Maple Leafs Fans Finish "Star-Spangled Banner" After Mic Cuts Out

Before the Predators blew out the Maple Leafs Tuesday night, the pregame singer's microphone broke. The Toronto crowd picked up where she left off and finished out "The Star-Spangled Banner" strong. Crowds singing national anthems might rank above instrumental national anthems. » 11/21/14 11:56am 11/21/14 11:56am

"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

Broadway Singer Belts Out Extended National Anthem, Confuses Everyone

As all good Americans know, The Star-Spangled Banner is actually much longer than the version that gets sung at sporting events every day. Based on the video above, some of the people who recently attended minor league baseball game are not good Americans. » 10/15/13 4:30pm 10/15/13 4:30pm

Where Do Singers Screw Up The National Anthem?

Earlier this month, before the first game of the Canadian Hockey League's Memorial Cup, singer Alexis Normand joined a long list of people who have brutalized the U.S. national anthem in front of a large, tense crowd. » 5/27/13 12:00pm 5/27/13 12:00pm

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

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… » 4/02/12 9:50pm 4/02/12 9:50pm

I Witnessed Carl Lewis Murder The National Anthem

Maybe Steven Tyler's performance of the Star Spangled Banner before the AFC championship game was the worst rendition ever, maybe not. It's on the list, anyway. And the list jogged my memory: On Jan. 21, 1993, I was in Brendan Byrne Arena when Carl Lewis sang the National Anthem. » 1/28/12 11:45am 1/28/12 11:45am