Celtic have their huddle, Barcelona use the chapel in the Nou Camp tunnel, Shakhter Karagandy slaughter a sheep, Laurent Blanc kissed the bonce of Fabien Barthez before lifting the World Cup. Yet John Gemmell sought motivation in an altogether different place ahead of Stenhousemuir's Ramsdens Cup quarter-final win over Dundee.
"I was sitting in the night before the game looking on the internet," explained the Ochilview forward to the intrigued press pack, his man-of-the-match champagne bottle sitting opened at his feet. "I saw things on the internet that people were saying, things like 'where will the final be played if Dundee are playing Rangers?'. Stuff like that is brilliant for us. Nobody expected us to win here apart from us. We knew we would."
Gemmell's confidence that a result could be garnered was not without foundation. Last year he scored the winner at Rugby Park as Kilmarnock relinquished their grip on the Scottish Communities League Cup at the first time of asking. He was also part of the team that pushed Inverness Caledonian Thistle to a penalty shoot-out later in the competition, only to miss out 6-5 from the spot.
There was no repeat of that near miss on Saturday. While Dundee had the majority of the chances in 90 minutes - Nicky Riley, James McAlister, Peter MacDonald and Martin Boyle all guilty of missing clear opportunities afforded to them - Martyn Corrigan's League One part-timers grew as the game wore on and Dundee wore out.
Gemmell was a focal point of the system that served the visitors well. The 29-year-old's tall frame was more than a nuisance for John Brown's defence, demonstrated by his thumping first-half header which was tipped on to the bar by Kyle Letheren, but his quick feet and strength were also crucial as he held up the ball for Sean Higgins to lash high into the net just five minutes after MacDonald had put Dundee ahead from the spot after the break.
"I think if anything going into extra-time we had more chances. We may be part-time but we're one of the fittest teams in the country," said Gemmell, who uncharacteristically failed to convert Stenhousemuir's first penalty in the 5-4 triumph. "I missed a penalty last year but scored the rebound, but I've not missed one properly in years. The one I missed today was in a penalty shoot-out so it doesn't count.
"The Kilmarnock game last year was the highlight of my career, obviously on paper I scored the winning goal. Boys like Higgy (Sean Higgins) have played at Hampden against Celtic; I've never played in anything like that. So I don't care who we meet in the semi-final, it will be the biggest game of my life."
While Gemmell was left to ponder who will complete his dream date in the next round, Dundee striker MacDonald's focus has now abruptly turned to more pressing matters. "We've got Hamilton next here which is a massive game for us," said the former St Johnstone forward. "We'll recover. Today is maybe just a wee blip. It could have been worse and happened in the league. It's a hard one to take, I think we tired. But all credit to Stenhousemuir, Martyn Corrigan and Kevin McGoldrick - they deserve it."