Blog Jam: Cowboys Fans Curse Overdone Anthem

• SI’s Arash Markazi wasn’t so thrilled with Kat DeLuna’s National Anthem performance Monday night - and neither were the fans at Texas Stadium.

Kat DeLuna

• And YOU BEEN BLINDED shudders to think what Josh Howard’s reaction might have been, since he’s black and “don’t celebrate that sh*t“.

• DEADSPIN hears Mike Greenberg lamenting the low-watt brain power of radio co-host Mike Golic: “It is impossible to have a conversation on a high, intellectual level with a man whose idea of fine literature begins with Doctor and ends with Seuss.”

• THE SPORTS DOLLAR drinks in some comparisons between your favorite sports blog & your favorite alcoholic refreshment.

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The Chinese Are Even Pirating National Anthems

Another day, another mini-scandal involving the Beijing Olympics organizers. According to WIRED, they are ripping off the arrangements for the national anthems. Peter Breiner, who did more than 200 arrangements for the 2004 Olympics in Athens, claims that the versions used in the Beijing Games are almost identical to his, a fact supported by a side-by-side comparison by THE WASHINGTON POST. Even this guy would have caught on that something was wrong with the anthems:

Hey, it's Enrico Pallazzo!

This is one of the few glitches in these Olympics, unless you count the fake fireworks, lip-syncing replacements for ugly girls and underage gymnasts. I guess we’re supposed to be surprised by this, but seeing as though China is the home of piracy, and not just in the digital realm, we’re not.

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Carl Lewis Is Willing To Embarrass Himself Again

With the Olympics set to begin in Beijing tomorrow night, I’ve been spending a lot of time lately trying to get myself into a patriotic mood (and injecting steroids through tattoos of course). One of my methods is by singing the National Anthem to myself in the bathroom mirror. Using my comb as a microphone, I’ve been belting out some rather tear-inducing renditions - and have had the cops called on my home twice.

Carl Lewis willing to sing Anthem again.

I am not deterred, however, for it doesn’t matter how horrible I am at singing, my love for this country won’t be denied by anybody. I should point out, though, that even if my version of the Anthem isn’t too good, it’s still better than the one Carl Lewis performed 15 years ago at a New Jersey Nets/Chicago Bulls game back on January 21st, 1993. That was horrible. Don’t believe me? Check it out for yourself.

Scary, right? Well things could be getting even scarier as Lewis tells CNBC’s Darren Rovell that he’d be willing to do it again.

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Blog-O-Say-Can-You See: Superb Star Spanglings

• In honor of the Fourth of July, BALL DON’T LIE belts out their favorite pre-game performances of “The Star-Spangled Banner“.


• Meanwhile, EVERY DAY SHOULD BE SATURDAY presents their own perverse patriotism in their version of “This Is Our Country“.

• And ESPN’s HASHMARKS wishes Al Davis a crazy happy 79th birthday.

Michael David Smith of AOL FANHOUSE punches up word that boxer Humberto Solo blames his Saturday night loss on a racist referee.

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First Pitches: Mariah Carey Throws Like Carl Lewis

Turns out Carl Lewis wasn’t the only celebrity to recently suffer a sorrowful ceremonial first pitch.

Mariah Carey first pitch Yomiuri Giants

BIG LEAGUE STEW tosses us news that Mariah Carey was asked to do the honors for the Yomiuri Giants of Japan. The songstress showed good from - however, we’re not talking about her hurling prowess.

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Raptors Coach Willing To Croon Canadian Anthem

Toronto Raptors coach Sam Mitchell says he wouldn’t be afraid to sing the Canadian national anthem - if the money was right.

Sam Mitchell Conan OBrien as mountie

The TORONTO SUN reports that Mitchell would be willing to belt out “O Canada” before a Raptors game, but he would want a performance fee of $25,000. However, he’s not being as greedy as he sounds: Read more…

Fans Tossed For Sitting Through National Anthem

Two men attending a Connecticut high school basketball game were forced from the premises when they sat during the national anthem.

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The men, Jeffrey Green and Aaron Johnson were in attendance with their wives when they were confronted by New Britain High School athletic director Lenny Corto and asked to leave. Read more…