'Shoulder to shoulder we will fight, fight, fight, fight, fight! Fuck 'em up! Fuck 'em up! Go CU!"

Maybe you heard those, erm, slightly profane words at a football game this year. Aside from shouting curse words at the opposing team, there are lots of ways to show your school spirit this year as you cheer on the Buffs during the spring sports season and beyond.

Check out our list:

The C-Unit

The C-Unit, CU's loud and vivacious student section, shows up to all basketball games with pride. Join them by wearing ridiculous amounts of black and gold apparel — and body paint. Lots and lots of body paint.

There's also usually a guy wearing a banana suit. You get the idea.

Here's how to join your fellow Buffs in the C-Unit:

Step one: Obtain black and gold paint, apply liberally to body.

Step two: Cover any other body parts with Buffs apparel.

Step three: Locate other similarly dressed people in the crowd.

Step four: Stand next to them, cheer loudly, jump up and down and sometimes hold a photo of a giant, floating head of a player above your head.

Become a Ralphie handler

Called one of the greatest traditions in college sports, the running of the live buffalo mascot, Ralphie, is quite the sight to see.

Picture this: Before every home game, a 1,300-pound buffalo flanked by men and women in Western attire sprints around the field.


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You too can take part in running across the field as a Ralphie handler — thought it's not as easy as it looks.

Tryouts are held each spring and consist of a series of timed runs to determine your speed. You must be a full-time student and have at least one fall semester remaining prior to graduation.

Handlers have to be good time managers too, as they spend hours each week on strength and conditioning, training, events, appearances and practice.

For more information or to download an application, visit CUBuffs.com.

Cheer, dance or try out to be Chip

CU's cheer team is split into a co-ed squad with 20 members and an all-female team with 24 members. Tryouts are held in the spring.

The teams cheer on the sidelines of football, basketball and volleyball games, as well as attending campus events throughout the year.

The dance team, which holds auditions in the fall and has around 20 members, can also be found on the sidelines. These women also accompany CU's marching band onto the football field for pre-game performances and dances during halftime.

Both teams compete nationally at cheer and dance competitions.

Chip, CU's costumed mascot, won back-to-back national championships in 2009 and 2010 and has multiple top-five finishes.

Never stop showing that Buff pride

Once you've graduated, you might think your school spirit days are over.

Not so fast.

If you're like Betty Hoover and Peggy Coppom, you'll never stop loving the Buffs.

Known as "The Twins" the two 91-year-old women have attended most CU home football and basketball games since 1940.

The two women are often spotted carrying yellow pompoms and wearing bright yellow CU sweatshirts, vests, polos or jackets.

If you move away from Boulder, you can find fellow Buffs at alumni chapters around the world, including New York City, Beijing, Saudi Arabia and dozens of others.

Check out the list here: colorado.edu/alumni/connect/chapters-clubs

Sarah Kuta: twitter.com/sarahkuta