Friday the 13th: Superstition in sports have no affect on the outcome (Sam Farnsworth)

By: Sam Farnsworth
By: Sam Farnsworth

How superstitious are you on Friday the 13th? Are you a superstitious sports fan or athlete? Then this blog is for you.

“Very superstitious, writing's on the wall…”

I can’t help but think of the hit song by Stevie Wonder today on Friday the 13th. But I also can’t help but think about superstitions in sports.
Baseball was my game. I love just about everything about it, including the silly superstitions. I’m sure everyone who plays or played has some kind of good luck charm or routine that they won’t stray from.
For example: I always put on my sanitaries and stirrups on in the exact same order before every game. Left sock, right sock. Left stirrup, right stirrup. Left cleat, right cleat.
The same order was applied when putting on my batting gloves before every at bat. Left glove, right glove. Strap the left one, strap the right one. Spit in the left one, then slap the right one down to rub it in.
Ultimately, did any of my superstitions or lucky charms affect the way I played? Probably not. But I liked to think it did.
I even had superstitions as a kid watching my favorite teams play. If I ever found that my team was on a hot streak, I wouldn’t move from where I was sitting. I would keep my hands exactly where they were and not move. I still find myself falling in that trap every now and then.
But I do know that when it comes to being a fan, there is nothing I can do to affect the outcome of what happens on the field or on the court. All I can do is cheer my team on.
So here is some friendly advice on Friday the 13th from the legendary Stevie:
“When you believe in things that you don't understand,
Then you suffer.
Superstition ain't the way.”
What about you? Did you, or do you have any superstitions in sports? Or do you have any superstitions that go along with Friday the 13th? Please share in the comment box below.
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