Updates and News

Road Trip!

We are excited to announce a Red and Blue Crew road trip!  On November 3rd Penn and Princeton will meet on the gridiron, and we are bringing a loud and rowdy contingent up to Princeton Stadium. The trip will cost $10, and comes with round-trip bus transportation and a ticket to the game. If you are interesting in going you can buy your tickets here and print them at home.  The password is "pennpride".

A ticket on the trip is also included with Basketball Season tickets, which will go on sale on Saturday, October 27th.  If you buy basketball season tickets, you are guaranteed to go on this trip and do NOT have to make a separate purchase.  You will receive your ticket on the Bus Trip upon purchasing basketball season tickets at the Line.  See below for more details on Basketball Season Tickets.

If you have any questions about the trip, basketball season tickets or anything, don't hesitate to email us at redandbluecrew@gmail.com.  We hope to see many of you on the trip, and at the football game this weekend against Columbia.

The Line 2012 - Saturday, October 27th at 10AM in the Palestra

The Line has gone back to its roots, and this year it will be all about the basketball!
  First person in line at the Palestra gets first choice of seats!  There will be a Red and Blue Scrimmage starting at 10:30 AM, which is the first opportunity to see the basketball team this season!  There will also be a private meet-and-greet with the team exclusively for season ticket holders immediately following the scrimmage.  Season tickets are $50 and can be purchased at the Palestra that morning. 

Perks of being a season ticket holder include:

-Tickets in Lower Section 120 for 13 Home Basketball Games
-Free Road Trips to Princeton Football, Princeton Basketball and Temple Basketball
-Free "Flying Quaker" t-shirt
-Free Guest Passes to Bring a Friend (first 25 season ticket holders for each game)
-Free Red and Blue Face Paint Kit
-Free Quaker Stadium Cup
-Free Popcorn at Select Games
-$1 Hot Dogs at Select Games
-Opportunity to Participate in In-Game Contests for Fabulous Prizes!
-Reserved Seating until 5 Minutes Before Tip-Off

If you are interested in purchasing season tickets, go to the Penn Athletics homepage and create an account by clicking on "Create Your E-Pass" inside the box labeled "Quaker E-Pass."  This will speed up the purchasing process that morning.  And of course get to the Palestra early for the best seats!

Get excited!  Basketball season is almost here!

GBM Reminder!

Just a reminder that our first GBM will be tomorrow, Wednesday October 10th at 7:30 PM in Huntsman Hall Room 365.  We will discuss the structure of our organization, our upcoming events and how to get involved with the loudest, proudest, most spirited student section in the Ivy League!  Hope to see you all there.

Welcome Back!

Fall is upon us and we have some great events coming up:

This Saturday, October 6th the Penn Football team takes on William and Mary at 3:30 at Franklin Field.  Penn Athletics has agreed to provide toast, so don't forget to stop by the Fan Zone to pick yours up!  Students now will enter Franklin Field from Gate SB, one of the archways on South Street just around the corner from the normal gate.  It is also Family Weekend, so bring friends and family to help cheer on the Quakers!  We want a loud and proud student section to support our team after a great 28-21 win at Dartmouth last weekend.

Next Wednesday, October 10th is our first Red and Blue Crew GBM. If you are looking to get more involved with planning and running events, want to know more about how to support the Red and Blue or just love Penn sports, we want to see you there!  The meeting will be at 7:30 PM in Huntsman Hall, Room 365.  Come find out more about the leadership team that makes the Red and Blue Crew the loudest, proudest, rowdiest and most fun student section in the Ivy League!

Next week we will also be on Locust Walk selling tickets to the away Princeton football game on November 3rd.  These tickets include both entry to the game at Princeton Stadium and round-trip bus transportation.  It is going to be a great time, so make sure to come cheer on the Quakers in hostile territory!

Be on the lookout for more details about basketball season tickets that go on sale next week and our future events.

It's that time of the year, time for Postseason Basketball!

Penn vs. Quinnipiac Quakers host the Bobcats Wednesday March 14 at 7:30PM in the first round of the CBI. Tickets are on sale for $5 Tuesday and Wednesday on Locust. You can also get your seats online by using code "pennpride" (but we suggest buying from us on The Walk so you have the ticket in hand!). All students that wish to cheer on The Red and Blue need to purchase their ticket.

DP Sports March Madness Who says your college hoops knowledge is limited to just the Quakers? Register and submit your picks at www.thedp.com/bracket by noon on Thursday, and you'll have the chance to win a gift card from sponsor The Blarney Stone if you're a top finisher. It's free to enter, so be sure to tell The DP who you think is going to win each of the 63 games.

Spring Sports Days The Red and Blue Crew is keeping the energy going as we head into spring. We are planning on a few games during the Spring Seasons to attend and get rowdy as a group in the stands. We'll let you know the dates and details, don't you worry! 

Penn travels to Harvard, we travel to The Blarney Stone

Here is our longer response to Eli Cohen's Thursday February 16 article. The DP ran a shorter version of this in the Friday February 17 paper. We also have a point-by-point rebuttal.

The Red and Blue Crew is pleased with the strong resurgence of student support at Men’s Basketball Games. We want to first thank the fans for helping us make The Palestra rock again during our recent home games. We have been working hard with the Penn Athletics Marketing Staff to provide student input in many promotions and also with many other campus groups to promote an energized Palestra. Of course, it goes without saying that Coach Jerome Allen and his squad’s increasingly elevated the level of play on the court has been a major factor in the attendance boom. None of our recent success would be possible without the improved product on the court and the joint efforts of Penn Athletics, Greek Organizations, Class Boards, Penn Traditions, and countless other organizations. Together, we know we will continue to create a vibrant atmosphere, the atmosphere The Cathedral of Basketball deserves.

It is a shame that these great strides have been trivialized by Eli Cohen where he unfairly criticizes Penn students and the Red and Blue Crew with many unfounded claims.

For one, let us remind Eli Cohen that it is DP Sports who has their name on the back of the shirts he calls “cookie-cutter”. In working with DP Sports to create and distribute these shirts, we are only continuing a tradition of “Puck Frinceton”, a phrase that reaches back many decades.  It’s long lasting nature is a sign we can all see the humor and sense of school spirit created by a somewhat crude shirt.

Cohen continues his article by writing off chants and cheers from the student section “as unoriginal or in poor taste.” Perhaps Cohen has not been at recent games or read his paper’s commentary recently, such as Calder Silcox’s Nov. 25 Buzz Post where he says “the Red and Blue Crew has had something of a creative renaissance this year” in reference to our new “Olé Rosen”, “Oh, uh, Oh Ber-na-di-ni”, “Miii-zzoo” chants, as well as “Jok-Jok-Everybody!”. We have sought to rediscover school spirit by implementing these new chants and printing out “stat sheets” with player names, numbers, fun facts, and our newer cheers. Not one of them is negative or vulgar.

Perhaps it is Cohen himself who is unoriginal, having written about trash talk already one year ago in his article Talking Smack and Scoring Back.

In terms of rollouts, Cohen continues his inquisition in calling them “unimaginative and completely irrelevant to basketball”. Cohen’s “revelation” came from our rollout against St. Joe’s. The rollout, which read “Jesus <3’s Nova better”, was a jab at our Big 5 rivals’ annual “Holy War”. We would hardly call that rollout “irrelevant to basketball” as the intese rivaly between the two Roman Catholic affiliate schools has been called “The Army-Nave Game of Basketball”.

Cohen has forgotten that rollouts are a tradition of Philadelphia College Sports that has been passed on through generations of students. We seek to receive rollout suggestions from as many fans as possible, usually receiving 10-15 per game, and invite all fans to join us before games to create them. We make sure that our rollouts are ones we would feel comfortable showing our grandmothers and send them to Penn Athletics ahead of tip-off  so we can continue to bring rollouts to games and continue a great tradition.

Let us be clear, that we promote a student section that is energetic and enthusiastic, but always demonstrates the highest ideals of good sportsmanship. We cannot police every individual of a 2000-plus person student section. We cannot be certain that individual students don’t yell out profanity, but we can and do promote positive school spirit. For Cohen to base a majority of his claims off one girl yelling “you suck” the entire game is an unfair oversimplification.

 The ability to make jokes about our opponents, done in a tasteful and humorous fashion, is part of college sports and of our own history. We don’t approve of “F*** Harvard” chants, because here at Penn, we prize creativity. But if you want to make a joke about Tommy Amaker’s many alleged instances of dirty recruiting, go right ahead.  Just because we are in the Ivy League doesn’t mean we cannot have fun or do anything remotely off-color.

Instead of focusing on the negatives, we encourage Cohen and every other fan to be a part of the fan section and offer specific feedback of how we can improve the experience. We welcome every student to continue to make our games a tremendous place to be. Specifically, we offer Cohen a seat in Row 1 so he can see for himself that his claims and concerns are elite fabrications.

You can find us on Junior Balcony tonight at 5:00PM, and standing in Section 119 and 120 during the games. We’ll be the ones focusing on helping the Quakers win, instead of worrying what the opposing team thinks, because will never let school spirit die.

Penn v Harvard The Crimson come to The Palestra on Friday Night. For this game, students are able to get free tickets to the game. Red and Blue Crew Leaders, Class Board, and Sigma Alpha Epsilon will be host a return of the Clash of the Classes. A table on Locust Walk will offer free tickets to the game. A competition will be held to see which class can raise the most money for Philabundance, a local charity that feeds the hungry. Financial donations are not required to get a FREE ticket, but will count towards the winning the Clash of Classes trophy!

A pre-game will be held outside Gate #1 of Franklin Field, (Next to Brysi) Friday night from 5-7PM. Free tickets and food will be available as students enter The Palestra. After 7PM tickets will only be available at the usual $5 price. Fans are asked to wear BLUE to crush the Harvard's Crimson.


Puck Frinceton Shirts on Sale! Our friends over at The DP are making Puck Frinceton Shirts for Monday's Big Game against the Tigers.ORDER THE SHIRT! Let'ssend the Tigers a message! Full schedule of the day's events to be released shortly.

Penn Football at Harvard Join us at Noon at Smokey Joe's to watch the Quakers take on Harvard at Noon. The game is nationally televised on Versus. Join the Red and Blue Crew in watching the game with food and drink. Quakers of all ages are welcome (but must be 21+ to drink). See you there!

Penn Basketball Home Opener The season is upon us! The Quakers beat UMBC last night in the season opener, and paired with a win during the Homecoming exhibition versus Carleton, they are looking to keep that momentum going in Monday's Big 5 matchup against Temple. The game is at 7p, but join us in lower quad at 5p as we get ready for the game and make some rollouts.


The Line Is Coming! See here for more details! 


Away Game Viewing Party at Smokes! 
The Red and Blue Crew, along with The Daily Pennsylvanian Sports Section, The Buzz, and Smokey Joe's are teaming up to bring you a viewing party like never before.

Penn Football is playing away at Columbia on a nationally televised game. Come to Smokes for the 3:30p kickoff and watch the game with fellow Quaker Fans. Join fellow Quaker Fans in watching the game, and there will be prizes, giveaways, and also tons of food and drink specials.

Quakers of all ages are welcome (but must be 21+ to drink). RSVP on Facebook, and See you there!

The Basketball Schedule has been released! See it here via Penn Athletics. Our calendar has been updated to include all games, with all games slated at a 7:00 p.m. EST tip-off until otherwise announced. Commentary and more can be found online via The DP Media Network(TheDP.com and The Buzz). 

It's a big Kickoff Weekend for Penn Park and Football!

It started last night with the Penn Park Grand Opening Picnic! It may have been a bit chilly, but the food, musical performances, athletic clinics, and the fireworks display was a great kick-off.

Today, Skimmer is back from 5-7p! The Class Boards of 2013 and 2014 are planning an amazing event, with tons of food, a Dave cover band, and even hot air balloons on Hill Field. The Red and Blue Crew will be there to support Skimmer, and we will host the Penn Pride Gear Exchange. Bring us another university's T-shirt (or other clothing item), and we will switch it out for a brand new Penn Athletics shirt!

And if that's not enough, Football kicks off Saturday at 6p vs Lafayette. Before the game, head back to Penn Park for Field Day from 4-6p. Field Day will be yet another great event, with food, inflatables, music, and a celebration of The Year of Games and opening of Penn Park. We will be on hand handing out Penn Park football T-shirts to the first 1,000 PennCard holders! Come out early, grab a shirt, and enjoy all that is Penn Park! Then, head up to Franklin Field and watch the Quakers take on the Leopards in the first game of the season. And after the game, fireworks will again illuminate the sky.

It is going to be a memorable weekend as Penn Park opens it's gates and Penn Football begins it's quest for an elusive Undefeated Ivy League Championship Threepeat! For all this information, and more, check us out online at www.pennathletics.com/RBC!

Fight On!
The Red and Blue Crew

updated 9/13/2011 16:08, original 9/11/2011
Official: Team Philly vs. Team Melo Palestra Basketball Exhibition! September 25 at 6:00 p.m., the Palestra will host professional basketball players from Philadelphia, Baltimore, and more for an exposition game. According to game organizers, the game will feature Carmelo Anthony, Lebron James, Kevin Durant, Chris Paul, Josh Selby, Gary Neal, Eric Bledsoe, Donte Greene, Hakim Warrick, Lou Williams, Kyle Lowry, John Salmons, Jason Thompson, Markieff and Marcus Morris, Wayne Ellington, and more! Tickets went on sale online at pennathletics.com at 3:00 p.m. Tuesday September 13!
Line participants from last year received an email about the opportunity to win a free ticket. Winners will be notified by 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday September 14.

The Red and Blue Crew is pleased to have such impressive talent play in the storied Palestra. We welcome the opportunity to see top players in the Palestra's intimate setting, and look forward to another great atmosphere in the Cathedral of Basketball. We thank the organizers of this event and Penn Athletics for bringing the game to Penn.

Skimmer is back! We would like to commend the efforts of the Sophomore and Junior Class Boards to restore Skimmer. Skimmer has its founding roots in athletics, and we are happy for this renewal as part of this storied Penn tradition. Traditions at Penn are what we make of them; the Class Boards of 2013 and 2014, with the support of those Penn Administrators involved, are making for a great time and great new fall event. Athletics is the occasion, but school spirit is the cause.

The Red and Blue Crew will be on hand at Skimmer with giveaways and the Penn Pride Gear Exchange. Bring a piece of clothing from another college or university, and they we will happily trade it for a brand new T-Shirt!

Welcome back to campus! We are excited that everyone is trickling back into campus for NSO and the start of the semester. Even more exciting, Penn Football kicks off their season in just 17 days. It's going to be a great start to the school year as the Two-time Undefeated Defending Ivy League Champions take to the field this fall. And a very special welcome to the Class of 2015.

During NSO, the Red and Blue Crew is having a few events that are not just for the new freshman but also open to upperclassmen as well.

First, we will be at the Student Organization Fair on Monday Sept 5 from 11:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. Look for us by all the club sports teams and other athletic groups. We will have 2011 Football posters and mini-schedules to hand out, and more information about our upcoming events.

Second, we will be on hand at both Penn Park opening events. Come on Thursday, September 15 from 5:00-7:30 p.m. to the Grand Opening Picnic. There will be food, activities, fireworks, and fun! Also, come by to the Field Day from 4:00-6:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 17 before the Quakers take on the Leopards for more Penn Park fun. We will be handing out some sweet Penn Park T-Shirts and other Swag! See more on the official invite.

At all these events, and throughout the year, we will be running the Penn Pride Gear Exchange in conjunction with Penn Athletics Marketing. Bring us your sad Princeton clothes and we will happily take it off your hands and replace it with a cool new exclusive Penn T-Shirt. All clothing items from those other schools will be donated to charity. It's win-win.

And don't forget! The first football game is after Field Day at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday the 17th.

Fight On!
The Red and Blue Crew

NSO is coming soon! The Red and Blue Crew will be on hand at the Penn Athletics Picnic, Late Night at Pottruck, Student Activities Fair, and PennFest. We will be signing up the newest Crew Members onto our listerv, passing out Penn Athletics giveaways, and exchanging T-Shirts through the Penn Pride Gear Exchange. See our calendar below for our NSO events and more, or learn more about NSO at their official site.
Penn Pride Gear Exchange The Red and Blue Crew is proud to sponsor with Penn Athletics to bring back the Penn Pride Gear Exchange. Bring us any logo items from another college or university (especially our Philadelphia and Ivy League rivals!) and we will happily take it off your hands and give you a specially made new Penn Athletics T-shirt. Collected gear will be donated to children in need. The Penn Pride Gear Exchange will be run by Penn Athletics during all home Men's and Womens Basketball, Soccer, Football, and Wrestling games and by the Red and Blue Crew at all our promotions and events before, during, and after the games.
Red and Blue Rewards is back for 2011-2012! You are a crew member, always heading to the student section to cheer on the Quakers. Why not receive a little credit? Penn Athletics runs Red and Blue Rewards, a students-only program that rewards dedicated fans with prizes by attending athletics events. Swipe your PennCard at the Penn Athletics Guest Services Table at the entrance to all home games, and receive points for attendance. Check out the official site for prizes, the leaderboard, and more!