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July 27, 2010 at 11:12 AM

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Theme Song: Pondering the right music for ... Pete Carroll

Posted by Jerry Brewer

NOTE: Theme Song is a new feature in this blog. Every Tuesday, I will pick a sports figure and ponder what his/her theme song should be. Of course, you're at the mercy of my musical tastes, but you'll have an opportunity to choose your own at the end. First up is Pete Carroll. Next week: Ichiro.

Pete Carroll officially begins his reign as the Seahawks super boss when training camp opens Saturday. He hasn't coached a game in Seattle, but it's starting to seem like he's been here forever. From his surprising hire to the USC scandal to the NFL draft to the "Win Forever" book tour, he's been in the news too much. And he'll likely be overexposed for as long as he's here.

That's the life of a rock star coach. Considering Carroll's charisma, love of the limelight and affinity for music, he makes for the perfect guinea pig leadoff hitter for Theme Song.

"Ripple" by Grateful Dead

Carroll was born in San Francisco in 1951 and grew up in the Bay Area, so naturally he's a huge fan of the Grateful Dead. The storied band was formed in 1965; Carroll was 14 at the time.

So I'm going with the Grateful Dead's "Ripple" as one he might choose as his theme song. Why? It's a peaceful, choose-your-own path kind of tune. The song is vibrant and joyful, much like Carroll. It definitely has ample amounts of sunshine, and Carroll is Mr. Sunshine -- the most legitimately positive-thinking coach I've ever covered. "Ripple" isn't the perfect match for Carroll's personality, but really, nothing is. He's all over the place. But this song reflects the independence he seeks in life.

"My Way" by Frank Sinatra

Once again, this song is too mellow to capture Carroll's energy. But from the beginning of this ballad, it feels like Sinatra is singing a fitting song for Carroll's return to the NFL at age 58. It's his last chance to get it right in this league, and he has all of the power. And with his legacy on the line, he's going to do it his way.

Hit it, Frank:

And now the end is near
And so I face the final curtain
My friend I'll say it clear
I'll state my case of which I'm certain

I've lived a life that's full
I traveled each and every highway
And more, much more than this
I did it my way

The song goes on to talk about regrets that he really doesn't regret (USC sanctions). And of course, there's the end that should be on PC's epitaph:

For what is a man what has he got
If not himself then he has not
To say the things he truly feels
And not the words of one who kneels
The record shows I took the blows
And did it my way

Yes it was my way.

I would ask Carroll to sing "My Way," but The New York Times wrote a very disturbing story the other day about people getting killed at karaoke bars in the Philippines for not getting the song right.

Fortunately, we don't take our karaoke that seriously here.

"Power" by Kanye West

This is a new song from the cocky rapper, so I'll have to provide a link instead of a YouTube clip.

So, PC and Kanye? Really?

Yes, really.

This song stuck with me partly because of the hook, which starts with "No one man should have all that power." Every time I hear it, I think of Carroll.

He shouldn't have all that power the Seahawks gave him, not with his so-so NFL record, not after spending most of the past decade in college. But he does, and there's nothing you can do about it but hope that he's an even bigger genius than he thinks he is.

And that's sort of how you have to feel about Kanye West if you like hip-hop music. Like Carroll, he arrogant dismisses criticism. Like Carroll, he can't get enough of being in the news. Like Carroll, he works tirelessly to perfect his craft, too.

So, like Kanye says in the song, "I guess every superhero need his theme music."

Undoubtedly, this song is Kanye's.

But, for me, it's Carroll's, too.

Now, it's your turn. What should Pete Carroll's theme song be?

Fed up with my long-winded ways? Follow me on Twitter: @Jerry_Brewer. Sometimes, I don't even use all 140 characters there.

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