The Marching Band Refused to Yield

Don McLean’s American Pie was a great song in my youth.

Now the halftime air was sweet perfume
While sergeants played a marching tune
We all got up to dance
Oh, but we never got the chance

‘Cause the players tried to take the field
The marching band refused to yield
Do you recall what was revealed
The day the music died?

The song played out in real life last week in Annandale, Virginia. Apparently Annandale High School football coach Mike Scott thought the band was taking too long at halftime of the Senior Night football game Friday night and tried to get them off the field mid-show in a pretty unattractive way. Perhaps indicative of nothing, the band seems to be quite good, with lots of awards and honors, while the football team is 1-9 and lost that evening 55-14. Boorish behavior by “football people” is hardly news of the dog bites man variety, obviously. But one would think that a teacher and coach might be smart enough to exhibit a little bit of common sense. Band members deserve some public recognition just like football players. One would think this should be a no-brainer, right?

Read the full story here: Band kicked off the field

UPDATE: Interim USC football coach Ed Orgeron, not known as a great intellect, is still miles smarter than Annandale’s coach (see below).Coach O

Also, isn’t it remarkable that a douchy football coach is named Michael Scott?



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