The origin of the confident, optimistic, boastful I-believe-that-we-will-win chant is said to have come from Navy. In recent years, more and more fans from outside of college basketball have taken upon themselves to use it. It's booming, bouncy and LOUD. I love it; it's so much better than fans relentlessly aping a Jack White riff.
What does this have to do with Temple and Saint Joseph's? Well, on Wednesday night the former Atlantic 10 foes, who of course are both based in Philadelphia, played on Temple's campus. The home Owls won out over the visiting Hawks, 77-69, avenging a loss from last season.
This prompted some spunky dude in the Temple student section to declare.
I believe the hawk!
I believe the hawk is dead!
And then everyone chimed in. What's that about? SJU's mascot is a hawk. It prides itself on never -- never ever -- stopping the flapping of its wings from the start to the end of a game. (There have been actual mid-game fights over attempts to stop the tradition in the past.) Saint Joe's slogan: The Hawk Will Never Die.
So, with Temple's win, that's quite the greek chorus of insult against Saint Joe's. This is how you taunt fairly and creatively. Long live college rivalries.