What is it about teams winning that makes really awful music just ooze from the woodwork? We remember back when the Rockets were winning some of the most God-awful tribute material hitting the streets and, at times Lord help us, the airwaves.
We get that fans want to show their appreciation for their teams and will do so in any way they can, which is sweet, but also misguided, unless of course you are a trio of supremely talented local hip hop artists. Hell, Chamillionaire is one of the more frequent local sports tweeters in H-Town.
But, just because you have team spirit doesn't mean you have the skill, means and cleverness to pull it off. Case in point...
Thomas Cantrell posted a song/video in tribute to the Houston Texans called "Like a Phoenix" on his YouTube channel that is in an old school country talking vibe similar to "Devil Went Down to Georgia." The song, by those standards, isn't all that bad, actually. It's not really the performance that makes us slowly shake our heads rather than slowly clap our hands in approval.
It's not even the overly dramatic lyrics or the on the nose imagery used in the video. Frankly, we we can deal with almost all of it with one exception: The idea that the Texans' success this year is anything remotely like a phoenix rising from the ashes.
The lyric says, "Like a phoenix from the ashes, Houston, Texas rose again."
That would be a somewhat clever metaphor if it weren't for a couple of key facts:
1. The success or failure of the football team (or baseball or basketball) has little or nothing to do with how well Houston does as a city. The Rockets won two titles and it wasn't like we went from the slum of the south to a gleaming beacon of awesome.
2. In order to rise "again" and, thus, be likened to a phoenix, you have to rise a first time. Even if you go back to the Oilers, they only made it to a pair of AFC title games (they were completely robbed in one, but still) during the Luv Ya Blue era (another, God awful tribute song) and two AFL titles in the early '60s before the league mergers. Neither would be considered by today's standards as the pinnacle of succes.
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But, the Oilers have been gone almost 20 years (yeah, choke on that one for a minute) and this song is clearly about the Texans. Other than one 9-7 season that ended without a playoff appearance, the Texans been the definition of mediocre if not worse. In order to rise from your own ashes, you have to have actually burned brightly enough to turn yourself into said ashes.
We would say this will be an embarrassment for the team around the league, but fans are fans and there are plenty of examples of much worse attempts at team spirit out there.
We love the Houston spirit and the dedication to our teams. Just save the songs for the pros, like Clay Walker. On second thought...