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10 Sports Superstitions That Are Completely Stupid

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Teams have traditions and superstitions that they hold on to in order to do well. Whether it is personal, team-based or stemmed from years of playing sports, there is always something. Regardless of whether or not anyone truly believes in these superstitions, it’s safe to say that superstitions in sports are pretty ridiculous. These are 10 sports superstitions that are completely stupid.

10. Hitting

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10. Hitting

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It’s strange to see players smack each other to pump themselves up for a game. Sometimes the smack is just a light tap, but in the case of John Henderson of the Jacksonville Jaguars, he would have the assistant trainer smack him across the face as hard as he could.

9. Madden Curse

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9. Madden Curse

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The Madden Curse is talked about a lot, but injuries and don’t have anything to do with a video game.

8. Not Talking About a No-Hitter

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8. Not Talking About a No-Hitter

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Apparently if you talk about a no-hitter in baseball, then it won’t happen -- so people remain silent when it comes to the matter.

7. No Scoring

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7. No Scoring

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Unfortunately for athletes, there is a superstition that sexual activity before a game makes the player lose focus. There is probably no science behind that, and it’s probably the superstition that people pay the least amount of attention to.

6. Not Washing an Article of Clothing

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6. Not Washing an Article of Clothing

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It could probably work against your opponents in contact sports since having to smell you would make people back away.

5. Playoff Beards

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5. Playoff Beards

Playoff Beard Superstition
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All men may be created equal, but unfortunately not all men can grow beards. Some players who choose to grow playoff beards are left with a messy and patchy growth on their face.

4. Sports Illustrated Cover Curse

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4. Sports Illustrated Cover Curse

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There is a curse that whoever appears on a Sports Illustrated cover will have trouble. This has proven to be true with the Denver Broncos, Jeremy Lin and Jimmie Johnson.

3. Throwing Things on the Ice

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3. Throwing Things on the Ice

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Some teams have traditions in which their fans throw things on the ice. Throwing an octopus at Detroit Red Wings games, throwing hats for hat tricks, and throwing fish are just some of the odd things fans throw on the ice. There are so many questions stemming from this tradition: do you get your hat back? Why are you comfortable carrying around dead fish?

2. Wad of Gum under the Hat for Luck

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2. Wad of Gum under the Hat for Luck

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Do you presume to chew this wad of gum that you stuck under your dirty, sweaty cap?

1. Lucky Article of Clothing

Lucky Shorts Superstition
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1. Lucky Article of Clothing

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This is probably an old superstition that fans and players both give in to. Michael Jordan had a lucky pair of shorts and look where he ended up, it could work, but it’s safe to say Jordan would be great with or without the shorts.