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Superstition-itis

Am I superstitious? Who me? The Italian/Irish kid who has to walk out the same door he came in when at someone’s house. (Thats from my mom) or when a salt shaker tips over (even on someone else’s table) my brother and I have to flip the salt over our left shoulder.

Wikipedia “The most common contemporary belief requires you to toss a pinch of the spilt salt over your left shoulder, into the face of the Devil who lurks there.

Yeah take that devil.. IN THE FACE! On top of my cultural superstitions I am also unbelievably superstitious when it comes to my sports teams. Now, I have gotten better as I’ve gotten older… But it can still be bad at times.

I coached an elite 7th/8th lax team to back to back championships the last two years. See something similar in the pictures?

Yeah, my flag shorts. Every game.

Yup. I’m also “That Guy” who thinks, no feels, I will have some type of impact on the game from my house or the stadium. I am so invested in my teams that I have a direct superstitious lifeline linked from me to them.

Some examples… (I don’t do this anymore) but during a Cowboys game I would wear let’s say my Romo jersey and have my Demarcus Ware jersey next to me. When the Cowboys were on defense I would hold the DWARE jersey for defensive good luck.

Others loved to mess with my system in college. Especially the evil Eagles fans. Who would take the jersey if I went to the bathroom. Go in my closet and put one on inside out and dance around the house. Or my personal favorite when I turned around I saw one of my jerseys taped up hanging from ceiling.

Cowboys lost that game. Am I surprised? No.. Remember I have a direct superstitious lifeline to my teams.

Yankees… Once during the 2000 World Series against the Mets, Jeter hit a leadoff home run on the first pitch he saw. (It was obviously because of how I was sitting.) I did not move all 9 innings. Almost peed my pants. (Had a young bladder then.) my leg completely fell asleep. But I did what I had to do for my team. Don’t hate the player hate the game.

Now, why am I writing this? Because if you don’t remember ND is playing Michigan in a huge week one game on Sept 1st. (Read about it) Oh and I’m going. This week ND Football announced:

Oh please god no. I love the look of the green jerseys I really do. They are a fantastic throwback and look great. I mean look at Joe Montana:

Image – eBay

However not in this game. Not in any big game. Lately the green hasn’t been good to me or them. (Direct superstitious lifeline) I bought a green jersey years ago. Loved it. Looked great. But the Irish lost every single game I wore it for. That jersey has been retired, and by retired I mean thrown out.

Then there is one of the biggest games the Irish have played in 20 years. 2005, Notre Dame vs USC.

Wikipedia “The game was said to live up to its hype and was the most watched regular season college football game in nine years with 30 million viewers watching.”

The Irish wore the green. They looked great. Brady Quinn looked great. But when did he not look good am I right? However at the end of the game the scoreboard did not, 34-31 USC.

Image – und.com

It has been one of the most memorable games of all time at the Irish’s expense. It even has a name. “The Bush Push” At end of the game RB Reggie Bush pushed QB Matt Leinart across the goal line to win the game.

Wikipedia “Lines are set. Leinart sneaks towards the goal line…HE’S IN THE END ZONE! TOUCHDOWN USC!! WITH THREE SECONDS TO GO!”

Image – Mercury News

Yup, I’m still bitter. Why?

Wikipedia “Section 3, Article 2b of the NCAA rule book states that, “[t]he runner shall not grasp a teammate; and no other player of his team shall grasp, push, lift or charge into him to assist him in forward progress.” If the penalty had been called, the push would have resulted in a five-yard penalty and another play.

That’s why. So Brian Kelly I beg of you to reconsider. Let the boys wear the traditional blue! Lets see that classic ND blue vs Michigan white under the lights. Don’t do this to me. Don’t do this to us.

Image – CFS

Trust me I have a lifeline to your team. I know what’s best!

-Kevin “Superstitious That Guy”

Feature Image – ND insider

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