I just heard the worst butchering of the U.S. national anthem ever (the NBA finals, game 5). I’m no big fan of “The Star-Spangled Banner” (actually I kind of think it’s a pretty awful song), but this was a travesty: Clarence Clemons spewing his nasally smooth-jazz sax on top of a stunningly sappy piano accompaniment. Who thought that would be a good idea?
Of course, with a PA announcer that annoying, I guess I shouldn’t expect much better from Miami. Or the NBA for that fact, which is turned what should be a plain ol’ sports event into an embarrassing multimedia “entertainment” experience.