Football players are supposed to be tough, manly folk—even if they are playing for an Ivy League team—but the Columbia University football team is quite the opposite. It turns out that names really do hurt the most. As the squad prepare for their final game of the season this weekend, the school’s marching band will not be welcome.
It seems the school’s athletic department was very upset after the band parodied the school’s fight song, “Roar, Lion, Roar” as the Columbia team left the field. The Lions had lost against Cornell—the team’s ninth loss in nine games.
“The Athletics Program welcomes the band to our football games to promote school spirit and provide fan entertainment,” the Athletic Department released in a statement. “We believe the actions of the band on Saturday, Nov. 12, were inappropriate and embarrassed our student-athletes, coaches, parents, and fans.”
The alternate verses the band sung included lines like “We always lose, lose, lose; by a lot, and sometimes by a little.”
“Our football players, coaches, alumni, [and] parents are extremely hurt, disappointed, and angry by the band’s behavior at Cornell,” Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education Dr. M. Dianne Murphy said. “Because of the band’s disrespect for the feelings and efforts of their classmates and fellow Columbians, we believe that allowing the band the opportunity to perform at Lawrence A. Wien Stadium on Saturday undermines the University’s institutional support for our football team.”
Well done Columbia, basically the ONLY people that consistently come to the woeful team’s games ARE the band, so now the team will lose in obscurity.
Although maybe THAT’S really what the school wanted…
*UPDATE: Now Columbia has relented and announced that the band WILL be allowed to be at the game this weekend—and hold their traditional passing of the band torch ceremony at halftime. We did it!