by Alec Burns
The “Reckling Rowdies” are infamous for being one of the loudest and most influential crowds in Houston. Their witty chants and deafening presence at home games provide an enormous amount of support to the Eagle basketball team.
However some students and faculty members think that the Rowdies have gone too far, especially at the most recent in-school game.
“A number of student fans went beyond the bounds of what we are like,” math teacher Steven Fuchs said. “Without thinking about it, our student body seemed to take pleasure in humiliating someone weaker than them.”
The team that St. Thomas was playing, Fort Bend Christian Academy, was noticeably less-talented than the Eagles. After the first quarter, the outcome of the game was already determined.
To add insult to injury, the student fans started chants such as “where’s your varsity?,” and “eighth grade all-stars.”
Fuchs was discouraged that the students conveyed a negative image of their school.
“I don’t think their behavior reflects what those students themselves are like,” he said. “I think that’s what made a number of teachers upset, because we just don’t think that’s who our students are. We see them every day, and we expect much better from them.”
Some freshmen were also taken back by the demeaning nature of the student section.
“I was actually really surprised,” freshman Curtis Brady said. “I mean we’re a Catholic school and I thought we would be well behaved”
Others thought that the Rowdies’ involvement is all a part of the game experience.
“I mean I was kind of expecting it,” freshman Griffen Morris said. “The team we were playing was not really that good.”
Many people think that the purpose of the home-court advantage is to cheer on their team, even if it might be in excess.
“I just thought the students were being enthusiastic,” history dean Brett Mills said. “I think they were taking the opportunity to motivate their team.”
Some faculty members may not attend very many games and that could account for there reaction to the games.
At the Strake Jesuit – St. Thomas basketball game, arguably the wildest game of the season, students participated in similar cheers and nothing negative was said about that.
This was because not ever teacher in the school was there to voice their opinion.
Chants like that happen at every game and just because they are somewhat mean does not mean they are malicious or vulgar.
The point of sports is to be the best team possible and have fun, so chants should reflect our desire to do just that.