December 14, 2008

"Oatmeal Sucks!" (repeat as needed)

The sports teams at Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C. are known as… the Friends. That’s not very intimidating, but it’s a Quaker school, so it makes sense. And Sidwell’s Friends keep it real— they're not above a little friendly trash-chanting.

At a recent high school basketball game against city rival Maret, the Sidwell supporters chanted “O-ba-ma! O-ba-ma! O-ba-ma!” This taunting referred to the fact that both Malia and Sasha Obama will be attending Sidwell next year. The Obama's runner-up school? Maret.

As reported by the Washington City Paper, Maret supporters were not amused by the chants, which were "insulting and incendiary” according to one parent. I suppose, though it can only hurt as much as one lets it. Perhaps it’s better to have a sense of humor about being excluded?

Anyway, what I liked was the Maret rooting section’s response to the Quakers' incendiary chanting of the President-Elect's surname:

“Oatmeal sucks! 
Oatmeal sucks!”

Sidwell won the game. Some people get everything.

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