Nearly every sports team and its fan base have a pre-game ritual of some kind. The Fighting Irish are a famous example. Before each and every home game at Notre Dame stadium, each member of the football team slaps the words “Play Like a Champion Today” on a sign that hangs over a stairwell just outside the locker room. It’s a tradition that’s lasted since the 1940s and it inspires of team pride, nostalgia and comradery before every game.
A game day ritual that’s common among teams of nearly every sport, at every level from peewee to pro, is the pep talk. Traditionally, the pep talk is given by the head coach in the locker room, minutes before the game starts. The tone and style varies greatly from coach to coach, but the goal is always the same — to fire up the team so they’ll play with passion and solidarity.
For fans, a pre-game ritual is also a big part of any game day. For many die-hard fans, game day lasts from early in the morning until late at night—especially if there is a victory. The day of the game, you can find sports fans rallying together in huge parking lots, grilling out and relaxing in lawn chairs and the back of pickup trucks.
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