Tuesdays on The Salute

Tuesdays on The Salute

Favorite chair. Lucky socks. Same meal. Three examples of superstitions that people make have regarding their favorite team. Some are born out of tradition or habit, others because of a special moment and others still are just random luck.

You guys know I have my K-State superstitions. Some are definitely tradition. Every morning on game day, my first tweet is “Go Cats! Beat {insert opponent here}. Do I feel like the Wildcats success or failure hinges on that tweet? No, but that doesn’t stop me from doing it. If for some reason that is not my first tweet of the day, I end up searching for a legit excuse as if I need to plead my case to the superstitions gods.

One of my other traditions/superstitions involves not doing something. On game day I do not consume any beer from the home state of K-State’s opponent (with one exception). For example, no Texas beer on Wednesday when the Cats play TCU. The exception is next Monday vs KU. I drink beer from Kansas but it has to be Tallgrass.

I’m afraid I started another tradition/superstitions on Saturday. It deeply troubles me because it will be a difficult one to continue. On Saturday I was in Medicine Lodge, Kansas. I had to find a way to entertain my kids while my wife did family things that my kids wouldn’t enjoy. Since my daughter is a geography nerd that likes to count all the states she’s visited, I decided to drive into Oklahoma. We did. Went to a Wal-Mart bought some Legos with some Valentine’s Day cash and then drove back to Kansas. That night the Wildcats picked themselves off the floor and beat Oklahoma.

You can see where I’m going with this, right? Wednesday I have to drive to Texas. Then drive back there on Saturday to beat Baylor. Then drive to Lawrence on Monday. Which leaves me nearly a week off before I have to drive to Iowa and then back to Texas. I don’t think any of this is going to happen. It would be a crazy superstition that only someone far wealthier and with more free time could do.

I think I’m going to chalk Saturday up as random luck and not a behavior that I need to repeat. If the Wildcats were to advance in the Big 12 Tournament, it would become an even more difficult task to maintain. For now I’ll stick to my usual traditions. Besides, it’s quite possible my actions do nothing to determined the outcome of these games.

Go Cats! Beat TCU!

About The Author

Seth is a 2000 graduate of the A.Q. Miller School of Journalism at Kansas State. While in Manhattan he wrote for the Kansas State Collegian, reported for the Wildcat 91.9 and interned at KSNT-TV in Topeka. He teaches now, but still play with his journalism degree. Living in the middle of Missouri makes it harder to follow the Cats, but he wears enough purple to draw stares at the grocery store. Follow him on Twitter at @catbacker77

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