Michael Jackson's Music Is Still Relevant in Today's Sports World

Calvin W Boaz@Burrellfan1Correspondent IIJune 29, 2009

31 Jan 1993:  Singer Michael Jackson performs during halftime at Super Bowl XXVII between the Dallas Cowboys and the Buffalo Bills at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.  The Cowboys won the game, 52-17. Mandatory Credit: Mike Powell  /Allsport

On June 25, Michael Jackson, the King of Pop, passed away. Despite his tragic death, Jackson's music will live on in the hearts of his enduring fans.

At times, Michael Jackson's music and sports have crossed paths. One of the few memorable moments for fans of the Buffalo Bills during Super Bowl XXVII was the tremendous performance of Jackson during the halftime show.

One of the great joys of music is that a song can create different images and interpretations for different people. Although Michael Jackson probably didn't write his music for specific athletes, many of his songs evoke memories of today's sports stars and the issues involving sports today.


"Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough"

It's great that pitchers in major league baseball are playing into their 40s. This song is perfect for Jamie Moyer and Randy Johnson.


"Working Day And Night"

Bill Belichick is probably the hardest working coach in the NFL. When the time comes, this song will most likely he played at his retirement party.


"Off The Wall"

When I hear this song, I cannot help but think of NASCAR.  This song is for Carl Edwards and David Ragan.


"Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'"

Now that Chad Ocho Cinco has discovered Twitter, it seems like he spends all his time sending threatening messages to such people Bob Golic, Skip Bayless, and Shawne Merriman. Maybe Ocho Cinco should be concentrating on catching footballs.



This is the song to hear in the background of highlight films of fantastic finishes. The lacrosse final between Syracuse and Cornell and game seven of the Stanley Cup Final come to mind immediately.


"Beat It"

If this song wasn't released until last week, everyone would think this track is about Terrell Owens.


"Speed Demon"

You cannot think about this song without being reminded of Usain Bolt and Michael Phelps in the 2008 Summer Olympics.


"Man In The Mirror"

Florida State has recently failed again in attempting to overturn the NCAA decision to force the Seminoles to forfeit as many as 14 football victories.  It is time for Bobby Bowden to face the fact that he is not going to win more games than Joe Paterno and that the Seminoles are not close to returning to their former glory.


"Smooth Criminal"

Since Donald T. Sterling bought the Clippers in 1981, the team has made the NBA playoffs four times. If Sterling can duplicate the Michael Jackson "lean" in the video for this song, he would be the perfect smooth criminal.


"You Are Not Alone"

My thoughts go out to Amy Mickelson and Jim Johnson, the defensive coordinator of the Philadelphia, as they battle cancer. Most people will agree that they are not alone in their fight against this terrible disease.


"Leave Me Alone"

Tyler Hansbrough scored the most points in ACC men's basketball history. The Indiana Pacers thought enough of Hansbrough to draft him in the first round. Basketball fans in New York celebrated his achievements by shouting "overrated" on draft night. I bet Hansbrough was humming this song as he walked on stage.



Some people hope this song will apply to this year's version of the Los Angeles Dodgers and the New England Patriots. As someone who dislikes the Florida Gators and Tim Tebow, I wish this song will reflect the dominance in the SEC by Jevan Snead and the Ole Miss Rebels. 


"Keep The Faith"

This tune goes out to players like Dionte Christmas, David Holston, and Ben Woodside who did not get drafted by any NBA teams last week.


"Remember The Time"

I can still barely remember the time when DePaul had great basketball teams led by the expert coaching of Ray Meyer. 



Watching Brad Lidge and Jimmy Rollins struggle this season make fans of the Philadelphia Phillies want to scream.


"They Don't Care About Us"

This is the perfect song for the WNBA, lacrosse, the US men's national soccer team, and the Phoenix Coyotes.


"You Can't Win"

Just seeing the song title makes me think about Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Andy Roddick, the Detroit Lions, and New Jersey of Technology's men college basketball team.


"You Rock My World"

This song applies to all the great athletes of today. I would like to give special recognition to LeBron James, Christiano Ronaldo, Albert Pujols, Martin Brodeur, and Tony Stewart.



This tune should be played in the background anytime a steroid story is being discussed. I hope Manny Ramirez, Sammy Sosa, Roger Clemens, and Alex Rodriguez have all heard this song.


"Gone Too Soon"

Throughout the history of sports, this song could apply to hundreds of athletes and sports figures. In 2009, I think about Harry Kalas and Nick Adenhart when I hear this tune. Ironically, now this song applies to Michael Jackson himself. 


Michael Jackson and his talent will never be forgotten. People will hear his music at sporting events and other outlets for years to come.