Understanding of this post requires understanding of two things: I love football, and I love Pokemon, which of course brings up the notion of Pokemon football… which would be less violent and more adorable.
You know that scene in Pokemon: The First Movie where Ash turns to stone and Pikachu tries to shock him back to life? And Pikachu cries, and the entire world cries with him because it’s the saddest thing ever? (Seriously. That scene was the trauma of my youth. I don’t think I ever fully recovered. To this day I carry scars.) Well, I bought that song (“Tears of Life”) on iTunes.
Fast forward a bit. I was watching the preseason Lions vs. Patriots game. I’m a Lions fan. It’s very painful being a Lions fan, unless you watch the preseason games and pretend they are the regular season games. Anyway, I had it on mute and I was listening to “Tears of Life” and basically rediscovering my childhood. Then I looked up just as the sadness of “Tears of Life” rose to the up-tempo bit where Ash comes back to life… right when the Lions intercepted a Tom Brady pass! A freaking Tom Brady pass! And the music was all miraculous and incredible and I started fist-pumping, to the shock of my parents and their friends, because I was so caught up in the moment and, well, okay, I realize this has had-to-be-there-moment written ALL over it. But dude. It was a little bit awesome.