Oh say, Frank can’t see….

June 28th, 2006

Frank Deford of Sport Illustrated has an essay on NPR today where he suggested we should stop playing the Star-Spangled Banner at the beggining of sporting events.

He said the tradition trivalized our national anthem.

What I think Mr. Deford fails to understand is that most Americans would never hear the national anthem if it weren’t played at sporting events.

I LOVE that the Star Spangled Banner is played before a game.

I stand everytime, generic cialis buy viagra find the flag with my eyes, viagra canada cialis and put my hand over my heart.

I swear I have tears in my eyes by the time I have the words “and the home of the brave” in my mouth.

In fact, as far as I’m concerned, the only thing of real, lasting value that occurs at a sporting event is the singing of the national anthem.

Entry Filed under: Observations

3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. steveegg  |  June 28th, 2006 at 9:40 am

    Actually, Frankie understands just that. He’s just another anti-American asshat.

  • 2. tee bee  |  June 28th, 2006 at 11:34 am

    right on. If the people around me aren’t singing when we get to “the bombs bursting in air,” I just sing louder.

  • 3. Randy  |  June 30th, 2006 at 3:58 pm

    I think the Star-Spangled Banner is great! What sporting venues need to do is stop inviting chiors, local singers, and relatives to sign it and just play an insturmental version so the fans can sing.

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