The University of Missouri made a lot of noise last year around springtime. The men’s basketball team had one of the best seasons in the school’s history. The move to the SEC got the entire state beyond excited. There was a lot of buzz going on around the country about Mizzou, all of which was positive.
Many colleges have their own student-made song. Most of them are pretty catchy and get a nice reaction around the web and the college sports world. “This Is Indiana” by Brice Fox and Daniel Weber has over 1 million views, 6,000 likes and less than 900 dislikes. Wisconsin’s Zooniversity’s “Teach Me How to Bucky” has nearly 2 million views and less than 400 dislikes. The Oregon Duck appeared in Supwitchugirl’s two videos entitled “I Love My Ducks” and “Return of the Quack”, both of which were YouTube successes.
Enter “We Are Mizzou”.
The rap by the group “Fifth Down” attempted to try to bring more positive publicity to the university and it did the exact opposite. The video has 5,000 dislikes on YouTube. Deadspin had a field day when it first came out. Worst part, a group of students from kU made a hilarious response that even the Mizzou faithful agreed with…except for the excerpt on leaving the rivalry.
Within the video, the group calls out Kansas, Arkansas, and for some reason Indiana. A large portion of the video is just the guys dancing around campus singing the song. There are no cheerleaders or gameday footage. Heck, even Truman didn’t want to be in this. So why bring this up now?
A South Carolina blogger named Patrick Obley wrote a piece on GoGamecocks.com, comparing the two Columbias in anticipation of this week’s game. It’s hard to argue against the Gamecocks’ hometown having more history, but I can argue against one thing. Within his piece, he mentions the “We Are Mizzou” video multiple times. Patrick rips the song and the school because of it.
This isn’t the first time this has happened since the video came out. Schools and students from all across the nation have bashed the song and our school because of it. I am here to speak for the masses of Mizzou students. I am here to finally put to rest this issue. I am here to untarnish the reputation of Tiger fans.
The University of Missouri and Tiger fans everywhere cannot stand this song. Everyone I have talked to is embarrassed by it. It’s not catchy, it’s annoying. The publicity we got from it was not good press. We hate being associated with this horrible video. My best friend goes to Indiana and laughed at me for weeks when this song came out.
So if you’re going to trash the video and the “music group” that created it, by all means go ahead. However, please do not jump to conclusions that every Missouri fan likes the video and agrees with their opinion. The “Fifth Down” is not Mizzou.