Olympic.ca is currently featuring a series exploring sports fans.
Sports fan rituals may seem silly, but to the avid supporter, they are no joke.
Some traditions have even transcended simple fandom, becoming part of a team or a sport’s cultural fabric.
Here are some of the most time-honoured fan rituals.
Beginning with perhaps one of the most bizarre (not to mention slimiest) traditions in sports, the octopus.
Nothing says ‘Go Team’ like frantically spinning a towel over ones head.
Come on now, we’ve all done it. And maybe even enjoyed it just a bit.
Showing your colours
How else is everyone around you suppose to know who you’re rooting for?
Three goals for a hat. Not a bad deal.
Let it grow
Take me out to the ball game
A seventh-inning tradition made famous by the late, great Harry Caray.
Code of silence
It’s an unwritten rule that, well, should be written. You just don’t utter the words ‘shutout’ or ‘perfect game’ when an athlete is on the verge of accomplishing just that. That’s just a big no-no. Don’t believe in jinxes? Tell that to Keith Hernandez.
When your favourite ball club is in desperate need of a run, it’s time to turn that cap inside out because… well why not?
Because the game itself just isn’t enough to get you pumped.
A great opportunity to catch a glimpse of your championship winning team… through your phone screen.
Simply too many rituals to keep track of…
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