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Syd Butler - That's what you get for being superstitious

Monday, 04.20.2009 / 6:30 PM / NHL Celeb Blogs

By Syd Butler - Special to

Blog 4 - Monday April 20

The definition of superstition is: An irrational belief that an object, action, or circumstance not logically related to a course of events influences its outcome.
I am a very superstitious person when it comes to the Capitals and I follow routines carefully in order to give them all the juice I have.  It is the least I can do since I am co-dependent on this team and their outcome. While a loss spins me into a numbing depression, a win fills me and my day with JOY. The Capitals losing a day game is the worst as I have all day to mope around the apt. Should I have vacuumed more? Put in a couple of hours of community service work?
The morning of Game 2 I did everything right, and more. I went through all the rituals that I have routinely executed before all of the Capitals’ wins this year. The only difference?
I saw a homeless man nodding off in the middle of the road and no one was willing to help. He was seconds from death because of the oncoming traffic. I quickly walked into the street, oblivious to horns honking and cars swerving, and grabbed the homeless man. I helped him across the street to safety. He responded with a "I don't need your help!" and then a "Leave me alone", but - I was doing an extra good deed! I responded instinctively when I saw him but, surely this good deed would also help my Caps win game 2!
I realized after the loss that I must have a made an error in my pre-game rituals. And, sadly, maybe I should not have helped that man cross the street? He didn’t want or appreciate my help.  Perhaps the cars would have missed him and he would have somehow gotten to safety alone. Did his rejection undermine my focus and disturb my visualizations during the game? 
I wonder how many good deeds are done based on sports superstitions. If we had more, maybe the world would be a better place? :)
Go Caps!

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