ESPN Music: football

The Mag 15 playlist: 2008

April, 5, 2013
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ESPN The Magazine is celebrating its 15th anniversary. To commemorate the milestone, The Mag will look back and generate exclusive playlists curated by Bomani Jones. The "Around the Horn" panelist will pick and discuss the biggest hits of the past 15 years. Listen to the entire playlist below.

“Whatever You Like” by T.I.
“This had to be the team song of the Detroit Lions, whose accommodating performances on the gridiron helped make them the first 0-16 team in NFL history.”

“Superstar” by Lupe Fiasco
“Forget his NFL career. Watch this and be reminded Tim Tebow [the speech], on his way to a national title at Florida, was every bit the superstar many wished he could be now.”

“4 Minutes” by Madonna featuring Justin Timberlake
“The song doesn’t matter. Just remember the '08 Phillies won the franchise’s first World Series since ... before anyone had even heard of Madonna. Yeah, long time.”

“No Air” by Jordin Sparks featuring Chris Brown
“As in, when Mario Chalmers hit a last-second 3-point dagger to send Kansas into overtime against Memphis, John Calipari looked like there was no air left in the universe.”

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The Mag 15 playlist: 2007

April, 3, 2013
4/03/13
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ESPN The Magazine is celebrating its 15th anniversary. To commemorate the milestone, The Mag will look back and generate exclusive playlists curated by Bomani Jones. The "Around the Horn" panelist will pick and discuss the biggest hits of the past 15 years. Listen to the entire playlist below.

“Make It Rain” by Fat Joe
“That was pretty much all anyone could hope would happen in a game against the 16-0 Patriots, featuring the resurrection of Randy Moss. Or, just wait for the Super Bowl.”

“Umbrella” by Rihanna
“Never forget -- Prince killed the Super Bowl halftime in February -- in high heels, in the rain -- and managed to sneak an inappropriate visual into the show for good measure.”

“Party Like a Rock Star” by Shop Boyz
“Because this is exactly what Tim Duncan and Gregg Popovich did after winning their fourth championship. You know they did.”

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The Mag 15 playlist: 2006

April, 1, 2013
4/01/13
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This month, ESPN The Magazine celebrates its 15th anniversary. To commemorate the milestone, The Mag will look back and generate exclusive playlists curated by Bomani Jones. The "Around the Horn" panelist will pick and discuss the biggest hits of the past 15 years. Listen to the entire playlist below.

“Crazy” by Gnarls Barkley
“This was the year Steve Nash won his second MVP. Maybe we were crazy? Yeah, possibly.

“Ridin Dirty” by Chamillionaire featuring Krayzie Bone
“This is more Mark Martin’s flavor, but it was the year Jimmy Johnson won his first of five Cup series championships. If you ain’t ridin’ dirty, you ain’t tryin’.”

“I’m in’ Luv (Wit a Stripper)” by T-Pain
“At once, a young athlete’s dream, and the soundtrack to the veteran’s cautionary tales.”

“Dirty Little Secret” by The All-American Rejects
“Yes, Floyd Landis, I’m looking at you.”

“There It Go (The Whistle Song)” by Juelz Santana
“The unofficial theme song of the 2006 NBA Finals, when Dwayne Wade went to the foul line like he paid rent on it.”

“Bossy” by Kelis
“As is Peyton Manning. But after the 2006 season, he was something more important -- a Super Bowl champion.”

“Jesus, Take the Wheel” by Carrie Underwood
“Little known fact -- that was the official name of the play Florida ran when Tim Tebow threw the jump pass. Or maybe it just should have been.”

The Mag 15 playlist: 2005

March, 29, 2013
3/29/13
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This month, ESPN The Magazine celebrates its 15th anniversary. To commemorate the milestone, The Mag will look back and generate exclusive playlists curated by Bomani Jones. The "Around the Horn" panelist will pick and discuss the biggest hits of the past 15 years. Listen to the entire playlist below.

“I’m Shipping Up To Boston” by Dropkick Murphys
“Oh, you thought the newly minted Red Sox Nation stopped celebrating when 2004 ended?”

“Number One Spot” by Ludacris
“In the AP poll, that was USC’s from the end of 2003 all the way through the 2005 season. Until...”

“Best of You” by Foo Fighters
“...They ran into Vince Young in the greatest college football game of all time to close the season.”

“Speed of Sound” by Coldplay
“The Heisman Trust may not remember Reggie Bush, but the rest of us do, and that’s about how fast that electric, once-a-generation talent moved.”

“La Tortura” by Shakira featuring Alejandro Sanz
"2005 gave us one of the lowest-rated NBA Finals -- Spurs-Pistons -- in history, and it had the nerve to go seven games! What torture.”

“Scars” by Papa Roach
“As in, ‘If you cancel your whole season because of a labor dispute, NHL, it’s gonna leave some scars.’ And it left some scars.”

“Boulevard of Broken Dreams” by Green Day
“That’s the road the Seahawks take to go back in their minds to Super Bowl XL, and officials throw flags at them the whole way for no apparent reason.”

“Over and Over” by Nelly featuring Tim McGraw
“Hey, did you know Jerome Bettis was from Detroit? That’s one thing Seahawks fans hear going down that boulevard. Over and over.”

It's the Baltimore mayor's SB XLVII playlist

January, 30, 2013
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Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, mayor of Baltimore, at a Ravens rallyAP PhotoStephanie Rawlings-Blake, left, and Gov. Martin O'Malley sent off their Ravens this week.
Here's a surprise: Baltimore loves its football team. Mayor included.

So how will Stephanie Rawlings-Blake prepare to watch her city's Ravens face the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday in Super Bowl XLVII?

With music. Specifically, with this 16-song Spotify playlist that she shared exclusively with Playbook.

Said Rawlings-Blake: “Ravens fans -- no matter where they come from -- are united by the anthems that remind us of the team we love. When we hear the signature bass line of ‘Seven Nation Army’ or the looping guitar riff from ‘Hot in Herre,’ we start seeing purple. This playlist is going to get my blood pumping this weekend as we watch the Ravens win the Super Bowl.”

Here's the list (with some explanation from the mayor's office):

1. “Lose Yourself” by Eminem -- This song is often heard as the Ravens prepare to take the field during home games at M&T Bank Stadium.

2. “Hot in Herre” by Nelly -- Ray Lewis has announced that he will retire from professional football after Super Bowl XLVII. No Baltimore Ravens playlist would be complete without a nod to Ray Lewis’ squirrel dance!

3. "Anything Could Happen” by Ellie Goulding

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How Snoop Dogg learned to love soccer

September, 25, 2012
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Snoop LionDipasupil/Getty ImagesIn New York on Monday, Snoop Dogg promoted the launch of "FIFA Soccer 13."
NEW YORK -- For most of his life, Snoop Dogg (aka Snoop Lion) didn’t know a thing about soccer. Didn’t play it. Didn’t know any teams or players. Didn’t think about it.

Then about a decade ago, while touring in Europe, his PlayStation 2 "Madden" disc got scratched and stopped working.

When his handlers went to the closest store to buy another copy, "Madden" wasn’t available -- the American football game wasn't widely sold in Europe at the time. So Snoop's boys grabbed "FIFA" off the video game rack to tide them over until they could find a copy of "Madden."

But Snoop didn't end up needing it on that trip.

"We ended up falling in love with it," Snoop said before playing "FIFA Soccer 13" Monday at the launch party at SPiN New York. "While we were playing the game, we were also learning about the game and started watching some games on TV. And it was the biggest sport in the part of the world we were in, so I just loved it."

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IrelandWarren Little/Getty ImagesIreland supporters sing their national anthem ahead of a game in 2007.
UEFA Euro 2012, one of soccer's top international competitions, kicks off June 8. In anticipation of this eagerly awaited event, Playbook is teaming up with ESPN FC to offer sights and other delights from each participating nation.

Ireland fans have reason to sing in 2012: It's the nation's first Euro since 1988.

And sing these Irish fans are doing, producing a vast selection of unofficial Euro (and one official) anthems and videos to send their boys off to Poland and Ukraine.

Here's a small sample; if we posted them all, music-hungry fans might miss Ireland's first match.

"The Rocky Road to Poland" -- Ireland's official tune, written by "Ray D'Arcy Show" listeners and recorded by Damien Dempsey, Bressie, Danny O'Reilly (Coronas) and The Dubliners (John Sheehan, Barney McKenna, Eamonn Campbell, Patsy Watchorn; they recorded the song on which this is based, "The Rocky Road to Dublin").



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Football. Not soccer. That's what they call it over in England, where the alternative/indie rock band Morning Parade formed (near London) and where frontman Steve Sparrow gained his love for the beautiful game. One team in particular, actually. But we'll get to that later.

Because we couldn't help but ask Sparrow about the final match day of the Barclays Premier League season, when Manchester City snatched the title from Manchester United in the final minutes.

And the band ... missed it?! That's what happens when you have to work ...

"We were flying when the games were on," said Sparrow, who did get the scores via text from his manager upon arrival in the States (they're currently traveling around the Northeast, before their big tour in June to support their new self-titled album, out June 19).

"So when we got back [to our hotel], we watched the games on our laptops at night. What an amazing way for the Premiership to end, eh?"

Indeed. Especially because Sparrow's club, Arsenal, crucially clinched a spot in the Champions League that same Sunday.

Sparrow also talked a bit more about The Gunners, the Olympics, American sport and more:

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'E:60' cuts -- Robert Griffin III on singing

April, 27, 2012
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New Washington quarterback/No. 2 overall pick Robert Griffin III has a hidden talent -- singing -- but he won't display it for the cameras. Not even after President Barack Obama did it!

Thursday's Web video of the day

April, 26, 2012
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Remember "Friday"? Of course you remember "Friday." Well, we have an answer to Rebecca Black's so-bad-it's-good viral anthem: "Draft Day," by John Evans and Liz Loza aka The Fantasy Football Girl.

Seen a cool sports-related video you think we should post? Email links to bypatrickdorsey(at)gmail(dot)com or let us know on Twitter at @dorseypatrick. Videos should be family friendly and shorter than two minutes.

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