I thought it was a little tacky when we stopped playing The Yellow and Blue during pregame. Seriously, that was a "get off my lawn" moment for me.
Air Force does NOT suck (Temptation Chant)
it can be pretty funny. But it's not something I do during every Star Spangled Banner I listen to.
I've always though 'You Suck' was a little Sparty-esque. At the games, we always just sang the lyrics to Temptation.
Navy used to get treated with respect when they played in Michigan Stadium in the 1960's. I would really hope to see any armed forces team treated with the utmost in respect. It's not like they get to go to a cushy job or life after four years.
Those are the people who will be protecting our asses when they get out of school. They deserve to be treated as such: everyplace but the scoreboard.
As a former Marine Officer, I can say, with certainty, that the Air Force and its academey do, indeed, suck.
That said, I'm all for whatever permanently ends the "you suck" chant. It's just dumb--even though it was pretty funny when the obnoxious, but really friendly, Nebraska alumnus sitting behind me began to agree with its sentiments last season.
Air Force can handle the chant. The chant is not unpatriotic or pro-Taliban. The chant doesn't imply that we don't support the troops.
The chant is just really, really stupid.
As a former AIR FORCE SSGT!!! I know for a fact that the Air Force DOES NOT SUCK!!! Personally I know a lot of Army,Marines members that love them. What would war be like without planes that can drop bombs and spray bullets from great distances to save said Army/Marines from having to get real close at times. Against large groups of combatants?? A big Thank You should be said when the entire team comes on the field. Sorry for the rant but this message really pissed me off.
This isn't some bawdy by creative long-lived tradition like the fans in Yost provide (even though to many that is debatable/controversial). The addition of you suck to a song of such long tradition cheapens it and us. It is not reflective of the greatness of UM, the Big Ten, or college football. It so lacks class that it would be much more at home as a tradition of the Philistines in Columbus. And while you are at the task of classing things up, stop any chants of "overrated" (a clever choice just before the Kordell Stewart hail Mary pass, ye of the student section!), and fergodssakes stop booing opposing team's bands!
It started my sophomore year, i never understood where it came from in the first place. We have tradition so that generations of Michigan alumni can be connected. Adding you suck at the end is dumb. This is Michigan, not Sparty
I am very glad to see a movement to end this juvenile and tasteless chant. I never liked it the first time I heard it -and I was about 25 years old.
It sounds petulant and cheap. It's embarrassing to the school, and it makes me feel dirty when I hear it. Now at Yost, I know anything goes, and I don't have a problem with that, because of the intimate environment there. But at the flagship sporting event of the university, at Michigan Stadium, "you suck" presents us as a bunch of children with zero creativity.
When Kurt Angle walked down to a WWE ring (i still loved him though) and when we're playing Ohio and we're up by more than 7 points
Of course, there's only one sure way to stop this chant. The solution is for the band to find some song other than "Temptation" to celebrate the defensive stop on third down. Something like "The Victors" maybe. Students won't shout You Suck at the end of "The Victors," right? After about 5 years or so, the band can try to go back to "Temptation" in those situations to see if the You Suck thing has disappeared.
I'm with the folk who want to see it go permanently. It's very Michigan State-ish.
If we were clever we'd learn Army and Navy's fight songs. Navy's at least would be good to repeat for Notre Dame.
"You suck" implies that the defense getting a stop has little to do with Michigan's Defense being good.
Our cheers and chants should be about pumping up our own team. Negativity toward the other school doesn't really do that.
As long as you're getting rid of you suck, can you throw in the "who cares" as well. To me "who cares" is much more disrepesctful to the armed services teams than you suck. Without getting too off the deep end here, names are important to servicemen for obvious reasons (MIA/KIA/the Unknown Soldier et al.)
You can lump it into my response above that cadets aren't going to care, but I think most of the vets in the crowd may, if they think about it a little, especially those who experienced loss while serving, or the families. If it doesn't feel right it probably isn't.
Regardless of opponent, You suck is embarrasing to many alumni. Change would be welcome and certainly represent Michigan ideals better. Air Force brings the issue to light only because it is highly doubtful that anyone attending a Michigan game, especially with our emphasis on Military recognition, truly believes that anyone dedicating themselves to our country's Armed Forces "sucks". Lets raise the bar.
How about chanting U-S-A, U-S-A, U-S-A when they are announced?
Happened to just see this, and wanted to pose a question:
We don't plan on booing Air Force, do we? I mean, I feel like we should arrange some sort of applause or something when they take the field.
As far as the 'You Suck' chant goes, I'm not attached to it, but I don't feel "Go Blue" flows very well in it. Just my opinion, and it could be that I am so used to the you suck that I haven't given go blue a chance, but that's just my opinion.
To those complaining about the 'You Suck' chant, let's take a minute to appreciate we're not like the student section in East Lansing, where their chants consist of"
On each Spartan first down: "1...2...3... First down, Bitch"
"Fuck Michigan. They suck balls."
These are organized, audible cheers that nearly the entire student section participates in. Astonishing, really.