DES MOINES, Iowa -- Saint Patrick’s Day luck has come and gone for basketball fans in Des Moines, but on Saturday fans for Indiana, Kentucky, Kansas, and UConn all had their own way to bring about some good fortune.
Flanked by his two children in jerseys and candy cane stripped pants, Jeff Stephens spoke about his 29-year-old tradition.
"One of the things I always do before the tournament, before March madness is watch the movie 'Hoosiers.' We watched it in '87 when IU won it all, so we've been watching it hoping it'll bring good luck in the future,” said Stephens.
For rival University of Kentucky fan Christian Bowder, he tows his good luck charm to the game with him.
"Oh yeah, it's very lucky, very lucky. I get my nails done with my granddaughter," Bowder said as he revealed pedicured toenails painted with the university’s logo.
Sometimes luck comes in the form of colored toenails, and for other fans it comes in the form of pants adorned with pictures of chili peppers.
"I wear these pants as often as possible to games up in Lawrence because I’m a season ticket holder there and we've won like, 40 straight at home. I've worn these to about probably 30 of those," said Kansas fan Hank Miller.
The chili peppers hope to keep the Jayhawks hot, but UConn has a little heat behind them as well thanks to Joe Costa
"I go get coffee at halftime, three straight wins when I do that. If I do the coffee thing, it worked last game, it helped us obviously we went on a great run in the second half, I’m hoping it goes on today," said Costa.
When it comes to sports, fans can be a superstitious bunch, but it seems like they abide by the old saying, “it’s not crazy if it works."