First, a caveat: In a previous professional life, I covered high school and youth sports in Boston’s Western suburbs. In fact, for about a year I spent about half of my time covering Milford’s high school varsity teams. So I’m all too acquainted with the town’s sports heritage. It’s a very nice town with nice people and just enough opportunity for kids to get involved in a dumb fracas once in awhile, which is just about what you want when you’re covering prep sports. Ergo, I have nothing but good things to say about Milford.
Luckily, this will reinforce all those nice things ten-fold. The whippersnappers you see above are the Milford Hawks Mites, who happened to get some scrimmage time during halftime of a recent Milford varsity game, which Boston.com reported came against Oliver Ames. As you can see, as soon as Silento’s now-classic “Watch Me” comes on over the stadium speakers, the football stops and the ferocious elementary school dancing begins.
SB Nation did the hard work with a freeze fame and counted 10 players focused on football while 11 teammates popped out their best ‘Whips’ and ‘Nae Naes’. The team with players focused on football immediately scored. The players who were dancing definitely had more fun.
Everything about this is wonderful: The kids not taking the scrimmage or setting too seriously; the fact that every single child in a football uniform appears to be white (only 10 percent of Milford’s 21,000+ residents were non-white in the town’s 2010 census, and only two percent were African-American) and dancing ‘The Whip’ and ‘Nae Nae’ in the whitest way possible; the fact that No. 40 on the red team has an untucked jersey that is so long it could double as a prom dress.
Seriously, go look at No. 40’s jersey (pictured at right). How is he not falling over on himself?
It’s all exceptional video of a truly great impromptu event. Let’s hope that plenty other youth football teams take the cue and just give up the pretense of football in favor of halftime dance-offs. We’d all be winners then.