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‘Drake Curse’ strikes Alabama football in national championship loss to Georgia

Joshua Rogers January 11, 2022
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The Crimson Tide lost the college football national championship to the Georgia Bulldogs. However, it seems the team was doomed from the outset, as the dreaded ‘Drake Curse’ struck Alabama football.

The Toronto rapper is a big sports fan, especially his home-town Raptors, whom he has been an ardent supporter of for many years.

However, over the past few years Drizzy’s affinity to certain teams has led to that side suffering a subsequent loss. This has led to jokes about a dreaded ‘Drake Curse’ – striking fear in the hearts of fans around the world.

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What is the ‘Drake Curse’?

So what is it? Basically, if Drake wears a jersey, posts a message of support on social media, or in any way shows loyalty to a team, that team or person often goes on to lose, even if favourites.

The curse has apparently struck numerous times and, unfortunately for Alabama, it struck again in the national championship.

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‘Drake Curse’ hits Alabama as they lose to Georgia

The Georgia Bulldogs toppled Alabama 33-18 to capture their first national championship since 1980. The Crimson Tide headed into the locker room at half-time with a 9-6 lead, in what was a relatively uneventful first half. However, in the fourth quarter the game sparked into life when Stetson Bennett committed a careless turnover with Georgia up 13-12.

He made amends on Georgia’s next drive throwing a 40-yard touchdown pass to Adonai Mitchell. Bennett then connected with tight end Brock Bowers on a 15-yard touchdown to extend the lead to 26-18. The win was cemented with 54 seconds left as Georgia cornerback Kelee Ringo intercepted Alabama quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Bryce Young and returned it 79 yards for a touchdown.

The Crimson Tide’s ambitions of winning a 19th national title failed to materialise, and some bitter fans blamed the “Drake Curse’. On a recent social media post, Drake had included the hashtag Roll Tide Roll.

Other instances

There are many instances where Drake has been accused of being a “bad luck charm”. In soccer, Drake is often ribbed for wearing sports jerseys of multiple teams.

After Drake posed for a photo with Layvin Kurzawa, of French football’s Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), they lost their next match 5-1, their worst defeat in almost two decades. Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero met Drake once and then missed a penalty in a Champions League game. Was it the ‘Drake Curse’ or just poor play?

Then there’s the fight game. Drake appeared in a photo with UFC superstar Conor McGregor before the Irishman lost his fight to Khabib Nurmagomedov Heavyweight boxer Anthony Joshua also fell victim to the ‘Drake Curse’. Heading into his fight with huge underdog Andy Ruiz Jr, the Brit tweeted a photo of himself with Drake along with the caption: “Bout to break the curse.”

He was knocked down four times in the fight and lost in the seventh round.

However, Drake’s beloved Toronto Raptors did win an NBA Championship in 2019, perhaps marking the beginning of the end of the hoodoo. YouTuber-turned-boxer Jake Paul also boasted about beating the Drake Curse recently following his win against Tyron Woodley. After the victory, he tweeted: “FYI: I broke the Drake Curse.”

With Alabama’s loss, however, it looks as though the Drake Curse might be well and truly back. People of the sports world beware!

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Joshua is a senior sports writer with over four years' experience in online writing. He graduated with a BA in Ancient History from The University of Manchester before receiving an MA in Sports Journalism from The University of Central Lancashire. He became a trending writer for a leading social publisher and later spent time covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online. He then moved to a social marketing agency where he acted as website editor. His specialties on The Focus include F1, tennis, NBA, NFL and combat sports.