From Michael Jordan’s obsession with rocking North Carolina shorts under his Chicago Bulls shorts during games to Serena Williams’ need to bounce the tennis ball five times before her first serve, athletes have long been believers that superstitions give them the added edge they need to get in the zone before games.
Every week we’ll take a look at superstitions athletes and coaches from around the country implement.
This week we caught up with Longmeadow (Longmeadow, Mass.) hockey star Connor McCarthy.
The Superstition: Silent Chicken Parmesan
The Breakdown: “I basically just eat a chicken parmesan sandwich before every game. Then I don’t talk to anyone. That’s my routine. I know; it’s weird.”
The Why: “I think it just gets me hype before every game! The sandwich is the best and it calms me before the game and I think the silence balances me out.”
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