I’ll Never Be Superstitious (Touch Wood)

7 Nov

I would not say that the Hub and I are superstitious.  I’m pretty sure that superstitions like it’s unlucky to walk under a ladder came from a pot of paint being dropped on the head of whoever started it; and the thing about shoes on the table being unlucky came from the bloke whose mother gave him a good slap for putting dirty boots on her newly-cleaned surface. 

But then there’s football.  The Hub is so Man City-mad that most of our house is decorated in varying shades of blue.  He once bought a red England shirt, wore it once, and had to give it away because it reminded him too much of the Salford team.  He is not superstitious when watching a match, but today he refuses to listen to the City game on the radio, because if he does, they will lose.  They can be winning 1-0 when he turns on the radio but will finish the match 2-1 down.  It never fails.

I think I’ve mentioned this before: he says he supports two teams – City, and whoever United are playing.  But when he’s watching United and supporting the other side, you can bet United will win.  It got to such a point that the Hub fleetingly entertained the idea of supporting United in the hope of making them lose every game and being relegated; but he couldn’t do it even in fantasy: he felt nauseous at the thought.

Besides, he says you can’t cheat the football gods; they don’t like it and he doesn’t want to be avoiding ladders for the rest of his life.

4 Responses to “I’ll Never Be Superstitious (Touch Wood)”

  1. slpmartin November 7, 2010 at 17:35 #

    I love watching baseball players go through their pre batting routine…talk about being superstitious


    • Tilly Bud November 8, 2010 at 11:34 #

      I believe all sportspeople are like that.


  2. Mary November 8, 2010 at 01:44 #

    Well I have heard of you all and your strong feelings about YOUR football, which we on the other side of the Atlantic call ‘soccer.’ LOL. Soccer is not really a big deal here, for the most part, unless it is time for the World Cup. Then bring it on. My grandson has played soccer though, less dangerous than American football for sure. My sport of choice at the moment is American Football, and I fervently support the Green Bay Packers. Just curious, does your hub know anything at all about American football….or is it as “Greek” to him as it is to most people outside of the USA?


    • Tilly Bud November 8, 2010 at 11:35 #

      Oh no, he follows American football. There isn’t a sport he doesn’t watch except golf.


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