This just in: Athletes and coaches are superstitious. You’ve no doubt read about pregame meals, routes to the ballpark, lucky socks, routines, etc. Pick an athlete in any sport or level, and he or she is probably a nut job to some degree. I, for example, always put the the right sock on first, but when wearing gloves (hockey or cycling or whatever), the left one goes on first. No, I don’t know why. I just always do it that way.
Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock has a lucky tie, shown above. It’s not just any tie — the things that look like spots are actually the crest of his alma mater, McGill University in Montreal. He’s worn it a few times throughout the year, including Saturday night in game one of the Stanley Cup Finals. There’s a story here from McGill (complete with clowns of some sort in the background), along with more spottings here and here.
Special thanks to Mike Engle for passing this along, and therefore making my job much, much easier. Enjoy your Memorial Day, folks. — Bryan