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Rookie Realtor’s superstition

Newbie doesn't want pending deal jinxed by the 'Bradbino'

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About five weeks ago, I briefly mentioned in this column that I had written a new offer on a house for one of my clients. I haven't mentioned it since then for a couple of reasons. First and foremost, I've got to protect my client's privacy: He doesn't want details of his deal spread across the Internet. But secondly, I haven't written about the offer for a month because, frankly, I didn't want to jinx it. Boston has "the Curse of the Bambino," which has punished the Red Sox by denying them a World Series appearance ever since they traded Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees in 1918. Chicago Cubs fans are well aware of the curse muttered by a man who was turned away by ushers at Wrigley Field in 1945, when they wouldn't let him bring his beloved billy goat into the stands. The Cubs haven't won a championship since then. Of course, there's also the well-publicized Sports Illustrated jinx: Athletes who appear on the magazine's cover almost always seem to quickly break a leg, pull a muscle...