Balk: Let’s retire the ‘state school’ chant
The 19th of October, 2015 The Wildcats’ game against Iowa got out of hand on Saturday at Ryan Field, and Willie the Wildcat turned to face the student section from his location near the sideline and put up a large poster board with the words “State School” written across it. The kids took notice, and a chorus of “state school” began to rain down from the Homecoming throng, directed at the Hawkeyes and their supporters. What a source of humiliation. The state school chant has been a tradition at Northwestern football games for many years.
Like the jingling of key chains and “safety school” shouts, the state school chant is designed to project an aura of superiority, if not in sports, then in academics and life in general, according to the chant’s author.
The state school chant, on the other hand, differs from the others in a significant way.
What an elitist and ridiculous piece of shite.
- In the United States, there are a plethora of excellent public schools and universities, ranging from UCLA to Michigan to Virginia and many points in between.
- Both public and private schools have their own set of benefits and drawbacks to offer.
- I went to a public high school for my secondary education.
- I am a student at a private institution.
It is a barely disguised claim that “We’re better than you because our college has a higher price tag,” and that “We’re better than you because our college has a higher price tag.” In other words, to put it clearly, “We’re better because we’re wealthier.” Which sounds horrible, and it is, in a way.
- But it was the fact that it was, to some extent, school-sponsored elitism that really got under my skin at the Iowa game.
- I would be the very last person to be mistaken for a member of the fun police.
- What I would want to see is a more active and engaged student section.
- I was fairly unsuccessful.
- If it were socially acceptable, I’d storm the field after every victory.
- Most of all, I wish there were more jokes, more laughter, and more originality in the student segment of the show.
- We may have a good time without becoming conceited.
- The shout from the state school is unpleasant and pointless.
- We should also bid farewell and good riddance to the “state school” shout that went along with the move.
- Tim Balk is a second-year Medill student.
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From ‘Roll Tide’ to ‘Gator Bait’, college football reckons with its problematic traditions
“Roll Tide!” is a slogan that may be heard at any time of year in Alabama. The southeastern state’s devotion to the University of Alabama’s football juggernaut is so strong that the legendary college cry is frequently used as shorthand for anything from “hello” to “goodbye” and everything in between. However, it is possible that it has forgotten its Confederate beginnings. Neither the origin of the term nor the genesis tale that gave rise to Alabama’s moniker are entirely clear. The song may have been taken from an old sea shanty known as “Roll Alabama Roll,” according to circumstantial evidence gathered over time.
That one-on-one naval conflict is the most famous naval action in the history of the American Civil War, and it is memorialized in a painting by French impressionist artist Manet.
Is the rallying cry “Roll Tide Roll” derived from the phrase “Roll Alabama Roll”?
They are a century-old nonprofit organization that has been responsible for supporting the erection of hundreds of Confederate memorials throughout the southern United States.
At a time when Black Lives Matter demonstrations have prompted a scrubbing or contextualization of Confederate iconography on college campuses, many universities south of the Mason-Dixon line are now grappling with school traditions that are more subtle than large-scale Robert E Lee statues or “stars-and-bars” rebel flags, according to a new report.
- That isn’t the case any longer.
- In June, the University of Florida prohibited its “Gator Bait” chants at home games against other schools.
- Some Florida tourist attractions even marketed postcards showing African-Americans being attacked by alligators, which were popular among tourists.
- Judson Sapp, a Florida Republican who lost a 10-way contest to replace Representative Ted Yoho earlier this year, even campaigned on behalf of Gator Bait’s rescue during the GOP primary.
- Andy Lyons/Getty Images is the photographer.
- Texas athletes marched with football coach Tom Herman from the campus to the state legislative building in Austin following George Floyd’s death, which occurred months before the decision was made.
However, it was ineffective.
A group chaired by Richard Reddick, UT’s assistant dean for equity, community engagement and outreach, is presently debating how to preserve the school’s 117-year-old fight song “while also providing a more thorough explanation and appreciation of its heritage.” It is not going to be easy.
Embracing the game was seen as a means of reinstating the Old South’s stated principles of manhood and chivalry by the planter class’s heirs and heiresses.
For example, Louisiana State University picked the moniker “Fighting Tigers” as a tribute to the Louisiana Tigers, a rebel Civil War unit that fought against the Union during the American Civil War.
It was widely perceived that the University of Alabama’s Rose Bowl triumph over the University of Washington in 1926 represented an important step forward for the Old South as a whole.
After winning the national title, the squad wrote “Yea Alabama,” the school’s new fight song, which includes lines such as “Hit your stride, you’re Dixie’s Football Pride,” which allude to its higher symbolic importance.
For example, in the 1962 Gator Bowl versus Penn State, Florida’s coach ordered a Confederate battle flag patch to be placed on the team’s jerseys, and the Gators’ regular numbers on their helmets were substituted with the Confederate battle flag patch instead.
In 1967, his wife, Governor Lurleen Wallace, signed an executive order requiring the University of Alabama to play “Dixie” and to fly the Confederate battle flag at all home football games until the institution was dissolved.
For the most of the past 50 years, progress has been sluggish and steady.
The NCAA and the SEC have both outlawed the display of Confederate battle flags and the playing of the song “Dixie” in football stadiums, respectively.
Now, in 2020, with sculptures being demolished left and right, it is the more granular emblems that are gaining popularity.
College students chant ‘F— Joe Biden’ at football games
NEW You may now listen to Fox News articles while you work or commute! College football fans have taken to chanting “F-Joe Biden!” in the stands during games, and Saturday marked the second weekend in a row that presidential taunts have been directed at the vice president. The chant “F- Joe Biden!” was heard at least four times during college football games on the weekend of September 4, 2021, according to Old Rowe Sports. The chants erupted at Coastal Carolina University, Virginia Tech, Auburn University, and Texas A&M University, among other locations.
- In the student section of the Auburn-Alabama State game on Sept.
- During the Mississippi State-North Carolina State game on Saturday, students in the stands could be heard yelling “F- Joe Biden!” in another video.
- predicts that the current trend will continue in the future.
- pulling out the military before pulling out civilians,” was a key factor in his decision to withdraw the military first.
- He brought up the border crisis, inflation, and the economy, as well as the dismissive manner in which the Biden administration deals with questions.
- stated at the end of the speech.
Texas Tech Students Get In on Trend of ‘F*** Joe Biden’ Chant [NSFW]
Several student sections at collegiate football stadiums have shown their dissatisfaction with President Joe Biden during the past several weeks. Particularly offensive were the obscene shouts of ‘f*** Joe Biden.’ So far, the majority of the shouts have come from SEC venues. Ole Miss, Kansas, Coastal Carolina University, Virginia Tech, Alabama, Tennessee, Auburn, Indiana University, and Texas A&M are among the schools with student sections that have shown their disapproval with President Biden during this season.
- Approximately 10-15 minutes before kickoff, kids in the south end zone began chanting “Go, Go, Go!” During the first quarter, the chant was also heard.
- (Please note that this is not appropriate workplace language.) Over the previous two weeks, Donald Trump Jr.
- According to a recent interview with The Daily Caller, Trump Jr.
- “To be honest, things have become so terrible that the media is no longer able to provide cover for him.” The media fabricated controversies surrounding Trump and presented them as gospel truth.
said of the country’s president. This will be the Red Raiders’ first Big 12 home game of the season on October 9th versus TCU, and the students will have no need for further encouragement to get noisy because it will be their first Big 12 home game of the season.
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(Image courtesy of Ashley Landis | The Associated Press) Saturday, November 27, 2021, in Los Angeles, Brigham Young running back Tyler Allgeier (25) scores a touchdown ahead of Southern California safety Xavion Alford (29) during the first half of an NCAA college football game between the two teams. On Sunday, the University of Southern California’s athletic administration issued a public apology for what it described as a “offensive chant” that was heard from the Trojans’ student section during BYU’s 35-31 victory over the Trojans on Saturday night.
- It was offensive, and we express our regrets to the BYU program.
- Vic So’oto, the defensive line coach for the University of Southern California, also made a message on Twitter, in which he named Cougar coach Kalani Sitake and athletic director Tom Holmoe.
- “Sincere apologies from an alumnus of @BYU @BYUfootball @kalanifsitake @TomHolmoe,” the message reads.
- “It was a hard-fought contest.” BYU tight end So’oto So’oto played four years with the Cougars, first as a tight end and later as a defensive back.
‘F**k Joe Biden’ chants continue to break out at college football games
- 18:31 EST on September 26, 2021
- Updated at 22:20 EST on September 26, 2021
College students are continuing to express themselves at football games at their respective colleges by yelling “f**k Joe Biden” as President Barack Obama’s support rating continues to decline. The most recent occurrence of the chant came during a recent football game between the University of Notre Dame and Michigan State University. 2 On September 25, during Notre Dame’s football game versus the University of Wisconsin, the Twitter account Old Row Sports posted a video of an anti-Biden chant.
- On September 25, during Notre Dame’s football game versus the University of Wisconsin, the Twitter account Old Row Sports posted a video of an anti-Biden chant that was captured on camera.
- “I anticipate the shouts will continue because, guess what, guys, it’s not going any better until we say, ‘enough is enough,'” Donald Trump Jr.
- I could go through fifty points on it, including leaving $65 to $80 billion in weaponry for our adversaries, providing them with a kill list of American citizens, providing them with biometric scanners, and withdrawing the military before withdrawing civilians.
- In New York City on September 13, a similar chorus of “f**k Joe Biden” was heard, spearheaded by anti-vaccine activists who were enraged by the vaccination requirement.
- According to a poll done by NPR, PBS NewsHour, and Marist, the figure has dropped to 43 percent.
According to the pollster, Biden’s favorable rating was at 49 percent in August of this year. 2 His support ratings have plummeted since the Taliban took control of Afghanistan, prompting him to resign from his position. Reuters is credited with this image.
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- When our defense is on the field, make your voice heard the most. Make a persistent “OHHHHHH!” sound to make the opposing offense as aware of your presence as possible. When our offense is on the field, the louder you are, the more difficult it is for the team to hear the quarterback’s audibles and for the offensive line to hear the snap count, so please keep your volume down. BE SECURE
- BE QUIET. You may then let all of that noise out when your Bears get a first down or score (which happens frequently), and remind our visiting opponents just how long the day will be
Embrace every triumph with your Bears and fight with them from the start to the finish. Stay! Congratulations to the squad and be ready to sing “That Good Old Baylor Line” with your coaches and fellow Baylor Bears after the last seconds have elapsed.
In hushed tones: (bending at the knees) B – B – B – A – YL – L – L – O – RB – A – Y – L – O – R – B – B – B – B – B – B – B – B – B – B – B – B – B – B – B – B – B – B – B – B – B – B – B The Baylor Bears are in a fight! Louder: (clapping while standing up): B – B – B – A – YL – L – L – O – RB – A – Y – L – O – R – B – B – B – B – B – B – B – B – B – B – B – B – B – B – B – B – B – B – B – B – B – B – B The Baylor Bears are in a fight! Extremely obnoxious (jumping up and down in place): B – B – B – A – YL – L – L – O – RB – A – Y – L – O – R – B – B – B – B – B – B – B – B – B – B – B – B – B – B – B – B – B – B – B – B – B – B – B The Baylor Bears are in a fight!
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Rip ’em to shreds! (Clap) rip ’em to shreds! (Clap)Sic ‘Em B – U! (Clap)Sic ‘Em B – U! (At Sic’Em, form the bear claw with your right hand, bringing it down on the B and up on the U)Rip ‘Em to shreds! Destroy ’em all! B – U – S – I c’Em!
BAY-LOR! → BEARS! → BAY-LOR! → BEARS!
Every time the ball is kicked off. BAY-LOR! yell the students. BEARS! On the home team’s side. BAY-LOR! yell the students. BEARS! On the home team’s side.
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Texas AD “Expects” Players Stand Together for School Song
AUSTIN, Texas (KTRK) – When the school’s fight song “The Eyes of Texas” is played after games, Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte stated athletes should “stand together as a cohesive group” to demonstrate their respect for the institution and its supporters. He did not indicate what would happen if players refuse to participate. After several football players and other athletes stated over the summer that they no longer wanted to sing the song because of its uncomfortable connections to racist elements of the school’s past, including performances by musicians in blackface decades ago, the song has become a source of contention within the program.
Following Oklahoma’s loss in the Cotton Bowl, senior quarterback Sam Ehlinger remained on the field for the national anthem, bringing the issue to the forefront once more.
Delegate Del Conte’s words on athletics in his weekly address are the most harsh yet from the government on the subject.
Football coach Tom Herman said on Monday that he would urge his players to participate in the song, but that he would respect any who did not participate.
Standout safety Caden Sterns, who is also a team captain, stated earlier this season that he would not participate in the song.
The university’s student-athletes “love and appreciate our university very much and are competing their hearts out for it,” Del Conte said. “Like all families that see the world through various glasses, we have plenty of work to do on this issue and will continue to do so,” Del Conte added.