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The Club Should Have Recruited a 14th Member

Fortunately, the superstitious occurrence known as “Friday the 13th” has nothing to do with preventing people from reading awesome blogs.

And that’s a good thing because, courtesy of the YouTube channel Life Noggin, we’re going to get a fresh perspective for attempting to interpret the most frightful of days connected to an unlucky number. There are many superstitions attached to “Friday the 13th,” which include black cats, mirrors breaking and the dreaded number 66 – I’ll spare us all by not typing that last number that falls between 5 and 7.

Time to look at this day with some fascinating historical perspective.

The worst part about today was that there was a bag filled with one million dollars on the ground, but I would’ve had to walk under a ladder to grab the cool million.

Oh well, hopefully the money will still be there tomorrow on Saturday the 14th.

Fun Fact: The 13 Club that was founded in New York with members who dared to walk under ladders and break mirrors (as seen in the video). This group eventually became known as the New York Mets.

(Not true, but how perfect would that have been!)  

May the 13th (Not) Be With You

If you see a black cat, walk under a ladder and step on a crack that breaks your mother’s back today, then you’ll have to live (ironic, I know) with the fact that, unlike everybody else, you will immediately stop feeling the feeling! of Justin Timberlake’s infectiously fun new single.

Friday the 13th is not to be trifled with.

In some capacity or another, we all have superstitions. Whether deeply personal or in-line with the strange events of a particular day of the month on a particular day of the week, there are forces in our world that cannot be explained. Call it what you will, but there are many questions that will never find an answer.

But why is Friday the 13th so spooky as to put us on edge every year?

Glad you asked. Time for a history lesson (of sorts).

Friday the 13th does have an instinctive creepiness and uneasiness about it. Regardless of when this day falls each year (and sometimes multiple times per calendar year), it reminds us that we’re not totally in control of our surroundings. If something spine-chilling happens on this day, like a black cat interrupting your morning run causing you to step on a crack that breaks your mother’s back and then, disoriented, smash into and break a store front window, the only two reactions can be coincidence or fate.

Not only will your answer to this question reveal your true thoughts on Friday the 13th, but it will also provide a not-so-small hint about how you view life in the grand scheme of things.

Eerie, I know.

These Games Should Be Scary Good

First of all, every fan (and team) should applaud and mimic the national pride the Brazilians showed last night by walking into the stadium for the first match of the 2014 World Cup with their hands on the shoulder of the teammate in front of them and by singing their national anthems with heartfelt passion.

It was a beautiful sight.

Three games scheduled today will continue the excitement from Brazil’s 3-1 victory against the Mandžukić-less Croatian side yesterday afternoon (the final score was a bit misleading). These matches include: Mexico v. Cameroon (Noon ET), Spain v. Netherlands (3:00 p.m. ET) and Chile v. Australia (6:00 p.m. ET). Not only will these matches provide us with a good idea of the dynamics for Groups A & B, but it’s also Friday the 13th. Just something to keep in mind. You never know what may happen?

After all, who would have predicted a Brazilian own-goal to open the scoring at this year’s World Cup?

Actually, Big Head the turtle probably picked that…

What to watch for:

Can Mexico erase the mighty struggles it endured during CONCACAF qualifying and compete at the highest-level versus Cameroon? It could go wither way for El Tri. In all likelihood, Brazil will win Group A, but it will be fascinating to watch which team will secure that coveted second spot. At this point, Croatia, Mexico or Cameroon could play themselves into the Final 16 with some purposeful and creative footballing rhythm.

Chile v. Australia will prove as a good example at this World Cup of two teams that may not be highly regarded, but who have the potential to be trouble for the teams that are better known and more heavily favored (ie- Spain and the Netherlands). As Croatia showed, a few dangerous crosses by David can put Goliath in a tricky, uncomfortable spot.

Spain v. Netherlands: a rematch of the 2010 World Cup Final. What form will Spain show up in? Will the Dutch be less physical and more fluid in possession and be more attacking-centric? The World Cup should always kickoff with the host nation before its home crowd, but this match-up warrants nearly as much hype. This game could be a nil-nil tie, a 2-2 tie or a thrilling 1-nil win or even a 3-1 domination. Don’t underestimate Spain and don’t underestimate the Dutch in 2014. The tournament is in the “games” phase right now, which means that an explosive offense can make up for early, silly defensive mistakes. Maybe not necessarily for the group stage, but this match can go a long way in defining each squad regarding its style of play and ultimate potential in its equal pursuit towards World Cup glory far beyond the round of 32.

Now, back to the Friday the 13th issue. In soccer, crazy things can and will happen. Today’s superstitious date adds just a little more spice to that Moqueca de Camarão. The question is: for what teams/players will this famed curse affect?

Perhaps keep an eye out for players wearing #13…

Mexico: Diego Reyes

Cameroon: Eric Choupo Molting

Spain: Juan Mata

Netherlands: Joël Veltman

Chile: Jose Rojas

Australia: Oliver Bozanic

Maybe the Dutch should wear black kits today, since their mascot is a lion, which is a member of the cat family…