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Thursday, July 06, 2006

Introducing Ryan Parker....Bengal Fan

Typically when a fan comes up with a theme song for his or her favorite team, that song immediately becomes the laughing stock of the blogosphere and an embarrassment to all the other fans of said team. This is true of the recent Mets song, the A&M song, "Sweet Shaun Alexander", and of course, the infamous Lil' Ronnie.

I think for the most part this is due to the tendancy to rip off some lame hip-hop song that wasn't good in the first place, replace about 40% of the original words with your team name, a few of your favortie players, and a handful of generic "crush you's" and "wreck shop's." In the end, no matter how hard you try it's going to come out pretty lame. And that fact that you shot a video for it on your stepdad's home video recorder makes you look like a bigger douchebag.

That pretty much sums up my feelings about your typical fan song until today. Enter Ryan Parker. For some reason I actually like his song Ballad of the Bengals. It can't place the exact reason this one stands out from the others. Maybe it's that all the lyrics are entirely original and focus on a specific theme rather than just some random "Palmer is great, but Bettis is gay" lines thrown together incoherently. Maybe it's because the video is full of actual Bengal clips that coordinate with the song rather than some asshole bouncing around the street of Cincinnati. Whatever it is, it's a helluva lot better than all the other crap. So kudos to you Ryan Parker! You've finally written a sports song that doesn't make people embarassed to be a fan.

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