Top Sporting Superstitions To Avoid Halloween Horror-Shows Revealed
Wearing lucky pants, replicating a favourite pre-match routine, and not washing kit during a winning run are just three ways superstitious sports fans try to avoid a Halloween nightmare for their team, according to new research.
Unsurprisingly, wearing lucky items of clothing featured prominently amongst responses, whether it's a trusted pair of socks, a special hat, or a pair of underpants with perceived magical powers. Similarly, the sports equipment firm found that some customers would always stick to a specific pre-game routine along the lines of a favourite pre-match meal or drink.
Other supporters try to watch the game from the exact same position every time, whether it's the same seat in the stadium, the pub, or watching from home. Some claimed the sweet smell of their team's success on the field was a result of them not washing their kit during a winning run, while others avoided shaving or having a haircut when their favourites were on top form as they believe it will bring them bad luck.
Some sports fans surveyed even go to scary lengths and refuse to buy anything that could be associated with a rival team, avoiding certain brands, drinks, and even colours that they feel could bring bad luck. Other sporting superstitions suggested included listening to a favourite pre-match song and always using the same piece of sporting equipment such as a 'lucky' putter, bat, or pair of boots.
The Top 10 Spooky Sporting Superstitions according to www.networldsports.co.uk
• Wear lucky clothes (i.e. socks / shirt / underpants / hat)
• Stick to a regular pre-match routine (same meal / drink)
• Not wash clothes / kit during a winning run
• Watch the action from the same spot (at the stadium / pub / home)
• Get dressed in the same sequence (i.e. left boot before right)
• Refuse to buy anything associated with the colour or brand of a rival team
• Wear the same lucky shirt number
• Always use the same equipment ('lucky' bat / pair of boots / putter)
• Not shaving or having a haircut during a winning run
• Listen to a favourite pre-match song
Chris Owens, Communications Manager for Net World Sports, commented: "Sports fans and players can be pretty superstitious at the best of times, but with Halloween here there's even more reason to follow all the weird and wonderful rituals suggested by our customers to try and avoid any horror-shows, scares, or nightmares."
It's not just sports fans and amateur players that resort to superstitions in the pursuit of that perceived psychological edge. Some of the biggest names in professional sports have had their own remarkable routines too.
Golfing great Tiger Woods always wears his trademark red top during the final round of a tournament, hoping that the perceived 'colour of power' guides him to victory. With a record 39 Grand Slam singles and doubles titles to her credit, you'd think Serena Williams wouldn't need anything but talent and determination to take her to glory. But the tennis ace employs a surprising number of rituals to bring her luck, including not washing or changing her match socks during a tournament, always tying her shoelaces the same way, and bouncing the ball five times before every first serve, twice before every second serve.
Basketball legend Michael Jordan always wore University of North Carolina shorts under his official team uniform for good luck, while current NBA star Jason Terry is said to sleep wearing the shorts of his team's next opponent the night before a game day.
Super-striker turned TV presenter Gary Lineker would never take a shot in pre-match warm-ups because he didn't want to risk wasting a goal. While eccentric former New York Mets baseball star Turk Wendell would always chew four pieces of black licorice while pitching, then brush his teeth in the dugout between innings for good fortune too.
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Chris Owens, Communications Manager
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