Posted: Monday December 26, 2005 10:43AM; Updated: Monday December 26, 2005 11:34AM
R. Kelly would be the right artist to do a soundtrack for Terrell Owens' tumultuous year.
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It's time for our annual look back at the year in sports, set to the best of my iPod. We ain't newto this and next year we may even take reader submissions. I'm just kicking myself that I couldn't figure out a way to include the song with the coolest beat of the year, Amerie's 1 Thing, in here. Anyway, as always, rip, mix, burn and enjoy.
TRACK 1:Trapped In The Closet (chapters 1 through 12)
BY: R. Kelly
KEY LYRIC: "Now I've got this dumb look on my face. Like, what have I done?"
GOES OUT TO: The year's best (and only) 12-part R&B soap opera was one of the more bizarre and thrilling things to ever be released. Similarly, the sports world couldn't take its eyes off the mess made in Philly by Terrell Owens and the Eagles. Weird comments, suspensions, fines ... you name it, it had it all. Everything except a midget hiding under the kitchen sink, which, of course, R. Kelly had in his saga.
TRACK 2:Diamonds From Sierra Leone (Remix)
BY:Kanye West (featuring Jay-Z)
KEY LYRIC: "If you waitin' for end of the Dynasty sign/It would seem like forever, it's a mighty long time."
GOES OUT TO: In an era where parity is the norm in pro sports, let's recognize both the San Antonio Spurs and the New England Patriots, who both just keep winning. How do they do it? Stability, consistency, quality. Also, both franchises are lead by transcendent players (Duncan and Brady, duh), neither of whom seems to be completely comfortable chasing after the media spotlight.
TRACK 3:Fix You
KEY LYRIC: "Lights will guide you home/and ignite your bones/And I will try to fix you"
GOES OUT TO: When Larry Brown left Detroit, we all assumed things would be different, especially for poor old Darko Milicic. After two years of watching him ride the pine, everyone hoped the former No. 2 pick would finally become a consistent performer. Instead, Darko's on track to have a statistically worse season than he did under the coach Pete Vecsey calls "Next Town Brown." The mellow vibe of Fix You reflects how I think Darko must feel most days, and the triumphant ending of the song, I hope, signals great things to come in Darko's future.