Football: New season has a good tune to it

Growing up, music has helped to define feelings, emotions and memorable moments in my life. Whether it was belting out Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ on a Prayer” during a night out at Pete’s Piano Bar or bumping and grinding at a nightclub with a random female to The Notorious B.I.G.’s “Hypnotize,” music has undoubtedly shaped our outlook on how we look at life.

For me, Elton John’s “Tiny Dancer” changed the way I felt about TCU football this season.

Now, aside from a mutual affinity for music, John and a team coached by Gary Patterson do not seem to have much in common, but go with me on this.

You know the feeling you get when you know something special is about to happen? Call me crazy, but I get that feeling every time I hear John ring out, “Hold me closer, tiny dancer.”

While that might be the most ridiculous thing I have ever written, that same feeling is there when I see the 2007 Horned Frogs.

You can just see something building toward that special moment, but you are hesitant to say if that moment is a conference championship or if it is something more. You are hesitant to say anything because you do not want to jinx what you already know deep down inside: something different is in the air this season.

It’s all happening.

As a Frogs fan, you have got to feel that the pieces for something special are already in place. Guys we’ve grown to love and follow, such as Tommy Blake, Chase Ortiz, Brian Bonner and Aaron Brown, are all back. The offense is gaining more and more confidence by the day with Andy Dalton cementing his place as the starting quarterback, and Patterson is as intense as ever, supplying his team with the kind of take-no-crap-from-nobody fire and attitude that has made him one of the best coaches in the game today.

It is in Patterson’s eyes that you see a man who won’t back down from a fight, and is instead, looking for a fight. You also see that more than anything else, he wants that special something to happen here at TCU.

It’s all happening.

So how does the Horned Frog nation keep that feeling alive throughout the course of the season? It’s simple: Let go of all fears of this season not living up to the lofty expectations bestowed upon TCU football.

Throw your inhibitions to the wind and let the play of Blake, Brown and the rest of the group take you on a journey that is bigger than TCU football. No, this is a journey about being a part of something that has the potential to be special, memorable and above all else, real.

It’s all happening.

That’s why the “Tiny Dancer” connection means this to me. It makes you hope and feel that something good is going to happen. You believe it’s something bigger than just a song.

Join the ride. TCU football will have a busy day today. Cue the music.