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Smell of Wine and Cheap Perfume

My iPod collection largely consists hip-hop and general 1980s classics, but there is definitely a place for Journey. And there is definitely a place for Journey in Maryland’s practices. Coach Ralph Friedgen said he needs to get players to focus more and perform better during the latter stages of practice, so he has turned to music as a motivating device. Remember, he’s trying to nix that consistently inconsistent label.

So on Tuesday, if you’d walked around Maryland’s practice field, you would have heard Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing,” which has become somewhat of an anthem at all levels of athletic competition, as well as in Jersey mob dramas on HBO.

“He was playing some Journey and Zombie Nation,” Maryland’s Chris Turner said. “It was a madhouse. It was kind of ridiculous. It was fun, though. It definitely gave us a little boost in the end. Practices are just long. For people who don’t realize it, 24 periods take a long time. You can’t help but be kind of drained by the end of it.”

What’s the effect?

“I just think of Bentley’s, to be honest,” Turner said. “Everyone says, ‘Bentleys!’”

No word if Ralph will cue up RATT anytime soon. What’s the perfect song for Maryland’s season? I have to think about this one.

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 17, 2008; 9:00 AM ET
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I would think that at least 95% of locker rooms are all over "Jockin Jay Z" as the anthem for this year. Great song to get hyped to...

Posted by: Lee | September 17, 2008 9:51 AM | Report abuse

Perhaps Metallica's "Sanitarium" cuz the team drives us all crazy and the way the team plays and the coaches coach can be maddening at times?

And I think Kevin Barnes' new theme song should be Metallica's "Seek And Destroy"...

Posted by: Sam | September 17, 2008 10:29 AM | Report abuse

For a hit like Barnes' you can only go with one song, Ludacris' "go to sleep"

Posted by: Lee | September 17, 2008 11:05 AM | Report abuse

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