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Next Thing You Know, They'll Play La Marseillaise For Andy Roddick

Andy Murray is British, so naturally, he's the local favorite at Wimbledon. Hey, that would make for a sappy Rick Reilly video essay, complete with "Das Deutschlandlied," the British national anthem, as background music.

Even American schoolchildren know "God Save The Queen." Same melody as "My Country 'Tis of Thee." God save our gracious Queen, long live our noble Queen, crown us a Wimbledon champion, etc. Lyrics aren't important when Reilly, his pink tie punctuating his Wimbledon whites, is narrating the video essay. The soundtrack matters most — the music must connote England in all its royal glory.

Which is why it was probably a mistake to run "Das Deutschlandlied" — also known as "Das Lied der Deutschen," in case that rings a bell — instead of the most recognizable song in England.


Take a bloody look for yourself, and let's just hope the ol' chaps who run Wimbledon can differentiate between the two anthems if Murray scores the Grand Slam title Sunday. Sir Winston Churchill would be so proud.

Hope For The Brits [ESPN]
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