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Sunday's Dump & Chase: The Hockey Gods

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I wasn't superstitious until I got into hockey, and my puny human brain struggled to accept the near-purely random nature of the sport. It may not have paid off in the end, but I ate a ham sandwich for dinner before every Preds game this playoffs. Tonight's game won't come down to which team has the puck the most, or executes their strategy the best. It will be determined by whichever fanbase most effectively petitioned the deities that govern this sport. I'll be eating another ham sandwich

Sidney Crosby superstitiously defies superstition.
Sidney Crosby superstitiously defies superstition.
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Probably a good strategy.