It’s a tradition almost as old as college football itself: The Stanford Band flaunts tradition with zany halftime antics, causing stodgy, militaristic fusspots with onions on their belts to froth at the mouth and type angry words onto the Internet. Why, Stanford Band? Why must you tear at the very fabric of society?
For the record, there are only two college marching bands that I enjoy: Stanford’s, and Ohio State’s. All others are stuck in the mid-1960s, and remind me of any given scene from “Babes In Toyland”, only with more outdated music. Stanford gives the finger to all of that lock-step convention, and that’s kind of amazing, considering that it’s Stanford — home of Condoleezza Rice and Herbert Hoover.
Make no mistake: many people really, really hate the Stanford band. Why spend all that energy on loathing a marching band? My theory is because there is hardly a college out there which hasn’t been lampooned by them. And the Stanford Band doesn’t gently nudge you in the ribs … they often go for the throat. Folks from other colleges don’t like that. They are Hawkeye Pierce to every other university’s Frank Burns. Example from the Rose Bowl, as the Stanford Band gives it to Michigan State:
heheh RT @JasonDixonPD: Told by someone in the press box that Stanford band formed a burning couch as part of their performance.
— Bomani Jones (@bomani_jones) January 2, 2014
Among other highlights from the Stanford Band’s Rose Bowl effort (with disparaging comments interspersed):
No one takes Stanford University seriously. Because of the band. http://t.co/rOEgFNcp5Q
— Matt Hinton (@MattRHinton) January 2, 2014
— Cork Gaines (@CorkGaines) January 2, 2014
— ESPN Pac-12 (@ESPN_Pac12blog) January 2, 2014
— Lisa Horne (@LisaHorne) January 1, 2014
The Stanford band is neither cute nor funny. Their shtick is contrived and annoying. #RoseBowl
— Guy Benson (@guypbenson) January 1, 2014
Slowly, awkwardly, the Michiganders realize the Stanford Band is giant middle finger to their MW standards of decency, and they are angered.
— Chris Derrick (@CDerrickRun) January 1, 2014
— Kel Dansby (@KelDansby) January 1, 2014
Stanford band at the Rose Parade.. Different than you average marching band. pic.twitter.com/TPRPWqKYNv
— Marion Bands (@hhsmb) January 1, 2014
— Christina Lala (@ChristinaLala) January 1, 2014