by Travis Normand
I have always considered Wisconsin’s “tradition” of playing Jump Around to be one of the lamest “traditions” in college football.
Think about it for a second — they play a song (released in 1992) on the loud speakers of the stadium and everyone just starts jumping up and down. That’s it. There is nothing more to this “tradition.”
The Badgers list this “tradition” on their school website. If it were me, I would have left this as one of those unofficial things you do for fun, but the Badgers set this one in stone.
Now, I don’t have a problem with playing some music at a football game. I don’t even have a problem with picking a song or two that you play most often. However, please don’t call it a “tradition.” Do you really want to tie the identity of your school to a 90’s one-hit-wonder named House of Pain?
Oh well, I guess Wisconsin fans are blissfully ignorant to how stupid the whole thing is. Of course, apparently so are the Texas Longhorns. I mean, what do most schools do when they don’t have any tradition of their own? They copy someone else.
I am not trying to say that any schools that plays Jump Around at their game is trying to copy Wisconsin . . . wait . . . no, that is exactly what I am saying. For better or worse, Wisconsin has tied their name to the god-awful idea of playing this song during every home game. At this point, the song is Wisconsin’s song to play and every time I hear it I immediately think of Wisconsin. How could anyone feel differently about this particular song?
Again, I am not saying that the song belongs to Wisconsin and no one else can play it, but if you play it, you have to know that others are going to ask “why are you copying Wisconsin?” If your answer is that you are not copying Wisconsin and that you just happened to pick the same song, then I am calling B.S. Jump Around came out in 1992 and there are plenty of other songs a team can play in order to fire up the players and crowd.
Come to think of it, I don’t ever hear this song anymore . . . unless I am watching a Badger home game.
So yes, if I am at a college football game and I hear them play Jump Around, I can only think they are doing their best to recreate this crap-tacular Wisconsin “tradition.”
It is for this reason I could only laugh when I heard the University of Texas blast this song over their loud speakers during their home game against West Virginia on 6 October 2012.
Again, I guess I am being too picky. After all, we live in a world where no one is original.