There are now only a couple of days until the first NFL football game in seven months. That is a really long time to be away from actual games, no matter how much we try to bury ourselves in statistics and pointless arguments. Due to this long absence known as the offseason, many of you may not be as anxious and excitied for the return of NFL football as I am right now. That's OK, because I have the cure...music! When you think of football, certain songs come to mind and just get you pumped up. My goal with this post is to do just that and get everyone on Stampede Blue (and any other blog members that just happen to visit) as excited about the return of football as I am in just writing this post. I worked really hard making this, so I hope that you enjoy it. Without further ado, off we go.
This first part will focus on songs you hear in the RCA Dome/Lucus Oil Stadium.
This first song is incessantly played while the Colts players warm up to the point that it is ingrained in my head. It's a great place to start:
The beginning of this song is played as they introduce the Colts coming out of the tunnel with all of the fireworks. Just imagine, a few seconds after the guitar part kicks in, the PA guy yelling, "Colts fans, are you ready? I repeat, Colts fans, are you ready? Here are your Super Bowl Champion Indianapolis Colts!":
This song is played before every kickoff after the Colts score. And really, how could anybody hear this song and not immediately think of NFL football:
This song is played before every kickoff no matter what, although only a small part of it. They should find time for more of the song. It really is a good song and it gets the players "crunked up.":
Say what you want about the RCA Dome/Lucas Oil Stadium management, but they sure know how to build up suspense and excitement. This is the song they play directly before what is suspected as the final, game clinching drive (They try to play it when our defense is on the field.). You only hear this song once per game:
And now we come to the end of the game. If the Colts win, they play this perfectly chosen song as the fans are walking out of the stadium. (I honestly don't remember what they play if the Colts lose.):
So, are you getting excited yet? Don't worry, the best is yet to come. This is the part where I veer off of the songs heard in the RCA Dome/Lucus Oil Stadium and move into other songs/videos that get me psyched for the NFL season.
First up, we have to acknowledge that the Colts will lose at some point this season. We will not go 19-0 guys. It just won't happen. When the Colts do lose, this is the perfect song to play immediately after it:
Ok, that's enough of the sad songs. Now we get into the really good stuff.
For 2 years now, NFL Network has picked a "theme song" to go with their commercials for their Thursday Night Football specials. They are very good at song selection. Here's the one from last year:
Unfortunately, I couldn't find the actual commercial from 2 years ago (The song is Tick Tick Boom by The Hives), but I found something just as good:
I've always loved the intros done before primetime games and playoff games, CBS especially. They're brilliantly done and give me goosebumps even today. You can't watch these and not get excited:
As always, it's important to keep your eyes on the prize:
And, of course, the best sports song that you can ever hear:
Well, that's the end of your 2009 Return to Football Soundtrack. I guess there's nothing left to do but ask one last question.........................
ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL?