As Super Bowl Approaches, Share Your Sports Superstitions

A Patch editor believes growing a beard or wearing the same clothes on game day helps give his team the edge. What about you?

I believe growing a beard every time the San Francisco Giants clinch a playoff berth they will go on to win the World Series.

I believe that if I wear the same red Patrick Willis football jersey, camouflage pants, red shoes and war paint I wore during the past two playoff games that the San Francisco 49ers will win the Super Bowl.

I believe in superstitions.

As long as my team wins, then I don't care if I have to wear the same smelly and unwashed undershirt or eat the same food on game days.

It's a sacrifice to show the Sports Gods that I'll do whatever it takes to help my team bring home a big, fat W.

And I'm not alone. My friends are in the same boat. Athletes in all levels of sports also have their own set of superstitions.

You've also seen the television commercials, right?

My favorite is the Niner fan who invites himself to his former apartment to watch the big game with strangers. Why? Because his lucky seat is there.

I totally understand.

Every Niner playoff game I attend I have to sit next to my brother. The one time I didn't we experienced a heartbreaking loss to the New York Giants in last year's NFC Championship.

Don't blame Kyle Williams for fumbling away a shot at the Super Bowl that year. Blame me.

Here are a few other things I HAVE to do on Super Bowl Sunday:

  • Drink a Coors Light. Only one — and I have to make it last throughout the whole game. Other beverages during the game are fine. But I need that Coors Light near me.
  • High-five every fellow fan — even if they are strangers — within my immediate surrounding area when anything good happens for the Niners.
  • Fists closed during crucial plays — like a third down, for example.

I have more, but enough about me. Do you have any sports superstitions? Tell me in the comments section below. I've uploaded a photo of my lucky 49ers jersey and San Francisco Giants shirt. Snap a photo of your lucky charms or outfit, and upload them here (click on the "Upload Photos and Videos" button).

As the Bud Light slogan says for its superstitious commercials: "It's only weird if it doesn't work."

And here's a fact: The last time I wrote about the 49ers for Patch my team won.

Kris, you can't be serious!

I hear ya. I hear ya.

But don't mind me. I'm just going through my check list.

One superstition down, a few more to go.


The superstitious Patch Editor Kris Noceda bleeds Red & Gold and is a member of the Niner Empire. He's endured dark seasons under past 49ers Head Coaches Dennis Erickson, Mike Nolan and Mike Singletary. He now lives life under the motto: In Harbaugh We Trust.

Paige Austin January 29, 2013 at 06:39 PM
I pride myself on not being superstitious, but when it comes to my team, that goes out the window. I absolutely have to knock on wood whenever anyone says my team is going to win. And playoffs are killer! I have to be on my best behavior constantly - leave big tips, driver super politely, donate blood, donate money and volunteer, fix my mom's computer, pick up trash in the street, take on extra assignments at work, extra chores around the house ...the list is endless, but my team won it all last year. So now I am beholden to my superstition. Please tell me other fans are as silly as me!
JustUs January 29, 2013 at 10:56 PM
I am a HUGE college football and basketball fan. I love the bowl games and March Madness. But you couldn't pay me enough to watch a pro football or basketball game anymore. I used to watch them. But once those genetic misfit spoiled brats went on strike for more money while pulling down $7m-$15m in salary - I vowed I would never watch another pro game again. And I haven't. I would no more watch the Superbowl than I would eat my dog's leftovers. Whenever my favorite college basketball team (Gonzaga) plays I chew on sunflower seeds while I watch them on TV. It seems to help. Once I munched on tortilla chips and they lost. My favorite college football teams are Boise St. and Oregon. It seems that whenever I lay at a vertical 90 degree angle to the TV set on game day they win. And occasional 4 letter words when the opposing team scores seems to help too. My methods vary and change from season to season. The methods I mentioned were for 2012.
Paige Austin January 29, 2013 at 11:03 PM
Haha. Thanks for sharing your superstitions! That four-letter word magic is pretty universal, isn't it?
Tennickly January 30, 2013 at 04:52 PM
I don't think anything I do affects how the teams I root for perform. I can ee how it would be fun and would make fans feel more involved to have rituals around the game. I am a hockey player and I always put my gear on the same way, but that's mostly to make sure I don't forget anything.


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