Brad has more on this abomination at St. Louis Game Time. Please don't buy this shirt. It's not only a jinx, it's fugly.
Round two of the Stanley Cup Finals begins tonight for the Blues, as they square off against the Los Angeles Kings (note: head to The Royal Half for the opposition's take on stuff). Going into round two, Las Vegas oddmakers Bovada have the Blues as 15/4 favorites to win the Cup now that previous favorites the Bruins, Canucks, and Penguins went the way of the dodo after the first round. I was kind of happy to see this -- after all, it's attention! -- and then I put the link on my Facebook page.
"NOOO. IT'S A JINX!!!"
Well, damn. But is it? Is it really a jinx? Sports fans are odd about their superstitions -- not changing socks, wearing a "lucky jersey," and playoff beards rank up there. We're no goaltenders -- I don't talk to my jersey before I put it on -- but we're still quirky. Anything that gives comfort and order to something that has any chance of any outcome, fans gravitate towards. It also gives a scapegoat if the team loses. Instead of blaming your team, you can blame your lucky socks that your wife washed, or your lucky jersey that you left at a friend's house (which I did). Fix the problem, and the team's chances of winning the next game are right back on track!
Except that they're not -- their chances of winning are just the same as their chances were the game that they lost. Traditions and jinxes are just security blankets, or outlets for paranoia. People didn't like it when the Blackhawks' Jonathan Toews was featured on a mural with the Cup before they won it, because they were scared it'd anger the hockey gods (or maybe because Toews looked like a pig). Honestly, if the Hawks would have lost the Cup that year, the mural would have served as an outlet for confusion and anger more than anything else.
Jinxes and traditional superstitions are fine to have -- it's human nature. Just don't take them too seriously. Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to find my back-up lucky jersey for tonight.