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Inside the Game: Superstitions & Pregame Rituals

The Seminole football team will never run out on the field before Osceola and Renegade make their entrance.
Valdosta fans line the streets for their heroes.
But for some --- pregame habits are more than just repetitious acts --- they affect the outcome of the matchup --- at least in their minds.

"I feel like maybe my game will be off or if we do lose, that's the reason we lost."

Senior FSU Volleyball Player Jenna Romanelli has a laundry list of rituals that are as essential to her play as her practice time.
"I always hit the door before going out of the locker room. When we line up to shake hands, I'm always second to last in front of Lauren regardless of where we are I always move. I'm always doing the same handshakes with my teammates. I never look at the score before I serve. My hair is always done the exact same way."
For some squads ---they hold a teamwide belief.

"All the years --- we have the district championships, state championships, state finalists."
The Lincoln Trojans carry their oversized equivalent of a rabbit's foot everywhere they go.

"It takes years for a rock to develop. It starts with a grain of sand and it's bonded by heat and pressure and time so that's how you build your team so when you go places no one can tear you apart," said Lincoln Head Football Coach Yusuf Shakir.
The Trojan Rock has traveled with the team under lock and key since 1993.
Leaving without it, isn't an option. Losing it would be unthinkable.
"It's really who we are, it's our tradition so it can't leave, it's stuck here."


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