The Dale Arnold Curse holds that all sports teams that Dale Arnold is directly associated with, will fail in the playoffs or fail getting there in the first place.
Don't be fooled by his phony smile and his fake laughter, his tough guy portrayal (on the phone). The way he gets his opinions from other people and makes them his own, his constant use of nicknames. Dale Arnold is a fraud and this has a way of trickling into the fabric of an organization!
RED ALERT: Dale did radio play by play for the final game of the Red Sox 2011 collapse. Which marks the first time the Sox have missed the playoffs 2 years in a row since 2001 & 2002. This is Arnold's Curse!
RED ALERT: Dale has predicted the Bruins to repeat as Stanley Cup Champs. This is the KISS OF DEATH!! (See News Section)
HIS OWN COLLEAGUES: http://audio.weei.com/a/40104645/the-curse-of-dale-arnold.htm
NICKNAME ALERT: Dale is calling the newly put together Lucic/Krecji/Seguin line "The Magic Line"!!!!!!! Oh, that's gonna stick!
MAJOR RED ALERT:
The Bruins lose in the 1st round to Washington! Everybody thank Dale!!!!
Claude Julien before Dale.
THIS IS NEW: Well the lockout is over, and Dale is still here. No Bruin predictions by Dale this season. Hmmm?
MORE CURSE?: Glen Ordway was fired from WEEI. Was the longtime radio host fired because Dale Arnold stayed around after he was let go from his full time position at the station?
Bruins come back in Game 7?: Is the curse leaving? Only the 2nd time the Bruins have won a playoff round with Dale around.
Bruins beat Rangers !!!!!: Could we see the end of the curse?
The Bruins SWEEP the Penguins!!!!!!!!!!!!!!: Is this it?
2 goals in 17 seconds: Nope the curse hasn't gone anywhere!!!!!!! It just feels worse!
The Red Sox win the World Series!!!!: Dale did NO games!!!! IT'S REAL!!! The Bruins are SCREWED.
This year will be interesting. Will the curse revert to repeated 1st round knockouts or will the Bruins go deep and lose in a more heartbreaking way as in 2 goals in 17 seconds! .....
Numbers don't lie!
If you have proof that any of these numbers are incorrect please let me know.
I chose the 1967-68 season for the first table because that is when the Bruins started a 29 straight year run of making the playoffs. This run ended in Dale's 2nd year of doing play by play.
|Bruins Years (Since 1967-68)||Playoff Appearances|| Playoff Rounds Won|| Stanley Cups|
Dale's Return (2011-13)
Dale's 12 year Totals
Total 9/14 (62%)
| Post Dale Years (2007-08 to 2010-11)|| 4/4 (100%)||6||1|
| The Dale Years (1995-96 to 2006-07)|| 6/11 (55%)||1||0|
| Pre-Dale Years (1967-68 to 1994-95)|| 28/28 (100%)||31||2|
Let's magnify that with just Dale's last 4 years versus the 4 years since he "left" to get an even breakdown like the Francona years for the Sox. This excludes the 2004-05 lockout year.
| Dale vs. Post Dale||Playoff Appearances|| Playoff Rounds Won|| Stanley Cups|
| Post Dale (2007-08 to 2010-11)|| 4/4 (100%)||6||1|
|The last 4 Dale Years (2002-03 to 2006-07)|| 2/4 (50%)||0||0|
The first table looks at the years since MLB added the wild card.
From 1994 (1st Wild Card Year)
|Playoff Appearances|| Playoff Rounds Won||Championships|
| Post Dale (2012-2013)||1||3||1|
| The Dale Years (2008-2011)||2||0||0|
| Pre-Dale Years (1994-2007)||7||8||2|
Let's magnify that with just, the recently departed, Terry Francona years. This is a great example because it's an even split of 4 years with and 4 years without Dale.
| Francona's Years|| Playoff Appearances||Playoff Rounds Won||Championships|
|With Dale (2008-2011)||2||0 ||0 |
| Before Dale (2004-2007)||3 ||6||2 |
The sample size is small but notice the lack of playoff appearances along with the steady decline in the regular season win/loss record.The Patriots made the playoffs again in the 1994 season, 4 years after Dale left.
| The Dale Years||W||L|| Playoff Appearances|
| Before Dale||W||L|| Playoff Appearances|
|1986||11||5|| Lost to Denver in Rd 1 (0-1)|
|1985||11||5|| AFC Champions (3-1)|
Arnold's most famous line as a play-by-play announcer came in a 1988 game at Sullivan Stadium between the Patriots and the Indianapolis Colts when Doug Flutie ran in the winning touchdown in the final 30 seconds; the crowd erupted and Arnold described the scene as "This place has gone icky balooky!" ....Wikipedia
A very small sample but this was actually a teams best playoff performance with Dale associated with that team.
| The Dale Years||Record || Playoff Appearances|
|1987-88||38-36-6|| Lost to Boston in Rd 3 (2-1)|
It appears that The Curse Of Dale Arnold has made it's way to Managers/Coaches with the departure of Terry Francona.
Bobby Valentine GONE!
Red Sox 3 managers in 6 years since Dale
Red Sox 1 manager in the 6 years before Dale
John Farrell on the clock.
How much time does Claude have?
During his first tenure with the Bruins they went through 7 coaches, Steve Kasper, Pat Burns, Mike Keenan, Robbie Ftorek, Mike O'Connell, Mike Sullivan and Dave Lewis in 11 years.
Who does the curse affect next at EEI?