So the story that mentioned IU sucks seems to have created quite a stir. Love it or hate it the IU Sucks cheer isn’t going anywhere. I am proud to say that along with the Dr. I created this cheer. I know since this is the Internet my claim to this is dubious at best. I assure you though this is true. Let’s jump back to that long ago year of 2008 and I will take you on a history lesson.
Do you remember 2008? It seems so long ago. Lindsay Lohan was in rehab for only the first time. Tiger Woods was just known as the best golfer on Earth and Ryan Kerrigan was just another player on the Purdue defense. This was also the year that Boilerlaker, myself, and the Dr. were officers in the Paint Crew. The Dr. and myself were invited to go to band practice to listen to new songs they were thinking of playing during games and give our feedback. Remember this is the time when Rock and Roll part 2 was banned due to the student section yelling IU Sucks during a break in the song. The Dr. and I sat through 1.5-2 hours of band practice that day. The Dr. and I were not fans of a certain song known as “Hail Fire” because we thought the motions that the band did with it, and they wanted us to do with them, were stupid and made the Paint Crew look dumb. They just happen to want us come to the front for that specific song so that we could see what the motions look like when a large group of people do it. Needless to say Dr. and I were not happy about this.
We wanted this song gone. The only question is how could we get a song to not be played. It seemed so obvious once we thought of it. Yell IU Sucks during the song! They got rid of Rock N Roll part 2 because of that surely they would get rid of this song for the same reason. Luckily there is great spot to yell IU Sucks right at the end of this song. The game after this we put our plan in motion. At the end of the song we decided we were going to do it. We got officers to agree to it and had T-Harris spread the word around him. At the end of the song we yelled it and people laughed. The next game more people yelled it and before you know it the entire Paint Crew was yelling it. As the season progressed even some of the olds were yelling it and some of the olds were smiling, laughing, and even looking forward to the cheer. Sure we heard some grumbles but the positive far outnumbered the negative. Eventually the song moved to football and the entire student section does it there as well.
Sitting with the olds gives me a good take on what a lot of them think of it. At football many of the fans around me simply laugh when it happens. They always know it’s coming but they seem to enjoy it. Basketball is more of a mixed bag. An older couple sits behind me at the games. The woman says she, and her grandson, love it while the old man behind me thinks it’s distasteful. The same goes for another couple behind me. Of course this cheer isn’t for everyone. In my mind though it’s better than Wisconsin football, if you don’t know what I mean check it out online. It’s also much better than IU football, Minnesota basketball, Michigan football, and many other teams. If you don’t get any of those references look them up and you will see what I mean.
Long story short the word sucks isn’t the end of the world. It doesn’t mean we are obsessed with IU. They are our rival, we simply like to remind them that they suck. What’s wrong with that? It’s once a game and takes up a total of 3-5 seconds. At the end of the day this is about the students and letting them enjoy themselves. If you think it’s stupid and classless and, to quote one commenter, that we are “dipshits” so be it. If yelling IU sucks is the worst thing Purdue fans yell during a sporting event I would say there are worse things in the world.