There are few spheres of life that inspire us to cling to strange superstitions and rituals more than sports. Perhaps it’s because sports like football, basketball, hockey, etc. straddle an excruciating line where the outcome of a game seems dictated as much by fortune as it is by plays.
But, these superstitions aren’t all excruciating rituals that involve wearing the same ragged T-shirt you wore a decade ago when your team made the playoffs. Some are unique celebrations rooted deep in a team’s legend. Superstitions and rituals are often as interwoven into a team's or athlete’s identity as the biggest wins and losses from past eras.
And, it’s not just the fans who get compelled by our ancient lizard brains to do things we know are silly—athletes sometimes have even more bizarre superstitions than their fans. These are the weirdest superstitions and rituals in sports.