McKale Center crowd

The Arizona faithful have spoken. Photo by Wildcat Universe

Wildcat Universe did not disappoint.

There has been a great response from the fans to the request to bring back the traditional Tip-Off Chant that used to be played by the University of Arizona band before every half of basketball at McKale Center.

The best part is the stories that have been shared. On our Facebook page a UA alum told the tale of how the song led to a Pac-10 rule change. Then on Twitter we got a first-hand account of the origin of the song:

So the tradition is a full 30 years old and it was brought to Tucson by Lute Olson’s late wife, who was such an integral part of the Wildcat basketball program that her name was placed next to Lute’s on the McKale court.

What’s fascinating is the song was originally called “The Rev-Up.” Now, even those of us who love those four notes have to admit they don’t rev up much of anything on their own. So what are we missing? Here’s how Bobbi originally introduced the song:

The song doesn’t spark the same intensity that it used to because it isn’t being played the same way that it used to. It slowed down over time.

Then again, don’t we all?

Just like McKale itself is about to undergo a major renovation, Tip-Off Chant needs a reboot. Give it the original name and, most importantly, bring back the original pace – the original fire – and everybody wins. Tradition is upheld while upping the energy before a game.

Our voices have been heard. UA athletic director Greg Byrne said this:

Well done, Wildcat fans. Stay positive, support the Cats and the athletic department but don’t stop sharing your McKale memories. Help turn Tip-Off Chant back into The Rev-Up.

Don’t remove it. Renew it.

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