If Ohio State loses this Saturday (ABC-TV, 4 pm EST) I will feel personally responsible.
As an OSU alumnus I dutifully gathered a talisman last month in anticipation of next month’s University of Michigan game (also known simply as "The Game") and tucked it away in a jar. But look what happened to my little buckeyes (click for larger).
I'm afraid to even open the jar, fearing the smell. If this were a dream it would be rich in interpretable culpability but here it is just bad luck.
This is not the ideal time for a bad omen: Saturday afternoon (tomorrow as I write) is a crucial game: Michigan State and Ohio State are tied for first in the, albeit in the admittedly weak this year, Big 10. Both Michigan State and Ohio State are (6-1).
A tiny consolation, viz the still-distant University of Michigan game is that their ability to perform even the most basic tasks on the field is currently doubtful.