We all remember the Sports Illustrated cover previewing the 2004 baseball season, when Sports Illustrated bolded predicted: “Hell Freezes Over, The Cubs Will Win the World Series.” Turns out hell remained balmy as ever and the Cubs didn’t even get a whiff of the playoffs that season.
Sports Illustrated is at it again, this time hedging its bets regionally with four different covers. In all the preview sections, SI has the Cubs reaching the World Series, but losing to the, ahem, Houston Astros.
The other regional covers feature teams SI believes to be playoff-bound: Astros, Giants and Mets.
The Cubs cover features Anthony Rizzo, Jason Heyward, Kris Bryant and Jake Arrieta. Cubs fans probably don’t believe in that SI cover jinx.
SI says each regional cover will be delivered to the following locations.
Cubs: North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Eastern Missouri, Southern Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina.
Astros: Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana
Giants: Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Alaska
Mets: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, Washington D.C., Delaware