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Top 25 Craziest Superstitions in Sports

We all have our quirks. Our odd little idiosyncrasies. And those strange little things we do because we think that by doing those things, we'll be able to make something break our way. Right? Perhaps we have a certain set routine we follow and never deviate from, when getting ready for work each day – coffee, shower, coffee, clothes. We do these things perhaps because we think we can effect a positive outcome for ourselves, or perhaps because we believe that deviating from them will ensure a negative outcome.

Well, athletes are a strange and superstitious bunch, and are not very different from us. Each of them have their own habits, quirks, and rituals they adhere to. And each of them believe that adhering to their habits, quirks, and rituals will improve their odds of succeeding in whatever sport they're competing in – even though standing on the outside looking in, some of these rituals look completely bizarre, downright freakish, and most of us are left wondering how in the world a ritual involving urine or talking to inanimate objects can have any impact on a game whatsoever.

But then, most of us aren't professional athletes whose very livelihood and earning power depends on us making the perfect pitch, or throwing a touchdown – and if an athlete believes that adhering to a certain ritual gives them an edge, or betters their chances of making the play that needs to be made when it needs to be made, then so it is.

Or to put it another way, we'll borrow a line from that all-time classic film, Bull Durham

"If you believe you're playing well because you're getting laid, or because you're not getting laid, or because you wear women's underwear, then you are!"

With that in mind, let's look at some of the more bizarre superstitious rituals in professional sports...

25 25. Alex Ovechkin

James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

24 24. Caron Butler

Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

23 23. Wade Boggs

via 1045theteam.com

22 22. Ed Belfour

via bleacherreport.com

21 21. Patrick Roy

via csnne.com

20 20. Jason Giambi

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

19 19. Brian Urlacher

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18 18. Moises Alou

via vineline.mlblogs.com

17 17. Jason Terry

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

16 16. Sergio Goycochea

via beinsports.tv

15 15. Bruce Gardiner

via legendsofhockey.net

14 14. Turk Wendell

via therichest.com

13 13. Lyoto Machida

via mmafight.com

12 12. Kevin Rhomberg

via didthetribewinlastnight.com

11 11. Goran Ivanisevic

via itftennis.com

10 10. Larry Walker

via 1025thegame.com

9 9. Wayne Gretzky

via tensportsclub.com

8 8. Serena Williams

Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

7 7. Michael Jordan

via dorsalcinco.blogspot.com

6 6. Bjorn Borg

via tt.tennis-warehouse.com

5 5. Rafael Nadal

Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports

4 4. John Smit

via zimbio.com

3 3. Babe Ruth

via pnwbaberuth.com

2 2. Dwight Howard

Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports

1 1. John Henderson 

via jaguars.com

Football players are tough and intense. And big. Former defensive tackle John Henderson – all 6'7” 335 pounds of him – required a team's athletic trainer to slap him across the face to get him pumped up for a game. And slap him hard. The much smaller trainer would be required to slap Henderson until “he tasted blood in his mouth.” We wonder if the trainer got hazard pay for that.

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