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At many American sporting events, if a player with a "u" sound in his name is on the home team, and he enters the game or makes a play in the game, then there is a good chance the fans will chant his name with an extended "u" sound.

Here are a few examples:

  • Whenever fullback John Kuhn of the Green Bay Packers touches the ball at a home game, then the fans will chant "Kuuuuuuuuuhn".

  • In the 1990s, Daryl Johnston was a fullback with the Dallas Cowboys. His nickname was "Moose". Whenever he touched the ball at a home game, the fans would chant "Moooooooose".

  • Luke Walton was a basketball player for the L.A. Lakers, and whenever he entered a game at home, the fans would chant "Luuuuuuuuke".

  • In the 1980s, Joe Dumars was a basketball player for the Detroit Pistons, and whenever he scored a basket at a home game, the P.A. announcer would yell "Joe Duuuuuuuuumars!"

When did this tradition originate?

  • Another example is Ruud van Nistelrooy of United, where the fans would scream "Ruuuuuud" after he scores, which confused some people since it sounds like they are booing him :) youtube.com/watch?v=-sHcp3-ka3M – posdef Jan 13 '15 at 8:54
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    It dates at least back to the 60s, as Ron Luciano mentions it in his books. – Scimonster Jan 13 '15 at 11:58
  • I don't have an answer for where it first started, but those long vowel sounds lend themselves to that type of call, and coupled with the fact that there's some irony in it sounding like booing when it's not, I wouldn't be surprised if it "originated" in a few different places. – ptfreak Jan 13 '15 at 14:19
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    Another example is Roberto Luongo of the National Hockey League. When he used to play for the Vancouver Canucks they would chant Luuuuuuuuuuuu after any significant save, although I am not sure if the Florida Panthers fans have kept up the tradition. – Spaceman Spiff Jan 13 '15 at 15:14
  • It's a vowel sound. You can stretch vowel sounds more easily than consonants. I think it's the idea of stretching out names in general. You just happened to pick a bunch of examples with an 'ooooo' sound. I recall other names being stretched out without 'ooo' sounds such as "Darrrrrrrrr-illllllll [Darryl Strawberry]" – DA. Jan 14 '15 at 4:43

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