The SEC has limited the number of times USC can annoy people during football games.
The rooster won’t crow as much at South Carolina’s Williams-Brice Stadium. The Southeastern Conference has told the Gamecocks they can only play a rooster crow during timeouts, after a score, before the game, during halftime and when the game ends. South Carolina had been playing the rooster crow before critical third downs and other times to pump up the crowd. The SEC told the Gamecocks they were breaking conference regulations about when artificial noise could be played.
“We are certainly disappointed that we have to limit the Gamecock crow, as we know its a crowd favorite, but obviously we will comply with the Southeastern Conference rules and regulations,” said Jeff Crane, the university’s athletics marketing director.
I was unaware of the controversy and consider it immensely silly. Still, I must say that artificial noise during athletic games is one of my pet peeve as a fan.
Football is much less of an offender in that regard than basketball and hockey, which have a WWE level of contrived hoopla. Beginning with the introduction of players with laser shows and variants of “Let’s get ready to rumble,” constant blaring of rap “music,” dancing gorillas, and so forth, one wonders if the hosts deep down believe that fans need something to entertain them other than the game. Yes, there is “Are you ready for some football” and other nonsense associated with the NFL, but that’s mostly a television thing, not part of the stadium experience.
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