I sit across from the heart of the Yost student section and it wasn’t hard to make out one particular young mind on Friday night: the dude dressed as a chicken screaming into a megaphone.
Turns out that crazy chicken was Andy Reid, sports editor of the Daily. He made an encore appearance Saturday night but things didn’t go as planned:
Saturday night, I got kicked out. Not cool, dude.
Amidst an entire student section doing the same thing [the vulgar C-YA chant], an usher grabbed my elbow and told me it was time to leave, unless I wanted to be led out of the stadium in handcuffs.
I will admit that I stood out from the other Children of Yost. I may or may not have had a megaphone. And I may or may not have been, ahem, dressed up — if you went to the game, you might have seen a six-foot chicken standing against the glass in section 18.
But that’s even more reason to not kick me out. How is the team supposed to focus and be motivated without a yellow, fuzzy chicken standing behind the glass?
Reid suggests other things could be done to curb the nasty chant (which is delivered when opposing players are sent to the penalty box) including a message from Red Berenson. Well IIRC, Berenson’s already asked the students to kill the chant and they do it anyway.
I think they should stop doing the C-YA because it’s tired and stale, and there are more than a few young kids at games. I can also tell you, sitting on the other side of the ice, that you can’t make out a single word that is said anyway. Seriously, I’m thankful Reid published the actual words to the chant so I could learn what they were saying.
The chicken will return from the State game this week and for what it’s worth, I’d take 30 chickens over these guys.