Legend has it that anyone who dared to open Houle’s head – would suffer the wrath of Youppi . Because mascots have been associated with many magical powers throughout history, some of the mascots found from baseball were ground into a fine powder and sold as mystical mascot powder. It’s believed the powder had magical healing powers and it wasn’t until the discovery of Houle’s brain and the hype of the media that things would change forever.
The path to the team’s demise began in the Fall of 1995 when the team’s President , Ronald Corey , was kissed on the cheek by the Montreal Expos‘ mascot Youppi during an Expos game. In the ensuing days – he further aggravated the ‘ curse ‘ by appointing Rejean Houle as G.M and Mario Tremblay as coach. The team soon became infected and everyone associated with the squad became ill. At the exact moment the Habs died – the lights inside Jean Beliveau‘s house mysteriously went out.
Once the Montreal Canadiens died , the media went wild with stories of their death. They claimed Youppi wanted vengeance and incurred a mascot’s curse, which targeted those who had entered Corey’s office. Not only did the death of the Habs get all the people in an uproar but other stories began to surface as well. Of the stories that surfaced, two remain prominent. One of the stories is that a cobra killed Maurice Richard in 2000. The Rocket discovered Houle’s brain in 1999 and the cobra was a gift from Corey to Richard once Mr.Corey learned of Richard’s discovery. The other story is that Patrick Roy’s dog howled and dropped dead at two in the morning when Rejean Houle was hired as G.M.
What is interesting is that Youppi lived another decade as the Expos’ mascot before joining the Canadiens as their mascot. So what happened to Ronald Corey during all this hype and the years following ?Corey has spent the last years recording every artifact found in the basement of the Pepsi Forum. Why didn’t he suffer the curse of Youppi and die ? He was, after all, the first to open Houle’s brain …
Did Youppi really unleash a curse? New findings are showing that bacteria on the wall of Houle’s brain might have been the cause of the curse. The bacteria would release spores into the air allowing it to be breathed. This in turn caused people who came into contact with Houle to become ill. Could this be what killed The Habs ? It appears this could have contributed to their demise, as well as the fact the team did not draft well.
Whether Youppi’s curse is fact or fiction, this story seems to interest people even today. The myth of the curse has remained with Youppi and continues to make people question as to whether the curse was really unleashed and if Youppi spreads his ‘ magic ‘ at every home game. What is known is that when you mix propaganda, facts, and hype you get a story that can be exciting. It all really comes down to one question. Do you believe in the curse of Youppi ?
You decide …
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