Theme Songs for Every AFC East Team's 2012 Season

Erik FrenzSenior Writer IAugust 10, 2012

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Music is a powerful thing. It can motivate you, speak to you and get you ready to take on the world.

Since music so often involves real-life situations, it's not exactly a stretch to relate music to football teams, unless you're trying to convince me that Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" somehow relates to football.

WWE wrestlers have theme songs that get the fans amped up upon their arrival, so it seems appropriate to hand out theme songs for football teams, too.

Here are my thoughts on a theme song every AFC East team should use to mark their 2012 season.


Miami Dolphins: Killswitch Engage — "Fixation On The Darkness"

Key lyrics:

Fixation on the darkness that engulfs this world
Drain the life force of our people.
Return to the womb, new life
Lay your head to rest, mercy
To give you a peace of mind, lay your head to rest...
Tell them they will not hold us down, it's time for a change

The title, the lyrics; they all fit. The only reason you wouldn't like this as a Miami Dolphins theme song is if you hate metal. Sorry, non-metal-heads, but you'll have to excuse me on this.

For so long, the Dolphins and their fans have had nothing to cheer for. The darkness of the post-Dan Marino era has run wild for years, and with a new era ("new life"), the Dolphins have indicated that it is indeed time for change.

And if the breakdown in this song doesn't make you want to throw people to the ground, I have nothing for you.


New England Patriots: Bob Marley — "Redemption Song"

Key lyrics:

Old pirates, yes, they rob I;
Sold I to the merchant ships,
Minutes after they took I
From the bottomless pit.
But my hand was made strong
By the hand of the Almighty.
We forward in this generation

This one stumped me for awhile. So I took to Twitter and asked my followers.

@erikfrenz I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For.

— Fang's Bites (@fangsbites) August 10, 2012

I thought that was a great suggestion; fitting title, considering they fell just short of that elusive fourth Super Bowl win. It helps, too, that I'm a closet U2 fan.

But the tenor of this song is just too depressing for the Patriots, who have been predicted to be among the most dominant teams in the NFL this year. Which brings me to the next suggestion:

@erikfrenz… Not to be overconfident, but I dont see any team that's better, on paper, of course.

— Callum (@GingerNinja023) August 10, 2012

That might be one of the best music videos I've seen in a long time. But I thought "Unstoppable" was going a bit too far. If this were about the offense, sure, and perhaps in an ironic and kind of backwards way, "unstoppable" applies to the defense last year.

It had to be a song about redemption, a song about being at the bottom and fighting your way back up. Who better to tell us about that than...Bob Marley?!

Okay, the choice of musician may not be fitting to a football team's theme song, but Bob Marley knows all about coming up out of hard times and moving forward triumphantly. That's exactly what the Patriots are trying to do this year.


New York Jets: Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds — "AKA...What a Life!"

Key lyrics:

Someday you might find your hero
Some say you might lose your mind
I keeping my head down now for the summer
I'm outta my mind let me pull the other
I'm gonna take that tiger outside for a ride

What a life! 
What a life! 

Keep on chasing down that rainbow
You'll never know what you might find
Over the sunset on the horizon
Maybe you dream but it tastes like poison
I'm gonna take that tiger outside for a ride

The Jets went looking for a "hero" with the trade for Tim Tebow, hoping that the quarterback could provide some kind of spark to their offense to get them over the hump and back in the playoff hunt. It was proof that they were willing to do anything to bring them closer to the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

But do they know what they'll find on the other side? Some have said that the Jets have lost their mind in the process. As reported by Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News , Owner Woody Johnson said he genuinely didn't think Tebow would get the kind of media attention he's received. Really?

It's too easy to equate the easy-to-spot dangers of bringing in Tebow to another line in this song: Riding a tiger.

Being involved in the New York Jets' football operations this year must be bewildering. What a life, indeed.


Buffalo Bills: Rakim — "It's Been A Long Time"

Key lyrics:

The wait is over, in formation like a soldier
Like I told ya, greater stronger, now that I'm older
I broke the code of silence with overloads of talents
My only challenge, is not to explode in violence

When Rakim came out of recluse to release a new album back in 1997 after over a decade away from the game, the rap world waited with bated breath to see what "The God" had in store. With the Bills seemingly on the map for the first time in over a decade, Bills fans are anxious to see the final result.

It's been a long time since the Bills have given their fans reason for hope, but all it took to change that was "overloads of talent" in the form of defensive ends Mark Anderson and Mario Williams, along with a draft that was considered by many to be a slam dunk.

It's been even longer, though, since the Bills actually contended. They're working off seven-straight losing seasons and over a decade out of the playoffs.

It's been a long time, indeed. The question is, is the wait really over? Are the Bills just circling the wagons once again, or is there legitimate reason to hop on the bandwagon?


Erik Frenz is the AFC East lead blogger for Bleacher Report. Be sure to follow Erik on Twitter and "like" the AFC East blog on Facebook to keep up with all the updates.