While I am not a fan of professional wrestling, the one thing that I do admire is the ability to choose a perfect “entrance theme.”
You can’t help but to get pumped up when that music starts, waiting in anticipation as the key players approach the ring.
Everyone should have theme music to their lives, to highlight the big events and heck, even some of the small ones.
Every night around 7 p.m. I feel my psyche change from mild-mannered girl into a supercharged badass.
The 12-hour graveyard shift in the ER can be brutal, and it requires a fair amount of getting into character.
As soon as those sliding doors open and I step onto the MRSA-infected floors, the opening chords of Nazareth’s "Hair of the Dog” begin playing in my head.
You know the one, sing along with me will ya?
"Heart breaker, soul shaker
I’ve been told about you
Steamroller, midnight stroller
What they’ve been saying must be true
Red hot mama
Times come to pay your dues
Now you’re messin' with a
A son of a bitch"
Some of the greatest in sports history entered their respective arenas to some equally awesome tuneage.
The Chicago Bulls charged into The United Center to the sounds of The Alan Parsons Project's instrumental genius, "Sirius."
Mike Tyson entered the ring to the intimidating power of "All Eyez On Me," by 2Pac.
The Washington Redskins are so cool, they have their own freaking theme song, "Hail to the Redskins."
It got me to thinking, why don't NASCAR drivers have entrance themes?
If it were up to me they would and the Top 12 would be represented accordingly.
OK...so he is nowhere near the Top 12 in the standings, but he deserves a mention based on all of the press that he has gotten lately.
His theme song?
"Rehab" by Amy Winehouse
"They tried to make me go to rehab but I said 'no, no, no'
Yes I've been black but when I come back you'll know know know
I ain't got the time and if my daddy thinks I'm fine
He's tried to make me go to rehab, but I won't go go go"
Remember Kenseth's 2004 Nextel commercial?
"He's not even human, he's like a robot!"
"Mr. Roboto" - Styx
"You're wondering who I am-machine or mannequin
With parts made in Japan, I am the modern man"
"I've got a secret I've been hiding under my skin
My heart is human, my blood is boiling, my brain I.B.M."
"Domo arigato, Mr. Roboto,
Mata ah-oo hima de
Domo arigato, Mr. Roboto,
Himitsu wo shiri tai"
While Mark Martin ranks as the oldest full-time driver of the season, he has proven a fierce competitor against the 42 other "whippersnappers."
"Forever Young ' - Rod Stewart
"May the good Lord be with you
Down every road you roam
And may sunshine and happiness
Surround you when you're far from home
And may you grow to be proud
Dignified and true
And do unto others
As you'd have done to you
Be courageous and be brave
And in my heart you'll always stay
Is bad publicity really better than no publicity? It is if you're Kyle Busch!
"Bad Reputation" - Joan Jett
"I don't give a damn bout my reputation
You're living in the past its a new generation
A boy can do what he wants to do and that's
What I'm gonna do
And I don't give a damn bout my bad reputation"
In my mind, JPM doesn't have his his own theme song, he is too freaking cool for that!
He has his own Mariachi band complete with three violinists, two trumpet players, one vihuela, a guitarron, and the sweet sounds of a Spanish guitar.
They dress in blood red, silver-studded charro outfits and wide-brimmed sombreros.
The Mariachi accompany JPM wherever he goes playing a special Montoya medley of his choosing.
I'm not even a big Kasey Kahne fan, but I could get lost in them there eyes for sure!
"Them there eyes" - Billie Holiday
"I fell in love with you first time I looked into
Them there eyes
You've got a certain lil cute way of flirtin' with
Them there eyes
They make me feel happy
They make me feel blue
Going in a big way for sweet little you
My heart is jumpin'
Sure started somethin' with
Them there eyes
You'd better watch them if you're wise
They're gonna get you in a whole lot of trouble
You're overworkin' them
There's danger lurkin' in
Them there eyes"
Considering that Newman bears the same nickname as the song, this one was a no-brainer.
"Rocket Man" - Elton John
"And I think it's gonna be a long long time
Till touch down brings me round again to find
I'm not the man they think I am at home
Oh no no no I'm a rocket man
Rocket man burning out his fuse up here alone"
So I used this picture in a former article...can you really blame me for using it again? I think it speaks for itself!
"I'm Too Sexy" - Right Said Fred
"I'm too sexy for my shirt too sexy for my shirt, so sexy it hurts"
"I'm too sexy for my car too sexy for my car, too sexy by far"
"Cos I'm a driver you know what I mean
And I do my little turn on the frontstretch
Yeah on the frontstretch on the frontstretch yeah
I shake my little tush on the frontstretch"
After a shaky 2008 season where he was heard cursing out his team, telling them they didn't deserve to be in the Chase, Hamlin and his team have worked hard to 'get back on track' this year by displaying a more positive attitude and opening the lines of communication.
"Without Me" - Eminem
"Guess who's back
Tell a friend
Guess who's back, guess who's back, guess who's back, guess who's back
guess who's back, guess who's back, guess who's back"
"But no matter how many fish in the sea
It'll be so empty without me"
After a tangle in Sonoma and a bump a few weeks later by Jimmie Johnson in Chicagoland, Busch "body slammed" the Lowe's machine during the final laps of the race and left the track with some harsh words directed at Johnson, proving to the No. 48 team the he would not go quietly.
"I Will Not Go Quietly" - Don Henley
"I think its time to make some changes round here
Yeah, I'm gonna tear it up
Gonna trash it up
I'm gonna round it up
Gonna shake it up
Oh, no, baby, I will not lie down
I'm brave enough to be crazy
I'm strong enough to be weak
I see all these heroes with feet of clay
Whose mighty ships have sprung a leak
And I want you to tell me darlin'
Just what do you believe in now?"
"We gonna trash it up
Gonna round it up
Gonna shake it up
Oh, no no no, I will not lie down
Turn this thing around
I will not go quietly
I will not lie down"
Seeing no problem with his with his actions in Chicagoland, Johnson said that the bump between he and Kurt Busch was "just part of racing" and seemed genuinely perplexed over all of the media attention regarding the on track incident.
Johnson waited two long weeks for an apology and had no intention of backing down. No characteristic of Johnson's squeaky clean image.
"No More Mr. Nice Guy" - Alice Cooper
"I used to be such a sweet, sweet thing
Until they got a hold of me
I opened doors for little old ladies
I helped the blind to see
I got no friends cause they read the papers
They cant be seen with me and I'm getting shot down
And I'm feeling mean"
"No more mister nice guy
No more mister clean
No more mister nice guy
They say he's sick, he's obscene"
Over the last couple of years we have seen a new Jeff Gordon emerge, an unapologetic family man standing proudly next to his gorgeous wife Ingrid and their beautiful daughter Ella Sophia every week at the track.
Jeff told People magazine that, "she is the "rock" in the family. You've got to have a wife that's very understanding. I'm lucky to have that. Ingrid wakes up every day at 7 a.m. and does everything that she possibly can for her little girl (our little girl) and for me."
As far as Ella goes, Gordon said that the best part of fatherhood is "waking up every morning and seeing her look in your face. The love, there's nothing like it."
"Family Man" - Hall & Oates
"Leave me alone, I'm a family man
And my bark is much worse than my bite
He said leave me alone, I'm a family man
But if you push me too far I just might"
As a favorite to win this weekend's Brickyard 400 and leading the standings 175 points ahead of Jeff Gordon, Stewart is a dominant force to be reckoned with this season and he ain't holding nothing back!
"Brick House" - The Commodores
"He's a brick----house
Mighty mighty, just lettin' it all hang out
He's a brick----house
The boy is stacked and that's a fact,
ain't holding nothing back."
"He knows he got everything
a driver needs to get a win, yeah.
How can he use, the things he use
46-54-46, what a winning hand!"
Oooow Tony, "Shake it down, shake it down now!"
But in the event of a win, no fence climbing this year please. You aren't the man you used to be, you might just pull it down, pull it down now!
I kid because I love!