Atlanta Braves fans are giving up on the World Series after seeing Dan Quinn show his support for the team.
Happy things do not happen in Atlanta, at least not when a professional sports team is involved.
Atlanta has been a boneyard of hope for the last half-century, as fans have watched just one World Series victory and zero Super Bowls, NBA Championships, or Stanley Cup parades in 54 years.
In fact, things are so cursed that the hockey team packed up and left the country.
The Atlanta Braves — the city’s only team worth a championship damn — looks like it might break a streak that has stood since 1995 when they were the team to last bring one of the four major titles to Atlanta.
(Sidebar: Atlanta FC has won two championships in the last four years so the total number of championships that Atlanta has seen is a whopping three.)
Meanwhile, the Atlanta Falcons are blowing leads like they’re going out of style, and have yet to win a game this season. Dan Quinn, a coach who many believed was destined to be fired after last season went off the rails, is digging his own grave with each passing week and each blown lead. It’s truly a great way to send himself off in Atlanta as his greatest legacy will be blowing that infamous 28-3 lead to the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl.
But perhaps his last laugh in Atlanta is cursing not the team he coaches but the only one close to a title right now.
Quinn showed up to a press conference ahead of this Sunday’s game wearing a Braves hat. On the surface, this is nothing more than a head coach supporting a playoff team from the city where he works.
But Dan Quinn is usually not involved and typically neither is Atlanta sports. The Venn diagram of sports pain and blowing leads that seem safe is a circle in Atlanta. This has all the makings of the kind of curse Atlanta fans have grown accustomed to witnessing.
Fans were quick to assume the worst, that this crossover was nothing more than a Black Cat strolling into the picture to announce that all of the happiness about the Braves is now cursed.
We know how this ends. The Braves will have a commanding 3-1 series lead on the Dodgers, only to watch it melt away and culminate in its addition to the mural of Atlanta sports pain.