It's no secret that No. 13 is historically viewed as unlucky or, in extreme cases, cursed. The fear of 13 is so common, there's even a term for it: triskaidekaphobia. In the sports world, though, a few brave players have embraced the number.
How did an NFL junkie cope with the first weekend without (real) professional football since August? Sure, there was All-Star action and the Grand Slam finals, but it was really the compelling hoops that kept our sports fixes going.