10. Sufjan Stevens - “Decatur”
The song’s shuffling tempo and plunking banjo don’t exactly scream “get psyched!” but it’s hard to find many songs that make glancing mention of a “wild alligator.” Yes, I realize that in context the lyric mentions that someone “caught” the aforementioned wild alligator, however Stevens neglects to finish that plot thread, which ends with the gator escaping captivity and brutally mauling 28 Alabama fans.
9. The Strokes - “Reptilia”
pretty obvious that this song is a paean to the Florida Gators. For one thing,
the title isn’t exactly subtle. Also, according to Wikipedia, Julian
Casablancas attended the University of Florida and graduated “sumo good
lawdy” with a degree in Sports Management. And that cool
sliding-around, pre-chorus guitar riff is awesome just like the Gators
are awesome. Coincidence? Hardly.
8. Death Cab For Cutie - “We Looked Like Giants”
though many fans of college football have commented that the Gators
have the speed and power of an NFL team, Ben Gibbard was the first to
put the sentiment to verse.
7. Santogold - “My Superman”
the chorus of this creepy-sounding tune, Santi White sings, “Make it
fly / Bless your soul.” I find it really sweet how she wrote this song
for Tim Tebow and invites her superman to the make the football fly
through the air into the hands of the Gators’ absurdly talented
receiving squad. Don’t be surprised when she abruptly changes her stage
name to Santo-blue-and-orange.
6. will.i.am - “Yes We Can”
concede that Barack Obama may not be a Gator fan (
yet!). After all, he
went to law school at Harvard so he’s probably a huge Pilgrim fan, the
prestigious university’s mascot being John Harvard, a pilgrim. But
will.i.am’s inspiring YouTube hit reminds me why Americans gave the
boot to Republicans in this past election. Not because of George W.
Bush’s low approval rating. Isn’t it obvious? Because the Republican
party—represented by the elephant—just so happens to be the official mascot of the
University of Alabama.