7 Memorable Sports Chants

Does your favorite team have a special chant? If not, here are seven examples that might inspire you to write one of your own.

1. "Two World Wars and One World Cup!"

You might have heard English fans reviving this old cheer if you watched the recent England-Germany World Cup match. The two countries have a long-standing rivalry—England won its only World Cup in 1966 in a final against West Germany—and it's hard to comment on their soccer battles without bringing up their military history. Another English cheer goes, "If you won the war, stand up!" In 1966, their rivalry inspired this gem of sportswriting:

"If, on the morrow, the Germans beat us at our national game, we'll do well to remember that, twice this century, we have beaten them at theirs."

2. "Pericles, Sophocles, Peloponnesian War; "¨X-Squared, Y-Squared, H2SO4; "¨Cosine, Tangent, Secant, Line; "¨Three point one four one five nine!"

I call this one The Great Nerd Chant.

A number of very geeky schools claim to have come up with it; some school-specific variations on the last two lines include: "Three point one four one five nine/ Come on Williams, hold that line!" and "Cosine, Tangent, Secant, Ray/ Swarthmore, Swarthmore, all the way!" I've also heard it attributed to University of Chicago. Or try these last verses:

"Two, Four, Six, Eight / God is dead and Nietzsche's great!"
"Kant, Hegel, Marx, Spinoza / "¨Come on team, hit 'em in the nosa."

3. "He's got a pineapple on his head!" (x4)

Sung to the tune of "He's got the whole world in his hands" (obviously). Another British footie chant, this one was used to make fun of Jason Lee of Nottingham Forest and his dreads.

4. "Oh ORU
Oh ORU
Oh OR University
Ordained for holy destiny
May your torch still burn
At the Lord's return
And count for eternity"

Oral Roberts University's "spirit song" is sung at sporting events to instill college pride. It has the tempo and verve of a football fight song, but morphs from sports cheer to hymn pretty quickly, seemingly more concerned with eternal salvation than the Golden Eagles' win-loss record.

5. "Drink Blood, Smoke Crack, Worship Satan, Go Mac!"

Macalester College, on the other hand, takes a slightly more cavalier approach to its ultimate destiny.

6. "Fight, Fight, Inner Light!
Kill, Quakers, Kill!
Knock 'em Down, Beat 'em Senseless!
Do It 'til We Reach Consensus!"

The origins of this one are unknown, but just about every Quaker college in the country uses this classic chant - Earlham, Goshen, Guilford, Haverford, and Swarthmore all claim it as their own. "Blood makes the grass grow! Kill, Quakers, Kill!" is another variation that appeals to the pacifist sensibilities of the Society of Friends, and then there's the old chestnut, "Stop multinational corporations from raping third-world countries. Go team."

7. "Fight exuberantly!
Fight exuberantly!
Compel them to relinquish the ball!"

This chant used by Earlham football cheerleaders in the 1970s might be my personal favorite. Persuasive, elegant, to-the-point—this cheer has it all. Interestingly enough, Earlham's mascot has changed from the Fightin' Quakers to the Hustlin' Quakers to simply the Quakers. The earlier two names were deemed too violent.
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Did your high school or college have any amusing cheers, songs, or chants? What are some of your favorites?

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If you're planning out your summer vacation, make sure to add a few national parks to your itinerary. Every time you share your travels on Instagram, you can increase your chances of winning a VIP trip for two to the national park of your choice.

The National Park Foundation is hosting its "Pic Your Park" sweepstakes now through September 28. To participate, post your selfies from visits to National Park System (NPS) properties on Instagram using the hashtag #PicYourParkContest and a geotag of the location. Making the trek to multiple parks increases your points, with less-visited parks in the system having the highest value. During certain months, the point values of some sites are doubled. You can find a list of participating properties and a schedule of boost periods here.

Following the contest run, the National Park Foundation will decide a winner based on most points earned. The grand prize is a three-day, two-night trip for the winner and a guest to any NPS property within the contiguous U.S. Round-trip airfare and hotel lodging are included. The reward also comes with a 30-day lease of a car from Subaru, the contest's sponsor.

The contest is already underway, with a leader board on the website keeping track of the competition. If you're looking to catch up, this national parks road trip route isn't a bad place to start.

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Gather 'round the grill and toast Dad for Father's Day—the national holiday so awesome that Americans have celebrated it for more than a century. Here are 15 Dad facts you can wow him with today.

1. Halsey Taylor invented the drinking fountain in 1912 as a tribute to his father, who succumbed to typhoid fever after drinking from a contaminated public water supply in 1896.

2. George Washington, the celebrated father of our country, had no children of his own. A 2004 study suggested that a type of tuberculosis that Washington contracted in childhood may have rendered him sterile. He did adopt the two children from Martha Custis's first marriage.

3. In Thailand, the king's birthday also serves as National Father's Day. The celebration includes fireworks, speeches, and acts of charity and honor—the most distinct being the donation of blood and the liberation of captive animals.

4. In 1950, after a Washington Post music critic gave Harry Truman's daughter Margaret's concert a negative review, the president came out swinging: "Some day I hope to meet you," he wrote. "When that happens you'll need a new nose, a lot of beefsteak for black eyes, and perhaps a supporter below!"

5. A.A. Milne created Winnie the Pooh for his son, Christopher Robin. Pooh was based on Robin's teddy bear, Edward, a gift Christopher had received for his first birthday, and on their father/son visits to the London Zoo, where the bear named Winnie was Christopher's favorite. Pooh comes from the name of Christopher's pet swan.

6. Kurt Vonnegut was (for a short time) Geraldo Rivera's father-in-law. Rivera's marriage to Edith Vonnegut ended in 1974 because of his womanizing. Her ever-protective father was quoted as saying, "If I see Gerry again, I'll spit in his face." He also included an unflattering character named Jerry Rivers (a chauffeur) in a few of his books.

7. Andre Agassi's father represented Iran in the 1948 and 1952 Olympics as a boxer.

8. Charlemagne, the 8th-century king of the Franks, united much of Western Europe through military campaigns and has been called the "king and father of Europe" [PDF]. Charlemagne was also a devoted dad to about 18 children, and today, most Europeans may be able to claim Charlemagne as their ancestor.

9. The voice of Papa Smurf, Don Messick, also provided the voice of Scooby-Doo, Ranger Smith on Yogi Bear, and Astro and RUDI on The Jetsons.

10. In 2001, Yuri Usachev, cosmonaut and commander of the International Space Station, received a talking picture frame from his 12-year-old daughter while in orbit. The gift was made possible by RadioShack, which filmed the presentation of the gift for a TV commercial.

11. The only father-daughter collaboration to hit the top spot on the Billboard pop music chart was the 1967 hit single "Something Stupid" by Frank & Nancy Sinatra.

12. In the underwater world of the seahorse, it's the male that gets to carry the eggs and birth the babies.

13. If show creator/producer Sherwood Schwartz had gotten his way, Gene Hackman would have portrayed the role of father Mike Brady on The Brady Bunch.

14. The Stevie Wonder song "Isn't She Lovely" is about his newborn daughter, Aisha. If you listen closely, you can hear Aisha crying during the song.

15. Dick Hoyt has pushed and pulled his son Rick, who has cerebral palsy, through hundreds of marathons and triathlons. Rick cannot speak, but using a custom-designed computer he has been able to communicate. They ran their first five-mile race together when Rick was in high school. When they were done, Rick sent his father this message: "Dad, when we were running, it felt like I wasn't disabled anymore!"

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