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The Football Crowd Traditions We All Miss…



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Why Is TCU Called The Horned Frogs?

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Why Is Rutgers Called The Scarlet Knights?

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Why Is Duke Called The Blue Devils?

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Why Is Southeast Missouri State Called The Redhawks?

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Why Is South Dakota State Called The Jackrabbits?

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Why Is West Virginia Called The Mountaineers?

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Why Is Southeastern Louisiana Called The Lions?

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Why Is Hampton Called The Pirates?

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Why Is Fordham Called The Rams?

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Why Is Eastern Kentucky Called The Colonels?

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Why Is UMass Called The Minutemen?

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Why Is Toledo Called The Rockets?

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Why Is McNeese State Called The Cowboys?

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Why Is Washington Called The Huskies?

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Why Is Cornell Called The Big Red?

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Why Is Holy Cross Called The Crusaders?

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Why Is Weber State Called The Wildcats?

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Why Is New Hampshire Called The Wildcats?

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Why Is Eastern Illinois Called The Panthers?

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Why Is Auburn Called The Tigers?

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Why Is Tennessee Tech Called The Golden Eagles?

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Why Is Buffalo Called The Bulls?

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Why Is Northern Illinois Called The Huskies?

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Why Is Alabama Called The Crimson Tide?

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Why Is San Diego Called The Toreros?

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Why Is ULM Called The Warhawks?

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Why Is Georgia Southern Called The Eagles?

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Why Is Southern Called The Jaguars?

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Why Is Florida A&M Called The Rattlers?

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Why Is Appalachian State Called The Mountaineers?

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Why Is Jackson State Called The Tigers?

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Why Is Columbia Called The Lions?

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Why Is Richmond Called The Spiders?

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Why Is Baylor Called The Bears?

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Why Is Mississippi Valley State Called The Delta Devils?

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Why Is Liberty Called The Flames?


I missed football. I know we sort of had football in 2020, but… a Lambeau Leap into empty seats… just looked naked. Sad. But this is America, and this is football. Neither can be kept down. I attended my fist college football game a few weeks back; We’re in Wisconsin… Badgers country. We lost to Penn State that day, but also shared… tens of thousands of us together…. a moment of joy. Of triumph. We have a tradition up here called “Jump Around”, It’s not complicated… they play the song of the same name, and we do what the song says… Jump up and down like a bunch of damn fools. Here, after almost two years, was our first “Jump Around”.

Wisconsin Badgers: Jump Around

We tell people it measures on the Richter scale when we do it. I’m not sure if that’s true, but if you’ve been there it sure as h@ll seems like it would. I know the ground shakes blocks away.

So that’s our tradition, and I can tell you it was pure d@mn jubilation being a part of it again. In an era where Americans seem to spend a lot of time hating each other, this was everything about college football that’s amazing… and everything about it that pulls thousands of random people together the way it does.

It made me think afterwards of other school’s traditions. Our “Jump around isn’t the only college football crowd tradition out there; most schools have their own, many just as big and extravagant as ours. I spent a few hours on Youtube watching some. There were some I had never seen, and afterwards, I could just think of one thing… College football is pretty d@mned amazing. The NFL and NBA are nice… We’re religious Packers fans, and everyone knows what our Bucks did this year,… but there’s really nothing like a college football fan base… weather it’s ours, “Bama, Clemson, Ohio D@mn State, or any of the hundreds of schools across this great country of ours. So take a trip with me… I’ll share some of what I found with you.

Penn State Nittany Lions: Whiteout

More than 100,000 people all in white…. under the lights and the night sky…. the music and fireworks as the Nittany Lions pour out… The only part I would change… how cool would it be if Penn State rocked all white as well?

Iowa Hawkeyes: The Wave

You won’t find a tradition in all of college football that’s more pure and just… good than this one.

Mountaineers fans aren’t the only crowd to have adopted a song… here are a few more…

And finally to Florida… Gator country.  This was a particularly amazing incident… just days after Tom Petty passed away.

Still in Florida, over to Seminole country,  Florida State’s fans are known to erupt into what they affectionately call the “War Chant.”

There are many more; seemingly every college in America has traditions like this.  I won’t include all of them; rather I’ll encourage you to take to Youtube yourself for a look.  Finding them is half the fun.
If you’ve made it this far, I’ll end with what may be one of the coolest crowd moments in the history of college football… maybe not a ‘tradition’ per se, although it does happen from time to time… but… well, just watch.

That roar when they brought the Sargent Major out… the look on his family’s faces… a shared moment by a stadium full of people… no Seminoles fans or Gamecocks fans in that moment… just Americans.   There is so much hatred and bickering in America today… somehow we’ve become a nation where people hate those with different opinions than their own now… that many of us seem to have forgotten that this is not only what college football is about… this is what America is about.  Or supposed to be, anyway.  Hopefully… this collection of our traditions reminds some of us of that…

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