BOTR Game of the Week: Championship Week

It's championship weekend! Four of the six AQ conferences are holding (or at this point, have held) championship games this weekend; a fifth, the Big XII, will crown a champion on the field during Bedlam, and the Big East championship will be decided today s well, though not through a direct matchup.

On the band front, each championship scenario hask at least one Sudler band in the mix except for the ACC. The SEC matches two against one another in UGA's Redcoat Band and LSU's Golden Band from Tigerland. But for my game of the week, I'm headed up north to the inaugural Big Ten championship game as Wisconsin's Badger Band meets the Michigan State Spartan Marching Band. I was asked on Twitter this week which band was the better band in this matchup, and while I haven't seen both live, I know from having seen the Badger Band that they are barrels of fun and bring entertainment in spades. I've conceptualized them as the band most likely to mount cupholders on each of their drums. That said, Michigan State's got a Sudler and puts on an impressive show in their own right. Bands, take the field!

It's worth noting that while they probably think of this more as a sporting event, this is one more piece of the impressive niche Indianapolis has carved for itself as an epicenter of the marching arts world. The city that hosts the DCI World Championships, BOA Grand Nationals, and PASIC now adds a pair of Big Ten heavyweights each year.