For me the answer is easy. YES! However there are a couple of ways to save this boring, yawn inducing, useless practice from going the way of the Do-Do bird.
Before I get to them though, how about the times when the anthem was at the very least interesting. Like this past weekend when singer Mark Donnelly fell while skating and singing the anthem at the same time.
Impressive that he barely missed a beat after he went down. Singing on skates though. It should more of a circus. More on that in a minute.
We love being able to keep these blog posts in the family. Corus Entertainment’s Josie Dye who works for out sister station 102.1 The Edge sang the anthem at a Toronto Rock game a while back. Well, maybe sang is the wrong word.
Ouch! Here’s another anthem done butchered.
And the ultimate fail.
What a circus.
Let me make a couple of proposals. Instead of having folks just randomly butcher the anthem before a hockey game, why not:
1. Make it a real big circus event. I mean find ways to make it really difficult to actually sing the songs. Maybe someone tries to sing while being shot out of a cannon or wrestling a bear or something. that way we are glued to out seat while its happening and it’s OK if it gets mutilated. In fact we really hope it does.
2. Let’s write a sports anthem that pays homage to the sport (like hockey or baseball or whatever) instead of the country. The song can include things like how much we love the game, we play it everywhere, and only a select few will ever get rich playing it. One song, everyone likes it, simple that anyone could sing it and short. Like… 45 seconds… MAX!
I’d also be OK with changing the anthem to sound like this:
Got an anthem idea? Let me know.