Earlier this week, the Bronco Men’s basketball team got handed a heartbreaking loss at The Pit at New Mexico. One thing that immediately stood out in relief to the game at The Pavilion Taco Bell Arena the weekend prior was the crowd participation and general antics of the fans.
At The Pit, Lobos fans stand until the opposing team scores their first basket. Their student section is loud and raucous, jumping around, chanting, yelling, and being obnoxious to opposing teams, doing things like booing a player every time they touch the ball for an entire game. Derrick Marks was their target Wednesday, and while he seemed to shrug it off, it was the talk of Bronco fans on Twitter all night. The rest of the crowd at The Pit is loud and crazy, and it makes for a truly difficult place to win for opposing teams.
After much discussion (thanks @janyewestt, @mc0le, and @iamtbate), it was determined that Broncos fans, while doing a great job “Stuffing the Taco” as of late, are a little rusty with their basketball cheering skills. Can’t blame ‘em, the end of the Greg Graham era was painful, and we’re just now hitting a recovery stride as a fan base.
So, here are 10 tips for the newly converted hoops fans out there:
- At football games, we make it a point to be quiet while our guys are on offense. During basketball games, it’s key to make sure we are as quiet as we can get while our guys are at the free throw line. No chanting, no cheering…just silence. Free throws are hard enough without crowd distractions.
- When the other team is at the line though, get NASTY loud. Consider it the equivalent of a football 3rd and long. The more they miss, the better our guys have it out there. Not only do missed free throws mean fewer points, they also add a layer of indescribable frustration and can swing a game’s momentum.
- Students, these next two are for you. The Corral is right in front of the opposing bench. Get obnoxious during time outs – you can drown out their coach and make it difficult to draw up plays. Don’t be afraid to get personal – that dude with the ginger Kid and Play do that played for Utah State was just asking for the entire student section to be on him all the time.
- GET UP AND GET LOUD! Watch this and tell me it doesn’t look like a hell of a lot of fun. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YHP8JYy0XmU The #1 complaint I hear at both football and basketball games are from fans who want to stand but get admonished by those around them to sit down. Unacceptable! (Extenuating circumstances happen though – if the person behind you is physically incapable of standing, than feel free to be nice and sit so they can see. If they’re just sitting there messing with their phone and acting disengaged…well, you know.)
- Bronco fans are very good at the one Boise! State! chant. However, there are lots more out there, and if the student section or cheerleaders start one, don’t feel silly to join in at the top of your lungs.
- Did a Bronco hit the deck for a hustle play like going after a loose ball or taking a charge? Reward him for it with the power of your voices!
- Did a Bronco just steal a ball, get a block, a rebound, hit a big shot, or get a nasty dunk? Reward them for that too.
- Mountain West refs are notoriously bad. Let ‘em know – booing isn’t illegal for a terrible call.
- Learn the lyrics to the fight song and sing along. Start here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPOlNdlKvz0
- Have fun and go nuts! My favorite moments and most special memories at Bronco Stadium are when it’s the loudest. Being inside that place is deafening at times, and Taco Bell Arena should be no different. Eight thousand screaming orange clad fans putting their hearts and lungs on the line to cheer on our players could be the difference between winning and losing with as close as the MWC is this season, and we want to give The Broncos the best shot we can.
There are several places across the country that have this basketball crowd thing down to a science. There is no reason that in the conference we are with the team we’ve got, that Boise State should be any different. Let’s make this place the hardest place to play north of San Diego State. So get to studying – the quiz will be on Saturday afternoon against SJSU at 4:05 PM. (If you won’t be joining, the game will be televised on Root Sports.) Let’s Stuff the Taco!