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Tuesday, September 12, 2006

If I Can't Smoke and Swear I'm Fucked

Fuck 'em up, fuck 'em up, BC sucks! (click it)

Bad news for potty-mouths: Boston University officials are clamping down on chanting at BU Terrier hockey games and other events, as reported in the Boston Globe (link via Can't Stop The Bleeding):

Terrier fans are particularly rabid at ice hockey games, where they wear red and white jerseys, paint their faces, and proudly proclaim their loyalty in loud and sometimes profane chants. They call themselves the Dog Pound and are known for taunting rival fans and insulting opposing players.

But university officials said yesterday that they have a new policy forbidding the use of swear words at BU sports events, along with racist and sexist comments. The penalty is expulsion from the sporting event, and it has enraged some students who say that cursing is practically tradition.

"That's terrible and an infringement on our freedom of speech," said Kendall Lyons, an 18-year-old sophomore who often takes part in the chants. "Sports won't be fun anymore."

BU's dean of students, Kenneth Elmore, said the new policy was put in place after administrators received numerous complaints about the stream of obscenities coming from students at hockey games.

"We wanted to make clear that games should be spirited and lively," Elmore said. "But standing and shouting obscenities does not have a place. I don't equate school spirit with the yelling of obscenities."

In the past, Elmore said, fans expressed their enthusiasm by chanting, "Rough `em up, Rough `em up, Rough `em up. Go BU."

However, in recent years, the Dog Pound has altered the cry to insult the rival team. Fans are most fervent for their traditionally strong hockey team, which has won four national championships and has sent many players to the National Hockey League.

"We call the goalie ugly a lot," Lyons said with pride. "We'll tell him to put his helmet back on."

"I really don't know how they're going to enforce it," said Tim Sullivan, a 20-year-old junior, who waited with friends at an MBTA station on Commonwealth Avenue yesterday. "The hardcore fans, you're not going to stop them... They're going to kick out the whole (student) section."

Look-- it's starting already

I think crowd participation is a big part of what makes hockey great, and for quality chants and heckles it's hard to beat the old New Haven Coliseum's infamous Section 14.

When New Haven was in the UHL, it seemed like they were always playing the Adirondack IceHawks (mostly because of travel reasons; only a few teams in the league were within a reasonable driving distance of New Haven), and Section 14 would sing for the IceHawks, "Aaaaa-dirondack! Aaaaa-dirondack! Aaaa-dirondack is a horse's ass!" They would also chant at the IceHawks' Frank Littlejohn, "Little Johnson!", and at Jason Bone, "You! Suck! Bone!"

If anyone from the opposing team ever really pissed them off, the whole section would chant (Marines-style): "(bad guy) is a friend of mine! S**** my weiner all the time! If you've got a seasons' pass! He might even lick your a**! Sound off-- F*** YOU!!"

Once, when New Haven was really beating the IceHawks badly-- 9-2 or something-- Section 14 started to chant "Turn the net around!" after each New Haven goal.

Some other chants and heckles I have read about, or heard at a game:

I first heard this one at a New Jersey Devils game: when the visiting team's starting line-up is announced, the fans shout "SUCKS!" after each player's name. I've tried to use this one at Wolf Pack games, but no one ever follows along.

Another variation is when a penalty is called on the other team: "Springfield penalty on number 8, Jason Jaspers.." "SUCKS!" "Two minutes for..." "SUCKING!"

Here's another BU hockey chant, this one directed at the Maine Black Bears:

"The wheels on your house go round and round, round and round, round and round
The wheels on your house go round and round, 'cuz you're white trash!"

I think this one was started by Harvard fans, mostly because it has too many words:

"You're not a goalie, you're a sieve!
You're not a sieve, you're a funnel!
You're not a funnel, you're a vacuum!
You're not a vacuum, you're a black hole!
You're not a black hole . . .
You just suck! You just suck! You just suck! You just suck!"

Besides the ever-reliable, "Get off your knees, ref! You're blowing the game!", there's this one (supposedly chanted at some college in the mid-west) that I found on-line:

"Ref's out to lunch! Ref's out to lunch! Eat me, ref! Eat me, ref! Munch! Munch! Munch!"

Announcer: "One minute left in the period..." "...and Colorado still sucks!"

Here's a simple one that I always screw up: during the playing of "YMCA", singing "Why's Bridgeport Gay" (directed at the Bridgeport Sound Tigers). Must be because I've gotten so P.C. all of a sudden.

Heckler's Grove ("The premier fan site of Cincinnati Hockey") includes a listing of some of their favorite chants and heckles, as well as a section dedicated to some of the signs that they've made in honor of some opposing players.

Probably the best-known "heckle" web site is Heckle Depot; it's mostly for baseball, though. I sent them one of my own heckle stories years ago, when I said something to the New Haven Ravens' Justin Kaye that made him flip me the bird, but I don't think they ever used it.


Blogger Tapeleg said...

My favorite heckle ever came from game 7 of the SCF in 2003, directed at the Duck's Keith Carney:

"Hey, Carney, guess my weight!"

9/13/06, 12:39 AM

Anonymous Boston sucks anyway said...

Man what the fuck do you mean i can't swear anymoe god dam it, son of a bitch.

9/13/06, 6:36 AM

Blogger gsdgsd13 said...

But what did you say that upset Justin Kaye so? You can't leave us hanging like that.

9/13/06, 12:03 PM

Blogger Brushback said...

I was at a game in New Haven, and Kaye (the Ravens' closer) hit a couple of batters. The next day the Ravens were in New Britain, and Kaye gets the hook after giving up some runs and a couple of homers.

As he's walking back to the dugout, I shouted, "Hey, Kaye-- at least you didn't hit anybody this time."

9/13/06, 1:11 PM

Anonymous pack attack said...

The Islanders signed Pete Ferraro, and have invited conjoined brother, Chris to their camp. I suspect both will be playing in Bridgeport.

There will be plenty to yell and scream at those all important Geico Cup games versus the Soundtigers.

Let's see if J-tizzle tries to shut me up.

9/14/06, 12:56 AM

Anonymous mrs. brushback said...

Ugh. I had forgotten about that asshizzle. We definitely have to come up with some sort of gimmick to piss him off this year.

As for the Ferraros...*gags*

9/14/06, 10:34 AM

Anonymous cc2k said...

Ahhh, Section 14. I sat there by accident the first time I went to New Haven and everytime after, I made sure I sat there... I remember the Knights first year they had a guy named Kenzie Homer, which got the whole section to shout "D'oh!" everytime he touched the puck... And when ever Jim Brown was in the box, the "Free James Brown!" chant made an appearance. It's a shame they tore down that building... or most of it. Last time I drove by, there was one section of seats still up -- with "NO DEMO" spray painted on them. Maybe the city of New Haven is preserving Section 14?

Do you happen to remember the rest of the "Aaaaa-dirondack! " song? Something along the lines of:

They think that they can beat us,
They suck the biggest pen!s,
Adirondack is a horse's ass...

Now, those are truly low brow lyrics in the grand scheme of things, but there's something endearing about an entire section singing along in North America -- even if it's offensive.

My favorite thing that Section 14 did during the Beast and Knights era, and something I wish would start to happen in Hartford since it's clean, was to chant, "Get here ON TIME! Get here ON TIME!" to those late arrivals that show up half way through the first period and slowly make their way down to their seats during play...

9/15/06, 12:11 AM

Blogger Brushback said...

I do remember the rest of the "Aaaa-dirondack" song, but I've never been able to figure out the first line of that rhyme ("something-something-us, they s*** the biggest..."). Oh well-- it's forever a mystery now, probably.

You're right-- these chants don't have hardly the same effect being read off a computer screen as they do when you hear a whole section of fans shouting them in unison. That's pretty awesome.

9/15/06, 11:17 AM

Blogger Jason said...

Hey, I just started reading your blog but it's hilarious. I graduated from BU in May and was an active member in the dog pound.

Some of my favorite BU chants, aside from "The Song" (Fuck 'em up fuck 'em BC sucks) are in no order:

- BC students don't wear jerseys, they wear yellow "Superfan" shirts which are the same color as the seats in the Garden. At the Beanpot games we chanted "YOU LOOK LIKE SEATS" at them. That chant, a "Your priest touched you" chant, "The Song" and "Where's your Beanpot?" chanted with seconds left to go in our 2006 victory were all clearly audible on NESN, since we were right under the booth.

- The "Wheels on your house song" also gets equal duty against UNH, the only Maine specific chant apes their chant of "M! A! I! N! E! Goooo blue!", our version was "M! A! I! N! E! Fuuuuuuuck you!"

- I liked that Bruce Crowder, Northeastern's ex-coach, has a son who plays for UMass Amherst. We spent the entire game yelling "CROWDER YOUR DAD IS UNEMPLOYED" and "CROWDER IF YOU AREN'T A BETTER PLAYER THAN YOUR DAD IS A COACH YOU SHOULD PROBABLY GIVE UP".

- Finally, my favorite chants were always "TOO HOT TO YANDLE" or "YANDLE IN THE WIND" aimed at UNH's Keith Yandle, or any of his crappy brothers who also played for UNH.

This all seems a lot less clever writing it on a blog as opposed to being a little tipsy at the top of section 118. Oh well.

12/15/06, 10:03 AM

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Blogger Brushback said...

Not the type of "smoke" being discussed, but to each his own...

3/13/07, 4:13 PM


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