PASADENA -- House of Pain's "Jump Around" always brings down the house at Camp Randall, and one former Bucky Badger hoped to organize that same energy in Pasadena, and even attempt to set a Guinness World Record! Derek Hildebrandt originally planned to organize an event where Badgers fans would play "Jump Around" on their mobile devices, but Rose Bowl officials caught wind of that plan, and now expect to play "Jump Around" over the PA system during the game!
Badger alumnus Derek Hildebrandt now lives in Los Angeles, but nobody's questioning his team spirit. "I was Bucky from 1991 to 1993. It was an amazing college experience to do that," Hildebrandt said.
Hildebrandt has been to all four Rose Bowls in the last two decades, including a year ago against TCU. With him are thousands of Badger faithful, traveling to Pasadena, bringing along a taste of Madison tradition. "I remember seeing the silent 'Jump Around,' and thinking it was pretty awesome, but wish they'd play the music," Hildebrandt said.
Hildebrandt opened "Operation Jump Around," in an attempt to get fans to play the song on their mobile devices, but now officials say they'll play the song over the loudspeakers. "So after like, 100 years of not doing any college tradition during the game, they changed it for this year," Hildebrandt said.
Fans like Horicon native Tom Bushkie say they can't wait to see the "Jump Around" energy harnessed in Rose Bowl Stadium. "When you see 'Jump Around' at Camp Randall, it's breathtaking. To see it done in Pasadena at the Rose Bowl will be absolutely unbelievable," Bushkie said.