Bumped. A weekend post that deserves more attention heading into this week's homestand. For the record one more time - we love the Den. GO BRUINS. -N
There has been a lot of talk in the past couple days of the actions of the Pit Crew. Many have compared and contrasted that actions with that of our own Den. Yes, the Den is not perfect. As a member there are times at which I am embarrassed. The fact is we are much more mature and organized than many student sections.
Photo Credit: Jack Rosenfeld
In the Den, we try to focus of efforts on intelligent ways to make the players feel uncomfortable. A flier is handed out at every home game with a scouting report and a "dirt" section on the other team. The dirt is extensively researched and includes only information that can be backed by a source. It is real easy to take heckling material from the dirt and unleash yourself on a player. There is no way the den would ever start a "___ is a pu**y" chant.
I do agree to the notion that "F*ck $c" is inappropriate. Many members that sit at the front of the den refrain from using bad language at all. I also hate the bullsh*t chant too. We can show our displeasure another way.
I take offense to a comment in a recent diary that criticizes the leadership of the Den. The fact is the leaders do not start chants. That is the job of the yell crew. The "UC clap clap LA clap clap" chant on offense is meant to be slow. All is takes is for one yell crew member to stand on one side of the Den and another to stand on the other side to lead a slow chant. It sounds impressive when we are all together and loud. The fact is most people think the chant speeds up, which leads to its death around 15 seconds left in the shot clock.
When people started camping out for the $UC game on Thursday morning, some people were upset. They were upset because in all reality the campout could've started around 2 maybe 3 in the afternoon. However once the first person goes down there and sets up a tent its like a snowball effect.
If you think that the people running the Den don't strive for excellence then come to the Den meeting and speak up. They occur every couple of weeks in the Morgan Center Press Room inside the Hall of Fame.
I recently sent an email to Nestor updating him on the situation regarding Kevin Love's cell phone number being released. We found out the culprit behind the release was Daniel Cogan, president of the Pit Crew. We were able to obtain his number and, with some help from a friend, many of the numbers that had called Kevin. These numbers received text messages and phone calls. Not just one, but many many text messages. If you mess with Kevin, you mess with the Den. Kevin relayed to us how mad he was with all of the phone calls(he even blocked his number for 24 hours) and also thanked us in the media:Howland said the team prepped Love plenty for the hostility directed at him and said Love never let remarks affect him. Even the days before the game, Love said he received plenty of messages from Oregon fans on his cell phone, though the Bruin student body sent out false numbers to misdirect Duck fans.
"I did get a lot of calls," he said. "We outsmarted them a little bit. I had some people back at The Den (UCLA's student section) mess with them a little bit, so I felt good about that. I'm real proud all the way."