If for some reason you were at the Harvard-Cornell football game in Ithaca this weekend — despite the fact that CU is on break, and you’d rather subject yourself to all manner of Kurt Schneider atrocities than go to an Ivy League football game — you might have happened upon something unusual: Actor Bill Murray.
In the video above, you can see Murray, decked out in mildly embarrassing salmon-pink trousers, mock-conducting the Cornell marching band as it rocks out on the field below. However, that was only after he approached Harvard’s band in the middle of the game — specifically because they played the theme from “Ghostbusters.”
“This guy in pink pants walked up and said, ‘Hey, play that song again,’” said Harvard University Band Manager Rachel L. Hawkins ’12. Hawkins said that the band had no idea Murray was at the game and that “Ghostbusters” is just part of their usual set list. “He kind of appeared out of nowhere. It was very serendipitous.”
See photos of Murray and co. (plus a few totally reasonable theories to account for his presence) after the jump!
Maybe it was serendipity. But we actually think the more likely scenario involves Murray appearing out of thin air any time “Ghostbusters” is performed with requisite gusto. (Sort of like the “Candyman” thing, except you don’t get murdered when he shows up?) There’s actually some precedent for this theory, based on Murray’s history of randomly appearing in candid photos from karaoke lounges where, let’s be real, they were probably singing “Ghostbusters.”
Another theory: He was just trying to show-up Keggy the Keg, who staged an impromptu cameo appearance at Dartmouth’s Memorial Field two weekends ago.
Theory #3: Bill Murray is actually my Uncle Richie. (Seriously, they’re dopplegangers, guys.)
The guy on the left is Harvard alum (and former SNL writer) James M. Downey, with whom Murray attended the game. (Via FlyBy blog)