Playoff Superstitions: What are yours?
Playoff beards. Wristbands. Same jerseys. Same routines.
Superstitions abound in the playoffs. They take many forms, the most common being the attempt to recreate the circumstances that brought you prior success. They’re wildly enhanced when your team is knotted up in a tight series and Portland is no different. All over Rip City, Trail Blazers fans are feeding their superstitious tendencies and sticking to “what works.”
“What works” takes countless guises and varies for everyone. What are your playoff superstitions?
For me, it’s the rally shoes. They’re 5-0 in Trail Blazers games including both playoff games in the Rose Garden last week. In the locker room prior to Game 4, as Patty Mills walked out to warm up, he looked at my feet and said, “Yes, the shoes.” After the game, while still in shock, I looked down at my feet and smiled. These heels will be on my feet for the rest of the series. I’m not chancing anything.
With the success of rally shoes, my superstitious side is going bananas. I’ve listened to Eminem’s “I’m Not Afraid”
from opening night every morning and I’m even wearing the same jewelry.
It may sound a little looney and I don’t have an explanation for it, but in my mind it’s working. What exactly is working you ask? I have no idea. Maybe it’s the shoes, maybe it’s a stranger’s jersey, maybe it’s the combination of Trail Blazers nation doing all they can to ensure a Portland victory.
Who knows? For this fan, I’m not taking any risks. I’m sticking to what works.