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Many Rose Bowl viewers wanted Stanford Band to get off their lawn

Jan 2, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

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Confession time: I love the Stanford Band. They are an oasis of non-conformity in a desert of military-style lockstep banality. I love the fact that the university which gave us Herbert Hoover and Condoleezza Rice has also given us this. And this.

My favorite Stanford Band moment? It may be 1990, when they were suspended for their halftime show at Oregon, where they spelled out the word “pot” on the field and called out the state for environmental misdeeds. Announcer: “Mr. Spotted Owl! Mr. Spotted Owl! Your environment has been destroyed, your home is now a roll of Brawny, and your family has flown the coop. What are you going to do? `Me, I’m going to Disneyland!’”

So in retrospect, the Stanford Band’s halftime show at the 2013 Rose Bowl on Tuesday was pretty tame stuff. Stanford was leading Wisconsin 17-14 when the band took the field and performed a show entitled “Ode to Cheese”. This included their normal disjointed antics and weird costumes (see photo), which tend to scare old people and those from the Midwest. Some viewers then took to Twitter to register their disgust.

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But if we’re relying on our marching bands for national defense, aren’t we pretty much screwed anyway? Just asking.

The Stanford Band is The Rocky Horror Picture Show in an Oklahoma! world. May that never change.

Post-game shenanigans below. I see that the Stanford Tree still has its wonderful Fall foliage.

  1. jimguida - Jan 2, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    I’m sure the Stanford Band’s salute to cheese was wonderful. But nobody can hold a candle to an earlier paen to this dairy treat. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufJTqT5gMg0

  2. bigdaddygreen - Jan 2, 2013 at 4:36 PM

    If you think the Stanford band is zany, they can’t hold a candle to Humboldt State’s Marching Lumberjacks band: