Only In America
Countless imitators of Elvis and Michael Jackson were not enough to prepare us for this, for another folly comes from America, a competition in hog calling! We can immediately sense that something is just not right when a lovable grandpa with a big plastic corn on his heads instead of hat climbs the stage and begins screaming. It was not getting any better, in polite terms,there were others equally absurd and insane contestants who were giving their best to sound like a pig, in my opinion, before the pig slaughter.
Although the origin and date of first use of “hog calling” is not precisely known, the tradition is said to have started in 1920 when farmers spontaneously started making pig-like noises in attempt to encourage a Razorback football team that was losing. The next home game produced a group which repeated the cheer often and it soon became sort of a brand of the club. So, if life takes you through Arkansas, the birth state of this way of cheering, just relax and rest assured that nothing unusual is happening if you hear these sounds. You got here just in time for a football game!
And The Winner Is
Kyle Barton is a proud winner of this year’s hog calling in Illinois, apparently the exercise he undertook was worth it. His appearance in the true spirit of a cheerleader showed us how the choreography should look like. That he is not just an ordinary amateur confirms his statement given to the media, stating that he was the triple champion of Iowa where he came from. The next states to on his road trip are Nebraska and Wisconsin. It is interesting that he is a “city boy” who’s mom has won in a similar contest and inspired him try it himself. Well, good luck to him! However, regardless of the moderately ironic tone in this article, his last words in the statement he made could be an inspiration to us all: “Everything in life should be studied, and when you study something long enough, you become a champion.”