There is nothing more effective at stopping a great player than a jinx from the announcer. We saw that play out on Saturday when NFL Network announcer Mike Tirico jinxed Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker seconds before a field goal attempt.
After previously drilling a field goal to give Baltimore a 3-0 lead, Tucker lined up for a 53-yard field goal midway through the first quarter. That’s when Tirico pulled out the jinx, raving about Tucker as the “gold standard” for the league and noted his perfect mark from 50-plus yards.
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Sure, a breakdown of the kick will show Tucker slipped a bit for the kick and it caused him to completely shank it was off the mark. Ultimately, the blame has to fall on Tirico for the ultimate jinx.