I was unaware of this, but the NC State marching band was not: West Virginia fans have their own unique and vulgar spin on “Sweet Caroline,” providing the only tolerable version of what is traditionally the worst song in the history of the world.
See here (warning: swears regarding Pitt football are involved):
(West Virginia and Pittsburgh have a longstanding football rivalry, you see.)
Did NC State’s band not know what they were doing? Oh, they knew.
I'm in the band and trust me, we knew. We definitely knew.— Roberta Gunnels (@GunnelsRoberta) September 14, 2019
My friend works with NC State's band and texts me yesterday from the game saying, "Oh man. So you know how you're not allowed to play sweet Caroline?" https://t.co/vdPEMUsXzI— Nick Gasemy (@nicknak13) September 15, 2019
I didn’t know how important this was to me until just now, but getting an entire stadium to shout “EAT SHIT PITT” in unison was a critical win in a weekend with none otherwise.
Perhaps needless to say, this particular song choice was very much appreciated by West Virginia fans. If I’m understanding the situation correctly, their band is not allowed to play “Sweet Caroline,” for the obvious swear-based reasons. So when somebody else comes in and provides...
I saw WVU fans lined up to give the NC State band high fives as they walked off the field. Hilarious. Well done, Wolfpack, we’ll done.— Ann Fowler (@anniewvfan) September 15, 2019
Best part of today’s NC State at WVU game (beyond the WVU win) was NC State’s band playing “Sweet Caroline” at halftime. They ignited the home crowd and got a standing ovation afterward. Real WVU fans will know why.— Mark (@bhsfbradio) September 15, 2019
A lot of people were like “We’re NC State fans now because of this” I have to agree, I love a band that has good humor— Katie (@WVU_Katie) September 15, 2019
So much respect for the NC State Wolf Pack Marching Band. After WVU fans gave their band a standing ovation after Sweet Caroline, the Pack band stayed in the stands until the end of Country Roads.— Cindy Ellis (@caduchess) September 15, 2019
I absolutely love college ball! @PackFootball @WVUfootball @WVUMarchingBand pic.twitter.com/SaY8FD72AC
(Cindy will be forgiven for the grammatical error on account of how much respect she is having and detailing.)
At least somebody in an NC State uniform delivered a win this weekend, am I right you guys.
But seriously, this is great. College football has its problems, sure, but how else are you going to get a visiting marching band becoming friends with 50,000 folks they’ve never met before?