The season is here, and the ACC is back at it. It's party time. I posed a question on Twitter Wednesday and haven't been able to stop thinking about it. Rather than try to explain out a giant or random list of coaches and their favorite karaoke songs, I figured let's stick to what I know and love -- the ACC.
what's the best song to hear les miles sing at karaoke i think creep by radiohead— Martin Rickman (@MartinRickman) September 5, 2012
Ready? Good.Frank Spaziani, Boston College -- "I Don't Want To Wait," Paula Cole
#FireSpaz is alive and well in Boston College. It's now or never for Spaziani. This year will finally give us the answer to the age-old question, "will it be yes or will it be sorry?" Plus, Frank seems like the kind of guy who loves Dawson's Creek. Capeside, much like Chestnut Hill, is a fictional Massachusetts town.
Rumors of "Boston College" playing a football game today. Probably a mirage. Stay hydrated, people.— Bill Hanstock (@sundownmotel) September 1, 2012
Dabo Swinney, Clemson -- "Amazed," Lonestar
Now this is Dabo's jam. He remembers the first time he ever slow danced with his No. 1 gal to it. The original plan was to have all the players hold hands and sing "Amazed" during the "Tiger Walk," but it got scrapped midway through the process when he and Clemson AD Terry Don Phillips couldn't agree on the song choice (Phillips wanted "I Don't Want To Miss A Thing" instead).
Jimbo Fisher, Florida State -- "Wonderwall," Oasis
You may think, who is Jimbo's "Wonderwall?" Well, that's easy: Bobby Bowden. All the roads the 'Noles have to walk are winding, and all the lights that lead the way are blinding, but maybe this is the year they can finally make it back to the ACC Championship. Bonus points if Jimbo gets Mark Stoops up there to sing backup vocals.
Randy Edsall, Maryland -- "Surrender," Cheap Trick
Whatever happened to all this season's losers of the year?
Every time I got to thinking, where'd they disappear?
Well, they all transferred.
Tom O'Brien, N.C. State -- [N/A]
T.O.B. doesn't believe in karaoke. He thinks it's too flashy and takes the focus off what's important. He'd rather go home and listen to his Allan Sherman records at home. Now that's a hoot and a holler.
Jim Grobe, Wake Forest -- "Work Hard, Play Hard," Wiz Khalifa
Grobe's been stacking cash at Wake for years now, and he's not going anywhere. He's got a blank check from AD Ron Wellman. He'll buy up the Waffle House, and when he walks in any building in Winston-Salem, he owns it. Plus, for all the times Jim Grobe has said "both teams played hard," during a press conference, you gotta believe he works hard, plays hard.
David Cutcliffe, Duke -- "Total Eclipse Of The Heart," Bonnie Tyler
Unsurprisingly, Cut dedicates this one to Peyton Manning. Every time.
Paul Johnson, Georgia Tech -- "Promise Me," Luther Vandross
This will be the most soulful rendition of the song you've ever heard. But Paul Johnson will also make you promise that if you ever mention it again, he will always leave the milk carton in the fridge without telling you the milk is gone, and he'll never empty the dishwasher again.
Al Golden, Miami -- "Sunny Came Home," Shawn Colvin
Pay no mind to the fact that this song is about a battered woman setting fire to her home -- well actually strike that, it's actually a pretty good metaphor for Miami football.
Larry Fedora, UNC -- "The Safety Dance," Men Without Hats
This one always brings the house down. Fedora initially hated the idea of singing a song by a band with "hats" in their name, but he came around to it. Don't tell Ol' Lar he doesn't have a sense of humor.
While UNC isn't going to be dancing anywhere 'officially' this season, the team can go where they want to and act like they come from out of this world as they fight to bring the Tar Heels back to respectability. Hopefully the fans will show up -- everybody's taking the chance.
Frank Beamer Ft. Bud Foster, Virginia Tech -- "Forgot About Dre," Dr. Dre and Eminem
This one bangs hard. Foster rips through the Em verse like tissue paper. This is one you'll never see coming. Afterward, Frank will leave the bar and walk home without saying a word.
Mike London, Virginia -- "Back At One," Brian McKnight
Inspired by Paul Johnson, London takes to the mic to croon, you know, for the ladies. It's good, not great. We all just figured Mike had a good voice to begin with, and most of us wished he'd get up the courage to sing "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)" one of these days. He has the dance down. I've seen it.