I sincerely hope you are not one of the reported 60 million people worldwide suffering from
paraskavedekatriaphobia -a morbid, irrational fear of the date ‘ Friday the 13th ‘.

In English, German and Portuguese cultures Friday the 13th of any month is considered a “bad luck” day.

Friday the 13th certainly impacts sports teams and athletes.

Many players avoid signing contracts on this day and are reluctant to wearing jersey #13, however, that hasn’t stopped several all top greats from having number 13 on their back.

Here’s a list of 13 prominent athletes that have donned #13.

Wilt ChamberlainThe 7-1 centre averaged 30.1 points and 22.9 rebounds during his NBA career. The 4-time MVP hooped a record 100 points in a game on March 2, 1962, against the Knicks. He has my vote as the greatest athlete to wear #13. He may be just as famous for another number. Chamberlain boasted in his autobiography to have slept with more than 20,000 women in his lifetime.

Steve Nash: While wearing #13 in Phoenix, Nash won two MVP awards and was an eight-time NBA All-Star. Canada’s greatest basketball player has the third-most assists in league history behind only John Stockton and Jason Kidd.

James Harden: In 2018, Harden of the Houston Rockets led the NBA in scoring and was named the league’s Most Valuable Player.

Mats Sundin:
  A 9-time all-star, Sundin averaged a point per game over an 18 season NHL career with Quebec, Toronto, and Vancouver. He is the first Swedish-born player to score at least 500 goals in the NHL (564). Sundin posted at least 70 points in 15 consecutive NHL seasons.

Pavel Datsyuk:  He averaged 92 points per season from 2005-09 and was a key member of Stanley Cup-winning teams in Detroit in 2002 and 2008. Datsyuk also was a four-time winner of the Lady Byng Trophy (gentlemanly play) and a three-time winner of the Selke Trophy (best defensive forward).

Dan Marino: A 9-time Pro Bowl selection, the former Miami Dolphins quarterback was the first player to pass for 5,000 yards in an NFL season. Marino is arguably the greatest NFL player never to win a Super Bowl.

Kurt Warner: Arguably the greatest undrafted player in NFL history, Warner won two MVP awards (1999 and 2001) and was the quarterback that led the St Louis Rams to a championship in Super Bowl XXXIV.

Don Maynard: The Hall of Fame receiver holds the New York Jets franchise records with 627 receptions, 11,732 receiving yards and 88 touchdowns (1960-72).

Odell Beckham Jr.:
The Cleveland Browns wide receiver has made numerous high-light reel catches, most of them when he was with the New York Giants.

Alex Rodriguez: He won two MVP awards, a World Series title with the New York Yankees in 2009 but his reputation took a massive hit after he was suspended for his use of performance-enhancing drugs, including his full-season Biogenesis ban in 2014.

Omar Vizquel: During his 24-year major league baseball career, Vizquel won 11 Gold Glove Awards, including nine straight from 1993-2001. The Venezuelan-born shortstop finished with a .985 career fielding percentage, which is tops all-time at his position.

Kristine Lilly: She was a member of the U.S. women’s national soccer team for 23 years, making a record 352 international appearances through 2010. Lilly is third all-time in the United States women’s national team in goals with 130 behind only Abby Wambach (184) and Mia Hamm (158).

Michael Ballack: He is among the top goal scorers in the history of the German national soccer team. Ballack led Germany to the World Cup Finals in 2002 with game-winning goals in the quarterfinals and the semifinals.

Whether one is concerned about #13 or not, just to be on the safe side I suggest the following:

Stick a wad of gum on your hat when playing baseball.
Wipe the soles of your sneakers just before tip-off of a basketball game.
Avoid wearing yellow when playing tennis.
Fishermen are to throw back the first catch. (In my case, I never get to that first catch)
Rodeo performers are to always shave before a competition (Only the men).

Did you know?

The 13th day of the month is more likely to fall on a Friday than on any other day of the week. The pattern of our calendar — days, weeks and months — repeats itself exactly every 400 years.

In that 400-year period, there are 688 Friday the 13th.

The next Friday the 13th will be in March 2020.


This is season two of Hartley’s Cat Scan, a weekly podcast show that primarily features the Prince George Cougars.

My guest on the 13th Cat Scan in year two is Rich Phillips, who is in charge of off-ice officials at PG Cougars home games.

Rich discusses the various roles for off-ice officials including, shots on goal, updating the website, faceoff winners and relationships with on-ice officials.



The New England  Patriots admit a video crew at the Browns-Bengals game violated league policy. They say they weren’t spying, they were just putting together a blooper reel for the NFL Christmas party.

*Comedy writer Jim Barach http://jokesbyjim.blogspot.ca/

‘You mean, there’s actually a controversy involving the Patriots’ supposed illegal taping of the Bengals? Isn’t that like the Harlem Globetrotters illegally taping the Washington Generals?

*Contributor Bill Littlejohn of South Lake Tahoe, California

A study says nightmares help prepare us for real anxiety-producing situations. “Oh, yeah?” said Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett.

*Dwight Perry of the Seattle Times http://www.seattletimes.com/author/dwight-perry/

Russia has been banned from the 2020 Olympics over a doping scandal. (Actually, Russian athletes can compete but under a neutral flag). Will Donald Trump have the US pullout in solidarity?

*Comedy writer Janice Hough of Palo Alto, California www.leftcoastsportsbabe.com

A recent study said teenagers lose 12 hours of sleep a week due to Facebook and texting. In a related study, parents lose 24 hours of sleep a week due to teenagers.

*Canadian comedy writer RJ Currie www.Sportsdeke.com


A new survey says the average American adult wakes up grumpy 300 days of the year. Make that 365 days if your name is Bill Belichick.


Hartley Miller is the news and sports supervisor and morning news anchor for 94.3 the GOAT and Country 97.
He also is the 94.3 radio colour commentator for P.G. Cougars home games.
His column appears Fridays on myprincegeorgenow.com.
Send along a quote, note, or anecdote to hmiller@thegoatrocks.ca