All That Glitters Is No Longer Gold to NFL

Times Staff Writer

Among the big names not making the final cut for the NFL’s regular season: Gary Glitter.

Glitter’s glam-rock oldie, “Rock and Roll (Part 2),” is a staple at American sporting events, but the NFL has asked teams to stop playing the song in the aftermath of Glitter’s conviction for child sexual abuse.

Some teams have begun polling fans for replacement songs. So far the Kansas City Chiefs have switched to “Boom” by P.O.D. and the Denver Broncos have adopted “Go Daddy-O” by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, bypassing more obvious and appropriate choices such as “Orange Crush” by R.E.M. and “The Mile High Club” by Bow Wow Wow.

It is unclear what the NBA plans to do about Glitter’s ode to the fourth quarter of pro basketball games, “It Takes All Night Long.”


Trivia time: Which professional sports team first played “Rock and Roll (Part 2)” during its home games?

NFC jukebox: For NFC teams scrambling to find a new celebratory song, Morning Briefing offers the following suggestions:

Arizona Cardinals: “Blister In the Sun,” by Violent Femmes.

Dallas Cowboys: “Hate to Say I Told You So,” by the Hives.

Detroit Lions: “Panic in Detroit,” by David Bowie.

Green Bay Packers: “The Old Man Down the Road,” by John Fogerty.

Minnesota Vikings: “Party Out of Bounds,” by the B-52s.

New York Giants: “Eli’s Coming,” by Three Dog Night.

San Francisco 49ers: “Has It Come to This,” by the Streets.

Seattle Seahawks: “Once in a Lifetime,” by Talking Heads.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: “Brand New Cadillac,” by the Clash.

Washington Redskins: “Can’t Buy Me Love,” by the Beatles.

AFC playlist: And some for the Superior Circuit:

Buffalo Bills: “Tell Me When It’s Over,” by the Dream Syndicate.

Cleveland Browns: “Born of Frustration,” by James.

Houston Texans: “Give It Away,” by Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Indianapolis Colts: “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For,” by U2.

Jacksonville Jaguars: “What Difference Does It Make?” by the Smiths.

New York Jets: “Not Great Men,” by Gang of Four.

Oakland Raiders: “Paranoid,” by Black Sabbath.

San Diego Chargers: “Middle of the Road,” by the Pretenders.

Tennessee Titans: “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue,” by Bob Dylan.

And, too easy, too easy, agreed:

Cincinnati Bengals: “Cincinnati Jail,” by Lonnie Mack.

Trivia answer: The old Colorado Rockies NHL team adopted “Rock and Roll (Part 2)” as its theme song during the late 1970s.

Reportedly, the song played no part in the Rockies’ moving to New Jersey and renaming themselves the Devils.

And finally: Broncos safety John Lynch on Paul Tagliabue, when asked by NFL Network’s Fran Charles about the many fines he has accrued during his career: “I think I have given him a good retirement fund.”