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8/31/2007 09:18:00 AM
DeSean Jackson's Top Five Fight Songs
USC's fight song is one of college football's best.
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By Arash Markazi, SI.com
DeSean Jackson isn't hard to spot before games. He's usually the one bouncing around in the end zone, dancing to the music in his ears. "The song I listen to before every game is Tupac's All Eyes on Me," says Jackson. "That's my favorite song. Just listening to All Eyes on Me before the game lets you know that everybody's looking at you and you've got to step up and make a big play, make things happen." Jackson usually makes things happen on the field, as he's one of the leading candidates for the Hesiman Trophy this season, but what fight songs get him the most pumped up before a game? Here are his top five.
1. Cal: Well, obviously, first and foremost is our Cal fight song, it always gets me pumped up before games.
2. USC: That song really gets me going. I know it by heart. It's crazy. You just hear that and it's like, "Oh man, there go the 'SC Trojans." That's a good feeling, you know, because once you hear their band playing, you just get ready to play some football. I would probably say SC that gets me pumped up the most. Being young and always being around SC, I always just heard their fight song, and they got the horse running up and down the sideline. They've got that going on, so it's kind of a good thing.
3. LSU: They've got a good one going on at LSU. It's one of those classic college football fight songs.
4. Arizona State: They got a cool one. I always like hearing that one before I play the Sun Devils.
5. UCLA: It's funny because they got the same fight song as us. I remember when I played at UCLA it was a big thing because I heard the song and I was like, "Hey! That's our song!" It's kind of crazy because you hear both teams playing that song and it's like, "Damn, which team is mine? Which band is mine?" So you really don't know when you go to UCLA. It's hard.
You can't fully appreciate Script Ohio until you see it in person.
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By Arash Markazi, SI.com
Mike Stoops has been involved in college football for over 25 years. He played in the Rose Bowl as an Iowa Hawkeye and coached in nearly every major bowl (Orange, Cotton, Rose and Sugar) as Oklahoma's defensive coordinator. Stoops is now in his fourth year as the head coach at Arizona and while he admits there are no traditions that stick out to him in Tucson just yet, here's his top five college football traditions.
1. The dotting of the "i" at Ohio State: Yeah, I'm from Ohio, but I didn't think it was that big of a deal until you see it and understand what it's about, so it's kind of unique.
2. The Texas-OU game at the Cotton Bowl: Now that's always unique. There was almost a fight before the game one year, so that was that. And then Roy Williams jumping up and hitting Chris Simms, and knocking the ball out and Teddy [Lehman] scoring.
3. The Florida-Georgia game: The World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party is always a great game. Jacksonville always gets crazy for that game.
4. Iowa vs. Minnesota for the Floyd of Rosedale: I played at Iowa, and this game is a big deal. Playing for that bronze pig was always a highlight.
5. The Death Valley at Clemson and rubbings the rock: I thought that's really unique, what they do down there, watching that. Those guys get really into that.
Do these Cavaliers uniforms remind you of Microsoft Word?
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By Lang Whitaker, SI.com
The FIBA Tournament of the Americas is currently taking place out in Las Vegas, though it's not the easiest hoops tourney to follow -- box scores are hidden all over the interwebs and the games are airing on a smorgasbord of television networks. So we don't blame you if you might have missed a game or two. We will blame you, however, if you like the jerseys Argentina is currently wearing. Predominantly baby blue, the jerseys appear to have been created by Jackson Pollock with the help of a bicycle wheel. But where would these uniforms rank among the worst NBA uniforms of all-time? Here's our top (well, bottom) five...
1. New Jersey Nets (1990-91): Best as I can tell, the Nets only wore these tie-dyed jerseys for one season (the Nets have wisely erased any memory from their Web site, and I couldn't find any visual evidence despite the powers of Google). But if any uniform inspired the garb of Argentina, it was probably these tie-dye-esque uniforms, which more accurately resembled stone-washed denim.
2. Philadelphia 76ers (1991-94): The Sixers Web site generously refers to these uniforms as "a departure from the classic Sixers uniform." Charles Barkley famously said that they looked like his daughter designed them with a crayon. As usual, The Chuckster is correct.
3. Detroit Pistons teal uniforms: After winning a few titles with the Bad Boys, the Pistons decided to shake things up and slightly alter their color scheme, changing the royal blue to a cringe-worthy teal. Probably not a coincidence that they finally won another title after going back to their more familiar red-and-blue.
4. Vancouver Grizzlies: Often overlooked, these uniforms were prominently a light shade of teal with all sorts of strange trim, plus logos all over the place. It doesn't help when they're being modeled by Bryant Reeves.
5. Cleveland Cavaliers (1995-99): Sometimes you don't what you got 'til it's gone. Such was the case in Cleveland, where the striking all-orange uniforms of the '80s and '90s were replaced with black, blue and orange uniforms that looked as though they were designed using the graphics toolbox in Microsoft Word.
Lang Whitaker is the executive editor of SLAM magazine and writes daily at SLAMonline.com