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. Read the rest of this entry »


The Mommy Stylist has great practical style suggestions to keep moms looking good. Here’s what she styled to wear to the ice rink. Now, if she could only help out with some ideas for the dads . . .

The Mommy Stylist

By Kristin Hull

Sure, a beige or purple coat would have been fun to use for this outfit but I had to keep practicality in mind.  A casual, wear-it-all-winter coat that is light-colored will be filthy before – well, you know. Little shoes are going to get on it, you’ll  sit on dirty bleachers, rub it against the car when you’re scraping snow off the windshield, etc. So, with all that in mind I went with the basic, but always reliable, and always classy, black. Because moms don’t have a lot of money to spend on clothes for themselves said coat has to last a long time, match with all kinds of things (jeans, corduroys, khakis) and of course, be slimming. (We ALL

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One mom’s quest to play

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The Trophy Mom, suited up for action

February 1 was National Girls and Women in Sports Day, the 26th such celebration, now recognized in all 50 U.S. states.  This year’s theme: Title IX at 40: In it for the Long Run. I don’t think I need to make any arguments for the value of participation in athletics for girls. Both short term and long term, in personal and professional circumstances, participating in sports helps girls and women succeed in life.

I was but a wee lass when Title IX was enacted but, even then, I realized that my lack of a penis, not to mention an average-at-best throwing arm, was going to keep me from my dream of becoming the starting third baseman for the Detroit Tigers. But no longer would it mean that I was barred from participating in the game I loved. Still, opportunities were pretty limited, and not just because I was an undersized kid who had trouble reading a fly ball. I didn’t play high school sports. In college, I played intramural football, blew out my knee, and that was the end of it. Until I had baby number three. A girl. Read the rest of this entry »