I think everybody around these parts can agree that Wisconsin basketball isn’t something we like. They are bad. They make us say bad words and do bad things. If we were wanting to vent our frustrations — at, let’s say a high school basketball game — we could get into some trouble.
The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association is taking a stand for rules that have been in place, but have not been strictly enforced, until recently. What are the rules you might ask?
The WIAA email reportedly provided examples of now-banned chants, which included longtime favorites like “Fundamentals,” “Sieve,” “We can’t hear you,” “Air Ball,” “You can’t do that,” “There’s a net there,” “Scoreboard” and “Season’s over” during tournament play. (Add the obligatory clap, clap, clap-clap-clap to each for the full effect.)
The goal of banning chants from high school student sections: “The state athletic association is seeking to reduce the ‘amount of chants by student sections directed at opponents and/or opponents’ supporters that are clearly intended to disrespect.'”
The worst part? One player was suspended five games for venting her frustrations on Twitter. No word on whether or not students are allowed to chant “bullshit” in response.
Jay Bilas has come up with a solution for all of those meanies chanting “air ball.”
WIAA acceptable chant: "We note your attempt did not reach the rim, but only to alert the clock operator that a reset is unnecessary."
— Jay Bilas (@JayBilas) January 12, 2016