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Cheering Censorship at Va. Tech


Finally, Maryland fans and Hokies fans can sympathize with each other. After all the pounding Maryland fans have taken over "Rock and Roll, Part II" nonsense, they'll surely side with the Va. Tech kids who are now being told they cannot chant "Stick It In" at football games, due to the complaints about this being "disgusting and revolting." AD Jim Weaver said he receives 8-12 complaints about the cheer annually, no doubt from the same folks who call the PGA to complain if a player accidentally sneezes on his lie.

Naturally, the college paper is editorializing to bring back the cheer. The Roanoke Times reports that other schools (including Navy!) also use a variation of the cheer, and that more than 3,500 people have joined a Facebook group in support of Sticking it In. (Make that about 5,000 as of this morning.) My feeling about collegiate crowds: throwing batteries at opposing players/fans is bad. Public conflagrations are probably somewhat of a public safety risk. Human waste should never be deployed as a cheering device. But do college administrators need to go out of their way to make sure that 18-22 year olds never behave in a manner that might have some mildly offensive overtones to older folks whose eyes and ears will be sullied by the mere hint of pelvic gyrations? I think they do not. I mean, seriously, find something more important to worry about.

(A letter to Virginia Tech Magazine from Jan Kohler Davis: "I was appalled by the new "stick it in" cheer and sexually explicit (i.e., hip-thrusting) movements made by the Marching Virginians, Tech cheerleaders, and Tech dancers. This behavior is offensive and a poor reflection on the Hokies, even more so when broadcast on national television. Would you send your daughter to any other institution that condoned such behavior?)

(A response, from a fan named Jim Bragg: "This is college--let's have some fun at athletics events as long as no one is harmed."

Luckily, you can still buy the t-shirts here. For now, at least.

Sly wink at The Wizard of Odds.

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 12, 2007; 11:38 AM ET
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Comments

Stick it to em', Steinz!

Posted by: ScottVanPeltStyle.com | September 12, 2007 11:52 AM | Report abuse

So Tech officials go to the trouble of banning the chant and it's 5 billion times more popular and widely known of. Smart!

Posted by: Kev | September 12, 2007 12:04 PM | Report abuse

My girlfriend, an Oregon Duck, always complained that she got weird looks when she yelled it out watching Oregon games here in NYC. Apparently it's a staple at Autzen too.

Now I, a humbled Wolverine, must go cry.

Posted by: Bucktown Skins Fan | September 12, 2007 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Time to write an article about Terps-WVU? When I was a Terp fans were respectful. Now you have knuckleheads there to curse instead of cheer. Yell "Go Terps" instead of "You S___". FREDTERP

Posted by: FREDTERP | September 12, 2007 12:18 PM | Report abuse

In other fan censorship news...

http://www.cavalierdaily.com/CVArticle.asp?ID=30702&pid=1610

Posted by: Sherm | September 12, 2007 1:13 PM | Report abuse

weaver sux. plain and simple

banned booing (this year, i understand)
banned playing football (throwing it around) during tailgating
banned the 'na-na-nana, hey-hey-hey, goodbye' song
no live music at tailgates
and the infamous sugar cookie fiasco.. ;-)

now the go-go inspired drumbeat of 'Stick-It-In' is gone. damn him!!!

next thing will be no jumping during enter the sandman cuz you could be blocking the view of someone behind you

(more stories here http://www.blowmeweaver.com/)

Posted by: hmmmmm | September 12, 2007 1:25 PM | Report abuse

As a (relatively) recent, Terp alum, I am always instilled with pride that the current students have found a way to, collectively continue "Rock and Roll Part II." As anyone will know, "collectively" is key, as Terp students are notoriously horrible at doing the same cheer at the same time. Good luck to VT with their cheer!!

Posted by: Terp Alum | September 12, 2007 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Wait... what's disgusting? Is it sex, or scoring touchdowns?

Posted by: Extra P. | September 13, 2007 12:47 PM | Report abuse

We'll see how well we can do this without the band giving us the rhythm this Saturday.

Lane Stadium is known for giving the Hokies a strong competitive advantage through the volume of its fans. We make so much noise because the band coordinates cheers we want to participate in, not because we are so pleased with how respectful we can be.

I am not arguing against Weaver's "Hokie Respect" campaign. I'm all for anything that makes us look less like Philadelphia fans. But this is the kind of thing that sucks the fun right out of football games.

What they don't seem to understand is that killing the fun of Hokie football now means less donations in years to come. Alumni support and football success are certainly connected when it comes to VT. Ask anyone who buys season tickets how much they had to "donate" before they we allowed access to purchase their season tickets and parking pass.

Posted by: Tech Alum | September 13, 2007 6:16 PM | Report abuse

I did send my daughter to Tech.
She was in the Marching Virginians.
Graduated with honors
Seems normal, no apparent damage done
go hokies

Posted by: techdad | September 20, 2007 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Its par for the course at Virginia Tech, speaking as an alumni. They sell "gobbler noise makers" in the football stadium but you cant "bring them into the stands." You can't bring signs. You can't do anything. When I go to games now and stand, people behind me tap me on the shoulder and ask me to sit down. The wine and cheese crowd is no longer at UNC---sitting on our hands and smiling at the opposition in Blacksburg, VA.

Posted by: Ric | September 30, 2007 6:15 PM | Report abuse

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