Sports enthusiasts are known for their superstitions.
Some folks will wear a certain shirt or hat on game day or go through a specific ritual when heading to the stadium, such as always traveling the same route or parking in the same lot.
Athletes and coaches can be just as bad.
Brian Urlacher, a former all-pro linebacker for the Chicago Bears, used to eat two chocolate chip cookies before every game.
Hall-of-Fame baseball player Wade Boggs always took batting practice at 5:17 p,m. and ate chicken before every game. His wife had 40 different recipes she would serve.
Former LSU football coach Les Miles would eat some of the grass on the field prior to each game. He said it helped him get in touch with “part of the field and part of the game.”
Now, before you go laughing off these superstitions, keep in mind there is a science behind them. Superstitious people will tell you it’s all about processing information in order to find a pattern that gives your favorite team or athlete that extra nudge to victory.
Take “the chair” for instance.
The chair is a rocking chair that sits in the corner of our family room near the television. Its powers were first discovered when the Cavaliers gave Cleveland sports fans their first professional championship in 52 years. As you may recall, the Cavs were down three games to one and facing elimination. No team in NBA history had ever come back from such a deficit to win a championship.
I sat in the chair for Game 5 and the Cavs won. Ditto Game 6. Then came Game 7: It was LeBron James’ blocked shot, Kyrie Erving’s three-point bomb and “the chair” that worked in unison to conjure up a championship for Cleveland.
Knowing the power this chair has, I’ve been careful not to use up all of its luck.
Saturday, when things took a turn for the worse for Ohio State late in the second quarter, I was about to sit in the chair, but the Buckeyes managed to score on their own before half time to regain their momentum. The Buckeyes were left “chairless” and went on to whack Michigan, 62-39.
Notre Dame’s game later Saturday evening was a different story.
With the Irish behind 10-0 and things getting worse against Southern Cal, I summoned the bullpen — “the chair.” It turned out it still had plenty of magic left in its tank. The result: Notre Dame scored the next 24 points and went on to win, 24-17.
Laugh all you want at this superstition.
All I know is that I have a job that deals in facts. And the fact is when I’ve sat in this chair, the team I cheer for has won.
Will the chair produce an endless amount of victories? Of course not. Nothing is endless.
But the chair is hot right now. To which I say, bring on Alabama.
ROSES AND THORNS: A father’s son and his friends earn a spot in the rose garden.
Rose: Gene Davis, of Greely Chapel Road, received quite a surprise on a recent cold and windy Saturday. His son, Jeff Davis, showed up with two friends, Scott Fessler and Travis Illhart, and got Gene’s house ready for winter — including picking up all the walnuts.
Rose: To Lima Community Church, which prepared turkey dinners for anyone who passed through the doors of Lima’s Civic Center on Thanksgiving. It estimated 3,000 dinners were served.
Rose: To Colene and Bob Spillman of Waynesfield, who will be celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary on Friday.
Rose: Cooper Farms of Oakwood donated 15,642 pounds of deli meat — valued at almost $50,000 — to a variety of Williams and Defiance County food pantries, the Paulding County Senior Center and the 50th Annual Feast of Giving in Dayton.
Thorn: To Cridersville Village Councilman Paul Lynch, who was cited for drunken driving for the second time in two years.
Thorn: To Regal Cinemas, which is no longer providing The Lima News with movie listings for its American Mall Stadium 12 theater.
PARTING SHOT: “It’s not that I’m afraid to die, I just don’t want to be there when it happens.” – Woody Allen
Jim Krumel is the editor of The Lima News. Contact him at 567-242-0391 or at The Lima News, 3515 Elida Road, Lima, Ohio 45807.