The essential argument of those making fun of “We are Indiana” boils down to two key points, 1) It’s cheesy. 2) What is Indiana doing talking trash to other programs? They should accomplish something before they start pounding their chest.
As to the first argument, well it is cheesy, there’s really no getting around that. But it’s also essentially a modern day fight song, and fight songs by and large are cheesy.
Don’t believe me, here’s a sampling of lyrics from college fight songs, try to match up them up to its respective university.
“You do your best boys, we’ll do the rest boys onward to victory!”
“Set the Earth reverberating with a mighty cheer, Rah Rah Rah”
“We cheer them again, We cheer and cheer again, For ___________(think of a word that rhymes with again) We cheer for ____________(again, think of a word that rhymes with again)
“Who! Rah! Who! Rah! Bully For Old _______”
So really anyone who’s fight song includes the word “Bully” has no place making fun of the cheesiness of “This is Indiana.” Unless of course it’s said by an alum wearing a monocle and drinking from a brandy snifter.
But back to the second argument, shouldn’t IU wait until they’ve actually accomplished something before they start talking trash to the other Big Ten schools?
For one, it’s not as if there’s an etiquette rule to this. There’s no level of accomplishment for the other Big Ten and rival programs to reach before they continually trash Indiana’s recent failures. The whole idea behind pumping up your own program, and trashing others is pretty silly anyway. It’s no less silly coming from fans of IU, who have nothing to do with the Hoosier’s success or failures on the courts than it is coming from a Purdue fan, who has nothing to do with his program’s success of failures. But the programs’s success or lack there of has no bearing on the whether it’s ridiculous or not.
Secondly, all the things brought up in the video are no less true, because of IU’s poor record in the last two years. We’re still unquestionably the most accomplished program in the conference. Let other fan bases bring up IU’s struggles, it’s not as if that takes a lot of prodding. Accentuate the positive in your program. Highlight that you expect to get back to the heights and let the general public decide. Sure the banners might be getting dusty, but how many Big Ten teams have made a Final Four more recently than Indiana’s 2002(answer three, although Michigan State has gone twice.) No one has done better than Indiana’s runner up finish in that year. So essentially though Indiana’s not at the level it wants or expects to be, the bar to reaching the rest of the Big Ten programs’ historic feats is not exactly climbing Everest.
So to all the supporters of Indiana I say, ” If you’re a B-town girl put your hands up. If you’re a B-town boy put your hands up.”