Share Your Sports Superstitions

Patch Editor Kris Noceda believes superstitions such as growing a beard or wearing the same clothes on game day helps give his sports teams the edge. Share your lucky charms, routines and game-day rituals here.


I believe growing a beard every time the San Francisco Giants clinch a playoff berth they will go on to win the World Series.

I believe that if I wear the same red Patrick Willis football jersey, camouflage pants, red shoes and war paint I wore during the past two playoff games that the San Francisco 49ers will win the Super Bowl.

I believe in superstitions.

As long as my team wins, then I don't care if I have to wear the same smelly and unwashed undershirt or eat the same food on game days.

It's a sacrifice to show the Sports Gods that I'll do whatever it takes to help my team bring home a big, fat W.

And I'm not alone. My friends are in the same boat. Athletes in all levels of sports also have their own set of superstitions.

You've also seen the television commercials, right?

My favorite is the Niner fan who invites himself to his former apartment to watch the big game with strangers. Why? Because his lucky seat is there.

I totally understand.

Every Niner playoff game I attend I have to sit next to my brother. The one time I didn't we experienced a heartbreaking loss to the New York Giants in last year's NFC Championship.

Don't blame Kyle Williams for fumbling away a shot at the Super Bowl that year. Blame me.

Here are a few other things I HAVE to do on Super Bowl Sunday:

  • Drink a Coors Light. Only one — and I have to make it last throughout the whole game. Other beverages during the game are fine. But I need that Coors Light near me.
  • High-five every fellow fan — even if they are strangers — within my immediate surrounding area when anything good happens for the Niners.
  • Fists closed during crucial plays — like a third down, for example.

I have more, but enough about me. Do you have any sports superstitions? Tell me in the comments section below. I've uploaded a photo of my lucky 49ers jersey and San Francisco Giants shirt. Snap a photo of your lucky charms or outfit, and upload them here (click on the "Upload Photos and Videos" button).

As the Bud Light slogan says for its superstitious commercials: "It's only weird if it doesn't work."

And here's a fact: The last time I wrote about the 49ers for Patch my team won.

Kris, you can't be serious!

I hear ya. I hear ya.

But don't mind me. I'm just going through my check list.

One superstition down, a few more to go.


The superstitious Patch Editor Kris Noceda bleeds Red & Gold and is a member of the Niner Empire, Hayward Chapter. He's endured dark seasons under past 49ers Head Coaches Dennis Erickson, Mike Nolan and Mike Singletary. He now lives life under the motto: In Harbaugh We Trust.

Rob Phillips January 31, 2013 at 04:33 PM
In my heart I hope the Niners win. Going into the city, getting a hotel room and watching the game at the Kezar Pub, across the street from Kezar Stadium, where the Niners first played. In my head, though, superbowl will be instant replay of past championship game featuring offense of Raiders vs. defense of Bucs. Result will be the same. Defense wins championships. Ravens by 3pts in low scoring game. If I am wrong, I promise to stop trash-talking the Streetscape project from now on. If I am right, I promise to focus even more on the riduculous, complicated quasi municipal administration of the area of Alameda County known as Castro Valley. Never was there a more appropriate time for the citizens of this area to stand up and take FULL responsibility for their own future. (Sorry for injecting politics, its an incurable disease)
KASobiech January 31, 2013 at 04:57 PM
OKAY, and thank you Rob for Sharing your game day superstition?? ; ) So, for me I really need to watch my team play?? I am a Niners fan from birth till my last breath! I really need to watch my team play, in person on TV or even thre radio if thats all I got?? When I don't they seem to lose?? :( I do every thing in my power to watch them play, but with a teenage son that plays travel baseball...sometimes it just cant be helped??! I will be watching the Super Bowl in full NINER gear to support my team BEAT the Ravens by 10!! Who's got it better then US?? NO ONE!! Lets GO NINERS BAM BAM BAMBAMBAM!! ; )
Kristofer Noceda February 01, 2013 at 12:56 AM
Thanks all for the comments. @KASobiech: You better find a way to watch the game! Every bit of "power" helps! Let's. Go. 9ers!


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