November 05, 2011

Prep Soccer Team Punished for Doing the Bernie: The Perry Hall High School boy's soccer team in Baltimore was suspended for celebrating a playoff win by doing the Bernie, a dance inspired by the 1993 film Weekend at Bernies II. The decision has been reversed, allowing the team to continue in the playoffs. "More information continued to come in from the various communities and various stakeholders and because of that, the decision was re-analyzed," said principal George Roberts.

posted by rcade to soccer at 09:36 AM - 4 comments

Based on the info provided in the two articles, IMO the principal over-reacted. I say this as a practicing public school administrator. However, I am obviously not privy to the info the principal found during his investigation. I would also add, that if the celebration was so over the top, why were no yellow or red cards issued? The article made no mention of game enforced discipline. And before anyone decides to blast me - I have 24 seasons experience as a head soccer coach and I'm very familiar with rules regarding player celebration.

posted by FonGu at 09:31 AM on November 06

My impression is that the team did the Bernie after the game. The principal sounds like one out of a cheesy movie. Mark Metcalf should play him.

posted by rcade at 11:49 AM on November 06

They shouldn't be punished for doing the dance as much as they should be punished for actually watching Weekend at Bernie's II. Come to think of it, sitting through that movie was probably punishment enough.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 02:50 PM on November 10

sitting through that movie was probably punishment enough.

So you sat through it? Help me out here--how does Bernie walk in a conga line when he's dead? Is there some sort of post-mortem twitch that allows the dead to locomote when surrounding music contains sufficient bass? I haven't slept a wink since I watched that clip, largely because I haven't been able to find anyone who will admit that they have seen that movie. Help!!!

posted by tahoemoj at 03:46 PM on November 10

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