Another Cave-In

How about that Superbowl? And now, because of Christina Aguilera’s unfortunate flub while singing the Star Bangled Banner, the National Anthem is in danger of losing it’s traditional spot of opening any more sporting exhibitions.

The argument is that the song has nothing to do with sports and everything to do with war–And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air…” and that at a sensitive time as the one in which we are living today, with more the 6,000 US lives lost in our current wars, it’s more like a mockery to their efforts and their memories. Also because a certain percentage of sports-going fans don’t know the lyrics and haphazardly shout out whatever words they do know, while sometimes wearing bandanas with a flag design on their heads. Another argument is that the caliber of vocalists who are invited to sing the National Anthem can, at times, be less than exemplary. Also that if our national lawmakers don’t sing it to start their days sports spectators should not be forced to sit through it at the start of games. And that just because President Woodrow Wilson ordered it played at all military events, beginning during the period of WWI doesn’t mean it had to become a sporting event tradition.

My counter-argument to those reasons would be get singers who aren’t all about themselves and who can sing and let them sing The Star Spangled Banner. As far as fans who don’t know the lyrics or don’t pay attention while the song is being played–well, some people are just ignorant and it’s not just the National Anthem they’re ignorant of. They are just all around cretinous.

My largest argument about this whole story is that, being the National Anthem, to disagree with what I read in an article by Kevin Blackistone, it is extremely relevant, especially in these times we are living. If it weren’t for our troops fighting our wars, past, present and unfortunately most likely future, we might  not have the freedom to even attend a football or baseball game. And because sporting events such as the Superbowl bring together the masses, what better gathering is there to afford the opportunity to show appreciation to those who put their lives on the line, in spite of those ignoramuses in the audience; the song is here for all of us. It is, after all, our National Anthem! The only way the National Anthem can lose its significance is if it gets taken away because of an ignorant few! This is America, damn it! Leave yourself alone! Stop caving in on yourself.

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Meanwhile, Christina Aguilera has been invited to redeem herself with an offer to sing at the home game of the Syracuse Crunch, a minor league hockey team on February 19 and the Brooklyn Cyclones, a minor-league baseball team has invited her to sing at one of their games this coming summer and they have even offered to throw in a copy of the lyrics. Ouch! As it turns out, there is footage of Superbowl rehearsal with Aguilera singing the song without a hitch.

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One Response to “Another Cave-In”

  1. Melissa Says:

    WE SHALL NEVER STOP SINGING THE NATIONAL ANTHEM!!! THE END! AMEN! AND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE!

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