The 9 Most Memorable In-Game Traditions (Videos)
In the old days, the only way to experience a special moment at a stadium was to be there. Well, that’s changed quickly. The internet age has enlightened tens of millions as to what goes on in big rivalry games. Is it tantamount to treason? God help us for the Beijing 2028 Olympiad where they have the psychological tactics to brainwash us all. Just kidding. We’ll be fine.
9. Wisconsin: “Jump Around” While everyone knows that “Jump Around” is the official song of white people trying to appear less white by listening to a hip hop song sung by white people, for some reason that doesn’t diminish the awesomeness in suburban Wisconsin. They jump, they get down, they came to mess around and whatnot. All in all, the crowd puts their back into it, and what could be farcical becomes seriously awesome, if not intimidating.
8. Toronto Maple Leafs: “The Leafs’ Song” You know why sports are awesome? Cause they can take something as truly uncool and unspectacular as this song and make it downright inspiring. Is there a reason for this? Yup. Do I want to talk about it? Nope. Things get cooler when they’re associated with winners. Just look at Dennis Rodman in the mid-90’s. However, unlike others that pander to the lowest common denominator, this song stays true to its original weird message. And that’s cool for some reason. Remember: I’m just giving you traditions; the reasons will cost you extra.
7. Lakers: “I Love LA” Not the most noble or venerable of traditions, but that doesn’t make it any less important. Once that asshat Randy Newman starts singing the first few verses, the crowd gets reminded that they are attending “showtime” and the rest will sort itself out. It’s easy to mock the stars-potting when you’re on the outside looking in, but when you’re there and you realize that Jack is in the house, it adds an element of exclusivity that Chicagoans thought was only reserved for his airness. Hate it when you’re not one of ‘em, love it when you are. Isn’t that what these traditions are about?
And, yeah, this version isn’t traditional, but few things about LA are, so enjoy it or hate it. The way Lakers fans see it, the sun will rise another day, regardless.
6. Cubs: “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” Easily the most trite and replicable tradition on this list, but it works. The scrappy Cubs always seem to be the ones raising the dead to appreciate a nice day at the ballpark, regardless of how the team is performing. Historically, that has been a bone of contention with the Cubbies, who seem to have a loyal fan base regardless of whether or not they actually expect wins from their players