With OSU likely out of contention for a national title in football, all we can say is... sorry about the August 30 Alive cover story.

Yes, the Alive cover curse continues. Every local sports team we've featured on the front of the paper has gone on to lose it all, usually after coming frustratingly close to a championship. (Check out the updated mea culpa below.)

By the way, it's not a coincidence that the Blue Jackets haven't hit the cover yet this season, even though they're actually winning. We might finally have a shot at the NHL playoffs, and I don't want to ruin it for everyone else.

Alive's Cover Curse

Columbus Crew -- 7/6/06 cover Result: Missed the playoffs

Ohio State football -- 8/24/06 cover Result: We really got our hopes up...

Columbus Blue Jackets -- 10/5/06 cover Result: Another losing season (but we got a new GM)

Ohio State football -- 1/4/07 cover Result: Gator bait

Columbus Destroyers -- 3/22/07 cover Result: Lost title game

Columbus Clippers -- 4/12/07 cover Result: Cheap hot dogs still popular

Columbus Crew -- 7/5/07 cover Result: Missed the playoffs again

Ohio State football -- 8/30/07 cover Result: Juiced by Illinois