Country Artists Talk Football And Game Day Playlists

Country Artists Talk Football And Game Day Playlists

Football season is in full swing!

It's that time of year where football is taking over everyone's weekends. Whether you just go tailgating, watch the game on TV indoors, or have a season pass to all the games you're rooting for your team to win.

If you go to The University of Southern California then you don't have too much to worry about. As of right now, the Trojans are doing pretty well even though they did lose to Washington State a couple of weeks ago. They are currently ranked at #13 in the Associated Press' Top 25 Poll. The fun thing about football for fans, besides the sport itself, is that it brings so many people together especially college football. Most people feel very strongly about their college's football team even when they're no longer a student there. With no exception, some great country artists are very passionate about their college football teams!

Zach Dubois, an alumnus from Notre Dame, loves looking back on his moments from Notre Dame games and the tailgates beforehand that he wrote a song about it,"I grew up in northern Indiana and graduated from the University of Notre Dame (class of 2011), so I'm a huge Notre Dame fan. Even though the football team had some rough years when I was in school, some of my best college memories were tailgating and going to the games with my friends. My song "Beer for Breakfast" was certainly inspired by those memories and wishing I could go back in time. Love thee, Notre Dame!"

I guess we'll see who proves to be triumphant in the game between USC and Notre Dame in a couple weeks Zach!

Being a Buckeye seems to become who you are at Ohio State, or at least that's the way it seemed to play out for Will Bowen, "Being a Buckeyes fan is a part of life in Ohio. No disrespect to the University of Cincinnati but it's not like the state of Michigan where it's fairly divided by Michigan and Michigan State. It's all Ohio State. We're proud, sometimes to a fault, but we love our state and our football team! ".

Many of his fellow country musicians feel similarly about being a Buckeye. While Canaan Smith didn't actually go to Ohio State he married someone that did, "OH! IO! I married into it, but now I bleed Ohio State red! You'd have a hard time finding fans more fanatical than the Buckeye Nation!".

Levi Hummon, having half of his family be from Ohio, he, of course, feels no different, "'My dad's side of the family is all from Ohio. So I grew up a crazy Ohio State Buckeye fan. I love performing in that state and getting to rep my scarlet and grey. Go Bucks!".

With Alabama being ranked as #1 right now in the AP Top 25, their fans are bound to be pretty happy, and David Fanning is no exception, "I had 2 choices growing up Alabama or Auburn... I obviously chose the right one...BAMA! There’s nothing better than the feeling you get when you walk into that stadium it’s just amazing! ROLL TIDE!!!".

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets have tons of school pride that Caryn Lee Carter most definitely took part in, "I'm a Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket through and through! I grew up going to Tech games and ended up there for my undergrad degree because it felt like home. We may not always win, but we've got a ton of incredible traditions that make game day super fun! P.S. To Hell With georgia!"

The Vanderbilt Commodores have a fan base in which people who have not even gone to school there support them, such as Mary Sarah, "I would have to say my favorite college team is the Vanderbilt Commodores. I've sung the national anthem for them before and they've always been huge supporters of me! GO DORES!".

Some families have such strong connections towards a particular team, that as soon as you're born you've already become a fan of that team. That was the case for Christina Taylor, "My parents brought me into this world a Florida Gator, so it's practically in my DNA. I bleed orange and blue!!".

Football is a very big deal to many colleges. No matter what school you go to, if your school has a football team, you must go to at least one game over your college career. The energy surrounding you during a football game is that of which cannot be forgotten. A large component of that is music. Whether it's the Top 40 coming out of a speaker system or the marching band playing the fight song. It always adds a little extra to each game.

For your next game/tailgate feel free to check out all of the artists above and many songs/artists listed in the playlist below. Happy football season and Fight On!

Game Day Playlist

USC Band - “Fight On

Caryn Lee Carter - "Single Again"

Zach DuBois - "Beer For Breakfast"

Van Morrison - “Brown Eyed Girl

Nelly - "Shake Ya Tailfeather"

Miley Cyrus - “Malibu

Luke Bryan - “Light It Up

Cole Swindell - “Stay Downtown

Carly Pearce - “Color

Brett Eldredge - “The Long Way

Martina McBride - "This One's For The Girls"

James Barker Band - "Lawn Chair Lazy"

The Chainsmokers - “Don’t Let Me Down

Bruno Mars - “Uptown Funk

OutKast - “Roses

Kip Moore - "Sunburn"

Dustin Lynch - "Party Song"

Thomas Rhett - "Drink A Little Beer"

The Reklaws - “Hometown Kids

Ruthie Collins - “Get Drunk And Cry

Steve Moakler - "Siddles Saloon"

Guns N' Roses - "Paradise City"

Bowen - "All I Ever Do"

Canaan Smith - "This Night Back"

David Fanning - "Ridin' To The Beat"

Josh Gracin - "Nothin' Like Us"

Ying Yang Twins - "Salt Shaker"

Journey - "Don't Stop Believin"

House of Pain - "Jump Around"

Ruthie Collins - "Get Drunk And Cry"

Bon Jovi - "You Give Love A Bad Name"

Christina Taylor - "That Girl"

Cardi B - "Bodak Yellow"

Billy Currington - "Drinkin' Town With A Football Problem"

Kenny Loggins - "Danger Zone"

DJ Khaled - "All I Do Is Win"

Meek Mill - "Litty"

Ace Hood - "Play To Win"

Schoolboy Q - "Man of the Year"

Tom Petty - “Don’t Do Me Like That

Kansa - “Carry On My Wayward Son

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When You Give A Girl A Dad

You give her everything

They say that any male can be a father, but it takes a special person to be a dad. That dads are just the people that created the child, so to speak, but rather, dads raise their children to be the best they can be. Further, when you give a little girl a dad, you give her much more than a father; you give her the world in one man.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a rock.

Life is tough, and life is constantly changing directions and route. In a world that's never not moving, a girl needs something stable. She needs something that won't let her be alone; someone that's going to be there when life is going great, and someone who is going to be there for her when life is everything but ideal. Dads don't give up on this daughters, they never will.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a role model.

If we never had someone to look up to, we would never have someone to strive to be. When you give a little girl someone to look up to, you give her someone to be. We copy their mannerisms, we copy their habits, and we copy their work ethic. Little girls need someone to show them the world, so that they can create their own.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her the first boy she will ever love.

And I'm not really sure someone will ever be better than him either. He's the first guy to take your heart, and every person you love after him is just a comparison to his endless, unmatchable love. He shows you your worth, and he shows you what your should be treated like: a princess.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her someone to make proud.

After every softball game, soccer tournament, cheerleading competition, etc., you can find every little girl looking up to their dads for their approval. Later in life, they look to their dad with their grades, internships, and little accomplishments. Dads are the reason we try so hard to be the best we can be. Dads raised us to be the very best at whatever we chose to do, and they were there to support you through everything. They are the hardest critics, but they are always your biggest fans.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a credit card.

It's completely true. Dads are the reason we have the things we have, thank the Lord. He's the best to shop with too, since he usually remains outside the store the entire time till he is summoned in to forge the bill. All seriousness, they always give their little girls more than they give themselves, and that's something we love so much about you.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a shoulder to cry on.

When you fell down and cut yourself, your mom looked at you and told you to suck it up. But your dad, on the other hand, got down on the ground with you, and he let you cry. Then later on, when you made a mistake, or broke up with a boy, or just got sad, he was there to dry your tears and tell you everything was going to be okay, especially when you thought the world was crashing down. He will always be there to tell you everything is going to be okay, even when they don't know if everything is going to be okay. That's his job.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a lifelong best friend.

My dad was my first best friend, and he will be my last. He's stood by me when times got tough, he carried me when I just couldn't do it anymore, and he yelled at me when I deserved it; but the one thing he has never done was give up on me. He will always be the first person I tell good news to, and the last person I ever want to disappoint. He's everything I could ever want in a best friend and more.

Dads are something out of a fairytale. They are your prince charming, your knight in shinny amour, and your fairy godfather. Dads are the reasons we are the people we are today; something that a million "thank you"' will never be enough for.

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NBA 2K18 Is TRASH, 2K Needs To Improve 2K19

Trash Mechanics. Trash MyLeague. Microtransactions. Check, check, check (and no, that isn't a reference to the money they make).


2k games has developed a monopoly in regards to a few of their games. The most obvious and culturally relevant game they make? "NBA 2k." It has developed an immense and passionate fanbase, dedicated to either rebuilding teams, staking a claim on the title of "GOAT," or playing competitively against other players online. However, monopolies have obvious cons; with no obvious alternative that is a great competitor, the quality of these games has declined precipitously. "2K18" has come to vex and perplex just about every 2K fan, and Ronnie 2K needs to improve this trash game.

First, let's talk about how essential microtransactions are to improving your game. For MyCareer, for you to level up your player, you have to grind for essentially days on end to avoid purchasing VC (the game currency) and to procure a high level of success with your game, especially if you are to use your character against fellow players online. There is also essentially a requirement to purchase currency to play against the well-established teams (hint, those teams have Steph Curry and others). It is 100% a broken system that serves as a money-making venture for 2K.

Next, the MECHANICS. Are you telling me I cannot make a layup in the post, just because I am being chased? That an open look 3, just because I released too early, won't go in? I also hate the fact that you are somehow able to step out of bounds, BUT, Giannis shook me by stepping out of bounds. Twice. Also, their passing is... perplexing. somehow, the center possesses the reflexes to snatch my pass out of midair, but I cannot get steals like that to save my life? I can't steal passes when they come up through the lane? OK then. The shooting feels broken sometimes, especially when players like Marcus Smart start draining three. Or Ben Simmons taking a shot outside of the key.

MyLeague is also annoying. It could be SO fun. It really could be an enjoyable experience. BUT there is so much wrong. One, the lottery odds shift on you constantly, and the teams that SHOULD be getting top picks do NOT end up procuring the picks (thanks for ruining my Bulls rebuild). Next, the trades are broken. Rudy Gobert is not coming to the Bulls for a top 10 protected pick and Kris Dunn. The Charlotte Hornets are not going to hedge their bets on Mo Bamba and trade away a franchise player like Kemba and get only that pick in return.

Development is also broken, and the good teams you build somehow can never score enough despite possessing the ability to (The Warriors, Thunder, and Cavaliers all provide examples of teams in real life of teams possessing three stars OR MORE that could average consistently high point totals). Also, tanking teams make the finals, and win, with the best scorer scoring 15 points per game? That is it? Really? Nah.

I am not some big fan of NBALive. EA is also a monopoly capitalizing on the market not providing a worthy competitor, and Live has been subpar for years now. However, 2K is going the way of Madden in that the game is declining in quality while still being the only option. For some consumers, this is the major purchase they make over the course of the year. No other games end up on their shelves, and they have the opportunity to lose their fanbase if it continues to decline as it has. Ronnie2K, PLEASE fix your game.

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