Is Alabama's 'Rammer Jammer' cheer acceptable in 2016?
Colonel Reb has been retired. Cowbells have been banned. Schools are fined when fans storm the field.
Playing “Three Blind Mice” after questionable officiating calls can get a band director ejected.
But college bands still lead profane cheers, whether they intend to or not. Are these cheers unacceptable, too?
What about “Rammer Jammer?”
There’s no reason to ban Alabama’s popular cheer that taunts vanquished opponents.
Just clean up “Dixieland Delight” — take out the “F” bomb that’s been added to form a popular revised version to start a directive to familiar foes Auburn, LSU and Tennessee.
On Monday night in Glendale, Arizona, the post-game cheer went like this:
We just beat the hell outta’ you!
Rammer Jammer, Yellow Hammer
Give ’em hell, Alabama!
No big deal with that.
But the school band shouldn’t play “Dixieland Delight” — not if the student body and the crowd add a profanity so loud it can be heard throughout the stadium.
What’s the story behind “Rammer Jammer”?
“Rammer Jammer,” takes its name from a defunct student magazine at Alabama that was published for several decades beginning the 1920s.
As the story goes, the chant was created by cheerleaders on a bus ride back to Tuscaloosa from a game at Mississippi State in 1982. The cadence was based on Ole Miss’ famous “Hotty Toddy” cheer.
Keep the cheer. Stop the profanities.