Okay, im gonna say it. Its not a big deal.
As someone whos in between young and old the DJ is a fresh experience on game day. Ill ask some Questions. What makes us different from other universities? How do we one up them or make our thing better? What makes peoples game day experience at Texans games different from UH (and they’re the same down to the old Houston Cougars chant). Even the running burger suit and sumo wrestler things are the same.
Everyone and i mean EVERYONE who has tradition has a thing. Clemson and their rock hill entrance. Penn and white out. Aggies and their yell. FSU and their annoying war chant thing. Iowa started a Salute last year or the year before it seems like its old. Most of those are things that they started long ago and im sure people were saying “why do this when you can just watch the game and yell to the players”.
I know im going to get backlash but we dont have traditions that you can ask the whole school what a certain one means and everyone will know what you are talking about like other schools grind into freshman students heads. Our students dont even know our school song. (Im wondering what we are gonna do for basketball because when i went to the games years ago the spongebob chant didnt cut it for me). We are hoping to adopt some traditions in a city where what matters is whats different and entertaining.
We tried the previous ways for a good amount of years and it hasnt caught on based on attendance. Nows the time to try something new and keep what works from the classics. Pez has done a fine job so far. He even brought back the RV zone and introduced the red zone. The least we can do is give it a couple of years chance and see where it takes us after adapting to it band included (and i played in band for a couple of years so i should be biased). Other than in my opinion nothings really changed.
Maybe get the RA’s from all floors to get everyone to meet to practice chants. Or put an incentive. Shirts use to work right? idk if i was back in college what would make me want to go to the games if it was my first time and i wanted to have fun. The group collective, the reward, whats going to make me stay. Especially in the heat or the night before an exam. Atleast they’re trying, complain if they werent and people werent coming and we were down to 20k a game.
sorry. off my box. i know its been discussed…