The promo for tonight’s Monday Night Football game between the Denver Broncos and Oakland Raiders features the hard rock classic “Tom Sawyer” by Rush. It works really well and it’s great to see ESPN using it, because they usually only play more recent songs, softer songs, or country songs. This song in my opinion is the greatest rock song of all time.
The video is about Peyton Manning and shows his highlights with these lyrics from the song:
A modern day warrior
Mean, mean stride
Today’s Tom Sawyer
Mean, mean pride
It starts with the beginning of the song with the camera showing Manning walking from the locker room to the field.
The lyrics actually sound like “A Monday Warrior” when Geddy Lee sings it.
It’s great because Manning is stepping into a throw when you hear “mean, mean stride.” The “mean, mean pride” part also fits well.
It starts with the beginning of the song and then they cut up a few of the parts.
Awesome. Rush is one of the best bands of all time, and they’ve been doing it for 40 years with the same lineup (after drummer John Rutsey was replaced by Neil Peart in 1974).