(Singing) "Go Cubs...No." Lets Pick Another One.

August 14, 2007 | Comments (0) | by Tommy Buzanis

Every good pennant chase/championship needs a theme song. The '04 Red Sox had "Sweet Caroline", the '05 White Sox had "Don't Stop Believin"...the '07 Cubs need a song and they have asked you, the loyal follower(s) of Thunder Matt's to name that tune.

Now don't get me wrong, Tommy Buzanis enjoys singing along to "Go Cubs Go" as much as the next guy. In fact, I have a hazy recollection of doing a rendition with a young Josh Lewin and Chris Chelios at a karaoke bar in Sandusky, Ohio back in '91. Needless to say, Chelios had too much to drink and repeatedly called the bartender for 'icing' and 'high sticking'. He passed out on the poop deck of my house boat that night in Lake Erie...but that's neither here nor there.

"Go Cubs Go" is good, but it's a little cheesy - we need something we can sink our teeth into. There are a few keys to keep in mind when going about this task. One, you don't want anything too cliche ("We are the Champions") or anything too obscure (Bob Dylan's "Day of Locusts"). People need to be familiar with the tune but not burned out by it ("This is Our Country"). Additionally, it needs to be a good sing-along song. Songs with hard to understand lyrics are out ("Yellow Ledbetter" - that means you).

Here is the ultimate test - picture this...you are at Wrigley and Cubs finish off the Red Sox in game 6 of the World Series. It's pandemonium with people hugging and crying, the young man next to you appears to be pleasuring himself...all the sudden the crowd spontaneously busts into (fill in the blank) and it sounds like you are at a bloody English Premiere League soccer game.

Now take this responsibility seriously dear disciples of the Red One. I expect a few smart ass comments, to which I will flip the middle finger and casually discard. This song will be played in bars in Wrigleyville and around Chicago for years to come and will be forever known as the '07 Cubs' song.

Your votes and thoughts will be tallied and the bartenders at Thunder Matt's will meet in a secret location to select the finalists, which will then be put into a unscientific poll whose tally results will underwhelming yet final, unless decided upon otherwise by a third party. That third party being myself, Tommy Buzanis. The person who picks the winning song gets a ride on my houseboat, The Orifice Perpetrator, and if you happen to be female then you can interpret that as an invitation for sex. If you are male, then there will probably be a lot of awkward silences, lest you catch a bigmouth bass.

Don't disappoint me. I have enough of that in my life as it is.