September 1, 2000 |
Vince Carter plays for the Toronto Raptors, so he knows the words to "O Canada." He knew that wasn't the Canadian anthem he was hearing Thursday before the U.S. Olympic team's opening exhibition when the public address system mistakenly played Beethoven's "Ode to Joy." "I didn't know what was going on," Carter said. "I sat back, like, 'Maybe this is the version I don't know.' " The crowd of 7,376 for the U.S.
March 14, 1996
(BEGIN TEXT OF INFOBOX / INFOGRAPHIC) Official Rules From the NBA Guide Rule 2 is at the center of the dispute on player behavoir during the national anthem. Section II. Basic Principles Section J (1) Each player when introduced, prior to the game, must be uniformly dressed. (2) Players, coaches and trainers are to stand and line up in a dignified posture along the sidelines or on the foul line during the playing of the national anthem.
August 1, 1990 |
Apparently, San Diego has recovered. So has the rest of the republic from what will be remembered as the Great Screech, or the national anthem as rendered by the renowned diva, Roseanne Barr. But in the afterglow, you remain shaken, not by Barr, who doesn't make an excessive amount of sense, but by the clouds of boycott that were beginning to form as a result of her performance. It was suggested that consumers boycott goods produced by sponsors of Barr's TV comedy series.
February 28, 1991
Seventeen members of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra will not take their seats until the playing of the national anthem is done. Kirk Trevor, conductor of the 100-member orchestra, said the protest was not against the Gulf War but AGAINST THE KIND OF ZEALOUS PATRIOTISM that some believe leads to war. In past years, the season's first symphony performance has begun with the national anthem. But this year, the anthem will open every performance.
June 19, 2004 |
Aretha Franklin's performance of the national anthem before the decisive Game 5 of the NBA Finals was prerecorded and lip-synched, one of the Queen of Soul's producers said. "We recorded vocals for Aretha Franklin last year at her house, in her vestibule," producer Brian Pastoria told the Detroit Free Press for a Friday story. "One of the things we recorded was the national anthem -- the one that was played at the Palace on Tuesday night."
July 29, 1990 |
The San Diego Padres just called to ask if I could sing the national anthem at one of next week's baseball games. "We're looking for people who can outsing Roseanne Barr," a Padre spokesperson spoke. "And I'm the first person you called?" I asked. "Frankly, no." "Who did you call before me?" "Arnold Schwarzenegger." "I see." "And Rob Lowe, and Jerry Lewis, and George Burns, and Sylvester Stallone, and Burt Reynolds, and Robert DeNiro, and Whoopi Goldberg and Pee-wee Herman." "Anybody else?"
August 29, 1990 |
A San Bernardino radio station has joined several East Coast radio stations in banning Sinead O'Connor from its airwaves. The action by KGGI-FM (99.1) is part of a growing protest over the Irish singer's refusal to have the U.S. national anthem played before her concert last Friday at the Garden State Arts Center in Holmdel, N.J.
February 7, 2004 |
R&B singer Kiley Dean will sing the national anthem at the Pro Bowl in Honolulu on Sunday, replacing JC Chasez of 'N Sync, who pulled out in a dispute with the NFL. The NFL had asked Chasez to sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" after removing him from the halftime show out of concern that some of his lyrics may be too suggestive. The league said it was being extra cautious following the Super Bowl halftime show incident involving Chasez's bandmate Justin Timberlake.