I Sang Two National Anthems At An NBA Game And Did Not Start A War

Canada ruins everything. At least, it does when it comes to event planning your standard regular-season NBA game. As you probably know, any game that features an American team playing a Canadian team must include the singing of both "The Star-Spangled Banner" and "O Canada." If you look up into the rafters of any American… » 3/20/14 4:13pm 3/20/14 4:13pm

"America's Most Patriotic Band" Plays America's Worst Anthem Rendition

NASCAR promoted these guys who performed "The Star-Spangled Banner" before today's Nationwide Series race at Daytona as "Madison Rising, America's Most Patriotic Rock Band." I guess the more patriotic, the less talented! (Things really get good, and by good I mean bad, around the one-minute mark.) » 2/22/14 1:28pm 2/22/14 1:28pm

The Girl Who Sang The Worst National Anthem Ever Writes In: "It Wasn't…

Harper Gruzins, the 11-year-old girl behind what our own Tim Burke called the worst national anthem rendition ever in July, reached out to Deadspin earlier this month in November. Here's what she had to say: » 12/01/12 11:00am 12/01/12 11:00am

Singer Of Worst National Anthem Performance Ever Blames Vuvuzelas For…

The parents of 11-year-old Harper Gruzins are defending their daughter's performance of "The Star-Spangled Banner" before Saturday's Galaxy-FC Dallas match, claiming critics who called it the worst national anthem performance ever are "mean and hateful." » 7/30/12 1:45pm 7/30/12 1:45pm

This Is The Worst National Anthem Rendition Ever

Back in January, we brought you Steven Tyler's "Star-Spangled Banner" performance and asked how it stacked up to the worst-ever performances. (Your leading vote-getter was Roseanne's regrettable 1990 crotch-grabbing rendition.) » 7/28/12 11:18pm 7/28/12 11:18pm

What's It Like To Sing The Anthem At A Baseball Game? The Story Of One…

When I was a kid, I used to sing in the school choir. We had recitals for parents and teachers, and for the recitals we'd have to dress up in chinos and dress shirts, and the music teacher would arrange us along a set of risers, with all the tall boys in back and all the short girls in the front, our feet pointed… » 7/25/12 3:15pm 7/25/12 3:15pm

Saturday's United States-Scotland Friendly Featured A Clash Of…

The U.S. Men's National Team thrashed Scotland 5-1 in Jacksonville Saturday on the strength of a Landon Donovan hat trick, but the festival atmosphere at EverBank Field (where the attendance of 44,438 set a record for national friendlies in the state) was nearly snuffed out before the match ever began thanks to two… » 5/29/12 10:00am 5/29/12 10:00am

The Fray's Pre-NCAA Title Game National Anthem Performance Was ...…

While nowhere near as bad as any that made our suggestions for the Worst National Anthem Ever (indeed, if you caught Monica's tone-deaf rendition Saturday, you know it wasn't even the worst of the Final Four) The Fray's attempt at a hipster version of Marvin Gaye's "Star-Spangled Banner" fell awfully flat. If you were… » 4/02/12 9:50pm 4/02/12 9:50pm

Steven Tyler's "Star-Spangled Banner" Was Terrible. But Was It The Worst…

Aging rockers often struggle to hit high notes, but Steven Tyler's juxtaposition of screaming and a languid pace made his rendition of the National Anthem before the AFC Championship in New England especially difficult to listen to. (His liberal lack of adherence to the actual lyrics didn't help.) » 1/22/12 3:45pm 1/22/12 3:45pm

In Which We Ask The Musical Question, What The Hell Was That?

Kat DeLuna was called a "pop sensation" by the Texas Stadium announcer as she prepared to sing the National Anthem at what I'm assuming was the Monday Night game against the Eagles. She caused a sensation, all right. It's the first time I've heard an anthem singer booed who didn't unintentionally botch the lyrics. That… » 9/22/08 11:45am 9/22/08 11:45am