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Is the Drake curse over?

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CANADIAN rapper, Drake is not known to practice mysticism but many people believed that any team or individual he associates would bring career setback.

 Superstition has always been associated with sports. Some players adhere to certain rituals and traditions before a game, which the result could swing in any direction. But uncommon to sports when it involves non-players, more so, when it has negative impact as in the case with Drake.

Nigerian born British heavyweight boxing champion, Anthony Joshua was one of the victims of Drake curse after his shock defeat to Mexican Andy Ruiz Jr during their world heavyweight title fight in New York’s Madison Square Garden. The 28-year old Joshua had boasted of breaking Drake curse. Joshua pocketed $25m to Ruiz Jr’s $7m but the talking point was the curse of the Drake on Joshua. The boxer had posted a picture with Drake before the match and vowed to break the curse.“Bout to break the curse #June1st,” he captioned the photo with Drake; but he eventually lost. He blamed his lost on Drake’s curse.

Before Joshua notable sports personalities had fallen victim of Drake’s curse, Manchester City striker, Sergio Aguero missed a penalty in the Champions League as Man City lost 1-0 to Tottenham in April, not long after he’d been photographed with Drake at a show. Gabon International, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, was at one of Drake’s seven shows at the O2 in London, Arsenal lost 1-0 to Everton the following weekend. So was the defeat of Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain, and Borussia Dortmund after they were pictured with Paul Pogba, LayvinKurzawa and Jadon Sancho respectively.

The Drake curse isn’t just in football. Irish MMA fighter, Conor McGregor backed by Drake with the Rapper draping an Irish flag over his shoulders in support of McGregor at the weigh-in, last October  lost to  Khabib Nurmagomedov for ‘Drake Curse’ to extend to the UFC, right? In 2015, Serena Williams, effort to become the first woman to win all four tennis Grand Slams in a calendar year since Steffi Graf did it in 1988, ended in defeat. She lost to Roberta Vinci. Drake was spotted watching many of her games. Roberta Vinci was a 300-1 underdog when she faced Serena in the US Open.

Drake’s is a global ambassador of his beloved NBA team the Toronto Raptors since 2013. Often, he can be seen cheering them from the sidelines whenever they play big games. Two weeks ago, Golden State Warriors narrowly avoiding defeat by defeating Toronto Raptors106 – 105 to force Game 6, in the NBA finals. Warriors win over raptors in Game 6 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California would further add to the Drake curse.

However, last Thursday, the Raptors which advanced to the NBA Finals for the first time in franchise history defeated Golden State Warriors, who were making their fifth consecutive finals appearance 4–2. For a sport that was invented by Canadian James Naismith, the Raptors became the first non-American team to win the NBA title and the first non-American team to win a championship in any of the four major North American sports leagues since the Toronto Blue Jays won the World Series in 1993.

For the Grammy award winning Drake, who partied and philosophized after the win told the media that the win was ‘poetic.’ Could this be the end of Drake Curse?

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