Does having a sports superstition make the game better or easier to watch?
I am superstitious when it comes to sports. This mostly manifests itself when I watch a Ravens game. First off, if I don’t wear purple on Purple Friday, well, I could cause the team to lose. The same is true, if I’m not wearing purple on game day.
During our Superbowl winning playoff season a couple of years ago, I managed to wear purple throughout the entire run of the playoffs, about a month. I was literally running out of purple clothes to wear to work. One night I got so hot in my apartment I flung off my clothes and woke up in a panic, thinking oh no, I had no purple on. In the end, I felt ok because my sheets are purple and my toe’s were painted a beautiful shade of aubergine.
I also made my guests (and myself), ask permission of my bobble head Ray Lewis doll if they had to go to the bathroom during the game. They also had to pat his head.
As ridiculous and un-influential as I know these behaviors are, I think it also gets me more invested. I play a part in the win and the loss.
Now that the Orioles are just a possible four games away from returning to the World Series, I’m getting a little crazy about them too, though I don’t have enough orange to wear a months worth. However, I think just my existence may be a jinx. You see the last time the Orioles won a World Series was in 1983. I was born the following year. Coincidence?
But the superstition isn’t mine alone. Last week, after the Orioles had won their first game against the Detroit Tigers in the playoffs, the song “We Are Family” came on in the restaurant my family was in. Great song, right? I was jammin’ but my brother said to my father, “I don’t like them playing this.”
“Why?” I asked. That song is played a lot, it’s a good song. I was confused.
Then my father explained to me that was the theme song that the Pittsburgh Pirates used in 1979 during their attempt at winning the World Series. An attempt they ultimately succeeded at, and we, the Baltimore Orioles, were the team they were up against in the World Series.
I even refrain from watching the game now if we start doing bad, because I think I could be a bad omen.
What are your sport superstitions, and do you think it makes watching better or worse for you?