By the time it was retweeted, mega-blogged and highlighted by everyone from me to Maggie O’Mara, most of Bronco Nation had already taken sides about the deliriously silly Boise State football “Gangnam Style” video that hit the Internet early in the week.
“LMFAO! That may be the funniest video I've ever seen. Ever,” wrote a poster on The Blue Turf Board of BroncoCountry.com.
Added another: “I would give ANYTHING for BSU to show this on the video board before Saturday’s game. You talk about a way to hype up the student section!”
The same user then created an animated avatar from the doctored video showing former BSU quarterback Kellen Moore thrusting his pelvis above coach Chris Petersen’s head.
A few commenters were not so amused.
“Can’t understand why anyone would like this,” a woman wrote on the Idaho Statesman’s Facebook page.
“Is this news? Really?” griped a commenter on my “Words & Deeds” blog.
Heck, yeah. At least based on the number of views, which was nearing 40,000 by weekend on YouTube and Photobucket.
This video is fuh-reaking hilarious. Mindless? Ridiculous? Stupid? Yep, yep, yep. It’s also meticulously crafted and wickedly clever.
The original “Gangnam Style” video by Korean pop star Psy has attracted more than 440,000,000 views since it was uploaded to YouTube in mid-July. In case you’re not among the nearly half a billion people in the know: It also launched a “horse riding” dance craze.
The Coach Pete parody is just the latest (and best) in a string of “Gangnam” goofiness. Petersen’s face, superimposed on Psy’s body, is the star. He’s joined by cameos from the mugs of Moore, quarterback Joe Southwick, ex-Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino, Buster Bronco, Smurfs villain Gargamel, even an exploding cow.
About the only thing missing is Jerry Sandusky.
The spoof is a prime example of the creativity gushing online from fans with too much spare time. Not to mention talent.
The Coach Pete “Gangnam” video first popped up at TigerDroppings.com, a popular LSU forum. It was created by user Anthem21. TigerDroppings also is a hangout for registered-nurse-by-night Terrance Donnels, username LSUFreek, an online satirist so gifted (or, shall we say, .gif-ted), that he recently was profiled by Yahoo! Sports.
Humorous sports-related videos like these are a testament to the passion of college football fans.
For sheer entertainment and gut-busting reading value, no message board surpasses Texas sports haven Shaggybevo.com. That’s assuming you have an affinity for sophomoric, raunchy humor. A Microsoft Paint series that appears regularly at Shaggybevo makes my eyes water with laughter just thinking about it. (Do NOT let your mother view this.)
There’s even a Shaggybevo sub-forum titled “Classics: Where the all-time greatest threads are enshrined for all eternity.” A person easily can stay up until 4 a.m. lurking in these threads, forwarding the best ones to old high-school and college buddies, cringing with guilt and glee as the lines between good, bad and abominable taste get nuked.
The big question: Has Coach Pete seen the harmless “Gangnam Style” video? Have BSU players seen it? What does everyone think?
The official response Friday from Boise State’s sports information department: no comment.
Sort of understandable, I suppose, with Fresno State rolling into town.
But does anyone believe for a second that half the Broncos players weren’t rolling all over the blue turf last week after seeing the video?
If Boise State survives the season without a penalty for a player doing the “horsey dance” in the end zone, consider it a miracle.
TONIGHT IN ‘THE OTHER STUDIO’
If you tune in to 94.9 FM at 9 p.m. tonight, I’ll be playing some “Gangnam Style.” That’s a given.
Other songs we’ll spin and discuss for the next hour include a promising cut from young country singer-songwriter Kasey Musgraves, Adele’s “James Bond” theme, and new music from the Rolling Stones and Lana Del Rey.
COMING IN SCENE OCT. 19
Æ My interview with electronic dance music giant Bassnectar, who visits Boise on Oct. 25.
Æ A review of the food at Big Al’s in Meridian.
Æ Fall leaf identification with outdoors writer Pete Zimowsky.
Michael Deeds’ columns run Fridays in Scene and Sundays in Life. Email: mdeeds@ idahostatesman.com. Twitter: @IDS_Deeds