Pregame rituals used to be a very personal thing. Remember when Deion Sanders would lay out his uniform on the locker room floor before he put it on? (Well, if you do not remember it, he did.) But now the pregame ritual has become a bonding event. Or at least a chance for the obscure players to catch some screen time on national television.
Our friends have captured the four best pregame rituals from Week 1, and since most of you accuse me of having nothing better to write about, here is my review.
The Bears: You know, for a team that produced the Super Bowl Shuffle, this one left me a little flat. But speaking of things that are not flat, the obese belly dance was a nice touch, though. Fat guy, dancing, showing belly always works. Just look at Chris Farley’s Chippendale’s skit from “Saturday Night Live.” (Can you believe both are gone?)
The Saints: This pregame ritual is impressive because of the sheer choreography that went into the whole thing. Although, wouldn’t that time learning how to chant have been better served working on a better goal-line play? Just saying.
The Falcons: Well, since the team seemingly mailed it in against the Bears in Week 1 on the field, doing so in the pregame ritual makes sense. See, the Saints lost the game, but had the better pregame chant. The Falcons could not even say that.
The Ravens: One mind! One heart! One soul! One Spirit! One highly annoying pregame ritual! At some point it feels like Ray Lewis is trying to pull the Jedi mind trick over his team. Which of course, might explain how … ah, never mind.
Although, the fans aren’t much better.