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SBN Seattle Feature: Playoffs and Cynical Fandom

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In her weekly column, Kirsten Schlewitz took a look at the playoffs and the fear of jinxing the team as they move forward. After all the good feelings heading into last year's playoffs, the Sounders found themselves out in the first round, suffering a heartbreaking loss to the Houston Dynamo in extra time. As Seattle sports fans, we've come to expect the worst, and she captures just that in her feature.

But a cynical person crosses her fingers and toes, doesn't wash her lucky jersey and makes sure to wear her scarf all week. Seattle sports may not exactly inspire hope in a person, no matter how much the odds may be stacked in the Sounders favor, but that's no excuse to not pick up as many lucky pennies as possible.