SIDELINE OBSERVATIONS: Credit to the Big Red Machine

Published: Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at 01:23 PM.

There are times when bands and football teams can be competing siblings, each wanting more attention from family and friends. Even in the best of families there can be a little conflict.

Ultimately, it might be safe to say, the football team and band need each other.

A strong high school or college band enhances the game experience. I still get chills down my spine when I see the University of Tennessee's Pride of The Southland Marching Band form a giant "T" and start playing "Rocky Top" as the Volunteers take the field.

And hearing one's school band play the old fight song or alma mater often sends a tear rolling down the cheek of even the most grizzled ex-ball player.

A good band, like the Big Red Machine, remains a source of pride to the school and community when the football team might be going through lean times. That same band can make a difference in helping rally the team late in a tight game.

I also think it's safe to say the Big Red Machine has never lost a halftime show.

I'll always see things from an old football player's perspective, but maybe there is something to this band stuff.

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