Very superstitious: sports fan rituals

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Sports fan rituals may seem silly, but to the avid supporter, they are no joke./p>

Some traditions have even transcended simple fandom, becoming part of a team or sport’s cultural fabric.

From day-long pregame celebrations to well after the last out, here are some of the most time-honoured fan rituals.

The Octopus

Beginning with perhaps one of the most bizarre (not to mention slimiest) traditions in sports, the octopus.

Rally Towels

Nothing says ‘Go Team’ like frantically spinning a towel over ones head.

The Wave

Come on now, we’ve all done it. And maybe even enjoyed it just a bit.

Showing your colours

How else is everyone around you suppose to know who you’re rooting for?

Hat Trick

Three goals for a hat. Not a bad deal.

Tailgating

A sport of its own where the goal is to actually be able to make it to the game.
Steelers 49ers Football

Let it grow

Playoffs and beards go hand-in-hand. When the post-season rolls around, time to let it grow.
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Take me out to the ball game

A seventh-inning tradition made famous by the late, great Harry Caray.

Code of silence

It’s an unwritten rule that, well, should be written. You just don’t utter the words ‘shutout’ or ‘perfect game’ when an athlete is on the verge of accomplishing just that. That’s just a big no-no. Don’t believe in jinxes? Tell that to Keith Hernandez.

Rally Caps

When your favourite ball club needs a hit the most, it’s time to turn that cap inside out because… well why not?
Indians Royals Baseball

Pep Rallies

Because the game itself just isn’t enough to get you pumped.

Championship Parades

A great opportunity to catch a glimpse of your championship winning team… through your phone screen.

Soccer

Simply too many rituals to keep track of…

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