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7 Ways You Know You're a West Virginia Mountaineers Fan

Alex SimsCorrespondent IIIMarch 25, 2013

7 Ways You Know You're a West Virginia Mountaineers Fan

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    West Virginia's Mountaineer Nation is one of the proudest and most passionate fanbases in all of college sports.

    WVU has just about everything that a college football fan base needs—a bitter rival, a well-known anthem, a unique mascot, love for its team and top-notch tradition. 

    While many other fanbases can make similar claims, there are plenty of features that together make WVU unique.

    So if you think you just might have Mountaineer fever, come along and find out just how much of a West Virginia fan you are.

You Know Every Word to John Denver's "Country Roads"

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    How many other fanbases can say that one of the most famous musicians of all time wrote a Grammy Award-winning song about their school?

    So maybe John Denver didn't write "Country Roads" for the sole purpose of it being sung in unison by Mountaineer fans at the conclusion of WVU games, but as far as many Mountaineer fans are concerned, that's exactly why he wrote the country classic.

    It's the unofficial song of the school, and more fans know its words than the words of the WVU alma mater

    At the end of nearly every Mountaineer sporting event, this song is played. As a general rule, if the National Anthem is played before the event, the WVU anthem—"Country Roads"—will be played after, win or loss.

    And at midnight at every drinking establishment in Morgantown, some version of the John Denver classic will be played over the speakers. And every true gold and blue WVU fan will put their arm around whoever is standing next to them and belt out every single word.

You Hate Pitt

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    Every fanbase has at least one rival, but the West Virginia-Pitt rivalry is without question one of the most vicious in all of college sports.

    About 99 percent of what is said by WVU fans in regard to that school up North isn't fit for print.

    As with many intense college football rivalries, it doesn't matter which school has the most talent when the Mountaineers and the Panthers square off. It is one of those rivalries where records are thrown out the window and anything can happen once the clock starts.

    And as with many rivalries, the mere mention of Pitt or the sight of the team's logo causes stomachs to churn and blood to boil in Morgantown.

    So if you're one of the many West Virginians with little to no respect for Pitt, you're definitely a Mountaineer fan.

Let's Go...Mountaineers

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    Say you're walking down the street and you hear someone down the way say "let's go." If you shout back, "Mountaineers," you're definitely a West Virginia fan.

    Nearly every fanbase has some sort of rallying cry, so this can be viewed as WVU's "Roll Tide."

    It isn't as succinct as the famous Alabama phrase, but it's almost as versatile.

    This popular chant is acceptable at almost any time and any location in Morgantown, from High Street downtown to Milan Puskar Stadium on gameday. 

    So next time your friend says "let's go" while trying to rush you into doing something or going somewhere, just reply "Mountaineers!"

"Leave No Doubt"

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    If after watching this video, your hair is standing on edge and your heart is beating like a bass drum, then you might be a Mountaineer fan.

    That was a speech given by the late Bill Stewart while he was the interim West Virginia head coach as the Mountaineers took on Oklahoma in the 2008 Fiesta Bowl. WVU went on to stun OU for a monumental 48-28 victory.

    As a result, Stewart was given the full-time head coaching job. And though his tenure as head man didn't go too well, he'll always be loved by Mountaineer Nation.

    Stewart knew what it meant to truly be a Mountaineer and there may be no better example of that than his "Leave No Doubt" speech.

Gold Is Always Acceptable

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    Morgantown is one of the few places where the color gold is always acceptable. 

    Whether you wear a gold No. 5 WVU football jersey or a head-to-toe gold suit like Bob Huggins, you'll fit in perfectly.

    West Virginia fans are an extremely proud clan, so showing Mountaineer pride will never be frowned upon.

    So if you ever can't decide what to wear in Morgantown, fear not—just reach for that well-worn Pat White jersey and have yourself a good time.

The Mountaineer: College Football's Baddest Mascot

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    West Virginia fans know: No other mascot can stand up to the Mountaineer.

    Rugged, quick-witted, humble and hard-working, the Mountaineer is the personification the state of West Virginia and its flagship university.

    He is one of the few mascots that carries a gun, and he knows how to use it.

    The current Mountaineer—Franklin, W.V. native Jon Kimble—made national news earlier this year when he shot and killed a black bear with his custom Mountaineer musket (via USA Today).

    A video of it was posted online, which caused an uproar among those who don't advocate hunting and those who simply don't understand that not every bear is a 7-foot-tall beast like in the movies.

    Kimble issued an apology to those he offended with the video. However, no apology was necessary to the members of Mountaineer Nation.

    After the incident, WVU barred him from hunting with the musket, but he'll still be firing it off with every Mountaineer touchdown this fall, as he recently earned his second term in the buckskins. 

You See Couch Burning as a Victimless Crime

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    Couch burning is a touchy subject in West Virginia. 

    More often than not, it is a victimless crime. Occasionally, property damage can occur as a result, but usually the only result is a pile of ashes on the streets of Sunnyside—what was formerly the couch-burning mecca in Morgantown.

    However, what many students see as a harmless pastime, the West Virginia leadership sees as an ugly smudge on the school's reputation. Recently, WVU bought up much of the Sunnyside neighborhood—to the dismay of students—and is going through the process of destroying and rebuilding the area.

    It's a step in the right direction to try to stamp out this tradition, but in the end it will be about as effective as this public service announcement was.

    In other words, couch burning will live on.

    Whether the WVU brass likes it or not, couch burning is simply a part of the culture among Mountaineer students, and it has been for a long time.

    It may seem crazy or extreme in the eyes of outsiders, but that's just it—Mountaineer Nation is a fanbase that marches to its own beat, on its own time.

    Mountaineer Nation doesn't answer to outsiders.

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