Wearing #13 on Friday the 13th

Wearing #13 on Friday the 13th

Why would anyone, with literally 100 other numbers (00-99) to choose from, choose to take the field or court with the unluckiest of numbers on their back?
Burlington, Vt.

Another Friday the 13th is upon us. A scary day for friggatriskaidekaphobes; those who fear Friday the 13th.

One theory for the fear of Friday the 13th is a mix of two superstitions. First, Friday's themselves are considered unlucky. Second, some say 13 is unlucky because 12 is considered a complete number. For example, 12 hours, 12 months, 12 signs of the Zodiac, 12 disciples of Jesus, 12 gods of Olympus, etc.

Saint Michael's College volleyball play Lindsay Phenix says, "I've always been told it's the unlucky number. Friday the 13th. Freddy's going to come or Jason, right?"

There is also a superstition that seating 13 at a dinner table will result in the deaths of one of the diners.

However, Fridays come every week and are unavoidable. There will always be a 13th of every month and even Friday the 13th is a guarantee at least once a year.

Why would anyone, with literally 100 other numbers (00-99) to choose from, choose to take the field or court with the unluckiest of numbers on their back?

 "I chose 13 because Alex Rodriguez is one of my favorite players," says Lake Monster pitcher Lee Sosa. "I just thought it was a good number. It looks nice on me."

Sosa is a rarity. Most of the 13's we talked to in our area didn't really have a choice.

"I just got assigned it." says UVM soccer's Rijad Mezetovic. "No particular reason, really."

"I was always 21," recalls Saint Michael's volleyball player Lindsay Phenix. "And a senior on the team was already 21 when I joined the varsity squad and 13 was the next available number."

"When I first picked it it was probably the last number there." says Essex High School field hockey player Abbie Evans. "I thought 13 was cool because it was an unlucky number."

Luckily for these players, it seems that once you pull a #13 jersey over your head, any 
triskaidekaphobia fades away. 

"Not at all." says Mezetovic when asked about superstition. "No. No. I don't really believe in that kind of stuff so whatever number's given to me, I'll take it."

"I mean I did pretty well this season," agrees Sosa. "I've been doing well all my life so I'm going to keep wearing it."

Phenix also agrees, "I mean yea I had a pretty good high school career and I got the opportunity to play college ball so I guess it was pretty lucky."

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