Going to the football game this weekend? Don’t expect to hear the usual snark
After embarrassing the football team’s players, coaches, alumni and parents last weekend with their…different rendition of “Roar, Lion, Roar,” at the conclusion of Saturday’s football contest against Cornell, the Columbia University Marching Band has been barred from performing at Saturday’s final game of the season against Brown. According to a statement, the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education Dr. M. Dianne Murphy believes, “allowing the band the opportunity to perform…on Saturday undermines the University’s institutional support for our football team.” Ouch. So what exactly did the band do to our fun and light hearted fight song to make everybody so angry? Check out these lyrics.
We always lose lose loseby a lot and sometimes by a littlewe all were winners at the start,but four years has taught us all the value ofjust giving up, cuz we really suckwhy are we even trying?we always lose lose losebut we take solace in our booze.
Yup, I’d say that goes a little overboard, don’t you think?
Look, I know I’ve been as critical as anyone when it comes to the football team this year (my last three quick thoughts post called the season a “Hindenberg Disaster”), but there’s a time and a place for that. I’m not going to go to the game and start shouting, “You guys suck and make me want to drink!”
C’mon, who wants to hear that? I mean, they’re the ones who just finished playing the game, don’t you think they feel bad enough?
It’s times like these that we’ve got to remember that our Light Blue football players are just like us—they have to go to class, they have to do their homework, and they have to wipe their ass the same as you and me.
And you know what that means? They’re human. They have friends, parents and all kinds of other family coming to these games. They work hard all year long in order to give everything they have out on the field for just 10 Saturdays a year.
And if you think I’m standing on my proverbial soapbox and attacking the band, that’s totally not my intention. I’m sure they realize they made a mistake, and will work to correct that in the future.
All I’m saying is let’s appreciate all that our athletes do, instead of assailing them for what they don’t.
For complete coverage, check out Trevor Cohen’s article from today’s paper here.
Editor’s note: The lyrics above were provided by a member of the Band.
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