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Luck or coincidence? Coolio claims home teams win when he performs at halftime


Players and coaches have superstitions, routines, and rituals for every game. There’s no scientific proof behind it aside from making them feel good about themselves. However, one famous rapper claims home teams have higher chances of winning whenever he performs. So let’s dive deeper and look at the numbers. 

Coolio: “Every time I perform, the home team wins! 10 in a row!”

Coolio, the rapper behind the hit “Gangsta’s Paradise,” claims home teams win whenever he performs. Of course, it’s ridiculous, so a Reddit user tried to look deeper into it. 

A Reddit user going by r/iskmet revealed that in 13 games that Coolio performed in, the rapper’s record is 8-5, which is not bad but certainly not as flawless as he claimed. 

W - Kings defeat Nets 112-101
W - Suns defeat Pelicans 133-126
W - Hornets defeat Celtics 124-117
L - Clippers lose to Warriors 112-94
L - Cavaliers lose to Kings 129-110
W - Timberwolves defeat Rockets 103-91
W - Bulls defeat Suns 124-116
W - Spurs defeat Bulls 109-101
W - Clippers defeat Spurs 107-92
L - Grizzlies lose to Bulls 103-97
L - Bucks lose to Pacers 110-100
L - Pistons lose to Lakers 98-97
W - Nuggets defeat Cavaliers 122-100

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Based on this record, struggling teams should start inviting Coolio to perform during halftime break if they want to make the playoffs. But they should also prepare to break the bank to pay for his talents. 

How much do halftime performers make?

A typical halftime performer in the NBA makes anywhere from $2,000 to $3,000 each game. However, the magicians, trainers, and acrobats go for a $4,000 rate. Established rappers such as Coolio are most likely to get more than this. They also get paid more during special events such as All-Star games and the NBA Finals. 

These halftime performers were heavily affected by the pandemic since no live audience was allowed during lockdowns. A booking agent for halftime performers based in Oklahoma, Jon Terry, felt sorry for them.

“My heart goes out to all my friends who are in this business. These are creative people, and in many cases, it’s their sole income. Some of these guys were making six-figure incomes, and you drop that out and there’s no place for them to do anything else.”

Jon Terry, Courant

So next time you see these performers try their best to entertain the crowd, it doesn’t hurt to clap to show appreciation for their efforts. They are also trying their best even if they can’t guarantee home teams to win whenever they perform. 

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