Part of the credit for this blog goes to Adam since his comment gave me the idea of doing this.
I think all Stars fans (and fans of other teams) have superstitions about what to wear, eat, etc when the Stars play. I know I have plenty of weird superstitions, and they get even stranger once the playoffs start.
I wear the same thing when I attend games. The only part of my ensemble that changes is the jersey I wear. I hate to assign jerseys as being good luck or bad luck. Hey, they cost $300, I’m not going to stop wearing one because the Stars lose a game! Then jeans and shoes I wear are only worn to Stars games. I wear the same underwear too.. but I won’t go into that.
Pre-game meals are also a big deal. We always eat somewhere in the West End before games. Spiatza’s is my favorite, and the Stars seem to win most of the times we eat there. Some restaurants get black-listed though. The first was Tony Roma’s. The first time we ate there before a game, the Stars lost. The second time we ate there was the night Salei hit Modano and we got to watch him hauled off the ice on a stretcher. We never ate there again before a game, and now they’re out of business.
Last season, Sarah and I tried Gator’s for the first time on a Sunday afternoon. The food was pretty good, but the Stars ended up playing terribly and they lost 4-0 to San Jose. Gator’s was put on “probation” for this season. I’ll try going back again next season, but if the Stars play terribly or someone gets hurt, it’s done.
It gets more important during the playoffs. For Game 1, I pick a Stars shirt and wear it the day of the game. If they lose the game, I put that shirt away for the playoffs and move onto another one. If they win, I wear it again for the next game. This continues until the Stars get out of the playoffs or I run out of shirts. I haven’t run out of shirts yet. When we play series against west coast teams, I take a pregame nap and prepare to sit down in front of the TV with Sarah on the phone an hour before the game starts.
At home, my dad and I each have a conch shell that we blow when the Stars score a goal. I’m sure we’ve woken neighbors up several times during late night playoff games. If I ever get to sit with the Havoc Fanatics, I hope to be the first person to have a conch shell in the section.
Oh, and I never wear red during the playoffs. Actually, looking around my rooms (here and at home) I realize that I don’t really own any red things.
So let me know, what are your weird superstitions or traditions for Stars games?