Old Sox Fans Dropping Like Flies?

In his new blog, Loren Coleman takes a fascinating look at new media myth.

….[T]he media are reinforcing a long-held belief among Red Sox fans that people were actually waiting to die, even if there is no statistical truth to that bit of folklore. By noting and unconsciously copycatting each other, in these accounts of the death of especially the very old, that they were Red Sox fans, one does get the feeling the mythical epidemic death predictions were true.

What about all of the folks who briefly thought they’d already died and gone to heaven when the Sox clinched it?

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