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Started by mingmong on Jul 7, 2018 11:52:05 PM
Superstitions you have observed over the course of this WC

e.g. I have deliberately not had a shave since the Columbia game.

Today (all part of the plan) I deliberately dressed like a dork (long shorts, t-shirt, socks and loafers). For the first half of the game I refrained from alcohol, and got on with cooking a cottage pie with the volume turned up, popping into the living room when something interesting sounded like it was happening.

In the second half I watched the game from the sofa, drinking one bottle of guiness original. Nothing else.

England won as a direct result of these specific actions.

(You're welcome)

phantlers - 07 Jul 2018 23:54:04 (#1 of 25)

Too many to list and too superstitious to tell.

Tadagee - 08 Jul 2018 01:11:55 (#2 of 25)

and got on with cooking a cottage pie with the volume turned up

Cottage pies have volume controls now?

RudyVoeller - 08 Jul 2018 01:30:48 (#3 of 25)

I avoided going in to work on most World Cup days.

spartak - 09 Jul 2018 08:36:18 (#4 of 25)

During the TUN game I was messaging my mate in the UK. Since then I have maintained radio silence with him during ENG games. I also went out on the balcony during the COL penalty shoot-out and smoked 3 fags to make sure I was out there long enough to miss the entire thing and, therefore, not jinx ENG.

invicta - 09 Jul 2018 08:38:22 (#5 of 25)

The best way of watching a penalty shootout is to watch it over the Internet while looking at JTT. Completely removes the tension.

tasselhoff - 09 Jul 2018 08:49:30 (#6 of 25)

I wore my lucky pink Tranmere goalie kit for the QF. Will be doing the same from now on.

TheSwearingBear - 09 Jul 2018 09:04:59 (#7 of 25)

Some people jump on ambulances and smash up IKEA shops.

dreams99 - 09 Jul 2018 09:20:04 (#8 of 25)

I've managed to stop getting twitchy whenever someone misspells 'Colombia'.

WibbleAgain - 09 Jul 2018 09:22:19 (#9 of 25)

I've suddenly realised why the England fans were singing God Save the Queen!

Tangent - 11 Jul 2018 21:41:53 (#10 of 25)

My old superstition was that England win if I miss the first 15 minutes of the game on TV, but lose if I miss the first half. I missed the first half...

tasselhoff - 11 Jul 2018 21:42:46 (#11 of 25)

Mods, plz ban

nac1001 - 11 Jul 2018 22:40:19 (#12 of 25)

Mrs1001was out at yoga. She returned in the 68th minute and saw about 20 seconds of action - including the equaliser - and then left the room.

fogger - 11 Jul 2018 22:45:57 (#13 of 25)

England scored while I was driving up the A1. As soon as I got home and started watching they went crap.

invicta - 11 Jul 2018 23:02:13 (#14 of 25)

My cat's absence during the second half was a cause for concern (I got her the day England won the Rugby World Cup and her presence, or absence, in the house has been a consistent signifier of sporting success ever since.)

She came back in during the first period of extra time, looked at the TV with disdain, and the spent the second one headbutting me and kneading my shoulders in an effort to make me feel better, as she would an unhappy kitten. She's 15 and probably won't be around at the next WC, and I shall miss her commentaries.

Delighted_User - 11 Jul 2018 23:23:01 (#15 of 25)

I've never understood how this is supposed to work. If you carry out your England success ritual perfectly, but someone else performs their jinx equally perfectly, how does the future know what to do?

Banana - 11 Jul 2018 23:24:53 (#16 of 25)

Well of course you have to renounce all other jinxes as being false.

invicta - 11 Jul 2018 23:25:26 (#17 of 25)

Which, of course, they are. Are you trying to apply logic to the illogical, D_U?

Tangent - 11 Jul 2018 23:28:07 (#18 of 25)

If your side has appeased whatever controls your side's collective weird, and the other side haven't, or have whored after false gods, then you are ahead...

Delighted_User - 11 Jul 2018 23:30:19 (#19 of 25)

There are levels of illogicality, surely. I can understand, for example, believing that carrying out a particular set of actions or wearing a lucky talisman might bring you personal success (leaving out, for the moment, any boost in confidence the belief itself gives you), because this is supposed to be a particular link between your fate and the magic. But with a football game, you are only one of millions of people who want a particular outcome. Even if, for the sake of argument, this outcome could be influenced by the actions of any individual thousands of miles away, the chances that it would be you are infinitesimal.

Banana - 11 Jul 2018 23:32:21 (#20 of 25)

But can you prove that it wasn't me?

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