How to Get Your School on National TV
Score one for the guys at Gonzaga High. The District Catholic high school should be proud today of its students who last night used a bedsheet and some old-fashioned ingenuity to get their message in front of a national audience.
The message was simple: "Go Gonzaga! Beat St. John's!" The venue: center field of RFK Stadium during last night's Nationals-Braves game. The game was stopped mid-inning when Atlanta catcher Brian McCann complained that a banner made of a white sheet was obstructing his view because someone had managed to hang the thing on the centerfield wall directly in the catcher's line of sight.
So the nationwide audience watching Jon Miller and Joe Morgan's coverage on ESPN got a couple of close-up looks at the sign, Miller read the sign to millions of viewers, and the stadium crowd got to watch as the RFK crew took what seemed like forever to pull the thing off the wall.
Fabulous. In these days when schools impose absurd zero tolerance regulations governing everything from aspirin to nail files to even the most creative and benign of pranks, it's always a glorious moment when kids get away with anything remotely clever or rule-bending. So three cheers to the Gonzaga guys who pulled this off--and guys, if you email me with your names, address and the pertinent info that confirms that you are the pranksters, I will send you a small prize from the Raw Fisher Swag Pile in recognition of your achievement. I'll of course be happy to withhold your names from publication, or give you full credit, as you wish.
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