Hey guys. I was hoping that you all could help me out. I have been dating a gal for the last few months and I am feeling that I will be dating her throughout the season. We got to talking about football and I confessed some of my superstitiions to her. She has been teasing me all week (playfully of course) and when I try to explain that every diehard fan I know has some sort ritual or routine during the football season she just laughs at me. She said me and "a handful of other whack jobs does not include every diehard fan."
So, she has challenged me to prove it by having some "real Raider fans" (insert exaggerated eye roll here) describe what "whack job type of stuff" you engage in believing/hoping that it will influence the outcome of the game. So I am asking you all to help out. I should first say that she is standing over my shoulder reading what I type and is requesting that everyone be honest. If you do nothing special, then just say you do nothing special. Oh gawd. And she has requested that your answers are not x-rated (R is fine, she's no angel). If you say you have a threesome with the twins down the street before each game she will assume you are lying anyway. Personally, if you are having threesomes with twins before each game, you are sorta my hero, but it hasn't bedn working for the last 11 years. Maybe if you gave me their phone number...?
My superstions are maybe quirky, but not way out there as far as I am concerned. She is also requesting that in fairness to her (and for her amusement, I am sure), I must give you all a chance to mock me. Here goes: Every Sunday, 30 minutes before kickoff, I go into Mojo Mode. I cover my Lazy Boy with a fleece Raider blanket. I break out my team couch pillows. I line up several team ball caps below the TV. The caps may be changed out or moved around in order to optimize the mojo I am sending the team. I slip on my Raider slippers and a jersey that I choose based on whatever reason makes the most sense to me for that week. I absolutely will not crack a beer until kick-off and I will only get up to pee during commercials. I do not walk away while the game is shown on the TV screen and NOBODY is allowed to talk during the televised portions of the game, unless it is to talk about the game. Ahhh, yes. I also have a box of random Raider stuff - pennants, photos, Topps cards, a Raider gnome, etc. - that I may or may not place around the game room during the game. Thats it. Hmmm. Actually seeing this written down, it does sort of validate Kat's diagnosis. Oh well, its cool. I am pretty sure a lot of you can surpass me in your own wacky voodoo-like fashion. I am being asked to add the disclaimer that I am in no way trying to influence anyone, nor do I have any knowledge of a "boy's club mentality" prevalent in this website. I would love to be proven right and I am curious as well as to what ritualistic debauchery and lunacy my fellow whack jobs practice.
So 2 questions for you: #1) What superstitious sorts of things do you do on game day? #2) This one is solely for my own curiosity. If you wear a team jersey on game day (and I know that you do) whose jersey will you be wearing for the first regular season game in Indy?
I am currently split on the jersey issue. If Flynn is named the starter against the Colts in week 1, I will be wearing my Gannon jersey. If, however, Pryor or Wilson starts instead, then I will rely on the mojo power in my Howie jersey so that Luck watch much of the game from his back I am sure whichever jersey I choose will have no bearing on the outcome of the game. I do not practice voodoo. I don't cast spells or sacrifice chickens. But the little stuff I do...what if? Last year, I wore McFadden for game 1 and he ended up having a piss poor season and another injury. It wasn't my fault Dmac stunk, it was Knapp's play calling mixed with the ZBS. But what if I had gone with Tim Brown, the other jersey I was considering for the season opener? I'm just saying...
So what do you say guys? Help a brother out?