Nervous about a return of the Atlanta sports curse? You’re not alone

ATLANTA — With the Atlanta Braves just one win from a World Series title, fans are still optimistic about their chances in games 6 & 7 in Houston on Tuesday and Wednesday.

But some fans may also be experiencing a sense of dread after the Braves went up 3-to-1 on the Astros and then were not able to win at home Sunday night.

“You can’t help it. It’s in the back of your head,” one Braves fan said at the Battery Monday.

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Atlanta sports fans remember last year in the NLCS, when the Braves were unable to beat the Dodgers after going up 3-1.

Or they have memories of the Georgia Bulldogs playing in the College Football Playoff championship game.

And who can forget the Atlanta Falcons also playing in Houston and going up 28-3 in the Super Bowl?

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Daniel Wann, a professor at Murray State University who studied the psychology of sports fandom, said that being genuinely nervous is common.

“If the teams that you follow, and for Atlanta that’s multiple sports, those you follow get so close and just can’t get over the hump, it’s understandable,” said Daniel Wann, a professor at Murray State University who studied the psychology of sports fandom.

Wann says fans can be hesitant to get too excited, knowing the history, but it can also make a victory even sweeter.

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“Anytime you have success that’s unexpected, we just cherish it that much more,” he said.

“You have to suffer so when you get it you enjoy it so much more,” said a Braves fan visiting from Texas.

And as for a dreaded “curse”? The thought is in the back of Braves fans’ memories, but “just keep positive and push through and it’s going to happen.”