A Network Actually Airs The National Anthem At A Sporting Event

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Sure it was the N.I.T. and I don't know if it was the producer's call or Sean McDounough reacting on the fly, but ESPN actually aired the National Anthem before the UMass-Syracuse game....



I know a lot of you feel the same way that I do about the anthem, but I definitely think it needs to be aired before all games. Kudos to Dan Shulman and/or ESPN for letting the Syracuse Band play it on-air (no matter how bad it sounded).

Oh and UMass completed a ridiculous comeback from down 21 in the second half and earned a trip to NYC. Great game.

21 Comments:

You get Dan Schulman and Sean McDonough confused all the time, don't ya?

steve said...
Mar 25, 2008, 9:45:00 PM  

That's a timing issue almost definitely....still good to see it on TV.

steve said...
Mar 25, 2008, 9:46:00 PM  

I agree with steve on it being a timing issue. ESPN might've shown the National Anthem before a basketball game once this season (before the Eve Carson tribute in Durham; I might have missed a few other instances).

Mar 25, 2008, 9:52:00 PM  

You're right Steve. Though in my defense they're both good and are basically the same person.

Mar 25, 2008, 9:55:00 PM  

Definitely a timing issue, and a good move by McDonough to pause instead of speaking during the anthem.

SportsFanatic said...
Mar 25, 2008, 10:01:00 PM  

ugh we have to deal with enough social conformity and worship of the US government in our fucking lives,

if it means having one less commercial break during the actual game, i think its great that TV has largely abandoned the practice of airing the song. I do miss the lineup introductions though.

Evan said...
Mar 25, 2008, 10:18:00 PM  

How much worship of the US government do you really have to do in your life, Evan?

I'm having a hard time remembering the last time I was required to do so, but maybe you're in a different line of work or something.

Joel said...
Mar 25, 2008, 10:37:00 PM  

Evan? Bayh?

Anonymous said...
Mar 25, 2008, 10:46:00 PM  

Classic 'Cuse collapse. Very laughable.

Brett said...
Mar 25, 2008, 10:46:00 PM  

Who's a UMass grad in the house? THIS GUY!

Red Sox Monster said...
Mar 25, 2008, 10:52:00 PM  

whats odd is no nascar race rolls off with out the network be it ESPN,FOX,or TNT with out showing the anthem and invocation

wrabb said...
Mar 25, 2008, 10:58:00 PM  

@brett:

I thought I was watching a replay of the Pitt loss that kept them out of the Tourney. Hilarious. Can't wait for that Florida-Ohio State NIT championship game...not really.

Mar 25, 2008, 10:59:00 PM  

Yeah, NASCAR ALWAYS shows the anthem and invocation, regardless if it's a Sprint Cup, or Nationwide (formerly Busch) Series. Back in the 80s and 90s,they didn't used to (except for the big races, Daytona, Indy, etc..) up until the big TV deal in 01 with FOX and NBC.

Anonymous said...
Mar 25, 2008, 11:13:00 PM  

Being the only person in the Syracuse student section cheering for UMass was awesome. Can't say I was surprised by the comeback, Syracuse was an awful 2nd half team this season.

But in the crappy Syracuse band's defense, they weren't allowed to have a full ensemble per NIT regulations. They also had to cut down the amount of cheerleaders on the court, stupid stuff like that.

Junker23 said...
Mar 26, 2008, 12:15:00 AM  

and that's reason enough to hate the NIT.

"They also had to cut down the amount of cheerleaders on the court, stupid stuff like that."

-dan

-dan said...
Mar 26, 2008, 7:32:00 AM  

You're a baldist.

Anonymous said...
Mar 26, 2008, 10:34:00 AM  

During international soccer matches, they almost always show both anthems being played. It's great for two reasons:

1) They show the players, and almost all of them are singing along, and

2) They show the crowd, which tend to be the most rowdy, yet most proud crowds, singing along and waving flags as well.

Great sportsmanship if you ask me...

Smitty Lite said...
Mar 26, 2008, 12:13:00 PM  

CBC's Hockey Night in Canada often shows the anthem(s).

Of course, who can forget NBC sticking with the Edmonton crowd singing along with both anthems during the Stanley Cup finals!

Gamma1099 said...
Mar 26, 2008, 12:39:00 PM  

Thanks for reminding me of that Edmonton anthem. Awesome stuff! The CBC version is on YouTube. I know NBC showed it here in the states too which was amazingly rare.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=meLpuF9UMvk&feature=related

Anonymous said...
Mar 26, 2008, 5:45:00 PM  

When in college at the University of Evansville in the 1990s, I broadcast sports events on the school's radio station. There were times where they'd throw back to us after a break in the middle of the national anthem. More than once I had to quickly say, "Our national anthem, joined in progress" upon return.

I've heard announcers talking over the anthem before, which comes across as really low rent. That wasn't even an option for me in most cases -- if you're yakking away during the anthem in a sparsely populated gym before a women's basketball game, you're going to get some dirty looks.

Draft King said...
Mar 26, 2008, 6:36:00 PM  

That was a GREAT JOB by McDonough and ESPN as well as the Syracuse band.

For as much grief as I give Syracuse, this time I should commend them.

JMNOR55 said...
Mar 26, 2008, 6:59:00 PM  

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