Our journey through the San Jose Earthquakes advent calendar has reached its ninth day and behind today’s door someone very familiar to anyone that has attended an Earthquakes games sometime in the last 40 years: Krazy George.
Some might just see him as a professional cheerleader who has been hired by numerous sports teams around the country or that loud guy with a tambourine that shows up in random sections of the stadium to get the crowd going, but one thing is for sure. Earthquakes games or Avaya Stadium would not be the same without him. But what is his history? Is he from San Jose, did he actually invent the wave, are there multiple versions of him that get shipped around the country for various events? These are questions everyone has had and most may never get the answer to. The truth is if you support the Earthquakes none of this matters.
The Earthquakes have built a reputation of being undefinable in a league that is desperate to find some structure and Krazy George is the perfect distraction from that search. The white hair that is left on his head grows smaller every year like some glacier in Alaska that is struggling to fight against climate change and he still wears the Quakes kit from the 1970s but he belongs to us. I have given up trying to explain what Krazy George is to the unaware but to anyone that has spent time at a Earthquakes match in the last several decades, no definition is needed. To paraphrase Winston Churchill, “It is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma; but perhaps there is a key”. In other terms, Krazy George is someone that must be experienced in person.
Check back tomorrow to see what is behind door number 10!