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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Air Ball

In January, I wrote about a Wisconsin high-schooler who was suspended for criticizing new state "guidelines" regarding cheering at sporting events. Among the proscribed cheers was "air ball." Josh Levin of Slate properly calls this the greatest taunt in sports and explores the most common version of its history, which traces to an infamous game between North Carolina and Duke in 1979.

Posted by Howard Wasserman on March 16, 2016 at 07:48 AM in Howard Wasserman, Sports | Permalink


The article really just attributes particular rhythms of the chant and its introduction to wider audience to Duke. I distinctly recall "air ball" chants when I was in high school, i.e., the early '70s.

Posted by: Jeff Lipshaw | Mar 16, 2016 8:50:21 AM

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