Should the Penguins worry about the 'Taylor Swift curse'?
July 3, 2013 9:45 PM
Max Talbot, Jordan Staal, Taylor Swift, Alex Goligoski and Tyler Kennedy, in 2009.
By Sharon Eberson Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Mikey and Big Bob of KISS 96.1's "Morning Freak Show" called out Taylor Swift as a potential "Penguin killer" in June of last year, and the San Jose Sharks gobbling up Tyler Kennedy sealed the deal.
An October 2009 image on the Penguins website features the chart-topping singer being given a team jersey by then-Penguins Max Talbot, Jordan Staal, Alex Goligoski and Kennedy. When the first three became ex-Pens, the "Freak Show" guys planted the idea of "The Taylor Swift Curse," and fans posted online warnings to "Run TK," But alas, the Penguins forward was acquired by the Sharks recently for a second-round pick, and the quartet with Swift that day has now left the building (Consol Energy Center, that is) for other icy shores.
With Swift returning to Pittsburgh for a concert Saturday at Heinz Field, fans seemed relieved to note the end of the curse on Twitter. "How to solve the Taylor Swift curse: A Bruno Mars concert. Got Letang and Duper on the same day," read one tweet, referring to the signings of Kris Letang and Pascal Dupuis.
In April, a photoshopped image that showed Swift with Sidney Crosby was posted online and started rumors that the singer and Penguins star were dating. The pic was declared a fake and there was a sigh of relief in some quarters -- not that we believe in curses or anything.