As a sports fan, you have several options for what to think when your team isn’t performing as well as you would like them to. You can chalk it up to subpar play or to a difficult schedule, full of face-offs with teams of a high skill level. You can point to some issue of chemistry on your team, either between the players or the coaching staff. You can dismiss it as a run of bad luck, the statistical inevitably that when the options are ‘win’ or ‘lose,’ sometimes your team will lose. Or you can go the direction that many fans of the New York Jets have gone following the team being shut out of the playoffs on Sunday—blame the woman your star player is dating.
Two weeks ago, a report surfaced that Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez has been dating Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Kate Upton, whose sister Christie Upton is the manager of client relations for the team. After a sloppy last few games and disappointing 8-8 season, some fans are blaming Kate, saying that she’s a distraction. As one Twitter follower put it, “Mark Sanchez is dating Kate Upton? Now, I get it. I’d want the season to end, too. #theforceisstronginthatone.”