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O’er The Ramparts…

When Christina Aguilera royally fumbled the national anthem last Sunday, I quickly remembered why I have never been impressed by her so-called singing talent. Now, granted, it is not easy to perform on a grand scale like this, but come on, she should have been more prepared. Did she take the gig and think she could just waltz on to the stage and render a patriotic piece flawlessly without some measure of preparation? And if she actually did prepare, does it mean that all the time she was doing it, she never bothered to figure out the exact words? Or was this a case of stage fright?

It couldn’t be, could it? I mean, performing in front of mammoth crowds is supposed to be her thing isn’t it? At any rate, after her miserable performance, I took the liberty of scouting for some better attempts. The Star Spangled Banner is a powerful and patriotic song—it deserves to be done right whenever it is done. Think about it—the Super Bowl is viewed in other countries as well, so it is only fitting that it be performed as close to perfection as possible.  But I hear you murmuring that you never learned the words to the song. Well here it is:

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?

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Packers Vs Steelers

Tomorrow is the big day. It is the day of Super Bowl XLV—the greatest single sports event in these United States. This year’s super bowl will be played in the Cowboy’s beautiful new stadium in Arlington, Texas. The kickoff time will be around 6:30 on the East Coast. Already the excitement is in the air.

This year’s battle for the top prize will be between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Green Bay Packers. I really have no dog in this fight because I will be satisfied with the victory of either side. I am sure by now, if you are a follower of this game, you already know the team you want to win. But you see, I am already thinking of the Super Bowl party I’ll be hosting with friends.  I’ll have to be careful though because I am the only one amongst my friends that is actually rooting for the Packers; the rest of my buddies are convinced that the Steelers would win. Therefore, to piss them off, I’ll cheer for the Packers even though I won’t really mind if the Steelers actually win it all. I wouldn’t want an ugly incident if or rather when these Steelers lose, so I’ll try not to rub it in.

Fortunately, I am no longer the gambling type, or I would have placed some real bets on a Packers’ victory. Later on, I’ll post some clips of the funny Super Bowl ads we’ll see. Enjoy the game.

Go Packers!

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