Wildcat Football's Use Of Phil Collins Pisses Off Neighbors

Thursday, November 29, 2007


Why this day in age you'd choose to play this song is beyond me, but the University of Arizona made local news yesterday by pumping fake crowd noise into practice and blasting Phil Collins' In The Air Tonight......

Fake crowd noise caused a very real headache on Wednesday for those living near Arizona Stadium.

The University of Arizona Police Department received numerous noise complaints from surrounding homes during the UA football team’s two-hour practice inside the stadium. Wildcats coaches pumped in crowd noise, complete with tape of a public-address announcer, to replicate the gameday atmosphere in their final full-bore practice of the regular season.

The noise blared from about 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Arizona coaches capped practice by piping in Phil Collins’ “In the Air Tonight”.
That's an odd choice to say the least. The song doesn't really make me want to go hit someone. If I was a neighbor and they were playing 'Let The Bodies Hit The Floor' or something, I'd probably be upset. But 'In The Air Tonight'? You just chill and wait for that sweet ass drum solo right???

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Posted by Awful Announcing- at 10:53 AM

11 Comments:

In case you forgot, Phil Collins can't dance. He can't talk. Only thing about him is the way that he walks.

GMoney said...
Nov 29, 2007, 11:06:00 AM  

Pumping in crowd noise and bad music is so NFL.

Seriously, that's reason #1,647 to dislike the NFL compared to college. You hear a real band instead of the same ten "let's get the crowd pumped up" songs you've heard for the last 20 years. And any college that plays shit like that instead of having a real band should be banished to Division II.

Anonymous said...
Nov 29, 2007, 11:26:00 AM  

Using Phil Collins to simulate crowd noise makes about as much sense as using Phil Collins for a Cadbury commercial:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wy52yueBX_s&feature=related

Anonymous said...
Nov 29, 2007, 11:48:00 AM  

Umm #2... They did this at a practice. The band usually doesn't show up for practice. Lots of schools simulate crowd noise before big road games. The musical selection is strange, though.

Anonymous said...
Nov 29, 2007, 11:52:00 AM  

i'll have to look up who UA is playing and wonder if there's a connection.

Anonymous said...
Nov 29, 2007, 12:10:00 PM  

They play the Phil Collins song during the pregame workouts at the Arizona Cardinals games too. Maybe it's the state song and nobody told us? :)

Anonymous said...
Nov 29, 2007, 12:23:00 PM  

They play "In The Air Tonight" about 40 minutes before each UofA home game...I think it's a great pregame song...but then again, what do I know, right?

Eric said...
Nov 29, 2007, 1:41:00 PM  

I remember Ray Lewis saying that he listens to that song before every game to get jacked up. I don't know about anyone else, but that songs makes me sleepy, definitely not jacked up.

ESPN then played it on EVERY frickin Sunday Night game for like 2 years, which just made me sick.

Tenacious said...
Nov 29, 2007, 7:37:00 PM  

Believe me, on my Mormon mission in Tucson, I visited people near the UofA all the time. They were angry because at 3:30 in the afternoon, Tucsonans are already in bed!

Anonymous said...
Nov 30, 2007, 1:38:00 PM  

Officially there were 15 noise complaints to the cops. The next night they had no noise pumped in at all. Someone on the team told me that when they would line up during this practice session he couldn't even hear the guy next to him.

Anonymous said...
Nov 30, 2007, 6:33:00 PM  

Many NFL players other than Ray Lewis love that song to get hyped up for a game.

Darnell Dockett, the baddest man on the AZ Cardinals defense, also listens to it pregame.

blows my mind...that song blows.

Anonymous said...
Dec 3, 2007, 6:29:00 PM  

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