Thursday, July 31st, 2014

The “Seven Nation Army” Has Worn Out Its Welcome

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For Ravens fans, Seven Nation Army has been a huge hit. T-shirts have been made, the song can be heard blaring at any tailgate lot, and Ravens fans can’t stop chanting..

“OHHHHHH OH OH OH OH OH”

During the Ravens throttling of the Pittsburgh Steelers at M&T Bank Stadium, the “Game Day DJ” for Ravens cued the song during a commercial and a hit amongst fans was born. 71,000+ fans chanting in unison:

“OHHHHHH OH OH OH OH OH”

Hopefully this song’s career in Baltimore is shorter than Yamon Figurs’, and ultimately ends up buried in the horrible song graveyard next to the fabulous Baja Men tune adopted by the Ravens, “Who Let The Dogs Out?”

Ever hear how too much of a good thing is bad? Well this is a perfect example.

When used at the right time, Seven Nation Army chant is intimidating for opposing teams and fuels up the Ravens defense. The major problem is, this chant is being orchestrated at least three times each game, even as early as the second quarter.

The reason for its success during Pittsburgh was because the song was played once and also as a celebration for the teams performance; easily 95% of Ravens fans were chanting along.

Now that the song was effective, its now overplayed and has only about 45% of the stadium chanting during each of its three plays per game.

The Ravens get the credit for bringing this chant to the NFL but they aren’t to be credited for its inception into sporting venues. Seven Nation Army is really popular amongst soccer fans in Europe and they’ve been chanting it for over eight years. The past two years, colleges including Michigan, Ohio State and Penn State have all used the song.

Hopefully the Ravens make the adjustment and tone back the amount of times this tune is played.

There is no doubt that Seven Nation Army is a fun chant and is a great way to fire up a crowd. As more teams see its effectiveness, they’ll adopt it in their stadiums as well. Eventually this chant will lose its uniqueness and will be retired from the playlist.

We’ll just have to wait and see when Seven Nation Army has lost its flare but the one way it’ll be shown the express lane to retirement is if it’s played in Pittsburgh. Maybe the Steelers “Game Day DJ” will want to reenact this scene when Notre Dame played in Michigan earlier this year.

Ravens fans will then be cheering….

“NOOOOOOO-NO NO NO NO NO”

Comments

18 Responses to “The “Seven Nation Army” Has Worn Out Its Welcome”
  1. NestMinder says:

    Agree. Once per game is enough.

  2. dave says:

    thank you, thank you very much for bringing this up. lets put this one out to pasture…

  3. Scott says:

    Hated it then, hate it now. What is this, Europe? No chants. Drunken hollering and obscenities, thank you. Loud.

  4. NestMinder says:

    Maybe it’s because I’m a pinko commie hippie, but I like the chanting. Again, only once per game.

    Plus, the players seem to get into it, and I’m all for anything that gets them hyped.

  5. Scott says:

    The other problem I have with this particular chant is that so many other teams use it now (or prior to us… I’m not entirely sure where/when it originated), especially in college. Say what you will about the Jets, but at least their “J-E-T-S! Jets! Jets! Jets!” is original. The only Ravens chant that has been suggested to me that I like has been from my Jets-loving brother-in-law. Any time Ngata gets a sack or blows up a play or something, the crowd should shout out, “Nothing! Zilch!! Ngata!!!”

    Or maybe something like “Nevermore!” over and over again. Something clever, at least.

  6. NestMinder says:

    “Move those chains” is unique to us, I believe.

    Or, it was, until Jacksonville stole it.

  7. The Truth says:

    Don’t hate on the chat, hate on the excessive TV time outs. They take the crowd right out of the game. The Ravens are using the chat to get the 12th man back in it.

    And there was no need for it in the Steelers game because the crowd was amped from the beginning….

    P.S. Steelers Suck

  8. Matt says:

    If it was Nickleback you would be more pumped up. I think it’s fun but I rather seem save it for the fourth quarter or anytime the team need a big stop or play.

  9. jonny says:

    Just cause your a fan doesn’t mean u have a say. The team feels its motivation .And without them u all and what u voice when it comes to the RAVENS doesn’t matter. UNDERSTAND! U don’t help win games, u help cheer games won

  10. Tristan says:

    I thought it was kind of corny myself but if it helps us beat the Steelers I would scream it all game. lol

    @jonny: I disagree with your statement “U don’t help win games, u help cheer games won”. The 12-Man is the sole cause of many false starts, useless timeouts, bad snaps, and miscommunication for opposing teams.

  11. Scott says:

    @jonny:

    Your opinion tends to carry more validity when you don’t express in the same way that a retarded teenager would.

    Spell out “you,” jackass.

    However, spelling aside, your point is still inane.

  12. NestMinder says:

    His point seems to be….”if the Ravens didn’t exist, your opinion on them wouldn’t matter.”

    I….can’t argue with that? Nor can I see how the hell it is relevant in any way.

  13. katlyn says:

    Ooooooooohhhhhhhh oh oh oh oh oh #Team Ravens

  14. Gil says:

    It’s a young fans thing, the 45% that you mentioned are mostly my around my age, which is 21, and I don’t think they overuse it, last night, when it seemed as if the crowd was losing their noise a bit, they played it to get everyone involved, and it worked to some extent, and yes, we all know it’s not original, and some colleges and soccer fans in Europe have been doing for a while, but its something that a lot of fans enjoy, and even look forward to it, not to mention the reaction it gets from the players sometimes, just let it be, and if you really can’t tolerate it, then won’t stop you from bringing headphones into the stadium.

  15. Erv says:

    shut up Losers, there is always a naysayer in the bunch, get lives people, ohhh oh oh oh oh ohhhhhhhhhh!

  16. Mr. C. says:

    Love the Tune. Love what it does to the crowd. It’s become synonomis with the Ravens. Did you hear it during the Presser after the Patriots Game. They just need to play at the right time during peak Defense moments. But for those who hate it, they need to look at themselves in the mirror and see they are apart of a fading generation. Embrace the youth and the youth will embrace you.

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