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Time to songify NFL stadiums for Te'o

Published May 19, 2013 12:50 am

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2013, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

Back in the early 1990s, at least one NFL stadium celebrated a sack of quarterback Jeff George by blasting the Culture Club classic "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me" on the public address system.

Oh, boy.

Now, with San Diego's Manti Te'o preparing for his rookie season, teams that will host the Chargers this year should be putting together their playlists. A handful of suggestions:

• "Fantasy" by Aldo Nova. The Canadian rocker's 1982 single earned the No. 78 spot on VH1's top one-hit wonders of the 1980s.

Lyrical highlight: "Life is just a fantasy, can you live this fantasy life?"

• "Dream Lover" by Bobby Darin. This 1959 classic was featured in a hilarious montage with Charlie Sheen (Topper) and Valeria Golino (Ramada) in the 1991 comedy "Hot Shots!" It would be just as funny to hear it with Te'o on the field.

Lyrical highlight: "I want a dream lover so I won't have to dream alone."

• "Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)" by the Temptations. Unlike Te'o, this song was a No. 1 pick.

Lyrical highlight: "I never met her but I can't forget her."

• "Why, Why, Manti?" by schmoyoho. This "songified" version of Katie Couric's interview with Te'o has gotten more than 2 million hits on YouTube.

Lyrical highlight: "Can you see why people would view this as a lie?"