The Packers are favored to beat the Vikings at Lambeau Field by 2.5 points on Sunday and retain their NFC North divisional title. This according to Iron Rank, a website that predicts outcomes of NFL games based on teams’ prior performance.
So it will take the Vikings a field goal to win the NFC North title for the first time since 2009. That’s a lot of pressure to put on kicker Blair Walsh, who was just a sophomore at the U of GA back in 2009. What’s Walsh’s ritual for good luck before a game? According to Twitter, it’s eating a bowl of Raisin Bran.
He’s not alone. In an article former NFL player Ryan Riddle wrote for Bleacher Report, the hours leading up to a game are rife with rituals from players eating exactly two cookies, to getting their faces slapped, to playing special music. Some players even take a shower to get clean before getting sweaty and dirty—not with handmade soap, but with the officially sponsored NFL commercial soap from supplier P&G.
My ritual, besides showering with my moisturizing, handmade Border Battle soaps, is to eat tortilla chips with guacamole. I watched both the Packer and the Viking games last Sunday and munched away for six and a half hours. And I’ll be getting those avocados ready next Sunday for the biggest border battle game we’ve had in years.
What are your game day rituals?