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Jessica Simpson and Celebrity Superstition
January 28, 2008

By James L. Hirsen, J.D., Ph.D.
contributor to

Jessica Simpson is not happy about a recent article in OK! magazine.

The singer-actress has directed her attorney to dispatch a retraction demand to OK! over a piece that claimed Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo called it quits in his relationship with Simpson because his team lost in the playoffs, which put the kibosh on the Cowboy’s bid to play in the Super Bowl.

In the letter, Simpson’s lawyer, John Rosenberg, characterized the OK! article as a “personal attack masquerading as journalism.”

Simpson’s spokesperson, Cindi Berger, let the press know that, according to her, the story was “fabricated,” and “made up.”

The OK! article implied that Simpson is bad luck, a charge that could have real life ramifications.

One thing that looms large in sports locker rooms as well as in Hollywood dressing rooms is superstition.

Holy habits, favorable foods, and even charmed undergarments have been known to play a part in the rituals surrounding both stadium and studio activity.

Here’s a sampling of star-sized superstition and bad luck deflection from the sports and entertainment worlds:

  • When Michael Jordan led the Chicago Bulls to six NBA championships, he wore his lucky college gym shorts underneath his Bulls uniform.
  • Tiger Woods believes there’s a lucky charm in the color red. When in 1997 the golf sensation won his first Masters tournament, guess what color he was wearing?
  • Wade Boggs was known as the “Chicken Man” because he would eat poultry before every game. The baseball great also took exactly 150 ground balls during practice, entered the batting cage at exactly 5:17 p.m. and began sprinting at precisely 7:17 p.m.
  • Pitcher Turk Wendell would brush his teeth between every inning.
  • Hockey goalie Pelle Lindbergh would wear an old Swedish-made orange T-shirt under his equipment. Each time the shirt started to fall apart he would have someone mend it. Between periods he would only drink a Swedish beverage called Pripps that was delivered by a special team trainer.
  • Hockey player Patrick Roy routinely talked to the goalposts during the game.
  • Tennis player Goran Ivanisevic would always attempt to be the second person to get up from his chair on the change-over and would avoid stepping on any of the lines. When he won, he would repeat all the events of the day, going to the same restaurant, ordering the same food and talking to the same people.
  • Jason Isaacs, who played Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter films, refused to attend the premiere of the fifth film, “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.” Since he was unable to make previous premieres due to scheduling conflicts, the actor skipped “Phoenix” to avoiding jinxing the box-office.
  • Cameron Diaz has some treasured lucky charms and methodically knocks on wood.
  • Geoffrey Rush brings a plastic Daffy Duck figure to awards shows. In 1997 the actor was nominated for his role in “Shine.” He brought Daffy to the Oscars and picked up a gold statue.
  • Cate Blanchett keeps her “Lord of the Rings” elf ears on her mantle for luck.
  • True TV host Star Jones never puts her purse on the floor.
    Legend Eartha Kitt won’t stay in a hotel room above the eighth floor.
  • Robin Williams has a lucky carved ivory figurine that belonged to his father.
  • Meat Loaf travels with two stuffed bears.

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