With the Sports Illustrated cover curse, you merely lose games, but not friends and supporters

Presidential candidate John Kerry gracing the cover of this Sunday’s New York Times Magazine, an appearance which inevitably subjected him to the magazine’s notorious cover curse
From Sen. John Kerry’s remarks at the Second Presidential Debate, Washington University, St. Louis, Friday, October 8, 2004:

Chris Reeve is a friend of mine. Chris Reeve exercises every single day to keep those muscles alive for the day when he believes he can walk again, and I want him to walk again.
I think we can save lives.

From “‘Superman’ Star Christopher Reeve Dies at 52,” The Associated Press, Monday, October 11, 2004:

Christopher Reeve, the star of the “Superman” movies whose near-fatal riding accident nine years ago turned him into a worldwide advocate for spinal cord research, died Sunday of heart failure, his publicist said. He was 52.
Reeve fell into a coma Saturday after going into cardiac arrest while at his New York home, his publicist, Wesley Combs told The Associated Press by phone from Washington, D.C., on Sunday night. His family was at his side at the time of death.