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June 08, 2009
June 08, 2009

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June 8, 2009

GOLF PLUS
LEADING OFF
Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS
NBA FINALS PREVIEW
  • They've reached the Finals by making the defending NBA champs and the team with the league's best record (and MVP) disappear. Now, for the shocking big finish, can Dwight Howard and improbable Orlando vanquish Kobe's Lakers?

  • In one expert's view, Los Angeles's deep and rangy frontcourt will prove to be the difference

WNBA PREVIEW
STANLEY CUP FINALS
COLLEGE FOOTBALL
HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL
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When pregame anthems go bad

Last week
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.

This is an article from the June 8, 2009 issue

2005
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.

2005
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.

1968
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.

PHOTOICON SMI (GIBSON)