With a name like "Roar" and lyrics such as "I am a champion and you're gonna hear me roar," it would seem that Katy Perry's latest pop smash would be the perfect new theme song for the Cincinnati Bengals.
Such was the thinking at Paul Brown Stadium on Monday night when the song was played early and often during the Bengals' home opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
But Perry's hit did not go over so well with Bengals fans, who voiced their displeasure all over social media, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. In particular, fans indicated they were shocked to hear the pop tune played as the players took the field -- a moment accompanied by something with loud guitars and pounding drums at most stadiums.
Bengals fan Jason Patrick, 34, called the song, which was No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100 at the time of the game, "the running joke of the night."
"You expect to hear certain things at a football game: 'Crazy Train' and basically 'Jock Jams Volume One,'" he said. "So we hear this and we're saying, 'Uh, is this our new theme song?'"
Fellow fan Mitchell Morgan, 23, added: "How can you think you can do something like that without any backlash? There were Steelers fans next to me laughing."
Kind of sensitive for a bunch of macho football fans, don't you think?
Jeff Berding, the Bengals' director of sales and public affairs, said the game-day entertainment staff thought "the lyrics are sort of on the mark and we thought it was a good song. The social media was obviously very negative."
He added that the team has heard its fans loud and clear. The song may be played while people are arriving at the stadium and possibly at other times during Sunday's game against the Green Bay Packers , but not nearly as often as last week -- and especially not as the players take the field.
"I think some fans proved that there's an expectation that when the team takes the field, there should be more of a hard-rock, classic-rock song and I know that's what we're going to do this game," Berding said. "Katy Perry is not going to be the last song you hear before the team takes the field."