Last week, we posted this article reporting that there was a petition going around the Internet attempting to stop Ohio State students from using their profane kickoff chant when the opposing team returns the ball. In efforts to combat the cheer, Ohio State’s “Block O”, the student organization, and Ohio State’s Sportsmanship Council continued their work by reaching out to students. First, Block O included a section in their weekly newsletter (emailed to students in Block O) about kickoff chants. The email stated:
Cheer for Kickoff / Kickoff Return Whenever there is a kickoff in Ohio Stadium, be sure to participate in the Kickoff Cheer. When the placekicker kicks the ball yell: “O-H-I-O… Let’s Go Bucks!”Be loud, be proud, and do not use foul language! Represent Buckeye Nation with class!
Two days later, another email was sent to Ohio State season ticket holders that reiterated a similar message. The email encouraged the use of the O-H-I-O hand symbols, being loud, and being proud of the football team. It also mentioned to refrain from the use of inappropriate language. On game day, Ohio Stadium also displayed a graphic during kickoffs that I had never seen since regularly attending games at the Shoe (4 years). While the place kicker teed up the ball, the graphic read
Buckeye fans, it’s kickoff time! When the ball is kicked, Let’s hear O-H-I-O, Let’s go Bucks!
Unfortunately, like in past years, the petition has not been popular amongst students. Students continue to protect the profane chant by calling it tradition. How did the students respond Saturday? The students were loud as ever on the kickoff chant, but much to the chagrin of those actively working to change the chant, the profane chant was actually louder. Here is a video taken from the camera deck on Saturday. Please be advised as this video contains NSFW language.