8.21.2006

Damn... I missed 8/20!

That's going to require some explanation.

August 20th is something of a minor holiday amongst marching band geeks in the PAC10. You see, in the PAC10, when it comes to football rivalries your first enemy is your in-state rival (as it ought to be), and the second is USC, the University of Spoiled Children. When your rival (in my case UofA) is playing USC, it's one of those situations where the optimal result is the stadium imploding on both teams.

This animosity is largely a result of the arrogance displayed by the Trojan marching band. They bill themselves as the world's greatest marching band, and rest assured should marching bands be found on other planets, they'll be the first to claim the mantle of greatest marching band in the Universe. Hell, they may have already made that claim. The problem is, they're... they're not very good. Actually... they're quite bad. Combine that arrogance with general pettiness (flipping off other bands as they perform, vandalism and theft of property, etc.), and the result is they're not really welcome on the road.

Anyway, the tradition is that when someone notes that it's 8/20 or 8:20, the rest in the group respond by screaming "F#*& SC!"

This comes from a tradition in the UCLA Bruin band, USC's true rival. They rehearse in the early morning hours and at the end of practice, to close things out and announce the end of rehearsal, the director says, "It's 8:20." The band responds with "F#*& SC!" and they go about their day. This tradition has made its way around to other PAC10 bands over time, and given the generally negative attitude toward the school and band, it's taken hold.

So, here's a belated 8/20.

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