Wouldn't It Be Cool If the Houston Texans Only Played Texas Music at Games?
Much like most Houstonians, I will be in front of a television on Sunday watching our Houston Texans play the Miami Dolphins at Reliant Stadium. It's a big and promising year for our team, one of only professional sports franchises in town that are successful.
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Did you know that Billy Ray Cyrus is playing the halftime show Sunday? Is there a chance our defensive line can run on the field and tackle him?
I have been to a handful of games at Reliant. The energy is great, the volume of the crowd is near-painful, and you feel at one with every other rabid fan in the building -- even the guys in face paint screaming like they are being burned alive.
The only problem is that like every other sports franchise in the United States, the Texans use bland jock-jam rock to pump us up, with that Slim Thug and Paul Wall fight song thrown in for good measure.
As a pretentious Texas homer -- an unrepentant lover of all things Texas -- I wondered aloud at the last game I attended why the Texans don't use more Texas music at the games. Disturbed, Nickelback, Metallica, Creed and AC/DC are too easy, but they seem to get the job done.
When I asked this question my little hopes were dashed when a Rocks Off follower reminded me, in not so many words, that the unwanted association with country music and Texas is hard to shake. We could be stuck with lame-dick non-outlaw country, or worse, poppy pap in cowboy hats that sometimes passes for country.
Sorry Clay Walker, who is singing he national anthem before the game, but you don't get us motivated to break bones and crush skulls.
"Pantera would be nice but you know they won't play them because it's not family-friendly," our friend added. "Plus Pantera were Cowgirls fans," .
He's correct. As a Dallas-area residents, Dimebag and Vinnie were/are Cowboys fans. Phil is a die-hard Saints supporter since he is NOLA, and I don't know about Rex actually, but I am sure he loves the Saints.