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Jim Rome calls band members uncool 'dorks' and learns you don't mess with the band

The sports radio hosts deletes his tweet and apologizes but not after getting pummeled on social media.

Ohio State marching band performs at the Sugar Bowl.
Ohio State marching band performs at the Sugar Bowl.
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Sports talk host Jim Rome tweeted this out New Year's Day during the college football playoffs: "Is there anyone not in a marching band who thinks those dorks running around with their instruments are cool?"

Oops, big mistake. Rome soon learned that band "dorks" know how to use social media and pummeled him on Twitter under the hashtag #marchonrome. A day later, Rome deleted his tweet and threw in the towel:

Good for Rome to apologize. It was a cheap shot and bought into all the stereotypes about band members being dorks and nerds (and gay in many people's minds). He has been great on the issue of gays in sports over the years and I am glad he saw his tweet for the insult it was.

But the #marchonrome hashtag is still going strong and some of the replies are terrific: