Greg Dulli was, some time ago, and whenever the playoffs hit I am as well. It’s Game 3 with a 0-2 hole to dig our way out of, and the stresses have begun to affect my sleep. I sure hope I’m not the only Wings fan that has dreams of how hockey games will turn out before they happen…
It’s not prescience, and it’s not ESP or déjà vu, but it is a bit awkward. Anyway the time has arrived to break out the big guns. Wearing your lucky shirt isn’t gonna cut it. Eating your favourite meal before puck drop…still not enough. Drinking only the right beers that have been proven to accomplish two things: get you drunk and help win playoff games, is a must. Everything, from the tinfoil hat to the lack of pants to the placement of my inhouse nonliving octopi, it’s all getting switched to maximize the affect of superstition and compensate for that dreaded feeling of I’m forgetting to do something important that plagues we seasonal Obsessive Compulsive Disorder sufferers.
Did I remember to throw an egg against the hill behind my house this morning? I’ll do it this evening. Did I wash my hands before I touched my Red Wings hat and put it on? Really need to remember to do that next time. And most importantly, have I scheduled my work such that I’m prepared to sleep in after blacking out after Game 3, either in celebration or in mourning? Thankfully, that’s already taken care of.
I wish I could let you kids in on other superstitions, some of which I will try and introduce during the course of Game 3, what with the elite company I keep and all. But unfortunately, this little twisted description of how badly playoff hockey hurts my mind and my soul is all you get. Anyone else have any weird superstitions? I’d love to hear them. I heard a few from the H2H2 crowd and I always love to hear it, because it makes me feel less insane. Less likely to be admitted by my family in their attempts to save me.
Only have one rule for me and anyone I am watching with. Red sweaters for home games and road whites for away games. Something that I have picked up lately is to wear the same pair of athletic shorts. When we need a win I turn to a couple of habits that seem to work like magic in the playoffs. I watch the game at Buffalo Wild Wings and try to salt my buddy's beer. He cannot let us salt it or it won't work. Shorthanded goal is a Jagerbomb.
Ok, I definitely must eat a pack of Planter "Heat Peanuts" by the time the game is finsihed or the world will end and the wings will lose, sometime I will eat two packs if the game isn't going well (by the way, when you have eaten like 10 or 15 packs of these over the course of a couple weeks, they become the worst thing you would ever want). Must wear the lucky RW practice jersey with stanley cup patch, random RW shirt under, 2008 SC hat, and RW logo pj pants (this is a new addition since last year, thanks mom). Always mute or fast forward through opposing players/coaches interviews. This one hurts, but my best friend Paul and I cannot speak to each other during the playoffs. He still lives up in MI, but I'm down here in Bmore. During the 2007 WC finals, we got together in DC and watched game 4 (RW vs. Ducks), RW lost the game, turned around the series, RW lost series, Ducks won cup. BOOOO! Therefore, I can never speak to my closest RW friend and ally during the playoffs. I also grow the standard playoff beard, but...this is a crucial time, so I decided to switch it up. I can't believe I am saying this, but I shaved my beard last night. On the downside, if we lose this series, its all my fault. But if this works, everything will be opposite and I will have reversed the curse and I can finally call my friend Paul and the Wings will be victorious!!!
@AndyInBaltimore I've been truly distressed trying to decide if I should "switch things up" or not, spark a bit of change, I'm sort of thinking a slight alteration to routine may be in order, including a pre-game shave. Hearing another wing fan on the same course of thought is helpful to my sanity!
Chicken feet, goats blood, cornmeal, black salt, little dolls...some call it voodoo, some call it superstition...
I am a season ticket holder that rarely misses a game. When I go down to the Joe I always leave at the same time, wear my special Mule tshirt, with my Holmstrom Jersey, Wings jeans, and black shoes. I always give James the 'here we go red wings, here we go' bum a quarter on the way I. I have 2 seats which are off the aisle. Its a must that I'm seat number 1. My purse always has to be right next to me on the step. I also always have to get nachos for the 2nd period. Before I was a season ticket holder and lived with my parents we had a red goal light that we'd turn on after each goal. If we missed a game then we'd have to 'catch it up' after thegame. My mom still flips it every Wings goal. Just like Brendan I also have been having the dreams of what could be.. Love everyones stories!! Go Wings!!!
Alright, now that work's out I can share mine...
Those at H2H/H2H2 I've met may recall my 1997 Western Conference Champs shirt, which is in absolute tatters nowdays, but it's good luck for deer season, finals and now hockey. Winter Classic hat and my old Wings Hat are both good luck and they get turned backwards when we need a comeback. If a goal against is scored I finish my beer and start a new one, lest it be the brew that cursed us.
The octopi in my room, of which I have like 4, are all oriented a certain way. Now that we need it, I've hanged one from the ceiling. It's the same when that, in 2007 when we lost 2 straight to Calgary, I had overnighted from Overstock.com because I didn't have a ritualistic toy octopus in my room in College at the UofA. We wound up winning that series and the next, you'll recall.
I have really standard superstitions I suppose like playoff beard, wearing red on game day and of course in the event of a series sweep i keep my straw broom near by. This year however has a new tradition leading to the series sweep of the yotes, before game time and after every goal my dog (Henrik) tearing into his toy octopus.
it starts with never ever allowing my red wings clothing (from hoodies to socks...and everything in between) to hang on any hangers other than white and/or red...and not allowing them to touch clothes with the oppositions colors on it...to never wearing opposing teams colors on that day...my dog wears his red wings collar. Only certain shirts are allowed on specific game days...hoodies can be worn until 5min before puck drop but then must be removed....(red wing) sandals may be left on. my friend is banned from calling or texting me during games. Let's skip ahead to the fact that I'm currently growing "play off below the knees" since well, lets face it, this chick can't grow a beard. I'd go on, but well, I might start to sound crazy...hehehe
@Fin Sounds perfectly normal to me but thats not saying much.
@BLOOD RED my friends all find it hilarious that my dog knows what "get Stanley" means and will return to the game room with his red octopus from anywhere else in the house...and that he plays fetch with a puck not a ball. The clothing issues are less public knowledge, even though they've all witnessed me buying a new shirt or hoodie if more than one loss occured in a row whilst I was wearing a particular one
playoff beard and a steve yzerman jersey i've had since 1996. jersey barely fits and the beard itches like hell, but wins are delicious.
Maybe if more of us went pantless like Sully??? Just a thought. I'm willing to try anything at this point.
@moorecha as a kid?? shit I was ripping up McFlurry cards 2 years ago...
@D.M.N Ha, honestly, I wasn't really sure there were still hockey cards being sold in the states...once they went up to $10 per pack, young version of me said screw it and stopped.
@moorecha No cards, but when I went to the 95 wcf game 5 against the blackhawks, my dad let me buy a hat and I chose a hawks hat and a sharpie to vandalize it with.
OK, here we go. Got hit in the head by a 97.1 The Ticket / wings 08 champs t-shirt at the 08 parade, after I had been screaming like an idiot the whole time to get one, I thought they were out and was in line to meet the players at the end and one fuching hit me in the head. I'll go ahead and call that lucky. So for must win games I always where that, my 98 Stevie jersey with VK/SM Patch, and usually have my Stevie autographed practice stick within reach. Have to take a shot after every RW goal and hat backward on pk ( gets hard to remember the hat thing late in the game but I try ). When I still lived in Mich I would listen to Ken and Paul on the radio while watching on mute rather than listen to anyone but Mick and Ken. Love the volume on 19, I may adopt that one. Holy crap I'm a Psycho!!!!
I have a specific order of shirts that I wear (which worked for the 4 game sweep of phoenipeg): Hasek jersey, THP shirt, Wings 1926, then back to Hasek. The next series its the Datyuk jersey, but it will be on instead of the 1926 tomorrow. Oh and I do Babcock expressions into the mirror until it cracks and my head explodes before the game.
anyone else notice the game is going to be difficult to watch if you're outside the Detroit or Bay area... VS has it as JIP after the b's and Flyers... Center Ice doesnt have it scheduled, I know Ch. 441 on Dish Network is the VS alternate not to sure if they'll show it though...
@D.M.N Check Center Ice anyway. Last year they showed games on channels that were labeled as baseball games. I missed a couple because I didn't realize they did this :(
@Lauren H thanks for the tip... I'll be damned if I have to resort to waching the game on the computer... damned i tell you!
@BLOOD RED @D.M.N @Lauren@blood That's funny, I do the same thing with FS Detroit (record the replay). It sucks having to watch all the games the next day though. My hockey friends at work know better than to speak to me about RW hockey until two days later when I have watched the game and know the final score.
@D.M.N @Lauren@blood Yup. I avoid buying center ice all year because if you dvr the late rerun of the games on fsd, they forget to block them even if ur out of market. So that covers the reg season but i gotta watch playoffs live of course. So I guess 20 bucks isn't bad but I hope I don't have to do it again. At least I'll get the det feed. Score!!!
@BLOOD RED @Lauren sweet baby Jesus! You're right... It's up now with feed selection... Had center ice all year so no need to pay but shit, $20 for game 3... I'd pay it.
I wear the same jersey until we lose a game then I switch. Same thing with beer (only in the playoffs). If we lose while I'm drinking Molson Ice, then next game I might switch to Labatt Blue. Oberon was undefeated for the couple of times I drank it toward the end of the regular season, so I think that's coming out for Game 3. I like to try to catch Keith Jones on Versus for the pre-game so I can ask my 5 year old daughter, "Who is that?" She responds with, "The Idiot." That is how she has known him since I called him an idiot when he predicted the Blue Jackets were going to upset us in Round One a few years back.
Whenever I microwave something, I set the time to a current Red Wings player's prime-numbered jersey. In case you don't know what that means, it's 5, 11, 13, 17, 23, 43, and 51.