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Breaking Down Christina Aguilera's Super Bowl Screw Up

After a “unique” Super Bowl XLV, there’s certainly lot’s to talk about this morning at the water cooler.

The game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Green Bay Packers that at one point looked to have all the makings of a Green Bay blowout turned out to be a barn burner coming right down to the final moments. For the most part the commercials stunk, although I’m guessing that Star Wars merchandising, particularly children’s Darth Vader costumes will be flying off the shelf this week (not certain that’s what Volkswagen was shooting for when they made the commercial). But, Christina Aguilera being more concerned with doing her own version of the National Anthem and leaving out a verse is probably the most talked about topic this morning; perhaps more so than the game itself.

While many were focused on the national offense of flubbing of the Anthem itself, for many people this meant whether they made or lost money. You see, the over/under for the time of the National Anthem (yes, you could have wagered on that) was 1:54. Bodog had the official time at 1:53.7 so if you had the under you won! Had Aguilera not left out a section of course, the over would have paid off!

Remember when John Roberts messed up the oath of office at President Obama’s inauguration? Well, they had to do it over again in private after the fact to make certain it was done properly for fear that right wing loyalists would claim that he wasn’t really our president because his wasn’t properly inaugurated. When I went to bed last night I couldn’t help thinking that since Aguilera didn’t properly sing the National Anthem correctly that they should make her do it again to make it official. With everything being so “official’ in the NFL, particularly at the Super Bowl where everything including the coin they toss to actual rules of play are unique (overtime rules are now different in NFL playoff games), it just makes sense. I’m thinking that they should drag her sorry ass out there again in some sort of sick par preview event where the funds go to charity and do it again. Doesn’t the Super Bowl Committee vet these people? Shouldn’t someone singing the American National Anthem have to at least mildly suggest that they know the song? For God’s sake, she turned it into the “Star Mangled Banner.”

                    O! say can you see by the dawn's early light,
                    What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming,
                    Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight,
                    O'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?
                    And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
                    Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there;
                    O! say does that star-spangled banner yet wave,
                    O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

I'm guessing that many of you are aware, but there are 4 verses to the darned thing and it's not like she's asked to sing all of them. Here are the other three verses.

                    On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
                    Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes,
                    What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep,
                    As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
                    Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam,
                    In full glory reflected now shines in the stream:
                    'Tis the star-spangled banner,
                    O! long may it wave O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

                    And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
                    That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion,
                    A home and a country should leave us no more!
                    Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps' pollution.
                    No refuge could save the hireling and slave
                    From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:
                    And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
                    O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

                    O! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
                    Between their loved home and the war's desolation!
                    Blest with victory and peace, may the heav'n rescued land
                    Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
                    Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
                    And this be our motto: "In God is our trust."
                    And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
                    O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

I wasn’t at the game but someone on my twitter feed that was at the game tweeted just after she messed “OMG! They had the words up on the big friggin’ JumboTron while she was singing!”

I had one Steelers yahoo actually email me and say that the game should be played over again! I don’t know about that, but since they fined Janet Jackson $550,000 for showing the world one of her nipples at half time a few years ago, one would think Aguilera should at the very least donate her pay for the event to some sort of educational foundation for the promotion of our national history. There were plenty of gut reactions that passed through our facebook account and twitter feed but the best was from our own Hank Koebler who wrote, “Christina Aguilera's performance of the national anthem was so bad it gave foreigners a good reason to hate America.”

And how about the Packers Jordy Nelson. NFL Scout Jayson Braddock hit the nail on the head with this one predicting that Jordy would be the goto guy in the Green Bay passing attack. Jordy Nelson exploded for 140 yards and a touchdown on nine receptions at the dance. Aaron Rodgers came out testing Bryant McFadden and William Gay, and Nelson turned Gay into his personal whipping boy on a team-leading 15 targets. Nelson started the scoring with a 29-yard TD over Gay, and his 38-yard catch-and-run set up Greg Jennings' second touchdown. If not for three drops and a near catch on a diving end-zone attempt, Nelson would have sailed past 200 yards and two TD’s!

But the best part of the day for me was Packers coach Mike McCarthy walking around with a red open sharpie tucked in the back of his has all night painting the back of his neck red. I havne’t see a whole lot of press about it, I know DeadSpin picked up on it as a reader sapparently noticed it as well and sent it in. Who know that they had ‘red necks’ born and raised in Pittsburgh that work in Wisconsin?

So congrats to the Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers. Rodgers got the Brett Favre monkey off his back and Green Bay brought the Lombardi Trophy home to its birthplace.

Now that the Super Bowl has come and gone, the NFL and the NFLPA needs to focus on getting their shit together and figuring out how to divvy up the billions of dollars they bring in, how many games they want to play and how to take care of their own once they leave the game. So it’s baseball that we will now turn our attention to. There’s some news today as it looks like Michael young might be on his way to the Colorado Rockies and pitchers and catchers are just around the corner. So cheer up sports fans baseball is on the way!

BTW - Some people are pretty darn happy that Ben Roethlisberger didn't get to go to Disney World.

Mike Cardano is the founder of Around the Horn Baseball and Xtra Point Football. You may email Mike directly @ or follow him on Twitter @ MC3 SportsMedia

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