A Plea To Stop ‘Fuck *Insert School Here*’ Chants
Penn State fans are arguably the most unique and original in all of college football. The White Out, which had its desired effect on Ohio State last weekend, has been copied and repackaged by teams across the country since its inception in 2005.
Tennessee, for example, has pushed past the single-color idea to a checkerboard pattern, and the Georgia Bulldogs basically just stole the idea for their “Blackout” game. Given the uncanny ability for 107,000 Penn State supporters to pull off color-coordinated themes, it’s not surprising that they accomplished the first-ever Stripe Out with ease last year against Rutgers. And again at noon earlier this fall against Temple.
The list of unique Penn State fan traditions truly goes on and on (just like Drake): the S Zone, the “We Are” chant, the fast and slow wave, and so much more. So, with all of these great fan traditions, I have just one request: Please stop these “Fuck *insert team here*” chants.
“Fuck Temple” erupted throughout this year’s Stripe Out matchup in Beaver Stadium. “Fuck Ohio State” chants could be heard throughout the student section over the weekend. I understand exactly where these chants are coming from, but we should put them to an end.
These chants don’t reflect well on our student section. In all honesty, it makes us look like a bunch of coarse, crude, and presumably-intoxicated students. We get a lot of hate from other schools, so I totally understand that it can be tempting to join in with these chants – especially with the level of class, or lack thereof, showcased by some Temple and Pitt fans. Penn State students, however, are not just a vulgar, uncontrollable mob of people. Such a mob couldn’t pull off a White Out, couldn’t consistently nail the crisp shape of the S Zone, and couldn’t accomplish all of the innumerable feats that our student body achieves each and every year.
Even as I’m writing this, though, part of me is already thinking, “Yeah, it’s rude or whatever, but that doesn’t really matter.” In some ways it actually does matter, but I get your point, other side of my brain. I guess the heart of the problem is that these vulgar chants lack any creativity whatsoever.
Rutgers students have been known to chant “Fuck Penn State” on every defensive third down. Pitt really laid the “Fuck Penn State” chants on heavy this year as the Nittany Lions visited Heinz Field. These two examples alone should be enough for us to collectively put these chants to rest. Or would we rather be grouped with the likes of unimaginative schools? (Read: Rutgers does it, so in order to be successful we should do the opposite.)
Penn State fans are trend setters. Not only are they some of the loudest and most dedicated, but they know a creative opportunity when they see one. Just take the “Worst State Ever” shirts as an example:
This guy's got the right idea. pic.twitter.com/UHKIScwolE
— Onward State (@OnwardState) October 22, 2016
Nothing about this design is offensive or obscene, which is precisely why the t-shirt is so perfect. It’s essentially so un-funny and plain that it couldn’t get any more funny.
A group of Penn State students proudly displayed a sign this weekend that simply stated, “Urban Meyer is a bad hombre.” These topical references do no harm, and they are some of the funniest sights on any given gameday – it’s all about wit.
Harmless but original jabs at opponents consistently showcase Penn State students’ thoughtfulness as well as their ability to poke fun without crossing the line. Penn State students are not hateful as these profane chants might suggest. Besides, our voices would be better saved for cheering on our own team as we try to will the Nittany Lions to victory.
The Penn State fan base, but especially the student section, cannot lose its creative edge. Chanting “Fuck (whoever it is that we’re playing)” puts us on the same level as any angry group of people without a clear or unique message. We have a message: Let’s. Go. PSU. Penn State students are too bright and inventive for “Fuck Ohio State” or “Fuck Temple” to fairly reflect our collective character and ingenuity, so let’s just end it.