So far, the Bengals have had an excellent camp. The players have performed well on the practice field, in spite of the bad playlists.
There are a lot of great things about training camp from a fan’s perspective. One of the best parts is the personal access to the players during practice. During the season, it’s much harder to get as close to the players, much less talk to them. Another great aspect is how relaxed the atmosphere is around camp. At Bengals camp this year, there definitely seems to be an air of calm during practice. There’s even music playing on the field.
The issue this season, though, is the the choice of music during camp has been absolutely horrendous. For the most part, it seems like the Bengals are stuck in the 90s. While some of the players are enjoying the songs, their selections of 90s hits are not great. (Practice songs reported first by ESPN’s Katherine Terrell).
For starters, the Bengals played “Sandstorm” by Darude and “C’mon Ride the Train,” which Brandon LaFell, among others, liked. I don’t know why, but LaFell does seem like the kind of guy who would like pop 90s songs. The Bengals then continued the trend of 90s songs by playing a Jock Jams playlist, which is chock full of overplayed 90s hits.
On the Jock Jams playlist are some songs that everyone should recognize. Maybe most recognizable of all is “YMCA,” by the Village People. The song was released in 1978, but it fits right in with the trend. Other notable songs on the playlist include “Get Ready 4 This,” “Whoomp! There It Is,” “Hip Hop Hooray,” and “Pump up the Jam.” Even though everyone knows these songs, the Bengals could have gone with some fresher songs.
Nobody is willing to take credit for playing the Jock Jams playlist, understandably. Andy Dalton – seemingly one of the most relaxed players at camp – has been taking the heat for the songs, although he claims it wasn’t his choice. The songs have improved now, switching to Motown hits like “My Girl.” Hopefully, the day off yesterday gave the Bengals players some time to sit down and create a better practice playlist.