Madison, Wisconsin is on my sports town bucket list. It has been for some time. I’ve heard many great things about the place — a great place to drink a beer, I’m told. The town’s main draw, however, at least for a college football enthusiast like myself, is Camp Randall Stadium. Taking in a Big Ten game there is apparently an exhilarating experience, mainly because of the tradition that goes into motion between every third and fourth quarter. Describing it doesn’t do it justice.
Just watch (“Jump Around” beings at 0:41 in):
It’s undoubtedly one of the coolest traditions in college football, and maybe even the greatest in-game tradition of all. It’d be a shame to see it go, although the reason for its potential demise — as suggested by a UW beat writer — is pretty humorous.
Wisky students have another tradition, this one less accepted by public opinion: “Eat shit!” is volleyed from one part of the student section to another, at which point “Fuck you!” is returned rather enthusiastically. This is repeated several times. It looks like this:
At least one person is not thrilled about the mass exchange of obscenities. Andy Baggot (poor guy must have had a brutal upbringing with a name like that) is a sports journalist who focuses on the university, and he is outspoken about his distaste for the chant, even going as far as to suggest leveraging the amazing “Jump Around” tradition against it.
Several people, all much smarter than me, have come forth with a reasonable solution to the irreverent cheer from students at University of Wisconsin football games.
It’s all based on the principle of leverage.
If the offending chant is heard at Camp Randall Stadium before the fourth quarter, then “Jump Around’’ won’t be played.
If, predictably, the profanities come to life after “Jump Around’’ is played, then one of the most iconic celebrations in all of college football goes away for the next game … or games.
It takes a special brand of audacity to suggest scrapping one of the finer traditions in the land. Poor form, Baggs.
Hey, they’re smart kids. They’ll do the right thing.
That’s right. They are smart. That’s why I think they’ll come up with the following plan: ignore your suggestion and continue on with one of the greatest game atmospheres in the country.
Take a walk, Baggot.
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