Students at Utah State are, in their own self-descriptive words a “cold-blooded wrecking machine” when it comes to getting organized and coordinated in their effort to be the Sixth Man at the Spectrum.
An unofficial game-day program called The Refraction is published before each home game and includes background on opposing players, coaches and even mascots if deemed appropriate. The Refraction has been mentioned on ESPN.com, local newspapers and several Internet sites.
It’s humorous and satirical, but generally pretty tame but does occasionally pack a punch when a visiting player has a criminal rap sheet.
Last Saturday at Nevada’s Lawlor Events Center the Wolf Pack students made an attempt to counter-balance the Aggie student section and produced their own sheet of instructions to get the jeering organized.
“It’s time for us to show which team and fans are the best in the AC and how hard it can be to play at Lawlor,” the ‘Wolf Pack Championship Cheering Guide’ said. “We need to be loud and proud the entire game and stand throughout. Here’s some cheer to use against Utah State tonight. Let’s be the Sixth Man tonight and represent the REAL blue team.”
The sheet included three ‘cheers’ for the fans to employ throughout the game.
“Every time Tai Wesley has the ball, chant “It’s a Mismatch!” — in reference to a quote from Wesley when he felt he could score on whatever defender Nevada threw at him when the teams played in Logan. Wesley scored 22 points on 8-of-12 shooting.
“Every time Stew Morrill yells at the ref, chant “Temper Tantrum” — Because Morrill, in Nevada’s eyes, was the only coach on the floor that night who gets upset with officials on occasion.
When Gary Wilkinson has the ball, chant “Ginger, Ginger, Ginger … ” — because in Reno, apparently, being a red head is worthy of taunting. Either that or the Wolf Pack students are big fans of Gilligan’s Island.
And, aside from including the lyrics to a secondary school fight song, that was all the note included.