The 20 Craziest Superstitions In Sports

By Jacob Kornhauser

The 20 Craziest Superstitions In Sports

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It's no secret that many athletes are superstitious. However, some go a little over the top when it comes to their superstitions. These 20 superstitions are almost crossing the line between sanity and insanity.

20. Justin Verlander Eats Taco Bell

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20. Justin Verlander Eats Taco Bell

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Before every game he's set to start, Cy Young winner Justin Verlander eats Taco Bell. How he's in such good shape, we may never know. It's a good bet that his girlfriend Kate Upton isn't eating herself any Taco Bell though.

19. Serena Williams Dirty Socks

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19. Serena Williams Dirty Socks

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There are many reasons that Serena Williams is the top women's tennis player in the world. Apparently one of those reasons is because she refuses to do laundry. Williams reportedly will wear the same pair of socks for every day of a tournament.

18. Sam Bradford OCD Eating

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18. Sam Bradford OCD Eating

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The Rams quarterback may have a slight case of OCD. When he eats things, he will only eat things in groups of three. Part of that is superstitious and part of that is just plain disturbing.

17. Richard Hamilton Likes Feeling Fresh

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17. Richard Hamilton Likes Feeling Fresh

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Former Piston Richard Hamilton likes to feel fresh before a game. He always showers right before game time in order to feel the freshest he can. On top of that, he continues to wear a face mask that is no longer necessary because he's grown comfortable with it.

16. Bryce Harper Likes Staying Clean

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16. Bryce Harper Likes Staying Clean

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The Nationals' young phenom has a couple of odd superstitions. First, he eats Ego waffles for breakfast and then throughout the course of the day, he takes seven showers daily. It's hard to consider how he would have time for that many showers, but nobody is questioning the results.

15. Manny Pacquiao Likes His Blood

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15. Manny Pacquiao Likes His Blood

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One of the reasons that a Pacquiao vs. Mayweather fight has never happened is because of the former's superstition. While Pacquiao is open to strict blood testing, he refuses to give blood tests on the day of a fight because he says that it weakens him.

14. Everyone Poops, Even Dwight Howard

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14. Everyone Poops, Even Dwight Howard

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To put it gently, Dwight Howard likes to release some free weight before every game. Apparently, his most important pre-game ritual takes place on a toilet right before game time every night.

13. John Henderson Takes Abuse

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13. John Henderson Takes Abuse

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Defensive lineman John Henderson has a weird way of getting pumped up before a game. He has coaches slap him as hard as they can so he can get jacked up for the upcoming game. Now if only they had slap fights in the trenches in the NFL.

12. Turk Wendell Keeps Mementos

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12. Turk Wendell Keeps Mementos

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An avid hunter, pitcher Turk Wendell would wear a necklace of animal teeth coming from animals he personally hunted. To go along with a bunch of other crazy superstitions, this one was the most eery that Wendell had in his playing days.

11. Craig Biggo Likes A Dirty Helmet

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11. Craig Biggio Likes A Dirty Helmet

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During his playing career, eventual Hall of Famer Craig Biggio never liked to be squeaky clean. Not only did he enjoy getting his Astros jersey dirty, but he also always made sure that his helmet was full of pine tar for every at bat that he took.

10. Caron Butler Enjoys Him Some Mountain Dew

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10. Caron Butler Enjoys Him Some Mountain Dew

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In what can only be described as a cramp waiting to happen, Caron Butler would drink a two-liter of Mountain Dew before and during games. How he didn't cramp up every game is a miracle, but his dentist bill must be through the roof.

9. Vladimir Guerrero Was Too Comfortable With His Teammates

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9. Vladimir Guerrero Is Too Comfortable With His Teammates

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There's nothing like team bonding. How did Vlad try to do that? He routinely had teammates spit loogies onto his helmet and then he would make it dirtier just for show. This is definitely one of the more gross superstitions in baseball and all of sports.

8. Mike Bibby Breaking Bad Habits

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8. Mike Bibby Breaking Bad Habits

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Bibby was always known as a chronic nail biter during games so to get away from doing that, he started using nail clippers on the sidelines. Slowly, but surely that became part of his routine and he would do some maintenance on his nails whenever he went to the bench during a game.

7. Bruce Gardiner

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7. Bruce Gardiner

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When Senators forward Bruce Gardiner goes into a slump, his skates get punished. If he ever got into a slump, he would dip his skates in the toilet before the game. He claims it worked, but his skates probably didn't appreciate the treatment.

6. Alex Ovechkin Likes To Hook Up

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6. Alex Ovechkin Likes To Hook Up

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One of the best hockey players in the NHL has a particular hobby before and after his games. Apparently, he enjoys the company of a woman in the bedroom both before and after a game as good luck. Maybe if he pitches that, it could make for a solid pick up line.

5. Daniel Briere Treats Sticks Like Family

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5. Daniel Briere Treats Stick Like Family

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Hockey can produce a lot of superstitious players and Daniel Briere is one of them. Over the course of a game, he rotates between three sticks. Instead of sticking with a stick that he's playing well with, he lets it take a nap so it can be rested up for when he needs it again.

4. Tiger Woods Wears Red Shirts For Clutch Ability

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4. Tiger Woods Wears Red Shirts For Clutch Ability

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Even though it hasn't done him any good lately, Tiger only wears red on the Sundays of tournaments. It helped bring him 14 major titles in the past and perhaps it will help him to re-gain his form in the near future.

3. Patrick Roy Talks To Goal Post

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3. Patrick Roy Talks To Goal Post

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Known to be a bit of a hot head during his playing days, the greatest goalie of all time had a special relationship with the goal he was defending. Whenever a puck hit the post and stayed out of the back of the net, he would thank it for helping it out. It would be interesting if the goal post ever talked back.

2. Mark Fidrych Guides Ball With His Voice

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2. Mark Fidrych Guides Ball With His Voice

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One of the most beloved rookies in baseball history, the cooky Mark Fidrych produced several weird antics. Among other things, he actually literally talked to the baseball and told it what to do so that he could strike out opposing batters.

1. Tim Lincecum Never Changes His Hat

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1. Tim Lincecum Never Changes His Hat

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During his entire big league career, Tim Lincecum likes consistency. While he's recently been inconsistent on the mound, one thing that has remained consistent is his hat. He's worn the same hat on days he pitches for his entire career. One can only hope that he washes that hat regularly.

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