Superstitions are part of most people life from ancient times. “Superstitions tend to be passed down from one generation to the next through the strong oral tradition of the locker room”
Before talking about sport betting superstitions you should know by now that even sportsmen have weird game day superstitions.
Like all sportsmen, sport betting fans also have their own rituals and look for good luck signs before placing a bet.
- When people get some money from a sport bet, they say that it was because the palm of their hand started itching or because they wear the favourite colour t-shirt on the betting event.
- Some people believe they should step the right foot forward or to fill the betting ticket with the left hand. As regards good luck charms, silver is used by some people for sports bets.
- There are some people with the superstitious believe that they will not win a bet if they don’t watch the game, some of them turn the TV off momentarily and then turn it on, move to other channels, stop watching the game for a moment, all this for the hope that good things will happen for the team they bet on.
- Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro (born 1985) or just Cristiano Ronaldo, the captain of the Portuguese national team and striker for Spanish La Liga club Real Madrid, keeps a pre-match ritual of getting his hair cut for fear of jinxing his scoring run.
Athletes seem to be heavily burdened with the mysterious beliefs of superstitions. Sport contests of today involve athletes trained at their highest maximum potential, meaning that most of the time, athletes compete with other athletes – all of whom possess equal skill levels. Some athletes use superstitions to psyche up themselves.
- Legendary Oakland Raiders head coach, John Madden, would never let his players leave the locker room to start a game until the team’s running back, Mark van Eeghen, had burped. “Perhaps Madden was aware of ancient aural superstitions, such as the wailing of a banshee, which foretold death in Gaelic culture.
- Les Bleus were superstitious about goalkeeper Fabien Barthez’s bald pate! During the 1998 World Cup, Captain Laurent Blanc kissed the keeper on the head and France went on the win! And with that a ritual was born, with Barthez offering up his head for the habitual kiss before each match.
- Brazilian player and Coach Mario Zagallo is known for his unshakable faith in the number 13. Since Saint Anthony’s Day is celebrated on the 13th of June, all things 13 were preferred by Zagallo.
Sportsmen are a superstitious bunch. This statement surely comes as no surprise. In any team there’s always someone who insists on being last out of the changing room, another who always puts his right boot on first.
You get into the habit of doing something because it is associated with winning, and once you get the momentum going it becomes part of something we would call the ‘pre-performance routine’. That then becomes very hard to break.