When you think about the tough men who made the NFL what it is, and getting fired up for a huge game against a rival, only one name comes to mind: Katy Perry.
Or, not. But someone in the Bengals' office decided that Perry's hit "Roar" would work perfectly for their games, including as the song to introduce the team. Bengals? Roar? Get it? Yeah.
This was not thought out that well. There has to be some context. Metallica is fine. "Until It Sleeps" by Metallica just before NFL game is not. To the surprise of nobody, Bengals fans were quite unhappy with the teen pop star's anthem, which played before, during and after its home opener against Pittsburgh on Monday night.
It's a nice enough song if you're a 12-year-old girl, but I would have paid good money to see James Harrison's reaction when he heard it playing over the stadium speakers.
I mean, come on Bengals ...
Not exactly "Hells Bells." But no worries, the Bengals are not going to subject the fans to the embarrassment of more "Roar" after they flooded social media with complaints. According to The Wall Street Journal, the Bengals said the song will not be featured as prominently, which likely (hopefully) means not at all.
"I think some fans proved that there's an expectation that when the team takes the field, there should be more of a hard-rock, classic-rock song and I know that's what we're going to do this game," said Jeff Berding, the Bengals' director of sales and public affairs. "Katy Perry is not going to be the last song you hear before the team takes the field."