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Pro Sports Fight Songs: NFL

Greetings from Milwaukee, where I’ll be covering the unveiling of the Bucks’ new logo set tonight. Uni Watch intern Mike Chamernik, who’s a big Bucks fan, will be coming up from Chicago to join me. I’ll have two ESPN pieces on this: Tonight there’ll be a basic reaction/assessment piece, and then tomorrow I’ll have a big feature on how the Bucks’ new identity was developed, including exclusive quotes from the designers, developmental sketches, and more.

Meanwhile: Last week Mike gave us his list of MLB fight songs. He’s back today with the NFL installment. Enjoy. ”” Paul

NFL Fight Songs
By Mike Chamernik

Before we get into our song-by-song breakdown, here’s a quick reminder of the ground rules: I ignored adopted songs, like how “Chelsea Dagger” is now a Blackhawks song and “Sweet Caroline” is an anthem for Red Sox Nation. Those songs don’t make references to those teams and were their own pieces of music before being attached to sports. I ignored team remixes to popular songs, because nearly every team has its own terrible version of Wiz Khalifa’s “Black and Yellow.” I also didn’t include fan-made songs because any yutz can make an EDM beat on his laptop and lay over some half-baked lyrics. And I stuck to things that are available on YouTube.

Ready? Here we go.

Baltimore Ravens – “The Baltimore Fight Song” and “Ravenstown”

The Baltimore Colts had a famous marching band, but after that team moved the band eventually joined the Ravens. The Ravens’ fight song is just a current version of the “Baltimore Colts Fight Song.” Meanwhile, “Ravenstown” is a hip hop song from 2011.

Fun fact: The Ravens and Redskins are the only two NFL teams that still have marching bands.

Buffalo Bills – “Shout”

I’m breaking my own rule by listing “Shout” here, as the Bills just took the Isley Brothers’ hit and turned it into a blue-eyed soul remix with some team references. But the Bills have adopted it as their own, and the fans have loved it: When the team balked at paying rising royalties for the song in 1993, fan outcry made helped reverse that decision.

Fun fact: Former coach Marv Levy wrote his own Bills fight song.

Chicago Bears – “Bear Down Chicago Bears”

The Bears probably have the fight-iest of all fight songs. This version, made by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, is a very rich orchestral piece. The song was made all the way back in 1941 and the original lyrics included a reference to the T-formation.

Not quite a fight song, but…: Bears players also sang “The Super Bowl Shuffle” in 1985. High comedy. Lyrics like “Well, they call me Sweetness/ And I like to dance/ Running the ball is like making romance” are fantastic. Here’s a lengthy oral history of the song. By the way, the song came out well before the Bears eventually won the Super Bowl. Could you imagine if a team did that nowadays? Like if LeBron and the Cleveland Cavaliers released a song called “Championship Ring Boogie” right now? My God, the internet would self-combust with mockery and hatred.

Cincinnati Bengals – “Bengals Growl,” “The Who Dey Rap,” and “Fear Da Tiger”

Created in 1968, “Bengals Growl” is still played after Bengals touchdowns, and it sounds like the theme song to a Hanna-Barbera cartoon. Before the Bengals run to the Super Bowl in 1989, several players made the quintessential late-80s rap song “The Who Dey Rap,” which was influenced by the team’s classic chant. Sixteen years later Cincy-native Bootsy Collins released “Fear Da Tiger” when the team was making a playoff push.

Notable lyric: “Fear the Tigers/ Fear the Tigers/ ‘Cause we’re the Tigers/ We’re ready to rumble/ We’re ready to rumble/ “Cause we’re king of the jungle.” On paper those are awful, awful lyrics, but they’re not bad in the flow of Bootsy’s song.

Cleveland Browns – “Hi-O-Hi-O for Cleveland”

Created in 1946, “Hi-O-Hi-O” has lyrics, but every video I’ve seen online is just a marching band instrumental version of the tune.

Fun fact: The song was rerecorded by the Cleveland Pops a few summers ago.

Dallas Cowboys – “Dallas Cowboys”

African-American country artist Charlie Pride released the single “Dallas Cowboys” in 1977. It reached No. 89 on the Hot Country Songs Billboard chart.

My opinion: This song is a mix of country, disco and the horns sounds of the 1970s. It’s awesome.

Detroit Lions – “Gridiron Heroes”

Played after every score, “Gridiron Heroes” dates back to the 1930s. Theo “Gridiron” Spight sings the tune with a pleasing baritone at Ford Field on gamedays, and he wears a hardhat and a Lions No. 00 jersey with his nickname as the NOB.

Notable lyric: “With honor you will keep your fame” is wince-worthy when you remember that the team went winless a little while back.

Green Bay Packers – “Go! You Packers, Go!”

Milwaukee jingle writer Eric Karll made the NFL’s first fight song in 1931. At Lambeau Field, the song is played after player introductions and after Packers extra points.

Notable lyric: The original line in the song was “On, you Blue and Gold, to glory,” but was changed after the Packers switched to green and gold.

Los Angeles Rams ”“ “Rams Marching Song” and “Ram It”

We’re going back in time with these team songs. Even without lyrics, The “Rams Marching Song” is about as fight song-y an NFL song imaginable. “Ram It” is a perfectly bad team pop music video, with the distinct 1980s sound, the cheesy effects, the overacting (and underacting) and the general L.A. feel to the song. And the interweb seems to enjoy the song’s double entendres.

Remember, brevity is the soul of wit: The major downside is that the tune drags on for more than five minutes. So fittingly, Grantland wrote way too long of a piece on it.

Miami Dolphins – “Miami Dolphins Fight Song”

Just a standard 1970s fight song with a twinge of country twang to it, nothing special. Floridian rapper T-Pain and his auto-tuner jazzed it up a little in 2009, though, giving it a little more of a tropical sound.

Sham alert: Whoever wrote the Dolphins’ fight song also wrote the Houston Oilers’ fight song and didn’t bother to change the lyrics.

Minnesota Vikings – “Skol, Vikings”

The song was made in 1961, around the time of the team’s inception. “Skol” is a Scandinavian toast meaning “cheers” or “good health.” The Vikings get bonus points for honoring their team’s namesake.

Fun fact: Minnesota native Prince also made a team song in 2010. The less said about that, the better.

Oakland Raiders – “The Autumn Wind”

It’s not quite a song, but I’ll happily make an exception here. This poem was written by NFL Films president Steve Sabol and was narrated by John Facenda (who, of course, was nicknamed “The Voice of God”). Mix Sabol’s words and Facenda’s voice with music composed by NFL Films Orchestra mainstay Sam Spence and set it to old Raiders highlights and you have a work of art.

Notable lyric: “The Autumn Wind is a raider/ Pillaging just for fun./ He’ll knock you ’round and upside down/ And laugh when he’s conquered and won.” Perfect. Raiders owner Al Davis said the poem epitomized everything the team stood for.

Philadelphia Eagles – “Fly, Eagles Fly”

Not a complex song by any means, but “Fly, Eagles Fly” is simple, catchy and easy to recite in a chant. The song dates back to the early 1960s and was even played in the 2012 film Silver Linings Playbook.

Notable lyric: “Him ’em low/ Hit ’em high” is an obvious affront to the safe football environment Roger Goodell has created over his tenure.

Pittsburgh Steelers – “Here We Go Steelers”

Steelers fan and singer Roger Wood made the song in 1994 and it has been updated after each Steelers Super Bowl since then, incorporating different players and coaches into the lyrics. For instance, “We’ll get three points off of Jeff Reed’s toe” became “We’ll get three points off of Suisham’s toe.” The other tweaks are a little more exciting.

Replayability: Wood said in an interview, “I can listen to the song again and again. It is like a Christmas carol. You never, ever get sick of it.” I respectfully disagree.

San Diego Chargers – “San Diego Super Chargers” and “San Diego Chargers”

“Super Chargers,” a 1979 disco hit, has been described as kitschy and campy and still gets referenced on air by ESPN personality Chris Berman. It’s upbeat and happy, obviously influenced by the Air Coryell era. Then, in 2008, alternative rock group Plastilina Mosh made “San Diego Chargers,” a funky drum- and base-heavy instrumental song in honor of the team, with the chant of “Let’s Go Chargers” faintly audible in the background.

Fun fact: In the late 80s the team scrapped the disco version and replaced it with a bad “modern” version. The disco song was revived in the 2000s.

San Francisco 49ers – “Who’s Got It Better”

In 2011, Bay Area rapper Bailey took then-current Niners coach Jim Harbaugh’s motto (“Who’s got it better than us? Nobody.”) and made a song off of it. Bailey added in some references to the city of San Francisco and current players and shot a video on the field at Candlestick.

Notable lyric: I know rappers usually make rhymes that are a stretch, but Bailey rhymes “body” with “party” in his first verse. That’s a bridge too far for me.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers – “Hey Hey Tampa Bay”

The song was made my jingle writer Jeff Arthur in 1979, the year the Bucs reached the NFL title game. “Hey Hey Tampa Bay” easily brings the creamsicle Bucs unis to mind.

Fun fact: Arthur created other notable jingles, including “Make It a Blockbuster Night” and “Original Home Of The Whopper.” I miss jingles.

Washington Redskins – “Hail To The Redskins”

In the late 1930s Redskins owner George Preston Marshall wanted a team song with plenty of pageantry, so his wife Corinne wrote the lyrics, band leader Barnee Breeskin set the music, and a 150-piece marching band made the song.

Notable lyrics: Of course, because it’s the Redskins, the song originally contained the line “Scalp ’em, swamp ’um / We will take ’um big score” and also included the ending “Fight for old Dixie.”

Do you know of more NFL fight songs? Post them in today’s comments. We’ll have the NBA and NHL songs soon.

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Baseball News: A small ballpark is sometimes referred to as a “bandbox.” But what does that mean? What exactly is a bandbox anyway? Learn the answer here. ”¦ This is interesting: a 1977 spring training shot that appears to show the Pirates’ pillbox cap but without the stripes (from Jerry Wolper). ”¦ During NBC’s broadcast of Game 2 of the 1973 World Series, the broadcast team referred to the A’s white-over-white uni as their “polar bear whites.” “I’ve heard ‘wedding gown
white’ many times when referring to the A’s, but ‘polar bear white’ is a new one to me,” says Brendan Tarpey. Same here. ”¦ Longtime reader/contributor Cort McMurray has written a piece for The Houston Chronicle about his memories of the Astrodome. ”¦ Our latest hosiery hero: stirrups-clad Indians pitcher TJ House (from Geoff, who didn’t give his last name). ”¦ Speaking of the Indians, Matt Shadrake notes that they’ve worn their cream-colored alternate uniform for most (all?) of their home games so far, not just on Sunday which had been the previous protocol for the creams. ”¦ Jeffrey Schmidt spotted this cool Mariners-themed car in San Diego, of all places. ”¦ “I’ve noticed Braves players Chris Johnson, Kelly Johnson, and Jim Johnson are all simply wearing ‘Johnson’ for their NOB,” says Michael Rich. “Seemed odd to me, but then I did a bit of Googling and discovered that the Braves did the same thing in 2013, when Chris Johnson, Reed Johnson, and Elliot Johnson were all on the roster.” NOBs notwithstanding, this must surely approach the record for the most same-surnamed players on a team over a three-season span, no? ”¦ Also from Michael: Someone at yesterday’s Mets/Braves game repurposed his Jason Heyward jersey. ”¦ Love WVU’s new striped socks, but too bad about the brutal G.I. Joe jerseys (from Nelson Warwick). ”¦ Here’s a weird one: Yankees OF Chris Young played an inning with a baseball in his back pocket, although there was a good reason for it (from Chris Flinn).

Pro Football News: Another day, another Browns leak of indeterminate legitimacy. ”¦ Texans DE J.J. Watt has signed an endorsement deal with Reebok, which is particularly surprising because the Reebok logo isn’t even allowed to appear on the field during NFL games. ”¦ Tommy LaSorda showed up for the L.A. Kiss’s first game and wore a team cap, complete with his familiar No. 2 on the side (from Ferdinand Cesarano).

Basketball News: Jan van Breda Kolff often wore “VBK” as his NOB, but here he is with his surname fully spelled out. So many letters that they had to leave out the spaces between the words! (Nice find by Jerry Wolper.)

Grab Bag: New uniforms for all of Army’s teams slated to be unveiled tonight.. ”¦ Rugby players in Saturday’s NRL game between the Melbourne Storm and the Canberra Raiders wore yellow armbands in memory of murder victim Stephanie Scott (from Graham Clayton). ”¦ Also from Graham: Good video report on the manually operated scoreboard at the WACA Ground in Perth, Western Australia. ”¦ Auto racing enthusiast David Firestone has designed a Uni Watch funny car. Nice! ”¦ Lots of military tributes yesterday from Duke lacrosse — a camo helmet logo, a special back-helmet decal, and a pregame warm-up top (from Jared Buccola). ”¦ If you’re not impressed by newly declared presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s campaign logo, you’re not alone. Additional info here and here. ”¦ The Minnesota town of Lindström wants the umlaut restored to its highway sign (big thanks to Tris Wykes).

80 comments to Pro Sports Fight Songs: NFL

  • Matthew Toy | April 13, 2015 at 8:14 am |

    Is this the first Bootsy Collins/P-Funk reference in Uni Watch history? I, for one, encourage more. Also you forgot to mention the Steelers polka that was used prior to that “Here We Go”.

    • Connie DC | April 13, 2015 at 9:30 am |

      By no means is today’s mention the first. There is a caucus around here that cannot get though a day without reference to the Mothership.

      • arrScott | April 13, 2015 at 9:50 am |

        Put a glide in your stride and a dip in your hip.

    • El Duderino | April 13, 2015 at 9:39 am |

      “Defense! Defense! Make them scramble and intercept the ball!”
      https://youtu.be/naaU8YHvoGc?t=1s

  • Ronnie Poore | April 13, 2015 at 8:19 am |

    Remember the old Houston Oilers fight song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CbjPyufRY2M

    • Jimbo | April 13, 2015 at 9:23 am |

      I love that Oilers song from the first time I heard it, even though I never cheered for the Oilers.

  • Rudy Gutierrez | April 13, 2015 at 8:24 am |

    Ice Cube also did a song for the Oakland Raiders back in 2009
    http://youtu.be/iIVlYOx49sE

  • Matt | April 13, 2015 at 8:34 am |

    You forgot “Falcons on Top” by the metal band Sevendust from a couple years ago.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qkAsQQJ1mRM

  • Toddro | April 13, 2015 at 8:41 am |

    probably not a popular opinion here, but the Redskins fight song is catchy as hell. Living in MD and being an Eagles fan, I hate to admit that. Luckily they are the Redskins and therefore, not good.

    • arrScott | April 13, 2015 at 9:52 am |

      That shouldn’t be controversial. Aesthetic qualities exist independent of ethical, moral, or political judgment. It’s a catchy song, lyrically and musically. One of the best sports fight songs out there in that regard. In sort of the same way that the Confederate battle flag is a very sharp bit of flag design, regardless of what it stands for.

  • The Jeff | April 13, 2015 at 8:45 am |

    Not exactly a fight song… but, this exists: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gAIQWzW1MIc

  • AnthonyTX | April 13, 2015 at 8:48 am |
  • duncan | April 13, 2015 at 8:51 am |

    The Carolina Panthers fight song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCpOFbPupVo

    Used for only one year because its awful.

    • terriblehuman | April 13, 2015 at 10:12 am |

      Yup. I remember they were desperate to appeal to college sports fans and kind over-indexed on the retro college feel.

      The Ravens did a little better on that front with the male cheerleaders.

      • Dan T. | April 14, 2015 at 12:38 pm |

        I attend 3-4 Panthers home games a year and can attest that while the fight song is not used on a regular basis, they will still play it in the stadium on occasion after big wins.

        The fans seem to enjoy it, probably because it’s a lot easier to enjoy a corny song when you’re in a good mood after a win and when you’re not hearing it but maybe once a season.

  • Tom | April 13, 2015 at 9:00 am |

    Not sure if this was mentioned anywhere, but thought Paul might appreciate it. An unusual sight in the Premier League on Saturday. West Bromwich Albion 1968 inspired kits had no sponsor, no adidas logos, and NNOB. They were beautiful. Could not find still shots of the game, but here’s an article about the kits:

    http://footballfashion.org/wordpress/2015/03/26/west-bromwich-albion-to-wear-1968-fa-cup-retro-kit-for-leicester-city-match/

    Too bad Leicester City couldn’t balance the visuals out on the field with some throwbacks of their own, but I can’t blame a relegation zone team wanting all the TV time for their sponsors.

    • terriblehuman | April 13, 2015 at 10:20 am |

      Don’t forget the jersey numbers – blank for the goalkeeper and 2-11 for field players.

      My quibble is that the modern touches like untucked shirts and neon boots took away from the retro effect a bit. Tracksuits were pretty sweet though.

  • wfy | April 13, 2015 at 9:00 am |

    I’m pretty sure HTTR started with “fight for old DC” and changed to”fight for old Dixie” and back again.

    Hal Kemp–“Hail to the Redskins”: https://youtu.be/nP-gl_pDiBY

    • terriblehuman | April 13, 2015 at 9:49 am |

      This is correct: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/01/21/AR2011012106487.html

      The original line in that greatest of all marching songs, written and scored in 1938 by Barnee Breeskin and Corinne Griffith, the wife of Washington Redskins owner George Preston Marshall, was “fight for old D.C.” Only in 1959 did Marshall change it to “old Dixie,” most likely to stick it to those complaining about the Redskins’ lily-white roster and to further cement his team’s popularity as the then-southernmost NFL franchise.

      “Old Dixie” lasted only three years, until the arrival of Bobby Mitchell, John Nisby and other black players in 1962 rendered the words too much of an embarrassment even for Marshall. The line reverted to “fight for old D.C.” Redskins game programs from 1958, 1959 and 1962 confirm this chronology.

      • Thresh8 | April 13, 2015 at 5:51 pm |

        Hmm.

        I was wondering why at the end, “DeeCeeeeeee” sounds better to my ear than “Dixeeeeeee”.

        The word Dixie’s accent, naturally on the first, is changed to the second syllable with the long sustain. Just sounds not right.

  • DenverGregg | April 13, 2015 at 9:06 am |

    There’s also that recent pop-country song referencing Pittsburgh Steelers.

  • DenverGregg | April 13, 2015 at 9:08 am |

    The first Broncos super bowl team had a player who recorded an “inspirational” song Make Those Miracles Happen with great lines like “When you’re down and you want to be up, you have to drink from the winner’s cup”.

    • Glenn | April 13, 2015 at 12:21 pm |

      Ahhh yes….Jon Keyworth! Used to have that 45 laying around the house for the longest time *lol*

  • The Jeff | April 13, 2015 at 9:10 am |

    Speaking of the Bears and the Super Bowl Shuffle… the 80’s were freakin weird, man. Here’s the Raiders: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-FKpWiHijo …and 49ers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRsiFd5tYqk

    • Uni Troll | April 13, 2015 at 11:46 am |

      I’ve often pondered why it so often seems that much of *The Coolest Stuff Ever* and *The Most Asininely Ridiculous Stuff in History* were both crammed into the same decade.

      “… the 80’s were freakin weird, man.”

      Yep.

      • mike 2 | April 13, 2015 at 12:07 pm |

        Why was the 80’s like it was? Cocaine, and lots of it.

    • Graf Zeppelin | April 13, 2015 at 12:20 pm |

      I remember that Raiders video; I was a fan back then. I spent years trying to find a copy of the song but couldn’t. It’s about as cringe-worthy in retrospect as the Bears’ Super Bowl Shuffle (same basic concept), although the sung chorus between the players’ (and Tom Flores’!) lame rap attempts is actually not half bad.

      Of course, the team started 0-3 and finished 0-4 in ’86 for an 8-8 record, out of the playoffs, and it was pretty much all downhill from there….

  • Jimbo | April 13, 2015 at 9:19 am |

    I’m a life-long Bills fan, but the version of “Shout” played after the Bills score is the worst version of that song ever recorded. A weak 1990s music track combined with lame vocals makes for a painful sound. It’s the musical equivalent of that thread-bare, faded pair of Zubas that my brother refuses to throw away.

    I wish the Bills would upgrade to the Isley Brothers original.

    • Jimbo | April 13, 2015 at 9:42 am |

      …speaking of Bills “fight” songs… This 1980 gem is from the Buffalo Chamber of Commerce and was played at Bills games for at least one season: “Talkin’ Proud” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9j9h8KDJSQ

      As The Jeff wrote above, the 80’s were weird and “Talkin’ Proud” kicked off the decade in odd fashion!

      • mike 2 | April 13, 2015 at 12:43 pm |

        As I remember, Talkin’ Proud was a civic campaign to promote the entire city. The Bills were a big part of that but they played those ads almost continuously on TV, radio, etc.

  • Connie DC | April 13, 2015 at 9:31 am |

    Hillary logo kerfluffle: It wouldn’t be so bad if the H and the arrow weren’t so goddam fat.

    • Phil Hecken | April 13, 2015 at 9:40 am |

      almost like it needs a pair of shoes under it…

    • arrScott | April 13, 2015 at 10:01 am |

      It’s sort of typical of Hillary that most of the criticism of the logo completely misses the point. “It looks stoopid!” or “It looks just like [other image or logo that doesn’t look anything like Hillary’s new logo].” Silly and useless complaining. Whereas the real problem with the logo in its main iteration is that it jams dark blue against bright red with no separation, so that it creates a visual “buzz” effect. Look at the logo long enough, and your eyes will literally hurt. That’s objectively bad design.

      But, you know, it’s Hillary, so instead of critiquing the logo on its actual merits, we’ll complain that the arrow points to the right, as if we’re all suddenly illiterate and don’t know which direction is forward in our language.

  • Noonan | April 13, 2015 at 9:34 am |

    Sadly, the Packers dumped the Packers band that had been in the south end zone when they began expanding the stadium and needed that space for TV cameras. They would play “Go you Packers go” before every kickoff/return.
    After the demise of the band it was only a few years before the song got dumped too. Now they play “bang a Drum”, “Shout” and other songs you hear at any other stadium.

  • ChrisH | April 13, 2015 at 9:38 am |

    I read somewhere that the original lyrics for the Philadelphia NFL team’s fight song referenced the team’s colors at the time(“Fight, Green and White”).
    I never heard it played/sung during the Tose and Braman regimes; was the song resurrected/re-worded once Lurie took ownership?

  • MJ | April 13, 2015 at 9:44 am |

    @ duncan – I remember that song; I was in college when the Panthers started. For someone born and raised on “Fly Eagles Fly”, it was hard to tolerate but I thought it was just me.
    I am certainly biased, but “Fly Eagles Fly” being sung by 65,000 raving lunatics is awesome. And just shout “E!!” anywhere in the Delaware Valley and people will finish spelling “EAGLES” with you.

  • Let's Go Buf-fal-o | April 13, 2015 at 9:51 am |

    Addendum to the “Fun Fact”???

    From the Bills Wikipedia Page

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    And:
    http://www.atticacsd.org/news.cfm?story=57823

    So, the Bills have one… it’s a HS one… but it is one!

  • Let's Go Buf-fal-o | April 13, 2015 at 9:54 am |

    For some reason the Wikipedia cut and paste didn’t copy: so… Take 2: Addendum to the “Fun Fact”???

    From the Bills Wikipedia Page

    “The Bills are one of six teams in the NFL to designate an official marching band or drumline (the others being the Baltimore Ravens, Washington Redskins, New York Jets, Carolina Panthers and Seattle Seahawks). Since the last game of the 2013 season, this position has been served by the Stampede Drumline. The Bills have also used the marching bands from Attica High School, the University of Pittsburgh and Syracuse University at home games in recent years.”

  • KT | April 13, 2015 at 9:54 am |

    The Bucs made the NFC Championship Game in 1979, not the NFL Championship Game, which goes by a different name.

  • ML | April 13, 2015 at 9:57 am |

    Denver Broncos fight song:

    http://www.milehighreport.com/2013/6/25/4455926/little-known-broncos-facts-a-fight-song

    Back in the 80’s, 90’s, early 2000’s never heard this. Recently, they started playing it during pregame.

  • Mike Engle on other computer | April 13, 2015 at 10:04 am |

    Growing up in New Orleans, when Buddy Diliberto (“Buddy D”) was still alive and on the radio as WWL 870 AM’s resident Saints shill, a frequent caller named Abdul D. Tentmakur would occasionally sing original songs of variable quality. I’d go on YouTube and see if any have been memorialized on the internet, but I don’t have speakers here at my internship.

  • JAson | April 13, 2015 at 10:11 am |

    Several Indians notes….

    Since they introduced the cream alts, they have always worn them for Saturday and Sunday home games, along with Opening Day and holidays. So there is no change in the protocol…

    EXCEPT it appears that they have switched to red spikes. You can see them in the TJ House pic linked above and here is Yan Gomes:

    http://www3.pictures.zimbio.com/gi/Detroit+Tigers+v+Cleveland+Indians+Up2Y28hhnMRl.jpg

    Finally, House has been rocking the high stirrups since last season:

    http://www4.pictures.zimbio.com/gi/TJ+House+Cleveland+Indians+v+Kansas+City+Royals+cVwrk0oKXv_l.jpg

    https://cdn1.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/tWjklqkCJt4m7f7B34hdoXeNoCg=/0x0:4000×2667/730×487/cdn0.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/38690702/454719270.0.jpg

  • Gazzoo | April 13, 2015 at 10:31 am |

    FYI, the Dolphins fight song was the original version, and the Oilers re-purposed it…

    http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/sports/author-of-miami-dolphins-reworked-fight-song-still/nLkLM/

  • Gusto4044 | April 13, 2015 at 10:31 am |

    There are a number of photos in the Pirates 1977 yearbook of the pillbox hat without stripes, so it appears the addition of the stripes was a very late move before the regular season began.

    It would be interesting to see other photos of National League teams like the Cardinals, who worn pillbox hats(and striped batting helmets), that season. Did those clubs also experiment with pillboxes without stripes in spring training? Were the other NL teams all set with striped pillbox hats before spring training, and were the Bucs trying to be different? Either way, pillbox hats minus stripes was a bad idea, it minimized the cap logo.

    • Gusto4044 | April 13, 2015 at 1:22 pm |

      Oops, meant to say the 1976 Pirates yearbook.

  • BvK1126 | April 13, 2015 at 10:39 am |

    Cort, I love your piece on the Astrodome. My memories of the old place run only a couple of games deep, but it made an impression on me that will last for a long time.

    The baseball world was already several years into the Camden Yards-inspired “retro-chic” stadium era by the time I first saw the ‘Dome in person. By all accounts, I should have hated it, seeing that it was the embodiment of everything wrong about the modern game.

    But it was so much better than the reputation foisted on it by outsiders. A clean, spacious, surprisingly unpretentious gem it was, with great sight lines, good (if slightly echo-y) acoustics, and an underrated fan atmosphere. Minute Maid Park wishes it had the charm and charisma that the ‘Dome still has, even in its decrepit retirement.

  • MPowers1634 | April 13, 2015 at 11:06 am |

    Hopkins Mens Lacrosse wore some ‘Murica themed gear yesterday as well:

    http://www.insidelacrosse.com/article/photos-reaction-highlights-hopkins-11-penn-state-10-2ot/31660

  • Bernie | April 13, 2015 at 11:08 am |

    There’s a pretty bad New York Giants fight song, Proud to Be a New York Giant: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JsG4sA6krvI

  • Uni Troll | April 13, 2015 at 11:39 am |

    Slave Raider has recorded some predictably goofy songs about Minnesota teams over the years, including these two for the Vikes:

    “Vikings Strike” (which is just Aerosmith’s “Lightning Strikes” with different lyrics)…

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HTgO-FgleNY

    …and “You Can’t Hide from the Purple Pride” (presumably an original song).

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o3jfNA1A0QI

    They also did a couple for the Twins. (I should have posted these last week for the MLB list, but I’d forgotten about them until now.)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fb-efJIhNnE

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXZvk8QnLMA

    To my knowledge, none of these were ever used for any official team events, but I seem to recall a long-defunct website mentioning that they may have received some radio airplay on local stations.

  • Winter | April 13, 2015 at 11:42 am |

    Isn’t there a Bucks reveal today? If so, is it being livestreamed anywhere?

  • ChrisH | April 13, 2015 at 12:13 pm |

    The Houston NFL team had a fight song that lasted for one pre-season game in 2003:

    http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/wire?id=1595629

    Anyone know what it sounded like?

  • Steve Fid | April 13, 2015 at 12:19 pm |

    Yes, the Carolina Panthers fight song was terrible, but it has now grown on me just a bit. Hell…as long as they win, I don’t care what they play! :-)

  • Mike Cline Jr. | April 13, 2015 at 12:21 pm |

    I like that other Packers song they play with the cool bass line and go pack go chant. I guess it isn’t really a song, because it’s only a few seconds Kong. Interestingly enough I heard the exact same thing played during a Richmond Spiders basketball game.

  • Graf Zeppelin | April 13, 2015 at 12:21 pm |

    If that’s the Browns’ new uniform, it’s not the worst thing I’ve ever seen. It’s probably on the right side of the football uniform clown suit spectrum.

    • Uni Troll | April 13, 2015 at 12:53 pm |

      If it were real, it’d be all right, in the grand scheme of contemporary football unis. But it’s fake.

      Get ready for a dumb font, no striping, color-on-same-color, Wrong Sock Syndrome, and maybe even some GFGS.

  • DaveG | April 13, 2015 at 12:40 pm |

    Interesting Note – “Hail to the Redskins” – the rights to the song are what got Clint Murchison the rights to own the expansion Dallas Cowboys. Redskins Bandleader Barnee Breeskin had a falling out with George Preston Marshall, and sold the rights to Murchison – who threatened Marshall with preventing him from using the song if he didn’t accede to the Dallas franchise.

    Dan Snyder – for not altering your fight song to make it more racist – still not the most odious Washington Football Owner

    • scottrj | April 13, 2015 at 1:51 pm |

      Hell, Dan Snyder may well be the LEAST odious owner in Redskins’ history. Consider the mind boggled.

  • Mainspark | April 13, 2015 at 1:09 pm |

    The Bengals also had another fight song in the early 90’s called “Shake and Blake” which was reference to then quarterback Jeff Blake. It’s a rap song penned by a local Municipal Court Judge, Leslie Isaiah Gaines. So bad, its good;

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jArMdMz6tW0

  • Graf Zeppelin | April 13, 2015 at 1:13 pm |

    There’s just something right about seeing white pinstripes on a sunny Opening Day at Shea … er, whatever.

  • mike 2 | April 13, 2015 at 1:15 pm |

    Spotted this on Twitter – in Arizona, a Dodgers fan sitting behind home plate forced to change into a D-Backs jersey

    https://twitter.com/Bleeedblue_/status/587391740023177216

    Is this a thing now? Not being allowed to wear visiting team jerseys to the park?

  • timmy b | April 13, 2015 at 1:59 pm |

    For the Steelers, what about the “Steelers Polka” and the one they played at Heinz Field, Styx’s “Renegade?”

  • Steve | April 13, 2015 at 2:19 pm |

    A little research (Google really) goes a long way when writing columns such as this. “Love Ya Blue” was not written by the same person who wrote the Miami Dolphins fight song. Lee Offman wrote the Dolphins fight song in 1972. It was later copied by Mack Hayes in 1978 when he wrote “Love Ya Blue”

  • JB | April 13, 2015 at 3:03 pm |

    If these Browns leaks were real I think we would have seen more than an alternate jersey by now. I don’t particularly care for them, think they are very collegiate/high school looking, but probably better than what’s in store.

  • Jess F | April 13, 2015 at 3:52 pm |

    In 1984, Narada Michael Walden produced “We Are The 49ers” which was sung by team members including Dwight Hicks, Roger Craig & Keena Turner. The week that the song was released, they lost their only game of the season. It has the sound that turned up on Walden produced dance hits by Whitney Houston & Aretha Franklin, and American Idol’s Randy Jackson was one of the musicians on it. It is embarrassingly ’80s but not as musically bland as the rap songs teams would use starting with the Bears Super Bowl Shuffle the following year. http://youtu.be/lo8wWpxJi4s

    • Jess F | April 13, 2015 at 3:59 pm |

      There was also a 49ers song not sung by the team that used Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start The Fire”. I don’t know which was worse – that one or the “Team Of The ’80s” rap version. As a die-hard 49er fan I cringe whenever I hear those songs.

  • Rick Deemer | April 13, 2015 at 4:25 pm |

    I believe those Pirate pillbox hats without the stripes were also in the old gold or mustard color and not the bumblebee colors.

  • Steve | April 13, 2015 at 4:54 pm |

    I think you made a typo – that Mariners themed-car is not “cool,” it is “freaking awesome.”

  • Ben D. | April 13, 2015 at 6:54 pm |

    The Marlins are about to take the field wearing their gray road jerseys for (technically) the first time in a long while:
    https://twitter.com/Marlins/status/587707229387808768

    I say technically, because they did wear a camo version of the grays on Memorial Day 2013:
    http://uniformcritics.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/mia-13-camo-4-675×380.jpg

    And they also made an appearance at last year’s ASG:
    http://imgc.allpostersimages.com/images/P-473-488-90/81/8163/GAEC300Z/posters/taylor-baucom-85th-mlb-all-star-game-team-photos-jul-15-2014-henderson-alvarez.jpg

    Can anyone else think of any other Marlins grays sightings in the past two seasons?

  • DJ | April 13, 2015 at 8:18 pm |

    The new Army logo/brand. Or perhaps more accurately, Army West Point

    http://goarmywestpointrebrand.com

  • Lose Rem | April 13, 2015 at 8:44 pm |

    Can’t help ya with the Braves Johnson issue, but back in 1994, the Pawtucket Red Sox could have run with an infield of Carlos, Tony, and Steve Rodriguez, plus a battery of Ruben and Frankie Rodriguez

  • Graham Ward | April 13, 2015 at 9:15 pm |

    Even as a Pats fan in 1985, the Super Bowl Shuffle didn’t seem premature…

  • Tamaro Benz | April 13, 2015 at 9:33 pm |

    This is a pretty fun song for Packers fans.
    “Fly Like A Cheesehead”
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y3pFD-xdPRE

  • TrauMorgus | April 13, 2015 at 11:35 pm |

    I can’t find it anywhere, but Denny Green was a musician as well as a football coach. When he was coach of the Vikings he created a new fight song for them. Skol Vikings is much better though.

  • Jim Vilk | April 14, 2015 at 12:05 am |

    I see your NFL songs and I raise you one USFL song…
    “We’re the Gunslingers, of San Antone.”
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xSpg5Mf-km4

  • Curtis | April 14, 2015 at 1:40 pm |

    Before returning to a reworked Colts song, the Ravens had another fight song that’s likely languishing at some high school somewhere. The “for Baltimore, and Maryland” portion of the Colts/Ravens song is sung to the time of the state song, Maryland My Maryland, which many would recognize as O Tannenbaum.