Silly Superstitions of the Caniac Kind


When it comes to sports I am superstitious. Very superstitious. I don’t think any of my superstitions and rituals actually work, but why tempt the hockey gods? I am not taking any chances. During one of the intermissions of the recent Canes vs Bruins game in the RBC center, my brother casually said to me, “Cam is playing really well tonight.” You can only imagine what followed. No I did not throw him over the concrete wall to the lower level. I did however shoot him what shall be known as the “Death Glare.” It was followed by a scolding of, “I CANNOT BELIEVE YOU JUST SAID THAT. If we lose it’s all your fault!” Thankfully we won and I did not have to engage in any acts of fratricide.

One day I will tell you all the story of what is known in my circle of friends as my “Cam Ward Spaghetti Shirt.” But for now I will concentrate on rituals. When I attended the game against Tampa Bay on opening night there was, of course, ceremony around the evening so things were done differently than at a normal game. By the end of the season you memorize what is going to happen and when. It becomes part of your game ritual or least it does for me. On opening night the ritual changed. And to put it mildly, it freaked me out. The siren was moved to center ice for sounding. The full team and coaches were announced so the players did not skate out to “Rock You Like a Hurricane.” During the game the “right” songs and videos were not played at the “right” times (with “right” being designated by yours truly). We lost the game. Were the hockey gods punishing us for all of those infractions on opening night? I don’t know but it all just felt wrong.

The next game was an away game, and I wasn’t taking any chances. I decided to recreate the game experience from home. I did not install LED lighting in my hallways or a sound system to pump out metal music. There is no ice rink in my kitchen. But the other sights and sounds were taken care of to appease the hockey gods, and my nerves.

Here is what I did to reverse the curse, of course while wearing a Chad LaRose t-shirt of questionable cleanliness (washing it could CHANGE something in the universe!):

  • Played the song “You Make Me Smile” by Uncle Kracker because they usually play that with a video as people are filing into the arena.
  • Played the opening video, “All These Things” by the Killers because they usually show that on the jumbotron after they dim the lights. People start clapping when they get to the “I got soul, but I’m not a soldier” part. Yes I clapped and sang along. No I don’t need medication.
  • Cranked up “Rock You Like a Hurricane” and fist pumped! The fist pumping is something I usually reserve for the privacy of my own home. But it’s part of my ritual so the hockey gods were not disturbed by that addition.
  • Played the return from the first intermission song video “Hurricane Warning” by a local band called Airiel Down. They played something else by Airiel Down during the game. I know this because people around me were also muttering, “That’s not ‘Hurricane Warning.’” I was not the only one that wasn’t embracing change!
  • Played the return from second intermission song “Let’s Go Canes.” It’s a silly song, but I am kind sweet on it. “Come on, come on, come on…let’s go…” Of course I clapped and sang along. I am very enthusiastic about crowd participation!
  • Played a goal horn.

I must note that after I played “All These Things” I realized I had not played any warm up music. Last year during warm ups the boys skated frequently to “Strange Times” by the Black Keys, so when I hear that song I think of hockey. So I might have…you know…gone back and DONE THE ENTIRE SEQUENCE AGAIN BUT WITH WARM UP MUSIC. Well I couldn’t have just stopped in the middle of my rituals! I figured it was best to get through them wrong and then start over!

might have been tweeting my progress as I carried out these tasks and gotten some other ladies to do their pre-game rituals with me including cheers passed down through the generations by their moms. I barely finished my rituals before faceoff, because frankly doing them twice took a really long time! Once I had my rituals out of the way I could sit back, relax, and watch the Canes play the Capitals. Ok, so we lost. But I can rest easy knowing the responsibility for the loss is not on me! I did my part. Now if I can only figure out which player left off a ritual, I feel confident I can get to the bottom of this.

Do you have any game-day rituals? Share them in the comments! I have given you ample tools to start some up! We appreciate your comments and readership. Follow Cardiac Cane news and stories on Facebook and Twitter: @CardiacCaneFS@Esbee92, and @Caniac176

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  • Emily3022

    I have to wear my hand-knit “hockey socks,” my Cam Ward jersey, and always have a bowl of lucky charms during the 2nd intermission if I’m at home. :) OMNOM!

  • Emily3022

    I have to wear my hand-knit “hockey socks,” my Cam Ward jersey, and always have a bowl of lucky charms during the 2nd intermission if I’m at home. :) OMNOM!

  • Esbee92

    I am going to try this again. Hopefully the commenting mechanism is working ok now.

    I don’t eat Lucky Charms but that sounds like a good plan! Unless Capn’Crunch can do anything for us I guess I am not helping much. Thanks for reading and sharing your rituals with us! I know those hockey socks are getting a good workout.

    Go Canes and Go Checkers!

  • Esbee92

    I am going to try this again. Hopefully the commenting mechanism is working ok now.

    I don’t eat Lucky Charms but that sounds like a good plan! Unless Capn’Crunch can do anything for us I guess I am not helping much. Thanks for reading and sharing your rituals with us! I know those hockey socks are getting a good workout.

    Go Canes and Go Checkers!

    • Emily3022

      You could always eat Capn’Cruch in honor of our Captain, Eric Staal :D.

      I am thinking perhaps I should incorporate my mama’s mama’s cheer too. Three generations strong. Can’t argue with that. “Lean to the left! Lean to the right! Stand up, sit down, fight fight fight!”

      • Esbee92

        @Emily3022

        I LIKE this Cap’n Crunch angle! Very creative! Whatever you do enjoy the game tonight!

  • CaniacLady17

    On game day, I always wear my Hurricane jewelry and dress in Hurricane colors.

    At the games, as the guys are returning to the ice for the second period, my girlfriend and I don’t stand up to applaud their return. HOWEVER, when they return for the third period, we’re up on our feet cheering loudly.

    Sometimes we have to quit wearing a piece of Hurricane clothing to the game if every time we wear that item, the guys lose the game. I was sweating it recently that I was going to have to quit wear my JOKINEN shirt b/c the guys kept losing (this included those dismal pre-season games). My girlfriend told me that I could not wear it again if we lost the game that night. (I was nearly in tears). Much to my relief, we came our the victors!! Yay!!

  • CaniacLady17

    On game day, I always wear my Hurricane jewelry and dress in Hurricane colors.

    At the games, as the guys are returning to the ice for the second period, my girlfriend and I don’t stand up to applaud their return. HOWEVER, when they return for the third period, we’re up on our feet cheering loudly.

    Sometimes we have to quit wearing a piece of Hurricane clothing to the game if every time we wear that item, the guys lose the game. I was sweating it recently that I was going to have to quit wear my JOKINEN shirt b/c the guys kept losing (this included those dismal pre-season games). My girlfriend told me that I could not wear it again if we lost the game that night. (I was nearly in tears). Much to my relief, we came our the victors!! Yay!!

    • Esbee92

      I am all for superstition and rituals but I am NEVER for taking away a gal’s Jussi Jokinen! A friend of mine got his name on her jersey and then heard about the “jersey curse” and panicked. It was a stressful trade deadline!

      I mix up my jerseys. Neither one has has any luck on it that I know of. That way the results are mixed up and I don’t have to banish one to the closet. I was however nervous about wearing my Cole jersey. I was afraid to wear my Duncan Keith t-shirt today because it might bring luck to Chicago NEXT Friday!

      This is all so logical. I know. Thanks so much for reading and playing the home game! NEVER deny the Juice. We all have a right to the Juice.

      • CaniacLady17

        @Esbee92

        Oh, I’m ALWAYS wearing #36 somewhere on my game outfit, even when I (occasionally) wear another player’s jersey–pin, t-shirt, etc., etc., etc. I literally was jumping up and down and cheering ever so loudly when Jokinen signed a 3-year contract this summer.

  • DJeanSublette

    @Esbee92 :) I almost missed it! I’m in Black Mountain communing with nature and music this weekend. Lotsa Hockey catchin up later!

  • DJeanSublette

    @Esbee92 :) I almost missed it! I’m in Black Mountain communing with nature and music this weekend. Lotsa Hockey catchin up later!

  • Esbee92

    I am all for superstition and rituals but I am NEVER for taking away a gal’s Jussi Jokinen! A friend of mine got his name on her jersey and then heard about the “jersey curse” and panicked. It was a stressful trade deadline!

    I mix up my jerseys. Neither one has has any luck on it that I know of. That way the results are mixed up and I don’t have to banish one to the closet. I was however nervous about wearing my Cole jersey. I was afraid to wear my Duncan Keith t-shirt today because it might bring luck to Chicago NEXT Friday!

    This is all so logical. I know. Thanks so much for reading and playing the home game! NEVER deny the Juice. We all have a right to the Juice.

  • Emily3022

    You could always eat Capn’Cruch in honor of our Captain, Eric Staal :D.

    I am thinking perhaps I should incorporate my mama’s mama’s cheer too. Three generations strong. Can’t argue with that. “Lean to the left! Lean to the right! Stand up, sit down, fight fight fight!”

  • Esbee92

    @Emily3022

    I LIKE this Cap’n Crunch angle! Very creative! Whatever you do enjoy the game tonight!

  • CaniacLady17

    OK, I have to take (partial) blame for our loss last night. I admit that BEFORE the game was over, I took off my Canes jewelry and put on lounge clothes that weren’t red & black. Well, we were 2 goals ahead and I really thought we had this one locked in. Yikes, what a mistake! I’ve learned my lesson.

  • CaniacLady17

    OK, I have to take (partial) blame for our loss last night. I admit that BEFORE the game was over, I took off my Canes jewelry and put on lounge clothes that weren’t red & black. Well, we were 2 goals ahead and I really thought we had this one locked in. Yikes, what a mistake! I’ve learned my lesson.

  • CaniacLady17

    @Esbee92

    Oh, I’m ALWAYS wearing #36 somewhere on my game outfit, even when I (occasionally) wear another player’s jersey–pin, t-shirt, etc., etc., etc. I literally was jumping up and down and cheering ever so loudly when Jokinen signed a 3-year contract this summer.