Mon Oct 25 06:53am EDT
Let's be honest: Who hasn't seen a particularly impressive marching band formation and thought, "Wow. I'd really like to take a nap inside that"? Many have dreamed; few have mustered the ... let's say, exuberance to try. For this Mountaineer fan, however, "exuberance" was no problem as he singlehandedly invaded the northern border of the Pride of West Virginia's pregame show Saturday (first video) for a brief taste of the dream before being dragged away by authorities:
Most of the thousands on hand in Morgantown saw the invasion and subsequent deportation as just another drunken, shirtless interloper scoring points in the frat house. Local writer Mitch Vingle, however, saw the episode for what it really was – a strained metaphor for the Mountaineers' descent against a double-digit underdog:
MORGANTOWN - Before Saturday's Syracuse-West Virginia Big East football game, an intoxicated fan ran onto the field and lay down on the artificial turf. The WVU band literally marched right over him before the police intervened.
Little did the partisan crowd of 58,122 at Milan Puskar Stadium realize it was a harbinger. The host Mountaineers staggered into the game against the lightly regarded Orange, then allowed SU to march through and over them on a beautiful Homecoming day.
With the Pride of West Virginia, as with Syracuse's long-awaited return to respectability, there are no obstacles. There is only march, and the unlamented cries of those unfortunate enough to find themselves in its unrelenting path.
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Matt Hinton is on Twitter: Follow him @DrSaturday.