Superstitions, rituals, lucky talismans, or just an oft-repeated mantra is something that we all share as humans. Superstar athletes are no different, in fact, there is probably no other facet of life that holds on to superstitions and rituals than sports. Blame it on the fact that any sport does rely a bit on lady luck smiling down every once in a while. Not all famous sportsmen have the same rituals though, and we’ve compiled 10 of the weirdest superstitions and rituals we’ve seen in the world of sports.
Michael Jordan’s Lucky UNC shorts
Michael Jordan is famous for starting a lot of things in the NBA and in the game of basketball in general. One thing he’s often credited for is starting the long shorts trend in basketball players. At a time when everybody was wearing really short shorts, Jordan wore shorts almost up to his knees. What people didn’t know was that Jordan was wearing his lucky UNC Tar Heels practice shorts underneath his Bulls uniform shorts because he considered them lucky, and has worn them in every game of his entire career. His Airness’ lucky UNC shorts reached legendary status when they featured prominently in the movie Space Jam, with Nike releasing a special edition of the pair in 2017.