I don’t know how many of you have the power to influence outcomes of sporting events you’re not even competing in; control how a game turns out just by where you’re sitting on the couch or by what T-shirt you put on in the morning. I can… or at least I think I can.
That’s right I’m about as superstitious as they come when it comes to the well being of my teams. I have this crazy belief that whatever I do in my home can or will effect the outcome of a game. I know it sounds crazy, but hear me out.
I have lucky shirts, special spots to sit at home during big games, lucky numbers the volume of the TV can be on to provide optimum performance from my squads while watching, certain things to eat on game days and plenty of other restrictions and regulations those in my family should do but don’t always follow that would surely guarantee victories. I’m convinced that if we all do things correctly, our team is going to come out on top. If for some reason our team comes up short in a game, there must have been something wrong, or something someone did wrong which messed up the mojo.
There’s no way I can be the only one out there like this, convinced that if I wash and wear that lucky shirt and my team wins then it clearly is working. There’s got to be someone else who believes that there is a predetermined number of victories inside every single new flag purchase and every good luck shirt. When the wins are gone, those items must go.
Let’s look at the raw data. I once went to a college basketball game with my wife and another couple. We had two sets of tickets in two different sections, so the two guys sat together and the two women were together. All four of us in attendance were all cheering for the away team. Our squad was ahead by near double figures at the half when all four of us met up in the concourse at halftime.
The seats were close enough to each other that my wife noticed that the two seats next to us were open. She insisted that the women move next to their husbands for the second half. I was completely against this but in fear of sounding like a crazy man in midst of friends, I bit my tongue and refused to protest them sitting next to us.
Over the next hour I watched helplessly as the home team roared back to take the lead. My wife looked at me uncomfortably midway through the second half to ask if I wanted them to move back to their original seats, I said no because I wanted to prove my point. They moved and thus messed up the mojo and our team ultimately lost.
I’m not crazy, trust me. I’m just a fan who loves watching his team win as much as possible and I know I have the power to help out. When two evenly matched teams are going against one another, I guarantee the deciding factor comes down to who at home is going the extra mile and who’s getting up and moving from the magic spot.
Think the Southeastern Conference rules the college football world just because it has the best coaches and the best talent, those things factor in. But the SEC also has the most intense fan bases too and that’s what puts them over the top.
Maybe they have a lot more men and women like me. Those of us that possess the power to change outcomes of games because we secretly sing our school fight song every time we hear a certain word spoken. We have the ability to keep our team on top by making game-changing commitments like refusing to move from a certain position, no matter how uncomfortable it may be until the good fortune ends. If that’s three hours later so be it.
I have this power, do you? Have you ever returned a brand new flag of your team because for one reason for another it wasn’t producing wins. Have you ever thrown away a gift for your child even though it had the logo of your favorite team because you thought it was jinxed? Yeah I’m that guy.
Please don’t judge me. I’m just doing my part to help my team. What are you doing to help yours?
Chris Miles can be reached at (740) 852-1616, ext. 18 or via Twitter @MadPressSports.