But before you divert your attention to Clark and Addison, something has been burning me. And hopefully it has nothing to do with that pretty brunette on my mind.
One of the things that has been brought to my attention at least a dozen times since the Chicago Blackhawks' playoff run is the song that plays after one of their players scores a goal. Now, to be honest, I hadn't heard the song. When I've watched Hard Hawk Playoff Hockey from the comforts of the Carbondale Buffalo Wild Wings (anyone know if Hurricane Saluki blew that place away?) cheers and clinking glasses replaced the sound of whatever music would be played after a goal.
So a little bit of Googling helped me find the song's title (Chelsea's Dagger), the artist (The Fratellis) and a little background with a hat-tip to the Chicago Sun-Times. Upon further review, the song gets two thumbs up if only because my ears aren't bleeding. But it has got me to thinking where does "Chelsea Dagger" rank among the best of the best Chicago sports themes have got to offer.
A run down, of sorts.
1. Super Bowl Shuffle - It did not matter that they had just gotten their asses handed to them by the Miami Dolphins, the Bears had business to handle shortly after the loss. And by "business" I mean recording the video for what would turn out to be one of the greatest songs in football history. It involved witty punchlines from Walter Payton, Jim McMahon, Gary Fencik, Steve Fuller and the rest of the Bears. Only "L.A." Mike Richardson ended up fitting the profile of a rapper.
2. The Chicago Bulls Intro Music - Nobody would know who the Alans Parsons project was if not for Ray Clay, Michael Jordan and the dynasty that was the Bulls of the 1990s. As good as songs such as "Only The Bulls" and "Be Like Mike" are, nothing represents Chicago basketball like a one-hit wonder from some British grouop that is very likely raking in the royalty checks on a daily basis.
3. Let's Go, Go-Go White Sox - Can you believe a motherf*cking polka song represents White Sox baseball? Yeah, neither can I. But the 1959 hit is a true South Side fan favorite. No need to worry White Sox fans, while a 1950something polka might not bring any street cred, Dr. Dre and Snoop Doggy Dogg made up for that in the early 1990s.
4. A Dying Cubs Fan's Last Request - As tempted as I was to go with Steve Goodman's "Go Cubs Go" (a.k.a. The Most Hated Song South of 35th Street), a song that is more fitting to what it means to be a Cubs fan is Goodman's ballad about the suckfest that has been the Northside Nine.
- Bear Down Chicago Bears
- Here Come The Hawks
- Be Like Mike
- Southside Superbowl - Kanye West & Common
- Don't Stop Believing
- The "Go Cubs Go" B96 Remix
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