The goal song. A little ditty to remind the road team that home team just punked their goalie. For fans of the home team, it’s a chance to stand up, clap your hands, make some noise and swing a little momentum to their side. For a very long time, the Florida Panthers haven’t had much use for a goal song as they’ve been one of the lowest scoring teams in the NHL. When they did score, it was the hodgepodge of generic sports arena music you hear in every city echoing through the Bank Atlantic Center
But seeing as Dale Tallon has given this team a completely new identity, new players, new sweaters, it’s time the Panthers get a goal song. ONE goal song. But what makes a great goal song? In my view, there are several components. First, and most obviously, it has to be an upbeat song. Folks aren’t going to get jacked up if the Panthers score and Beth plays. Second, in my view, don’t let it be a mega-hit song. Sure, Enter Sandman and Welcome To The Jungle are great songs but they’ve been played to death. When those songs come on the radio now, nine times out of ten, I change it. Blame terrestrial radio, but I don’t want to equate a goal with a song that I stop listening to after two notes.
Third, and this is an important one, NO CLICHE SPORTS ANTHEMS! That’s right, no Rock and Roll Part 2 or Song 2 or Kernkraft 400. They’re played pretty much every sporting event, not just hockey, so using that as a goal song (which the Panthers do sometimes with Rock and Roll Part 2) is just phoning it in. And lastly, it has to be incredibly annoying to the other team and their fans.
If you ask me, Chicago’s use of Chelsea Dagger is the perfect goal song. I never heard of the song before this (and I don’t really like it as a song, to be honest), and it seems every other team’s fan base generally HATES it. And really as a Blackhawks fan, is there a better way to rub in a goal then to play a song that the other team hates? I’m assuming Roberto Luongo curls up in the fetal position anytime he hears it. That’s what the Panthers should strive for.
So, who out there has any suggestions? What’s your ideal goal song for the new-look Panthers?
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