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ESPN Panelist: Star-Spangled Banner a ‘War Anthem,’ Should Not Be Played at Athletic Events

Every week, at thousands of sporting events, from junior leagues, to college, to the pros, people stand for the National Anthem. But ESPN panelist Kevin Blackstone says it’s got to stop.

“It has been going on in sports since the first National Anthem was played in the World Series back in 1917. It’s time for people to back away,’ Blackstone said.


Former College Fix fellow Andrew Johnson reports the full story at National Review.

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  • UNDStudentofHistory

    That panelist should really look at other countries national anthems; quite a number of them are bloody, including France’s!

  • Douglas Levene

    The Star Bangled Banner is just too hard to sing. Who can do five octaves? My proposed alternative would be the Battle Hymn of the Republic, a very catchy tune sung by Union soldiers during the Civil War.

  • gittlopctbi

    Who is this guy? War anthem? Freedom anthem is more like it. 5 octaves? He’s off by only 3-1/2 octaves.

  • Deryni1

    Only wish someone would do the last verse as well as the first at oh… say the superbowl?

    “Oh! Thus be it ever
    When free men shall stand
    Between their loved homes
    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 out motto:
    “In God is our trust!”

    And the Star-Spangled banner in triumph doth wave O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.”