This year’s playlist looks mighty impatient.
There’s some years where we get to have a little fun right until the end, others where the mood keeps whiplashing back and forth. Not so for 2019. The lot’s been cast for some time, and it’s all coming in various iterations of the same thing. “Is this almost done with?” the playlist says. “When is the offseason, can we get to some better things?”
For Week 16, the Denver Broncos, it’s time to let masks slip. The finish line is in sight, one game remains and my last turn on Song of the Game is here.
Week 16 Lions-Broncos Song of the Game: “Almost Over” by Limp Bizkit
My life is one big dream
I’m lost in what it means
Don’t wake me up ‘cuz it’s almost over
These voices in my mind
Keep tellin’ me it’s time
To wake me up ‘cuz it’s almost over
It’s been an old gag on the PODcast about our love for Fred Durst and Limp Bizkit. The band clearly had its time far too early, for its snarling depression is accepted much better at the end of the 2010s than it was in the 90s and aughts. Not that such emotions were wrong for the aughts, but we all felt a little more shame back then for showing such things.
Durst is the king of impotent rage, flaming out into idle dreaming and angst and crestfallen acceptance. We used to think that was kind of pathetic, pull yourself up by your damn bootstraps, things of that nature; at the end of the decade more find themselves swimming in those emotions that come with being powerless against greater, richer, imperceptibly stronger forces at work in our lives.
One time I got together with Jeremy Reisman, Ryan Mathews and Alex Reno in a car on the way to Grand Rapids. We ended up hollering “Ready To Go” at the top of our lungs on the freeway.
For the Lions, there’s no struggle greater than accepting it’s time to lose and sit at the bottom of the NFL’s pit. You have nothing else to do but dream that you can potentially exchange that pain for some a little better in time. Who knows? It might honestly be half-decent on this next go-around.
In the meantime, there’s just ugly games. But it’s almost over.
Song of the Game is an opportunity for our staff to express their weekly feelings of being a Lions fan, but through the art of song. Each week, we’ll provide a song that perfectly encapsulates the Lions’ game and how we experienced it. By the end of the year, we’ll have a full Spotify playlist telling the story of the 2019 Detroit Lions season.