As hard as it is to believe, the playoffs are just around the corner. While the field of sixteen has still not been set, that doesn’t mean it’s too early to start getting into playoff mode. This is especially true if you’re a fan of one of the eight teams that have already clinched a spot, but it applies to everyone.
If you’ve been a fan of a contending team for a while, you’ve probably developed your own playoff rituals. Whether they include sitting in the same chair during every game, always wearing your “lucky jersey” or growing your own playoff beard, these rituals are important to your playoff-watching experience. It doesn’t matter if they don’t actually help the team, your game day rituals are important to you.
Well, it’s a new year and it’s time to come up with some new playoff customs. We’ve decided to get you started with a few suggestions.
You’re already wearing your favourite player’s jersey, so it only makes sense to show even further solidarity by trying to experience everything that player experiences. If he scores a goal, throw your arms in the air and slam yourself into the wall of your living room with excitement. If he take a penalty, spend two minutes sitting alone in an empty room in your house. If you suffers a concussion after a rough hit…. well, just how dedicated are you anyway?
Take it up a Notch
Do you refuse to shave or wash your lucky hat/jersey/t-shirt/socks until the playoff run is over? This season, it’s time to go even further. For the sake of your favourite team, it’s time to forgo all personal hygiene until you’re celebrating a Stanley Cup victory. Sure, your family, your friends and anyone you encounter during your daily life may frown upon this plan and you may seriously harm some of your personal relationships, but they just don’t understand what it takes to be a fan. The only relationship that matters is the one between you and your team.
Celebrate the Passion
Anytime anyone on your team (or the announcers, for the really hardcore) mentions something relating to “hard work,” “dedication,” “desire,” “passion,” playing together as a team or a childhood dream of winning the Stanley Cup, take a celebratory shot in honour of the commitment it takes to compete for the greatest trophy in sports. Remember, liver failure and/or alcohol poisoning are a small price to pay for the thrill of victory.
Adopt a Matching Pet
This only works if the team you’re supporting is named after an animal, but there’s no better way to show your dedication. If you’re a fan of Anaheim, it just makes sense to adopt some ducks and live amongst them. You’ll clearly want to pick up a family of penguins (and an industrial strength air conditioner) if you’re a Pittsburgh hockey fan. If you’re a fan of Phoenix or Boston, we’d suggest you purchase some protective clothing before you bring home a coyote or a bear. Cheering for San Jose? We hope you have a pool.
Give a Dog Communion While Wearing Team Colours
Now that would really be a crazy one! We’d love to see someone try this just so… wait… what? It’s already been done!?