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SeattleUte
11-30-2008, 02:35 PM
My favorite fight songs are Notre Dame, Michigan and USC. Not original, I know, but they seem to stand out. Are there any other good ones?

Surfah
11-30-2008, 02:40 PM
My favorite fight songs are Notre Dame, Michigan and USC. Not original, I know, but they seem to stand out. Are there any other good ones?

I think that's where the list begins and ends. All others can't touch those three especially Notre Dame's Victory March.

Navy and Army are worth mentioning.

Sizzle
11-30-2008, 02:44 PM
My favorite fight songs are Notre Dame, Michigan and USC. Not original, I know, but they seem to stand out. Are there any other good ones?

That's because those three are the most traditional and recognizable. It's like asking who is your favorite philosopher... of course Aristotle, Socrates and Voltaire are going to be brought up almost across the board. Any dumbass recognizes those names.

On the opposite ends of the spectrum, BYU and Utah probably have two of the worst. BYU's "Rise and Shout" isn't really inspiring, and listening to Utah's feels more like I'm listening to the Mickey Mouse Club.

TripletDaddy
11-30-2008, 03:12 PM
These 3 schools stand above the rest because they share a fraternal bond in several categories.....fight song, tradition, mascot, game day rituals, uniforms, stadium venue, and rabid national followings.

Pros and Cons of the 3:

I admit to thinking that Notre Dame has the best fight song and coolest mascot....The Fighting Irish. How cool is that? Also, their stadium oozes history and their campus is a great game day environment, with the Grotto, TDJ, pre-game Mass, band concert at Bond Hall, those meatheads in tall hats, and the march into the stadium. Add to the mix a freakishly kind and hospitable student body and alumni base and you have all the fixings for a great experience.

Michigan helmets win for being the most recognizable in all of college football. Michigan's fight song is iconic, but loses a few points for claiming to be the champions of "the west." Such language instantly dates the composition. Michigan wins points for its massive venue, The Big House. Michigan doesnt really win many points for its uninspired boring mascot. Also, with the exception of running onto the field and slapping the banner, what else does Michigan do? One tradition I have always liked about Michigan...."those who stay will be champions." That is a cool slogan.

SC uniforms and helmets are very cool, but not as classic as ND or Michigan. The Coliseum is old, but a grande dame....as far as venues go, it is unparalleled by any other college venue in terms of hosting multiple Olympics, world series, superbowls, the Pope, etc. Fight On is in the top 3 of fight songs, I agree. USC is unique amongst the 3 in that it is known nationally for it's rallying cry, "Fight On!" If you ask anyone that has ever attended an SC football game, the band plays unique songs (over and over) and the sight of the 2-finger victory salute is a staple at any SC gathering. SC wins major points for mascots....Tommy Trojan as well as Traveler the Horse.

BYU's Rise and Shout has potential, but I can't stand that stupid fist roll at the end. I always refuse to do it. Most of the BYU's in-game traditions win little to no points because they are almost all stolen from other schools.

Utah's fight song is an abomination to all college sports. This isn't just my opinion. I think ESPN recently listed it as one of the 10 worst fight songs, or 10 gayest fight songs, or somesuch. The lyrics are dated, sexist, and absurd. Seriously, how can a Ute defend such a horrid tradition?

Other fight songs of note:

1. FUCLA/KAL/every high school in America....this is a good fight song, but for the fact that everyone uses it. I also noticed that the Utes have adopted the FUCLA tradition....the cheer when everyone says.....U-T-A-H, Fight Fight Fight! ripoff.
2. Auburn...not sure what their song is called, but it is pretty cool.
3. I like Arizona's song.....Bear Down..or whatever it is called.
4. Boston College has an awful alma mater song...For Boston. Boring tripe.

Babs
11-30-2008, 03:16 PM
How can you even have a list of best fight songs and not mention On Wisconsin?

Surfah
11-30-2008, 03:21 PM
Ramblin Wreck from GTech is another cool one. Different for sure. Auburn's War Eagle is worthy of mention also.

ERCougar
11-30-2008, 03:23 PM
These 3 schools stand above the rest because they share a fraternal bond in several categories.....fight song, tradition, mascot, game day rituals, uniforms, stadium venue, and rabid national followings.

Pros and Cons of the 3:

I admit to thinking that Notre Dame has the best fight song and coolest mascot....The Fighting Irish. How cool is that? Also, their stadium oozes history and their campus is a great game day environment, with the Grotto, TDJ, pre-game Mass, band concert at Bond Hall, those meatheads in tall hats, and the march into the stadium. Add to the mix a freakishly kind and hospitable student body and alumni base and you have all the fixings for a great experience.

Michigan helmets win for being the most recognizable in all of college football. Michigan's fight song is iconic, but loses a few points for claiming to be the champions of "the west." Such language instantly dates the composition. Michigan wins points for its massive venue, The Big House. Michigan doesnt really win many points for its uninspired boring mascot. Also, with the exception of running onto the field and slapping the banner, what else does Michigan do? One tradition I have always liked about Michigan...."those who stay will be champions." That is a cool slogan.

SC uniforms and helmets are very cool, but not as classic as ND or Michigan. The Coliseum is old, but a grande dame....as far as venues go, it is unparalleled by any other college venue in terms of hosting multiple Olympics, world series, superbowls, the Pope, etc. Fight On is in the top 3 of fight songs, I agree. USC is unique amongst the 3 in that it is known nationally for it's rallying cry, "Fight On!" If you ask anyone that has ever attended an SC football game, the band plays unique songs (over and over) and the sight of the 2-finger victory salute is a staple at any SC gathering. SC wins major points for mascots....Tommy Trojan as well as Traveler the Horse.

BYU's Rise and Shout has potential, but I can't stand that stupid fist roll at the end. I always refuse to do it. Most of the BYU's in-game traditions win little to no points because they are almost all stolen from other schools.

Utah's fight song is an abomination to all college sports. This isn't just my opinion. I think ESPN recently listed it as one of the 10 worst fight songs, or 10 gayest fight songs, or somesuch. The lyrics are dated, sexist, and absurd. Seriously, how can a Ute defend such a horrid tradition?

Other fight songs of note:

1. FUCLA/KAL/every high school in America....this is a good fight song, but for the fact that everyone uses it. I also noticed that the Utes have adopted the FUCLA tradition....the cheer when everyone says.....U-T-A-H, Fight Fight Fight! ripoff.
2. Auburn...not sure what their song is called, but it is pretty cool.
3. I like Arizona's song.....Bear Down..or whatever it is called.
4. Boston College has an awful alma mater song...For Boston. Boring tripe.

Good thoughts, all.

I don't know why people rip on BYU's fight song so much, other than it seems to be the "cool" "educated football fan" thing to do. Maybe it's just because I grew up on it, I like it--it sounds like a fight song.

Utah's song, on the other hand, sounds like a ridiculous theme park song. I have no idea what the words are, nor do I think most of Utah's fan base has any what the words are, so I have no idea if they're sexist or not. I guess the title is sexist.

Notre Dame is by the far the coolest college experience I have attended, start to finish. I would love to play them every year, even if it were a 10-for-1 trade, just for an excuse to go there.

TripletDaddy
11-30-2008, 03:25 PM
How can you even have a list of best fight songs and not mention On Wisconsin?

I purposely refrained from commenting on OU's fight song. I don't remember hearing it during the Orange Bowl.....

All-American
11-30-2008, 03:27 PM
Good thoughts, all.

I don't know why people rip on BYU's fight song so much, other than it seems to be the "cool" "educated football fan" thing to do. Maybe it's just because I grew up on it, I like it--it sounds like a fight song.

Utah's song, on the other hand, sounds like a ridiculous theme park song. I have no idea what the words are, nor do I think most of Utah's fan base has any what the words are, so I have no idea if they're sexist or not. I guess the title is sexist.

Notre Dame is by the far the coolest college experience I have attended, start to finish. I would love to play them every year, even if it were a 10-for-1 trade, just for an excuse to go there.

Utah fans do indeed know the lyrics to their fight song:

*clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap*
*clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap*
*clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap*
*clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap*
*clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap*
*clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap*
*clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* KEE YEE!! *clap*
*clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap*
*clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* MUSS!!! *clap*
*clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap*
*clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap*
*clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap*
*clap* GO UTES!!!

Surfah
11-30-2008, 03:29 PM
utah fans do indeed know the lyrics to their fight song:

*clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap*
*clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap*
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*clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap*
*clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* kee yee!! *clap*
*clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap*
*clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* muss!!! *clap*
*clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap*
*clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap*
*clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap*
*clap* go utes!!!

lol!

Jeff Lebowski
11-30-2008, 03:30 PM
Utah's fight song is an abomination to all college sports. This isn't just my opinion. I think ESPN recently listed it as one of the 10 worst fight songs, or 10 gayest fight songs, or somesuch. The lyrics are dated, sexist, and absurd. Seriously, how can a Ute defend such a horrid tradition?



I seem to recall Rick Reilly mocking the Utah fight song years ago. I think it was when they made the final four run.

TripletDaddy
11-30-2008, 03:30 PM
Good thoughts, all.

I don't know why people rip on BYU's fight song so much, other than it seems to be the "cool" "educated football fan" thing to do. Maybe it's just because I grew up on it, I like it--it sounds like a fight song.

Utah's song, on the other hand, sounds like a ridiculous theme park song. I have no idea what the words are, nor do I think most of Utah's fan base has any what the words are, so I have no idea if they're sexist or not. I guess the title is sexist.

Notre Dame is by the far the coolest college experience I have attended, start to finish. I would love to play them every year, even if it were a 10-for-1 trade, just for an excuse to go there.

I like Rise and Shout. I actually think the participation aspect of it makes it cool.....everyone stands up at the same time, everyone pumps fists in unison......again, I stop short at the fist roll. I refuse to do it. Do you Fist Roll? Maybe I am being too serious about it, but it just seems silly and absurd.

I concur with your ND thought. In fact, I understand that our Ute brethren have a homie against the Irish. I would admonish everyone to start saving your cash now to make sure there are no excuses for missing this game. It doesnt matter how well or poor either team is faring that season. Get to South Bend if it is the last thing you ever do.

As for Utah's lyrics, I will let a Ute cut and paste the words to that awful banshee wail. I don't want my browser to get contaminated.

Another awful fight song....Texas...I've been working on the railroad.

TripletDaddy
11-30-2008, 03:33 PM
Utah fans do indeed know the lyrics to their fight song:

*clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap*
*clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap*
*clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap*
*clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap*
*clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap*
*clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap*
*clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* KEE YEE!! *clap*
*clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap*
*clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* MUSS!!! *clap*
*clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap*
*clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap*
*clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap*
*clap* GO UTES!!!

I like this new, more jocular All-American....hilarious youtube clips, witty sports rivalry smack.....

Is this a permanent shift or are you just teasing us with some of your Spring 2009 material? I'm not complaining, btw.

Babs
11-30-2008, 03:53 PM
I purposely refrained from commenting on OU's fight song. I don't remember hearing it during the Orange Bowl.....

I refrained from commenting on OU's fight song, too, you insufferable stereotypical fortunate son I didn't even go to USC Trojan fan prick.

OrangeUte
11-30-2008, 03:55 PM
my mom used to wake me up in the morning's for school singing 'rise and scream it's only a dream' to the cougar fight song. not only did her words make me laugh (especially right after the cougs won the 1984 NC), but the tune was obnoxious enough to get me out of bed...

because i grew up a ute fan, i like the song "Utah Man". i know the words, and even knew that it contained the word "muss" before urban meyer made it famous.

Seems to me that byu fans knock on the utes for clapping when that is exactly what cougs do throug their song when i've been there... i agree that the hand roll thing is very lame. i wouldn't do it either - luckily we utes just clap.

i won't try to defend the ute fight song it to any of you... i will say that my other institution of higher learning, syracuse of the orange, has an attrocious fight song that no fan knows or cares to learn. i should have gone to notre dame - that song kicks ass! remember the tostito's commercials a few years ago with the hari krishna's in the airport doing a pyramid and singing the notre dame fight song? that commercial was awesome!

i suppose you could argue that byu and utah's songs both are similar to good old fashioned circus music...

If BYU's song is similar to this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LV0I44Md4DY&feature=related

Then, the Ute fight song is similar to this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nHPhF5p_HI0&feature=related

I really need to learn how to put the youtube links directly into a post.

All-American
11-30-2008, 04:01 PM
I like this new, more jocular All-American....hilarious youtube clips, witty sports rivalry smack.....

Is this a permanent shift or are you just teasing us with some of your Spring 2009 material? I'm not complaining, btw.

New?

http://cougarguard.com/forum/showpost.php?p=272745

il Padrino Ute
11-30-2008, 04:16 PM
Ohio State has a great song.

Rise and Pout sucks.

Utah Man rules.

48-24.

Jeff Lebowski
11-30-2008, 04:20 PM
Another awful fight song....Texas...I've been working on the railroad.

It is annoying.

But on the plus side, it drives Sooner fans crazy.

HuskyFreeNorthwest
11-30-2008, 04:42 PM
I like Arkansas', although I admit I don't know the words. This probably stems from a great run I had with Arkansas on the NCAA video game, 6-7 years ago.
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YOhio
11-30-2008, 04:50 PM
Most of the BYU's in-game traditions win little to no points because they are almost all stolen from other schools.
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That's why I stand in support of Popcorn Popping. Sure it's lame, but it's ours. It is the only original tradition we have, except Bronco's new tradition of unreasonable sloganeering. I embrace it.

The worst tradition in college football is the Texas Tech jerk-off bell.

HuskyFreeNorthwest
11-30-2008, 04:55 PM
The worst tradition in college football is the Texas Tech jerk-off bell.
Which one is your favorite?
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TripletDaddy
11-30-2008, 05:11 PM
I refrained from commenting on OU's fight song, too, you insufferable stereotypical fortunate son I didn't even go to USC Trojan fan prick.


Fight on!

May The Horse Be With You!

TripletDaddy
11-30-2008, 05:27 PM
That's why I stand in support of Popcorn Popping. Sure it's lame, but it's ours. It is the only original tradition we have, except Bronco's new tradition of unreasonable sloganeering. I embrace it.

The worst tradition in college football is the Texas Tech jerk-off bell.

My favorite tradition in college in the St Joe's Hawk. This crazy looking mascot flaps its wings during the entire basketball game. It cannot stop. It has been said that the guy in the mascot suit loses several pounds during each game. If you ever catch a SJU game on TV, stop and watch, just for the hawk. it always stands in the corner and just flaps its wings nonstop. It is hilarious.

CHeck out this commercial and then check out the youtube clip of an actual game. you can sort of catch the hawk at the bottom of the screen in the corner flapping its wings.

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Mormon Red Death
11-30-2008, 05:33 PM
These 3 schools stand above the rest because they share a fraternal bond in several categories.....fight song, tradition, mascot, game day rituals, uniforms, stadium venue, and rabid national followings.

Pros and Cons of the 3:

Michigan helmets win for being the most recognizable in all of college football. Michigan's fight song is iconic, but loses a few points for claiming to be the champions of "the west." Such language instantly dates the composition. Michigan wins points for its massive venue, The Big House. Michigan doesnt really win many points for its uninspired boring mascot. Also, with the exception of running onto the field and slapping the banner, what else does Michigan do? One tradition I have always liked about Michigan...."those who stay will be champions." That is a cool slogan.


Utah's fight song is an abomination to all college sports. This isn't just my opinion. I think ESPN recently listed it as one of the 10 worst fight songs, or 10 gayest fight songs, or somesuch. The lyrics are dated, sexist, and absurd. Seriously, how can a Ute defend such a horrid tradition?



As for Michigan they always sing the Michigan Alma Mater in the Locker room before the game.

As for Utah's fight song I like the original lyrics:

I am utah man sir and a I live across the green
Our gang it is the jolliest that you have ever
we drink our stein or lager and we smoke our big cigar
You can hear it ringing out in the mountains near and far

cougjunkie
11-30-2008, 05:35 PM
As for Michigan they always sing the Michigan Alma Mater in the Locker room before the game.

As for Utah's fight song I like the original lyrics:

I am utah man sir and a I live across the green
Our gang it is the jolliest that you have ever
we drink our stein or lager and we smoke our big cigar
You can hear it ringing out in the mountains near and far

Jolly gangs are always fun.

Mormon Red Death
11-30-2008, 05:36 PM
Jolly gangs are always fun.

Rah rah ....rah rah rah

TripletDaddy
11-30-2008, 05:37 PM
As for Michigan they always sing the Michigan Alma Mater in the Locker room before the game.

As for Utah's fight song I like the original lyrics:

I am utah man sir and a I live across the green
Our gang it is the jolliest that you have ever
we drink our stein or lager and we smoke our big cigar
You can hear it ringing out in the mountains near and far


Based on this stanza and also your sig line, it appears that the Ute fight song uses a form of the word "jolly" at least two times?

lame.

cougjunkie
11-30-2008, 05:39 PM
Rah rah ....rah rah rah

To be honest I really dont think its any contest as to who has the better fight song. BYUs may not be great but it blows Utahs out of the water.

Mormon Red Death
11-30-2008, 05:44 PM
To be honest I really dont think its any contest as to who has the better fight song. BYUs may not be great but it blows Utahs out of the water.

beauty as they say is in the eye of the beholder

Mormon Red Death
11-30-2008, 05:45 PM
Based on this stanza and also your sig line, it appears that the Ute fight song uses a form of the word "jolly" at least two times?

lame.

What can I say? Its perfect for a bunch of drunken heathens

RockyBalboa
11-30-2008, 05:58 PM
Utah fans do indeed know the lyrics to their fight song:

*clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap*
*clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap*
*clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap*
*clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap*
*clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap*
*clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap*
*clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* KEE YEE!! *clap*
*clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap*
*clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* MUSS!!! *clap*
*clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap*
*clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap*
*clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap*
*clap* GO UTES!!!

The Ute fight song sounds eerily similar to the Mickey Mouse Club song...

DrumNFeather
11-30-2008, 06:01 PM
I like the University of Virginia's fight song, you can sing it when they score and you can sing it when you ring in the new year...it's the same song (not Ring Out Wild Bells).

Mormon Red Death
11-30-2008, 06:05 PM
I like the University of Virginia's fight song, you can sing it when they score and you can sing it when you ring in the new year...it's the same song (not Ring Out Wild Bells).

How about Georgia's... the battle hymn of the republic

TripletDaddy
11-30-2008, 06:46 PM
How about Georgia's... the battle hymn of the republic

Georgia and other SEC teams lose major style points for fanbases that actively fly the Confederate flag at games and tailgates. The schools need to clamp down on that crap. It is an offense to citizenry everywhere.

It is one bit of ironic commentary when these undergrad athletes wear school issued clothing that says "Property Of XYZ Athletics." But how can black recruits feel good about going to game day and seeing a bunch of fans waving the stars and bars? Esp at alleged institutions of higher learning. I get it when it happens at NASCAR events.

Mormon Red Death
11-30-2008, 06:47 PM
Georgia and other SEC teams lose major style points for fanbases that actively fly the Confederate flag at games and tailgates. The schools need to clamp down on that crap. It is an offense to citizenry everywhere.

It is one bit of ironic commentary when these undergrad athletes wear school issued clothing that says "Property Of XYZ Athletics." But how can black recruits feel good about going to game day and seeing a bunch of fans waving the stars and bars? Esp at alleged institutions of higher learning. I get it when it happens at NASCAR events.

I still like the battle hymn of the republic

ERCougar
11-30-2008, 07:00 PM
I like Rise and Shout. I actually think the participation aspect of it makes it cool.....everyone stands up at the same time, everyone pumps fists in unison......again, I stop short at the fist roll. I refuse to do it. Do you Fist Roll? Maybe I am being too serious about it, but it just seems silly and absurd.

I concur with your ND thought. In fact, I understand that our Ute brethren have a homie against the Irish. I would admonish everyone to start saving your cash now to make sure there are no excuses for missing this game. It doesnt matter how well or poor either team is faring that season. Get to South Bend if it is the last thing you ever do.

As for Utah's lyrics, I will let a Ute cut and paste the words to that awful banshee wail. I don't want my browser to get contaminated.

Another awful fight song....Texas...I've been working on the railroad.

Yeah, I do the fist roll. Again, I grew up on it, so the geekiness of it probably escapes me.

My favorite part of the ND experience is the band marching through the crowd into the statement. That was the first time I actually saw the coolness of a good college marching band. The Big Ten also has cool bands.

Both times we played at ND, I lived close enough to drive there. I imagine rooms are tough to find in South Bend on game weekends. I think my ideal weekend would be to fly to Chicago (my favorite city), play there the days before and after the game and take the commuter train into South Bend on game day and just take in the campus for the day. I get all warm and fuzzy just thinking about it.

Sorry, I still can't go for Popcorn Popping--it's still a primary song to me. I guess it is uniquely ours, though. Maybe my kids will grow into it. IPU is proof that you can grow into about any football tradition.

Surfah
11-30-2008, 07:01 PM
I still like the battle hymn of the republic

Me too. When I was a deacon my dad was in the bishopric and he'd conduct priesthood opening exercises each week. Well he'd choose me to lead the hymn which I hated. I also got to pick the hymn so I always chose Battle Hymn. He eventually stopped picking on me.