Do you feel lucky?

Today, we’re talking lucky t-shirts, chicken sacrifice and respecting the streak. Plus I have a fun giveaway for you.

One of the first things you learn when you engage in sports is that preparation and skill only go so far. To perform really well or win the game, you’ve got to have a little luck on your side. OK, so maybe that’s not really true, but believing it makes it so, according to a recently published article in the Psychological Science journal. The New York Times writer Gretchen Reynolds spells it out, and explains that yes, the lucky socks thing really does work, as long as you don’t go overboard.

If you are the parent of a kid on a win streak and trying to convince your superstar to wash her lucky socks, Detroit Tiger Jim Leyland didn’t do you any favors when he confessed to wearing the same (unwashed) underwear for 12 straight games. Believe me, he didn’t do Mrs. Leyland any favors, either. Baseball players are notoriously superstitious, which has been well documented in classic movies like Bull Durham and Major League. In fact, a couple high school players in Texas tried the chicken thing and got kicked off the team.

Little superstitions
Some of it is preparation ritual. And some is superstition. One of my son’s friends believes he cannot let the blade of his stick touch the ground after taping his stick or he’ll play like crap. My kid has to tie the left skate first. And I rely on my lucky Tom Glavine shirt, circa 1997, for big games or to turn around a losing streak. My teammates even ask if I’m wearing it. Does it help? Sure it does.

Building confidence
There are plenty of ways you can help your child build confidence, which is what it is really all about. Just participating in sports is going to help your kid build overall confidence but for sports-specific confidence WePlayMoms has some ideas and LiveStrong has a nice article also.

Get the edge
Athletes are always looking for that edge, even if they don’t know exactly what it is that is giving them the perceived edge. And there’s a huge market of products out there to help them, starting with ubiquitous Phiten necklace worn by baseball players. Do they do anything? Scientists say no, but we’ve already learned that if you think it does, it does. And now there are new products, including the Power Balance line of performance technology. Power Balance products are worn by NFL stars like Drew Brees, Clay Matthews, MLB players including Shane Victorino, and NBAers Derrick Rose and Blake Griffin, as well as athletes from Beach Volleyball, Formula 1 Racing, Golf, Hockey, MMA, Skateboarding, Snowboarding, Surfing and Tennis.

From the Power Balance website:
In 2006, two brothers with a passion for competitive sports pursued their idea to blend the powers of Eastern Philosophy and Western Science with Innovative Technologies to deliver products that improve and enhance people’s lives. That idea became a company called POWER BALANCE™, the creators of the Power Balance™ silicone wristband.

Five years and millions of wristbands later, Power Balance™ and founders, Troy and Josh Rodarmel have single-handedly defined the “Performance Technology” category and redefined the sports accessories market. From thousands of professional athletes to millions of aspiring amateurs, weekend warriors and active consumers, Power Balance™ has become a brand as powerful as the athletes who wear its products. Born in concept from ancient health and wellness practices and wrapped in a modern holographic form, Power Balance™ stands out among its many imitators as “The Original” sports performance wristband. No other Performance Technology accessory on the market can match the roster of hundreds of top professional athletes (and growing!) and millions of satisfied customers all over the world.

power balance productsPower Balance Giveaway
Want to see if a Power Balance product can make a difference in your game? Power Balance sent me a couple wristbands to try and some products to give away. Enter by following the directions below and you could be the proud owner of a Power Balance silicone necklace or Power Balance mouth gear.

Here’s the dealio: To be eligible for this drawing, add a comment to this post OR tweet a link to this post and post that tweet to the comments. I will do a random draw of all entries and winners will be posted on my blog. If you win and don’t respond to claim your item, I will draw another name. You’ve got until March 20 to enter so shine up that lucky penny, cross your fingers, bring out the four-leaf clover –whatever you believe brings you the luck. And while you’re at it, share some of your favorite lucky tricks.

6 Comments on “Do you feel lucky?”

  1. juan dorado says:

    I feel lucky when I don’t wear any underwear.

  2. Lynne Logan says:

    There was a girl on my daughter’s young All Star softball team that was a huge believer in the powers of her “Lucky Underwear.” Fortunately, the powers of said underwear were not diminished by washing, as she would go home every evening during the tournament weekend and wash those magic skivvies. She had kept her secret for the team’s successful winning streak under wraps for a while, claiming that embarassment kept her from sharing the fact that she alone, along with her magic underwear were responsible for our winning streak. Finally she fessed up. (She probably wanted credit where credit was due!) The first thing that was said to this gal every tournament morning, even before,”Hello.” was; “Are you wearing your lucky underwear?” She never missed a game day until the inevitable happened and we suffered a loss. The magic of the Lucky Underwear had faded and the team was forced to soldier on without its rabbit’s foot, as it were. It was great while it lasted!

    • Lynne,
      There seems to be a lot of luck surrounding underwear! I think someone should do some research into the psychological component of that!
      And my lucky Tom Glavine shirt came through for me again, as my hockey team ended the season with a win.

  3. R Adams says:

    People tell me I am lucky. I guess I have to agree with them to a point. Part of it has to do with the fact that I enter a lot of contests, play the lottery, and buy whatever raffle ticket someone is selling. But I think what effects my winning the most is that I honestly believe I AM going to win. It is the power of positive thinking and believing that keeps me playing and entering and buying……and eventually winning. I think my daughters transferred this positive attitude to their own lives in sports and other activities they entered throughout their lives. Believing good things will happen doesn’t always make it so but it gives you hope and always keeps you in the game.

  4. EJ says:

    My girls have never had any superstitions, or have insisted on wearing a lucky number, or known anything about lucky socks or underwear, which is good. When they play well, they take pride. When they don’t, they take responsibility. I’d much rather blame sub-par-ness on an outside influence, such as not having on the lucky skivvies or not having a sausage croissant on gameday or such.

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