Regardless of its origins, it’s there. And with the Badgers success on the football field, “there” has grown to include an increasing number of national broadcasts and visiting fans, so after the Nebraska game, Bielema and Alvarez asked the students to keep the profanity down.
ESFU certainly isn’t the best way for Wisconsin students to represent themselves to the world, but then again having a beer and dropping a couple f-bombs on a Saturday afternoon is pretty harmless in the grand scheme of things – especially in the grand scheme of things that happen at football games. If parents can find a way to explain all of the above to their seven-year-olds, well, then 12,000 drunk college students cheering shouldn’t be too difficult.
The students are adults and can make their own decisions about the proper way to conduct themselves at a football games. They don’t need me or anyone else telling them to come up with something more creative – after all, we didn’t. Come to think of it, if Bielema really is serious about classing up Camp Randall, I have a couple ideas of where he can start.
To their credit, Bret and Barry’s most recent attempt to clean up the cheers has been refreshingly measured. Even if the prospect of a few free bowl game tickets spread among five figures of Badger faithful makes for a rather small carrot, at least it comes with a please and thank you – Wisconsin students are a polite bunch, after all. You know, maybe it would be best if we could just go back to “great taste, less filling.” Whoops, I forgot we’re not allowed to talk about beer at football games anymore either.