According To Ohio State's Marching Band, The Wicked Witch Of The West Attended Michigan
In knew the minute I saw that The Ohio State Marching Band was going to do a tribute to The Wizard Of Oz that we'd see the Wicked Witch of the West with a Michigan banner on her torso. It was just a given. And having her melt was also expected ... an ode to the Wolverines' many problems of late.
In fact, I have little doubt that OSU chose the Wizard of Oz theme precisely for the image of the witch melting, just to kick Michigan while it's down. Not that there's anything wrong with that.
I'm not much for halftime marching band productions -- they're more boring and hackneyed than a 1980s Bob Hope Special. Stanford is an exception, and so is Ohio State -- the self-proclaimed Best Damned Band In All The Land. OSU's halftime shows have become legendary, with choreography and planning second to none. Gotta love this one, because when a marching band attempts to recreate the dancing of Ray Bolger, and succeeds, then that's something special.
Fun fact: Margaret Hamilton, who played the Wicked Witch of the West in the 1939 film, was actually born in Cleveland and grew up in Ohio.
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