Intimidating team chants

11 Feb

Last week, fans of the Minnesota Vikings American football team unveiled a new group chant to inspire their players.More than 66,800 fans clapped and shouted in unison as the tempo got faster and faster.

"I've been at schools where derogatory remarks that have crossed racial lines have been made about specific opponents," he said.

"There's so much more pressure to win these days and there seems to be much more lack of civility toward others." Michael Josephson, founder and president of the California-based Josephson Institute's Center for Sports Ethics, pointed to current "political dialogue, which is full of vitriolic, angry, idiotic language.

People get the idea that's OK, and there's a real danger in that." 'Mob mentality' Consequences, such as penalties and ejections, are in place to deal with sportsmanship issues among athletes, said Kevin Merkle, associate director for the Minnesota State High School League. "You get that mob mentality and sometimes it can be difficult to control." The league has a set of expectations that fans are expected to follow, and each school is responsible for the conduct of its spectators.

High school and college student sections are numerous across the United States, and many share the same characteristics, such as similar chants and similar behaviors.

Sixth man clubs originated in college basketball, where deep crowds of students assemble to chant for their team.