Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder drew some heat this week for getting married six days before a big game with Houston. Perhaps this century-old story from the Minneapolis Tribune can provide fans with some hope.
|Connie Mack in 1911|
“Too Many Bridegrooms
Reason for Slump of
Athletics,” Says Mack
Philadelphia, April 21. – Connie Mack has to his own satisfaction ascertained the real reason for the losing streak of the champion Athletics. It is a most unique excuse for losing baseball games.
“I have the best team in the world,” said Mack, “but the trouble is that I have too many bridegrooms on it. My recently married men get on the field, their brides sit in the grand stand and the men are so anxious to please they just forget what they know of the game.
“And the worst of it all,” continued Mack, “is that I am a bridegroom myself, so what on earth am I going to do about it?”
Postscript: The Athletics managed to turn things around that year, finishing the regular season with a 101-50 record and beating the New York Giants 4 games to 2 in the World Series.
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