Origin: The statue of Billy Penn was surpassed as the highest point in Philadelphia
Teams/people involved: Philadelphia sports teams
Year started: 1987
Philadelphia sports teams have had to endure some serious heartbreak over the course of the past few decades, starting in 1987 after the construction of One Liberty Place, a structure that overtook the Philadelphia City Hall as the highest building in the city. Prior to One Liberty Place, a gentlemen's agreement had been in place to ensure that no building in the city would ever be higher than City Hall, upon which a statue of Philly founder William Penn sits.
However, when that agreement was broken, some believe that a curse came along with it. According to this belief, the Curse of Billy Penn caused the Flyers to lose the Stanley Cup twice, cost the Phillies the 1993 World Series, sunk the 76ers in the 2001 NBA Finals, and was responsible for the Eagles' Super Bowl XXXIX defeat.
But the city successfully reversed this curse in 2007 when workers constructing the Comcast Center (now the highest building in the city) attached a small statue of William Penn to the final beam of the building. With Billy now in his rightful position atop the city, Philadelphia was free to win again. And they did.
In 2008, the Phillies defeated the Tampa Bay Rays in 5 games to win their first World Series since 1980.