Posted: Monday December 26, 2005 10:43AM; Updated: Monday December 26, 2005 11:34AM
TRACK 4:Sittin' Sideways
BY:Paul Wall (featuring Big Pokey)
KEY LYRIC: "Sitting sidewayz/boyz in a daze ..."
GOES OUT TO: This track from the "People's Champ" is dedicated to the hardest working man in the NBA, Ron Artest, who vowed to come back from last year's season-long suspension a new man, only to demand a trade two months into the season. If you can deal with his variable mental states, Ron Ron will make some NBA team one of the best in the league. Fans of whatever team Ron Ron winds up with, just be prepared to find yourself in a daze from time to time.
TRACK 5: Fireman
KEY LYRIC: "I got that fire come and try me/You can spark it up and I'ma put you out."
GOES OUT TO: I was listening to the Atlanta Falcons postgame show on the radio Saturday afternoon, and after two pretty simple questions to fiery Falcons coach Jim Mora, there was a loud thump and crashing sound, and then the Falcons announcers said, "I think we lost Coach Mora." I'd say so.
It was a tough year for my Dirty Birds, who started 6-2 then melted down and missed the postseason. Can't win 'em all, I guess. Or maybe ever.
KEY LYRIC: "Dame mas gasolina..."
GOES OUT TO: Reggaeton's first crossover single, a semi-intelligible yet completely addictive joint, goes to Ozzie Guillen, who won his first World Series with a mix of solid baseball acumen and flat-out quirk (semi-intelligible interviews, motioning to the bullpen by demonstrating the pitcher's general sizes as opposed to their throwing arms).
TRACK 7:Since U Been Gone
KEY LYRIC: "But since you been gone/I can breathe for the first time/I'm so movin' on ..."
GOES OUT TO: The UNC Tar Heels are currently hanging around the bottom of the Top 25, playing with a lineup most schools would love to have. But compared to last year's title team, this season's squad is positively pedestrian -- the 2005 Champs saw four players drafted in the top 15 of this summer's NBA Draft. It's too soon to say, but will we eventually rank the 2004-2005 Tar Heels among the all-time greats? Perhaps a better song would have been Memories, but I'm trying to keep Andrew Lloyd Webber out of this. (Although I guess I just copped to having Kelly Clarkson on my iPod.)
TRACK 8:Hollaback Girl
KEY LYRIC: N/A
GOES OUT TO: The story broke in early November and we're still talking about it. Two cheerleaders from the Carolina Panthers were arrested for ... well, you know. Even though all parties involved have denied the most salacious allegations, for a brief, brief, precious moment, we all were able to dream. For them we leave Gwen Stefani's stomping ode to cheerleaders and school days.
TRACK 9:Welcome To Jamrock
KEY LYRIC: "Out in the streets ..."
GOES OUT TO: Detroit has taken its share of hits over the years, but this time it's the city that's doling them out. Number one on the list? Lions GM Matt Millen, whose dubious tenure has sparked blogs, parades, shirts and a ubiquitous "Fire Millen" chant. They even got it going at the end of the Pistons/Spurs game yesterday. For Matt, we leave Marley's description of the hard knock life.
TRACK 10:She Don't Have to Know
KEY LYRIC: "Stealing moments just to be with you/Though it's wrong it's hard to tell the truth ..."
GOES OUT TO: John Legend's ode to sneaking around to get his groove on is perfect for Rafael Palmeiro, who famously told Congress, "I have never used steroids, period." Weeks later, Major League Baseball politely disagreed.
TRACK 11:Stay Fly
BY:Three 6 Mafia (featuring Young Buck, Eightball and MJG)
KEY LYRIC: "I gotta stay fly/I, I, I, I, I, I..."
GOES OUT TO: After what seemed like forever, the NHL finally got back on the ice this season. Their hardcore fans were right there waiting for them and they've even found a few new fans.
For the men on ice, we leave them one of the best hip-hop tracks of the year, a triumph of speed and style over substance. Let's all hope the NHL can keep the news on the frozen pond and out of the boardrooms from now on.