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20 Oct 2005

Bootsy Collins - "Bigg Cats" and "Fear Da Tigers"

In the same tradition of such classics as "Super Bowl Shuffle," and other terrible songs featuring athletes, the great Bootsy Collins has gotten together with some Cincinnati Bengals to record two songs in honor of the team's success this year.

Posted by: Al Bogdan on 20 Oct 2005

12 comments, Last at 23 Oct 2005, 12:16pm by Johnny


by Bassett (not verified) :: Thu, 10/20/2005 - 2:37pm

Greatest line in the song:

"representing them bengals RIGHT NOW"

hilarious that he would have to say that...

by Sophandros (not verified) :: Thu, 10/20/2005 - 3:19pm

Oh. My. Goodness.

by Sophandros (not verified) :: Thu, 10/20/2005 - 3:22pm

Oh, and why did they have to steal "Who Dat?" from the Saints? This is so wrong on so many levels, yet I can't cease listening to it.

by Craig B (not verified) :: Thu, 10/20/2005 - 5:42pm

They didn't steal "Who Dat?" from the Saints. "Who Dey?" started in Cincinnati in 1981. "Who Dat?" was adopted at LSU in 1982 and brought to New Orleans in 1983. Click on my name for further explanation.

by Jamie T. (not verified) :: Thu, 10/20/2005 - 6:01pm

#3 and #4

I love how the Bengals always get shafted for two of the traditions/inovations they originated. The first one is indeed "Who Dey". The second one really burns me up.

Everyone knows that Buffalo were the orginators of the no-huddle offense because we always hear it from the guys on ESPN and CBS and everyone else who has a NFL show, right? It has to be true, right? Wrong!

Cincinati, headed by coach Sam Whyche durring their SB 23 season started using this new and inovative offense. We know that it wasn't started by the Buffalo Bills because the Bengals played the Bills in the AFC championship game that year. The Bills were so afraid of the no-huddle that they petitioned the NFL front office to outlaw it a few days before the AFCC game. The leauge hemmed and hawed and told Cincy that they couldn't run the offense for at least that game because they needed more time to figure out if it was illegal or not. So, the Bengals didn't run the offense and still beat the Bills. The next week, the Bengals were cleared to run the offense in the SB, which they did but still ended up losing to Joe.

The following year, the Bills intagrated the offense into their gameplan and began using it much more frequently than the Bengals had the previous year.

I think it's pretty chicken shit that the Bills are credited with the creation of the very offense they protested in the previous year's AFCC game. But what do I know.

by Jamie T. (not verified) :: Thu, 10/20/2005 - 6:16pm

#3 and #4

There are two things that the Bengals don't get credit for that always burns me up. One is the "Who Dey" chant.

We all have heard numerous times on any number of NFL talk shows how it was the Bills that came up with the no-huddle offense. I mean it's practicaly a fact, right? Wrong. Durring their SB 23 run, the Bengals Headed by Coach Sam Whyche used a new and inovative offense, run by Boomer Esiason that included a sped up two minute drill. The difference is that the team didn't huddle and they didn't only use it in last minute situations. They would use it for entire drives, often at the start of a game. This was the birth of the no huddle offense.

I guess what really burns me up about it is that the Bengals played the Bills in the AFCC game that year and the Bills were so scared of the offense that they petitioned the league front office to outlaw it a few days before the game was to be played. The league hemmed and hawed over it and told Cincy that they couldn't run it that weekend. They needed more time to look into it. SO, Cincy didn't run it and still beat them. The following week, the league decided that it didn't give the Bengals an unfair advantage and would let them run it durring the SB. The Bengals ran it and still lost to Joe.

What really gets me hot is the fact that the very next year, the Bills implemented this offense and began using it alot more than the Bengals had the year before and before you knew what had happened, the Bills were credited with creating the no-huddle offense.

I think it's pretty chicken shit myself, but what do I know.

by Gatts (not verified) :: Thu, 10/20/2005 - 6:20pm

They didn’t steal “Who Dat?� from the Saints. “Who Dey?� started in Cincinnati in 1981. “Who Dat?� was adopted at LSU in 1982 and brought to New Orleans in 1983. Click on my name for further explanation.

Many people from the New Orleans area claim that the high school football team St. Augustine Purple Knights started the chant in the late 70's, then it got to the Saints via LSU.

by Jamie T. (not verified) :: Thu, 10/20/2005 - 6:32pm

I don't know what happened. I hit the post button and I was whisked away to this page, but my original post hadn't posted. I lost it all I thought, and began to post again. When I submited that post, the original showed up. Now, ten minutes later my second shows up.

Something weird is going on here.

by Jason (not verified) :: Fri, 10/21/2005 - 2:37pm

Is it just me, or is making songs about how great you are only 1/3 of the way into the season just ASKING for retribution from the football gods?

At least The Bears didn't do "Shuffle" until after starting 12-0. Just wait, the Bengals will miss the playoffs because of this.

/kidding. mostly.

by Vince (not verified) :: Fri, 10/21/2005 - 5:26pm

I once read a book about football written by Vince Lombardi. He raised the subject of a no-huddle offense, and suggested that it would work against most defenses. Then he basically said he didn't have enough guts to actually try it himself.

by Ron Mexico (not verified) :: Sat, 10/22/2005 - 2:22pm

This will cause bad luck to the Bungles. Carson Palmer will turn into Vinny Testaverde against the Steelers. Testaverde's favorite receiver was always Darren Perry; perhaps Palmer will find Troy Polamalu to be an attractive option. Polamalu already has one career TD reception from Palmer...

by Johnny (not verified) :: Sun, 10/23/2005 - 12:16pm

Speaking of fight songs, back in 1981 the Bengals recorded a disco song for their Super Bowl run (years before the Bears did the "Super Bowl Shuffle"). The verses were basically them spelling out "B-E-N-G-A-L-S" and the chorus went something like:

You know you're Number 1.

Does anyone remember the name of that song and where I could find a copy of it?