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Sporting rituals

Interesting article by Brian Moore in today's Torygraph on the rituals some sportsmen and women go through prior to a match or event. It got me thinking; when I played rugby, I always had to tuck my shirt collar in, roll down my socks and tape a piece of black insulating tape around each wrist. I would also try and be the last on the pitch. For cricket, I would never stop before starting my bowling run-up, but simply turn around at my mark and charge in. Does anyone else here have similar habits?
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Re: Sporting rituals

I've noticed that I've started to put on my protective gear in the same order whenever I have a roller derby bout or scrimmage: knee gaskets, knee pads, skates (left one first), elbow pads, wrist guards (with white tape underneath), helmet and then mouth guard. No other order will do!

Back when I played rugby, I always had to wind tape around my boots (to hold the laces in place) three times.

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To date, I have always insisted that the crew puts the sails up and turns the engine off before the start of a race.

Subsequent success has been intermittent, to be honest, so it may well pay to abandon this particular ritual.
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