Save Ferris

I was talking to Mr. Chris Ferris tonight and he made a great point. He always makes great points; it’s basically in his job description. In any event, he was talking about how the zoo needs to be a fun place for all if it’s ever going to be full. That means there can be no intra-zoo fighting between rival factions. When you have one group of kids doing their own thing and another group doing something completely different, the zoo falls apart. Cheers speed up or slow down and we just look awful. Then come the posts on rivals or scout about how the zoo looked like crap on TV or how it was so much better back in 2003. We just need to stop being pissed at other people during the game. No one has to be best friends if they don’t want to. This isn’t kindergarten. We definitely should not show our dislike for others at the game because then people will get a bad impression of the zoo they won’t come back. Let’s just all hold hands and be friends. That was a joke, but at the games let’s try to stop ragging on each other. We can save that for after the game.

I also think we need to change the setup of where people sit. We need to spread out the leaders more so than they are now. In this case, a leader is not someone who is appointed to that position, but instead the people who can do a good job of leading the cheers and can pump up their section. When this happens these leaders should also communicate with each other throughout the game and during cheers to make sure that the entire zoo is in sync with each other.

I’ll leave you with a quote from the great film Big Daddy – “Don’t be mean to the delivery guy. It’s not his fault he can’t read.”

I hate Marquette and Hail to Pitt.

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11 Responses to “Save Ferris”

  1. Drew Margulis Says:

    We only have one section w/o a zoo leader, and that’s the far one on the sideline…but good points, if someone starts a cheer, everyone should go with it…we need everyone to be loud and obnoxious, and most of all, we need to be in unison

  2. Anonymous Says:

    I agree. The perfect example was at Pink the Pete on Sunday…yes, it was a girls game, but the cheers got sped up pretty bad.But the leaders of each section need to talk to each other before the games. They may already do this, I’m not sure, I’m not one of them, but the zoo has gone way downhill since the beginning of January. (Perhaps because the team has slipped, but I hope people are that much of fairweather fans!)No matter what, we need to get people there. Louisville is a big game, but it is at noon on a Sunday. Hopefully people won’t be too hungover. If anyone wakes up hungover and isn’t sure if they can cheer loud….just take another shot (it will cure your hangover and you will be excited about the game!)

  3. Brian Ising Says:

    Instead of holding hands as Max suggests, let’s put our arms around each together during the national anthem like the team does.anonymous stated that “the zoo has gone way downhill since the beginning of January.” At the beginning of January, we had a Big Monday game against Georgetown. The team played great and we beat the best team in the Big East. As a result, the Zoo was AWESOME for that game. Since then, we have not had a big game on ESPN. Therefore, the Zoo has not been as good.This isn’t rocket science. The Zoo is great when we’re on ESPN and we’re playing against a big-name team (see G’town). Otherwise, the Zoo isn’t as good. Its as simple as that. The Zoo is not “slipping.” It just appears that way because the quality of the Zoo is highly dependent on things that are completely out of our control.

  4. max greenwald Says:

    Brian, it shouldn’t be good or bad depending on the game. That’s why all the leaders and the people who regularly attend need to step it up and gameplan to prevent these issues as much as possible. In terms of the national anthem, my entire row already does it and so does a lot of 6D. Some people just don’t like being touched – which is sad – but people can be weird. Griffin thinks they weren’t hugged as children.

  5. Keith McBride Says:

    We should only hold hands during the national anthem at women’s games, obviously.I look forward to the Post-Gazette putting a picture of that on the front page.

  6. max greenwald Says:

    keith, I have no idea what you’re talking about. Would you like to fill me in?

  7. Anonymous Says:

    It doesn’t matter who you are, either Pitt, or Duke or North Carolina, the loudness and atmosphere of the crowd directly correlates with who you are playing.Ferris has said he has been trying to fight this problem as long as he has been here at Pitt and its almost an unsolvable one. You can’t schedule 10 Georgetown games nor can you schedule 10 espn prime time games. That’s why those games are so much antcipated by all when they occur.So all kinds of new ideas and new techniques can be thrown about but it all comes down to who we are playing and how we are playing. This is not to say that the die-hards will ever stop cheering, they wont, but its impossible to get the entire population to follow suit. Sadly we cant think and act for everyone.There was on article about Duke not too long ago changing their ticket system so more people would come to the earlier games and games against lower level opponents. The problem is a national one. Every team suffers from it and are trying to solve it like we are. If someone can find a link to the story and post it that would be great.So the zoo isn’t slipping and the people who always cheer are still doing great jobs. It just takes many things to get the consensus to all act together and cheer. And its the same way all around the country.That being said lets make the zoo one of the toughest places to play on Sunday against Louisville, just like always.

  8. dave milliron Says:

    hey sorry i screwed up i made the above post

  9. Keith McBride Says:

    The women’s team holds hands during their national anthem, like the men put their arms around each other.The Post-Gazette printed a picture of us at the Pink the Pete game on their front page on Monday.

  10. dave milliron Says:

    thanks. that was quick.


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