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The Ravens unveiled the song “Seven-Nation Army” by the White Stripes during their home preseason games, and it seems to be catching on in the locker room.
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Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh showed the team a video of highlights set to the music last week, which will be played on the video boards at M&T Bank Stadium Sunday between the third and fourth quarters when the Pittsburgh Steelers come to town.
Cornerback Chris Carr believes it will be a great way for the fans to chant along and add a jolt of energy when the game is on the line.
“I think it’s a phenomenal idea, and I think the word needs to spread to the fans that they have to be interactive with it,” Carr said.
Carr points to European soccer clubs whose fan bases adapted the White Stripes stomper to their in-game experience.
“Seven-Nation Army” was the theme of Italy’s 2006 World Cup-winning squad, and later was the theme of the 2008 UEFA European Football Championship.
Carr thinks it will translate well to American football, especially with its aggressive beat calling to mind the Ravens’ aggressive style of play.
“If you go to a soccer game in Europe, the crowd just starts doing it without the music,” said Carr. “There’s no cooler sound than 70,000 people chanting along with it. I think it’s a perfect song.
“At first, it’s got like a slower tempo, but then the drums kick in and it just rocks. All the times I’ve heard crowds do that, like soccer or anywhere else, I think it goes really hard.”