While the world of sports and music have crossed on more than a few occasions, (John Fogerty's "Centerfield" anyone?), the finest moments of athletic–themed songs come from the sport of football. Since the NFL season is currently winding down and the playoffs are almost upon us, here is a roundup of the best football songs of 2005. Okay, that's a lie; these are the only three songs I could find. While there very well may be an amazing rap song about that lowly 2-13 Houston Texans, I have yet to find it.
Bootsy Collins "Fear Da Tiger"
The only song with a name star attached to it, Bootsy, sans Rubber Band, dares to get funky and ask the question that has been on all our minds, "Who dey think they gonna beat those Bengals?" Um, I dunno, the lowly Buffalo Bills didn't seem to have trouble earlier this week when "dey" beat them 37-27. Bonus points go to Bootsy for letting some of the actual players contribute, à la the Bears' classic 1984 "Super Bowl Shuffle," with Defensive End Duane Clemons showing some impressive flow and a token Paul Wall namedrop. Also, any song that has a video with a tired-looking funk legend and a dancing Tiger mascot will always be all right in my book.
Lil Ronnie "Super Bowl Bound"
Still about four years from his learner's permit, that doesn't stop inspiring emcee and fan of tacky bling, Lil Ronnie, from posing for his badass promo pictures in a sweet low rider. And why not? Everyone knows you ditch the razor scooter once you pen, "Super Bowl Bound," the "unofficial" theme of the Indianapolis Colts. Although the lyrics of "Sixteen and O/Super Bowl bound/World champions cause we about to clown" are a little outdated (the Colts will finish 14-2 at best), it's just all the better reason for Lil Ronnie to get his little butt back in the studio and work on a "14-2 remix." That is, if he's not grounded for taking that low rider for a spin around the mean streets of Indianapolis.
The Perceptionists "The Razor"
This isn't even a fair contest once the Perceptionists get involved. Most importantly, "The Razor" sounds like an actual song, instead of just a jock jam stadium-ready anthem to get the fans with "John 3:16" signs and face paint hyped up for opening kickoff. It seems a little odd that the Perceptionists, who write some of the most intelligent and political rhymes around, would be writing a jingle for the defending Super Bowl champion team, I somehow doubt their quarterback, and Republican poster child, Tom Brady would approve. But with lyrics like "Ain't nobody seein' the Pats/and that's that/getting' sliced with a razor-sharp welcome mat," they easily school the competition, even if it's a tired funk legend and a 12-year-old white kid from Indianapolis.