Sunday, November 15, 2009

Saints Won Again! Sports Superstitions, VooDoo, & Video

I said to myself if the New Orleans Saints won today, I'd post a few team spirit videos. The Saints beat the St. Louis Rams today in a close game, 28 to 23. Saints, baby! 9 and 0. The game kept folks on Twitter biting their nails, praying, and maybe uttering a few VooDoo curses or blessings.

I'd like to post the WDSU video, WhoDat Nation, "Do It Again" featuring the Rebirth Brass Band, but they unwisely did not make it embeddable. So, I'm going first with New Orleans Saints "Get Crunk."

And then this one, Bring 'Em to the Dome.

On Twitter, using the #whodat hashtag, I posted the following:
I'm not watching the Saints. I used to go to the games as a child w/ my dad. Season tickets. Scared if I watch I'll jinx them. #whodat (Nordette_Verite)
And that's true. I can't avoid hearing about the game because my dad, now 89, lives with me and my son, 18, watches as well, but I've been afraid to believe the Saints are gonna continue to kick butt because 1.) Other than the Saints, I'm not a football fan and so I don't keep up with the reasons for why this year should be different, and 2.) Sometimes believing in what seems like the impossible is plain old scary.

But one person on Twitter told me "Jinx over!" after I posted this today while the game was tied.
Poked my head in at the Saints game, despite my fear I'm a jinx, & then they scored touchdown! #whodat (@Nordette_Verite)
My son wrote a paper last year on personal superstitions people develop. This is one of those, part of my self-mythology on the lighter side. Do we all have a tendency to keep these irrational beliefs, the ones that if questioned we'd say, "Oh, I was just kidding," and yet we act on them secretly?

I'm not the only educated person who has echoes of personal superstition or beliefs related to something like watching a football game:
Ha! @JamesPerry2010 you mocked my long distance influence on our beloved #Saints but we've started scoring since I started tweeting. (@harrislacewell)
Neither am I the only person whose pondered such superstitions:
Superstitions and curses play a big role in sports. The 1969 Cubs know all about that -- seemingly on track for the postseason, the Cubbies collapsed in September that year after a black cat crossed paths with Ron Santo in the on-deck circle at Shea Stadium. Blame it on the black cat or the Curse of the Billy Goat, but the Cubs haven't been to a World Series since 1945 and haven't won one since 1908. (Curses, superstitions and sports at ESPN)
And back in 2001, Ava Kay Jones told NPR that she helped removed a curse from the New Orleans Saints. Guess effect's not kicking in until now.

If the Saints go to the SuperBowl, you'd better believe this city, this state, maybe even people across the nation, will hold a party that makes Mardi Gras look like a small town prom. And naturally, faith will get the credit.

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