Wisconsin’s “Jump Around” is the greatest tradition in all of college sports, at least according to the results of SiriusXM College Sports Nation’s 2nd annual Traditions Tournament.
The tournament, which started with 32 traditions from schools all over the country, pitted two traditions against one another in a seeded, bracket-style format. Each round lasted a week, with fans voting on every matchup to determine which traditions would advance.
In the round of 32, third-seeded “Jump Around” bested Auburn’s sixth-seeded “War Eagle”, a tradition before every Tigers home game where Nova, a Golden Eagle, and Spirit, a Bald Eagle, take flight around Jordan-Hare Stadium. Next up, in the Sweet 16, was LSU’s tradition of placing the cage of their live mascot, Mike the Tiger, near the entrance of the opposing team’s locker room before every home game in an attempt to intimidate its opposition.
Badgers fans willed “Jump Around” past seventh-seeded Mike the Tiger and into the Elite 8, where it defeated Florida State’s No. 1-seeded tradition, Chief Osceola planting a burning spear into the midfield turf before every Seminoles home game.
This placed “Jump Around” in the Final Four against the tournament’s defending champion, Arkansas’s “Calling of the Hogs”. In a back-and-forth week that saw the vote stay fairly close the whole way thanks to plenty of support from both fan bases, “Jump Around” emerged victorious by a margin of 32,773 to 27,194 to move on to the championship round.
This year’s final featured a pair of traditions from a couple of Big Ten foes, Wisconsin’s “Jump Around” and one of college football’s most revered traditions, Ohio State’s “Script Ohio”.
This matchup saw a large turnout and campaigning from both schools via social media, with Wisconsin even resorting to some Frank Underwood-esque tactics and enlisting the help of the Buckeyes’ biggest rival to try and boost their vote total:
Despite “Script Ohio” cutting into the lead in the final hours of the tournament, “Jump Around” held on for the win, garnering 52,729 votes to Ohio State’s 51,928.
Of course, this tournament doesn’t end any debate over what the best tradition in all of college sports is, but the fact that “Jump Around” speaks volumes to the passion of Wisconsin fans and their ability to rally support for anything Badgers-related.
Plus, any kind of bragging rights is always a nice thing.