They played sinks and skateboards:
They brought out a cow:
They didn't explain what the cow was -- it just kinda walked around -- but Iowa people sure hated it. Just listen to them booing.
What I do know is that year after year, the Stanford band makes people very, very, very, very, very, very angry:
The Stanford band is a joke. That’s just so disrespectful. Essentially spitting on the tradition of everything that is the Rose Bowl.— Kyle Parmley (@KyleParmley) January 1, 2016
The Stanford band. Still a disgrace.— Dave Villanueva (@FightOnDave) January 1, 2016
The @Stanford "Band" is one of the biggest disgraces in America. I can't believe they are even allowed on TV.— M B (@bluemaxmb) January 1, 2016
This is so disgusting. #StanfordBand— Jack Ryan (@jackryanuab) January 1, 2016
This Stanford band is actually embarrassing #getagrip— Brandon Dewolf (@bjdewolf5) January 1, 2016
There is no greater abomination than the Stanford band. Not funny. Not entertaining. Pure garbage.— Texafornia (@Tony_Five_O) January 2, 2016
I forgot how much I despise the Stanford band #RoseBowlGame— Mat Douglas (@MatPDouglas) January 1, 2016
The Stanford band is the worst thing that's ever happened to college athletics— Kevin Brooks (@kpbtrojans) January 1, 2016
Don't give airtime to the freakshow that is the Stanford "Band". #RoseBowlGame— Heidi H (@HeidiWisGirl) January 1, 2016
The Stanford band are pieces of shit— Paige Sandberg (@PaigeSandberg) January 2, 2016
@espn. What a joke. What's up with the coverage of stanford band. Who's job was this.— Ed Earl (@edearl87) January 2, 2016
Whoever made the decision to show the Stanford band on TV should be fired.— Sam Greos (@notthefakeSVG) January 2, 2016
Biggest joke in college football? The Stanford band— Robert Botts (@robertbotts) January 1, 2016
Few things I hate more than seeing the Stanford band trash up the Rose Bowl— Blake Cooper (@CoachCooper22) January 1, 2016
I'll never quite understand why people get this angry about the Stanford band. They're acting dumb, yes ... but they're college kids acting dumb. And they do this to everybody. Here's a trombone player dressed up as a dinosaur. Here, they trolled Ohio State by spelling out O-H-N-O. They've been accused of smuggling booze in their tubas.
Of all the ways for college kids to act dumb, "non-traditional marching band performances" seems like a pretty tame one.
Is it a little insulting to stereotype Iowans as farmers? Maybe, but, I mean, Iowa has a sticker that reminds us that America Needs Farmers on its helmet. Nobody is trying to hide the fact that many Iowans have farms. The biggest mistake they made is going with a cow when it would've been a lot more accurate to go with corn.
And if you're analyzing the Stanford band's performance that deeply, you're probably thinking about it more than they ever did.
Here's the band's script, via its Facebook page, which shows the whole thing was about both schools being from farms ("The Farm" is the nickname for Stanford's campus):
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