Best (and Worst) Sports Rally Chants, Pt. 1
Sports are all about having fun, and one way that fans can do it since they're not playing the game itself is by getting as loud as possible.
And rather than get in a back-and-forth argument with another team's fans, we like to build communities with each other by way of rallying chants.
With so many different ones used to help inspire teams and throw off the opposition, here are my personal favorites that every sports nut should yell at least once in their lifetime.
Best: "Who's Your Daddy?"
Words can't describe how perfect the "Who's Your Daddy?" chants from New York Yankees fans towards former pitcher Pedro Martinez were.
After initially getting blasted by the Yanks in a game during the 2003 season, fans of the Bronx Bombers made sure Pedro didn't forget who he called his daddy, trying to get in his head by asking the question whenever he took the mound.
It was belittling and no doubt distracting—which is what makes a solid chant so great.
Maybe it's because I didn't grow up cheering for the Clemson Tigers, but, for my taste, this chant isn't anything to write home about.
Sure, it's cool to see thousands of orange, purple and white supporters yelling simultaneously, but does the spelling of the school really get anyone that much more amped up to go play a game?
For some, maybe, but it wouldn't really do the trick for me.
Best: Atlanta Braves Tomahawk Chop
Much like Florida State Seminoles fans do during their sporting events, Atlanta Braves supporters are seen singing and chopping away to get their team energized.
While other stadiums rely on trying to get the wave going, Braves fans have been doing the chop for decades, becoming the symbol that's associated with the franchise.
Some may find it a little bit offensive, but it's all in good fun—and is now a part of the team.
Best: "Na Na Hey Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye"
Chanting the song "Na Na Hey Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye" is just so...classic.
Typically sang following a win over an opponent in the playoffs, hearing fans in tune on the thing always brings a big smile to my face.
It's really just a celebration and not a mockery of the team they just beat.
Maybe I'm showing my near-30 age, but the whole "overrated" chant has just become a bit too cliche for my taste.
Used when a team or player that is supposed to be good falls flat on their face, it's actually sort of a backhanded compliment for the team who is winning.
Either way, it's not as clever as it once was, so let's just retire it and replace it with something wittier.
Best: Calling the Hogs "Woo Pig Sooie"
Come on now, this one's just fun to do, so how can't someone enjoy it?
While calling all the hogs might be a weird thing to suggest in everyday life, when it comes to Arkansas Razorbacks fans, it's not even a second thought, as this is the cheer that gets their supporters riled up.
It's short, funny and something that Razorbacks fans love to do—even if it's not the most intimidating chant out there.
Best: USC "Fight On!"
The rallying cry of the USC Trojans and their fans, "Fight On" is one of my favorite things that college sports has to offer.
More than just the words, though, tossing up a peace sign towards the person you're saying it to makes it just a little bit cooler.
Plus, the Song Girls look mighty good when fighting on, too.
Worst: "J-E-T-S, Jets, Jets, Jets!"
It's not that the "J-E-T-S! Jets! Jets! Jets!" chants aren't fun to hear—after all, as a Kentucky graduate, it's the nearly the exact same cheer that us UK fans yell—but the New York Jets version has lost a little luster in recent years.
That's because, after a long reign of getting his fellow fans involved in chanting it, Fireman Ed doesn't do it anymore at Jets games.
And with the team not being as relevant in the years since, I don't think it's as great as it once was.
Best: "Glory Glory Man United"
European soccer fans take the sport—and their favorite clubs—extremely seriously, so it's probably no surprise that Manchester United's, "Glory Glory" makes my list of best chants.
When you get thousands of rabid fans singing in unison the rallying cry of soccer's most prestigious club team, it's just too cool not to appreciate—and, in some cases, get chills.
Released as a single in 1983, fans of the Red Devils have been singing it ever since.
Best: "You Let the Whole Team Down"
To be completely honest, I could probably just compile a best/worst list of chants that the Cameron Crazies at Duke University do, because they are in the Hall of Fame of sports fans.
Never completely crossing the line, the Dukie fans mock and irritate the hell out of opposing players, doing whatever they can to throw them off their game by getting in their head.
More often than not, it's successful.
Best: Hotty Toddy
When the lyrics to this Ole Miss cheer includes, "Flim Flam, Bim Bam, OLE MISS BY DAMN!" I had to acknowledge "Hotty Toddy" as one of the premier chants in all of sports.
Often sang during tailgating in the famous Grove prior to football games, anyone who knows anything about the Ole Miss Rebels knows that this is a must-know.
Plus, it's pretty fun to say.
Worst: Gator Chomp
I totally understand the significance of the Gator Chomp that Florida Gator fans and players use during sporting events, and I admit that it's pretty cool to see an entire stadium filled with fans doing it, but I think it's a bit overrated.
While it represents the gator mascot perfectly, when other players—specifically kickers—are showing up the football team by doing it, I just can't take it as seriously as it probably deserves to me taken.
Sure, it's not all that appropriate to yell during a sporting event, but sometimes it just has to be said.
Almost always coming after a poor call from a referee, every sports fans' favorite two-syllable "B" word is the one that we use to give our thoughts on the zebras.
Somewhere in history this became tradition for stadiums to yell—and I think I chuckle every single time it's shouted.
Best: "Roll Tide"
Not long ago, I wrote a piece about the best times that Alabama Crimson Tide fans said some of the most famous words in sports—"Roll Tide."
What did I find? That Tide fans are absolutely insane.
For all those who bleed crimson, the two words have actually replaced the standard "hello" a normal person might use to greet a friend, family member or coworker.
But for Alabama fans, that's just normal business—whether it's football season or not.
Look, I'm from the state of Ohio and still bleed scarlet and gray, so for that reason, there's no other chant better than "O-H-I-O" in my book.
I understand that most of the country hates this thing, but there have been numerous times when starting a conversation with a stranger came directly because of it.
With such a strong national presence of grads, Buckeyes fans have no shame in yelling this out to one another on a daily basis.