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National Anthem

Top 5 Sports Stories

Len Berman | Posted 06.18.2011 | New York
Len Berman

The champion Lakers lost their opening playoff game to New Orleans, while the Celtics knocked off the Knicks on a clutch Ray Allen three-pointer.

Oh, Say Can't You Sing? Why the National Anthem Befuddles Singers

Dan Lybarger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Lybarger

While all of us who have grown up in the United States have been raised hearing the National Anthem from birth, it's frighteningly easy to forget portions of it.

Don't Blame the Song, Blame the Packaging

Susan Deily-Swearingen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Susan Deily-Swearingen

On the home page of AOL News last week I encountered this opinion piece by Kevin Blackistone, "Time to Turn Off National Anthem Before Sports Events,"...

The Sacred Nature Of Music

Lorenzo Candelaria | Posted 06.17.2011 | Religion
Lorenzo Candelaria

Christina Aguilera's opening anthem on one of America's biggest feast days was roundly criticized because it fell short of a proper offering.

Where Was the Super Bowl Ad for Books?

Melanie Benjamin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Melanie Benjamin

Look, I know the cost of a Super Bowl ad is ridiculous, and promotional budgets for books aren't exactly what you'd call big. But at some point, don't you have to take a risk?

The National Anthem: Where Christina Aguilera Failed

Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

Oh say can you see... where Christina Aguilera went wrong? The Grammy Award-winner sang the Star Spangled Banner at the Super Bowl on Sunday night,...

The Next Amendment

Mark Steinberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Mark Steinberg

While these are all good suggestions that I hope will someday be the law of our land, there's a problem we need to get to first: the desecration of our national anthem.

WATCH: Man BOTCHES National Anthem At NFL Game

Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports

A member of the Eli Young Band botched the singing of the national anthem before the Chiefs-Broncos game on Sunday. The video shows someone try to whi...

The Singing of National Anthems in International Soccer

Andrei Markovits | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Andrei Markovits

The iconography of a national team's players singing the anthem has lent the World Cup a nationalistic air and martial demeanor that did not exist in soccer until sometime in the 1990s

Top 5 Sports Stories

Len Berman | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Len Berman

The oldest NFL player, Giants punter Jeff Feagles, is expected to retire today. Grandpa Brett Favre... still up in the air.

My Perfect Game with Jose Lima

Dave Hollander | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Dave Hollander

I'm not really a collector of bobbleheads or such similar memorabilia but I keep my Lima figurine on my desk. Not only because it reminds me of my Star-Spangled night in Newark but because I really like it.

Ind. College Lifts 116-Year Ban On National Anthem

AP | CARLY EVERSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

GOSHEN, Ind. — For more than a century, there was no playing of "The Star-Spangled Banner" at Goshen College – a small Christian college w...

Winter Olympics National Anthems: Winning Athletes Don't Know Them

Wall Street Journal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports

A scant 21.2% of gold-medal winners in these Games actually sang their entire national anthem, with an additional 18.2% mustering bits and pieces whil...

What Does It Really Feel Like to Stand Atop the Olympic Podium

Nikki Stone | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Nikki Stone

As soon as the reality that I had actually just won an Olympic gold medal hit, I knew I had to find my soon-to-be-husband, Michael, and my parents.

And Now, If You Will All Please Rise and Place Your Fingers In Your Ears

Hayes Permar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Hayes Permar

We're in Star-Spangled season when football, basketball and hockey overlap. This means there's a scramble to fill game slates with national anthem singers. It also means some renditions will be butchered.


Hip Hop Music | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

A new video shows Jessica Simpson displaying her infamous over-the-top facial expressions while belting out the National Anthem at the AT&T National g...

Iceland Independence Day: We Worship Our God (Mammon) And Die

Iris Erlingsdottir | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Iris Erlingsdottir

Today on Iceland's Independence Day the national anthem has been a real tear jerker for me, evoking in me a sadness and heartache that my brain usually reserves for funerals.

Oh, Say Can You Sing? A National Anthem to Remember

Robert J. Elisberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Robert J. Elisberg

There is in the American consciousness for notable performances of the National Anthem at sporting events. But for sheer emotional joy, it's hard to top what happened on April 27,2003

O Say Can You Stop?

Ken Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Ken Levine

The National Anthem is not a five-minute blues number. It is not a sultry torch song. Do not use it to impress the chicks. The Star Spangled Banner is not catnip for horny women.

An American Tune

Anne Hill | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Anne Hill

It's one of those weird things, the patriotic hymns of your youth still live in your heart somewhere, despite all the things you learn in the meantime.

John C. Reilly, Flea, Shepard Fairey, Miri Ben-Ari, Russell Simmons, Marc Ecko, MC Yogi (Obama-Inspired VIDEOS)

Ben Arnon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ben Arnon

"If you choose to exercise your right to vote, your opinion matters. A banker's vote carries the same weight as a skateboarder, a farmer or someone who is unemployed."

A Gay Man's Moment of Patriotism

Brent Almond | Posted 09.03.2013 | Gay Voices
Brent Almond

On the steps of the Supreme Court, we began to sing the national anthem. I'm amazed by how incredible it feels to sing this. It's a powerful thing to hear a host of men's voices blending together, marginalized citizens showing pride in and passion for a country slow to embrace them fully.