Monday, November 3, 2008

Dude, I Thought You Said No More Journey Psyche-Outs


For the past three plus years, when opposing kickers would line up for a field goal attempt, high up in the upper deck of the Hoosier RCA Dome, you could hear this bunch of geeks chanting, "Steve Perry...Steve Perry...Steve Perry...You shoulda been goonnneee!" While this may sound moronic or childish to some, especially Mrs. Bembledack, there was a method to our madness. The Steve Perry psyche-out did have an effect on opposing kickers. Really! Look at the statistics below.

Colts Opposing Kickers Stats
2007: 15 made-20 attempted - 75% (League Average = 82.8%)
2006: 24-35 - 68.6% (81.4%)
2005: 19-27 -70.4% (81.0%)

As you can see, the opposing teams' kickers had a much lower average than the league average. While the Colts played in the RCA Dome, the Steve Perry psyche-out (SPPO) ruled! Not to mention it was fun and we enjoyed the odd looks we got from the other fans who did not get the reference.

But has a good thing come to an end?

It seems the SPPO mystique may get imploded with the old Dome. Since moving to the new confines of Lucas Oil Stadium, the SPPO has not had the effect of old. Opposing kickers this year are making field goals at the whopping rate of 87.5%. So now we come to the ultimate it time to bury the SPPO in favor for a new psyche out?

It might not be a coincidence that Journey now has a new Filipino singer named Arnel Pineda, who started earlier this year. (Coincidence?) Arnel Pineda does not have the same ring as Steve Perry, but could the psyche-out power be linked to Journey?

Lom commented earlier tht maybe we should convert to Kevin Cronin, the lead singer of REO Speedwagon. Another possibility is Paul Rodgers, former front man for Bad Company and now the lead singer for Queen. At this point, any 80's singer might work.

So I will put it to the group - what should our new psyche-out be?

A) Stick with Steve Perry
B) Arnel Pineda
C) Kevin Cronin
D) Paul Rodgers
E) The ever-popular "Player to be named later"

If you are not part of our group, please email one of us with your choice and we'll tally the results and give it a try. We may also test out some of the choices and let you know how they work out.

Should Steve Perry go the way of the do-do, I will say there is nothing funnier than getting my two-year old daughter to say "Steve Perry" and then having the psyche-out work. Hence, Mrs. Bembledack's dislike for our chant.

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Blogger Henn Mother said...

Zinglebert, I say we stick with the SPPO, especially since the song lyrics are from a Steve Perry song, Oh Sherry, and not from a Journey song. Let the naysayers say what they wish, the SPPO is classic...and fucking funny!

November 4, 2008 at 3:31 PM  
Blogger Slut Bunwalla said...

I, too, am a fan of the original. But I am concerned about it losing its effectiveness.

However, as a slave to tradition, I also vote to retain the Steve Perry psyche-out.

November 12, 2008 at 3:49 PM  
Blogger Lom Henn said...

I vote "E". Some possible considerations:

1. The Murray Head psyche-out (MHPO)

2. The Timex Social Club psyche-out (TSCPO or just RUMORS)

3. The Donnie Iris psyche-out (DIPO)

4. The Don Johnson psyche-out (DJPO). (As a singer, not as an actor)

Just thought I'd add some ideas.

November 13, 2008 at 10:53 AM  
Blogger Zinglebert Bembledack said...

Obscure references are good. Nice Head reference, by the way, Lom!

While we're at it, here are some more considerations:

1. Phil Collins psyche-out (PCPO) - for his song "I Missed Again."

2. Darryl Hall and John Oates psyche-out (HOPO) - for their song "Missed Opportunity."

3. Annie Lennox psyche-out (ALPO) - OK, it sounded funny at the time.

4. Lom Henn Experience psyche-out(LHEPO) - could they go from Rock Band jammers to the ultimate psyche-out???

Henn Mother - you are correct that nothing can EVER replace the original Steve Perry psyche-out. However its effectiveness has waned this year. Whether due to the new locale or our opponents have caught on, that remains a mystery.

I'm willing to continue with the tried and true Steve Perry for a while, but we may need a backup ready if the trend does not change for the better.

November 20, 2008 at 10:56 AM  
Blogger Henn Mother said...

ALPO, I'm laughing so hard I'm snorting!

November 26, 2008 at 2:15 PM  

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