And the Winner Is ...

Finally got to catch up with Cooley Wednesday afternoon to settle the battle of the chants. Of course, I got all of my official Washington Post business out of the way first - his thoughts on the new offense, this preseason, yada yada yada - then moved in for the really important stuff. I explained the contest we had on the blog for the best chant - astonishingly enough, he's not a regular reader (probably couldn't find my tiny corner in cyber pace, yeah, that explains it) - and he gladly assumed his role of judge.

I handed him my printout of the three finalists (I'll post the winner again at the bottom of this entry) and he immediately started to crack up. I never mentioned which one I thought should be the winner, in the interest of fairness and all. Each chant elicited at least one chuckle from him, and he was clearly taking his duty seriously, reading each line carefully. When he stopped, I could tell right away he was going to choose the same one I did. He looked at me sheepishly, maybe even a little ashamed, but there was no going back now.

"I like the second one," he said, smiling. "That's pretty funny."

He had picked the chant set to Wham's "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go," and I don't blame him one bit. Perfect bit of 80s nostalgia recast as an homage to Coach Joe, begging him to stick around. Someone suggested on the blog yesterday that the winner gets a copy of "Heavy Metal Parking Lot" autographed by Cooley, and that sounds perfect to me. If anyone has seen it available on Amazon or something, let me know. Also, the winner, and you know who you are, shoot me an email at lacanforaj@washpost.com, and I'll figure out how to get the tape to you.

Okay, here's the winner, for anyone still interested in this madness:

Wake me up before you go - Joe
Don't leave us hanging like '92, yo
Wake me up before you go - Joe
I don't wanna miss it when you say good-bye
Wake me up before you go - Joe
'Cause I don't wanna cry again for you, bro
Wake me up before you go - Joe
Take the Skins dancin' tonight

By Jason La Canfora |  August 23, 2006; 1:30 PM ET
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All the Cooley news that's fit to print. Great stuff.

You should probably throw in a Cooley Wig or something.

Posted by: P Diddy | August 23, 2006 02:00 PM

Hands down....

Thanks Jason.

Posted by: Best song won | August 23, 2006 02:43 PM

You can order it from http://www.atomicbooks.com/products/-/5451.html (among other places, but make sure you get the DVD and not the original VHS tape).

It's a great DVD, especially for those of us who grew up going to the old Cap Centre. "My name's Graham, like gram of dope." Classic.

Posted by: Zebraman | August 23, 2006 05:48 PM

Thank you, thank you. The lyrcis to "Wake me up Before you Go Joe" were from the heart.

Now, someone's gotta get it up on the jumbotron at FedEx so we can all sing it to Gibbs.

Posted by: Barno | August 23, 2006 07:00 PM

Jumbotron . . . what jumbotron? FedEx Field has a jumbotron? Oh, you mean the tiny tv screens next to the giant Budweiser ads!

Posted by: Dana | August 24, 2006 04:38 PM

Just purchased the DVD - thanks for the link - so I should be able to get it signed and delivered to the winner in a few weeks.

Posted by: Jason L | August 25, 2006 11:20 AM

at this point the lyrics should be amended to include a cacthy "41 to Zero-oh"

Posted by: gametime | August 29, 2006 01:54 PM

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