Is it necessary to sing the National Anthem before every sporting event?

That was from Monday and from the responses on the Internet, people hated it. Butchering the National Anthem like that doesn’t sit well with people and I understand that.

But that takes me to another point: is it even necessary to even sing the National Anthem?

I understand why we do it. We celebrate the great opportunities and freedoms that this country gives us (like sports) and by singing the National Anthem, we bring forth the greatness of our country.

But if we do that, then shouldn’t we sing the National Anthem when we go to Wal-Mart? Only in America can we get low prices like that.

My issue is not against America. But every time I go to sporting events these days I just don’t care about the National Anthem. Whenever I am told to stand and honor the flag, ushers tell me to stop walking and whatnot. What if I want to get into my seat at that time? What if I want to go buy nachos? What if I had to go pee?

During the backdrop of war (as the song is about war), it’s fitting. But when we’re not, I just feel that we don’t really have to do it.

I remember watching The Simpsons one day and it was the episode that featured Homer as the boxer. Before his match started, they announced that “due to popular demand, we are going to forgo the National Anthem”. That’s my feeling a lot of the time. (The video clip is here.)

If we polled people, how many of them would be OK with skipping it? After all, if artists like The Fray are going to perform it and make it sound so bad, is it even worth it to do it anymore?

Maybe I’m the only one who thinks this. But for some time, I’ve just felt so forced and limited with the National Anthem at sporting events. I am OK if we still have it before every single sporting event. But do we have to?

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Back onto the topic of the actual song. I am totally OK with an artist putting a little twist to the National Anthem but if they are going to do it, make it recognizable.

The Fray made it hard to listen to and even though it was different, it just didn’t seem right. It was a couple wrong chords and I just felt empty after listening to it.

If you’re going to put a twist on the anthem, at least do it where it sounds good and it inspires the people. It has to be memorable. It just has to feel right.

Here are three of my favorite renditions of the National Anthem.

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8 thoughts on “Is it necessary to sing the National Anthem before every sporting event?

  1. It is a form of respect that should always be shown in war or peace time… Especially peace. What people fought for allows us to enjoy a game that has no “real” meaning compared to the lives of soldiers. How about we cut out the stupid pre game stuff where we guess dumb trivia, kiss on camera, hot dog gun, and the mascot acting like an idiot first.

    • If it’s a form of respect, then why do they allow it to get remixed? I am fine with it if all of it sounded good. I am for honoring those who have fought for us, but we all know that if we continue to give so much options to the performers, then we hurt the respect.

      And there is no reason to cut out the fun things they do at games. That’s why people go to games — to be entertained.

  2. “My issue is not against America. But every time I go to sporting events these days I just don’t care about the National Anthem. Whenever I am told to stand and honor the flag, ushers tell me to stop walking and whatnot. What if I want to get into my seat at that time? What if I want to go buy nachos? What if I had to go pee?

    During the backdrop of war (as the song is about war), it’s fitting. But when we’re not, I just feel that we don’t really have to do it.”

    That’s like saying when I don’t want to do something, because i don’t feel like it, i shouldn’t have to do it. What if everyone in America had your frame of mind? Here are some examples of what would happen-” I don’t feel like going to work to day, i think i am going to sit at home and play video games because that’s what I want to do.” or ” I don’t feel like buying gum today, so i am going to steal it because it’s the easier way.” Sometimes we have to make a tiny sacrifice (in your case a couple of minutes of time)

    • Going to work is necessary. National anthem isn’t. There’s a difference.

      And stealing is illegal. I am not promoting illegal things.

      My problem is that the national anthem has lost its meaning because it’s overdone and seems forced. I am not saying eliminate it, but don’t force me to drop everything I am doing for it.

  3. I think the national anthem has no business in sporting events. The Olympics have almost always been neutral ground, or at least common ground. The field, the arena, the pitch, the court, etc.—that is the demilitarized zone. No politics. Just men and women who train hard to be exceptional at something. And singing an old war song, an anthem for a country that, like it or not, wages war across the globe, is bringing war into sport. I don’t think there is a place for it.

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