As a requirement for my STS class last year, a group had discussed about the UP Men’s Basketball team. A big part of their presentation revolved around the words BIRG and CORF, which I think no one in the audience has ever heard before. BIRG stands for Basking in Reflected Glory, while CORF stands for Cutting Off Reflected Failure. Vague as it was for me, one of the members gave a good example of people who commit the two. For the BIRGers, they used UP students. Perhaps the best instance of them BIRGing was when the UP Pep Squad won last year. Most students regarded themselves as part of the Pep Squad after the competition, saying things such as “we won” or “we did it”, which is exactly what BIRGing is. BIRGing is when you try to receive glory from some team’s success and identify yourself as part of the group, when in fact, you have not contributed to their achievement. I was intrigued by such concept, but from my experience, I would have to say that BIRGing is actually present during the cheerdance competition.
As good or bad BIRGing may sound, CORFing, in my opinion, is worse. It is the tendency of somebody distancing themselves as far as possible from the losing team. Unfortunately, UP students were also the example for this concept. As we all know, the UP Men’s Basketball Team isn’t as successful as other teams in the UAAP. Thus, some Iskos and Iskas, the CORFers, tend to tell their friends that ‘they lost’ or ‘they failed again’.
To me, BIRGing is good in the sense that the participating team gains inspiration and strength which can push them into working harder. However, seeing people commit a disappointing act such as CORFing saddens me. Although we really are not a part of a group such as the UP Men’s Basketball Team, as fans or simply as UP students, we can be much more encouraging. Cheering and praying with them will be of great help. And maybe, being a BIRGer will make them gain that long-desired win.