And a local priest believes the now familiar chant “I believe that we will win” may have originated at Bishop Ludden High School many years ago.
The chant is heard from Syracuse to Brazil and it’s popularly credited to some midshipmen at an Army/Navy football game in the late 1990s.
“We did it apparently at one of our games, I'm sure we did it, and one of the CBA kids took it to CBA and from there this young man went to the Naval Academy and then it went on to ESPN. That's my understanding of the train from here to there,” Father Dan Muscalino said.
The Bishop Ludden community says the chant can be traced back to at least the Gaelic Knights' 1994 boys basketball team that was headed to Glens Falls for the State Championship – which they won.
“We had a pep rally because they were going off the Glens Falls and its just one of those things that just kind of came, my recollection is it was spur of the moment thing and people just got into it,” Father Muscalino said.
Father Muscalino said he enjoys hearing the familiar chant on the world stage.
“I think it’s really fun to think that a little slice of Upstate, Central New York has made its way all the way to the World Cup, which I think is incredible,” he said.
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