There are few Wisconsin residents with more pull than Frank Kaminsky right now. The junior forward for the Wisconsin men’s basketball team was named the Most Valuable Player at the NCAA tournament’s West Regional Saturday in leading the Badgers to the Final Four.

So when he tweets, “The #DirtyDub is a movement. Don’t wanna see those lame W’s anymore. Death, Taxes and #DirtyDub,” as he did on Monday, it’s worth trying to figure out what Frank the Tank is talking about.

According to The Victory Lap, a blog maintained by some of the Wisconsin basketball team’s managers, the "Dirty Dub" is the result of a need to change the hand symbol of choice among Badgers fans. TVL attributes the “old” W sign — made with two hands, palms forward, putting the tips of the two thumbs together and extending the index fingers to form a W — to former UW football coach Bret Bielema, who became significantly less popular after he departed for Arkansas last year.

“As great as it was losing three straight Rose Bowls, it's time to leave that era behind us,” writes JD, one of TVL’s writers.

Instead, he suggests, throw the Dirty Dub by intertwining the ring and middle fingers of one hand and tucking your thumb in to make a one-handed W. Among the benefits, JD points out that it’s now possible to demonstrate your commitment to the UW without having to set your beer down. It also makes snapping a selfie significantly easier.

The trend is catching fire in Madison as the Badgers gear up for the Final Four in Arlington, Texas, this weekend. The #DirtyDub hashtag is active on Twitter and some enterprising students are selling Dirty Dub t-shirts. The Wisconsin State Journal featured a photo of players Ben Brust and Zach Bohannon flashing the sign as they boarded a plane on its front page Thursday morning.

But has posing with this new, oddly-named hand sign risen to the level of a movement, as Kaminsky insists?

You be the judge:

Jason Joyce took over as news editor of The Capital Times in 2013.

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(8) comments

Juan Diego
Juan Diego

The same handshape, palm toward the person you're talking to, is and has been the letter "W" to deaf folks for eons. Get with the program, Bucky.

GaryRobbins
GaryRobbins

It is whatever you want it to mean, since I doubt the gangs went through the legal process of trademarking it.
And we certainly don't mean it as a gang symbol, unless some here mean it as the gang of UW supporters.
It's new and fresh, and I like it.

Crow Barr
Crow Barr

"........some here mean it as the gang of UW supporters."

You could call them "athletic supporters" if you chose to, Jocko!

jdub11
jdub11

Interesting take on the 'W', except for the fact that it is a gang sign...

adamman
adamman

Okay, the new W gesture is great. But you need to get the ring finger down and tucked by the thumb to be effective. How hard is that? Practice, practice, practice, that's the way to get to the championship game.
We all hope that the Bad-Gers play a fine tuned game in the final 4. If we want to do the new W
gesture, let's fine tune it and get it right. This is no time for laziness and ineptitude.

GO GREEN BAY BADGERS! TWO MORE GAMES!

pjh16
pjh16

Ring finger down??? Uh, try reading the article again and look at how da' Tank does it...Go Badgers!!!

adamman
adamman

pjh16:

I understand your confusion. But the Tank is doing it wrong. How do I know? Because I originated the Dirty Dub. However, it's been corrupted and the whole concept is now misrepresented.
The whole idea was to do the Dirty Dub with one hand. My research has shown that only .98% of people have the ability to "intertwine" their two middle fingers in this fashion without using the other hand to do the intertwining. That defeats the whole purpose of being able to hold your beer with one hand and do the dirty dub with the other. But you can pin the ring finger down with the thumb (dogs can't do that) and do the original dirty dub easily with one hand. Get the drift? Geez, the UW should hire me to be a professor of the Dirty Dub. Then I could teach the younger generation how to do it right. Remember, tuck but don't roll.

Crow Barr
Crow Barr

From the original picture I thought Bo was holding a sticky caramel roll.

GO BADGERS!

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