Monthly Archives: February 2011

My Star-Spangled Banner—A “Key” Tradition in Sports Today

CONTROVERSY Christina Aguilera’s bluesy ornamented version of Francis Scott Key’s “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Super Bowl XLV has reignited controversy over appropriate performances of the national anthem of the United States. While it is her lyrical indiscretions that have sparked … Continue reading

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How “The Star-Spangled Banner” Entered Professional Sports

As the tale is most often told, the practice of performing “The Star-Spangled Banner,” in American professional sports supposedly began as a tribute to a nation at war during the first game of the 1918 World Series which pitted the … Continue reading

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