It's all positional. With my past experience and knowledge, if I'm dumb enough to lay on my couch on my right side with my elbow propping me up then I deserve to watch my Bucks lose.
If you're dumb enough to watch any 3-hour long football game in that position, you deserve to have the worst pins and needles, my hand is asleep feeling in the history of man.
Ha, yes, that too
Whenever we play NW Mars State, I wear a tinfoil hat and watch the game from my basement. Hasn't failed yet.
But that doesn't keep me from getting mad over our OOC "come here and get PTSD" money going extraterrestrial as oppossed to staying in state ;-)
Wear the same OSU shirt every fall saturday. If they lose, I switch to another one. I also sit in the same spot on the couch and set the remote down in different spots depending on how they're doing...... I need help.
Wow this seems more like paranoia than anything lol. The remote thing is crazy.
I do the same exact thing.... but I do it for real sports. I wear the same shirt under my pads gamedays until we lose, then I change it up. I also do it with socks in wrestling and baseball. I know it's irrational but I can't bear to wear a different shirt or socks and have us lose.
I voted no. I think you make your own luck. Work hard and give life your best and you'll be surprised by the number of people that will tell you "how lucky you are".
An angry fan...rooting for an angry team...led by angry coaches
That's some sound advice. But since nothing I do affects the OSU football team, I also have to say no but for a different reason. But honestly, that is some sound advice for life in general.
Also whenever we play Michigan in Columbus I wear Red, while when we play in them in Ann Arbor I also wear red. It has only failed me twice in the past 11 seasons.
Of course not, that is silly. I do have some traditions though, that are completed in an exact sequence every week that never change. The only reason I repeat these traditions is because I am stuck in a rut and do not adapt to change very well. That's my story and I'm sticking with it.
Acronyms are hard to remember.
I know what you mean. I have been wondering what would happen if I waited until 9 AM instead of 6 AM on gamedays to start drinking whiskey. But I'm usually so drunk I decide to start making changes in my life once I am sober. This usually doesn't happen. lol
Sure am....I spell it all out here
Whatever I do for the first win/game, I do throughout the season - you don't mess with a streak
For your sake I hope you don't mix up your Advil with your laxatives in a week. That would be a really rough season.
Let the beard grow and don't shave. Got to keep the win streak going! My goal is with another 14 wins that I will be looking like this guy by the end of the year!
If you do become that guy, we don't need to keep following our silly superstitions - you can just hook us up with some of your magic.
We don't need much more magic with a Wise Wizard at QB and a Genius Wizard at head coach.
These are my personal and extremely situational swapouts for Grey and White wizards, because well that would just look racist as hell.
True, but you never know when a little extra magic (e.g., "Holy Buckeye") might come in handy.
Let's leave our options open by taking an all-the-above approach: yes, put our faith in the wizardry of Urbz, Brax, and company; but also hedge our bets by not pissing off the football gods and by hiring a few extra non-unionized sorcerers.
I forgot about the Sorcery International Workers' Union. I heard there were supposed to be 8 Harry Potter biographies, but the Wizard Strike of 2008 prematurely ended the series.
Terrible quidditch season as well.
Exactly! Like on a 3rd and long, he could force them to run by saying in a commanding voice:
"YOU SHALL NOT PASS!"
Your victory, it is flawless.
And on offense, "Fly, you fools!"
Tom Herman, Braxton Miller, et al will be supplying their own fireworks. No wizardry needed.
Just say no to italics abuse.
Gandalf was only a 5th Level Magic-User.
If your definition of superstitious includes cracking a beer every football Saturday at 8 am then yes, I am superstitious.
I can't believe Oyster hasn't handed you a demerit yet for mentioning alcohol. He is apparently trying to relive his glory days as the top hall monitor East of the Mississippi.
Here Big O I'll save you some time and reply to myself.
Every saturday morning during football season i like to make random prank calls to Ann Arbor area codes.
ME- Yes is your refrigerator running?
Dumbass Ann Arbor person Why yes it is
Me- Well you better go catch it before Hoke empties out all of its contents.
That's how they know it's obviously a prank. As if Hoke could catch a running fridge...Ok ok, maybe if he's driving around looking for one as he often does. But he would have to be in a car.
he can't fit in a car...C'MON!!!!
"When I look in the mirror, I want to take a swing at me."
Wayne Woodrow Hayes
That is juvenile & accomplishes little.....and I can't stop laughing after reading it.
Every result of a game can be explained by totally logical means. It hurts when the Buckeyes lose, but I would imagine that it is easier to move on if I blamed the loss on an opposing qb who happened to have a great day in terms of accuracy or efficiency, or an opposing defense that played better than average and neutralized a key part of our offense effectively. That's a lot better of an option than blaming it it on the underwear you put on, the restaurant you got lunch at, or a curse.
"Sometimes you eat the bear and sometimes the bear eats you."
A great example of this is 2009 USC. We had a freshman QB on the ropes, practically choking on the things he said about the noise in Ohio Stadium being a non-factor flying down his throat, TP was actually playing decently except for the first drive, USC ended up being pretty bad, and as mentioned above it was the greatest home field advantage in college football history.
And then Bollman/Tresselball happened. 2 field goals from the 1 yard line with a 240 pound QB. Even if we didn't score a TD going for it Barkley was gonna shit himself being so close to the fans with those cockamamy Ohio Stadium lights shining in his eyes.
USC scored a fake TD in that game too. His knee was down.
Oh, there you are old wounds.
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There are a lot of strange things I do that are superstitious when it comes to Buckeye football.
I used to buy a new jersey every season, alternating between offensive and defensive players. (Now I have a customized jersey that my wife bought me.)
I wear my lucky Buckeye socks.
I wear my jersey every Saturday and do not wash it until the season is over or we lose a game.
I grow a "Buckeye Beard" starting on game 1 and don't shave until we lose a game or the season is over.
Wherever I watch the game, the seat that you first take is your assigned location. You cannot move from that seat until something bad happens. When something bad dose happen, EVERYONE must move to a new seat.
If someone leaves the room and a good play happens, they must stay away from the TV until something bad happens.
NO ONE is allowed to leave during clutch moments or overtime.
We hold up 3 fingers in the air for third downs on defense.
And lastly, any time there is a field go attempt or PAT, we hold our hands up and make a "goal post" with our thumbs and forefingers and "split the uprights" when the kick is good by separating our hands in the air.
Yup - I think I have a problem...
"It takes a little something special to be a great player. What you got in you, we're going to find out. And if there's a touch of greatness in there, how cool would that be?"
-Urban F. Meyer
No. You are completely normal........
Instead of a jersey, it's a T-shirt for me. I don't wash it until after the season or we lose. (At the end of last season, the arm pits on mine smelled a little rank, but that's the price you pay for 12 straight wins)
If we do happen to lose, I switch to another shirt for the next game.
Probably not the most hygienic choice of fandom, but worth every stinky whiff. :o)
So funny! We do the same thing here at home when watching away games. We even abide by this at the Shoe for home games. Everyone is to stay in their seats, do not leave during important plays, if they do leave and something good happens they are to stay out, and if bad things are happening, we all switch seats.
Oh yeah, I also have a bobble head Brutus that everyone is required to rub his head before kick-off.
One year, on the drive down to the Outback Bowl, we would hold Brutus up and wave him frantically at other Buckeyes and 'Cocks we saw on the road. I guess after 14 hours of relentless head bobbing, his head fell off. Well, we all know what happened in that game....
There is an off color joke imbedded in your last paragraph, but I'm not gonna go there...
Off the top of my head, only one came to mind.
Yeah, well I guess at your age, one is all you can manage.
Must. Not. Say. Anything....
A picture exists (somewhere) of me in my OSU dorm full of Buckeyes watching the M*ch!g@n game in Ann Arbor in 2005. It's near the end of the game (probably around the time that Gonzo caught that ridiculous pass) and you can see me in the photo, sitting on my dorm bed, physically holding my groin and bent over in pain. I had to take a piss so bad my eyes were turning yellow. But it was crunch time and I wouldn't allow anyone to leave their seat.
We won, and luckily I didn't need to wash my bedsheets.
I trust my gut instinct and can feel when something bad is about to happen. I used to be so superstitious I would refuse to move an inch during a game because I was afraid that if i adjusted my posture or moved my leg in my chair it would result in a turnover or a bad injury or the other team hitting a big play.
"Sherman ran an option play right through the south" - Greatest Civil War analogy EVER.
I'm never superstition in life, but always superstitious in sports. For example (clears throat):
It CAN'T just be a coincidence that EVERY time I pause a live sporting event something bad happens on the field. It is better to miss a play or two while going to the bathroom or the kitchen than it is to risk facing the wrath of the football gods. They just wait for me to screw up so they can take it out on my buckeyes. I still blame myself for the loss to LSU. We were up 10-0! Why did I have to be so greedy?! I'm sorry!! I really had to go and i didn't want to miss a single play of what was going to be a glorious win! I'm so so SORRY!!
(Wipes away tear) See what I'm talking about?
May I suggest you try this the next time, PLEASE! ; )
My wife suggested that I drink less beer during games (which might be possible for a noon kickoff, but a night game?! Pure folly!).
This makes so much more sense because it combines the best of both worlds- just like a reese's cup!
It was definitely either completely on YOU, or it was the insane amount of personal fouls that either extended LSU drives (Spitler roughing the punter comes to mind) or set us up with a 2nd and 25.
O yeah and we had Boeckman at QB. I don't really know how we even got there...
Your points are entirely too logical to make sense to the superstitious sports fanatic.
How could the end result of a game of that magnitude have anything to do with the physical actions of the players on the field?
However, I will ponder what you have presented in an attempt to find the underlying meaning behind it. Maybe it can be used to help the buckeyes win it all this season! Who has Urban's cell number? He's gonna wanna hear this...
Actually I have it because I have been feeding him these gems of logic all offseason. I remember yelling out "score more points than the other teams!" at an open practice back in April, and next thing you know I'm talking schematics with Urban every night.
When I drink my beer I always turn the tab to the right, but when Ohio Stat is playing I keep it straight down the middle.
Not sure when I started it but it's something I do almost without thinking when I sit down to watch a Buckeyes game now.
I now my cat has learned not to venture into the basement when we play Michigan.. (didn't touch him, but the screams and yelling did the task)..
I used to have this Joe Cool key chain that I bought at the beginning of the 98 season and somehow I had a funny feeling about it so it meant a lot to me for some reason. Anyway, the start of the 98 season began with Joe Germaine being the starting quarterback all by himself without Stanley Jackson who I was NOT fond of in the slightest. I just didn't think he was that great and he seemed to make a lot of mistakes that Germaine didn't. So the fans all started calling Germaine Joe Cool which also helped to feed the superstition that my key chain was special. So the season starts and Ohio State starts tearin it up! Well the Michigan State game rolls around and my mom asks if she can borrow my Jeep. I was still in high school and lived at home so I couldn't exactly tell her no but I did tell her to protect my Joe Cool key chain with her life cause the season depended on it! So mom messed around and didn't get home till 3 quarters of the way through the Michigan State game! I didn't have my Joe Cool keychain with me the entire time when I had had it with me for every game before that when I was watching the game. On top of that, she somehow managed to LOSE MY JOE COOL KEYCHAIN!!!!! I never got it back! So anytime someone brings up that season to my mom, she'll say oh my gosh, I cost them that season and I NEVER live it down with my son! She'll tell them the whole story about how she lost the key chain and cost the Buckeyes the National Championship that year!!!
The great thing about that season however was that 98 was the year my dad passed away. Just days after the Michigan game. The funny thing about it was though that I got to see that game with my dad. So even though they lost against Michigan State that year, and I got to watch that game with my dad too, it was still a special season for me and one of the greatest I had ever seen..
Miss you dad...
Lots of superstitions but hey, I played baseball, so it comes naturally.
Yes, I was a pitcher in HS and College so I've always been superstitious. I never stepped on the foul lines nor touched the ball on the mound until the other teams pitcher was in their dugout (not to mention I'd always switch the ball out with the ump before warming up). I always had a voodoo doll for each team we played...sometimes it worked, sometimes not. My HS baseball team has won at least one DIII state title and they still do some silly stuff from what I've heard.
For OSU football I always wear the same T-Shirt for casual dress down Fridays where I work. I also wear said shirt on Saturday game days too (washed sometimes....sometimes not. Ewww I know). Anyhow, it's worked in the past. Not too many losses besides the 2011 season in the last ten years or so. Not sure it has one thing at all to do with my T-shirt but in my mind it does;-)
Some people think we’re the hunted.I don’t feel that way at all.We’re the hunter.Everybody wants an angry football team.Everybody wants a team on edge and a hungry team.If you’re a hunter,that usually equates to being hungry.
Since I live out of state, I watch most games on TV. But I still only wear home red jerseys for home games, road white jerseys for away games. I ALWAYS wear my "Woody's Looking Down...And he still hates michigan" shirt underneath my jersey when we play ttun. Granted, we lost two years ago but we outclassed them on the field and that team was..."special." :/ Also, I don't really wear my lucky Buckeye necklace anymore because it only seems to bring bad luck. I can't deviate from my system for fear of screwing it up for the team and all of Buckeye Nation...!!
I tried wearing my "Because we couldn't go for 3" shirt to a local Buckeye bar out here but people literally asked me if they could take pictures of the shirt the entire game. I guess that's a plug for 11W dry goods.
are you speaking arabic on purpose?
Im not being sarcastic.
How would one speak Arabic accidentally?
by not knowing that inshallah means really, as in my white looking ass will say something in arabic and an arab usually looks at me like, "inshallah?" in the Lebanese/Syrian/Jordanian slanted dialect. By your name you appeared more Nordic than anything.
But if you say it a certain way it can mean something along the lines of "good" or "good for you" or "right on". That language is almost as weird as English.
I'm the typical American mutt (Stripes ftw!) but I've spent enough time on the Arabian peninsula that I throw out an automatic "and peace be upon you" when greeted with Salaam.
Now I'm also openly a kafir and certainly don't believe in predestination so my use of 'god willing' was essentially an inside joke.
My Kurdish, and even my Farsi are better than my Arabic.
ok yeah god willing is a much better translation as you can tell i have had no formal training, although informal Arabic was technically my first language because when I was younger my Lebanese grandparents looked after me basically 24/7.
Bunch of sharmutas around here man, sheesh...jk jk
But I guess I can identify with one of the rarest cultures in the modern world- the Arab Christian.
I work in Procurement for a company that does a lot of work in the Middle East, and inshallah has to be my least favorite word ever.
Me: what's the status on that massively expensive item I ordered on which completion of our contract hinges?
Repeat, every day. Apparently God never wills a straight answer. Can I get a response more detailed than "when God wills it?"
You just gotta light a fire under their ass. Yullah yullah yullah shooh bickhoon? Inshallah ya allah mish hehbick ya acrute. ***translation:
Hurry the hell up whats the matter with you guys? God willing, god will hate you for being such a bastard.
Ha, maybe I'll give it a try.
I'm arabic, and you sharmuttas are cracking me up.
Min wheyn ya shaab? is it shaab or shabaab when talking to one guy?
Honestly, in all my years I've only heard "shabaab," always referring to a group of dudes.
Just like my dad in the sense that you were an Arab who went to Ohio State to pursue a degree in physics/engineering- basically math. Arab guys are just freaking good at math. I'm the lone exception and I instead trouble my brain with the law and philosophy of man. no numbers. leaves more time to kick it with my sharmuttas ya allahhhh, cleyt binnett killah yowmh.
In the 90's I had to watch games alone at home....Today, I still have to be at home but the kids don't interfere on game day...lol
Oh! I took full blame for losing to MSU in 98 because I caught the end of the game and not the whole game. :-)
WE FINALLY HAVE OUR BARTMAN!!!! IT COULDN'T HAVE BEEN THE PLAYERS! JUST LIKE MOISES ALOU NEVER ACTED LIKE A LITTLE GIRL FOR NO REASON AND FREAKED THE WHOLE TEAM OUT, JOE GERMAINE AND THE BUCKEYE OFFENSE NEVER EPICALLY CHOKED AWAY A NC SEASON BY NOT SCORING FOR 25 GAMETIME MINUTES AGAINST THE SPARTANS!
Im sorry fans...I didn't mean it.
Well, Bartman did move from Chicago to Miami to avoid getting murdered; therefore, if you admit to being our Bartman for that game...God I can't even say it. Just reinforce your home or something but either way dying a Buckeye is infinitely better than living in Michigan anytime at all, but it gets exponentially worse between October and June.
I voted no, but then remembered that I will NOT go over to someone's house to watch the game where I previously watched a particularly devastating loss. I haven't been to one buddy's house to watch a game since Wisconsin in 2003.
I don't have any lucky sucks or jerseys( I gave up on that with the @USC lost and Florida BCS lost) BUT when I'm home watching I try not to move around too much when I'm on the couch or chair. If the Bucks are playing well, and I'm in that postion...I like to keep that position.
Note to self - must look into "lucky sucks" as new game day ritual...
I'm making phone calls in between typing sentences. I'm trying to line myself up a few of these so called lucky sucks for Saturday.
Don't worry, I'll let you guys know the millisecond OSU football is a good enough reason for a girl to loan you a pair. That will be the exact moment that the stars align and it will absolutely guarantee a national championship season.
still no luck. tapped out my cell phone contacts long ago. Are these sucks mythical?
I voted no, but do have a couple particular 'quirks' that I cling to.
Beginning next Saturday, lasting for roughly 5 months, I will NOT wear blue on Saturdays (to include my trusty Levi's). I WILL wear particular OSU t-shirts, the color depends upon whether we're playing @ home or away.
I'm going to miss most of the opener this year, my grandson's first game is away, quite a drive, and will require us to leave early Sat. DVR will be running, but most likely, I will not watch until our first bye-week.
I bought a dancing Brutus doll (hit the button and it shakes its ass while Sloopy or Across the Field plays) from Buckeye Corner years ago. I only put the batteries in during games and if I don't hit the button after every touchdown (field goals aren't good enough) the Buckeyes won't score another one. This probably isn't that weird by Columbus standards, but I live in DC, so it gets laughs.
Generally speaking it seems the Buckeyes play better if I'm not watching. This is probably a common superstition but as irrational as it is I feel like if I turn to another game for a moment something good is more likely to happen. I also have a friend who attends away games at Wiscy all the time. I'm pretty sure he is the kiss of death.
I was as much responsible as Kenny for the monumental comeback against Purdue last year. As soon as Kenny threw that first interception I turned the game off because I knew I was jinxing us. As soon as I prayed my prayer of confession and turned the game back one, that's when Kenny connected on that deep pass and eventually took the game. So yeah, I'm superstitious.
I stopped being superstitious on January 8th, 2007.
Wore the same thing to every home game last year except Purdue. The GT drive started when I pulled my shirt off which was a pink shirt ill never wear for a game ever again. I wore the same jersey, shorts, undershirt, shoes, socks, and underwear during every other game last year and you know how that story ends. (Yes, I was jersey and shorts for Michigan, too. Judge me.)
The offseason begins when your season ends. Even then there are no days off.
Yes. I was at the Purdue game last year and it was freezing, so I had my OSU crewneck sweatshirt on. Underneath, I had the Holy Buckeye! Homage T-shirt on. When Kenny came in, I sacrificed my body and took the crewneck off so we could have Holy Buckeye pt. 2. From now on, I gotta wear that shirt on gamedays.
Don't give up... Don't ever give up.
Before these became scarce in NC, these were me and my dad's go-to snack if OSU was losing in the 2nd half. We'd always keep some in the pantry, but never break them out unless necessary.
Those don't look very user friendly. Maybe it's a southern thing?
I have a pair of Buckeye undies that I wear every game day, if we win then I don't wash them and they go right back in my top drawer, if we lose I wash them. I also do the same thing with my Troy Smith jersey, win it doesn't get washed if we lose then it does. So neither these underwear or this jersey have been washed since the Gator Bowl debacle on January 2, 2012. Go Bucks!
I'm not superstitious with the new coaching staff, but I certainly was when Tressel was running the show. I had to do everything possible to keep the voodoo that is Dave working.
I am definitely not superstitious enough to wear dirty clothes and/or undergarments, not shave or wear clothing not befitting of the season but I can understand how people think that way.
We should strive to keep thy name, of fair repute and spotless fame...
(Also, I'm not a dude)
It's the weirdest thing. I figured out that whether or not I wash my boxers, the Buckeyes don't play any better or worse. And tbh I prefer clean skivvies to dirty ones, so sorry guys but im throwin them in the wash.
I am 43 years old. I live in Northern Ohio, I'm a Buckeye fan, a Browns Fan and an Indians fan. I'm not much into basketball but wish the Cavs the best every year.
In my life time I watched the some of the highest rated and most talented Buckeye's get owned by the skunk weasels in the 90's. Then this great D2 coach named Tressel gets hired and takes us to the National Championship against an absolute JUGGERNAUT of a team. No one expected much of the Buckeyes but we were hoping for a good game of it. OH MY LORD to this day I consider that game, along with many others to be the VERY BEST COLLEGE FOOTBALL GAME EVER PLAYED.
I've seen the best teams of the Browns, since not having a running back named Brown toting the rock, lose in the most horrible fashion possible, TWICE!!, to the same team. I saw John Elway at an event where he was signing autographs and the rotten prick had the audacity to CHARGE Cleveland fans for his autograph. He should have paid us to take them, we put him in the HoF for goodness sake! I've witnessed the Browns leave and then come back, and I still hope for them to be great, but after all, this is Cleveland.
I've witnessed the WORST teams the Indians have EVER put on the field along with what is generally considered some of the BEST teams to don Wahoo. I saw them play at the old stadium where they lost 102 games and I saw Jim Thome catch the final out against Baltimore the day after Cal Ripken broke Lou Gehrig's record. I was sitting in the club seats for the entire series with them, Cal Ripken came up to bat and hit a foul ball right at us. It was coming right at me and looked like it was the size of a watermelon. NO WAY I WAS GOING TO MISS IT! I threw an elbow at my friend's chest to the left of me, knocking him and his beer all of the poor bastard sitting in front of us, but I was going to get that foul ball. My other friend 2 seats down, sticks out his hand, it glances off his fingertips and alters course JUST enough that I couldn't get a hand on it and drops in the lap of this girl behind me. She picked it up and handed it to her boyfriend sitting next to her with the question "Here honey, do you want this?". I about shat myself.... That team in '95 lost the World Series to Atlanta, great series. In '97 they lost, and holy hell I STILL can't believe they did, to the Marlins. Mesa came in and I thought the game was over, the series was over, CLEVELAND HAS WON A CHAMPIONSHIP!! SHITBALLZ!!! How did that happen?????? In 2007, all the Indians had to do was win 1 more game against Boston. They were up 3-1. No one ever comes back from being down 3 games to 1! Unless they are playing against Cleveland. Boston went on to win against the Rockies.... The Tribe would have owned them in the World Series, or would they?
The Cavs have been there. Top talent, Price and Daugherty. Until this guy Jordan drains one over top of Craig Ehol. That highlight still haunts me and I don't much care about basketball. Then the prayers of all Cleveland fans are answered! We have the chance to get the best player since Sir Dunksalot and what's better? HE'S HOME GROWN, NORTHERN OHIOAN! He takes us to the finals and disappears in them. Then he disappears for real and "takes his talents to..." Well as a Cleveland sports fan, my opinion is that he can shove is talents squarely up his ass for the rest of that sentence. Hearts broken again.
Superstitious? Cursed?? You bet your ass!
Well, I'm a Buckeye fan. There aren't many teams at any level that can say "We've lost our GREAT GREAT coach and replaced him with an absolute LEGEND!" If Coach Meyer and the Buckeyes can get to the NC and WIN IT ALL, That will solidify his resume' as being among the very best to have ever coached the game. And I'm rubbing my lucky rabbits foot, not letting black cats cross my path. steering clear of ladders, turning my hat inside out putting the tee behind my left ear while spinning around 3 times and spitting on the ground twice.
NAH I'M NOT SUPERSTITIOUS AT ALL!! God Bless the Buckeyes, Cleveland professional sport teams and their every loving fans! Oh and for you southern Ohio sport teams fans, If it can't be us up in the north I hope it's y'all down south.
"all men are created equal, it's just that some are MORE equal than others"
That was a nice little trip through the mind of an Ohio sports fan. I am a fan of OSU only through connections to the school, having otherwise lived in Chicago and out west. But now I understand just a little more comprehensively why the Buckeyes mean so much to the Buckeye State.
I tend to always wear a jersey watching the game not sure if that's superstitious or just me being a guy
I still blame myself for 41 - 14. I realized after the game was out of hand that I had been watching it with a nutcracker centerpiece in front of the TV. It's important not to have any bad mojo around come game time.
My wife has to put on her OSU pajama pants and we get out two buckeyes that we use every Michigan game and bowl game like some kind of holy amulets.
"I miss Brady Hoke."
Buckeye necklace. Special buckeye in my pocket. No haircut during the season. Sit on the right side of the couch.
Superstitious, no. Certifiable, yes. Where do I begin. I suffer from many of the ailments described above but I usally do them all at once. First off, clothing. I cannot wear colors on game day. I cannot wear colors on Friday. I no longer wear colors on Thursday, well, because Thursday is before Friday and for some reason that will be bad. My family cannot wear colors on game day. Sometimes my kids make a mistake and wear something Ohio State and I make them change. This stems from the Florida NC game when I decked out my kids in gear and sent them off to daycare. That was the last time OSU colors were worn on game day. So what do I do when I go to games, you ask. Surely I have to show team spirit at an actual game. I have a nondescript gray t-shirt that I wear to games. That's as far as I'm willing to go. (Incidentally, I do the exact opposite for bball. We usually have two games a week. I wear my Ohio State storm trooper t-shirt for the first game and a block O Nike t-shirt for the next game.)
If I'm able to watch a game live on TV, I get into a position and I don't move (as has been noted above). I usually have my feet on the table and my arms/hands tucked in my armpits. It's comfortable for the first few minutes but soon everything falls asleep. And not just tingly asleep. More like I can't move limbs asleep. I do this for all four quarters. If I'm feeling good about the game, I may get up and move around at halftime, but not always. I'm pretty sure this is dangerous to me, but my feeling is that if I struggle through a game, the Bucks will prevail. If all this isn't weird enough, I'm even worse when I've recorded a game. I usually can't watch games live anymore because the kids have soccer all day Saturday. Therefore, I decid to wait until late at night to watch the game. That way, if they lose, my entire Saturday is not ruined. If they win, staying up late is totally worth it. Sadly, this makes it so I can't watch any college football on Saturday because I might accidentally see the score. When I finally do start watching, it's back to the same as above. Mind you, the outcome is not in question. But I feel like if I break from the routine, I could somehow enter a wormhole and change the outcome. So there I am at 12 in morning, numb as hell and not enjoying a second of football until it's over and I know we've won.
There's more but I've wasted enough of your time. Also, the more I write, the more I incriminate myself and risk someone coming to lock me up
Sounds normal to me. You do know the root word of "fan" right? :P
The will to win is not as important as the will to prepare to win. -- Woody Hayes
During the 2002 season march to the NC my at the time 10 year old daughter used to make buckeye posters for every game and prop them up in front of the TV. She did not make one for the Purdue game until they got behind in the 4th quarter and rushed up to her room and made one. During the championship game she made about six of them. I still remember like yesterday during the overtime my wife and my daughter both scrunched up under an afghan and were watching the game through the holes and screaming their lungs off the whole time. Then again, I was hyperventilating and running in place like a crazy person. After they won I ripped my shirt off and ran out the door (January in Ohio LOL), grabbed our buckeye flag and ran into the street waving it with both hands yelling at the top of my lungs.
ONLY. COLLEGE. FOOTBALL.
There is no game like it man. That brought back some memories.
I wear a current player jersey#5, new red Nike socks/shoes and an OSU hat for the opener, then its worn for every game the rest of the season until we lose. I then have to change it all up because i feel like its bad luck. So this year I'm starting with all the gear from last year since we never lost, hopefully that stays the case for awhile and I don't have to change it up.
I truly believe OSU will win every game they play if I wear my lucky hat. Bought it just before the beginning of last season and wore it every game. You can all blame my three year old for the close call against Purdue because he just wouldn't allow me to wear it until the last few minutes of regulation
I'm not super stitious, but I am a little stitious.
Fundamentals are a crutch for the talentless.