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On the Horns of Superstition

So much for gratitude. Everyone seems to be up to their eyeballs in anticipation and no small amount of anxiety. And rightfully so, this is as big as it gets in the world of college football and if your sphincter isn't puckering, maybe you aren't that heavily invested.

But this isn't about the one-upmanship of fandom, this is about the other side of rationality, about the superstitions that surround the sport and exactly what you'll be doing tomorrow to entice good luck and overcome the dark side.

Here on this site there is a somewhat unwritten ethic during live-blogging a game about those knock-on-wood moments when someone inadvertently calls on the forces of evil instead of light. Just like on the field and in the dugout of a baseball game, what is and isn't allowed isn't stated, but any transgression is quickly addressed. And sometimes you can't correct those words that slip out into the ether; once loosened, they roll on their own, so beware. 

Irrationality always has a certain role, one many may want to ignore or diminish it but you can't, because both the world and the human mind, a non-local entity, are quite mysterious places where a single act can instantly change our very conception of what is.This is about our visceral reaction to this world and to this game in particular. 

So, what's your personal range of quirky superstitions in preparing for the game? Is it clothing and pre-game rituals, or how you deal with bad times within the game or incantations for changing the flow of luck? How do you make that blue lightning jump from horn-to-horn and start a stampede in the right direction? Just how crazy do you get? You're not alone, you know.

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