Hip Hip Hoo....wah?
(If you don't read this drivel, please watch today's Mayne Event feature on Hip Hip Hooray, which, even if you're sorta bummed out about this loss, still rates as high sporting hilarity. Via The Bald Spot, which, unlike me, can apparently embed Skins Park video.)
If, as Clinton Portis suggested after today's loss, some of the Redskins were a tad hasty in overlooking the Rams, the same could perhaps be said of the team's fan base. "Hip Hip Hooray" may be the year's runaway sensation as a victory chant, popping up on message boards and network television alike, but yesterday, those three Zornish words made their appearance well before victory was assured.
There was a Hip Hip Hooray banner at one prominent tailgate on the way into the stadium. There were at least three multi-signed "Hip Hip Hooray" tributes in the stands. There were Hip Hip Hooray t-shirts. There were Internet-based plans to start up the "Hip Hip Hooray" refrain at the two-minute warning, if the game was in hand. There was a "Hooray!" segment on Comcast SportsNet's "Redskins Kickoff," with one young fan shouting out "Hip Hip Hooray, baby!" and others being encouraged to call and respond.
And there was a report of a "Hip Hip Hooray" chant rising up in the 200-level. During the first quarter.
While some fans didn't want their names used in connection with Hip Hip Hooray, in the event of a loss, they mostly articulated the same reasons for embracing the cheer. It brings back memories of the George Allen years. It shows a new enthusiasm in the fan base for Jim Zorn, after some uncertain early weeks. And it's kinda fun.
"Corny but cool," summarized Rosemary Molle, who asked her 20-year old son and his friends to hold the signs. "It's kind of a throwback to Allen and the good old days."
"I hear a lot of 'Hip Hip!' and they sort of expect a 'Hooray!' or something, said 33 year-old Eric Lynd, who was wearing the shirt.
"Not as corny as Horny For Zorny," pointed out Ted Abela, referring to one of the other fan slogans of this young season.
Anyhow, a day that began with a "Hip Hip Hooray" feature from Kenny Mayne on ESPN--"One Two, Buckle Your Shoe!" Rock Cartwright suggested for a future cheer--ended with only one post-game reference to hips. It came from Portis. He said his hip couldn't get loose all day.
"I mean, it was just one of those days," Portis said.
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