Michael Jordan was known to wear his University of North Carolina, basketball shorts underneath his Bull’s shorts during every game as a type of good luck charm. Here at PCC, athletes also believe in employing superstition in order to have a good game.
Football player Robert Poage, criminal justice, says that while he dresses for a game, he has to put on his right sock and right cleat first, and then continues by putting on his left sock and left cleat. “If I don’t do it in this order, I feel it would mess me up [during the game],” Poage said.
Yvette Corral, psychology, relies on a few different rituals while preparing for and during a volleyball game.
“When I’m about to serve [during a game], I have to bounce the ball an odd amount of times,” Corral said. “It’s kind of embarrassing but also, if it’s the beginning of the season or if it’s a big game, I go commando.
“I feel like if I don’t do what I do, it gets to my head and I’ll mess up,” Corral said. “It’s all in my head, I know that… But I have to do it.”
For some athletes, it is not a method that they use to ensure success in a game.
It can even be an object that offers them comfort and “luck.”
For football linebacker Nick Edmond, undecided, the superstition involves carrying the same towel with him before every game. “I’ve done it since high school. I feel like if I’m on a winning streak, it will help,” Edmond said. “It’s like a lucky charm.”
Anthropology and theater arts major, Yanni Joseph, a volleyball player for PCC, keeps a rainbow colored volleyball blanket with her.
“I always have it with me,” Joseph said. “I tie it on my leg or wrap it around me.
“It’s more like a comfort thing,” Joseph said.
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