Min, GB, Atl
1991: Phi, Ind, Det* (Lions lost NFC Championship)
1992: Phx, GB, Det, Chi
1993: Det*, Atl, Min*, Chi, Den*
1994: Ind, Det*, Min*, Was, LA Rams
1995: Phi*, Was, Car, Cin, Min, Jax, GB* (Packers lost NFC Championship)
1996: Min*, Oak, SD, NO, Was, Chi
1997: SF, Det*, Min*, Mia*, Arz, Ind, Atl, NE*, NYG*, Chi
1998: Chi, NYG, Car, GB*, Pit, Cin, Min* (Vikings lost NFC Championship in OT)
1999: Phi, Den, Chi, NO, KC, Atl, Sea*, Min*, Det*, GB
2000: NE, Chi, Det, Min*, Atl, GB, Buf, Dal, Mia*, StL*
2001: Dal, GB*, Min, Det, Cin, NO, Bal*, StL* (Rams lost Super Bowl XXXVI)
2002: Bal, StL, Cin, Atl*, Cle*, Car, Min, GB*, Det, Chi
2003: Atl, Was, Dal*, NYG, NO, Hou, Phi* (Eagles were #1 seed in NFC, lost NFC Championship)
2004: NO, Chi, KC, SF, Atl* (Falcons lost NFC Championship)
2005: Min, Buf, GB, Det, Mia, Was*, Atl, NO, Car*
2006: Cin, Phi*, Was, Cle
2007: NO, StL, Car, Ten*, Arz, Atl, Was*
2008: Atl*, Chi, GB, Car*, Sea, KC, Min*, Det, NO
2009: GB*, NO*, Sea (NO was the #1 seed in the NFC)
*Three teams (1979 Rams, 1982 Dolphins, 2001 Rams) came close to breaking the curse, making it to the Super Bowl. But all three lost. The 2001 Rams arguably came the closest - losing to the Patriots in Super Bowl XXXVI to Adam Vinatieri's last-second game-winning field goal.
*Counting 1976-2008, the Curse has had 186 victims, including 49 playoff teams, 3 Super Bowl losers, 7 conference championship game losers, one #1 playoff seed. Note that the number does not equal Tampa Bay's total franchise victories because many of the victims were beaten by Tampa Bay twice in the same season.
*For 2009, Tampa Bay beat two NFC playoff teams...the #1 seed New Orleans, as well as #5 Green Bay. Results are pending.