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Star-Mangled Banner

When pregame anthems go bad

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Tyrese Gibson tries to pump up the Staples Center crowd before Game 5 of the Western Conference finals by changing a line in The Star-Spangled Banner to, "our Lakers were still there." Alas, love of country trumps love of team—the fans boo lustily.

During an overly funkified anthem before a Bernard Hopkins--Jermain Taylor fight, R. Kelly adds the lyric, "Clap your hands, y'all!" The request is roundly ignored by the unamused spectators.

Before a U.S.--Canada exhibition hockey game in Quebec City, nurse-singer Caroline Marcil forgets the words to The Star-Spangled Banner. Twice. Then things get bad: She leaves to get the lyrics and, upon returning, falls on the ice. At that point she calls it a day and the game starts.

During turbulent times, the Motown crowd doesn't dig José Feliciano's bluesy rendition at Tiger Stadium before Game 5 of the World Series. While Feliciano's version made the Billboard charts, the singer later blamed his extended commercial drought and lack of radio play on what some perceived as a disrespectful interpretation.