An array of orange and blue ties, khaki pants, and flowery sundresses. The smell of bourbon
and coke filling the air. The roar of the crowd as a tackle is made. The "Good Ol' Song" floating
through the air after a touchdown. These are the sights, smells, and sounds of UVA football--one of the many stereotypical University traditions.
To many it is more than a sporting event, it is a major social event. Everybody who is anybody seems to be going to football games. People dress up in their Sunday best, drink up like it's a Friday night, and go to see and be seen. It is not unusual to ask someone the next day what happened in the game, and all they can tell you, if you're lucky, is the final score.
The crowd is spirited and excited at times. To be someone at the game, part of the role is singing the "Good Ol' Song" after a score by our guys. It brings people together, shows our school spirit, and allows us to show off our beautiful voices!
One of the biggest traditions tied to being someone at UVA football games has nothing to do with the game itself--the 4th year 5th. What better way to show someone you are a true Wahoo than taking down a 5th of Jim Beam on the final game of your University career? Your four years of college is showing of then!
To be someone at UVA, it is not essential that you attend the games, but it is a large part of the atmosphere of the University. Everyone talks about the game the next day, or at least who you saw and what you did before and after. And of course who can forget the famous Florida State game when you could be defined by whether you were one of those who knocked down the field goal, or got yourself on ESPN while rushing the field.
I can still remember my first football game at the University over three years ago. I entered the game, not sure what to expect, but was heartily greeted with the excitement of the crowd. After my first time singing the "Good Ol' Song" in that game, I felt I was initiated into the world of the Wahoos. This was my team. This was my school. And I felt like I was somehow a somebody in all of it!
ENLT 214M, OCTOBER 1997