Before we overdose on Redskins nostalgia, it’s worth a mention that NFL.com’s blogger Adam Rank got involved in Grammy-fever, nominating the Redskins’ 1986 video “Thanks To The 12th Man” for Worst Sports Video Ever By A Team.
The video faces some stiff competition from Da Bears’ “Super Bowl Shuffle,” the Dolphins’ “Can’t Touch Us”, the Cowboys’ “Christmas in Dallas,” the Bengals’ “Who Dey Rap,” the Seahawks’ “Locker Room Rock,” and the LA Rams’ “Let’s Ram It.”
What do each of these videos have in common? They were each conceived, written, and produced in the 1980s, which explains…well, pretty much everything.
Rank’s piece offers a fairly negative perspective on the phenomenon, but I can’t help but find it cool, even 26 years later. The 1986 Redskins were only four seasons removed from their first ever Super Bowl title, and one season shy of their second.
These were the golden years for the Redskins; the heyday of Joe Gibbs, The Fun Bunch, and The Diesel. This was a height for Redskins-mania in the District, and unlike the other self-serving team videos of the time, this song did something to include the fans in the team’s glory.
So it’s fine to sit back and make fun of the retro glasses and haircuts in the video, and maybe even poke fun at the awful lip syncing and jeans. But I’ve always appreciated the aura of team songs from that era (i.e. the Redskins and the Baltimore Orioles’ “Orioles Magic“), because they link the fans’ enthusiasm to the team’s success.
And isn’t that what it’s all about?
For what it’s worth, the Redskins’ video lost to the Rams’ “Let’s Ram It.” And if this is a contest of whose 80’s video is worse, Rank might have a point there.
What do you think?