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Lightning Round: Y’all are some superstitious folks

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It’s just a t-shirt folks

NHL: JUN 21 Stanley Cup Playoffs Semifinals - Islanders at Lightning Photo by Mark LoMoglio/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

As you may or may not know, Raw Charge has a few partnerships with vendors. BreakingT is one of those vendors and they are known around the sports community as a company that capitalizes on in-the-moment trends. Remember the “Bunch of Jerks” shirt? Yeah, that was them.

So when the euphoria of the Lightning’s 8-0 rout of the Islanders led to the Tampa Bay crowd chanting, “You Got Tampa!” they quickly whipped up a shirt. As a trusted partner we let y’all know that it was available. Something, that was liked by quite a few folks, but also seemed to strike a few folks as a premature gesture. Or also a jinx.

Look I get it. No one wants to assume the Lightning are going to advance to their second Stanley Cup Final in a row. At the same time, c’mon....it’s a t-shirt. If the Lightning should, god forbid, lose the next two games it ain’t going to be because of this shirt. We will have plenty of other things to talk about before we get to the shirt.

Superstitions are weird. We all know that what we do has absolutely no effect on the performance on the ice. Just because you wear the same shirt on game day or eat the same meal before the game doesn’t mean the Bolts are going to win. Still, as logical as it all seems, there is that nagging little voice in the back of the your head that says, “Yeahhhhhh, but.”

Even I succumb to it. I have to wear a face covering at work. In the early rounds I wore a Lightning mask. They went 1-3 on games that I did that. Guess what, haven’t worn it since. I live in Utah, roughly 2,100 miles to the closest game the Lightning played. At no point did I have an effect on the game, yet here we are. That mask is in the closet and I rock an Orioles mask instead (yeah, no superstition needed for that team this year).

So, I ask you - do you have any game day superstitions? If so, go ahead and list them in the comments.

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