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Warner's World 3-5
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Welcome to the jungle.


That's a song I often heard attending basketball games in Warren County and away games. It was the theme song at Stone Memorial when the Pioneers played there. Since their mascot is the Panther it makes sense. They had really nice big-screen TVs on either end of the basketball court and during the game, among others, they played the 1987 Guns 'N Roses classic accompanied by a panther growl.


I don't know who picks the music for the Warren County gym, but I noticed there were a lot of my favorites. Being a product of the ’70s, one might think this wouldn't be the case. I've heard Genesis, The Beach Boys and even Kansas' “Carry on My Wayward Son.”


So, whoever picks the tunes, keep doing that voodoo that you do so well. One of my theories is the songs are old enough to be public domain and get picked from the bargain bin. Another is that my taste in music is timeless and the songs are of such caliber as to have survived the sands of time.


It's not just at the local level. I remember the fan favorite "Who Let the Dogs Out" being played all the time at Titans games. The Predators use many music clips which they edit and add inspirational quotations in with the tunes.


Asking my best friend "OK Google" I found music at sporting events isn't limited to my own lifetime experiences. The ancient Greeks intently tied the performance of music to sporting events, particularly at their Olympic games. Who hasn't heard the song by Steam "Na na, na na na na, hey, hey, hey, goodbye."


Of course the king of all inspirational sports music might be Queen with "We Are the Champions" and "We Will Rock You.”


Now that spring sports are here, there's baseball inspirational tunes too. John Fogerty's "Centerfield" is one of my favorites. Since 2006, “Sweet Caroline” has played over the sound system during the middle of the eighth inning of New York Mets home games. Who doesn't like Neil Diamond? That would be un-American.


I remember going to hockey games where they actually played an organ like in the movie "Slap Shot," a hockey film comedy classic. I think the organ player gets hit by a puck in one scene. The Rolling Stones' "Start Me Up" is a good one to get things going.


I would be negligent to not mention a fan favorite in high school and colleges across the country ... the band. With all the canned music out there, it's nice to hear actual people having fun and playing inspirational tunes during halftime and breaks.


With the advent of the mp3 player like the iPod, we can all work out to our own customized inspirational soundtrack. Mine wouldn't be complete without the Rocky collection.