Is Rome burning? You betcha. Jim Rome, that is.
The CBS sportscaster sent a tweet during the college football playoffs on New Year’s Day that ended up ticking off the entire marching band community.
“Is there anyone not in a marching band who thinks those dorks running around with their instruments are cool?” he tweeted.
Twitter lit up in immediate response to the arrogant snipe. Marching bands from around the country struck back with the hashtag, #MarchOnRome.
Seeing the snowball rolling, Rome deleted the tweet and attempted damage control, but it didn’t work.
There were many great responses to Rome, but none was more epic than the U.S. Army’s:
Just “running around with our instruments,” and serving our country. #ProudtobeinBand #romeisburning #MarchOnRome pic.twitter.com/IXXXdnvbbv
— The Army Field Band (@fieldband) January 2, 2015
But it didn’t stop there. A sampling of other choice responses:
Hey @jimrome did u know many of those dorks at @TXAMUniversity will serve our country in the military? #MarchOnRome pic.twitter.com/x0DmBlMFhY — CollegeMarchingBands (@CollegeMarching) January 2, 2015
Hey @jimrome while you sit in a radio studio we perform on air craft carriers, just sayin bruh. #MarchOnRome pic.twitter.com/RjCuTUc6WF
— CollegeMarchingBands (@CollegeMarching) January 2, 2015
We #MarchOnRome because we’re currently in Rome, Italy and performed for the Pope and millions of others today. pic.twitter.com/3cr3ItoG4f — Marching Royal Dukes (@JMUMRD) January 2, 2015
Rome apologized, but not before learning a valuable lesson: Don’t mess with the band.
Band nation – I hear you. I was out of line. I apologize. I do not condone bullying of any kind and that was not my intent.
— Jim Rome (@jimrome) January 2, 2015
Despite Rome’s mea culpa, the #marchonrome hashtag is still going strong.
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