Eye of the Hurricane

February 9, 2011

Stop playing the same song at every sporting event!

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By David Furones

In sports writing, you learn that you are to avoid the use of clichés at all costs. They’re simply ineffective; they lack substance, and if everyone uses the same words to express the same points, no one is excelling. Just stay away from them.

But it’s so difficult to do so when you are constantly surrounded by them in the sports world. Don’t even get me started on how trite and dry 90% of players’ and coaches’ comments are during interviews and press conferences.

18th Century French portrait painter Joseph Ducreux gives his own rendition of "I Gotta Feeling"

But it transcends that. The entertainment aspect during breaks in live sporting events has become exceedingly prosaic. With the exception of the NBA dance teams, which I feel do an exceptional job at what they do, everything else is completely hackneyed. While I’m trying to enjoy watching the dancers and their…umm choreography, I have dudes coming into my section in pairs– one tossing T-shirts and the other holding a sign that reads “Jump for Shirts.” I refuse to participate in such activities as I find it to be borderline prostitution.

Worst of all, however, is how, like clockwork, about ten to fifteen minutes before the start of a game, fans are forced to listen to “I Gotta Feeling” by The Black Eyed Peas. Nothing against the song, it’s not bad at all (aside from the fact that it takes 90 seconds for them to say something other than the chorus).

The lyrics of this fine tune repeatedly state, “I got a feeling… that tonight’s gonna be a good night.” We get it. It’s the general optimism that accompanies your “fandom” for a team. You attended the sporting event of your favorite team and you have this premonition that they will be victorious and the victory will bring you joy. You have a feeling that tonight’s gonna be a good night. It’s something one can associate with when rooting on their favorite team.

The problem is it’s being played at every single sporting event. So far this semester I’ve covered a UM men’s basketball game, women’s basketball game, and a Miami Heat game.

Guess what all three events had in common.

For those unfamiliar with the song, you can watch the YouTube clip below… or just attend a sporting event.

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