Administrators have discouraged student fans from shouting the "U.S.A." cheer, which some use as a three-word acronym beginning with "You" directed at the opposing team. Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association rules state only cheers supporting one's own team are permitted.How to distinguish the bad USA from the good USA? The rule is clear, according to Channel 15 in Madison.
Students have said that the chant began innocently and not everyone uses it as a smear. But administrators said once they became aware of its hidden message — and other teams complained about Baraboo's poor sportsmanship — it had to stop.
Students are allowed to say USA only after the national anthem, if they use it any other time they will be punished.Imagine -- being punished for saying USA. Kind of makes you wonder -- do words mean what they say or what people say they say? Have our patriotic slogans become so drained of meaning through overuse that we can no longer distinguish the authentic from the counterfeit? Is this how the American empire enters its decline -- not with a bang, not with a whimper, but in a tangle of double entendre?