Behind-the-scenes shenanigans are never in short supply in the sports world. Take J.J. Redick bolting from an interview to avoid being the last person in the locker room, or Gio Gonzalez playing the “Meow” game during Spring Training.
But the Carolina Panthers, who are one win away from returning to the Super Bowl for the first time in more than a decade, have found a unique way to make their shenanigans stand out from the crowd. By harnessing the power of Creed – the band, not the movie.
They call it “Creedbombing.”
According to the Charlotte Observer, it’s the brainchild of Panthers linebacker Ben Jacobs and tight end Greg Olsen, with athletic performance analyst Brett Nenaber getting an assist. And it’s rather simple, too, taking the basic premise of photobombing – someone from the group sneaks up behind a teammate – and adding a truly terrible twist: they then belt out a Creed cut in the deepest, raspiest, Scott Stapp-iest growl imaginable.
“The key is you’ve got to make really deep, direct eye contact,” Jacobs explained. “So if you Creedbomb someone, you’ve got to look them directly in the eye.
“We were just talking about how when we were younger, bands like Creed and Nickelback were big,” he continued. “We were laughing with the raspy voices and how much we still kind of liked the songs. It just started turning into singing it randomly, you don’t even think about it. It’s taken on a life of its own.”
If the Panthers win the Super Bowl, let’s hope someone Creedbombs Cam Newton on national television. Actually, scratch that. The world can’t take another angry letter calling someone out on the Panthers for being “classless.”