10 Weirdest Lucky Charms in SportsNovember 30, 2010
10 Weirdest Lucky Charms in Sports
Student, armature and professional athletes and teams alike all have certain lucky charms they believe bring them good luck. While it may be all in their heads, these charms seem to mean a lot to the people and teams that they are attached to.
Sometimes, the charms athletes pick are a little wacky and a little strange. Here is a list of 10 of the wackiest and weirdest lucky charms in sports.
No. 10: Wade Anthony Boggs’ Chicken Fixation
According to a story on the New York Daily News Web site, this famous baseball player insisted on eating chicken before every game as a good luck tradition.
While not the weirdest on the list, this is one good luck charm that most people would get tired of, but not Boggs.
No. 9: Andy Roeser’s Jacket
Roeser wore this crazy jacket to during the 2009 NBA Draft Lottery.
It seemed to have worked for his team, since the team got draft pick Blake Griffin, which it was reported the team wanted.
No. 8: Milwaukee Bucks Fishing Lure
This lucky charm came to the Bucks through a fan promotion that gave fans the chance to submit items for the front office to take to the NBA draft for good luck.
It allowed the Bucks to get the No. 1 draft pick in the 2005 draft, so this winning entry proved to be pretty lucky for the team, according to SBNation.com.
No. 7: Lamar Odom’s Candy
According to a report from ESPN.com, Lamar Odom attributes a few of his best games to eating his favorite substance earlier in the day: candy.
While this may seem contradictory to dietary advice, if it works for Odom than this is his lucky charm.
No. 6: 76ers Crystal Basketball
According to an article from The Morning Call, president Pat Croce took a crystal basketball with him to the NBA draft and two years in a row landed the team's high draft picks.
Other reports say his last high pick with the basketball was Allen Iverson, who now possesses the lucky charm.
No. 5: Knicks’ Lucky Horseshoe
This symbol, often recognized as a lucky symbol to begin with, brought good fortune to the Knicks in 1985 during the NBA draft lottery, according to SBNation.com.
This lucky charm helped the team to win the lottery that year, and has brought them good luck several other times since then.
No. 4: Steven John
Another odd sports lucky charm was Turk Wendell’s necklace made of the teeth of animals he had hunted in his free time.
While this would be an odd trinket for anyone to wear, he wore it constantly during games as a good luck charm according to biographicon.com.
No. 3: Cleveland Indians’ Lucky Squirrel
It may have been only for one game, but this furry little creature helped the Indians beat the Yankees in this 2004 game.
According to an article on the team’s site, the Indians had been on a nine-game losing streak before a squirrel appeared on their field in a game against the Yankees and caused a little bit of a disruption as he hung around to watch the rest of the game. After his appearance, the Indians were able to make a comeback and beat the Yankees, 4-3.
No. 2: Michael Jordan’s College Basketball Shorts
Michael Jordan was a basketball legend not only in his college days, but in the NBA as well. While his talent is what really pushed him to stardom, he wore his college shorts under his longer Bulls shorts for every NBA game he played for good luck.
No. 1: Pedro Martinez’s Little Friend
Nelson de la Rosa was Martinez' and the Red Sox’ good luck charm up until Martinez left the Red Sox in December of 2004, according to a report from NBC Sports.
This tiny man was a treasured good luck charm that seemed to actually bring good fortune to the man and the team who put faith in his luckiness.