The Miami Dolphins unveiled a new stadium sponsor earlier in the week. Stephen Ross, the new owner of the Dolphins and the stadium, partnered with Jimmy Buffet to bring “Landshark Lager” to the stadium as the newest sponser. The Landshark Stadium announcement rolled in with a tidal wave of parrot-head fans and Dolphins fans at the mini-concert event.
The Dolphins also have a new song. Ross said that time will tell if the fans prefer it to the old Dolphins fight song. The “Kick the ball from goal to goal” lyrics have been around since the early days of the franchise and many believe have become outdated.
At the recent event, Jimmy Buffet sang the new song, a remake of his own “Fins”. Listening to the new version made me realize that anyone wanting the old song gone and anyone wanting it to stay can take comfort or dissappointment in knowing that, the old song isn’t going anywhere.
The old fight song is played when the Dolphins score and unless this new song is seriously condensed, it won’t make a ton of sense as a “fight song“. However, a party song at the stadium? You bet.
I listened to it twice, and you can as well below. The first run through and I was simply at a loss for words. I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t like it either. I thought it was a cheap way to announce the “Landshark deal”. Which it was. In fact, “Landshark” remains in the lyrics and that makes me wonder what may happen when the stadium no longer bares it’s name.
The second go through was a bit different. I closed my eyes and imagined myself standing outside the stadium on game day waiting to go in. Hearing the music, the tropical atmosphere, the warm rays of the sun. As it progressed, I imagined a scorching stadium. Rowdy fans cheering on the Phins in a close game. A commercial break and the song blaring through the stadium speakers. Cold beer in hand.
That’s when I got it. That’s when I said, “o.k., it might work in the stadium”. Not as a fight song, no it’s a horrible fight song. But as a fun up tempo south Florida, tropical Miami Dolphins pep rally type thing…yeah, it might work.
After the song ended the second time, I can honestly say that I wanted to see some football. I guess a song that will be playing in a stadium should do that. It’s not a grammy effort here, it’s simply a football, a stadium jingle for all intent and purpose. On many levels it works, on some it fails. In the end, it has to be taken with the surrounding tropical south Florida environ to really get it.
You be the judge yourself.