September 30, 2011

NYT has a big article on the on the Wisconsin-Nebraska game, with copious info about the "Jump Around."

The origin, the history, the engineering. It's all here:
In 1998, during the first night homecoming game for Wisconsin, Kluender was looking for something to keep the crowd energized between the third and fourth quarters. He had a list of suggested songs provided by Ryan Sondrup, an intern in the marketing department and a former Badgers football player. Kluender chose “Jump Around” and looked away from the field to check his notes. When he turned back he said the leaping students looked “like popcorn popping.”
Much, much more at the link, such as why you don't have to worry that all that shaking won't collapse the stadium. (People feel like the deck is moving up to 10 inches, but it really only moves 0.4 inches, and it would have to move 12 inches to cause any damage, but movement like that would make everyone fall down, in which case they would not be jumping around.)

28 comments:

Fred4Pres said...

Famous last words!

edutcher said...

Throw some of the pot from the festival at 'em.

They won't move an inch.

They'll just think they did

ALH said...

It's one of the best college football traditions. It's great to have Nebraska in the BigTen- hopefully the two teams meet again in Indianapolis for the inaugural championship game.

Final score tomorrow: WI 38 NEB 22

Fred4Pres said...

Could never happen!

Fred4Pres said...

Perfectly safe, nothing to worry about...

Fred4Pres said...

Opps!

Titus said...

What happened to the Portage Plumber?

vnjagvet said...

Go Huskers!!!

Fred4Pres said...

Titus, you should post your stadium picture tomorrow. You still have them? You must have this stadium.

NotquiteunBuckley said...

I can recall some fun games in Madison. Let's hope this game tomorrow compares in all the right ways.



"MADISON, Wisconsin (Ticker) -- Wisconsin overcame a record-setting performance by Purdue quarterback Drew Brees to post a 31-24 Big Ten Conference victory over pass-happy Purdue and improve to 6-0 for just the second time in 85 years.

Brees set an NCAA record by attempting an incredible 83 passes, completing 55 for 494 yards and two touchdowns. The sophomore broke Matt Vogler's previous NCAA mark of 79 attempts and tied Rusty LaRue's NCAA mark for completions in a game."

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/college/scoreboards/1998/10/10/recap.wisconsin.purdue.html

gadfly said...

Attending a football game at Camp Randall is, in my opinion, like no other football experience - and that is true whether you are for or against the Badgers.

When I lived in Wisconsin back in the '70's, before the stadium was redone, I used to take my boys to the games that were only attended to party and to be entertained in the 5th quarter. The football teams were frankly sucked but my kids liked football. The only entertainment was observing passing coeds passed up to the top of the stadium and student cheers such as "Section "O" sucks!" But I refused to sit in the upper deck because of the bounce brought on by the "Budweiser Song."

Three years ago I returned to Camp Randall to see my alma mater trounced by the Badgers 55-14, but the student card shows and the Badger Band and all those fans screaming for four quarters at the top of their lungs was un-GD-believable.

There is, by the way, no marching band in America that can compete with all them white folks in the Wisconsin Band.

Kit said...

Just got back from downtown...the invasion is in full swing. Tomorrow, it's Miller Park at one, then heading back for the Badger game at 7. This is gonna be fun.

Titus said...

Ohio State's marching band is actually the best college marching band.

NotquiteunBuckley said...

"...student cheers such as 'Section "O" sucks!'"

That's mostly right, but in hindsight I am not sure "sucks" would have been acceptable language.

I recall "Section 'O' isn't particularly talented" or something or other, if I am not mistaken.

Irene said...

"The NYT sucks" is an opinion expressed by commenters not infrequently here.

The NYT really sucks because its article about the Badgers did not link to "Teach Me How to Bucky!"

Whenever I feel blue, I watch that little ditty.

vnjagvet said...

I'm with Titus. OSU MB really is "the best damn band in the land". And it's the only completely brass band (no woodwinds) in major college sports.

AJ Lynch said...

When crossing a bridge, troops are told to refrain from marching in step. To,e. that advice seems like it could apply to synchronized jumping on stadium ramps and stands.

Saint Croix said...

now that looks like fun!

Triangle Man said...

Did they cover the roots of ES;FU? Those wacky kids.

Triangle Man said...

Have you seen FAMU's "Band of 100"?

Badger Down Under said...

Gotta love the way the Times has to break the song down:

"at one point in the song, the phrase “jump around” is repeated three times, followed by “jump up jump up and get down,” and then the word “jump” is repeated 18 times."

HIlarious.

Greg Hlatky said...

The Yale Precision Marching Band. Only one of these words is accurate.

Class factotum said...

Define "best" marching band. I played the violin in the Rice MOB:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/25/us/when-the-mob-takes-the-field-stodginess-scatters.html?_r=1&ref=riceuniversity

Oligonicella said...

"such as why you don't have to worry that all that shaking won't collapse the stadium."

Crap! It's foreordain!

PatCA said...

The kids are adorable!

jimpbucher said...

I've seen football games at Gainesville, Tallahassee, Tuscaloosa, Lincoln, State College, Stanford, South Bend and Ann Arbor, among other places. For my money, Madison is the best place in the country to watch college football. The band alone is worth the price of admission.

BimBim said...

Topping the building will be a double height winter garden. The base meanwhile will have a new landscaped public area around it, plus two car lifts, and a cycle ramp.
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