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Is the federal government shutdown the Atlanta Braves’ good-luck charm? One fan thinks so

Mike Oz
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This sign-holding Atlanta Braves fan at Thursday night's NLDS Game 1 remembers 1995 — that's the last time the Braves won the World Series, beating the Cleveland Indians in six games. It's also the last time the federal government shut down, like it is right now.

The Braves are also in the playoffs right now, so obviously these two events are linked historically and this means the Braves will win the World Series by month's end, right?

Not so fast. There are three things wrong with this theory.

1. The Braves got whacked by the Dodgers in Game 1 of the NLDS on Thursday night. The only thing shut down on that baseball field was the Braves' offense. Doesn't exactly instill confidence in Atlanta's chances.

2. In 1995, the Braves won the World Series on Oct. 28. The government shutdown didn't happen until November and December.

3. This is probably the most important one — correlation does not imply causation.

Sorry, Braves fans.

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