HAMILTON – The Montreal Alouettes like their tunes, with the speakers blaring during practice.
On Friday, Tim Hortons Field resonated with artists like Notorious BIG, Young Dolph, 2Pac, Waka Flocka Flame, Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, Moneybagg Yo, Travis Scott, Meek Mill, Key Glock and Lil Baby.
The Blue Bombers, on the other hand, practiced without a soundtrack, although on Tuesday they trained with the harsh sound of white noise coming from the speakers.
“When we teach we don’t use music,” Alouettes coach Jason Maas said of the training.
But the music plays during a good portion of the sessions, with more than a few players performing a move or mouthing lyrics.
“Since we did it, I’ve really enjoyed it,” Maas said. “It takes a little getting used to, but once you have it, to be honest, it’s hard not to have it again.”
“When I go to another practice that doesn’t have music, in my opinion, it drags on,” he added.
While Friday’s playlist was all hip-hop, the music menu varies. Wednesdays are usually country music.
“To be honest, I don’t have a say in any songs,” Maas said with a smile. “I think this year there’s maybe been a couple of times I’ve gotten requests.
“And obviously, if I’m asking for something, they’re going to do it,” he said with a smile. “But I try not to use that card too often. Music is not worth it to me. That card, I don’t use it for music, let’s put it that way.”
Music also forces players to get used to working in noisy conditions during games, Maas says.
“It gives energy to your practice,” veteran offensive lineman Kristian Matte said. “I enjoy it very much. To start, I’m a guy who loves music, no matter what kind of music. He gets us into a rhythm.
“We had fun with it. Playing football is fun, so we can also have fun doing it.”
When asked who chooses the playlist, fellow lineman Philippe Gagnon laughed. “It’s never me, for some reason. What’s up with that?”
Normally the guys on the team choose the melodies.
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This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 17, 2023.