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Gametime Rituals and Superstitions

With the season about to start in a few days, I started to think about how I plan on watching the Giants this season.  I typically sport my Manning jersey and get my wife and my kid dressed in theirs.  We have a recent addition to the family (9 months) so he will be wearing his brother's old Manning jersey.  We are out of market so we don't get all the games played at home.  Thanks to the large tree line in my backyard DirecTV is not an option either.  Luckily there are a plethora of bars/restaurants in the area that play the game, including a local dive that is owned by a NY transplant and Giants fan.

 

I don’t consider myself a very superstitious person because I do know that it is complete nonsense.  I did, however, used to wear the same rotty old t-shirt under my uniform during college during winning streaks.  And I made sure to change it out whenever we lost.  While I am watching the Giants I do find myself staying in one position when they are playing well.  Or I find myself going back to that position if they start playing poorly or catch a bad break.  

 

This also got me thinking about a Dateline special I remember seeing from a few years ago that chronicled football fans and their silly superstitions and how it affected their marriages.  They taped this one Giant fan that forced his wife to not move if the Giants were doing well.  

 

I also remember this guy I met on February 3, 2008.  I was stationed up in Groton, CT, home to both NY and Boston sports fans.  I ran out to the local Chinese Take-out to grab some soup for my wife while she was making the pick-ems for the big game.  I happen to catch a Pats fan returning the meal he had just bought, disgusted that they messed up his order.  In his thick New England accent he complained that they got his order all wrong and that each Sunday for the past 18 weeks he always ate the Chicken Lo Mein and Fried Rice.  He looked at me and said “I hope this isn’t a sign.”  Sucks for him.

 

So what kind of rituals or superstitions do you guys practice when watching the Giants?




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