Today is game day and the birds of prey will both be fighting for a win in Atlanta GA. Here in the Puget Sound the Seattle Seahawks fans (the 12th man) are pulling out all of their game day rituals in hopes to help the team win. This Jan. 13, 2013 game will be a historic event as the Great Mother has helped to pit two great birds against each other. Both teams have done very well this year and the 12th man rituals are proof that you don’t need to be a Pagan to hope for magic or try to help your team with your lucky charms.
These rituals and lucky charms exist all over the Puget sound. Should the Seahawks start to fall behind in points, Derek Tsuchida as well as the employees at Time Out Sports Bar in Kirkland will start their ritual to save the game. This ritual includes opening a Lucille IPA, pouring it into a martini glass and then downing the drink. Does it really help the team? Well it certainly has in the past and they will be ready for today’s game with martini glasses in reach.
In fact 12th man members across our state are pulling out all of their game day rituals for today’s game and many feel that these rituals, and a great team, are responsible for the Seahawks making it to the second round of the playoffs and getting closer to the Super Bowl. It seems that nearly everyone has their own ritual to help bring a win. Some have special talismans, some will pray, some even record the game and watch the whole game during the fourth quarter only, and all of the 12th man fans hope to send luck with the team today.
In an almost Pagan ritual, Ian Cornett sends barbecue offerings to the gods to help bring favor on his team. Blake Snyder, an aspiring sports journalist, puts his faith into his Seahawks jersey, hat and custom-made shoes. Should the Seahawks have a rough time he takes off the hat comes off and next thing you know the team is improving and heading for a win.
Of course superstition has always had a place in sports and has a long standing history. Should a baseball pitcher appear to be headed for a no-hitter, he should sit by himself when he's not on the mound and the other players will avoid him so they don’t break his streak. Surely you have heard of teams wearing the same lucky socks or other under garments at every game to help secure their luck.
At 10am, the Puget Sound will be watching and pulling out all of their lucky charms, talismans, and performing all of their game day rituals to help the Seahawks win against the Falcons and come that much closer to the Super Bowl. Proof that Pagans are not the only ones who perform rituals and speak to the gods. No matter what your game day rituals are, you can be sure that this will be a great game.
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