I wrote about Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline" Monday. Heard it at the Panther-Denver game. Wished I hadn't. If you're going to play a sappy song at a game between two apparent playoff teams, why not something by John Denver, Abba, the Archies, the Bee Gees, Cher, Kelly Clarkson or Huey Lewis?
Doug, a lifelong Pittsburgh fan, emailed today to say he heard "Sweet Caroline" at a Pittsburgh-West Virginia football game. He wants it stopped. I'm with you, Doug. But we're too late. Davidson plays the song at basketball games. And somebody told me the Boston Red Sox played the song before Davidson or Pittsburgh did.
But the guy that told me thinks everything starts in Boston.
He's right, at least about this. The Red Sox were impressed by the crowd's reaction when they occasionally played the song in 2002 and made it an anthem in 2003.
Caroline must be stopped. But not today. I can't dislodge the song from my head.