Emanuella Grinberg writes in her recent CNN article “It’s bowl season: Watch out for the 'surrender cobra” to “look around the stands of any stadium during the fourth quarter, and you'll see it.”
“It's the universal signal of anguished defeat, the gesture that shows you've all but given up hope for your team,” according to Grinberg’s article.
Her article goes on to explain, “The "surrender cobra" made its debut in popular lexicon in 2013 in Grantland's college football dictionary. It was defined as a "pose frequently adopted by fans witnessing unfortunate sports happenings, characterized by clasping hands on top of head as though one is under arrest and a slow, tense exhale of breath."
“The Internet embraced it, adopting the #surrendercobra hashtag and launching a Twitter account and other online forums to catalog the most impressive examples. Even coaches and players are susceptible,” Grinberg elaborates.
But, the surrender cobra is not a gesture only experienced by faint-hearted sports fans.