HOT BLAST: Sports and superstition
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Boston Red Sox's Jonny Gomes reaches to pull the beard of Mike Napoli after Napoli hits a home run in the seventh inning during Game 3 of the American League baseball championship series against the Detroit Tigers last week. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Boston Red Sox's Jonny Gomes reaches to pull the beard of Mike Napoli after Napoli hits a home run in the seventh inning during Game 3 of the American League baseball championship series against the Detroit Tigers last week. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
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One day away from the start of the World Series and we are already weary of the chin-stroking about the bearded Boston Red Sox players. (It's even considered news if a member of the team is beardless.)

Not that there is anything wrong with constructing a whiskered road to the World Series. These are the sort of traditions that make sports fun. What's more, there's nothing we could do to stop them. Stuart Vyse explains:

Although many of the magical beliefs held by athletes are purely individual, the world of sport is also famous for its group or team superstitions. In baseball, it is widely believed that, if a pitcher has held the opposing team hitless, it is bad luck to mention the "no-hitter" in the dugout during the game. Some say the best way to avoid "jinxing" the pitcher is to stay away from him altogether and keep quiet. The Connecticut College women’s basketball team has a group practice that is believed to bring good luck: when they join hands before the start of a game, the players break out of the huddle with a shout of "Together!" This cheer is never used at the beginning of the second half or at any other point in a game, and new players must be educated in its use when they join the team. 

 
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