college cheer appears to be "The Supersonic," turned loose a few weeks
ago at The College of the Pacific. The cheering section stands, mouths open and
hands waving but voiceless. It then sits, waits a few seconds and breaks out
with a loud "Va, va booooom!" This is to indicate that the cheering
section has cracked the sound barrier. The most indigenous cheer, very
probably, is that of the University of Arkansas, whose team is called The
Razorbacks. The yell is the time-honored call of the hog farmer
("Soooo———eeee, pig!") repeated twice and followed by a "fight,
Army signals a
touchdown by firing a field piece. Navy releases a weather balloon.
Cheerleaders at Miami and Maryland have more strenuous routines. At Miami they
run around the stadium bearing hurricane flags. Last year, when Miami beat
Fordham 75-7, this required a dozen trips. "You can," says a Miami
cheerleader, "get pooped that way."
At Maryland the
12 girl cheerleaders get on their knees and salaam the team in unison once for
every point in the Maryland total at that moment. When the score is running
high a male cheerleader appeals to the crowd to let the girls do their counting
by twos or even fives. Once, when the score was at 60 points, the stands
demanded a one-by-one count.
This sort of
thing may spread.