Jordan never hit the court without his UNC trunks under his Bulls uniform. And Boggs ate chicken before every game. MF explains why your favorite pro athletes practice the superstitious rituals they do.
With everything we know about the world in this day and age, it’s tough to justify going about superstitious rituals that don’t seem to serve any particular purpose. We don’t scream at the moon to get out of the way during eclipses anymore – we’ve replaced that with a working knowledge of science and advanced technology. Even in professional sports, we have statistics that continue to become more complex and detailed – giving us a more precise idea of who contributes what in any given game.
Although crunching the numbers might give viewers a better idea of what’s going on, actually playing the game, whatever it is, is more or less the same physical, unpredictable activity it’s always been. Smart, rational players are the most successful, but all of them still found their way to the top stage of the game through practice and honing their instincts. Some players and whole teams may have weird habits, but those rituals got them to the premier stage, and it provides them with a routine with which they feel comfortable. Here’s our list featuring some of the most bizarre, well-documented superstitions in pro sports.