Posted August 30, 2017 at 08:15 PM | Updated August 30, 2017 at 08:31 PM
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Avoid being labeled a fake fan
Oregon football is back.
The 2017 season officially starts Saturday when the Ducks host Southern Utah in Eugene. Those first home games, before the rest of the student body is back for school, tend to be semi-mellow affairs. That makes it the perfect time to get some practice in as a spectator.
As summer segues into autumn and students start flocking back to town, Autzen Stadium will turn into a madhouse full of school spirit.
It can get a bit daunting for newcomers. Fortunately, we can help you fit right in.
Scroll through for our 11 best pieces of advice for incoming Duck fans.
First things first. (And this is just good etiquette no matter which team you’re watching.) At Ducks games, you’ll want to get familiar with “Mighty Oregon,” which is embedded in this slide.
As you listen to the anthem, keep an ear out for the drum beats. They’ll dictate how quickly to clap your hands. When the fight song nears its end and the drum slows down, make sure you don’t do the gator clap.
Real Ducks don’t do the gator clap.
2. Oh, and “Shout.” Don’t forget “Shout”
As the third quarter closes at Autzen Stadium, you’ll be asked to dance along with “Shout” by Otis Day and the Knights. Inspired by a sequence in 1978’s “Animal House,” the tradition is so prolific that Nike produced a parody video starring notable Oregon athletes such as LaMichael James and Marcus Mariota.
Watch it. Study it. And you’ll blend right in come game day.