The Late Pass Post

I try and stay pretty well abreast of the goings on in sports and marching/athletic music, and I'd like to think I do a pretty good job. Still every now and again there are things, even things to which I think I'm pretty well connected, that slip through the cracks. Here are two such things that I noticed just recently.

-The Baltimore Ravens had a new fight song this past season! And by new I mean old. That is, the most recently adopted fight song by the Ravens rewrites the lyrics to the old Baltimore Colts fight song. Fitting, of course, since they do share a band. Come to think of it, in the 30 for 30 documentary The Band That Wouldn't Die, I remember John Ziemann toying with potential Ravens-themed lyrics, but I just assumed that was older footage, since at that point I believed the Ravens had this fight song.

-The University of Massachusetts is moving to FBS starting with the 2012 football season. I remember having heard rumblings that it was being considered, but it wasn't until this week's College Football Podcast where Ivan Maisel was speaking about it as though it were fact that I knew that it happened. This of course does several things: It brings the grand total of FBS programs in New England to three; it creates a hole in the CAA, potentially leading to some eastern FBS/basketball conference realignment, and it provides new opportunities for the Sudler Trophy winning UMass Minuteman Marching Band, among them bowl game possibilities and new band colleagues/rivals in an already strong marching conference (I'm looking forward to the potential of them and the Marching 110 facing off).