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Posted at 05:56 PM ET, 09/05/2006

More On Phil Collins

This is what other college football bloggers are blogging about today, right? Phil Collins?

(Actually, they're blogging about hilarious family-friendly tailgates, hilarious Chuck Norris videos and this week's shocking blog poll ballot, in which West Virginia was a shocking 13th. Tennessee is No. 1.)

Anyhow, for those bloggers who are blogging about Phil Collins, here's the update.

I tracked down Maryland's marketing guru Brian Ullmann, who had an incredibly good sense of humor last year when Maryland msgboarders discussed mounting a campaign. I told him that I was making fun of Phil Collins earlier today.

"I'm all about 'In the Air Tonight.'" he said. "You don't like that? Really?...That song is very dramatic. 'I've been waiting for this moment all my life? I can feel it in the air tonight?' That's drama, baby."

Right. Anyhow, it turns out that Team Terrapin had already planned on using "Enter Sandman" against Bill & Mary last weekend, which seems appropriate insofar as it was a snoozefest, and last week's poll was really for this week's game against Middle Tennessee State. The plan was that "Enter Sandman" would replace the lowest vote getter from last week's poll (which, amazingly, and despite my two votes, turned out to be "In the Air Tonight.") I expressed the view that Phil Collins might not have the proper motivational flavor for football, but Brian disagreed, pointing out that "In the Air Tonight" is used by several prominent teams, including Southern Cal via some punky version (more on that later).

The Terps also storm out of the tunnel to "Know Your Enemy" by Rage Against the Machine, and Team Terrapin recently held a contest to choose an original team theme song. I now know the winning song's name, although since the winner has not yet been notified, I can't tell you. I can you tell it has a hip-hop theme, unlike, say, Phil Collins, and at some point I will land an exclusive interview with its creator.

Brian told me three more interesting things:

1) He's glad that the fan poll is generating such interest. "In the past our fan polls have been, 'Who do you think the best offensvie lineman was?' You know, bo-ring. We want it to be more like Dan Steinberg's Sports Bog."

2) During a free ticket contest, Team Terrapin did a qualitative musical analysis of its fans. "It's a classic rock crowd," Brian reports.

3) Brian still likes "In the Air Tonight" despite its last-place finish and an extremely negative e-mail he received.

"The gist of it was, 'Why don't you pull your head out of your butt and listen to contemporary music,'" he said. "Look, I happen to love that song, but I can see why maybe some other people would not be as enamored of it as I."

Anyhow, following the trail, I next called Southern Cal to ask about the punky remix of "In the Air Tonight." Director of Marketing Craig Kelley tried to be very polite about Phil Collins. Apparently, the Trojans once used a Phil Collins tune during warmup, but "it was requested that we not do that again," he told me.

"I don't know what Phil Collins song would really work for our fan base and what we try to do here," he said. "We feel like we should be a little more upbeat, a little more 'hip-hop,' I guess is the word."

The last few years Southern Cal came out of the tunnel to Eminem's "Lose Yourself." This year, the Team Theme is "Encore," so the Tunnel Song is that "Numb/Encore" deal by Jay-Z and Linkin Park.

Which is totally not as cool as Phil Collins.

By  |  05:56 PM ET, 09/05/2006

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