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Wednesday, May 09, 2007

The joy of planning...

Regular readers of this blog know that I am an asshole so it should come as no surprise that I come from a long line of assholes. Specifically, I come from a family that is made up almost entirely of pranksters. To us a good stunt is a little like a fine wine- something to be anticipated and then savored. In college my mother was notorious for harassing campus sororities. I would explain how but, frankly, it would take too long. My father, on the other hand, was well known for his creativity and managed to trick a fraternity brother into spraypainting his own armpits. I've had my own history with pranks but, frankly, I'd rather not talk about them here as the statute of limitations hasn't completely expired yet.

The thing that makes a good prank satisfying is the lengths to which one must go to accomplish it. A prank isn't like bullying someone, or placing the hand of a sleeping person in a bowl of water. Rather, pulling a prank is an artform that requires a lot of planning, considerable acting talent, and a fair amount of sheer gall. By the time a prank comes off you've been working on it for quite a while and, thus, seeing it come to fruition is something to be cherished.

Perhaps that's why I like this prank so much. As many of you know Yale and Harvard have something of a rivalry. This stretches back quite a long ways and shows no signs of abating any time soon. During a recent football game a group of dedicated Yale fans decided to perpetuate this rivalry with the help of a prank. Specifically, they decided to try to get the Harvard crowd at a football game to hold up a gigantic sign reading "We Suck." It goes without saying that they succeeded.* Take a look and admire the truly remarkable amount of effort that this required:



Mean? Possibly. Hilarious? Absolutely. A fine prank? No.

A superb prank.


* Not because Yale is so crafty or Harvard is dumb- just that we wouldn't be talking about it if it hadn't worked.

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2 Comments:

Blogger Slag said...

Abso-freakin-lutely brilliant. This reminds me of my days in the "marching band" of a similar university.

"Marching" actually meant "run around on the field like mad people while one of us reads jokes over the public address system, and maybe occasionally play a song or two. We were booed off the field at UPenn for saying how happy we were to finally be invited to play at Penn State, and we were banned permanently from Army for ending the show by saying "watch now as we dishonorably discharge our Privates".

We were in awe of the Stanford Band. During the spotted owl logging controversy, they were forever banned from playing at away games at the University of Oregon after they formed the shape of a logger cutting down an old growth tree and playing, "It's Too Late to Say You're Sorry".

Still, I've never seen anything like this. Well done, Yalies!

Wednesday, May 09, 2007 2:21:00 PM  
Anonymous bookmobile said...

Wait...Harvard and Yale have football teams? Both of them?

Wednesday, May 09, 2007 2:34:00 PM  

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