Monday, April 27, 2009

Better practice this one at home

And with the 256th and final pick of the 2009 NFL Draft, the Kansas City Chiefs select South Carolina kicker Ryan Succop...

Thus ended the latest edition of pro football's annual meat market, and one more request for the greatest yodeling song of all time. We're refering to, of course, "Cattle Call,'' covered by many country artists but none better than Eddy Arnold, who took it to No. 1 in 1955. (Dwight Yoakam deserves props for the version on his album "In Others' Words'').

The cattle are prowlin' the coyotes are howlin'
Out with the doggies bawl
Where spurs are jinglin' a cowboy is singin'
This lonesome cattle call

I thought you had to be from the Alps to yodel like that. Man! Hear it for yourself:

ESPN didn't have the calf balls (a delicacy in cattle country) to use "Cattle Call'' as a lead-in to its draft coverage, but you couldn't find a more appropriate song. Maybe I'll propose an SNL skit.

For hours he will ride on the rand far and wide
When the night wind blows up a squall
His heart is a feather in all kinds of weather
He sings his cattle call

Here's hoping the fresh truckload of steers headed for Green Bay reports on time, agrees to contract terms, learns the playbook, gains muscle mass and passes all drug screens. And acts particularly menacing toward anything wearing purple.

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