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Jinxes, curses and billy goats

Troy Smith, welcome to an exclusive club! You're the latest victim of the Heisman Trophy jinx (not to be confused with the Madden Jinx or Billy Goat Curse).

Updated: January 11, 2007, 12:58 PM ET
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Troy Smith, meet the Jinx. Now, you should have been aware that it might strike once airport security wouldn't let you bring your Heisman Trophy on your flight home from New York.

But don't feel too bad. You're just the latest to be struck down by one of sports' famous jinxes or curses: the Heisman Trophy Jinx, the Madden Cover Jinx and, of course, the Curse of the Billy Goat.

A quick look at the vicious and unrelenting attacks:

Heisman Trophy Jinx

The Jinx: Winners of ...

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