Sunday, June 3, 2018

Unknown Song #30 (The Big Game?)

Song - Unknown Song #30
Primetime Usage - 1991-05
Featured Highlight - Vikings @ Lions, 1991

*EDIT* - This song was actually used once in 1996.  Thanks to Robert Enriquez on youtube for confirming this.

I don't think I'm exaggerating to say that Unknown Song #30 is one of the most recognizable tunes from NFL Primetime.  If you watched the show with any regularity in the '90s or 2000s (aside from 1996, where it was either not used or maybe used rarely), you surely heard this piece numerous times.  It's a pretty good song, even if it does sound a bit like Eric D.—I often get the two confused in my head.  This track has been roaming around the net (in the Polinsky set, among others) for a while, and it's called "The Big Game" on Dave Volsky's channel on youtube.  I have yet to see an artist or album/library credit attached to it, however.  It's similarity to Eric D. suggests John Colby could've composed it, but who knows?  If any of you readers has an idea, don't hesitate to comment or contact me.

Given the huge volume of Primetime highlights that feature US #30, I had a tough decision for this blog entry's video.  One of the top contenders was the Jets/Patriots game from 2001 where Drew Bledsoe got hurt, paving the way for Tom Brady—forgotten is that the game was probably best known at the time for its pregame honoring of Joe Andruzzi's firefighting family members that were involved with rescues on 9/11 (that game was from the first week after 9/11).  I ultimately rejected this highlight, though, because the game itself wasn't that interesting (Brady didn't get a chance to do much) and because the Bledsoe injury is likely a prime target for the NFL's copyright bots.  Instead, you get to see a veritable highlight reel for a different NFL great as his team came back from a 20-3 fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Vikings.

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