Say what you will about their first round of roll-outs, the Red and Blue Crew has had something of a creative renaissance this year.
If you've been to one of Penn men's basketball's three homegames this season (odds are decent) and seen senior point guard Zack Rosen hit a three (odds are extremely high) than you've heard the RBC's new chant 'Olé Rosen' set to the popular spanish soccer cheer.
Sophomore Red and Blue Crew member Andrew Wynne explains how he came up with the cheer that's quickly becoming a staple of their repertoire:
"When I was a little kid — I'm a Phillies fan — and whenever they would play the Mets, their fans would do 'Jose, Jose, Jose Jose' [to the tune of the Olé cheer] whenever Jose Reyes got on base. I was like, 'that's fun, but I wish he was on our team.' So I was like, 'Rosen's got a two-syllable last name, let's translate that over."
With Rosen knocking down threes in droves early this season, Wynne has had ample opportunities to try out the cheer. He says he's got a few more in the works.
"Before this season, I thought we need some more player-specific chants, so that was the first one we're testing out. I have another coming up for Miles Cartwright off his nickname Mizzo. The idea is to have more chants that if you walk in and have never been here before, you can pick up easily."
Though the Mizzo cheer hasn't made its Palestra debut yet, during Penn's win over Robert Morris last weekend, Cartwright was visibly responding to and encouraging the cheers from the Red and Blue Crew. Rosen, however, hadn't quite noticed the chanting directed his way.
" I didn’t, but some of the other guys heard it," he said of his teammates. "They think it's funny."
Wynne just hopes the team can feed off the crowd's energy more.
"That's what I'm looking for, to engage more of the players, be specific so they really understand. On a person by person basis we've been much louder as a whole, hopefully we can maintain that once we get more people during Ivy games."
Both Rosen and Wynne said regardless of how vocal fans are, they're hoping to get more students to come down to games as the season picks up. Wynne said he's trying to work with Penn Athletics administrators on some initiatives to get students out for particularly big games, such as the matchups with defending Ivy League champions Princeton and Harvard.
Until then though, he's still working on his stock of chants. He said he's thinking about putting Tyler Bernardini's name to the bass line from the White Stripe's 'Seven Nation Army.
"I think he's got a chance."
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