When a player on the Oakland University men’s basketball team commits a foul, the offended player goes to the line to shoot free throws.
As fans of the team, we’re always against any foul called on Oakland. But a greater offense occurs when the opposing player prepares to shoot and the Grizz Gang student section begins its foul chant:
“Poop your pants! Poop your pants!”
To be fair, all such cheers are futile, as they’re unlikely to truly distract the shooter. We would argue that complete silence would create the most nerve-wracking environment for anyone who’s trying to concentrate.
We painfully endured the cheer throughout the regular season — especially when President Gary Russi made a guest appearance in the student section.
We grimaced when it was audible while Oakland played on television during last week’s Summit League Tournament in Sioux Falls, S.D.
It’s time to retire this ridiculous reprise.
There is plenty of positive attention being cast OU’s way right now. That’s apparent in the media flurry that has ensued as the NCAA March Madness tournament begins. In the last few days alone, the school has been the subject of numerous stories in the Detroit Free Press, including one about the team’s new shoes (Dear Nike: Could we get a few pairs, too?).
We’re proud to be a popular upset pick against No. 4 seed Texas. Multiple sports analysts have touted the capability of the strength and depth of this year’s men’s basketball team.
ESPN’s Doug Gottlieb, Jay Bilas of CBS Sports, bracketologist Joe Lunardi and ESPN writer Andy Katz have all either spoken or written about the possibility of an OU upset over the Longhorns.
As Oakland takes the national stage, let’s not give people the impression we’re still amused by bathroom humor.
The “poop your pants” chant was already the subject of ridicule from various media during the Summit League Tournament. Fans of other Summit League schools openly mocked the Oakland faithful for their childish chant.
When the national media talks about Oakland, the conversation should continue to be about the Grizzlies being a popular upset pick, not a team known for an upsetting cheer.
We should mention that we love virtually everything else the Grizz Gang does. Their dedication and enthusiasm, home and away, is unmatched. And many of the Gang’s other cheers — “Winning team, losing team” is our favorite — are great.
We simply ask that we present ourselves as college students, not preschoolers.
With only three March Madness appearances to date, Oakland is still the new kid on the block. We’ll face an uphill battle in establishing a solid reputation if we’re known for being the school with the soiled shout.
Let this editorial be the official death notice of the vile charity stripe cheer, for now and forever.
Again, we welcome silence as the killer of the other team’s concentration, but the Grizz Gang is free to institute a new chant of its choosing.
They have a 17-hour bus trip to come up with one, after all.
Keep it classy, Grizzlies.