Ace: Note Re: Yelling Band Member

Submitted by Ace on March 16th, 2018 at 11:17 AM

I got word today that the young woman in the band whose screams were picked up on TBS's microphones during the game last night received some very inappropriate responses from some fans, including the threat of violence.

I wish it was needless to say, but it's one thing to joke, and quite another to take it to that level. I don't have much time during the tournament to check on the board/comments. If you see any comments like that around, please let one of the mods or staff members know—the moderation action thread is here—so we can take the appropriate action.

College sports are fun, and silly, and sometimes we joke around to get through a slog like last night. Please keep sports fun. Much more importantly, please don't threaten or make light of violence against women.

Also, after talking with people at the game last night, it's obvious the problem was a poorly placed microphone — our photographer on the baseline and several others at the game didn't notice anything out of the ordinary.

Thankfully, the band member in question is apparently doing just fine. That doesn't excuse any comments that cross the line.




March 17th, 2018 at 12:31 AM ^

Effort is not in question. That sound though. No way she has a voice today after that screeching performance last night. I had to mute it, and I have twin 6 week old baby Michigan fans right now I get to listen to wail every night.


March 16th, 2018 at 12:12 PM ^

Oh, man.  I am also in California and have a four month old.  Luckily, he got his scream fest in earlier in the week and was pretty good last night.  

I noticed the screaming fan a bit but wasn't overly bothered by it.  Slightly annoying.  I recall there being a (MSU?) fan consistently screaming through a game last year... ugh.  I guess I admire their spirit.  


March 16th, 2018 at 2:42 PM ^

I have zero tolerance victim-blaming bullshit. She didn't seek out anything. I'd ban you if I didn't want to use this as an example.

People responded to threads on twitter and directed ire at the band's account. I do not believe anyone figured out her identity, thank goodness.

A Dude

March 16th, 2018 at 11:24 AM ^

That someone standing next to her, even a friend to ask her to stop yelling.  Much like fans who yell at every golf shot, I don't understand why she felt the need to scream everytime they had the ball.

Being said, not cool to threaten violence.  


March 16th, 2018 at 12:32 PM ^

Shes young and excited and believes she is helping the team. What fans dont often realize though is that when you are on the field or court you never hear crowd noise. I played 3 sports through 12th grade and cant recall any crowd noise at any point in time. Not even announcers on the PA.


March 16th, 2018 at 2:11 PM ^

playing at the silverdome in high school in my first ever varsity start i had trouble hearing the QB as a TE. I got ripped for slow jumps in film but i legit couldnt hear the count. when we went back it wasnt nearly as bad despite a bigger crowd, but that first


March 16th, 2018 at 4:50 PM ^

"listening to".  No, you didn't listen to any yelling or PA announcers or anything like that.  You're zoned in, so yeah, you don't hear what people are saying.

But if you didn't "hear" crowd noise or if the energy from crowd noise didn't have an effect on you as a player, either positively when being cheered at home, or negatively while on the road or if you weren't at all affected by a dead neutral site gym, you are a rare bird.

There's a reason teams have a very statistically significant advantage at home and part of it is the energy from crowd noise.  There is a reason players lift their hands to implore the crowd to make noise.  They feed off it.


March 17th, 2018 at 12:06 AM ^

What the hell do you mean "why does it matter to you"? Our collective viewing experiences were shat on for something that in all likelihood had zero impact on the game. Players feed off of large crowds of people getting excited after momentum inducing plays, not some shrill voiced woman screaming the entire game.

Amaizing Blue

March 16th, 2018 at 11:30 AM ^

Obviously it's more serious, and I agree that something is wrong with anyone threatening the young lady with violence.  

However, it does offer an opportunity to share my favorite MGoBlog diagram of all time...

Edit:  My formatting sucks.  Anyone with an ounce of tech sense who can help me out?

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