Stanford band mocks Texas, Whataburger during Alamo Bowl halftime performance

Whataburger fires back on Twitter

(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

SAN ANTONIO – The Stanford marching band is learning the hard way, “You Don’t Mess with Texas,” and much less the state’s most iconic fast-food chain, Whataburger.

The band performed a tribute to what it called "alternative facts" during halftime of Thursday night’s Valero Alamo Bowl against TCU.


The performance poked fun at Texans’ pride and many statewide issues, including the border wall, which led to boos from the crowd.

The band received some of its loudest boos from the crowd when it joked about Whataburger and queso dip.

The band, which is known for its satirical performances, wrapped up by joking about evolution and the Horned Frog, TCU's mascot.

“Everything is super normal here, yup, for instance, we all love Whataburger, a fast-food chain that apparently only serves water,” the band’s announcer said over the stadium’s speakers. "And of course, there’s queso, the popular sports drink that Texans use as a refreshing alternative to Gatorade, yum.” 

Whataburger immediately took to social media to respond to the band’s joke by tweeting, “Maybe if the Stanford band had some Whataburger they wouldn’t be so unhappy.”

The band’s performance was posted on Facebook. Check it out below and let us know what you think.

Half time show. From a distance this time. Edit: Here's the link to the scripts:

Posted by Leland Stanford Junior University Marching Band on Thursday, December 28, 2017

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