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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Can UK Football Create a Tradition Outside of Wins?

Kansas: Rock Chalk Jayhawk (also used in basketball)
Arkansas: Go Pig Suey (also used in basketball)
Florida: Gator Chomp
Florida State: Flaming Spear into midfield
Miami: Coming out of the smoke for football
Clemson: Howard’s Rock
Ohio State: Dotting the I
USC: Traveler slams the sword into midfield
Notre Dame: Touchdown Jesus
Wisconsin: “Jump Around” into 4th quarter
Texas A&M: 12th man

Look above at some of the historic, fun, and memorable traditions at many of the big sporting colleges in this country.  Some of those traditions are as symbolic of the programs as the wins themselves.  Some are goofier than others.  Some have religious significance.  But the common factor in all of them is they add to what people from the outside think of the program.  It adds a positive opinion and keeps these programs, no matter how small, into the memory of a college sports fan.

But it got me thinking:  Why doesn’t Kentucky football have any traditions like this?  Something outside of just winning or losing that people remember our programs for.  Take the Ohio State tradition of Dotting the I.  It happens before the game, and almost always gets shown on TV.  Why not create a Kentucky tradition that happens at the beginning of the game, right before kickoff?

Honestly, basketball doesn’t need the tradition.  They win enough, much like North Carolina or UCLA, to not need to extra fluff on the game.  Kentucky will always be front of mind when it comes to college basketball.  But the UK football program BADLY needs something to make it better known, since big time winning has been a struggle for decades. The “Cat Walk” has gotten progressively better, but that doesn’t resonate anywhere beyond our fanbase.  What can the football program do to get itself attention, without being ridiculous?  We don’t want to be a circus act, but sometimes you have to think outside the box.  For years, Oregon football was average, but their uniforms were horrendous and got them attention.  It wasn’t about the wins and losses to the nation.  It was about the unis.  But at least they were getting attention.

I love Wisconsin’s tradition of doing “Jump Around” before the 4th quarter.  Even in their down years, they were known for that tradition and the rocking atmosphere it created.  Why can’t Kentucky do something like that?  Maybe every game should be a “Blue Out” and it becomes known that you have to wear blue and only blue to games.  And Kentucky is known as the stadium decked out in blue.  I don’t know what the answer is.  But that is what I throw at you all?  Any ideas on how to improve the “visibility” of the football program.  Is there a tradition that the program and its fans can attempt?   Or is just about bringing home the wins?

Article written by Bryan the Intern

79 Comments for BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Can UK Football Create a Tradition Outside of Wins?

    9:13 am July 31, 2013 Permalink

    How about a lump of coal that the players touch as they run onto the field.

  2. Slade
    9:16 am July 31, 2013 Permalink

    Everyone brings cups fills with dice and shakes the sh%t out of them during the game. #yahtzee

  3. BigBlueBob
    9:18 am July 31, 2013 Permalink

    A “Jump Around” type of tradition would be good if UK had people in the stands. And as far as having some pregame tradition that always gets on TV UK games would have to be shown on something other than

  4. jcpostel
    9:18 am July 31, 2013 Permalink

    Well done BTI… UK football needs this big time.. would be nice to start a tradition under Stoops.
    ..I had no idea people in Wisconsin had that much fun.

  5. Awaiting Moderation
    9:18 am July 31, 2013 Permalink

    I say overlap an air raid siren over the beginning of enter sandman…

  6. pass the ball archie!
    9:18 am July 31, 2013 Permalink

    If we can’t find a way to maximize “Air Raid”, we’re in the wrong business.

  7. jcpostel
    9:19 am July 31, 2013 Permalink

    ND has touchdown jesus, but they also have a song with a themed cheer for every head coach there.

  8. Common Sense
    9:20 am July 31, 2013 Permalink


  9. Ukscott1966
    9:20 am July 31, 2013 Permalink

    Go all out paint the field BLUE

  10. idoc
    9:21 am July 31, 2013 Permalink

    At the opening kickoff (or any kickoff, for that matter) the fans mimic shaking dice in their hands and as the ball is kicked everyone yells “Yahtzeeee”.

  11. Jeffrey
    9:28 am July 31, 2013 Permalink

    We already do, it’s called “Go Big Blue!”

  12. Freethrow
    9:29 am July 31, 2013 Permalink

    I like that. As to the comment about having people in the stands I don’t think that is going to be a problem. Sure, our Cat’s are going to have it tough this season but with a new style of play and the energy the program has now I look for some exciting football and the fans know big things are down the road.

    I too think a similar tradition to get the fans really pumped up and having a good time would be a great idea. I would like to see our stadium become the most feared place to play a game in the SEC.

  13. RICK
    9:30 am July 31, 2013 Permalink


  14. kycatman
    9:31 am July 31, 2013 Permalink

    Auburn University has the best that I have ever seen where they let the Eagle loose and he flies around the stadium and lands on the 50 yard line just before kickoff!! It would be super if we had a living Wildcat that was trained to do something special as in clawing the opposing teams mascot or something to that effect. Go Cats!!!!!!!! Go Stoops!!!!!!!!

  15. RICK
    9:31 am July 31, 2013 Permalink

    We started a tradition along time ago, get drunk in the parking lot before the game, during the game and after the game.

  16. Westkycatfan
    9:33 am July 31, 2013 Permalink

    I agree #6. Maybe use the air raid siren and a remote control plane or jet to buzz the field and student section. Similar to the Eagle flying around at an Auburn game but much cooler. It could land on the field after buzzing around. Surely we could find a UK fan that has some cool remote control fighter planes or jets he could paint blue.

  17. dddd
    9:33 am July 31, 2013 Permalink

    I love “my old kentucky home” pre-game

  18. J.A.
    9:35 am July 31, 2013 Permalink

    needs to be air raid related, maybe something we do after every TD do the siren then the fans do something uniform besides counting the cats pushups. If things go the way we hope, we will have one buff mascot by the end of the year. We also need to do something before 4th qtr, like a catchy metal song similar to enter the sandman that will get everyone pumped. If we set that tradition this year then when we’re competing against the top echelon of the SEC it will give everyone in the stands goosebumps when they hear it.

  19. rabble rabble rabble
    9:35 am July 31, 2013 Permalink

    Blue/White chants like at bball games.

    “Go Big Blue” to start the 4th quarter.

    Grab a fan from the opposing team. Take him/her to the 50 yd line. Shoot them in the head. Dance. Scene.

  20. Rick in TX
    9:35 am July 31, 2013 Permalink

    You got it right 11. It resonates in Rupp Arena, it can resonate in Commonwealth Stadium. Spontaneous “Go Big Blue” coupled with a plethora of Air Raid Sirens is all we need.

  21. Scott
    9:36 am July 31, 2013 Permalink

    There may be something to this “Yahtzee” thing. Your move Team Wildcat.

  22. btowcatfan
    9:38 am July 31, 2013 Permalink

    If we do come up with something hopefully it will be better than “pig sooey”, gator chomp, and jumping around, all of which are very lame. Rest of the list is pretty cool stuff.

  23. bigbluestew
    9:38 am July 31, 2013 Permalink

    Start with firing whoever plays the music during timeouts.

  24. Awaiting Moderation
    9:41 am July 31, 2013 Permalink

    Ok I got it… at the end of every 3rd quarter start ‘go big blue’ for a few times then have the air raid siren come on and then play something like enter sandman or jump around or whatever but something to get the atmosphere up for the 4th quarter

  25. Scott
    9:45 am July 31, 2013 Permalink

    On a side note, UK has plenty of traditions that nobody has shown up to games to notice. For the love of god people, show up early enough to hear and sing along to “My Old Kentucky Home.” Don’t know the words? Well shame on you for that, but the jumbotron has the lyrics synced up with the band to bail you out. Any other excuses? Didn’t think so.
    The cheerleaders already lead Blue/ White chants. I can understand the Defense-stop cat paw thing not gaining traction at all. It is a forced idea, and most great traditions come organically.

  26. J.A.
    9:45 am July 31, 2013 Permalink

    song Ideas for before 4th qtr.
    1. Bohemian rhapsody (50k ppl singing that would be pretty sweet)
    2. last minute of stairway to heaven
    3. any # of korn/metallica songs
    4. Bawitdaba (would rock the place)

  27. Punter U
    9:46 am July 31, 2013 Permalink

    “First Down Kentucky!” is about all the success we can muster.

  28. MrsUK
    9:51 am July 31, 2013 Permalink

    Why not the “Y” at football games??

  29. dimeforepps
    9:54 am July 31, 2013 Permalink

    Maybe have a bugler play the “call to post”…..probably stupid but it should be very Kentucky related…..or something with bourbon? lol

  30. Will Totten
    9:56 am July 31, 2013 Permalink

    If we could get the whole crowd to do what they do in this video at 1:00 then it would be pretty intimidating

  31. bigbluestew
    10:01 am July 31, 2013 Permalink

    …And after we fire the music coordinator, let the grounds keeper know we’d like to see a huge K (blue or white) (40YL to 40YL) rather than that white dot in the middle of the field. Go Blue!

  32. Dumb
    10:03 am July 31, 2013 Permalink

    26 – really, korn? Bawitdaba? Are you actually a Louisville fan? How pristine is your line beard? How long does it take to iron your flat bill each morning? Your serious suggestion for a UK football tradition in line with FSU, USC, and Notre Dame is revolved around Korn/Kid Rock? I can’t speak for everyone, but I would prefer to have a tradition most of America thinks is fun or interesting. Kid Rock is literally the antithesis of what we are going for.

  33. ajhank2
    10:04 am July 31, 2013 Permalink

    They play the call to the post before kick off at every game…

  34. Brent
    10:04 am July 31, 2013 Permalink

    We could do the same thing that Kentucky basketball does and have some famous come out and do the Y at the end of KENTUCKY. It gets everyone pumped when people like Lebron, John Wall, Big Cuz do it, so we could bring back Cobb, Tamme, Stevie Johnson, Woodyard, and other former UK players, or Kentucky born celebrities.

  35. tyson
    10:08 am July 31, 2013 Permalink

    Has to be something UK related guys, not related to the current staff. That will change in a few years. So no Yahtzee, Air Raid, etc.

    Also while we are at it, can we PLEASE get rid of “First Down Kentucky”. Back in the Curry years when first downs for UK were as rare as touchdowns for other teams it was ok. But now it is just insulting. We should expect first downs, not celebrate them.

  36. Ryan
    10:10 am July 31, 2013 Permalink

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  37. RealCatsFan
    10:12 am July 31, 2013 Permalink

    I agree with 28 – we already have a celeb doing the “Y” when spelling out KENTUCKY. That is along the lines of dotting the I in OHIO.

    Along the Air Raid front, maybe we need to hire someone with a small plane to buzz the stadium while the air raid sirens are raging at the beginning of the game. A fighter jet flyover (like they do for NASCAR) would be awesome, but doubt if we could pull that one off. 🙂

  38. pass the ball archie!
    10:17 am July 31, 2013 Permalink

    What’s that POD song, “Youth of a Nation”? “we are we are…BIG BLUE NA-ATION! That song cranked up with 50k chanting to begin the fourth quarter. I’m not a marketing guy, but I did stay in a Holiday Inn Express last night.

  39. Ryan
    10:18 am July 31, 2013 Permalink

    The boom boom clap is awesome, boom U boom K, and so on.

  40. Dana
    10:19 am July 31, 2013 Permalink

    I like how everyone trails off after “Pack it up, pack it in, let me begin…” Because no one knows the words after that. Well, until you get to the part where they keep repeating “Jump Jump Jump Jump!”

  41. 2020
    10:20 am July 31, 2013 Permalink

    Let’s start a tradition of not being down 21-0 to Florida after the first five minutes.

  42. dodger1
    10:21 am July 31, 2013 Permalink

    we don’t have any football tradition like these because we don’t have any tradition.

  43. Scott
    10:24 am July 31, 2013 Permalink

    For it to be a tradition, it has to be created organically with a real purpose, not some contrived thing you go out planning with the sole intent to be creating a tradition.

  44. Coach
    10:25 am July 31, 2013 Permalink

    Before the players enter the to the post, followed by the air raid siren and smoke, then ACDC’s Are You Ready starts playing..the players burst out of the tunnel once the intro hits the peak of its crescendo.

  45. In afghanistan and still bleeding blue
    10:26 am July 31, 2013 Permalink

    I know this isn’t really a tradition or anything but I really liked it when they used to play the sip clip of the rudy locker room scene. Always gave me chills watching this.

  46. Tommy
    10:28 am July 31, 2013 Permalink

    We have two great traditions now! The call to the post and playing My Old Kentucky Home. It’s played before every football game and at the end of every basketball game. I never miss it when in attendence. It is a very long standing tradition!

  47. LexCat
    10:33 am July 31, 2013 Permalink

    Love the live wildcat like #14 said – our offical mascot lives at the Salato Center – the majority of the schools in the SEC have a live mascot. If we can’t bring him to the game can we have some video of him running around the video boards with a cheer that goes along with his run?
    The “claw” has to go!
    Why can’t we bring in the “Y” like in basketball?
    It needs to be something more than the air raid sirens that will stick when/if this offense and coaching style changes.
    Look to pro baseball and football for some of their traditions – Sweet Caroline @ Boston, the Tomahawk Chop @ Atlanta.
    Maybe a patriotic song.
    If all else fails ask the football team for ideas.

  48. NotSatire
    10:35 am July 31, 2013 Permalink

    I like the bugler “call to post” idea before the 4th quarter, then everybody can begin the boom-boom-clap and yell like crazy. Please, no Sandman, that’s for lame b-ball teams like South Carolina.

  49. sneakybastard
    10:51 am July 31, 2013 Permalink

    It would be cool to come up with a great tradition but I am all for stealing, “Jump Around” between the 3rd and 4th quarter until we figure it out. How awesome would that be for the players to see and feel the energy heading into the toughest part of the game. I say lets do it. Get hte petititon rolling and lets copy cat this succer until we get our own tradition rolling, and then we can still use it even afterwards.

  50. Cleveland Cat
    11:04 am July 31, 2013 Permalink

    I’ve always thought that it would be awesome during the fall double header to have the Call to Post played by a trumpeter at midfield. Then the team runs out of a Keeneland style starting gate with UK above it.

  51. Pogo
    11:11 am July 31, 2013 Permalink

    Pogo anyone? This has to be better than jump around.

  52. Chris
    11:17 am July 31, 2013 Permalink

    The “Hey baby” song that the band tries to get people to sing along to HAS to go. Its never picked up steam and has entirely no relevance to a sporting event. Its terrible.

  53. WeAreUK69
    11:19 am July 31, 2013 Permalink

    What is the song that currently plays and fans chant the refrain “We Are UK” ?? 60k bouncing & chanting this between the 3rd & 4th Q

    How about a “Touchdown ..Kentucky” cheer just like we do the “Blue..White” after each TD but before the triple C_A_T_S ??

  54. Jimmer
    11:21 am July 31, 2013 Permalink

    The Air Raid appears to be returning and everyone loves that, but I think My Old Kentucky Home should be a just a minute or two before kick off thing rather than at the end of the game. Between the third and fourth quarter I’ve always thought the call to post would be appropriate.

  55. WeAreUK69
    11:22 am July 31, 2013 Permalink

    #37 .. that would be cool to do on kickoffs !! Which we will have plenty in the Air Raid

  56. Scott (2)
    11:27 am July 31, 2013 Permalink

    Whatever the tradition is going to be it has to happen spontaneously and organically.
    It’s going to come from the students and if you have the admin or others trying to manufacturer tradition it’s just going to come across as weak.
    So, stop.

  57. Jack
    11:28 am July 31, 2013 Permalink

    You mean the UPS ball delivery for kickoff isn’t enough? Damn! That always brings tears to the eyes up in my section and gets the crowd crazy. “What can Brown do for you?”

  58. Duff
    11:30 am July 31, 2013 Permalink

    Lets not put the cart before the horse. Get wins first! Worry about tradition later. It’s earned, not created out of thin air. You end up with something dumb like the claw. You know, that thing only kids from Ohio do.

  59. Ricky Bobby
    11:37 am July 31, 2013 Permalink

    Here’s a couple of idears for ya.

    1) Yahtzee cup full of dice for noise! Good idea #2 60K people shaking a Yahtzee cup of dice would be pretty cool.
    2) Have a jockey in full silks riding a thoroughbred come running out of the tunnel leading the team onto the field.
    3) have the one armed push up cheerleader do the pushups on top of the poo pile left by the thoroughbred horse.
    4) Stoops could run over and chest bump the other coach at the end of the second quarter as they run off the field
    5) everyone in the stadium could moon the opposing bench before the 4th quarter
    6) everyone could sit absolutely still and quiet while the cheerleaders do their ‘2 bit, 4 bit’ cheer, then we could give them two slow claps
    7) Calipari comes out each halftime to kick field goals and talk to everyone about life lessons
    8) We could bring back Guy Morriss and dump the gatoraide on him when we lose or whenever the other team has a play longer than 60 yards
    9) All the men can do the river dance while standing in pee in the restrooms at half time
    10) We could all sing ‘coal miner’s daughter’ at the end of the game while the players lock arms and sway back and forth watching us

  60. Cayts by 90
    11:43 am July 31, 2013 Permalink

    Yell STOOOOOOOOOPS to intimidate on big defensive plays.

  61. Dylan
    11:52 am July 31, 2013 Permalink

    How about we get fans to show interest at the games first? Sure you can show up, but if the house isn’t packed until the 2nd quarter, and even then the stadium is quiet is a mouse there wont be much success anyway. Those schools with great football traditions have rabid fanbases who eat, sleep and breathe football.

    Kentucky fans WILL NOT, WONT, CANNOT, HATES getting LOUD at ANY sporting event. It’s frustrating, to see insecure sports fans. If we’re not up 20 on the scoreboard you can hear a pindrop in Rupp or Commonwealth. I like the idea of the KENTUCKY TRADITION in FOOTBALL being COMMONWEALTH STADIUM as a feared deity, like the Autzen Zoo in Oregon. A place with rabid passionate fans all decked out in blue, all yelling, Air Raid sirens screaming over top the Exit Sandman entrance onto the field with blue smoke.

    It’d be enough to send chills down Nick Sabans spine

  62. SECFTW
    11:53 am July 31, 2013 Permalink

    Well whenever we were all hype from the National Championship win a few years ago we burned a car…and some couches… So there’s always that. Or we could invest in an anti aircraft gun and fire it before the game(making sure there are no planes in the area first) since commonwealth is going to be a “No fly zone” from here on out… Except when we’re on offense at least.

  63. Boyd
    11:56 am July 31, 2013 Permalink

    #19…..Winner winner chicken dinner….made me sspit Pepsi out of my nose.

  64. Just
    12:13 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    It has to be pregame intro. It they tried something for the whole game it would fizzle out especially if it things aren’t going do well. Va techs intro is awesome all the fans young and old are into it and take pride in it, and Espn plays it up every tome they carry a game. Our intros have been bizarre and lame, but the top gun air raid intro was pretty cool back in the day.

  65. CatBlue in LR
    12:28 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    It’s Wooo Pig Sooey, not Go Pig Suey. Jeez…

  66. God Says
    12:39 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    Have the Air Raid Sound before the game. Then have a Jet from Fort Campbell buzz the field that would be bad ass.

  67. Coach
    12:49 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    Virginia Tech has one of the coolest pre game rituals. If you want to get pumped go watch some videos of it.

  68. Football Man
    12:57 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    Air raid sirens/”Hell’s Bell’s”/Blue Smoke/ Run thru the power “K”/”Call To The Post”/Horse & Jockey race to midfield dropping the curtain on a cage with a live wildcat/ cue the wildcat road/ sing “Blue Moon of Kentucky”/Giant “K” @ midfield/ Power “K” on side helmet/ stipe down middle of helmet/ traditional uniforms like ’76/ “Pattern of Excellence” painted in endzone/4th quarter “Thunderstruck”, but we say “YAHTZEE” instead of thunder……..Ect. “Seven Nation Army”, “Chelsea Dagger” before kickoffs and latter after TD’s

  69. Assistant Coach
    1:02 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    #68 I can’t believe no one remembers that. VTech pregame will get you pumped.

  70. BBN
    3:05 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    have the lights blacked out, blue and white lights on the tunnel, as the players charge out on the field they are led by a live wildcat and an Air Raid Siren sounds off at max volume

  71. kentuckybat
    3:25 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    I think it would be sweet to play Metallica’s “For Whom the Bell Tolls” right before the 4th quarter begins. I can see the crowd getting really quiet and a buzz building during the break between quarters in anticipation, then exploding once that first bell tolls. It would sorta be like when you knew The Undertaker was going to come out on WWF. The crowd would chant “hey hey hey” once the drums begin while singing the lyrics to the chorus in unison. The lyrics are actually pretty fitting too. May be lame to some but it’s better than 99% of the crap I’ve seen suggested on here.

  72. Duck Fuke
    4:05 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    Are there any bluegrass fans out there? I’m actually a big fan of the song “rocky top”, I know it’s UT and they play it adnaseum but I would love it if the UK band would play the bluegrass version of “my old Kentucky home” in addition to “on on U of K”.

    I believe the Osborne Brothers have a version called “my old Kentucky home (turpentine & dandelion wine)” its a lot more uptempo than the original MOKH version and would be great if the UK band would play an instrumental marching band version of it , kind if like what UT does with rocky top. Play it at the start and end of each quarter and save “On on u of k” after touchdowns and the start of each half. Or something like that.

  73. KY1WING
    6:28 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    Please don’t ring the gong on third down.

    To date has signaled first down for opponents offense … No matter what the distance.

  74. John
    6:30 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    It’s Whoo Pig Sooie BTI. You suck, I’m sure that’s why they hired you back as an intern.

  75. tandog
    8:48 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    Way back when ,at Stoll Field and the band was the Marching 100, the band at the end of their show, formed a block in the endzone and played Dixie as they marched down the field spelling CATS. The crowd went nuts yelling and screaming. It might not be politically correct now, but the band spelling CATS and playing something, On on UK or whatever would be great

  76. Ben
    11:29 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    How can you write an article about best college traditions and not mention the Virginia Tech “Enter Sandman”? By far the best entrance in all of football

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  78. Garmaster
    10:48 am August 2, 2013 Permalink

    The most amazing thing about this post is that it took all the way to 75. before someone said BTI sucks.