Theme Song: Pondering the right music for ... T.J. Houshmandzadeh
Posted by Jerry Brewer
NOTE: Theme Song is a new feature in this blog. Every Thursday, I will pick a sports figure and ponder what his/her theme song should be. Of course, you're at the mercy of my musical tastes, but you'll have an opportunity to choose your own at the end. Last week, we explored Jake Locker, and here's the link to the 950 KJR-AM broadcast of this feature (it's in the second segment) on Mike Gastineau's show. Today's subject: T.J. Houshmandzadeh.
T.J. Houshmandzadeh is easily the most brash, outspoken sports figure currently in Seattle. The Seahawks wide receiver wants the ball and loves the limelight -- and he's not afraid to admit it.
Because of this, I think he's mistaken for selfish. Yes, there is some selfishness to Housh, but I don't think his primary motivation is to get numbers. He wants to win, and he wants to influence winning. Much of his bravado comes from a desire to protect what he has accomplished despite being an overlooked, seventh-round NFL draft pick. He's a complex dude who often talks like a spoken word poet, which only opens up the possibilities for picking his theme song.
A SONG HOUSHMANDZADEH MIGHT CHOOSE
"Me Against The World" by Tupac Shakur
At his core, Housh is a star who took an unexpected route to stardom. He needed to get his GED to get into junior college. He went from there to Oregon State, became a standout, but it still wasn't enough for the NFL to believe he was a player. Then, with the Cincinnati Bengals, he rose from late-round draft pick to stardom. He did it against all odds. He did it in spite of the low opinions talent evaluators had for him.
Therefore, a little Tupac fits Housh well. Housh doesn't rage against society the way Tupac is in this song, but the spirit of the lyrics -- I have to do this by myself -- matches his personality. It wouldn't surprise me if he said this song inspires him.
MY RUNNER-UP FOR HOUSHMANDZADEH
"You Can't Stop Me Now" by RZA
Much like the previous song, this one highlights the edge that Housh plays with every game. As a lover of the Wu Tang Clan, this song by RZA came to mind. It's much more celebratory than Housh is, but it fits him because it's about rising to the top and refusing to relent.
This song came to mind after a recent interview I had with the receiver. Naturally, that column didn't reveal everything Houshmandzadeh said. One memorable outtake came from a question I asked him about wanting to maintain his standard of being a 90-catch receiver. He caught 79 last year, which was a good year, but he didn't think so. He wanted more opportunities. He said it's a matter of wanting to perform his best.
"Everybody wants to do well, you know," Houshmandzadeh said. "It's like, when you leave your house and you're going out, you want to look good. You know what I'm sayin'? If you're meeting a woman, you want your woman to be all right. You want somebody to look at your woman and say, 'Damn, I want her.' I want to go play, and I want to play well. Period. That's it. I just want to play well. I just want to help the team win, and I want to play well. Period. Point blank.
"And that's no different than in life. If you start a business, you want to be successful. I'm no different."
He wants the ball. He has a standard, and he's fighting to maintain it. You can't stop him now.
MY CHOICE FOR HOUSHMANDZADEH'S THEME SONG
"My Prerogative" by Bobby Brown
The start of the third verse of this Bobby Brown hit is so Housh:
Some ask me questions
Why am I so real
But they don't understand me
I really don't know the deal
About a brother trying hard to make it right
Whenever a mini-controversy hits involving Housh, he never understands what the big deal is. He's just expressing his opinion. He wants to do what I wanna do. Whether you like him or not, you need him if you want the Seahawks to win. You can either complain about him or let him do his thang. Housh turns 33 next month. He's not changing. Besides, the Seahawks need some of the edge that he provides.
As long as he doesn't start hanging out with Whitney Houston, I think Houshmandzadeh's prerogative is manageable.
OK, your turn. What should Houshmandzadeh's theme song be?
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