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The Superstitious Athlete

April 16, 2018

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Michael Jordan. Arguably one of the best basketball players of all time with a serious pregame superstition. Every game of his NBA career, Michael Jordan wore his North Carolina shorts under his Chicago Bulls shorts. Weird? How about Brian Urlacher? Urlacher eats two chocolate chip cookies before every game. Honestly, I should put my faith in that superstition. Two cookies before every game? I wouldn’t complain about that one at all.

Some may say that superstitions are bogus or are just plain dumb, but others might argue that these superstitions for athletes, might indeed be the key to their success. Personally, as a two-sport athlete here on campus, I would argue that superstitions are more than bogus. In basketball if my team got a win, I was 100% wearing the same socks the next game (after they got washed of course). And ever since my sophomore year of high school, I have played with a loose ribbon in each of my shoes. Now that superstition is more of a reminder as to why I play the game, but if those ribbons weren’t in my shoes I can confidently say I would not play well. S

Softball on the other hand has another set of superstitions and it’s all in the bows. Win in a certain color bow and that’s the bow you wear the next game. It might be silly, but no one is willing to chance the loss. In all reality do these superstitions contribute to my or anyone’s success? Probably not. But am I willing to chance it? Absolutely not.

Dominic DeCello of the dazzling Midwest Conference Championship Men’s Basketball team claims that he puts his superstition into shoes. If his team won in a certain pair of shoes, or if he had a good game then he would wear those same shoes the next game until his team lost. So, do superstitions secure a victory or a great performance? Maybe, so why don’t you find out for yourself.

Stephanie Williams
Contributing Writer

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