The so called “WIL-SON” chant at Seahawks Stadium which was “created” by the Vermont based rock band Phish has received national media attention the past few days, thanks in part to a NFL Films special on the phenomena that aired this week.
“WIL-SON” is apparently a fictional character in a number of rock songs created by Phish that tell a story of The Gamehendge Saga. Wilson is a traveller who arrives in Gamehendge and eventually captures some lizards and locks them into a castle. Wilson then becomes the ruler of Gamehendge. I am not making this up!
The first time I noticed the “WIL-SON” chant was in the past game against the Rams. The offense took the field for the first time, the speakers blasted some God awful guitar noise and flashed “WIL-SON” on the screen. It was loud and obnoxious. I actually couldn’t make out the chant “WIL-SON”. I personally don’t care for it, but that’s just my personal taste.
12′s on twitter have reported to me that this “WIL-SON” chant has been propagated all season and throughout the game using the stadium’s audio and visual equipment. It is not some grass roots based chant like the proverbial “SEA-HAWKS” that can be overheard on television broadcasts of the game. It is a chant based upon a cue from the stadium. I would allege it is being forced upon the 12′s and artificial.
I want my offense focussed on their first play of the game and there is no need to add any distractions to the situation. Actually, I want it to be quiet for my offense all of the time (i.e, “crowd silent now, as opposed to when the Saints have the ball) I am always competing for a tactical edge in any way possible.
The “WIL-SON” chant I witnessed against the Rams took place on the first offensive possession and first offensive play of the game for the Seahawks. It was loud and lasted well into the huddle. Offensive lineman gave the “hush’ signal with their arms while standing in the huddle. All the while, the play clock is ticking away.
12′s on twitter gave mixed reports from the 300 level (upper deck) as the noise from the speaker system for this “WIL-SON” chant as not that noticeable to loud and obnoxious. While 12′s in the lower levels (100 & 200 sections) report it as loud and disruptive at the field level. They also reported similar instances of the offense giving the “hush” signal to the crowd while in the huddle.
I feel the chant is unnecessary and needs to stop. It doesn’t bring anything to the game and seems gimmicky. If the Seahawks feel it is necessary, perhaps they can do the chant for #3 during player introductions. The problem with doing it when he runs out onto the field is that the play clock is usually ticking. If anything, reduce the length of sound byte to a few seconds.
What are your thoughts on the chant? Do you like it? Do you hate it? I’ll be the first to admit I have a man crush on Wilson, but I won’t be chanting for the King of Gamehendge.