Have Yourself A Milk
After spending three hours racing, your body gets drained. This is especially true if you’re competing in the heat. Naturally, you might want either water or a sports drink, but after you win the Indy 500, you get handed a nice cold bottle of milk. The tradition started in 1936 when Louis Meyer, who regularly drank buttermilk, was seen chugging it after the win.
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Ryan Hunter-Reay won the Indy 500 in 2014 and said: “I had always dreamt of drinking that milk. When it actually happens, and they hand you the bottle you’re like, ‘Wow, this is the moment I’ve been waiting for all these years.’”
This next tradition raises some questions.
Bring In The Octopus!
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In 1952, one of the strangest traditions got its start. The Red Wings needed to win eight playoff games to secure the Stanely Cup, so that’s when Jerry and Pete Cusimano took action. The two brothers owned a fish market and wanted their team to win. That’s when they threw the eight-legged sea creature onto the ice.
The octopus might have been magical because the Red Wings went on to pull a clean-sweep. They won eight games with no losses, and the octopus has been flung around ever since.
The 76ers Ring the Bell
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The Liberty Bell symbolizes peace. Not only that, but it also signifies the start of a Philadelphia 76ers game. The 76ers have been “trusting the process” for a long time, and it finally came together in 2018. They made it back to the playoffs after a long drought, so ringing the bell came back in style.
Stars from Philadelphia like comedian Kevin Hart, pictured above, have taken their turn in ringing this bell. One strike and the Wells Fargo Center goes insane.
Someone Grab The Scissors
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After a men’s or women’s college basketball team wins a championship game, you might have noticed the nets being cut down. This is a trend that has been around since 1947. Former North Carolina coach Everett Case was so happy his team won, he wanted a souvenir.
Back then, the tradition had barely started, so there were no ladders ready after the game. His players had to hoist him up as he cut down the net. Now, players and coaches get in on the act to celebrate the big victory.
The Pittsburgh Steelers’ Terrible Towel
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The Pittsburgh Steelers have carried their towels for more than 40 years now. It might not seem like anything special, but when this tradition started, it was a memorable sight.
It started off a radio gimmick in 1975. Sports analyst Myron Cope started waving his terrible towel from the press booth, and the rest of the fans began to catch on and wave a towel. Ever since then, you can bet your bottom dollar there will be at least 1,000 towels at every Steelers home game.
One of the most iconic traditions coming up next involves a great leaping ability.
Florida State’s Burning Spear
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One lucky student from Florida State University is given the honor of carrying out a fiery tradition. As it stands, a student comes charging into the football stadium dressed as Chief Osceola. He brings a burning spear with him and rides a horse with an unusual pattern.
The crowd goes wild as this takes place, but they get even louder once he throws the burning spear into the ground. The tradition started in 1978 and is said to have ties to a secret society at FSU.
Celebrate With A Lambeau Leap!
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The “Lambeau Leap” is probably one of the most legendary touchdown traditions in all of football. It started in 1993 with a player named LeRoy Butler. He jumped over the low wall at Lambeau Field and into the crowd to celebrate his touchdown with fans.
It’s an intimate touchdown celebration where players and fans are able to interact. You can see it imitated by other teams in other cities often. As much as they try, it will never be the same outside of Green Bay. A statue has since been built to commemorate Butler and the leap.