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.
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