Fans in tune with walkup music
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February 20, 2008 - Isaac Hayes' theme from the movie "Shaft" has been used by more than one Rockford RiverHawk as a walkup song, but it was generally identified with "The Franchise", Rich Austin.

That tune was voted favorite all-time RiverHawks walkup/intro song in the just-concluded online poll.

The poll itself drew far more votes than any other question in the history of this site. At the close of the poll, 2,544 total votes had been cast, most for just two songs.

"Shaft" drew a staggering 1,382 votes - no previous poll had drawn more than 769 total votes - showing fans love their music, even if their tastes differ significantly. While the funk classic gained 54 percent of the vote, 40 percent voted for "Du Hast", a electronics-infused song by German metal band Rammstein. Setup man Marc Dulkowski strode to the mound with that tune on the Marinelli Field speakers during the 2004 championship run. It drew 1,028 votes.

Tying for an infinitely distant third were another pair of dissimilar songs - Ozzy Osbourne's "Crazy Train", third baseman Ben Fjelland's walkup song in 2004, and "Eastbound", the Jerry Reed-performed "Smokey and the Bandit" theme that got the crowd hootananyian (is that a word?) when shortstop Mark "the Bandit" Garner stepped to the plate in 2003. Garner actually earned the nickname as a result of his choice of music. Each got 40 votes, 1.57 percent of the total.

Finishing with less than one percent were: Osbourne's "Mr. Crowley" (Kevin Crowley), George Strait's "All My Exes Live In Texas" (Frank James), the Florida State "War Chant" (Matt Sauls) and Waylon Jennings' Dukes of Hazzard theme (Kylie Vaughn).

With all that said, why is there a picture of Jerry Reed at the top of the file? Because Bill Czaja is a hillbilly.


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