It’s not uncommon for NFL teams to blare music during practice, especially during the offseason when the pace and intensity isn’t at an ultra-high level like it is when teams like Tampa Bay are preparing for a weekly opponent. But what was uncommon was the playlist for Thursday’s OTA at One Buc Place.
Rumor has it Tampa Bay veteran guard Logan Mankins got to select the music and his playlist didn’t feature any rap or hip-hop that is frequently played at NFL practices. Instead, it featured a mix of rock and hair metal classics from the 1980s and ‘90s (that yours truly thoroughly enjoyed). Here’s the playlist in its entirety for the two-hour practice at One Buc Place:
Paradise City – Guns N’ Roses
Cum On Feel The Noise – Quiet Riot
Love Bites – Def Leppard
I Remember You – Skid Row
Who Made Who? – AC/DC
Nothin’ But A Good Time – Poison
Wanted Dead Or Alive – Bon Jovi
Take On Me – A-ha
Separate Ways – Journey
Hysteria – Def Leppard
Shoot To Thrill – AC/DC
I Wanna Rock – Twisted Sister
Welcome To The Jungle – Guns N’ Roses
Photograph – Def Leppard
Why Can’t This Be Love? – Van Halen
Back In Black – AC/DC
I’d Die For You – Bon Jovi
Open Arms – Journey (which made it halfway through the track before it was skipped)
No One Like You – Scorpions
Rag Doll – Aerosmith
Boys Of Summer – Don Henley
Don’t Go Away Mad – Motley Crue
Juke Box Hero – Foreigner
Another Thing Coming – Judas Priest
Round And Round – Ratt
Crazy Train – Ozzy Osbourne
Waiting For A Girl Like You – Foreigner
Hot For Teacher – Van Halen
Def Leppard and AC/DC tied for the most songs in Mankins’ rotation with three apiece, followed by Bon Jovi, Foreigner, Van Halen, Journey and Guns N’ Roses with two songs each.
Songs like Crazy Train, Back In Black, Round And Round, Another Thing Coming, Welcome To The Jungle and Photograph seemed to fit the vibe of a football practice just fine. Was that Bucs general manager Jason Licht head-banging just a little bit to Who Made Who?
While most of the music selections had anyone who was in the 40s or 50s at practice waxing nostalgic about their days at their high school prom or college years, some of the power ballads like Love Bites and Hysteria – although fantastic songs – seemed out of place. The most questionable selections were Take On Me, Waiting For A Girl Like You and Open Arms, which didn’t make it all the way through before that track was skipped.
Scott Reynolds is in his 25th year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds spent six years giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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