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Online Petition Attempting to End Buckeye Student Kickoff Chant


There is a petition posted online in an effort to stop Ohio State’s student section from using the chant during kickoffs. When Ohio State kicks the ball off to their opponent, it is customary for students to shout, “O-H-I-O, rip his (expletive) head off.” From one standpoint, this is obviously distasteful and isn’t exactly the most respectful thing to say. It should be noted Block O frequently leads the chants for the rest of the stadium, specifically the large amount of students in the south stands. This chant is not led by the directors of Block O but rather is picked up and passed along by word of mouth amongst students. Block O, also a student organization, is located in both endzones. Block O directors have been working to remove the cheer from the stadium atmosphere. However, this chant is not used by anyone other than students in the stadium.

Of course, the enforcement of this would be difficult, but Block O is continuing to fight the use of this chant and is hoping students will take the initiative. Ohio State fans are among the classiest in the Big Ten and this chant should not be taken in a serious way. However, it does leave a blemish on Ohio State’s fans due to the obvious negative nature of the chant. Block O has made strides to remove the chant and negative comments from student and is continuing this battle.

Block O’s Director, Jake Bradley, reached out and offered this quote in response to the petition:

 Block O is fully against the cheer and is actively working to stop it. On that note, I fully support your efforts and will work with you in any way to stop this chant. Just please do not deface the organization when we are on the same team. Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns. Go Bucks!

Scarlet and Game would like to reinforce that the purpose of this article was to break news about this petition. We do not endorse nor reject said petition.

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