The Auburn University Marching Band Will No Longer Play “Reverse Rammer Jammer”
You may remember from last year’s Iron Bowl, the trashiness that was nearly all Alabama fans in Bryant-Denny Stadium chanting “F— Auburn” during certain breaks of Dixieland Delight. This was apparently a “tradition” and was vehemently defended by nearly any Alabama fan you could find once the story hit the media. By “defended” I mean that they said it was funny and they didn’t care what anybody thought.
Alabama ended up temporarily banning the playing of the song after the Iron Bowl, while still allowing the Million Dollar Band to play “Rammer Jammer” following every win, no matter the opponent, no matter the amount of the victory.
It’s during this song, the “Hey Song” (actually called “Rock n’ Roll” by convicted sex offender Gary Glitter), that the entire stadium boasts at how they “beat the hell out of you,” followed by “Rammer Jammer Yellowhammer, give ’em hell, Alabama.”
But the funny thing about that one is that rivals of Alabama, including Auburn, are quick to turn it around on the Tide when they have “beat the hell out of” them. The rebuttal version has been dubbed “Reverse Rammer Jammer” because the words are switched to “Rammer Jammer Yellowhammer, go to hell, Alabama.”
Note: much to my disdain, many Auburn fans chant this last line during any playing of the “Hey Song,” regardless of the opponent.
It was that last line of “Reverse Rammer Jammer” that was added to the defense of those Alabama fans in regards to the Dixieland Delight remix. Apparently, changing “give ’em hell” to “go to hell” in return of a braggadocios remix of a sex offender’s song is equal to yelling “F— Auburn” between nearly every line of a song in a public stadium. Ok.
Regardless, the fact that Alabama has banned their song with bad words has apparently caused Auburn to secretly ban their song with more innocent bad words as well. You just don’t know it yet.
When Auburn beat Alabama in the Capital City Classic, a few of Auburn’s senior baseball players went over to the Auburn pep band and requested the playing of “Reverse Rammer Jammer.” They were told by the person directing the band that night that they were not allowed to play the song.
If you went to any Auburn basketball games this season, you may have noticed that the “Hey Song” was never played. Of course Alabama beat Auburn in both basketball games this past season, so there was no reason for “Reverse Rammer Jammer,” but the “Hey Song” is a staple at any other game. It was not played.
Now that we are upon the 2015 football season, the Auburn University Marching Band has begun practicing their halftime show and stand tunes. According to multiple members of the band, the “Hey Song” is nowhere to be found in their charts.
To me, that sounds like to Auburn has decided to nip the rival-disrespecting song battle in the bud and has removed the ability to tell Alabama to “go to hell.”
Actually, I’ve confirmed it. One Auburn official has told me that the band was asked to refrain from playing the song after any Auburn-Alabama sporting events. They can play the “Hey Song” during games with other opponents, but just not Alabama. It was also removed from Jordan-Hare’s sound system playlist, so there will be no more of this:
On one hand, Alabama doesn’t seem to have banned their version and they’ll continue to brag about “beating the hell out” of every team they beat, while Auburn will have no rebuttal.
But maybe that’s the positive. Auburn doesn’t need a rebuttal. Auburn wins with class, while Alabama wins and has to immediately tell you about it. It’s actually the perfect example of the rivalry.
Regardless of how much you want to rub something in Alabama fans’ faces, it is taking the high road, and you have to respect that. Either way, what do you think about it? Leave your comments below.