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Miami Heat Fans Relying on Lucky Clothes, Rituals for Championship Win

From lucky shirts to game time rituals, Heat Fans will do anything to see their team win.

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    From lucky shirts to game time rituals, Heat Fans will do anything to see their team win. NBC 6's Betty Yu reports. (Published Sunday, June 9, 2013)

    Die-hard Miami Heat fans say their game-day superstitions have for the most part been a game-changer, especially when it comes to their outfits.

    "I try to wear my lucky shirt, but the last game I was actually out of town, so I didn't get that opportunity, and needless to say we lost," Heat fan Jake Viveiros said.

    Trey Garfunkl, another heat fan, said his strategy is to never do anything he has done when the Heat has lost.

    "Anytime we've ever lost, I will not do the exact same thing," he said.

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    Garfunkl intends to start a new winning streak with this old Dwyane Wade shirt.

    "I will wear the same exact shirt the entire playoffs if I have to," he said. "I don't care if I have to be judged."

    And for fan Michael Lopez, nothing can get in the way of a Miami Heat victory if he's wearing his LeBron James hat.

    "It's luckiest when I put it on right before the game," Lopez said.

    Female Heat fans have a slightly different strategy. Many of them say it's not just the clothing, but the accessories they wear.

    "I always wear my earrings and my wristband if I'm at work," Nicole Jimenez said.

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    Others say the makeup makes all the difference.

    "I always come into work wearing red lipstick and the red headband," Vanessa Castro said.

    But Heat superstitions aren't always about what you have on.

    The Munoz family has a tried and true ritual.

    "Every game I light up my three candles and I need to make sure I'm sitting in my lucky corner all through the game," Ana Munoz said. "My nephews and my nieces call me, 'Tia are you in your lucky corner, are you in your lucky corner?' Yes, it's helped us always."

    Unfortunately, the Munoz family wasn't home for Game 1.

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