Superstitions are observed by players and fans, where intrigue meets skepticism as they watch events unfold and decide what they want to believe. And the sports world has notoriously discussed and acknowledged such belief systems including pre-game rituals, stories involving curses, mid-game activities, and lore.
We’ve gathered podcast episodes about widely-recognized sports superstitions around the world. On our list, there are conversations about The Curse of the Colonel, The Curse Of The Billy Goat, The Curse of the Bambino, and measures fans have taken to reverse curses like burning contracts inside ballparks and bringing goats to games. For more comedic takes on practices and paranormal experiences in sports, check out an episode of “This Paranormal Life.” There’s also a chat with author David White all about his book, Superstitionism – The Psychology of Sport.
History Go Time
In “History Go Time,” comedian and history enthusiast Damian Smith shares his favorite historical anecdotes. This episode runs the gamut of baseball superstitions from paranormal curses to “The Curse of the Bambino” to “The Curse of the Colonel.”
Do Go On
One of Major League Baseball’s curses has impacted The Chicago Cubs for decades, and it involves a goat owner, a black cat, and the Steve Bartman incident. Learn more about The Curse Of The Billy Goat in this episode of “Do Go On.”
This Paranormal Life
Comedians Rory Powers and Kit Grier dive into sports superstitions on “This Paranormal Life” episode. From intentionally digging up dead bodies to sacrificing goats, tune in for an episode dedicated to paranormal experiences and practices in the world of sports.
The Cleveland Indians traded one of the most popular players in 1960, slugger Rocky Colavito. Since then, the team has not won any world series in 73 years. Fans and sports writers believe that this trade caused a curse. Learn all about The Curse of Rocky Colavito in this “Ohio Mysteries” episode.
Two Strike Noise
On this episode of “Two Strike Noise,” hosts Mark and Jeff dive into some of the strangest superstitions players have interacted with. Some happen on the field mid-game, while others occur before the games begin. Learn about one team playing a joke on Wade Boggs’ pre-game ritual, and if it worked. They also chat about Roger Clemens’ activity with the IcyHot.
The Sport Psych Show
David White joined this episode of “The Sport Psych Show.” He is a public speaker, national learning facilitator, consultant, and performance coach who authored the book, Superstitionism – The Psychology of Sport. This book explores how superstition impacts athletes in all sports around the world. This conversation superstitions as belief systems, why athletes have them, the law of attraction, luck vs chance, and self-talk.