Michael Jordan, arguably one of the most famous athletes of all time, was an extremely superstitious person. According to ABC News, Jordan wore his University of North Carolina shorts under his uniform in every game.
He believed the mesh marvels brought him luck during his career, which saw him claim six NBA championships in addition to five MVP awards.
France’s national soccer team was no different to unfounded myths. In 1998 the team’s common rituals included occupying the same seats on the bus, listening to Gloria Gaynor’s 1970 hit “I will survive” and team defender Laurent Blanc kissing the goalkeeper’s forehead before every game. France would go on to win the world cup that year.
ARC is also filled with superstitious athletes who either have a life-long belief or are encouraged by their coaches.
Water Polo captain Avery Dotterer has her own personal notion, but has also adopted ones from her instructor.
“I never say ‘shutout’ during a game while the opposite team hasn’t scored,” said Dotterer. “It brings bad luck. Our coach also tells us to never talk about the outcome of the game during warm up.”
The football team’s outstanding run this year has not gone unnoticed and according to Devonte Castex, a certain routine drill has had a lot to do with it.
“The coach implemented a drill called ‘Monday lines,’” said Castex. “Every Monday we run a specific conditioning exercise and ever since the coach started doing it the team has excelled. Our record is 40 and 4, I believe.”
He also has his own personal habit. “I always have to wear two socks. I feel like it affects my game if I don’t,” Castex said.
Interestingly, the teams winning streak came to an end after a small change of wardrobe.
They wore white socks in the game against Modesto on Nov. 2 for the first time this season instead of the regular black socks, and were on the end of a disappointing defeat. It is a connection the team did not realize until later, according to lineman Austin Smith.
“We shouldn’t have lost,” said Smith. “We are a better team. It just wasn’t our day. Everything that could have gone wrong, did. Maybe it was the change of socks”
Tennis season may not begin until the subsequent spring, but men’s head coach Bo Javery- Madison recalled a specific player last season whose superstition surprised him a little.
“Simba (Baratti) would always kiss the fence behind him before every serve,” said Javery-Madison. “I found it very interesting.”
Nevertheless Javery-Madison is not a big believer of superstitions himself, citing hard work and preparation as the keys to success.
“I don’t really believe in them, no,” said Javery-Madison. “It is how you prepare yourself that will determine your success. You should always fear the man with no superstition.”