Real or not?
Every sport has its superstitions that teams follow. These are small little practices and rituals that don’t really have any actual impact on an outcome. Why do we do them? Comfort? A sense if control? Yes. But, although it’s a false sense of comfort and control, that false sense can provide a missing piece in the mind which allows for actual confidence or belief. That can actually affect the outcome in a small way in that a team or individual has what it takes to start where they otherwise hesitate.