As a graduating senior I have been regularly attending UCLA sporting events for four years. This has truly been one of the greatest aspects of being a Bruin.
But fans, I have a bone to pick.
As mentioned in today's LA Times, the Oregon fans at Thursday's game were spitting out some rather awful chants that went far beyond basketball. Cheering and booing I have no problem with. Calling players fat or ugly--this has no place in the stands or on the court. If fans are part of the game, they should be expected to behave as such.
I am proud to be a Bruin, and one of many reasons for this is that I believe we hold ourselves to a higher standard. Yes we're college students, yes we get carried away sometimes. I'm not going to say I've never blurted out expletives at a football/bball game. But more and more I am realizing that chants like "F*CK SC!" in place of "Fight, fight, fight!" do nothing but reflect badly on our students, our university, and our teams. I am certain that the venerable Coach Wooden would agree. And I know for a fact that Howland has brought up this issue a number of times.
Attending games, I do not get the sense that many fans agree, especially students. There is a level of enjoyment acquired through being obnoxious. Chanting "Bullsh*t!" repeatedly after every slightly questionable call seems to be a real winner among fans.
I want to know the following:
- What's your outlook, BNers?
- Should we hold ourselves to a higher standard as fans?
- Can we?