GeneralWill Bryant

Playlist: Football is Back

GeneralWill Bryant
Playlist: Football is Back

photo by Ellaina Smith

Finally, the week we’ve all been waiting for — Football is back.

If you’re like me, you’re scouring your closet right now. We all want to look our best for the opening game. The finest Tar Heel Blue apparel we own will be adorned on this day, the proverbial Christmas of the fall.

I'm optimistic this season, as I am annually for Tar Heel football. Sure, it's easy to hear the facts about how the season should play out, but this unbridled optimism finds my brain each and every season.

“Sure, last year didn’t go as planned, but this is the year,” I tell myself as I daydream of Saturday morning. Even after losing the starting quarterback, a defensive tackle, and a slew of other offensive stars, I’m still able to convince myself the Tar Heels have a fighting chance in the ACC.

And I still don't know why.

How does football captivate us each and every fall? It’s like a hypnotism. We find ourselves lost in this daze. Every Saturday, sitting, either on the bleachers or the couch, with our eyes glued to the gridiron.

So, if you're like me, here's to the next four months of 2017, lost in this trance we call football. 

This week's playlist: football edition, is a little peak at what to expect Saturday at Kenan.

The first two tunes on this week's edition are a couple of the Tar Heels entrance songs from the last few years. 2014 — Breaking Bad theme and all — was the year "0 to 100," was the featured jog out song, while "The Outsiders," was the 2016 version. Very different tunes, but both set the mood for football.

The next three songs are a few that you will hear over the course of a game. The Marching Tar Heels have a rendition of each one, and the fan involvement when these songs play is one of the best parts of the game. You won't want to miss it.

I felt like the next two songs were on a similar level energy wise, but they hold separate meanings. "Jumpman," is a tribute to the new logo on the field, jersey, and on the Tar Pit, while "Can't be Touched," is a salute to the extremely hype video leading into the fourth quarter. I can honestly say I've never felt more energy than I feel during a close game heading into the fourth in Kenan Stadium.

To finish, I felt "Hark the Sound," would be fitting since it's the way each sporting event ends. I also added a song that embodies the game of football at the end to help get every one ready for Saturday.