KENTUCKY FRIED CURSE

Published on: March 12, 2009
KENTUCKY FRIED CURSE

Know what happens when you diss Col. Sanders, the founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken? You get cursed.

That's what happened to the Japanese baseball team the Hanshin Tigers who've been Kentucky Fried Cursed for the past 24 years.

Tigers fans went banzai when they won the pennant in 1985.  They celebrated by throwing Sanders' life-sized statue into Dotonborigawa River in Osaka in honor of home run king and alleged Colonel look-a-like American Randy Bass.

They haven't won since.

Now to break the curse, two sections of the colonel's statue were recovered from the river bottom this week near Ebisubashi bridge, The Yomiuri Shimbun reported.

Its upper body was found on Tuesday and the legs and right hand were recovered by city officials but his other hand and glasses were still missing.

The Tigers manager Akinobu Mayumi hopes the statue's resurrection will turn things around for the long suffering beisbaru team.

Worked for the Boston Red Sox when Bosox fans finally recovered Babe Ruth's piano ending their long standing curse, winning their first World Series since they traded the slugger to the New York Yankees during the 1920s.

The colonel is currently in police custody but KFC is planning to donate the mystic chicken makers statue to the new Koshien Stadium.