If you're like me, nothing gets you in the mood for full-contact athletics like slow pop songs about doomed relationships. Luckily for us, we have a football team to support: the University of Maryland Terrapins.
Yes, that's right, when the school's athletics Web site offered up to the world its pre-game music poll last week, the three choices were the Stones' "Start Me Up" (old and hackneyed, but perfectly acceptable), the Black Eyed Peas' "Let's Get it Started" (nee "Let's Get Retarded," and also acceptable if hackneyed) and Phil Collins's "In the Air Tonight." C'mon, go listen to that audio clip. You know you want to.
To understand just how appropriate the last choices is, consider the following lyrics:
Well if you told me you were drowning I would not lend a hand. I've seen your face before my friend But I don't know if you know who I am.
Garh! I could run through a goalpost after hearing that! Testosterone is virtually squirting out of my eyeballs just thinking about it! A much-respected Maryland msgboard poster put it best:
Nothing pumps kids up these days like an old, bald British drummer singing an adult contemporary song from the 80's about someone drowning...
Anyhow, the last time I checked the poll results on mid-afternoon Saturday, the Peas had a narrow lead over the Stones, "Surprise Me!" was hanging around in third, and Phil Collins was in last place with 114 votes, two of which had come from yours truly. (Boss, if you're reading this, I know we reporters are no longer permitted to vote for all-star gamers or hall of famers or stuff like that, but I thought you might not mind if I voted for Phil Collins. Twice.) (Other suggestions from the msgboarders included AC/DC, Europe, Metallica and Public Enemy, which would all be great choices if we were living in, say, 1933.)
This week's poll is up and, tragically, "In the Air Tonight" has been replaced by Metallica's "Enter Sandman," which is off to an enormous lead. Vote here.
As noted in a comment below, at least two ACC schools already use that little ditty; here are some clips of the Hokies' introductory montages, which have been set to "Enter Sandman" since 2000.