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Top 5 Sports Superstitions

Oct 16, 2011

Superstition in sports is like peanut butter and jam. The two go hand in hand, but just because almost all the pros have superstitions doesn't mean they’re real. This year the St Louis Cardinals were led to a Major League title thanks to a squirrel running across home plate, totally changing the momentum of the game. Let’s take a look at Kidzworld’s Top 5 Sports Superstitions:

Numbers

#13 Equals no Superbowl for youCourtesy of the NFL

Some players have their own lucky numbers but the golden rule in sports is that it’s bad luck to wear the number 13. Is it any coincidence that Dan Marino was a NFL quarterback who achieved all the football records, but never won one Superbowl? Maybe his mistake was wearing the number 13 for his whole career.

Jock Strap Jinx

If you’re a hockey player, don’t ever wash or replace your first pro jock strap or you will be jinxed.  It must have something to do with the smell. Maybe it scares the opponent.

Madden Football Video Game

John Madden MessCourtesy of EA Sports

Apparently every athlete who has got on the cover of John Madden’s Football Video Game since 1999 has been cursed with an injury or just played really bad the year after. Here is a list of all the players who have suffered:

  • Eddie George
  • Daunte Culpepper
  • Marshall Faulk
  • Ray Lewis
  • Michael Vick
  • Donovan McNabb
  • Shaun Alexander

Octopus On the Ice

8 Tentacles for the TrophyCourtesy of the NHL

In 1952, someone threw an octopus onto the ice in Detroit before the first hockey game of the playoffs. Back then it only took eight wins to win the Stanley Cup, so it was said that the eight tentacles of the octopus was a symbol for each victory the Red Wings would get. The Wings swept every team and won the Stanley Cup that year, so now every year the Red Wings make it to the playoffs someone throws an octopus on the ice for good luck. Since 1952, they’ve won more Stanley Cups than any other American team.

Serious Silence

The rule in baseball and hockey is that you never say anything to the goalie or the pitcher. If a goalie is about to get a shutout and someone congratulates him before the game is over, it’s almost certain that he or she will let the next shot in the net. And the same goes for a pitcher. Never compliment the pitcher before the game is over. If you do, you’re bound to lose the game.

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unicornsrule626
"rainbowpoptart" wrote:I hate to be that person who pulls out the dictionary, buuuuut let's look at the definitions for sport (athleticism wise).competitive physical activity: an individual or group competitive activity involving physical exertion or skill, governed by rules, and sometimes engaged in professionallyDoes cheerleading fit under this definition? Yes.pastime: an active pastime participated in for pleasure or exercise Oh look, cheerleading fits under this definition too.Being a cheerleader requires a certain amount of physical fitness. You need to be strong, flexible, and energetic, which are all things not everyone has.It is a form of exercise and entertainment.It is a sport.Is one variant more challenging than the other? Yes, but that does not devalue anything.Not everyone is going to be able to understand the difficulties cheerleaders go through, and that's perfectly fine. Every sport is dangerous, some are just more obvious than others. When people are good at what they do, they make things seem easy. very well said! I was a cheerleader for 2 years until  I aged out, but let ,e tell you, they were 2 of the best,sweaty and most fun years I have ever had
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rainbowpoptart
I hate to be that person who pulls out the dictionary, buuuuut let's look at the definitions for sport (athleticism wise). competitive physical activity: an individual or group competitive activity involving physical exertion or skill, governed by rules, and sometimes engaged in professionally Does cheerleading fit under this definition? Yes. pastime: an active pastime participated in for pleasure or exercise  Oh look, cheerleading fits under this definition too. Being a cheerleader requires a certain amount of physical fitness. You need to be strong, flexible, and energetic, which are all things not everyone has. It is a form of exercise and entertainment. It is a sport. Is one variant more challenging than the other? Yes, but that does not devalue anything. Not everyone is going to be able to understand the difficulties cheerleaders go through, and that's perfectly fine. Every sport is dangerous, some are just more obvious than others. When people are good at what they do, they make things seem easy.
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angelover4
CHEERLEADING IS LIKE DANCE GYMNASTICS MIXED TOGETHER WITH WORDS. AND DANCE AND GYMNASTICS ARE CONSIDERED SPORTS.
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angelover4
I BELIVE ITS A SPORT JUST LIKE I THINK GYMNASTICS IS A SPORT.
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angelover4
I BEL ITS A SPORT JUS TLIKE I THINK GYMNASTICS IS A SPORT.
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