Nick Lachey writes fight song for Big East tourney
The Big East tournament is so big, it apparently needs its own
theme song – and it’s getting one, courtesy of Nick Lachey.
The 37-year-old pop singer – and Cincinnati Bearcats fan –
penned ”Last One Standing,” a tribute to the men’s basketball
tournament being played out this week at Madison Square Garden. The
song will make its national debut during the championship game on
”My two biggest passions probably in life are sports and music,
so for me it was a good opportunity to marry both in this song,”
Lachey said during a break in Big East tournament play on Thursday.
”I think the Big East conference is the best in the country,
especially this year. I think we’re going to break a record for the
most teams sent to the NCAA tournament this year.”
The song’s chorus asks, ”Who’s the last, last one standing?”
Unlike many of the slow, anthemic ballads that tend to play during
the highlight reel at the end of tournaments, Lachey’s tune is a
driving rock song.
”Writing it, I kept seeing these highlight packages, dunk after
dunk after dunk,” the former ”Newlyweds” reality star said.
”Sports is so much about energy and all the excitement you get
being there live at a game, and I wanted to capture it in a
Lachey was hopeful the song would be playing as his team – the
Cincinnati Bearcats – held the trophy. But they were trounced by
Notre Dame in a blowout Thursday night.
His fiancee, Vanessa Minnillo, decided to sit out this
tournament and stay at their home: ”It’s the middle of pilot
season. She’s got bigger fish to fry. She’s gonna let the boys have
some fun this weekend,” he said.
Lachey plans to be at the championship, but he won’t be
performing the song live: ”We kind of talked about trying to pull
off a live performance, but it was too last minute to get a band
He believes ”Last One Standing” might be the first theme song
for an athletic conference. After the tournament is over, he hopes
the Big East will use the song for its other sports tournaments as
”My hope is that this is just representative of the Big East
for many years to come,” he said.