Last Monday, the Cincinnati Bengals ran onto the field with Katy Perry’s “Roar” blaring. The music did not go over well. Visiting Steelers fans reportedly mocked Bengals supporters in the crowd, and thousands of angry people took to Twitter to bitch about the song selection. The outcry was so loud and fervent the team’s music staff actually had to respond publically and promise to go in a different direction. They did that this afternoon during the Bengals’ exciting victory over the Packers, but as to whether their new choice was actually better, there’s no clear consensus.

According to USA Today the players ran out onto the field to “Bring ‘Em Out” by T.I. There hasn’t been nearly as much backlash this time around, but there are more than a few fans who are bothered by how ho-hum and middle of the road the new choice is. There’s nothing distinctive about it, and the track is highly unlikely to evolve into any kind of tradition specific to Cincinnati because there are already too many other teams that use it.

On the one hand, you would think anything is better than “Roar” by Katy Perry. That track is just way too on message with the lyrics. It doesn’t offer any kind of intimidation, and it’s really corny. It might be catchy, but it’s a horrendous choice for football entrance music. On the other hand, however, at least it’s new and original. All too often football stadiums play the same twenty tracks that are decades old over and over again. I love the classics as much as anyone else, but changes have to be made at some point.

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