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Baton Star Manages to Set High School Football Sideline Ablaze

Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterNovember 19, 2016

"That's a fire!"

There is a lot to love about this video. From the hilarious commentary in the background to the lackadaisical manner in which these folks try to put out the small fire, we could watch this video forever and never get bored. 

Deadspin's Sean Newell reports on the peculiar image of a small fire starting near the Gatorade jugs of Hummer Sports Park in Topeka, Kansas, and nearly taking over the entire bench area. 

According to the report, one of the site's readers had the skinny on the entire ordeal. The woman in black is local twirling legend Beverly Bernardi Post, who was tasked with showing off her skills at this high school football game.

She managed to do so much more. 

One portion of her dance studio website informs that she has quite the collection of accolades. Among many other accomplishments, Post can brag about winning 670 trophies and 128 medals at national-, regional- and state-level competitions for dance and baton. She held the national champion title through her four years as a Jayhawk at the University of Kansas from 1974-78.

She also knows how to throw one mean barbecue. 

Post may be on the other side of her prime baton-twirling years—at least that's what we assume when a small fire is treated with the nonchalance of someone who has seen something like this before— but every great performer loses a step at the end of their career.

Hell, the image of Michael Jordan in a Wizards jersey should induce as many cringes as this here video.

The fire begins when Post tried to light some batons, presumably for her performance. From there, we get an impromptu performance like no other. 

Everyone here puts out the fire like most of us enjoy a nice walk in the park: lazily and with the comfort of someone who has absolutely no care in the world. 

Thankfully, the stubborn fire gets put out and nobody seems to be injured in the process. Unfortunately, there isn't any baton-twirling in the video, so we have to make do with crazy conflagrations for the time being. 


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