The National Anthem Before A Sporting Event

I would consider myself patriotic. I love this country even with its many flaws. This article is not intended to be political here on a Cleveland sports site, so don’t get that impression. This is about our national anthem before a sporting event. It stems from Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban halting the playing of the anthem before their basketball games.

I believe it’s great that the anthem is typically sung before games. In many countries, its citizens wouldn’t even be allowed to play any type of professional sport or watch them, for that matter.

America allows so many freedoms and it shows in our sports.

Truly, the anthem is beautiful. I feel like it gets players in the “zone.” The athletes become ready and focused on what is ahead. For fans, it symbolizes the start of the game. And hey, it may get them in a “zone,” as well…

Now, is it the end of the world if the anthem is never played before another game again? Well, of course not. The show will go on and the teams will play, regardless.

Sadly, our people have been through a lot recently with the COVID-19 virus and all that comes with it. A lot of lives have been altered and even lost. Difficult times still, unfortunately, lie ahead for many.

Why can’t we, as a country, stand together for the anthem? Appreciate those that have fought for our freedoms and continue to make sure we are safe as a nation. After all, the anthem takes about two minutes to play/sing. It’s not as if it delays the game for a long period of time.

Lastly, it’s usually a singer with a beautiful voice that is able to display his/her talents in front of thousands of people. That’s a wonderful gift for them, too.

Fun fact: In 1814, Francis Scott Key wrote the poem, Defense of Fort McHenry. The poem was later put to the tune of (John Stafford Smith’s song) The Anacreontic Song, modified somewhat, and retitled The Star-Spangled Banner. Congress proclaimed The Star-Spangled Banner the U.S. National Anthem in 1931. – Via:

I’m sure everyone is keen to know my favorite line!

And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof thro’ the night that our flag was still there.


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