The greatest part about the internet isn’t the communication with other people, the games we can play.  It’s the information, stuff that you just couldn’t find even ten years ago, while the internet was around but people were still counting their hours of free America Online.

Nearly anything you want to read about, you can. For instance, according to North Korean news reports, Kim Jong-il routinely hits three or four holes-in-one per round.  Want someone to break down every athletic department’s efforts on their website and social networking?

There’s a blog for that.

Andy Pawlowski runs Digital Hoops Blast, a blog that breaks down everything college basketball programs get from the internet.  He analyzes it from the eyes of the recruits and fans alike.  Normally, it’s just the official athletic department websites, facebook pages and twitter profiles.  Recently, in his run through the Horizon League, he came upon Milwaukee.  Instead of breaking down our then-awful website (much better now!) or scattered Facebook and Twitter applications, he chose to take a look at, specifically the Pick and Roll Press that we distribute to students at games.

Here is a look at the post by Andy, and here is the announcement that comes along with it:

Beginning this season, Panther games will be accompanied by updates from the Twitter account @PantherChants, which will send out game time tweets for the Klotsche Krazies (and paying fans if they wish) to chant at the players on the court.

This idea came from the mind grapes of Bill Simmons, the Sports Guy at ESPN and avid Celtics fan.  Simmons created @CelticsChants to get fans at the Cleveland-Boston conference semifinals game 6 to chant things together.  The twitter page was wildly successful, enough to get the in-game announcers noticing the chants.

Our aim is for enough cell phones to get Twitter updates immediately, allowing the entire student section to be a well-oiled machine during games at the Klotsche Center and U.S. Cellular Arena.

The reason we’re bringing this on is that while games over break are easy to run, it’s very difficult for the leaders of the student section to get everyone in the crowd doing the same chant.  While it may be accomplished by spreading some people out, it will still be easier to put out a tweet, see 500 students pull out their cell phones, and get immediate feedback.

When the games are over, there’ll be just an update reminding people of the next game’s time and place, and then it’ll be finished until the next game time.

How do we do it?

All you need is a Twitter account and a cell phone.  If you’ve already signed up, go to @PantherChants on the website Twitter and follow it.  After you’ve done so, there will be a check mark and the word “Following” under the profile header.  To the right of that are two circles.  Click on the one that looks like a little cell phone.  Fill out the short form, verify the text message sent to your cell phone, and voila!  You are now receiving every PantherChants tweet directly as a text message to your cell phone.  The only cost to you is what you pay for incoming text messages; most plans only charge for outgoing text messages.

PantherU guarantees that we will only tweet from @PantherChants on the day of basketball games; one in the morning to remind people of the game that day, the tweets for all the chants during the game, and one sign-off tweet thanking everyone and reminding them of the next game.  The rest of the time, PantherU will be tweeting from the normal @PantherU.

Be sure to spread the word.  This is a big deal, and if enough people get the updates, we can turn the Cell into exactly what we’ve always wanted: a dynamite home court advantage.

If you have any questions or comments, be sure to drop a line on here or at my e-mail,


  1. John

    October 5, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    a good idea in theory, but i’m not sure how well it will work in practice…most of the time i don’t even notice my phone buzzing at games

    i liked his other idea though

  2. Yoda

    October 5, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    I think it will work- what college student doesn’t have a cell phone these days?

    I guess you’d need a smart phone (iPhone or Android-capable phone), but I’d be willing to bet most students have those as their phones/. I say do it.. or at least try.

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