In Mighty's Monday article, there was a question raised as to whether HBO's Hard Knocks creates a curse for the team it follows. This year's team is the NY Jets.
Personally, I've never watched the show, but I used the internet to look back through the years of Hard Knocks:
2001: Baltimore (coming off Super Bowl season) - cursed? team performed below expectations; swept by Browns; finished 10-6 and lost in the divisional round.
2002: Dallas (coming off 5-11 season). Finished 5-11 again. No curse, this team just sucked. This was a Dave Campo year.
Conclusion: Cursed? No, just sad.
2007: Kansas City (coming off 9-7 and 1st round exit); KC fell to 4-12. They traded Trent Green and were supposed to be bad.
Conclusion: Cursed? No, just rebuilding.
2008: Dallas (coming off 13-3 season and disappointing opening playoff loss at home); ended up going 9-7 and missing playoffs by losing to Philly 44-6 in the last game.
2009: Cincinnati (coming off 4-11-1 season). The Bungals ended up miraculously winning the division! Carson Palmer even played 16 games!
Conclusion: Reverse-jinx / Anti-curse!
5 years, 2 curses, 1 anti-curse, and 2 sad stories!
Results: No clear trends.