In honor of the unveiling of the new blog, I’d like to start what I hope is a regular feature on Homer McFanboy. Each week, (hopefully) I will recap the game by providing a playlist inspired by the Redskins game of the week. So, without further delay, I present to you five songs in honor of the Redskins victory over the New York Jets.
1. “I Ran (So Far Away)” by Bowling For Soup
This song goes out to Redskins running back/kick returner Rock Cartwright, who busted out a 73-yarder with just over five minutes remaining in the first half. Any time a player breaks free for a big gain like that is noteworthy, but add in the fact that Cartwright came into the game with a rib injury and was still forced to play because Clinton Portis didn’t play (leaving only Ladell Betts, Marcus Mason and Cartwright to take snaps against the Jets).
2. “Wicked Games” by Stone Sour
We couldn’t reference the original Chris Isaak’s version because that makes us think of Helena Christensen, and once that happens we’re not coming back to football. So we’ll settle for the rough-around-the-edges cover done by Stone Sour, which seems fitting for the Hawaii-Colt Brennan love affair. If Colt keeps making plays whenever the coaches call his number, you can bet Brennan’s fan club will only get bigger.
3. “Drop It Like It’s Hot” by Snoop Dogg
Goes out to Redskins defensive back Byron Westbrook, who is apparently allergic to catching punts. Westbrook’s brother Brian just signed a new contract that will pay him $21 million over the next three years. If Byron ever dreams of earning anything of substance in the NFL, he’s going to have to pay more attention when on special teams and break his muff-punting habits.
4. “Karma Police” by Radiohead
Jets head coach Eric Mangini should have woken up with Radiohead on the brain Sunday morning after sending out his kicker Mike Nugent to attempt a game-tying fieldgoal with five seconds remaining in a meaningless preseason game. Seriously, act like you’ve been there before coach. When you’re five yards away from the game-winning touchdown in the preseason you go for the win. Always. Without question. With the lack of confidence in your players (and a last name like that) it’s no wonder Jets fans are questioning your manhood this week.
5. “Viva La Vida” by Coldplay
This unusual song goes out to Fred Smoot. Why? Uh … I’m not sure. Let’s flash back to the Redskins locker room Saturday night after the victory when I asked Smoot for musical recommendations because I felt I needed some new tunes on my iPod.
“I listen to a lot,” he started. “Of course, Lil’ Wayne. I think everyone’s on that. I like Coldplay. I like a lot of people. I’m very versatile when it comes to music.”
Did you just say Coldplay?
“Come on, man. I listen to it all. I’m from Mississippi,” he said. “Once you show a Mississippi guy the world, he’s gonna try and take it on head first.”
Because he was on such a roll, I asked Smoot if he agreed with Mangini’s curious decision to try and force overtime in a preseason game. Of course, he did not.
“I would have went on and went for the score,” Coach Smoot said. “I think any way it goes, you’ve got to be happy because your guys showed a lot of resiliency, drove back down the field to try and score again. Give them a chance to score and get this game over with.”
So I asked Fred for his thoughts on Brett Favre and his debut in New York.
“Shit, he’s number four, man,” Smoot said. “He’s the All-Pro. He’s Brett Favre. He’s just one of them guys – you could drop him on Mars, give him 10 other players and he could lead them down.”
I’m not sure what that means, but I’m not going to argue with the man.
(photo by Brian Murphy)