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The Caw: John Harbaugh Likes 'Renegade,' But Not 'Who Let the Dogs Out'

Posted Aug 21, 2017

The Steelers’ anthem was playing at Ravens practice over the weekend – not in early preparation for Heinz Field, but because the team just likes the song. Harbaugh does not like the Browns’ theme song, however.


The Ravens won’t travel to Pittsburgh until Dec. 10, but the song that gets Heinz Field rocking – “Renegade” by Styx – was blaring at Ravens practice Sunday morning. 

So is Baltimore already readying itself?

“No, that’s a long way away; we have a lot of games before that,” Harbaugh said. “We enjoy that song.”

Yup, we’re learning a little bit more about Harbaugh’s musical taste during this year’s training camp.

“Styx is a fine group – always loved them,” Harbaugh said. “It might be their best song, but they had a couple really good songs though. The ones that I like are always on the [practice] playlist. That’s on the rotation.”

Any player can make a suggestion for songs to play at practice, but they ultimately go through Harbaugh and his assistant, Dan Parsons.

The Steelers typically play “Renegade” when they need a big stop on defense. The stadium will sometimes sway because fans go berserk. Funny thing is the Ravens have adopted the song as their own.

One man who’s been on both sides is wide receiver Mike Wallace, who was a Steeler from 2009-2012. He said he still gets Pittsburgh flashbacks when it’s played.

“I love that song, honestly. Everybody loves it. I think our team loves it,” Wallace said.

“I don’t think it really works for [the Steelers] as well anymore, because everybody likes the song. I think other teams like the song. I think everybody gets hyped. … I don’t think it gives them an advantage on their side.”

Another AFC North rival’s song, however, is not on Harbaugh’s playlist.

When the Ravens held their “Burn, Brunch & Bark” practice at M&T Bank Stadium on Aug. 12, hundreds of dogs came out to the event. Thus, the DJ for the day put on a classic dog track, “Who Let the Dogs Out” by Baha Men.

“I can’t believe you played it. I knew it was coming,” Harbaugh said with a laugh. “You ran out of dog songs? We had to stoop to ‘Who Let the Dogs Out.’ That is the Browns’ song!”

P.S.: I think I know what’s behind Harbaugh’s tastes. Styx rocks and Baha Men do not. End of story.

P.P.S.: Why does “Who Let the Dogs Out” not have a question mark in it? Did somebody named “Who” let the dogs out?

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