One of the greatest lines from one of the greatest shows.
Today is the day. Some people have already started calling the play-in games the “first round”, but those people are stupid. If my bracket isn’t due, then the tournament hasn’t started yet. Now is the time things start going down. So of course, with any good competitive event, there are certain superstitions that could get involved. Many famous athletes have their own quirky anomalies that help them to get through otherwise nerve-wracking events, like Bjorn Borg’s trend-setting “lucky beard” or Jason Terry’s nocturnal cross-team dressing, and fans are often little different. Whatever the reasoning behind it (reinforcement vs. extinction, etc.), there’s little doubt that superstitions have pervaded the realm of sports, and I see no reason for March Madness to be any exception to that.
In case you don’t have any superstitions, or were looking to add some new ones, here are a few ideas to get you started (feel free to add more ideas in the comments):
-Pre-game lunges (ala KSRCollege’s Ally Tucker). All it takes is 3-4 around ten minutes before tip-off. Simple.
-Prepare a fruit roll-up by folding it four times into a small layered rectangle, then eat it. I actually do this one. It’s weird, and I don’t like people watching.
-Listen to Stevie Wonder’s “Superstitious”, or Kenny Loggin’s “Highway to the Danger Zone”.
-The always-classic “don’t change your underwear” if we’re winning games.
-If you don’t wear underwear, a) gross, and 2) don’t start now.
-Sit in that seat you always do when game time rolls around. You know, that one that has the stain and smells like dead mushrooms and cheeseburger meat. Who needs lucky charms when you have a lucky chair?
-Shoot an albatross. Oh, WAIT, no don’t do that one. Whew, close call.
-Borrow Jason Giambi’s gold thong. (Again with the underwear…)
Whatever your tradition is, now’s the time to start. If you don’t have one, might I recommend picking one up? Just something minor; a small gesture to symbolize that you’re doing your part to prepare, or even “will” the team to win. Spirit fingers during free throws are an acceptable start. Really anything you think of will be fine. Just please don’t start drinking your own urine. I feel like I shouldn’t have to say that, but you never know. But apart from that, let the games, and their superstitions, begin.
Hidden Gem Alert: Check out this clip on CBS Sports about the 16 best teams in the history of college basketball. If it’s already been mentioned, it’s worth mentioning again. You may hear more about this as the day goes on.