General Sports

Almost catching a ball in the stands, that’s good luck right?

Please don’t tell us that you’re one of those superstitious, ritualistic, knock on wood kinda people. Well, the odds are actually pretty good that you’re a believer in sports jinxes. In fact, according to an Associated Press-Ipsos poll, one in every five fans tries to get lady luck on their team’s side.

You know what we mean: the lucky hat, the gameday jersey, the spinning in circles after a homerun, the freakin’ idiotic body paint, you get the idea.

The survey showed no real difference by gender, race or education in whether people try finding a way to help their team win. But those who do tend to be younger and make more money than those willing to risk letting the athletes determine a game’s outcome. They also are more likely to be single.

There was no significant difference among the fans of various sports in how superstitious they were, the poll showed.

Twenty-four percent of college basketball fans admitted to trying something lucky to help their team and 20 percent of professional basketball followers said the same thing. Fans of professional baseball, and of college and professional football, fell in between.

Professional football fell somewhere in between? We know that pro players don’t count as fans, but you go tell John Henderson that his pregame ritual is insignificant.


[]: One in five fans believes in jinxes, survey says

San Antonio Spurs

Dammit SI! There goes the Spurs fourth title

Tim Duncan was having one of the best postseasons of his career. Why did we say “was”? Well, those jerks over at Sports Illustrated decided to slap the Big Fundamental’s mug on the cover of their latest mag. In case you didn’t know, SI cover boys have a slight stigma of being a cursed by the magazine’s front page exposure. But don’t take our word for it; just look at the laundry list of those jinxed by SI! So, basically the Spurs can expect for Duncan to snap his leg by slipping on a candy wrapper before Game 5 tips off in San Antonio.

But, hey, Vince Young is taking on the Madden and Campbell’s curses head-on and he doesn’t seem too worried about it. And nothing happened to that tree that made the cover of SI a while back. So, maybe these crazy jinxes aren’t real after all.

With three rings and five MVPs in his pocket, there really isn’t much about Duncan that could be considered cursed. In fact, the only curse that currently surrounds Timmy is the way he cursed the luck of the Irish for the Celtics organization back in 1997.

I was fortunate — as fortunate as the Spurs — to land where I did,” he says, citing the ownership of Peter Holt, the stewardship of (Gregg) Popovich and general manager R.C. Buford, even the quality of the facilities in San Antonio as positives. “It’s not guaranteed if I did go somewhere else that I would have won a championship. Maybe things being different, I never get to that point, because people don’t prepare, people don’t draft, people don’t put teams together the right way, people don’t coach the right way. So I’m absolutely blessed having the situation that I’m in.

Now, like Duncan said, there’s no guarantee that Boston would be rolling in championship banners if the lottery would have gone according to plan but we’re guessing that they wouldn’t be losing 18 games in a row! So, maybe this SI cover is actually a reminder of the Duncan curse on Boston. If it is then the Celtics will be wasting their fifth pick in the upcoming draft on the spastic Joakim Noah. Now that’s a curse that nobody wants to deal with.


[]: Tim Duncan on Cover of Sports Illustrated
[]: All About Winning