The War Chant had a banner week, all over the country.
Fans of several teams have adopted the chant and the chop, or the tomahawk chop, or whatever they call it in their town. Most of those teams/players had solid weekends, so let’s look back at a few of them and examine why they found such success.
Florida State Seminoles
The question of whether the Seminoles will ever be “back” on the football field seems to have been answered this weekend, but I’m still cautiously optimistic. After beating up the Clemson Tigers to the tune of 49-37, I have no doubt the War Chant was blaring all night in Tallahassee. And even though I’m a fervent member of the fanbase, I will definitely say they deserve it.
I put up with four lousy years of football during my time at FSU, and this is much more fun to watch. The Seminoles finally have a chance again, thanks to a defense that stifles even the best offenses in the nation, and a quarterback in EJ Manuel that will make big plays when they need him to lead the way. Now, I just need to see them take care of business on the road and maintain this high level of play for the rest of the season, and I’ll be a believer.
Also, take a look at running back James Wilder, Jr. If you haven’t heard of him yet, he announced himself to the world on runs like these (courtesy of SB Nation):
The Tomahawk Choppers found more success in Philadelphia this weekend, taking two of three games from the Phillies to inch closer to the Washington Nationals in the NL East race. I’ll break it down tomorrow in my weekly review of the Braves, but it was solid pitching and timely hitting that allowed the Bravos to win their final series in Philly of the season. Chipper Jones departed Citizens Bank Park for the last time with two more hits and an RBI in the two games he played this weekend — a decent curtain call for a player that had a productive career against the Phillies.
Kansas City Chiefs
How ’bout them Chiefs?!? The War Chanters from the middle of the country rallied back from a second-half deficit to deny the New Orleans their first win of the season, upsetting them in their own dome 27-24 in overtime.
I’d be lying if I said this was only about War Chant pride — seeing the rival Saints lose their first three games of the season has been a positive for Falcons fans like myself. Heck, I’d be fine if the Saints never won another game. There were empty seats well before the game ended this afternoon, which made it look more like vintage New Orleans than we’ve been seeing lately. So thanks, War Chant!
The former FSU quarterback led his Minnesota Vikings to their second victory of the young season, beating the seemingly-invincible San Francisco 49ers 24-13. Throwing for 198 yards and two touchdowns while adding 33 yards and another touchdown on the ground, Ponder led the way for the Vikings and looked like a guy worth mortgaging the future for, as Minnesota did. He was fearless in the face of a vaunted 49ers defense that disposed of Aaron Rodgers and Matthew Stafford in the first two weeks of the season.
Ponder was — dare I say — unconquered?