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Ronaldo’s injury supposedly the work of a witch doctor

Cristiano Ronaldo in his Portugal suit. Photo credit: Wiki commons

You can always count on sports to be connected to silly superstitions. A World Cup star is cursed! Ghanaian witch doctor claims he caused Cristiano Ronaldo’s knee injury. Ghana’s most influential witch doctor has claimed he is responsible for the knee injury that is threatening Cristiano Ronaldo’s participation at the World Cup. Nana Kwaku Bonsam – whose name translates…

Seattle Seahawks fans make the earth move

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The power of… celebration. Seattle Seahawks fans register as earthquake during football game – CNN.com. After setting a Guinness World Record for noise at an outdoor stadium in September, CenturyLink Field went seismic during Monday Night Football, registering as an earthquake at a recording station about a block from the stadium. How big, you ask?…

Pre-game ritual: Sheep slaughter

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Apparently it’s tradition for this team to sacrifice a sheep before a (European) football match. The Scottish SPCA says, you’re not in your own country now. Shakhter Karagandy boss defends sheep slaughter ahead of Celtic game | Glasgow & West | News | STV. Shakhter Karagandy boss Viktor Kumykov plans to continue the Kazakh club’s…

God cares about football?

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I always found this idea quite amusing. I bet the deity does too. Survey: 27 Percent Of Americans Believe God Helps Decide Who Wins Sporting Events. Because it’s Super Bowl time, everyone has to get in on the football. The Public Religion Research Institute conducted a survey earlier this month, and asked its random sample…

Superbowl sabotage or sour grapes?

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This isn’t science related, but it is entertaining. And it’s for that niche audience we never appealed to before. Tim Brown suggests head coach Bill Callahan ‘sabotaged’ Raiders in Super Bowl XXXVII. “We get our game plan for victory on Monday, and the game plan says we’re gonna run the ball,” Brown said last Saturday on SiriusXM…

The week in sports: Lies and hoaxes

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You could be forgiven if you lost faith in sports this week. Between the Lance Armstrong doping admission and this front page mess of a story, it was a disaster. Manti Te’o’s Dead Girlfriend, The Most Heartbreaking And Inspirational Story Of The College Football Season, Is A Hoax. Did you enjoy the uplifiting story, the…

Oracle hog

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In a follow up to the psychic llama, we have a psychic pig. Every day, I miss Paul more… ‘Psychic’ pig to make Euro tips A psychic pig is set to take over where Paul the Octopus left off at the 2010 World Cup by predicting the results of matches at the European championships in…

Psychic llama predicts game. I admit it, I miss the damn octopus.

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This is just… stupid. Football-loving ‘psychic’ llama predicts Chelsea Champions League glory | Metro.co.uk. Move aside Paul the Octopus, a football mad llama has been tipped to become the next match-predicting global phenomenon after correctly guessing the result of the FA Cup final. But will his Champions League prediction also come true? The South American…

COME ON ALREADY! Enough with the psychic octopus.

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Psychic octopus found for Portugal’s Euro 2012 predictions. Paulo, cousin of the renowned octopus Paul that successfully guessed the outcome of Germany’s matches in the 2010 football World Cup tournament, has arrived at Sea Life in Oporto, where he will be tasked with predicting Portugal’s performances during the Euro 2012. Paulo has allegedly inherited his…

The Madden jinx is regression to the mean

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The Madden Cover Jinx: is it real? The Sports Network. Forget the “Saw” movies and “Paranormal Activity.” They should make the Madden Cover Jinx into a Hollywood horror series. As a fantasy owner, there’s nothing scarier than seeing your player on the cover of the famous video game series. It’s like seeing your daughter grow…

Latest media darling octopus predicting the outcome of sports games

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Here we go again, a “psychic” octopus chosing the winners of soccer/football matches: ‘Psychic’ octopus tips Barca to beat Real Messi the ‘psychic’ octopus predicted on Monday that Barcelona will beat Real Madrid during the first ‘Clasico’ of the season this weekend. The octopus, named after Barcelona’s Argentine forward Lionel Messi, forecast the win by…