Ozzie Guillen to Marlins: Do not miss the National Anthem before each game

As the new sheriff in town and a guy who is known for not taking any crap, Ozzie Guillen likely has several rules in place for the upcoming season in Miami. However, he already knows which rule is at the top of that list. All of the members of the 2012 Miami Marlins had better be on the top step of the dugout when the National Anthem is performed.

“The National Anthem is 10 minutes before the game starts,” Guillen said according to the Sun Sentinel. “We’re going to start in 10 minutes and you’re late? National Anthem, they’re going to be there…That’s the only (rule) I have. You’re not going to go by that easy one? We’re going to have problems.

“A lot of people have been killed trying to make this country free for us. You should be there for at least two minutes. Respect that, especially if you come from another country. You should be there an hour before. I think it looks good for baseball if you’re in the stands and you look at the team respecting the flag and the National Anthem…Kids can see that, the respect.”

Guillen also pointed out that being on the can is not an excuse for missing the Anthem, either. In other words, you had better anticipate when nature will be calling or there will be consequences. What have we learned over the course of the past week? Ozzie really loves Bed Bath and Beyond and America. I dare you to say you don’t.

Cyndi Lauper Screws up National Anthem at U.S. Open (Video)

Sometimes when I see a National Anthem screw-up I can’t help but wonder how often this happened before the internet era. I’m sure musicians and artists messed up singing the National Anthem just as often 20 or 30 years ago, but it was much easier to keep a secret.  If you make a mistake now the world knows about it before you can even say “and the home of the brave.”  Oh well.

The latest viral mess-up victim is the famous Cyndi Lauper, who decided to not incorporate the words “were so gallantly streaming” during her rendition on Saturday at the U.S. Open.  Check out the Cyndi Lauper National Anthem screw-up video, courtesy of Busted Racquet:

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Buck Showalter Was Not a Fan of this National Anthem

We’ve seen some pretty bad national anthems at sporting events before but I don’t believe the reaction was nearly as harsh as Buck Showalter’s was to this one:

Classic. There was as much incredulousness in that face as Mr. Hand had when he talked with Spicoli. Different eras my friend, different eras.

Thanks to Parker Hageman at Over the Baggy and Bubba Prog for the video

VIDEO: Christina Aguilera Sings National Anthem at Super Bowl, Screws Up

Either singer Christina Aguilera was on the take from BoDog to beat the under on the length of her anthem, or FOX told her to tighten it up so they could squeeze in more commercials, because Aguilera left out an entire line. Check out this video of Christina Aguilera singing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl and pay attention to her mistake as she repeated an entire line to the song midway through:

What she said: “What so proudly we watched at the twilight’s last gleaming”

What she should have said: “Over the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming”

She cut out words and still didn’t beat the over-under! Between Aguilera and this tool at the Chiefs game, it’s pretty sad we can’t find entertainers who can get the song right. Maybe butchering the anthem is part of the entertainment value they provide us.

Chiefs-Broncos National Anthem Total Fail by Eli Young Band Singer

I guess you never had to attend elementary school in order to become a singer because it’s pretty impossible to get this far in life and not know the words to the National Anthem. How many times have you heard it before? You sung it growing up, you hear it at like every sporting event, yet somehow people butcher the lines — and these are ones who rehearse it! How is that possible?

This video comes courtesy of Broncos writer Lindsay Jones who passed along the YouTube link. A singer from the Eli Young Band absolutely butchered the National Anthem before the Chiefs-Broncos game in Kansas City not once but … twice. Just watch:

I would boo too. That performance was nothing short of shameful. Just pitiful, truly pitiful.