Observation During the Super Bowl

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  1. Master O

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    When Baltimore scored, the fans started doing a soccer chant, specifically the chorus from the song "Seven Nation Army" by the White Stripes.


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    That's been a thing with Ravens fans for a few seasons now. It has nothing to do with soccer.
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    Sure..... Just like Sandstorm or Kernkraft 500 weren't used by US sports teams before Europeans did it first. :rolleyes:
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    Not everything is about soccer.


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    Big freaking deal ... in the Lazio match this weekend it was VERY CLEARLY HEARD over the broadcast someone leading the chants: ie - guy up front yells out chant, entire section follows suit afterwards in mockingbird fashion.

    That's as American as it gets.
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    Of course not,the fans at NFL games sing all of the time.
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    Well, yeah, actually, they do.







    College and pro football fans have been singing fight songs at games since the 19th century. They just don't usually get shown on television in the pros, because they're usually sung after a score, aka during the post-score commercial break.
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    As much as it pains me to disagree with a scUM fan...by my reckoning, Euro 2008 saw the widespread use of Seven Nation Army to the point of being completely unavoidable if you watched ESPN that summer at all. Shortly thereafter, it began to get picked up by college football, particularly Ohio State, fans. I want to believe that it is because the major players in Block O at the time were huge soccer fans (massive fans of The Massive Club) as well, but they'd have to tell us if that's actually true.

    After that, I heard it become much more commonplace, primarily in college football.
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    It didn't come from the fans in Baltimore, though. The song was one of 5 picked by the team management to pump up the crowd. As with most things in the NFL, it isn't organic.
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    Heh...figures.

    It always annoyed me that the PA system at Ohio Stadium would have to play it for a bit before the stadium would get into it, but really most times and for big games, it was all Block O starting it pretty much organically. And the PA would be absolutely drowned out. It got to be super loud. I think people might be getting a bit sick of it by now, though.
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    did they say the "billion of people are watching this" lie again?
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    That's been the way ultras have worked for decades. The big difference is that it's not some club employee picking some friendly club-sanctioned tune over the PA system, but a respected supporter known for starting chants.

    Even in England, it's always been a very small number of people per club who start chants off. It's just less regimented, with one guy starting and just hoping everyone joins in.
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    J-E-T-S JETS JETS JETS .... is certainly not employee manufactured ... nor are the vast majority in American sports. The MLS has probably seen more of it than the rest simply because of their unique situation early on and up until a few years ago.
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    It's not exactly much of a song either though.
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    But it should be
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    Meh. Soccer is the third or fourth sport I got into. I'm not ready for a monogamous relationship with one sport.
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    What are your first and second, then?
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    Baseball and hockey. I got into football and soccer around the same time.
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    It is though, an exact example of what I heard during the Lazio match. A chant lead by a single individual.
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    All chants are lead by a single individual. Fans don't spontaneously decide to sing the same song at the same time.

    The ultras just take it one step further and have an appointed leader orchestrating things, usually with a platform at the front of the section.
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    Out of interest, how did you grow up without being into (American) football?

    There are little pockets of the country in England where rugby is the main game, and growing up in such a place (or going to public schools) is about the only way anyone here likes sports, but doesn't like football.

    Are there such places in the USA, where the oval ball takes a back seat?
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    I think there are places where baseball is number one. I've heard that about New York & Boston might also be that way. Of course someone from those places can confirm or deny this.
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    It's regional really. Parts of New England and the Great Lakes would probably rate hockey just as high ... there are pockets where basketball takes the front seat (even if college rather than the NBA).
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    I grew up in Canada, so my experiences in that regard are a little different from a lot of Americans. In Toronto, winter was hockey, summer was baseball. There is a Canadian football league, but I was never all that into it.

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