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Washington Redskins Band will play after touchdowns again

Last week I was quite surprised to learn from Hogs Haven that the Washington Redskins Marching Band was no longer playing “Hail to the Redskins” after touchdowns. A recording was played instead. I read that and was thinking whiskey tango foxtrot?! What’s the point of having a marching band if you aren’t going to have them play after touchdowns? The Skins are one of only two NFL teams (the other is the Baltimore Ravens) to have a marching band. Back in the glory days, they were a big part of the beloved RFK Stadium experience.

Good news came into today’s Post (
‘Hail to the Redskins’: How the team’s marching band got its fight song back) – the band will play after touchdowns again. Good to see this tradition restored. Thanks and congratulations to Hogs Haven for helping get this done.

Now watch the Skins score nothing but field goals (or get shut out) against the Seattle Seahawks this Sunday evening. Actually, I have no idea how the game is going to play out. Im conditioned as a DC fan to expect a crushing loss come playoff time. I have been expecting them to lose for weeks.

As for the recording, you all know the one I mean — this one, when was it recorded? Who performed it? We’ve been hearing it as long as I can remember, but we don’t know who did it. I’ll ask Dan Steinberg if he knows.

One more thing — I kind of want the Redskins to come out in the white-burgundy combo at home tomorrow. While the burgundy-gold set has grown on me, wearing the Gibbs Era uniforms would be a nice touch.

UPDATE: D.C. Washington is singing the Star Spangled Banner State of NoVa, The Post. Between D.C. and Bob McDonald (mostly Caps games) we’re spoiled here with anthem singers.

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Guido D’Elia is gone from Penn State!

Penn State Marketing “Guru” Guido D’Elia Let Go Black Shoe Diaries
We found out today that Guido D’Elia, who was in charge of Football Communications and Branding for Penn State football, is GONE! @FightonState tweeted this great news.

Hopefully, this means the end of “theme games” like tie-dye day and piped in music like “Sweet Caroline,” “Livin’ On a Prayer” and “Don’t Stop Believin’”. D’Elia may have been a competent video producer with the Penn State Football Story, but his gameday experience was very minor league and not collegiate. I’ll give him credit for doing well with the Joe Paterno Memorial Service, but that’s about it. I got tired of driving for hours and spending hundreds of dollars to hear the same generic piped-in music that he dumbed-down Beaver Stadium with for the last several seasons.

There is only one way to celebrate this news:

Let’s hope whoever takes over respects the traditional Penn State and college football experience overall. Let the Blue Band shine!

UPDATE: This may mean the end of the Penn State Football Story as we know it since D’Elia’s company, Mind Over Media produced it. If that happens, so be it, AND BRING BACK TV QUARTERBACKS. I bet Fran Fisher still has those loud blazers in his closet.

Not his loudest jacket, but you get the idea…

Also, can we get the contrasting trim back on the jerseys? D’Elia claimed it was his idea to make the Penn State football jerseys less elegant and more cheap looking.

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Seven Nation Army: Wait, Guido D’Elia did something kind of right?

How The Song “Seven Nation Army” Conquered The Sports WorldDeadspin

“Seven Nation Army” made a beachhead in American sports in State College, Penn. According to a 2006 story in the Harrisburg Patriot-News, Penn State spokesperson Guido D’Elia—who is still the director of communications and branding for the embattled football program—was inspired by hearing a Public Radio International story about A.S. Roma’s use of the song.

Weird, who knew Guido would actually work with the Blue Band. Overall though, he still needs to go and I think “Seven Nation Army” does too. I love it as much as any one but –ohhh-oh-oh-oh-oh-ohhh-ohhh well that is something Ohio State does now too and it makes sense there. We don’t need to be chanting the first letter of a rival. It doesn’t need to go as much as Rock n’ Roll Part II of course.

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Penn State: Rock n Roll Part II sort of dropped by the Blue Band

Blue Band Scraps Glitter’s “Rock and Roll”Onward State
The Penn State Blue Band sort of dropped Rock n’ Roll Part II from its pregame. I wanted them to do this years ago because Gary Glitter was convicted in 2005 of the things Jerry Sandusky is accused of right now. The article linked above says it was “completely purged” but to my ear, that is inaccurate. There still a Glitter influence in there, but Queen’s “We Will Rock You” as well. I think they need to go all the way in getting rid of it. Here is how it sounds (roughly 7:25 in the video, in case it isn’t automaticaly cued up there):

Just wipe the slate clean this offseason and come up with something new and original. We’ve had enough half-hearted decisions of late.

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