Its episode twenty of Viva Video, and I’ll be first to admit we’ve gone a bit left-field. The longer this feature continues then inevitably the more stretched we are to find suitable footage. There is plenty out there don’t get me wrong, but I’m quite retentive when it comes to these sort of things and insist on a link of some sort, no matter how tedious. So with that in mind we move away from the pitch and into the stands.
Much of the excited teenage talk in the wake of Rovers win over QPR on Tuesday night was of an eagerly anticipated home debut. Nope, not Dean Shields, but the Rovers’ fans new Bounce Around the Ground song and leap routine. Started in Bristol by City fans in response to Gary Johnson’s request for them to “bounce around a bit more”, its now been adopted/stolen/adapted (delete as per point of view) by Rovers fans. It may not be original, but at least it generates noise and a bit of welcome animation to the Keepmoat Stands.
However, there are greater exponents of this art than our cider quaffing friends. Supporters of sides in Germany and Turkey, not to mention the orchestrated displays of Korean supporters have long cottoned on to the aesthetic and motivational delights of lots of people bouncing about. Fair enough, but for an interpretation with a modern twist let me take you Stateside.
Collegiate American Football is a bizarre specticles as the best part of a hole State’s worth of people cram into a vast concrete bowl to watch students play sport. I represented my university at sport and our attendance only reached double figures once, and that was by virtue of the game on the neighbouring pitch being abandoned and its players locked out the changing rooms.
Anyway I digress, as not only is the attendance at Collegiate Football games impressive, but so is the atmosphere, particularly in the student sections. So step forward the University of Wisconsin and their 3rd/4th quarter break routine of a House of Pain classic. Come with me across the pond for what is brilliantly dubbed by those in the midst of it, “the partying of the Red Sea”.