Monday, February 7, 2011

Kerrzy’s Notebook: Star Spangled Blunder

“Oh say, can you please…by the prawns early right. What so proudly we fail, something Twilight and Glee.”

Okay, so it wasn’t that bad, but Sunday’s Super Bowl in Dallas, Texas, wasn’t all about the Green Bay Packers beating the Pittsburgh Steelers – we were also treated to another chapter of National Anthem flubs and a billion dollar stadium fail!

Lets start out with the stadium: ESPN reports that there were some “structural issues” with the temporary seating in one part of the stadium, which meant that the people who had paid $800 to sit there were unable to. Since they had nowhere else to go, those fans were given the choice of watching the game on big monitors or from the standing-area section of the stadium…

Don’t feel too bad for them though – everyone who didn’t have a seat got a refund of triple the face value of their ticket ($2,400), tickets to next year’s Super Bowl, free swag, food and drinks and they were allowed on the field after the game!

You know why the NFL was so generous though right? Next year’s Super Bowl might only happen on Madden NFL 12!

So that was the pre, pre-game drama, but it got better! As we all know, before any professional sporting event can begin in North America, we have to take a moment to sing a song about the country we live in. Unfortunately, that responsibility fell into the hands of Christina Aguilera, who maybe should have rehearsed a little bit ahead of time!


Now, I’m not saying that I could do any better (those damn high notes), but an American should know the words to the Star Spangled Banner!

You’d think that, but it seems to be one of the most mangled songs of all time, as you’ll see in the video clips below:

Jesse McCartney blows a tire in the first couple of lines while performing the US national anthem at the Pepsi 500 (made funnier by the fact that the news anchor introducing the clip makes a mistake too!)…


What should you do if you mess up during the anthem…start over? That’s what the Eli Young Band did at a KC Chiefs game (I love the crowd’s reaction when he messes up!)…


Remember Roseanne? Remember the time she tried to sing the national anthem…as obnoxiously as possible?


Here’s a good one featuring boxer/MMA fighter Butterbean before a bout in Poland. The Polish guy singing the anthem forgets the words…and Butterbean looks none too impressed!


Finally, who can forget that poor woman who was supposed to sing the anthems before a Canada/USA hockey game a few years ago – she started, forgot the words, went to get her sheet of paper and slipped on the ice when she came back out…


Bonus anthem story: Yahoo's Puck Daddy brings us a tale of national anthem redemption – an 8-year-old girl had the sound cut out on her as she was singing at an AHL game last month and the crowd finished the song for her. Well, it turns out she got a second chance and nailed it!

Got any other national anthem fails? Have you ever been tasked with singing the song? Leave me a comment and let me know!

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