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:
Two-time US Open champion Andy North is the most accomplished Lapper. He also hates the old W. pic.twitter.com/1DNT61otVz— The Victory Lap (@VictoryLapBlog) March 26, 2014