We’ve learned a lot about Les Miles over the course of his last decade as a head coach in college football, both for the Oklahoma State Cowboys and the LSU Tigers. For example, we’ve learned he’s the official spokesperson of red-blooded American men everywhere, he doesn’t particularly care how you clap your hands because he’s got his own ways, and, to be entirely honest with you, he’s never been a big fan of the constraints of the game clock.
As a matter of fact, Les Miles thinks clocks in general are stupid.
Recently, however, we also learned that Les Miles likes to dance, and he has shimmied his way right back into the warm embrace of our hearts (as if he ever left) in LSU’s new version of the Harlem Shake, which broke the Internet yesterday evening.
Now, I know what you’re thinking, doing a weird Harlem Shake video seems to clash with his role as ombudsman for red-blooded American men, and yes the Harlem Shake is stupid, but once again Les Miles has put a Les Miles-y touch on something a gazillion people have already done and made it cooler than ever. He’s Les Freakin’ Miles.
Outside of the cranium-exploding Frank Beamer version of the Harlem Shake, this is by far the coolest version of the Harlem Shake that I’ve seen yet. Although, to be fair, the two aforementioned versions are the only two cool versions of the Harlem Shake currently in existence.
And now, months into this ridiculous phase, we’re starting to see a successful blueprint for making a Harlem Shake video that’s actually palatable. First off, you have to go out and find somebody old (Frank Beamer) or weird (Les Miles), or–even better–old and weird to start off your video with awkward gyrations that only make sense if you can hear the music playing in their own heads. Then, after that, it really doesn’t matter what you do.
All the props in the world don’t seem to matter, as long as you have your head football coach doing something ridiculous. And it’s particularly successful if your head coach happens to be Les Miles.
Miles has a long history of doing and saying the most entertaining things in college football, so it really shouldn’t surprise us that he’ll stage a fight during spring practice and then start doing his own weird version of the two-step with not-so-subtle snapping motions. Yet, it surprised the hell out of us nonetheless.
Unfortunately, just as it seemed like the Harlem Shake may be quietly fading into oblivion, I suspect this video will reinvigorate this fad, and unless Nick Saban can break dance or Bill Snyder can crip-walk, I don’t suspect anything we see can possibly live up to the standard the Mad Hatter has set here. Instead, we’ll probably have a Kliff Kingsbury shirtless version of the Harlem Shake before week’s end.
The ladies will love that… Mack Brown… not so much.