Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Breakfast at Tiffany's

Random memory from the Minnesota game ...

Sometime during a timeout in the second half, while the game was still very much in doubt, the scoreboard played a number of Badgers singing karaoke.

It was funny. Elijah Hodge's bit was good, and Aaron Henry sang a country song. But the bit that got everyone going was lineman Kenny Jones' rendition of Breakfast at Tiffany's by Deep Blue Something.

First of all -- what is any guy doing singing that song? And singing it seemingly without irony? And singing it pretty well?

Second of all -- at the end of the bit, the in-stadium cameras caught Jones on the sideline, and everyone around him was giggling, as were many of us in the crowd. Because it was funny.

But if you're a coach, or someone who was actually playing in the game, wouldn't the timing of this funny video seem in appropriate? I mean, you're locked in a battle against your bitter enemy, with players trying to get rest from 2-1/2 hours of a physical game, and coaches trying to figure out the next schematic move. All the while everyone's laughing at your guys, most of whom aren't playing.

I'm all for the kids having fun, and think this karaoke thing is great. But how about playing it in the first quarter, when the mood is still light? Or how about I just get less sensitive about these things?

6 comments:

Toohey said...

Scott, you're just jealous because you don't have any "vocal training."

t

Anonymous said...

Wow, you must not get to games very often. This segment "Get to know your Badgers", or something to that effect, has been going on for the last 3 seasons. It almost always happens in the third quarter. They have a fan aska pre-taped question and show the players responses. They are hilarious! Previous questions included - What's your favorite baseball team? (One answered a football team) If you were on a desert island, what one thing would you take with you? (Someone said some famous model)

The editing always puts the funniest one last to get everyone loose. I think the opposite way. If it's a tight game, it would be good to laugh and have a stress release (other than crushing an opponent.)

Will said...

No, Tappa is mad because none of the players wanted to sing any early Goo Goo Dolls songs. Oh, wait - Millie was the big fan of early Goo Goo Dolls material.

I thought the singing was pretty funny, but it was kind of weird timing....

Scott Tappa said...

I've seen the feature before, it just seems that the other times I've seen it have been at the tail end of laughers, and it fit the situation. We'll have to agree to disagree, Anonymous.

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Anonymous said...

So who ended up winning that game, huh? Maybe this is what it took to get the team loose and playing better. Also - people were laughing, but not at the singers, but at the last player up there who said something about how he wouldn't go to karaoke.

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