Sports and superstition have always gone hand-in-hand. So it's not surprising that the coaches and players at Auburn and Oregon have certain rituals that they are set on following as the BCS National Championship Game approaches. But some of them are a bit, um, unique.
For one, Auburn's Lee Ziemba should probably seek professional help. For one thing, it's not healthy for any human being to play Solitaire long enough to win two games, given how long it takes to win one. As for the Auburn coaches, they started one when receivers coach Trooper Taylor swiped running backs coach Curtis Luper's pants before the season opener.
"The next week, coach (Jay) Boulware said, 'Troop, you've got to put Loop's pants on again,'" Luper said. "I reluctantly gave him my pants. That's been for 13 consecutive (games). It'll be 14 on Jan. 10. I've got to give my pants to Troop. He parades around in them and then I put them on."
The Auburn locker room must be an fascinating place before games. Or a very scary one, one of the two. At least now, we'll know what happened if Cameron Newton throws five picks en route to a lopsided loss to Oregon.
Troop didn't put on Loop's pants.