I know this is off topic from the anti Jim Burr slaughter fest but this was something that popped into my mind. I'm a big fan of the college sports atmosphere and the various cheers that each school comes up with. I think it's more of the fact that when EVERYBODY participates in a cheer the whole arena and electricity is much more hostile. Not that I think Mackey isn't hostile, but I do think it's cool that there is a nice connect between fans (students, alumni, and sub-alums) where they say one phrase and another fan can finish the phrase. From Penn State (We are Penn State), to OSU (OH-IO), to MSU (Go Green, Go White) to Illinois (ILL-INI; my
gf, ex gf was an Illini fan, I thought the cheer was cool and I still do) to Missouri (MIZ-ZOU) to Kansas ("Rock Chalk Jayhawk, KU")... I think it adds a special "goosebump" factor to the game. I look at Purdue and I feel like all our cheers are clapping cheers and it's Paint Crew dominated ("Boiler up! clap clap", "Let's go Boilers" clap clap, clap clap clap). It just feels like it has a very high school sense to it and the whole crowd doesn't really get into it. I think to add some mystique to your university and program, you need something a phrase that connects fans together like the afore mentioned. After the jump here are some cheers that I think that would work wonderfully at Purdue.
"Time To Play Hard": First off this pays homage to Coach Keady and former Boilers along with the clock that hangs above the tunnel with the words "Time to Play Hard "over it. Heck, even the players' practice shorts has the phrase "Play Hard" on them. I'm surprised we haven't incorporated that chant before. Just think if we had this going before starting lineups or before the 2nd half began with one side of Mackey was chanting "Time to..." and the other side was chanting " Play Hard". Please tell me that wouldn't get you fired up.
"Defense Lives Here": Pays homage to the sign that the paint crew has. Purdue prides itself on defense, that's what everybody says that we are relentless and in your face and are tough on D. Not that we usually need to be hyped up on defense but seriously how bad would that be again if one side of Mackey was chanting "Defense" and the other side was chanting "lives here". That would be our calling card, and I think that would be an amazing chant.
"Boiler Up, Hammer Down": I've seen this on some of the readers taglines while reading their comments. I think this is an intriguing cheer because I think it brings two generations of Boiler fans together (PreTiller and Post Tiller). I assume "Hammer Down" was a cheer used back in the day and we all know "Boiler Up!" has been the main cheer on campus since the late 90's. This is a cheer that could be used at Ross-Ade. I'm not sure how good this chant would be... but it's a shot.
"Boiler-makers": Simple yet awesome. This could be used to scream before the teams run out of the tunnels or just to get hyped. I was at Lucas Oil Stadium for the FF open shoot around and I loved when Sparty was practicing and their fans were screaming "Go Green, Go White". I was jealous, not only because they were at the FF but because it seemed like it had an awesome sense of fan pride. "Boilermakers" would be a fun cry to shout whenever we do make the Final Four open practices and night football games as well. Same thought process as before with one side screams "Boiler" other side screams "Makers" and repeat.
So there you have it, some more cheer options that I feel like Purdue can use to make our environment have "chill factors". Thoughts and ideas would be appreciated. Later days